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Mission and Vision
As a humanities discipline, English promotes the close reading of Western and non-Western literature as a form of art, a source of pleasure, a means of understanding people and diverse cultures, and a model for writing. As a theoretical discipline, it responds to and incorporates changing conceptions of language, texts, literature, rhetorics, and interpretation. As a practical discipline, it develops critical and creative thinking and writing skills within multimedia contexts.
The English faculty designs its courses for the general education of the university student and for the training of its majors. English prepares students for life, for professional, business and teaching careers, for law school, and for graduate study in English and other disciplines.
The English Department at Ohio Northern University will continue to strengthen our unique and individualized programs in Creative Writing, Language Arts Education, Literature, Journalism, and Professional Writing, while also encouraging a sense of community and common purpose among our students and faculty. We will continue to create innovative programs and classes that foster critical and creative thinking, reading, and writing. We will cultivate an understanding of diverse cultures and an appreciation for aesthetics. We will take a leadership role in developing writing skills for students across the university.