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English offers students a rich and rewarding experience in reading and producing texts in a variety of media. In addition to offering a broad and diverse background in various topics in English studies, our department provides students with critical-thinking and communication skills necessary for professional success and engaged citizenship. The English department uniquely offers four distinct majors: creative writing, language arts education, literature and professional writing. As a first or second major, English naturally complements most other disciplines, including art, economics, philosophy, political science and sociology.

Studying English is an excellent way to prepare for almost any advanced degree, including law and business. ONU’s English graduates become successful teachers, writers, editors, and business professionals. As an additional benefit, graduates of ONU's English programs enjoy a lifetime of literary and artistic fulfillment.


Students graduate with a strong foundation in theory and practice and with a portfolio of publications appropriate for graduate school and employment applications. Our seniors develop a capstone project, which can be submitted for publication or conference presentations. And finally, ONU English majors expand their horizons through experiential learning, including internships, study abroad and conference travel.


Contact the Department of English

The Department of English is located on the first floor of Dukes Hall on the campus of Ohio Northern University in Ada, Ohio. If you have any question or comments regarding the Department of English please contact:

Paulene Callahan
Advanced Administrative Assistant
Dukes Memorial 100
525 South Main Street
Ada, OH 45810