The Ohio State University at Newark


English

Welcome

Welcome to English at Newark, an academic area of the Department of English at Ohio State.

What do people who “study English” do? We investigate the history and forms of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, drama and film, we study how language works to influence society, and we practice and perfect our writing. We read and watch great works, understand what makes them worth remembering, and help each other to write as well.

In short, we learn how to think critically and to write persuasively.

You could say that an English degree makes us skeptical. The manipulative subtleties of advertisements, the political leanings of media, the carefully vetted words of government figures—a degree in English helps us to detect those slight nuances and know how to question what we’re told.

English majors graduate from The Ohio State University at Newark and create their own unique life paths but we always have one thing in common: the strong foundation of community and education in a personalized setting of creative thinking and profound discussions.

Why study English?

We study English because we are fascinated by the power of words. We study English because we want to challenge the world around us, to see it with finely tuned analytical skills. We study English because we know that narrative is a dynamic presence in human life. We study English because we need to become enriched with the blunt wisdom of writers such as Toni Morrison: “We die. That may be the meaning of life,” she once wrote. “But we do language. That may be the measure of our lives.”

Come do language with us.

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