Department of English & Comparative Literature

Welcome to the Department of English & Comparative Literature at the University of Cincinnati. We teach and publish in a variety of areas, including:

  • Literature
  • Creative Writing
  • Professional Writing
  • Rhetoric & Composition
  • Journalism
  • Cultural Studies

Our faculty and graduate students publish their work in leading journals and book series, with 19 books and more than 100 poems, stories, and articles in all areas of focus published in the past two years. The faculty and students also present at national and international conferences widely, and graduate students have gone on to faculty positions at prestigious, research oriented institutions.

As a department, our instructional mission is vast. At the upper level, our highly regarded doctoral program serves our most advanced students. At the beginning undergraduate level, we offer a nationally recognized first year composition program, the only course sequence required of all students throughout the university.

In between, we provide a comprehensive undergraduate program in English, with approximately 350 majors, and serve students throughout the university in classes for non-majors. We teach more than 15,000 students per year, graduate and undergraduate, major and non-major alike, one of the largest totals of any department in the university.


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