Early fall weather in Oberlin tends to be mild encouraging many students to seek a quiet place outdoors to read and study. Photo credit: Jennifer Manna
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The Department of English aims to meet the needs of students with different academic goals – from those seeking a foundation for postgraduate work or study in English and related fields, to those who want a humanistic base for reading, thinking, and writing in a liberal arts environment. We are committed to engaging our students with the best that has been written, from the traditional canon of English literature to the marginalized and experimental.

Program Director

Jeffrey Pence

Associate Professor of English and Cinema Studies
Department Affiliation

Jessica Cotter

Administrative Assistant 440-775-8570

Why Study English at Oberlin?

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Sample Courses

  • ENGL 123 - Introduction to Shakespeare 4 credits
  • ENGL 238 - Contemporary American Fiction 4 credits
  • ENGL 243 - Promise and Peril: Race and Multicultural America 4 credits
  • ENGL 363 - Gaines, Morrison, Wideman: Textualizing Orality and Literacy 4 credits

English News

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Books at Work, In Oberlin

August 13, 2018
A longtime professor of English and now associate dean of the college of arts and sciences at Oberlin, Laura Baudot has long studied how people read, but now she’s asking a different question: why?