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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
Program Type:
  • Major
  • Minor
  • Bachelor of Arts (BA)

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
Contact

Linda Pardee

Administrative Assistant 440-775-8570

Why Study English at Oberlin?

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Study Away Programs

Upcoming English Events

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 Faculty

Our faculty are both scholars and teachers who devote their careers to making important contributions to their disciplines through writing and research. They are committed to engaging students with the best that has been written, from the traditional canon of English literature to the marginalized and experimental. English faculty teach everything from first-year seminars to advanced courses.

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English News

Sam Bernhard ’16

An Obie Teaching English: Sam Bernhard ’16

November 26, 2018
Sam Bernhard’s passion for literature and social justice has landed him a job as a high school English teacher at Charles E. Jordan High School in Durham, North Carolina.