Stories, Histories, Justice

Welcome to the website of the Department of English, a member of the College of Arts and Sciences and one of the largest programs on campus. We are a community of students and teacher-scholars passionate about storytelling, rhetoric, and interpretation.

We believe that words, images, and narratives change the world—that they can stimulate or lull into complacency, mystify or inform, alienate or uplift, enslave or empower. In our 475 undergraduate and graduate courses led by 60 full-time faculty members, we explore how writers, cultures, and institutions tell the stories that shape people’s very different experiences, for better or worse. Thus, we study literature, writing, critical thinking, and ethical research practices to construct a just future.

To this end, our undergraduate and graduate programs feature courses in traditional fields and techniques as well as distinctive offerings in environmental humanities, comics studies, medical humanities, disability studies, digital humanities, and the study of race and ethnicity.

Please search through our site or contact us to learn more about how you can join our efforts to read our culture and work toward social justice.

Featured Minor:  Digital Humanities LogoDigital Humanities

Open to students in all majors, the Digital Humanities Minor explores what happens when the humanities meets the digital age.


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This event has been cancelled. The University is taking active measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. For information about the ...

Where: Knight Library Browsing Room

When: Tuesday, May 5th at 3:30 PM Cancelled

This event ...

Professor Sarah Wald has been awarded this year’s Campus Sustainability ...

The Department of English is delighted to announce the following publication achievements by our graduate students:

Alexander Steele ...

In collaboration with Priscilla Ovalle from CINE, graduate students Carmel Ohman, Jiesha Stephens, and Jalen Thompson have secured a CAS Program ...

[Moans, Groans, Slurping]: The Politics of Captioning Pornography

CSWS Noon Talk / February 26th, 12-1:30 PM

Jane Grant Room / Hendricks 330

Lisa Fink's article, "'Sing the Bones Home': Material Memory and the Project of Freedom in M. NourbeSe Philip’s Zong!" has been accepted for ...

Book cover for "Aiiieee Anthology," by Tara Fickle

Tara Fickle Explores the Controversial Origin of Asian American Studies

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The interaction between visual and textual meaning

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Digital Humanities Minor


Technology and the humanities in the digital age

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The English department is pleased to announce that Katy Brundan has received the 2020 Tykeson Undergraduate Teaching Award for her work ...

Writing, Public Speaking, & Critical Reasoning Minor

WSCR Minor:  Write, Speak, Think

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March 31, 2020:  The UO Provost's office announced changes in academic policies for winter and spring term 2020.

Among these changes is that for spring term 2020 students can change ...

This summer, students have the opportunity to study how digital technologies ...