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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The UO Undergraduate Research Symposium is currently accepting submissions for their 10th annual event. The symposium ...

This Spring, students have the unique opportunity to participate in a special ...

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UO's Spring term course schedule is now available! Registration begins on February 24th.
Start planning your schedule for the upcoming term. 

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[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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