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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.


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

 


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Unbound Journal is currently accepting submissions for its 2020 Spring ...

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. 

Check out the  ...

Advanced Composition

It’s a common misconception that academic and literary styles of writing must ...

Thoreau

This Spring, students have the opportunity to learn about “the Thoreau you ...

In this course, students will explore the various ways in which reading and ...

Narrating the Sunset of the British Empire: The Twentieth Century Novel ...

The English department is pleased to announce the winner and runners-up for the quarterly Kirby Award for the best essay in a ...

UO ZineFest 2020, April 16, Noon to 6 PM EMU Crater Lake Rooms

Cancelled  

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

Cancelled  

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:

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