English Department  
Come Explore the World of Writing

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When you enter the world of English studies you join the rich interaction of writers, readers, and texts through time and place.

At Oklahoma City University, you can study classic texts and increase your command of the fundamentals, but you can also gain a deeper understanding of reading and writing processes through the study of literature, rhetoric, critical theory, and creative writing, learning not only what and who but also how, why, and why not
 
You can dive into the rich traditions of British and American literature and study the Gothic and digital literacy, investigate the rhetorics of Ancient Greece and the visual rhetorics of the twenty-first century; you can examine the characters of Verona, Yoknapatawpha County, and Krypton, or learn about German and Chinese film; you can write poems, essays, short stories, scripts, memoirs, video game narratives, or graphic novels and get a start in editing and publishing. Our students and faculty have wide-ranging interests and many opportunities to explore them.

Members of the English faculty work closely with students from all majors. We offer a variety of general education courses, such as World Literature, Western Literature, and theme-based approaches to Composition I and II. 
 
Our department works closely with the Honors Program, the Moving Image Arts Program, and the minors in rhetoric and women’s studies. Our faculty supports OCU Serves by including service learning courses in our curriculum, and we encourage our students to participate in internships and study abroad. We also work to create significant co-curricular activities for students at OCU through the distinguished poets series, OCU Reads, and the Center for Interpersonal Studies through Film & Literature.
 
 
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We invite you to visit our classes and to come to English department events. If you would like a first-hand look at what we are doing, please contact Tracy Floreani, English Department Chair, at (405) 208-5707 or tafloreani@okcu.edu.
Introducing THE SMOKEWOOD INSTITUTE for Young Writers

Oklahoma City University

July 6 – July 19

 “I have no respect for talent. Talent is genetic, it’s a gift. It’s what you do with it that counts.”
~ Writer and filmmaker Martin Ritt

The Department of English at Oklahoma City University invites high school students to join us for an intensive two week program of writing workshops, craft sessions, creative readings, and a culminating anthology of student work. Class sessions and accommodations will be housed on OCU’s campus. The course is taught by English faculty, and all students leave with 3 units of college credit* and a stronger sense of their writerly voice.

We are particularly interested in promising young writers who are creatively curious, open to constructive feedback, and looking to be a part of a literary summer community. We welcome young writers of all genres and backgrounds, sophomore to senior level in high school.

Let’s see what you can do with your talent!

More web content coming soon. In the meantime, direct all questions to program coordinator Dr. Karen Schiler at keschiler@okcu.edu

 *The Introduction to Creative Writing course specifically counts toward the English major at OCU; course may provide elective credit elsewhere. Students must meet selective requirements to qualify for admission. Review of applications will begin May 1.