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Welcome to the English Department at UW Oshkosh

Maguire, Roberta.jpgWe are a student-centered, award-winning department providing students the opportunity to develop deep knowledge and expertise in a wide variety of literature, creative and professional writing, rhetoric, and linguistics.

We offer two undergraduate majors—in Liberal Arts and Secondary Education—several minors, and a Master of Arts and certificate programs for graduate students. Our faculty are accomplished, publishing their scholarly and creative work with distinguished presses and in leading national and international journals. But our priority remains teaching and mentoring students as they develop their skills as practiced readers, writers, and problem-solvers.

The department sponsors a range of curricular and co-curricular options, from study-abroad trips to a campus chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the English Honor Society. Our students also staff the nationally-recognized Wisconsin Review, a journal devoted to creative writing and visual art.

This website provides a lot of information on all of those topics, so please do take a look. We’ve organized it so that both prospective and continuing students can find what they need. Of course, for additional information, please do contact us. We want to hear from you!

Roberta S. Maguire

Professor and Chair

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Spring Events


Charlotte Nooe Memorial Scholarship

The 2015-16 4th Annual Charlotte Nooe Memorial Scholarship application deadline is 4 PM, Friday, Feb. 19, 2016. Applications must include a minimum of five pages of polished prose and five pages of poems (one per page), along with a one-page writer’s statement. Manuscripts may be up to 20 pages in length and applicants must graduate in fall 2016 or later. Students should enclose manuscripts in a manila folder with their name and contact information. Scholarships are $500 for 1st, $300 for 2nd, and $200 for 3rd. Prizes will be awarded by April 2016.


Nevin James Scholarship

The Nevin S. James Scholarship Fund was established in 1970 by Professor James's family, colleagues, friends, and former students. It honors Professors James's service to this institution for forty-four years until his retirement on June 30, 1967. During his long service, Professor James was Chair of the Department of English for twenty-three years.

  • Open to all English majors who have Junior or Senior status by fall 2016
  • Winners must intend to graduate from UW Oshkosh with a degree in English
  • Applications are due by Monday, April 4, 2016, and should be addressed to The Nevin S. James Scholarship Committee, Department of English, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, Oshkosh, WI 54901, or in Radford 216
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