The Graduate Program in English has a long history of balancing critical rigor and literary breadth with individual focus and flexibility. While attending to traditional frameworks of literary periods and movements, our graduate faculty and students produce and explore conceptual frames and creative work that are reshaping the field. The program offers a rich and varied course of study, ranging across the literary, creative, theoretical, and cultural.
With over 40 dynamic and renowned faculty and 80 graduate students, the English department offers an intellectually vibrant and diverse environment, with colloquia, reading groups, lectures, literary readings, and community writing workshops that are necessary supplements to the graduate seminar experience. Graduate students are welcome to not only participate in, but actively, organize conferences.
The program currently offers MA in Literature, PhD in Literature, MA in Creative Writing, and PhD in Creative Writing. We welcome applications for the MA program in fall and spring, while PhD students are only admitted in the fall.
Our graduate students have gone on to a variety of appointments: in higher education--across a wide-range of institutions from the small liberal arts college to the large public university; in publishing, in academic, arts, as well as non-profit administration, and in literary journals, to name a few.Graduate Program Director:
English Literature, MA, PhD
The MA in literature stresses breadth of knowledge in literature and theory.
The PhD program encourages students to pursue focused interests in literary periods or movements, theoretical models and schools, or global literature.
Creative Writing, MA, PhD
MA students take courses in literature and writing and produce a creative thesis.
PhD students take courses in literature and writing, complete the same field exams as literature students, and produce creative work for their dissertations. learn more
Students interested in teaching English may wish to explore our Graduate School of Education's MAT program in English Adolescence Education for grades 7-12.