Literature Handbook - overview

Overview of the Graduate Literature Program


The Literature Program in the Department of English offers both MA and PhD degrees.  The MA is designed both as a basis for the PhD and as a program for students who for personal or professional reasons wish to pursue advanced literary studies.   The PhD provides students with professional preparation for teaching and conducting scholarly research at the university, college, and community college levels. 

Students in the Graduate Literature Program have the opportunity to work with a committed,  innovative faculty  whose  research interests span a broad range of fields and critical methods and encompass most of the major recent intellectual trends in literary study. In addition to the traditional fields of English and American literature, students may concentrate in a number of cross-disciplinary areas:


                •American Literature and Culture
                •Border Studies
                •Gender Studies
                •Medieval and Early Modern Studies
                • American Indian Studies
                •Visual and Digital Cultures
                •Cultural Studies and Critical Theory
                •Colonial and Post-Colonial Literature and Theory
                •Rhetorical Theory
                •Comparative Modernisms



For current and archived course descriptions, see the program website: Courses Offerings





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