The MA in English program offers students the opportunity to undertake graduate work across a variety of historical periods and representational practices. We seek to examine the relationships across diverse writing practices by close and theoretically informed readings. Students can concentrate their elective work broadly across English studies, or they can focus in the programmatic areas of the department (literature, film and media studies, composition, and children's literature). Our MFA program is one of the oldest in the country. With internationally distinguished writers among its faculty, the MFA offers intensive workshops in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction.
As one of the first to emphasize cultural and critical studies in the nation, our PhD program has been hailed as a leader of innovation in English studies. Our faculty includes distinguished scholars in cultural theory and criticism, British and American literary history, composition and pedagogy, and film and television studies. The PhD in Film and Media Studies with English as the associated department is an interdisciplinary and interdepartmental degree that stresses the history, theory, and aesthetics of international cinema, video, television, and new media.