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The English PhD

The Graduate Program in English offers the PhD with concentrations in Creative Writing, Literary Studies, and Rhetoric and Theory. We also offer course work in traditional literary fields, cultural studies, ethnic literatures, and gender studies.

Customize Your Degree

Because of our relatively small faculty, the department has the flexibility to allow students to tailor their degrees to their specific talents and interests. We do so with a distinctive curriculum that offers not only typical graduate seminars but also writing workshops, individually designed tutorials, and colloquia devoted to teaching and professional development. Such a curriculum encourages students to cross genre boundaries in their writing, to relate theory to practice, and to work creatively with scholarly projects.

The graduate program is a lively and professional community. Graduate students:

  • teach a variety of courses in literature and writing
  • serve on committees
  • participate in departmental searches
  • organize their own reading series
  • attend professional conferences
  • publish their work 

Graduate Bulletin Information

Application Requirements and Deadlines

Scholarships and Financial Aid

For details about departmental financial aid offerings, please click

on the English Graduate Studies Handbook on the left.

Complete Bulletin


Application Checklist 

For details about application requirements and the admission process, please

click on the English Graduate Studies Handbook on the left and go to page four.

More information for English PhD students:

Course Information
PhD Awards and Financial Aid
Teaching Assistantships