This graduate program in English is designed to provide advanced study in literature. It provides for personal and professional advancement, particularly in research, writing, teaching, journalism, publishing and editorial work. The program also prepares students for studies at Ph.D level. Students are able to customize their research in the program to meet their specific needs, whether they are seeking professional development as teachers, looking to prepare for doctoral studies, or looking for professional advancement or career development.
Admission to the Program
A minimum GPA of 2.5 and 30 credit hours of undergraduate work in literary and cultural studies and composition are required. Students who do not meet this requirement are eligible for provisional admission. Students may also take classes as a student-at-large.
33 total credit hours of successfully completed coursework are required to complete the program.
Courses should be chosen with a view to achieve substantial preparation in English and American literature, with some work in world literature.
In this program, students will be at the helm of producing two literary fields that will be the basis for their take-home exams. Each field will be accompanied by a rationale and a combination of primary texts (8–15 works), secondary texts (3–10 works), and theoretical texts (3–10 works).
An optional scholarly thesis or an original imaginative work may be written, for six credit hours. After achieving degree candidacy, the student, in consultation with the graduate coordinator, should select a topic and suggest an advisor in that topic. The approved thesis or imaginative work must be submitted to the graduate coordinator at least one month before a formal defense.
ENG-410 Literary Method and Practice (Fall term only)
ENG-430 Studies in Literary Criticism (Spring term only)
Four 400-level English electives
ENG-453 Thesis Seminar: Literature
Two additional 400-level courses
Note: Two of the required electives may be taken from the approved list of 300-level courses
ENG-447 Contemporary American Literature
ENG-448 19th Century American Literature
ENG-454 World Literature
ENG-469 Southern Literature
ENG-307 Development of the Arthurian Legend
ENG-308 From Beowulf to Malory
ENG-314 Chaucer and His Age
ENG-316 Forms of Poetry
ENG-368 American Realism
ENG-376 Advanced Composition
ENG-377 Argumentative Prose
ENG-381 African American Literature
ENG-419 Elizabethan and Jacobean Drama
ENG-421 The Metaphysical Poets
ENG-428 The English Novel
ENG-449 Studies in American Literature
ENG-450 Studies in English Literature
ENG-455 Studies in World Literature
ENG-456 William Blake
ENG-457 The Poetry and Prose of Shelley
ENG-458 Troilus and Criseyde
ENG-480 Ethnic Literature
ENG-481 Latin American Literature
ENG-483 Studies in Post-Colonial Literature
ENG-484 Contemporary U.S. Literature: Cold War
ENG-485 Contemporary European Literature
The program offers merit tuition fellowships as well as graduate assistantships to assist students financially and to offer them professionalization opportunities. Students also have the opportunity to work closely with a committed faculty.
Program Contact Information
For program information, contact:
Professor Ryan Poll, advisor
firstname.lastname@example.org, (773) 442-5824 (Lech Walesa Hall, Room 2099)