Overview of the Doctoral Program
The doctoral program in English Language and Literature is designed to lead to the PhD in six years of post-baccalaureate study. Students can specialize in diverse fields of British, American, or Anglophone literatures and explore a wide range of critical, theoretical, and cultural perspectives on those literatures. The program is designed to insure that students achieve broad expertise as preparation for innovative dissertation research, allowing them to become outstanding scholars and teachers in their chosen fields. One measure of their success is the placement rate for our recent PhDs seeking academic employment, which is among the best in the nation.
Interdisciplinarity is a defining strength of the program and the department. A large number of English faculty hold joint appointments in other units, including the American Culture Program, the Center for Afro-American and African Studies, and Women’s Studies. In addition to diverse coursework in all areas of language and literature, our students take cognate courses chosen from anthropology, history, art history, area studies, and other fields related to their interests. Many students also participate in department-supported interest groups that bring graduate students and faculty together informally for interdisciplinary and collaborative study.
The English Department is committed to the idea that learning is a social process and that one can learn a great deal from one's peers. To encourage such learning, we offer a guaranteed six-year funding package to all students admitted to the program. Funding covers complete in-state and out-of-state tuition costs, health care benefits, and living expenses in the form of direct stipend and teaching. Our current fellowships include a $16,000 8-month school year stipend. In addition, summer funding is available in years one through five. We also offer generous funding supplements for conference travel presentations, research and archival travel, postage for job applications and travel funds for MLA job interviews in the final year.
Our PhD Programs
- PhD in English Language and Literature
- PhD in English and Education
- PhD in English and Women's Studies