The graduate English programs cover all areas of English and American literature, world Anglophone literature, and Arabic literature. We also offer a concentration in women's and gender studies.
The program is flexible. Students may take courses on a full-time or a part-time basis. They may enter the program on a nonmatriculated basis and later, upon admission, count up to 12 earned credits toward the master's degree.
The literature program requires 30 credits for the degree. Students can meet this requirement by taking 10 3-credit courses, or they can take eight 3-credit courses and an additional 6 credits for a master's thesis. In addition, students must pass a foreign language exam and meet the following distribution requirements:
- completion of 26:350:503 Introduction to Graduate Literary Study (3)
- two courses in literature prior to 1800 (6)
- one course in American literature (3)
Finally, students must pass a comprehensive written exam, based on a core reading list, in order to obtain the degree.
Literature students who choose a concentration in women's and gender studies take this area's two core courses: History and Theory of Women's/Gender Studies and Feminist Research and Methods. In addition, they take two courses in the English master's degree program designated for this purpose and meet all other literature requirements.
See the section on Creative Writing for information about the master of fine arts (M.F.A.) in creative writing program.