The English major offers students a liberal arts experience at a
large, public university. We have a 4:1 ratio of majors to faculty,
which lets us keep our classes small, interactive, and focused on
Our faculty teach approximately 80% of majors classes and 90% of 300 and 400 level courses, offering a great diversity of classes in traditional fields of English and American literature as well as in world literature, film, journalism, and creative writing. Students also have the opportunity to work with faculty on original research projects. Our major is rigorous, yet flexible, in its requirements.
Our PhD and MA Programs are among the most open, flexible, and innovative in the country. Students pick and choose from a wide range of seminars in such fields as American and British literature, film, psychoanalysis, popular culture, cultural studies, poetics, and critical theory. We value this variety as essential to a course of graduate study that engages equally with tradition and with change, whether it be in terms of developments in intellectual inquiry or changes taking place in the academy as a whole. Our graduate students become innovative scholars and teachers of literature and culture.
Students choose from a variety of courses within every area of the English major and may develop concentrations in a variety of fields—including several historical periods, cultural studies, popular culture, ethnic literatures, film studies, creative writing, and critical theory.
You will find our department to be a vibrant and thriving intellectual community that is a supportive and stimulating environment in which to do your graduate work.