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Ph.D. in English

The doctoral program in English develops fluency in the critical discourses of the profession and prepares graduates to teach English professionally on the post-secondary level, or to enter any number of alternative careers.

Every student admitted to the Ph.D. program receives funding for up to seven academic years as a Graduate Teaching Assistant (G.T.A.).  This position includes an annual salary of up to $18,500, a tuition waiver, and student health insurance. Please see Admission page for details.  Students may also seek research assistantships with the journal Victorian Poetry, the Eberly Writing Studio, the Appalachian Prison Book Project, and the Eberly and Jackson Professors.  These may carry course reassignments, additional stipends, or both.  Summer teaching is available but not required.  Dissertation fellowships are also awarded on a competitive basis.

The teaching portfolios our G.T.A.s assemble are exceptionally diverse.  In addition to Composition, Ph.D. students are regularly assigned to undergraduate courses including American Literature 1 & 2, British Literature 1 & 2, Shakespeare, Poetry & Drama, Short Story & Novel, Literature of Love & Sex, Literature of Science & Nature, Literature of Minds & Selves, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Introduction to Popular Culture, Business & Professional Writing, and Technical Writing.  All instructors, regardless of rank, are entrusted with the design and administration of their own courses.

Particular areas of faculty strength include:
Students may also specialize in a wide range of literatures and cultures, including but not limited to:
Medieval  Early American 
Renaissance & Early Modern  19th Century American 
17th Century  20th Century American 
Restoration and 18th Century  Contemporary American 
Romantic  Literary Theory 
Victorian  Cultural Studies 
Modern British  Digital Humanities 
Contemporary British Poetry 
Postcolonial  Drama 
Global Anglophone  The Novel 
Transatlantic  Nonfiction 
Native American  Rhetoric 
African-American 
For more information on degree requirements, please take a look at the Graduate Student Handbook for English (click on button below).  You can also download a sampling of our current graduate course descriptions, which are updated prior to registration each semester.  

Graduate Catalog Description Graduate Student Handbook

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