In pursuing either a master’s or doctoral degree, graduate students in literature are encouraged to balance breadth of knowledge with depth of specialization. Our faculty has a wide range of interests and expertise, spanning traditional historical periods and cross-disciplinary fields like queer and feminist theory, film studies, disability studies, and literary biography.
This is a focused degree program that includes training in research methods and literary theory. It culminates in a research project or thesis. The master’s in English literature prepares students for doctoral work in the field.
The flexibility in this degree allows students to delineate a specialization to match interests. Recent doctoral students have concentrated in a variety of fields, including transatlantic modernism, U.S. ethnic literatures, and the 18th century.
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