English Department

Handbook for Graduate Students in English


Graduate Study is for those students committed to a discipline. We have designed our curriculum to enable you to prepare for a career or for further graduate work. We try to guide you effectively in pursuing either of these goals by:

  1. requiring certain fundamental courses;
  2. offering a reasonably broad choice of electives;
  3. making personal advising readily available; and
  4. providing informed, conscientious teaching of high quality.

At the same time, we do not require specialization; nor do we require a foreign language-- though we recommend proficiency in French, German, Italian, or Latin, especially if you contemplate going on for a Ph.D.

Whatever your intentions or expectations, we believe that you will find our program interesting and challenging.