Fields of Specialization
As the M.A. and Ph.D. in English are research degrees as well as teaching apprenticeships, all students are expected to choose fields of specialization in which to focus their coursework and writing. They will design these areas of specialization in close consultation with the Chair of their committee. These may be well-established areas of national literature and/or historical period (British, American, Native American, post-colonial Anglophone; medieval, early modern, Eighteenth, Nineteenth or Twentieth century), theoretical approaches (feminism/gender studies, critical race/ethnicity studies, Marxism, poststructuralism), media studies (film, graphic novel), more recent areas of scholarly interest (transnational, new kinds of interdisciplinary studies), or unique areas defined by the student in consultation with his or her Chair. At the M.A. level, students may also be admitted to specialize in Creative Writing.
Here are some of the well establish fields of specialization in the department, but students should work with the Chair of their committee to define their own areas of expertise.
Literary and Cultural Studies
Rhetoric, and Literacy
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