Graduate Study in Literature

The School of Arts and Humanities offers degrees for students interested in pursuing graduate work in literature, creative writing, rhetoric and translation studies.

The MA and PhD in Literature are designed for students interested in studying literature in an international and interdisciplinary context. Most courses focus on literature of the United States, Great Britain and Europe, but course offerings also include the study of Latin America, Asia and the Middle East.

In all of these degrees, students consult with an assigned faculty advisor to fashion an individual program designed to offer both breadth and depth in the study of the past.


In addition to those forms of financial aid coordinated by the University's Office of Financial Aid, the School of Arts and Humanities offers supplemental support to graduate students through the awarding of teaching assistantships and grants from the Armstrong Fellowship Program. Students enrolled in all of the School's graduate programs are eligible to apply for these forms of aid.

MA students awarded teaching assistantships are eligible for support through four semesters of graduate study; PhD students are eligible for ten semesters (including any semesters as an MA student) provided they do not exceed 99 hours of doctoral credit.

The TA Application must be filled out and submitted to the Arts and Humanities Office (Jonsson 4.510) in February of each year. Offers for the next academic year will be made in April.


Associate Dean of Graduate Studies
John Gooch
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