The Literature, Criticism, and Textual Studies PhD program builds on the department’s historic strength in literary studies.
The British and American literary traditions, medieval studies, ethnic literatures, post-colonial and international literatures, critical theory, textual studies, folklore, film, and work in other fields support student research in a variety of genres.
With interdisciplinary groups such as the Marco Institute; the twentieth century CAAS group; and the Race, Ethnic Studies, and Colonial/Postcolonial Studies group, PhD candidates have many resources on which to draw in their studies. Candidates are encouraged to take responsibility for a broad range of material while choosing a particular research focus that prepares them for advanced work in the field of English. Candidates are credentialed through an examination process that grounds them in their respective fields and develops their particular specializations.