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The Department of English and Philosophy has an established tradition of graduate training, having offered the MA in English since 1960 and doctorates since 1971. Our programs stand out from others in the region and nation for their distinctive combination of broad literary training with pedagogical theory and practice.

The MA and the PhD programs emphasize English and American literature as well as practical and theoretical training in teaching English at the college level. The TESOL Certificate may be completed as part of the MA or PhD or as a stand-alone credential.

The English Department is a lively intellectual community, where students work closely with faculty. In addition to normal coursework, we have many on-going departmental activities, including the faculty works-in-progress series, doctoral colloquia, and the English Graduate Student Association (EGSA) meetings and graduate conference, as well as periodic brown bag luncheons and workshops concerning teaching and professional preparation. Combined with a solid education in literature and the teaching of English, participation in these activities has contributed to the success of our MA and doctoral graduates in finding jobs in teaching at two- and four-year institutions, in editing and grant writing, and in other fields of employment.

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