Graduate Degree Program Summary

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Graduate Degrees Offered

  • M.A.; Ph.D.
Areas of Study
  • 19th Century Literatures (American, 18th Century, Romantic, and Victorian British Literatures)
  • 20th Century Literatures (American Literatures and British Modernism)
  • Composition and Rhetoric
  • Creative Writing
  • Critical Theory
  • Digital Humanities
  • Ethnic Literatures
  • Medieval and Renaissance Literatures
  • Place-Based Writing (Literatures of the Great Plains and the American West)
  • Women's Literatures
Graduate Certificates
Specializations - what's a specialization?
  • 19th Century Studies
  • Ethnic Studies
  • Great Plains Studies
  • Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs
  • Women's and Gender Studies


  • On the Web
    Department Website
  • Graduate Chair
    Dr. Marco Abel
  • Graduate Secretary
    Ms. Sue Hart
  • Department Address
    202 Andrews Hall
    Lincoln NE 68588-0333

Application Checklist and Deadlines

Required by the Office of Graduate Studies

See also: steps to admission.

Required by English in GAMES

After you apply, allow one business day for us to establish your access to GAMES, where you'll complete these departmental requirements:

  • Entrance exam(s): None
  • Minimum English proficiency: Paper TOEFL 600, Internet TOEFL 100
  • Critical paper in English (15-20 pp.)
  • Curriculum vitae or resume
  • Statement of education goals (1-3 pp.)
  • Teaching experience or evidence of teaching potential
  • Three recommendation letters
  • Creative writing applicants only: Creative writing sample (See department website for details)

Application Deadline

   Fall: December 9

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The Department of English offers the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in the areas of literature studies, creative writing, and composition and rhetoric. Students with a B.A. may apply for the M.A. or for direct admission into the Ph.D. degree program. Students with an M.A. or M.F.A. may apply for the Ph.D.

We offer graduate course work in all listed areas of study. There are also opportunities for students to obtain a specialization in ethnic studies; Great Plains studies, human rights and humanitarian affairs, 19th century studies, and women's and gender studies. We also have certifications in Digital Humanities and the Teaching of Writing.

Diverse opportunities are available for professional development, including development of scholarly and teaching portfolios, participation in critical/literary study groups, a fiction and poetry reading series, and collaboration with faculty on research, teaching, and creative activities.

In addition, the department houses a number of prestigious journals and projects, including Prairie Schooner, one of the most respected literary journals in the nation, The Western American Literature Journal and the Quarterly Review of Film and Video. We also have the Walt Whitman Archive, the Cather Project, the Nebraska Writing Project, the Nebraska Literacy Project, the Corvey Collection of 19th Century British Literature and the Studies in Writing and Rhetoric Monograph Series. Graduate students regularly enrich their academic experience through work on these major departmental projects.

Courses and More

Students in English are most likely to take courses in: See also: Course Catalog in the Graduate Bulletin.

Students will work with an advisor to create a Program of Studies or Memorandum of Courses during the first half of their coursework.

Faculty and Research

Film Studies; Critical Theory; 20th & 21st Century American Literature
Fiction; Creative Nonfiction; American Literature
Creative Writing; Contemporary Poetry
Women Writers; William Blake; Romantic Period
American Literature and Culture; Women's Studies
Rural Education; Community Development
Early Modern England; Shakespeare; Spenser; Milton
19th Century British Literature; Victorian Literature and Culture; 19th Century Science and the Novel
Creative Writing; Latina Literature; Women's Literature; 20th Century Literature
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Creative Writing and Prairie Schooner Editor
Women's and Gender Studies; Literature Theory; Cultural Studies; War Literature
Women's and Lesbian Literature; Feminist Pedagogy
Film History, Theory, and Criticism
African-American Literature; Popular Culture; Film
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Music & Literature
Film Studies; Women's Studies; Cultural Studies; Screenwriting
Digital Humanities; 19th Century Literature; Editorial Theory
Native American Literatures; Romanticism; Literary Theory
Composition; Rhetoric; Literacy Studies; Pedagogies
Pedagogy, Basic Writing and College Access, Teaching with Technology, Learning Transfer, Digital Rhetoric
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Chaucer; Medieval Genre Theory; Iconography of Capitol
American Literature; History of the Book; Women's Authorship
Women Writers; Harlem Renaissance; Popular Culture
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Digital Humanities; Irish and Irish American Literature
Canadian Literature; Great Plains Studies; Native American Literature
Creative Writing; Poetry
Ecocriticism; Western and Southwestern American Literature
American Literature; Chicano Literature; Creative Writing; Fiction
British Literature; Narrative Theory; Genre Theory; History of Manners; Anglo-American Modernism; Jane Austen
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Victorian-Early Modernist Poetry; 19th and 20th Century British Literature
American Literature and Periodicals; Textual Editing; Digital Humanities
Digital Humanities; Critical Theory; Drama

Willa Cather; Women's Fiction; American Studies
African-American Literature and Culture; American Literature
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Creative Writing; Fiction Writing
Renaissance Literature and History; Early Modern Travel Literature
Creative Writing
Renaissance Literature; Literature of 16th and 17th Century London
Composition and Rhetoric; Critical and Feminist Pedagogies; Literacy Studies; Teaching and Writing Development
Restoration and 18th Century Literature
Critical and Literary Theory; Psychoanalysis; Contemporary Political Theory, 20th Century Literature; Modernism; Cold War Stories
Composition; Rhetoric; Literacy; Queer Theory/Queer Pedagogies; Teaching of Writing; Feminist and Gender Studies; Creative Writing/Poetry
Composition; Literacy Studies; Rhetoric

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