Research and Teaching Areas

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Research and Teaching Areas

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The research, creative activities, and courses of study in the Department of English can be generally divided into six research and teaching areas:

Affiliated Interdisciplinary Programs

Many faculty and graduate students of the Department of English are actively engaged with (and/or joint appointed in) interdisciplinary academic programs, including:

Graduate Coursework and Specializations

The Department of English offers the M.A. and Ph.D. in English for students interested in Literary and Cultural Studies, Composition and Rhetoric, and Creative Writing. In addition to specializations in these areas, there are opportunities for students to obtain an interdisciplinary specialization in Ethnic Studies, Great Plains Studies, Nineteenth-Century Studies, or Women’s and Gender Studies. We also offer graduate certifications in Digital Humanities and the Teaching of Writing.

Graduate Specializations

Undergraduate Opportunities

Undergraduates who major in English or film studies work with their academic advisor advisor to design a concentration—a program of study organized around a controlling theme or topic. Though concentrations are tailored to your specific interests, many fall within one or more of these research and teaching areas. We offer minors in English and film studies as well as majors. Explore the pages above and schedule a meeting with your advisor to learn more.

Majors & MinorsConcentrations