The English Department Graduate Program operates in conjunction with the Undergraduate English Programs. The mission of the graduate program is to provide rigorous, advanced-level programs and courses in pedagogy and in literary studies, composition and rhetoric, and language to prepare students for continued graduate study or other professions that require knowledge of language and/or literature and advanced skills in critical thinking, reading, and writing.
The Graduate Program offers three graduate English programs with distinct missions:
- MA English-Literature and Language Mission Statement: The MA English-Literature and Language Program cultivates advanced-level critical thinking, reading, research, and writing skills, and an in-depth knowledge of all major areas of literary studies needed for continued graduate study, teaching at the post-secondary level, or work in professional writing.
- MS English Mission Statement: The MS English Program cultivates advanced-level critical thinking, reading, research, and writing skills, and an in-depth knowledge of all major areas of literary studies, including the theory and practice of teaching literature and composition.
- MA English-TESOL Mission Statement: The MA English-TESOL Program cultivates an advanced-level understanding of the theories and practices of teaching English as a Second Language to a wide variety of audiences and to prepare students for further graduate study in linguistics.