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The UGA Graduate English Program offers M.A. and Ph.D. degrees. Our Ph.D. program is primarily intended for students pursuing a career in college and university teaching and research.  Our Master’s program serves many intellectual and career goals.  Students earning their M.A.s go on to a variety of careers in education, publishing, law, and other fields that value advanced critical thinking and research abilities.  Some M.A. students subsequently pursue a Ph.D. at other universities, or are admitted into our own Ph.D. program.  For further information, consult the Application Information page.

As a large program, we are able to offer a wide variety of courses, ranging from the traditional to the innovative. Courses in literary periods, major authors, and theoretical movements are supplemented by specialized seminars based on current faculty research interests. Topics taught in recent seminars include “Encyclopedic Respiration in the Long Poem,” “Imperfect Unions: American Writing to 1820,” “Native American Novel,” “Modernism and the Aristocracy,” “Literature, Media, and Information in the Nineteenth Century,” “Novels of the Romantic Period,” “Traveling East in Early Modern English Literature,” “Shakespeare and the Book: Literary Appropriations and Literary Readings,” “York to Tudor: English Literature 1460-1530,” “Image Theory and Visual Narrative,” “Graph and Photograph,” and “Rhetorics of the (Un)Dead.” Other recent seminars have focused on individual authors such as James Baldwin, James Joyce, Mark Twain, and William Faulkner.

Such a variety of course offerings signals both our recognition of intellectual and disciplinary change and our abiding commitment to traditional literary history. Course offerings arise from faculty research interests, and because we have very few course requirements -particularly at the doctoral level- our program encourages students to follow the example of an intellectually engaged faculty in designing their own programs of study.

Recognizing that the burden of professional development is shared by graduate students and faculty alike, we work closely with our graduate students to help them develop professionally as scholars and teachers. Acknowledging that research, publication, and undergraduate teaching are never distinct practices, we provide opportunities to connect research with teaching, to present scholarly work to a range of audiences, and to become part of a larger intellectual community beyond the English Department. Please send initial inquiries to the Graduate Academic Advisor, Amanda Cross at amandalc@uga.edu or phone at 706-542-2197.