Academic Programs

Undergraduate Programs

The undergraduate degree follows a course of historical study in the English language and the literatures of Britain and the United States, as well as related English-language traditions and literary works in translation. Students are trained in composition and proceed with a solid grounding in critical theory to explore literature as an artistic medium and an intellectual discipline. They acquire skills in writing and textual analysis designed to complement other academic studies and to enhance later professional and personal goals. The university and community are enriched by public lectures, poetry readings, and the publication of four journals devoted to criticism and creative writing.

Creative Writing

English

  • Bachelor of Arts in English
    Available Options:
    • Concentration in Creative Writing
    • Concentration in Professional Writing
  • Minor in English

Professional Writing

Graduate Programs

The department offers several ways of earning graduate degrees from the M.A. and M.F.A. to the Ph.D, whether through part-time or full-time study. Our graduate programs have become very successful in a relatively short time, and the M.F.A. program with its international emphasis enjoys an especially high national ranking. Recent Ph.D. graduates have obtained tenure-track positions at institutions such as Sam Houston State University, Northwestern University, Snow College, and Hillsdale College.

Creative Writing

  • Master of Fine Arts - Creative Writing
    Available Options:
    • International Focus Track
    • Peace Corps Track

English

  • Master of Arts - English
    Available Options:
    • Literature Emphasis Track - Thesis
    • Literature Emphasis Track - Non-Thesis
    • Language/Composition Theory Track - Thesis
    • Language/Composition Theory Track - Non-Thesis
    • Advanced Track - Thesis
    • Advanced Track - Non-Thesis
  • Doctor of Philosophy - English
    Available Options:
    • Post-Master’s Literature Track
    • Creative Dissertation Track
    • Post-Bachelor’s Literature Track
    • English Literature Track