Facilities for graduate work include an excellent general library system and a world-renowned research library, the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center. The Ransom Center provides materials for critical, textual, and bibliographical studies, with its extensive holdings in earlier British literature (including the Pforzheimer Collection), modern British and American literature, theatre arts, photography, and other significant subjects for literary and cultural research. The Benson Latin American Collection is one of many campus resources for advanced work in non-European literature and language. The Division of Rhetoric and Composition offers rich opportunities for teaching and study; and the Computer Writing and Research Laboratory enjoys a national reputation for investigating the intersections among technology, language, and literature.
Courses are offered in the following areas of concentration: American literature; bibliography and textual criticism; computers and English studies; creative writing; English language and linguistics; English literature; ethnic and Third World literatures; folklore, popular culture, and cultural studies; poetry and poetics; rhetoric; and women, gender, and literature.
The following faculty members served on the Graduate Studies Committee in the spring semester 2002-2003.
Master of Arts
A total of thirty-three semester hours of work is required, of which at least six must be in a related field outside the Department of English. The department does not admit literature students for a terminal master's degree; however, students in the creative writing program receive the Master of Arts degree upon completion of their course of work. Details are available from the graduate adviser.
As preparation for the English graduate program, a strong undergraduate background in British and American literature and language is desirable, as well as advanced coursework in related fields.
Doctor of Philosophy
To enter the doctoral degree program, all master's-level students must pass the qualifying examination. With the consent of the graduate adviser, students who enter the program with a Master of Arts degree from another university may be eligible for exemption from the examination. Students who began their graduate work at the University must pass the examination in the spring semester of the second year of graduate study.
After passing the qualifying examination, the student completes from twenty-four to thirty-three semester hours of additional coursework; specific requirements are available from the graduate adviser. Students who began graduate study at another institution may petition the graduate adviser to transfer applicable credit to the Program of Work. Students seek admission to candidacy for the doctoral degree after completing their coursework, receiving approval of the dissertation prospectus, and passing the doctoral three-area examination.
Campus address: Calhoun Hall (CAL) 210, phone (512) 471-5132 or (512) 475-6356; campus mail code: B5000
Mailing address: The University of Texas at Austin, Graduate Program, Department of English, 1 University Station B5000, Austin TX 78712-0195
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