department of english

114 Swan Hall, 60 Upper College Road, Kingston, RI 02881

– Main Office: 401.874.5931 - Graduate Office: 401.874.4663

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Interim Director of Graduate Studies
Professor Jean Walton
Telephone: 401.874.4011

Graduate Program Administrator
Michelle Caraccia
Telephone: 401.874.4663

The English Graduate Program offers students an opportunity to work closely with individual faculty to design a personalized, interdisciplinary, and interdepartmental program of study. Our graduate students develop close relationships with their peers in this robust yet intimate program. They receive intensive pedagogical training while in the program. Classes are offered in late afternoon and evening for the convenience of working students who may choose to study part time.

Our faculty offers strengths in critical theory, digital humanities, creative writing, American studies, modernity studies, qualitative research, and curriculum development. They have earned recognition from prestigious institutions, including: the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Guggenheim Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, the American Fulbright Program, The Institute for Advanced Study, PEN/America, the Folger Shakespeare Library, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Our faculty also bring an international purview to their teaching, having taught in Russia, England, France, Canada, Italy, and Israel.

Our graduates go on to careers in teaching, publishing, writing, film production, medicine, business, law, and various positions in academia. Many MAs have matriculated in top-rated PhD programs, and PhDs have an excellent record of placement in tenure-track university positions.

Degree and Certificate Programs

Master of Arts

The English Master of Arts is as an advanced degree in which students are encouraged to discover new ways of thinking and to broaden and enhance their readings in and understanding of a wide range of literatures.

  • Non-Thesis Option
  • Thesis Option
  • MA in English and MLIS Cooperative Program

Doctor of Philosophy

The English Doctor of Philosophy is a degree where students choose a concentration within a core curriculum. Core courses foster professional development and introduce students to critical methodologies. Concentrations include:

  • American Literature and Culture
  • British Literature and Culture
  • Critical Theories
  • Gender Studies
  • Film
  • Creative Writing (we are the only program in New England that offers a PhD with a creative dissertation)
  • Pre-1900s
  • Post-1900s

Certificate Program

  • Gender and Women’s Studies

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