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 at the University of Rhode Island offers professional training in a variety of related specializations. These include literary research, theory, and criticism and the teaching of literature and writing.

The members of the English Faculty at URI have a diverse range of scholarly approaches and interests. They publish work that reflects a broad spectrum of theoretical and historical methods and concerns, and teach courses that engage with the defining critical conversations of their respective fields. This flexibility is a salient feature of the program itself, a fact reflected by the many paths – professional, intellectual, and personal – that are open to our students.

Our faculty has garnered recognition from such prestigious institutions and programs as 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. Faculty members also bring an international purview to their teaching, having taught in Russia, England, France, Canada, Italy, Turkey, and Israel.

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. Students in pursuit of the English M.A. may choose from one of three different paths of study:

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

Doctor of Philosophy

The English Doctor of Philosophy is a degree that trains students to be citizens as well as scholars. Our Ph.D. students choose their own concentration from within a core curriculum that has been designed with an eye toward their overall professional development. The courses that comprise this curriculum introduce students to a necessary selection of different critical methodologies; they also invite students to reflect upon their own identities as emerging researchers, teachers, and members of academic and non-academic institutions and organizations.

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

Available 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)

Certificate Program

  • Gender and Women’s Studies

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