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Department of English

Graduate Studies

Program Overview

Welcome to the Graduate Studies Program page. The URI English Department Graduate Program educates men and women to enter a variety of professional fields. Students are encouraged to think and write critically and to be alive to new ideas and other cultures. Graduates go into teaching, business, publishing, film production, medicine, and law. Perhaps most importantly, our English Graduate Program strives to help students see that they are grad studentengaged in lifelong learning processes, not only for themselves, but with and for people in the world around them.

The English Master of Arts is perceived 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. The English Doctor of Philosophy is a degree with concentrations in American and British literature and culture, critical and cultural theories, gender studies, film, and creative writing. The Graduate Program also offers a certificate in Gender and Women's Studies, and an M.A. in English and M.L.I.S. Cooperative Program (see our Concentrations and Specializations page for more information). Please note: As of October 1, 2014, the English M.A. and Ph.D. Programs no longer offer a specialization in Rhetoric and Composition.

The Ph.D. and M.A. programs are highly competitive and selective and based primarily on academic merit. Admission to the Ph.D. program in particular is based on demonstrated capability to do scholarship and the match of research interests between the applicant and faculty in indicated and developing areas of concentration. With a small student/faculty ratio and an actively publishing faculty interested in sharing their time and interests, students get personalized attention and are encouraged to publish their work and to deliver conference papers. Our graduate Teaching Assistants also have the opportunity to study and to teach various courses in both writing and literature. In the Spring, the English Department hosts a graduate student conference.teaching in classroom

Because of our selective process and the commitment of faculty, our Ph.D. graduates have had an unusually high degree of success in the job market with positions in colleges and universities offered to most of our graduates. Our M.A. graduates have gone on to further graduate study and/or employment in social work, business, law, and teaching.

We encourage students to be active in the workings and maintenance of the English Department. An inclusive system of governance gives graduate students a voice in departmental affairs. Department meetings, except for those dealing with personnel matters, are open to graduate students, and student representatives sit as voting members on some departmental committees. The University’s Graduate Student Association is an active group that elects students to committees, and sponsors student travel to professional conferences and meetings.

Director of Graduate Studies, Prof. Kathleen Davis
Telephone: (401) 874-4011
Graduate Program Administrator, Michelle Caraccia
Telephone: (401) 874-4663