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 engaged 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 specialization in Rhetoric and Composition, a certificate in Women's Studies, and an M.A. in English and M.L.I.S. Cooperative Program (see our Concentrations and Specializations page for more). Courses are offered each semester on both the main campus in Kingston and the College of Continuing Education in Providence.
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. For specialists in Rhetoric, opportunities to teach different writing courses and to tutor, work, and research in the Writing Center are provided. In the Spring, the English Department hosts a graduate student conference.
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.
This website is the best source of information about the English Department Graduate Program. If you have specific questions that are not answered, feel free to contact the Office of Graduate Studies.
Director of Graduate Studies, Prof. Naomi Mandel
Telephone: (401) 874-4011
Secretary, Anita Burke Telephone: (401) 874-4663