English, Literatures In

The Graduate Program of Literatures in English boasts superb faculty, intense mentoring, and a comprehensive curriculum covering the full historical range of literatures in English.

Program Description

The Graduate Program as well as emphasizes the history of the book, literary and cultural theory, postcolonial studies, feminist and gender studies, African American Studies, and performance studies. Our curriculum provides rigorous training in literary history and form.  At the same time, we offer courses in the general area of cultural studies, as well as those that engage in the critical study of historical and current debates about class, race, gender, and sexuality. Offerings are balanced from year to year to make sure students have access to the courses they most need. These courses include a wide range of theoretical approaches, as well as the opportunity to pursue interdisciplinary studies. To the latter end, students may also take courses in other departments, notably History, the language departments, Philosophy, Art History, and Political Science. Rutgers also offers avenues for interdisciplinary study through the Center for Cultural Analysis, the British Studies Center, the Institute for Research on Women, and other organizations affiliated with the English Department. In addition, students may take courses at nearby universities (including Princeton, Columbia, NYU, and the University of Pennsylvania) through our graduate school consortium.

All stages of the program include workshops and individual supervision tailored to students’ evolving intellectual and professional needs. Rutgers has a nationally recognized program in undergraduate writing that enables our students to become effective teachers. In addition to mentored teaching assistantships, we endeavor to provide advanced graduate students the opportunity to teach literature courses of their own design. We have found this training to be an especially compelling feature of our students’ dossiers when they apply for academic and non-academic jobs.


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Degree Types

  • M.A. (Master of Arts)
  • Ph.D. (Doctor of Philosophy)

Campus Locations

College Ave Campus - New Brunswick

Admission Deadlines

For best consideration apply by these dates

Application Type US Applicants Non-US Applicants
Ph.D. December, 15 December, 15