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English

Brown's graduate program in literatures and cultures in English offers professional training in literary research, theory, criticism, and the teaching of literature and writing.

The English Department has a diverse faculty representing a range of theoretical approaches. They regularly publish books and articles in such areas as literary history, theory of the novel, poetic form, literature and visual arts, African American literature, Asian American literature, critical race theory, postmodernism, new historicism, feminist theory and criticism, gender and sexuality studies, postcolonial literature, and film studies. The English Department has close ties with the departments of Africana Studies, American Studies, Comparative Literature, Modern Culture and Media, and with the Cogut Center for the Humanities and the Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women.

Additional resources: Research opportunities in the John Hay Library, John Carter Brown Library, and the John Nicholas Brown Center for the Study of American Civilization; editorial home for NOVEL and differences; collaborative work with the Cogut Center for the Humanities, the Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women, the Malcolm S. Forbes Center for Modern Culture and Media, and the programs in Africana and Ethnic Studies.

Completion Requirements
Minimum of 13 courses, including one course from each of three historical areas (I: medieval and early modern literatures and cultures, II: Enlightenment and the rise of national literatures and cultures, III: modern and contemporary literatures and cultures), one course designated as theory intensive, ENGL 2950 Seminar in Pedagogy and Composition Theory, and two independent studies that serve as preparation for the qualifying examination; two foreign languages; six semesters of teaching; oral qualifying examination; dissertation.

Admission Information
Admission requirements: Writing sample and statement of purpose required

GRE General: Required
GRE Subject: Not required
Application deadline: December 15