Graduate Students

Graduate Students

Graduate study in English at the University of Oregon includes traditional literary history and textual study, as well as coursework in critical theory, ethnic literatures, gender studies, cultural studies, rhetoric and composition, postcolonial studies, ecocriticism, folklore, film and television, and popular culture.

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Master’s Degree

The English MA degree serves students who want to study beyond the BA, but who do not plan to or are not yet ready to pursue a PhD. Our program offers historical coverage in British, American, and other Anglophone literary, film, and folklore traditions, a wide range of theoretical approaches, a vital and accessible faculty, and a highly regarded composition program. Working toward the master’s degree is an excellent way to develop critical prose writing skills; to build on knowledge of literature, theory, film, and folklore; and to take advantage of our teacher training program.

Master’s Requirements

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Doctorate Degree

In the English PhD program, students first establish a solid background in British and American literature and critical theory (years one and two) and then focus on their special field of study (years three through five). After fulfilling a limited number of distribution requirements, each student fashions an Individual Program of Study with the assistance of their faculty advisor, who is a specialist in the appropriate field. The number of places in the PhD program is limited, and admission is competitive.

PhD Requirements

A Defining Experience

Teresa Hernandez

“Teaching here at the University of Oregon has really given me the opportunity to work with other first-generation, BIPOC students, which has been a reinvigorating part of my career. The English faculty were invested in my success, which has been a true defining move for me. And I feel like if I had not come to the University of Oregon, I don't think I would have received the same type of support elsewhere.”

—Teresa Hernandez,
English doctoral candidate, '22

Graduate Specialization

The graduate specialization in Politics, Culture and Identity is a collaboration of the Departments of English and Political Science. The specialization builds on a series of existing courses, faculty research and teaching expertise, and student interest in the interdisciplinary study of politics through theories and methods that attend to interpretation, identity, and discourse.

Politics, Culture and Identity

Funding Your Graduate Studies

A variety of funding opportunities are available to master’s and doctoral students through the English Department, the College of Arts and Sciences and the overall university. Find out what you’re eligible for.

 

Graduate Funding

Prepare for the Professional World

Of our graduates, 85% are in field-related secure employment within five years of graduation, and 24 were published in academic journals from 2019-2022. Learn where the English Department can take your career and how we help you get there.

 

Career and Professional Development

Finding Community in English

Vincent Steinfeld

“The grad student community here at UO is tight-knit, supportive, and caring. We get together to plan our courses, write, share teaching notes, and read one another’s work. Off-campus we meet for coffee or drinks, go out for lunch, share movie and music recommendations, and have potlucks. It’s great to be a part of an intellectual community centered around human relationships and mutual care.” 

—Vincent Steinfeld,
MA candidate '22

English Graduate Students

Our Graduate Students

Rather than creating a competitive atmosphere where students battle each other for recognition, UO English Department seminars encourage students to be inquisitive scholars who listen to and learn from one another as well as from the books, archives, and visual media they study together.

Resources for the Graduate Community 

Events

LT 199 - Self Study Language Program Orientation Meeting
Sep29
LT 199 - Self Study Language Program Orientation Meeting Sep 29 MCK 175
What was Natural Magic and What Does it Have to do with Science?
Sep29
What was Natural Magic and What Does it Have to do with Science? Sep 29 Museum of Natural and Cultural History
“Black Pro Se: Authorship and the Limits of Law in 19th-Century African American Literature”
Sep30
“Black Pro Se: Authorship and the Limits of Law in 19th-Century African American Literature” Sep 30 Prince Lucien Campbell Hall (PLC)
New UO Student Trips - WOW Inflatable Kayaking Trips
Sep30
New UO Student Trips - WOW Inflatable Kayaking Trips Sep 30 Outdoor Program (OP) Barn
Labor History Lecture Series: Matt Garcia
Oct3
Labor History Lecture Series: Matt Garcia Oct 3 William W. Knight Law Center
Charlotte Coté: "c̓uumaʕas. The River that Runs through Us"
Oct6
Charlotte Coté: "c̓uumaʕas. The River that Runs through Us" Oct 6 Lillis Business Complex
Human Physiology Seminar Series with Charlotte (Charlie) Stagg, PhD
Oct7
Human Physiology Seminar Series with Charlotte (Charlie) Stagg, PhD Oct 7
“Casting Health? The Politics of Genomic Science, Precision Medicine, and Race in India and North America”
Oct7
“Casting Health? The Politics of Genomic Science, Precision Medicine, and Race in India and North America” Oct 7 Prince Lucien Campbell Hall (PLC)
Native Plant Tours
Oct15
Native Plant Tours Oct 15 Museum of Natural and Cultural History
"Prudence and Curiosity in the Early Modern Collection" symposium
Oct21
"Prudence and Curiosity in the Early Modern Collection" symposium Oct 21 Museum of Natural and Cultural History

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