The Department of English offers M.A. and Ph.D. programs in literature and culture across three broad historical areas, with a special emphasis in textual studies.
A balanced education in literature, theory, and cultural studies. You do not have to choose between studying "literature" and studying "theory" at Loyola. With distribution requirements spread over three areas—literary studies, theory and cultural studies, and composition and rhetoric—our Ph.D. program offers up-to-date training in the discipline's major areas of expertise. Program requirements are supported by a wide range of courses in the various historical periods of English and American literature, literary and critical theory, post-colonial and global literatures, cultural studies, rhetorical theory, and the teaching of writing. Thus, while our students master the traditional discipline of literary study, they also encounter literature in English that has not traditionally received attention within English departments, and they become well acquainted with contemporary critical approaches.
Manageable degree requirements. Eight courses (24 credit-hours) are required for the master's degree and the program is designed so that full-time students can complete all the requirements within a single year. Interested in doing the M.A. on a part-time basis while working at a full-time job? We make it possible by offering the majority of our graduate seminars in the evenings and late afternoons. Coursework in the Ph.D. program can be completed within three years (two years for students entering with the M.A. degree), with the qualifying exams and dissertation taking two to three more years of study.
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission