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School of Humanities
UC Irvine Graduate Division
University of California
Irvine, CA 92697
English & American Literature - PhD
UC Irvine's Department of English offers students a challenging and supportive environment in which to work towards a Ph.D. in English and American Literature. Our Ph.D. program in English is especially noted for its strength in Literary History, Critical Theory and Cultural Studies. Our M.F.A. in Writing programs (see seperate listing) are also among the most highly rated in the country. We pride ourselves on a unique spirit of professional training that combines intellectually rigorous seminars and strong support of individual research with vigorous encouragement of collaborative projects.
The English Ph.D. Program addresses all aspects of the literatures in English throughout the world. The interests of its faculty span the full historical range of these literatures and bring into special focus the history of criticism and literary theory. We also seek to study the historical relationship of theoretical, literary and cultural practices. We have designed our Ph.D. programs to be as flexible as possible, in order to allow students to customize their course work and their Ph.D. Qualifying Examinations to fit their own intellectual interests. As a result we have very few fixed requirements in order to allow each student’s course of study to be shaped in close consultation with faculty mentors. Students are encouraged to take seminars in other programs to gain experience of various forms of critical theory and its history.
Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive
Loans Offered: Tuition assistance is available through student loans
Locale: Midsize City