Boston College

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences



140 Commonwealth Avenue

Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:


Format: Campus

Program Description:

Our graduate programs in English offer the opportunity to study with nationally recognized faculty in many periods, authors, and critical and theoretical streams. Our faculty members are renowned scholars who have published many books from the most highly regarded academic presses in the field, including Cornell, Hopkins, Oxford, Cambridge, Minnesota, Duke and others. They routinely contribute articles to leading journals such as PMLA, American Literature, American Literary History, Critical Inquiry, Studies in English Literature, Victorian Studies, ELH, and GLQ, and anthologies such as Best American Essays and Best American Short Stories; win national awards from NEH, NEA, the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Humanities Center; edit anthologies, collections, editions and series in feminist theory, religion and literature, post-colonial studies and psychoanalysis; publish prize-winning novels, short stories, creative nonfiction and poetry in contemporary journals and series; and serve as officers for professional organizations such as the MLA and the American Studies Association. Because the English Department is committed to offering a broad array of courses each semester, M.A. and Ph.D. students have the opportunity to select from a dozen classes each semester in historical fields ranging from Medieval British to Contemporary American Literature. In addition to courses offered across literary and historical periods, our diverse offerings include courses on genre and form, interdisciplinary and methodological approaches to literature, contemporary research methods and literary theory. Aside from the rich offerings for intellectual exchange in the Boston area, students and faculty participate in BC’s own Lowell Humanities Series, which brings internationally renowned writers and thinkers to campus. Many members of the department contribute to the BC-based journal Religion and the Arts. The English Department is (with History) the most active contributor to our thriving Irish Studies Program, which publishes the Irish Literary Supplement and offers institutional support to the refereed journal Eiré-Ireland. Graduate students are an integral part of the English Department. We meet not only in our graduate seminars, but through our shared experiences teaching undergraduates, in collaborative work conducting research and working toward exams, in the graduate student colloquia and conferences we host regularly on campus, and in the kitchen of our departmental home in Stokes Hall, where we sustain ourselves with coffee, food and conversation on a daily basis. We hope that you will consider joining our thriving intellectual community.



International Student Requirements:


Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Large City

Size & Settings: 10,000-19,999

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