For more than 75 years, the Graduate Program in English at Illinois has provided students with a comprehensive education in English studies. Our award-winning faculty support coursework and research in all areas of English, American, and Anglophone literature, from the medieval to the contemporary, as well as in writing studies, film studies, cultural studies, literary theory, and creative writing. Our program actively encourages interdisciplinary work; students earn graduate minors and certificates in Medieval Studies, Gender and Women's Studies, Cinema Studies, African-American Studies, and the internationally-known Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory, as well as in many other interdisciplinary units across campus:
- Asian-American Studies Program
- Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies
- Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities
- Latina-Latino Studies Program
- American Indian Studies Program
- The Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies Initiative
- The Program in Jewish Culture and Society
In addition to coursework, the English Department sponsors a wide range of lectures, colloquia, and conferences. Students join reading groups and symposia, organize panels and roundtable discussions, and participate fully in the vibrant intellectual life that makes Illinois thrive. They sit on many departmental committees, and an active English Graduate Student Association organizes student-faculty social events and presentations on professional development. Students also participate in poetry and fiction readings, in dissertation writing circles, and in specialized study groups.
We guarantee a very long term of full financial support to students in good standing: seven years for students entering with the B.A. or B.S. degree, six years for students entering with an M.A., and three years for M.F.A. students. Many students teach independent English classes from the time they enter the program. They are aided by a weeklong teaching orientation, by frequent seminars on teaching techniques, and by formal mentoring from advanced graduate students. Students also have the opportunity, as they move through the program, to work as graders, teaching assistants, and undergraduate advisors; to obtain research and administrative assistantships; to tutor in the Writers Workshop; to intern at the University of Illinois Press; and to gain editorial experience at one of the many journals housed in the English Department. We also offer fellowships to students at the dissertation stage and full range of placement services to our job-seekers.
If you are interested in pursuing graduate study in English at Illinois, please feel free to contact faculty members who share your interests. Take a look at our Admissions guidelines, and get a sense of life in Champaign-Urbana. A wealth of further information about the Illinois English department and links to affiliated programs appear on the English Department web site. If you have questions about the graduate program, please feel free to call or e-mail me or the staff of the Graduate Studies Office at (217) 333-3646 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Renée R. Trilling
Director of Graduate Studies