Graduate Studies Welcome
We welcome your interest in pursuing graduate work in English at Middle Tennessee State University. Ours is a lively, dynamic program. We offer both an M.A. and a Ph.D. Our curriculum allows students to explore traditional areas of literary study (Chaucer, Spenser, Shakespeare, Milton, Blake, etc.) as well as topics related to popular culture, film, gender, and folklore. We also offer possibilities for concentrated studies in rhetoric, pedagogy, and composition theory.
We in the English Department of MTSU make every effort to provide our graduate students with a congenial atmosphere conducive to the advancement of their learning and personal development. Students are taken seriously as individuals, and are encouraged to think and create freely within a structure that provides support from peers, guidance from faculty, resources for research, challenging goals, and rigorous standards. Graduate study in English is primarily an engagement in the deep and intense study of literature and language, theory, and writing, undertaken for the special pleasure in knowledge and understanding of the world and its semiotic systems that such studies bring. It also provides preparation and training for careers within and without the academy.
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