Graduate Student Resources

Graduate English Administration/Staff

General Information

Fall 2023 Orientation Slideshow (no sound):


Prospective Students

Current Students


Begin by reviewing the relevant sections in the Graduate Student Handbook.

Directed Portfolio

Thesis and Dissertation


GA and GTA Resources

Preliminary Examinations

  1. Old and Middle English 
  2. Early Modern British Literature: 1500-1660, including Milton 
  3. Restoration and Eighteenth-Century British Literature 
  4. Nineteenth-Century British Literature*
  5. Romantic 
  6. Victorian 
  7. Twentieth-Century British Literature 
  8. American Literature to 1830 
  9.  American Literature: 1830-1910 
  10. American Literature: 1910-present 
  11. Criticism and Critical Theory 
  12. Composition, Language, and Rhetoric 
  13. Children's and Young Adult Literature 
  14. Linguistics 
  15. Popular Culture and Film Studies* 
  16. Popular Culture 
  17. Film 
  18. Anglophone Literature 
  19. Folklore

*Students may choose to be examined in IV. a. or b. and in XIII. a. or b. only.



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Mailing Address:
Department of English
Middle Tennessee State University
Box 70
1301 East Main Street
Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Main Office: Peck Hall 302

Chair: Dr. Stephen Severn


Telephone: (615) 898-2648