We offer a Master of Arts degree that provides high-level training in literature and culture, preparing students for PhD work or a range of non-academic career possibilities. MA students are fully integrated with PhD students in the classroom and in our scholarly community, but they also have the dedicated services of an MA advisor who works individually with MA students and attends to their specific needs within the program.
Our PhD program offers four high-level research concentrations: Medieval and Early Modern Studies, British and Postcolonial Studies, American Literature and Culture, and Crip/Queer Studies. Within each of these areas, students are invited to construct their own specializations and methodologies, ranging from sociohistorical angles to digital humanities and film studies. Our widely-published and renowned faculty in each of these areas closely mentor PhD students from coursework to the final stages of the dissertation. We pride ourselves on being a collaborative and supportive programme, with faculty deeply engaged in all areas of academic work, from preparing conference papers to developing syllabi for teaching.
Our location in the heart of Washington, D.C., provides rich opportunities for scholarly research – with the Library of Congress within easy reach as well as our close relationship with the Folger Shakespeare Library. Students have access to the Consortium of local Universities, as well as to the many archives and arts and educational programs available in the nation’s capital.