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Graduate Programs

Our graduate programs in English Studies train our student as scholars, teachers, and writers who investigate and enhance functions of language that are essential in human affairs.  These functions of language include:

  • Communicating with others and achieving a meeting of minds despite differences
  • Articulating how the material and social worlds work and how to operate within them, contribute to them, and effect change within them
  • Understanding, forming, and re-forming ourselves and others

Each graduate program contributes to this cultural and social work by developing advanced language, literacy, and literary practices that are essential for responsible, productive, and fulfilling global citizenship in the twenty-first century.

Faculty and students in Literacy, Rhetoric, and Social Practice study the literacy practices of an increasingly digitized contemporary world as enacted in specific communities—of work, of citizenship, of learning, of technology.  Through collaboratives between the university and these communities, our students and faculty contribute to the improvement of advanced and complex literacy practices.

Faculty and students in Literature, Cultural Theory, and Social Practice identify, investigate, and theorize the social functions of texts in a variety of contexts both within and outside the academy. Applying a variety of cultural theories—deconstruction, feminism, gender theory, historical materialism, postcolonialism, psychoanalysis, to name a few—the program provides sustained focus on the social functions of all categories of texts (both literary and non-literary), including the conditions of their production, distribution, and consequent use.

In the Northeast Ohio Master of Fine Arts program, creative writing students pursue the intensive study and practice of literary writing in order to develop advanced abilities to apprehend and articulate the complexities and nuances of human experience and the human condition, and to teach others to do the same.  

Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) students develop linguistic, pedagogical, and social practices necessary for second language instruction in variety of domestic and international settings, with the ultimate goal of increased cross-national and cross-cultural understanding and cooperation.

Graduate Studies Coordinator

Kevin Floyd
Satterfield Hall 113B

Graduate Secretary

Brittany Moore
Satterfield Hall 113C


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