The PhD Program

Book ShelfThe AU doctoral program in English exists to provide rigorous scholarly and pedagogical training for the emerging intellectual leaders and stewards of English Studies. At this level, our graduate faculty works with a select group of Ph.D. students to develop their own critical analysis of American and English literature, from the traditional canons to Anglophone, Irish, trans-Atlantic, African-American, and Southern literatures and cultures, and rhetoric and composition.

As a select group of advanced students aiming at careers as teachers and researchers at the college and university level, English doctoral students are scrupulously trained and carefully mentored to develop the specific linguistic, aesthetic, philosophical, and historical skills relevant to their chosen field and specialization; and to think and write with precision, insight, and imagination.

Students and faculty in our department work in tandem to develop advanced student research projects that examine important issues in the field. All doctoral candidates in English are encouraged to pursue substantial research while remaining mindful of the innovative and interdisciplinary currents that have reshaped the field of English Studies over the past several decades. Consequently, we see our doctoral students as 21st century scholar-teachers who are trained to assume two broad intellectual responsibilities: to serve as tradition bearers for the study of important literary works, and to explore horizons of innovation in the theory and practice of English Studies. In their role as modern scholar-teachers, doctoral students are encouraged to appreciate rhetorical and literary expression and to explore the myriad ways knowledge is produced and disseminated in the historical and contemporary social sphere.

Last Updated: March 07, 2014