The Literature Graduate Program in English begins with a course in the fundamentals of research and bibliography. Working closely with their advisory committee, students devise an individualized curriculum that reflects their own intellectual interests. The Program offers seminars in all historical periods of Anglophone literature from medieval to contemporary. Classes focusing on an individual genre or author, on multicultural and gender studies, and on literary theory are regularly scheduled.
Many graduate students teach writing classes and participate in workshops on pedagogy. Opportunities to teach other courses and to work as research assistants are periodically available for distinguished students. The combined emphasis on research and practical teaching experience enables new PhDs to compete for a variety of faculty positions at colleges and universities throughout the country.
A number of fellowships and teaching assistantships are given to new and continuing students, in addition to essay prizes and awards. The department provides some travel support for students to deliver papers at professional conferences.
The BA in English at OSU requires 40 hours of general education courses, 54 hours within the major, and 10 hours of elective coursework. Literature is one of four paths available for the major coursework.
MA students complete 30 hours (including 6 thesis hours), write a thesis, and demonstrate reading knowledge of one foreign language.
Doctoral students earn a total of 60 hours (including 18-20 dissertation hours) beyond those required for the MA; take PhD exams in two subject areas; write and defend a dissertation; and demonstrate a reading knowledge of two, or mastery of one, foreign language.
African American Literature
18th Century American Literature
Contemporary American Poetry
Native American and Indigenous Literatures
Lindsay C. Smith
American Indian Studies
Early Modern Literature
Early American Literature
Learn more about other OSU faculty on the profile pages.
(Note: Students may use the below research groupings to facilitate the formation for their exam and dissertation committees. These clusters are intended to be suggestive, not definitive or restrictive.)
|Studies in Fiction||Poetry and Poetics|
|Ritch Frohock||Andrew Belton|
|Elizabeth Grubgeld||Lisa Hollenbach|
|Alyssa Hunziker||Edward Jones|
|Tim Murphy||Andrew Wadoski|
|Studies in Non-Fiction||History of the Book|
|William Decker||William Decker|
|Ritch Frohock||Edward Jones|
|Elizabeth Grubgeld||Jeffrey Walker|
|Native American/Post-Colonial Studies||African American Studies|
|Ritch Frohock||Andrew Belton|
|Katherine Hallemeier||William Decker|
|Alyssa Hunziker||Katherine Hallemeier|
|Lindsey Smith||Lisa Hollenbach|
|Ethics and Literature||Critical Theory and Aesthetics|
|Elizabeth Grubgeld||Linda Austin|
|Katherine Hallemeier||Katherine Hallemeier|
|Andrew Wadoski||Tim Murphy|
|Technology and Literature||Popular Culture|
|Linda Austin||Lisa Hollenbach|
|Lisa Hollenbach||Tim Murphy|
|Tim Murphy||Stacy Takacs|
|Martin Wallen||Jeffrey Walker|
Find out about course offerings at the Course Offerings Page.