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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.

More Information about the BA Degree 

MA students complete 30 hours (including 6 thesis hours), write a thesis, and demonstrate reading knowledge of one foreign language.

More information about the MA Degree Requirements

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. 

More information about the PhD Degree Requirements


Andrew Belton
African American Literature

William Decker
American Literature

Ritch Frohock
18th Century American Literature

Elizabeth Grubgeld
Irish Literature

Katherine Hallemeier
Post-Colonial Studies

Lisa Hollenbach
Contemporary American Poetry

Alyssa Hunziker
Native American and Indigenous Literatures

Edward Jones

Tim Murphy
Modern Fiction

Lindsay C. Smith
American Indian Studies

Andrew Wadoski
Early Modern Literature

Jeffrey Walker
Early American Literature

Lindsay Wilhelm
Victorian 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
Lindsey Smith  
Jeffrey Walker    
Lindsay Wilhelm  
Studies in Non-Fiction History of the Book
William Decker   William Decker
Ritch Frohock   Edward Jones
Elizabeth Grubgeld   Jeffrey Walker
Tim Murphy    
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
    Martin Wallen
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