Welcome to the Graduate Programs within the Department of English & Comparative Literature. Graduate studies in English at the University of Cincinnati began in 1906, and by 1913, the program offered a sophisticated graduate curriculum. The department established the creative dissertation for PhD candidates in the 1960s, as one of the first in the country. The graduate program has had a history of distinguished faculty and graduates in literary research, critical theory, rhetoric and composition, professional writing, and creative writing. Currently the program offers unique and significant interdisciplinary opportunities, particularly with the Departments of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, History and Romance Literatures and Languages.
Doctoral, Masters, and Certificate graduate programs are offered in four areas of study:
Specialty areas of study in the program include composition pedagogy, theory, and history, rhetorical theory (classical, contemporary, and cultural rhetorics), new media studies, research methods, public writing, and writing program administration.
This area focuses on the study of significant texts and forms, both literary and extra-literary, from all historical periods; major critical theories and approaches, current as well as foundational; and the historical, cultural, and ideological conditions under which texts have been produced and received.