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.