PhD Program

The PhD program in the Department of English offers advanced study and research in literary history, criticism, and theory, with excellent opportunities for interdepartmental and interdisciplinary study. Courses within the department cover major genres, periods, authors, and a broad range of methodological and theoretical approaches.

The graduate curriculum is enhanced by frequent lectures and workshops with Northwestern faculty and visiting scholars from around the world. Student-organized colloquia, conferences, reading groups, and dissertation groups provide opportunities for students to present their research to an audience of peers.

The PhD program provides superb teacher training in a variety of settings, including teaching assistantships for undergraduate lecture courses, composition courses, freshman seminars, and continuing education courses.

The following documents, formatted for printing, contain information on some of the period and genre sub-fields within the English Department:

Medieval Studies

Early Modern/Renaissance literature

British Studies

American literature

20th- & 21st-century/Transnational literature

Poetry & Poetics