English @ OU

Graduate Program

As we enter the twenty-first century, the formal study of English continues to undergo profound changes precipitated by diverse currents both inside and outside the academy. Consequently, the study of English today includes numerous areas of professional focus. The graduate program at Ohio University recognizes this diversity and offers three distinct areas of concentration at the master's level and doctoral level. At the same time, we wish to ensure that all of our graduate students share a common core of courses and that they take courses outside their specific concentrations.

A primary aim and strength of our program is the fruitful dialogue between students and faculty with differing but related professional interests. Professional and apprentice creative writers, critics, theorists, and composition specialists sit together in the same classrooms and interact at the same informal gatherings, learning from one another and discovering the common concerns that unite artists, scholars, and teachers of literature and writing.

To stimulate this dialogue, we have consciously kept our program small but diverse. Graduate students in English at Ohio University study in an atmosphere where they are taken seriously as individuals and are encouraged to think and create freely, within a framework of demanding goals and standards.

The spirit of dialogue and community is also fostered by the university's location in the informal and tranquil setting of rural Appalachian Ohio. The sense of collegiality—the common pursuit of shared goals from different perspectives—produces an atmosphere of intellectual challenge and personal consideration that distinguishes this program from others in both public and private institutions.

Professional Development Opportunities

The English program at Ohio University is strongly committed to advancing its candidates’ critical and professional skills. Teaching and employment opportunities, along with the promotion of candidates’ scholarship, contribute to the high level of job placement for graduates of the M.A. and Ph.D. program.

Graduate candidates who receive Teaching Assistantships benefit from the opportunity to teach courses such as First Year Writing and Rhetoric, Introduction to Literature, Critical Approaches to Poetry, Critical Approaches to Fiction, Critical Approaches to Drama, Advanced Composition, and Technical Writing. Doctoral candidates can also gain valuable experience from the Apprenticeship in Teaching Literature program, designed to provide graduate students with experience in their period of specialization through participation with a faculty member in the planning, design, and teaching of an advanced undergraduate literature course. Ph.D. students are also eligible to apply for TA positions for professors teaching 3000-level literature courses. All M.A. teaching associates take graduate training seminars in composition pedagogy and all teaching associates teach their own courses. They can also teach classes in the department’s two computer classrooms and gain other valuable experience as a staff consultant in the department’s computer labs or as an assistant on various projects.

For more information on applying to the program, you may wish to view the Admissions page.