English Language and Literature

Details

English Language and Literature
Admits Fall term.  Deadline for applications is December 15. GRE general required; Letters of recommendation required.
Contact department for additional information and requirements. Please use the following information when completing the application.
Code: 00190; Academic Program:  English Language and Literature; Ph.D.

Creative Writing
Admits Fall term. Deadline for applications is January 1. Letters of recommendation required. Contact department for additional information and requirements. Please use the following information when completing the application.
Code: 00154; Academic Program: Creative Writing; M.F.A.

Faculty

Department Chair: Michael Schenfeldt

Graduate Chair: Daniel Hack

Professors: Alexander, Awkward, Blair, Brater, Crane, Curzan, Davies, Delbanco, Ellison, Faller, Freedman, Gere, Goldstein, Goodison, Gregerson, Gunning, Halperin, Hawes, Herrmann, Howard, Jordan, Kasischke, Kuppers, Larson, M. Levinson, Moss, Norich, Pinch, Pollack, Porter, Prins, Rabkin, Schoenfeldt, Siebers, S. Smith, Tapia, Tinkle, Traub, Wald and Yaeger

Associate Professors: Bauland, Byers, Cureton, Gold, Hack, Hartley, J. Levinson, Mattawa, Miller, Mullaney, Najita, Parrish, Portnoy, Sanok, Santamarina, Sweeney, Taylor, Toon, Trevor, Wenzel, Whittier-Ferguson and Zemgulys

Assistant Professors: Carroll, Hu, Mendoza, Silver, G. White and Yergeau

Degree Programs

Interdepartmental Degree Programs

English and Education, Ph.D.
English and Women's Studies, Ph.D.

Various members of the faculty also have joint appointments in the following departments and schools: History of Art, Film and Video Studies, Humanities Institute, Law, Linguistics, Music, and Theatre.


Degree Programs of the Department

Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing
Doctor of Philosophy

In addition to the specific requirements listed below, see the Master's Degrees and Doctoral Degrees sections of the Rackham Graduate School Academic Policies.


Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing

The Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing is a 36-hour program, completed within two academic years. Students elect a total of 24 workshop hours and through them form a community of writers. Besides doing their own writing, they read and comment on each other's work. Study culminates in an MFA Project, a collection of poems or short stories or a part of a novel. Most MFA students teach undergraduate creative writing courses during their second year in the program.

Admission: Rackham application, statement of purpose, transcripts, three letters of recommendation, and a writing sample.

Specific Course Requirements: Four semesters of workshops and nine hours of literature or literary criticism at the graduate level, three hours of cognate coursework at the graduate level.

Note: We do not accept Non-Candidate for Degree students to our M.F.A. program/courses.


Doctor of Philosophy

Admission: The department primarily offers direct admission to the doctoral program to those holding a bachelor's degree, but also considers applications from those with a Master's degree in English for admission. Three letters of recommendation are required. The department requires that applicants take the Graduate Record Examination Aptitude Test and submit a sample of critical writing. Applicants must present a distinguished academic record with a well-balanced program of study in English and American literature, including a strong range in period and genre. Some training in the history and structure of the English language is also desirable. Evidence that the applicant can satisfy the foreign language requirement in the first two years of the doctoral program is necessary for admission.

Note: We do not accept Non-Candidate for Degree students to our Ph.D. program/courses.

Foreign Language Requirement: One language at an advanced level, or two languages at a basic level; both must be satisfied by coursework or departmental examination in the first two years of the doctoral program. Basic reading ability is equivalent to two years of good college-level instruction; advanced includes literary competence. For details, contact the graduate program office.

Specific Course Requirements: Introduction to Graduate Studies, in the first year; at least three upper-level seminars, elected in consultation with the student's advisor, as well as a directed study in the fourth year; and six hours of cognate coursework at the graduate level. No other specific coursework is required, but students are expected to devote the first year to a broad, well-balanced coverage of the discipline. Subsequent coursework in the second and third years should be directed primarily toward the student's special areas of interest.

Third-Term Review: In the first term of the second year, each student's career will be reviewed to provide direction, counseling, and an early professional orientation. If the review is favorable, the Graduate Committee will recommend that the student continue to work for the Ph.D.

Preliminary Examination: During the second year, each student chooses three faculty members to serve on his or her Examinations Committee. During the third year, each student must successfully complete one oral examination administered by the Examinations Committee.

Dissertation Prospectus: A prospectus outlining plans for the student's dissertation must be approved by the Graduate Chair by the fall of the fourth year of the Ph.D. program. Future fellowships and other support are contingent upon the timely completion of the prospectus.

Candidate Status: In order to be nominated for candidacy, a student must complete two years of coursework, including cognates; meet the foreign language requirement; and receive a favorable third-term review.

For information on the dissertation committee, final oral examination, and publication of dissertation, see the Rackham Graduate School Academic Policies and the Dissertation Handbook (pdf).

Contact

University of Michigan

3187 Angell Hall
435 S State
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1003
Phone: (734) 936-2274
Fax:
E-mail:
Program Website: http://www.lsa.umich.edu/english

Courses

The following courses constitute the range of approved offerings at the time of the assembly of the publication. For more detailed and current information write directly to the department.

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  English Lang & Literature (Subject Code: ENGLISH)


English Lang & Literature (Subject Code: ENGLISH)
406/LING 406.  Mod Engl Grammar.  (3 credits)

408/LING 408.  Varieties English.  (3 credits)

411.  Art of the Film.  (3 credits)

418.  Graphic Narrative.  (3 credits)

424.  Adv Poetry Writing.  (3 credits)

427/THTREMUS 427.  Adv Playwrit.  Advisory pre-requisite: ENGLISH 327.  (2 to 3 credits)

440.  Modern Poetry.  (3 credits)

441.  Contemporary Poetry.  (3 credits)

445.  Shakespeare Rivals.  (2 to 3 credits)

447.  Modern Drama.  (3 credits)

448.  Contemporary Drama.  (2 to 3 credits)

449.  Medieval Drama.  (3 credits)

455/MEMS 455.  Medieval Engl Lit.  (2 to 3 credits)

457/MEMS 457.  Renaiss Engl Lit.  Advisory pre-requisite: Completion of freshman ENGLISH requirements.  (2 to 3 credits)

459.  Engl Neoclassic Lit.  (2 to 3 credits)

461.  Engl Romantic Lit.  (3 credits)

462.  Victorian Lit.  (3 credits)

463.  Mod British Lit.  (3 credits)

464.  Study Indi Authors.  (3 credits)

465/MEMS 465.  Chaucer.  (3 credits)

469.  Milton.  (3 credits)

470.  Colonial Revol AmLit.  (3 credits)

471.  19th C American Lit.  (3 credits)

472.  20th C American Lit.  (3 credits)

473.  Topics American Lit.  (2 to 3 credits)

477/AAS 475.  Erly Afr Lit.  Advisory pre-requisite: Permission of instructor  (2 to 3 credits)

478/AAS 476.  Afro-Am Lit.  Advisory pre-requisite: AAS 201  (3 credits)

490.  Hist Lit Crit&Theory.  (3 credits)

493.  Great Works of Lit.  (1 to 2 credits)

501/GERMAN 501.  Old English.  (2 to 3 credits)

502/GERMAN 502.  Old Engl Lit.  Advisory pre-requisite: GERMAN 501. Graduate standing.  (2 to 3 credits)

503.  Middle English.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing.  (3 credits)

505.  History of English.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing.  (3 credits)

506.  Structure of Engl.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing and permission of instructor.  (3 credits)

507/LING 509.  Engl Styles.  Advisory pre-requisite: Any course in the structure of English. Graduate standing.  (2 to 3 credits)

508.  Discourse&Rhetoric.  Advisory pre-requisite: ENGLISH 506. Graduate standing.  (3 credits)

509.  Language&Literature.  Advisory pre-requisite: Any course in the structure of English. Graduate standing.  (3 credits)

510.  Res Meth&Materials.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing.  (1 to 3 credits)

513/GERMAN 513.  Old Norse.  Advisory pre-requisite: Open to any Graduate student, and to undergraduates by permission of the instructor.  (2 to 3 credits)

516.  Lit Res&Computer.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing and permission of instructor.  (3 credits)

520.  Intro Grad Studies.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing in English or Women's Studies and permission of instructor.  (3 credits)

521.  Hist Lit Thry.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing.  (2 to 3 credits)

522.  Hist Lit Criticism.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing.  (2 to 3 credits)

525/AMCULT 525.  Rise&Fall Amer Lit.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing  (3 credits)

526.  Literature&Culture.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing and permission of instructor.  (3 credits)

527.  Contemp Critic Thry.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing and permission of instructor.  (3 credits)

528/EDUC 580/KINESLGY 505/PMR 580/SOC 580/SW 572/WOMENSTD 590/RACKHAM 580/ARCH 609.  Disability Studies.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing  (1 to 3 credits)

529.  Topics in Drama.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing.  (3 credits)

532.  Modern Drama.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing.  (3 credits)

533.  The Short Poem-Engl.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing.  (3 credits)

535.  Contemporary Poetry.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing and permission of instructor.  (3 credits)

536.  Beginnings of Novel.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing and permission of instructor.  (3 credits)

538.  Modern Novel.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing.  (3 credits)

540.  Topics Lang & Lit.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing and permission of instructor.  (1 to 3 credits)

541.  Lit Medieval Period.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing.  (3 credits)

542.  Tudor&Eliz Period.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing.  (3 credits)

543.  Jacobean&Caroline.  (3 credits)

544.  Restoratn&Early 18c.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing.  (3 credits)

545.  Later 18th Century.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing.  (3 credits)

546.  Romantic Period.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing and permission of instructor.  (3 credits)

547.  Victorian Period.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing and permission of instructor.  (3 credits)

548.  Lit Modern Period.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing.  (3 credits)

549.  Contemporary Lit.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing.  (3 credits)

551.  Colonial&Rep Am Lit.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing.  (3 credits)

552.  19th C American Lit.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing.  (3 credits)

553.  20th C American Lit.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing.  (3 credits)

560.  Chaucer:Major Texts.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing and permission of instructor.  (3 credits)

561.  Chaucer Cant Tales.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing and permission of instructor.  (3 credits)

562.  Chaucer.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing.  (3 credits)

563.  Shakes-Early Plays.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing and permission of instructor.  (3 credits)

564.  Shakes-Later Plays.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing and permission of instructor.  (3 credits)

565.  Milton.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing.  (3 credits)

569.  Wksp Creatv Non-Fic.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing and permission of instructor.  (3 credits)

570.  Res in Composition.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing and permission of instructor.  (3 credits)

571.  Wkshp Write Fiction.  Advisory pre-requisite: MFA students only; permission of instructor.  (6 credits)

572.  Wkshp Write Fiction.  Advisory pre-requisite: MFA students only. ENGLISH 571 and permission of instructor.  (6 credits)

574.  Wkshop Write Poetry.  Advisory pre-requisite: MFA students only; permission of instructor.  (6 credits)

575.  Wkshop Write Poetry.  Advisory pre-requisite: MFA students only; ENGLISH 574 and permission of instructor.  (6 credits)

576.  Playwriting.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing and permission of instructor.  (3 credits)

577.  Indi Stdy-Creat Wrt.  Advisory pre-requisite: MFA students only; permission of instructor.  (1 to 3 credits)

578.  Creative Writing.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing and permission of instructor.  (3 credits)

579.  Create Wr-Poetry.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing and permission of instructor.  (3 credits)

581.  History of Film.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing.  (3 credits)

583.  Theory of Film.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing and permission of instructor.  (3 credits)

590.  Indi Study MA Stu.  Advisory pre-requisite: Permission of instructor. English Language and LIterature, English and Education, Women's Studies and MAC students only.  (1 to 4 credits)

614.  Edit&Creat Texts.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing.  (3 credits)

626.  Marxism&Literature.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing.  (3 credits)

627.  Critical Theories.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing and permission of instructor.  (3 credits)

630.  Special Topics.  (1 to 3 credits)

632.  Topics in Drama.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing and permission of instructor.  (3 credits)

635.  Topics in Poetry.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing and permission of instructor.  (3 credits)

637.  Studies in Novel.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing.  (3 credits)

638.  Topics in Fiction.  Advisory pre-requisite: A 500-level course in fiction or the equivalent. Graduate standing and permission of instructor.  (3 credits)

640.  Studies in Genre.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing.  (3 credits)

641.  Topc Medievl Period.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing and permission of instructor.  (3 credits)

642.  Topics Renaissance.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing.  (3 credits)

643.  Topics in 17th C.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing.  (3 credits)

644.  Restoration&18th C.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing.  (3 credits)

646.  Romantic Period.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing.  (3 credits)

647.  Victorian Period.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing.  (3 credits)

648.  Topic Modern Period.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing and permission of instructor.  (3 credits)

649.  Topic Contemp Lit.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing.  (3 credits)

651.  Colonial&Rep Am Lit.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing.  (3 credits)

652.  19th C American Lit.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing and permission of instructor.  (3 credits)

653.  Topic 20c Amer Lit.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing and permission of instructor.  (3 credits)

663.  Study 16c Authors.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing.  (3 credits)

667.  Study 20C Authors.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing.  (3 credits)

668.  Study Amer Authors.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing.  (3 credits)

671.  Write Fictn-2nd Yr.  Advisory pre-requisite: MFA students only; ENGLISH 572 and permission of instructor.  (6 credits)

674.  Write Poetry-2nd Yr.  Advisory pre-requisite: MFA students only; ENGLISH 575 and permission of instructor.  (6 credits)

675.  Create Writing Proj.  Advisory pre-requisite: MFA students only; ENGLISH 571 or 574 and permission of instructor.  (6 credits)

677.  Lang & Use Literacy.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing and permission of instructor.  (3 credits)

678.  Lang & Use Literacy.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing and permission of instructor.  (3 credits)

681.  Studies Film Hist.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing.  (3 credits)

683.  Studies Film Theory.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing.  (3 credits)

691/LING 691/COMM 691/EDUC 691/PSYCH 691/ANTHRCUL 674/ROMLANG 691.  Literacy.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing.  (3 credits)

695.  Pedagogy:Thry-Pract.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing in English, Women's Studies, or English and Education Program. This course is required of all 2nd year Language & Literature and English & Women's Studies Graduate students. Permission of instructor.  (3 credits)

696.  Teaching Lit.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing.  (3 credits)

720.  Psem Critical Thry.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing in English or Women's Studies and permission of instructor.  (3 credits)

721.  Psem Hist Criticism.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing in English or Women's Studies and permission of instructor.  (3 credits)

730.  Psem Literary Genre.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing in English or Women's Studies and permission of instructor.  (3 credits)

731.  Psem Literary Genre.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing in English or Women's Studies and permission of instructor.  (3 credits)

740.  Psem Lit Hst Period.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing in English or Women's Studies and permission of instructor.  (3 credits)

741.  Lit Historic Period.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing in English or Women's Studies and permission of instructor.  (3 credits)

750.  Psem American Lit.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing in English or Women's Studies and permission of instructor.  (3 credits)

751.  Psem American Lit.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing in English or Women's Studies and permission of instructor.  (3 credits)

780.  Psem Comp-Intr Stdy.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing in English or Women's Studies and permission of instructor.  (3 credits)

781.  Psem Comp-Intr Stdy.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing in English or Women's Studies and permission of instructor.  (3 credits)

799.  Departmental Colloq.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing in English, Women's Studies, or English and Education Program. Permission of instructor.  (3 credits)

802.  English Language.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing in English, Women's Studies, or English and Education Program.  (3 credits)

811.  Literary Research.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing in English, Women's Studies, or English and Education Program.  (3 credits)

821.  Sem Critical Theory.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing in English, Women's Studies, or English and Education Program. Permission of instructor.  (3 credits)

822.  Sem Critical Theory.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing in English, Women's Studies, or English and Education Program. Permission of instructor.  (3 credits)

831.  The Study of Genre.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing in English, Women's Studies, or English and Education Program. Permission of instructor.  (3 credits)

832.  Sem Study of Genre.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing in English, Women's Studies, or English and Education Program. Permission of instructor.  (3 credits)

841.  Sem:An Hist Period.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing in English, Women's Studies, or English and Education Program. Permission of instructor.  (3 credits)

842.  Historical Period.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing in English, Women's Studies, or English and Education Program. Permission of instructor.  (3 credits)

851.  Sem:American Lit.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing in English, Women's Studies, or English and Education Program. Permission of instructor.  (3 credits)

852.  American Literature.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing in English, Women's Studies, or English and Education Program. Permission of instructor.  (3 credits)

861.  Seminar; Authors.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing in English, Women's Studies, or English and Education Program. Permission of instructor.  (3 credits)

862.  Seminar;Authors.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing in English, Women's Studies, or English and Education Program.  (3 credits)

871.  Seminar;Rhetoric.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing in English, Women's Studies, or English and Education Program.  (3 credits)

872.  Seminar;Rhetoric.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing in English, Women's Studies, or English and Education Program. Permission of instructor.  (3 credits)

881.  Sem:Comp-Intr Study.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing in English, Women's Studies, or English and Education Program.  (3 credits)

882.  Sem:Comp Intr Stdy.  Advisory pre-requisite: Doctoral standing in English and permission of instructor.  (3 credits)

990.  Diss-Precand.  Advisory pre-requisite: Election for dissertation work by doctoral student not yet admitted as a Candidate. Graduate standing.  (1 to 8 credits)

992.  Directed Study.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing and permission of instructor.  (1 to 3 credits)

993.  G S I Training.  Advisory pre-requisite: Must have a GSI Award. Graduate standing. Permission of instructor.  (1 credits)

995.  Diss-Cand.  Required pre-requisite: Candidate  (4 or 8 credits)

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Program Statistics

Ph.D. Admissions
Fall 2013 5 year Average
Number of applications 400 353
Number of new doctoral students 14 12
Ph.D. Enrollment
Fall 2013 4 year Average
Total enrollment 80 73
Female 70% 67%
Male 30% 33%
International 3% 5%
U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident 98% 95%
Ph.D. Enrollment, U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident, by Race
Fall 2013 4 year Average
African American 6% 4%
Asian American 6% 6%
Hispanic (one or more races) 6% 4%
Native American 0% 0%
Pacific Islander 0% 0%
White 76% 84%
Two or more races (excludes Hispanic) 3% 1%
Not indicated 3% 2%
Ph.D. Degree
2013 5 year Average
Number of degrees awarded 9 10
Median years to Ph.D. 6.4 6.8
Percent of students who entered the doctoral program between 2000-01 and 2004-05 and completed the Ph.D. as of August 31, 2013 79%
Funding (external funding paid directly to Ph.D. students, without being disbursed by the University, is not included)
2013 4 year Average
Enrolled Ph.D. students with tuition AND stipend support 96% 95%
Enrolled Ph.D. students with tuition OR stipend support (in many cases, students competed successfully for external funding and did not need additional financial support) 4% 4%
Enrolled Ph.D. students who received no financial support (in many cases, students competed successfully for external funding and did not need additional financial support) 0% 2%
Ph.D. Placement Data
Position type first year after graduation, 2009 - 2013 cohorts Position type five years after graduation, 2005 - 2009 cohorts
Tenure-track faculty 35% 70%
Postdoctoral / Traineeship / Fellowship 14% 2%
Non-Tenure Track Faculty / University Researcher / University Administrator 35% 20%
Business / Industry 2% 2%
Other professional employment / Government / Non-Profit 0% 4%
Not employed 8% 0%
No data available 6% 2%
Total Ph.D.s awarded 51 46

These data will be updated annually in December.