Interim Department Head

Robert Hasenfratz

Director of Graduate Studies

Charles Mahoney


Barreca, Biggs, Bloom, Breen, Coundouriotis, Cutter, Dulack, Eby, Franklin, Harris, Hasenfratz, Higonnet, Hogan, Jones, MacLeod, Mahoney, Makowsky, Marsden, Recchio, Sánchez-Gonzalez, Somerset, Sonstroem, Tilton, Winter

Associate Professors

Bedore, Bercaw-Edwards, Brown, Burke, Campbell, Carillo, Capshaw, Codr, Cramer, Deans, Duane, Fairbanks, Gorkemli, Hart, King’oo, Knapp, Kneidel, Litman, Lynch, Pelizzon, Phillips, Roden, Salvant,, Schlund-Vials, Semenza, Shaw, Shea, Tonry, Vials

Assistant Professors

Igarashi, Pierrot, Shringarpure, Smith

Department of English (Web site: www.english.uconn.edu) offers courses in English language and composition theory, criticism, and literature written in English. Special research projects and courses of study in creative writing, comparative literature, medieval studies, American studies, and linguistics are available in course sequences administered cooperatively with other departments. Comparative literature courses of study are conducted in cooperation with the Department of Modern and Classical Languages. The Medieval Studies Program is conducted in cooperation with the language department and the Departments of Art, Dramatic Arts, History, and Philosophy. The area of concentration in American Studies is offered in cooperation with the Departments of History, Political Science, and Sociology.

English courses numbered in the 5000’s series normally are broad studies of literary schools, periods, and topics and are open to both doctoral and master’s candidates. Enrollment is limited to ten students. Seminars are numbered in the 6000’s series and are designed primarily for doctoral students, although they are open to a limited number of master’s candidates. Enrollment in the seminars is limited to ten students. Independent study is available under English 6000.

Admission to the M.A. and Ph.D. Programs

All applications for admission, together with letters, personal statement, writing sample and the Graduate Record Examination scores (for both General and Subject tests) should reach Storrs by January 1 to be competitive for teaching assistantships and fellowships. There is no special application for teaching assistantships.

The M.A. Program

M.A. students are required to complete 31 credits, usually in this pattern: Seven credits in the first semester (English 5100: Theory and Teaching of Writing, 3 credits and English 5150: Research Models, 1 credit, plus another three-credit course; nine credits in the second semester, six credits in the third semester, and nice credits in the fourth semester. The coursework requirements are English 5100; 5150; one course in theory, ENGL 5500 or 6500; one course in English Before 1800 and one course in English after 1800.

MA/Ph.D Program

A six-year program for students with a BA who are confident that they want to pursue a PhD and that their areas of specialization correspond to the UConn program’s strengths. Students are required to complete 45 credits of course work at UConn for the Ph.D. including English 5100, 5150, 5160, one course in theory, ENGL 5500 or 6500; one course in English Before 1800 and one course in English after 1800.

The Ph.D. Program

Students are ordinarily required to complete 24 credits of course work at the Storrs Campus for the Ph.D., and at least 45 credits of total graduate work. The usual course load for a full-time student in each semester is six or nine credits (if the student is a teaching assistant), as approved by the Major Advisor. Coursework must fulfill the following requirements: ENGL 5100, ENGL 5150 (MA/PhD only, one credit); ENGL 5160; one course in theory, ENGL 5500 or 6500; one course in English before 1800 and one course in literature after 1800. Students who feel they have fulfilled any of the requirements listed above (at another institution) may petition the graduate program office to have those requirements waived at UCONN. Before writing the dissertation, students take a doctoral examination, consisting of a field examination, a specialist examination, and a third, synthesis examination.

Special Facilities

Library collections include “little magazines” and alternative press publications, the Charles Olson archives, and extensive Short Title Catalogue holdings. The English Department sponsors the Connecticut Writing Project, a program for teachers at all levels throughout the State. Funds endowing the Department’s Aetna Professorship in Writing make possible a variety of innovative courses as well as prizes for outstanding student essays. Student creativity is encouraged in the yearly Wallace Stevens Poetry Prize competition, judged by a leading poet in a special presentation at Storrs. Faculty edit the journals The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation, Children’s Literature Association Quarterly, and Journal of Medieval Religious Cultures.

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