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Penn State's Graduate Program in English

by Chris Thomas — Posted Nov 14, 2015 10:26 AM

The graduate program in English offers training across the full spectrum of areas that define contemporary studies in literature, culture, rhetoric, and writing. Our graduate students conduct research investigating the cultural, ethical, and imaginative work of literature, rhetoric, and/or theory in political, institutional, and historical contexts. The most recent rankings by the National Research Council list Penn State’s doctoral program in English is #6 out of the 122 English departments in the United States that grant PhDs. ranks Penn State #6 among public university English departments. Please see the rankings on →


Contact Info

Debra Hawhee, Director of Graduate Studies
Graduate Studies Office, Department of English 
The Pennsylvania State University 
108 Ritenour Building, University Park, PA 16802-6202
Telephone: (814) 863-3069