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The graduate program aims not just to train scholars and writers but to develop teachers with wide experience in the classroom. Graduate students have extensive pedagogical training as teachers of writing at both the beginning and intermediate levels. Advanced students have the opportunity to teach courses in their fields of specialization. Our students finish their degrees with dissertations fully situated in the major conversations of their fields and with a record of teaching that shows both experience and versatility. This combination of research and teaching, we believe, is the future of the humanities. 

Courses Recently Taught by Grad Students

  • English 15, Rhetoric and Composition
  • English 30, Honors Freshman Composition
  • English 50, Introduction to Creative Writing
  • English 129H, Shakespeare (for non-majors)
  • English 135, Alternative Voices in American Literature
  • English 140, Contemporary Literature
  • English 181A, Adventure Literature: Exploring the Chesapeake Bay
  • English 184, The Short Story
  • English 191, Science Fiction
  • English 192, The Literature of Fantasy
  • English 201, What is Literature?
  • English 202A, Effective Writing: Writing in the Social Sciences
  • English 202B, Effective Writing: Writing in the Humanities
  • English 202C, Effective Writing: Technical Writing
  • English 202D, Effective Writing: Business Writing
  • English 221, British Literature to 1798
  • English 231, American Literature to 1865
  • English 232, American Literature from 1865
  • English 245, Introduction to Lesbian and Gay Studies
  • English 262, Reading Fiction
  • English 297C, The Wilderness Literature Field Institute
  • English 402, Literature and Society
  • English 426, Chicana and Chicano Cultural Production: Literature, Film, Music
  • English 433, The American Novel: 1900-1945
  • English 435, The American Short Story
  • English 436, American Fiction Since 1945
  • English 444, Shakespeare
  • English 447, The Restoration and the Eighteenth Century
  • English 453, Victorian Novel