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Graduate Program

Overview

The Tufts University graduate program in English is a focused, collaborative environment between faculty and students that is both rigorous and supportive. The program is not designed to grant a terminal M.A. degree. Instead, it is expected that students will proceed beyond the M.A. degree to Ph.D. study.

As a Research I university, we have a distinguished, award-winning faculty, many of whom teach in our graduate program. Our collective expertise covers a wide range of historical periods, authors, literary and aesthetic movements, and critical discourses. Special interests include black cultural studies; Marxist, feminist, and queer perspectives on literature and culture; postcolonial and multicultural studies; visual studies and poetics; poststructuralist theory; and ecocriticism.

Graduate students have a great deal of choice in determining their course of study. Classes are small, with seminars varying in size from five to fifteen students. To get a sense of our recent offerings, please see the Current and Archive course information. Students may also take approved courses in other Tufts departments, as well as enroll in seminars in a consortium of schools that includes Boston College, Boston University, and Brandeis University, and in the interdisciplinary Graduate Consortium in Women's Studies at MIT.

Our Ph.D. students gain excellent experience as teachers, designing and offering their own courses in Tufts' First-Year Writing Program. Because of their experience and the strong support we provide, our job placement record is extremely strong. Over the past five years, almost all of our Ph.D. recipients have secured academic positions, the majority of them tenure-track. Our students have also been successful in winning prestigious post-doc fellowships.

If you have any questions or would like to talk with a current graduate student, please feel free to get in touch with us at gradenglish@tufts.edu.