The English Department at Tufts University provides a supportive,
collaborative environment for rigorous graduate study and
professional development. Faculty and students work together to
ensure all students achieve their goals as thinkers and scholars.
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 part of a Research I university, we have a distinguished,
award-winning faculty, whose collective expertise covers a wide
range of historical periods, authors, literary and aesthetic
movements, and critical discourses. Special interests among our
faculty include black cultural studies; Marxist, feminist, and queer
perspectives on literature and culture; postcolonial and
multicultural studies; visual and material culture;
poststructuralist theory; science studies; and environmental
The English Department offers small graduate seminars in a variety
of fields and topics each term. For recent offerings see
Archive course information. Students may also take approved courses
in other Tufts departments, as well as enroll in classes in a
consortium of schools that includes Boston College, Boston
University, and Brandeis University, and in the interdisciplinary
Consortium for Graduate Studies in Gender, Culture, Women, and
Sexuality (GCWS) located at MIT.
After undergoing supervised training to help them master the
necessary skills, our Ph.D. students gain valuable teaching
experience, designing and offering their own courses as Graduate
Instructors in Tufts' First-Year Writing Program. The Experimental
College and the OSHER Program for Lifelong Learning provide
additional opportunities for students to design and teach courses at
Tufts. The strong training in pedagogy that the department provides
and the experience our students gain as classroom instructors
prepares our Ph.D. candidates well for a competitive job market. Our
recent Ph.D. recipients have secured faculty positions, including on
the tenure-track, as well as other academic positions, such as
directing a writing center and in college and independent school
administration. Our students have also been successful in winning
prestigious post-doctoral fellowships, including multi-year teaching
If you have any questions, please feel free to get in touch with us