Twin Cities Campus
English Language & Literature
College of Liberal Arts
Link to a list of faculty for this program.
Department of English Language and Literature, 207 Lind Hall, 207 Church Street S.E., Minneapolis, MN 55455 (612-625-3882; fax: 612-624-8228)
Along with the program-specific requirements listed below, please read the General Information section of this website for requirements that apply to all major fields.
Over the past 20 years, the field of English studies has changed dramatically from a discipline concerned with studying the literary works produced by English speakers in Britain and the United States to encompass writings in English from around the globe. The concerns of literary scholars have broadened to include not only textual analyses but also cultural, social, political, and economic contexts. The field of literature itself now encompasses not only the traditional genres of poetry, prose (fiction and belles-lettres), and drama, but also extra-literary discourses: popular culture, film, television, legal documents, conduct books, and manifestos. The Department of English has been in the forefront of interdisciplinary projects, thanks to the efforts of a faculty committed to research in American studies, medieval studies, feminist studies, film studies, and cultural studies. At the same time, the department maintains the core concerns of the discipline—the traditional study of the literatures and languages in English—as well as develops writers for the present and future through the master of fine arts in creative writing degree. The department is engaged in two simultaneous projects: to preserve the core curriculum and to re-imagine its future shape. Course requirements for the Ph.D. program are broadly defined, allowing the student to shape a personal program of study. The English program encourages and supports interdisciplinary work.
Prerequisites for Admission
The preferred undergraduate GPA for admittance to the program is 3.50.
Other requirements to be completed before admission:
A minimum of four courses in English, three of which must be at the upper division level, is required. The courses should be widely distributed.
Special Application Requirements:
Students with a bachelor's degree may apply either to the master's program or the doctoral program. An M.A. degree, but not an M.F.A. degree, can be gained en route to the Ph.D. degree. M.A. candidates who wish to continue their studies must formally apply for admission to the Ph.D. program. Required application materials include three letters of recommendation; a short essay explaining scholarly, professional, and personal goals and reason(s) for choosing the University of Minnesota; and a writing sample, such as a course paper. Candidates for all degrees are admitted fall semester only; all materials must be received by December 15th.
Applicants must submit their test score(s) from the following:
International applicants must submit score(s) from one of the following tests:
Key to test abbreviations (GRE, TOEFL, IELTS, MELAB).
For an online application or for more information about graduate education admissions, see the General Information section of this website.
33 to 39 credits are required in the major.
6 to 12 credits are required outside the major.
24 thesis credits are required.
This program may be completed with a minor.
Use of 4xxx courses toward program requirements is permitted under certain conditions with adviser approval.
Language Requirement: Reading knowledge of two languages.
A minimum GPA of 3.00 is required for students to remain in good standing.
At least 4 semesters must be completed before filing a Degree Program Form.
A minimum of 39 course credits and 24 thesis credits is required. Course requirements for the Ph.D. program are broadly defined, allowing students to shape a personal program of study. The following courses are required: ENGL 5001 and 5800, preferably during the first year of doctoral study (6 cr); three English courses distributed among broad areas (minimum of 9 cr); four additional English courses in a focused area of emphasis (minimum of 12 cr); 12 credits in a supporting program, with a minimum of two courses outside the department. Students are encouraged to enroll in additional courses as appropriate.
Take exactly 24 credit(s) from the following:
· ENGL 8888 - Thesis Credit: Doctoral (1.0-24.0 cr)
Take exactly 12 credit(s) from the following:
· ENGL 5xxx
· ENGL 8xxx
Take exactly 9 credit(s) from the following:
1 course in 3 of the following areas, but NOT in the student’s area of emphasis.
· ENGL 5xxx
• Medieval • Early modern, to 1800 • 19th century • 20th and 21st century • Creative writing • Rhetoric, literacy, language • Criticism, theory
Outside the Major in a Supporting Program
Take 12 credits in an established doctoral minor, or fulfill a supporting program requirement. The supporting program is 12 credits, with a minimum of 6 credits outside the major.
|Credits:||3.0 [max 3.0]|
|Typically offered:||Every Fall|
|Credits:||1.0 -3.0 [max 3.0]|
|Typically offered:||Every Fall|
|Credits:||1.0 -24.0 [max 100.0]|
|Grading Basis:||No Grade|
|Typically offered:||Every Fall, Spring & Summer|