English (Ph.D.) | Graduate
Our graduate program in English trains first-rate scholars in cultural analysis, theoretical inquiry, and literary criticism. Students specialize in African American, American, British, Caribbean, or comparative literature. Ranked 7th in the nation by U.S. News, our graduate program in African American Literature is rooted in recognition of the African Diaspora as a founding event of modern history.
The Ph.D. in English at Howard's Graduate School aims to produce first-rate scholars and critics well-trained in historical research, theoretical inquiry, and criticism across a broad range of literary and cultural studies. Our program prepares graduates to compete successfully for postdoctoral positions, tenure-track teaching appointments at colleges and universities, and non-profit and private sector careers. Our curriculum emphasizes critical frameworks addressing fundamental literary issues such as genre and period formation, authorial techniques, rhetorical strategies, thematic motifs, and critical theories. Attention to these issues is intended to foster critical reading, research, and historical analysis skills required to conduct solid and innovative scholarly research in specialized fields. As a doctoral student in English, you may specialize in the various periods of African American, American, British, or Caribbean literature, comparative studies, or literary theory and criticism. You will enjoy a highly collegial atmosphere and work closely with faculty who are committed to your professional development. Our English faculty conduct research that engages diverse fields like contemporary media studies, Black studies, theory of the novel, visual arts, digital humanities, feminist theory and criticism, film studies, postcolonial and transnationalist studies, and postmodernism. They also hold prestigious fellowships from institutions like the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Council of Learned Societies.
❱ 72 credit hours
❱ On-campus format
❱ Degree: Ph.D.
❱ Spring entry: October 15, 2022
❱ Fall entry (early deadline for fellowship consideration): December 1, 2022**
❱ Fall entry (final deadline for admission): March 15, 2023
Hard deadline with rolling admissions decisions
**Students who wish to be considered for the Graduate School's Frederick Douglass Scholarship must meet the early admissions deadline. Applicants must submit a separate application for the Frederick Douglass Scholarship along with their application for Graduate admissions.
Transfer credits accepted (reviewed by program director)