Department of English
The Librarian, by Giuseppe Arcimboldo
We welcome prospective students and other interested parties to download our graduate program brochure.
Graduate studies in English at the University of South Florida include degree programs
in Literature (PhD and MA),
Rhetoric and Composition (PhD and MA) and Creative
Writing (MFA). The department also administers graduate certificates
in Teaching Composition, Comparative Literature, and
Creative Writing. Additionally, graduate students in English can earn
certificates in related fields such as Women’s Studies and area studies
including Africana, Cuban, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, or Library Science.
We have approximately 140 students in our program who work closely with a dynamic
and growing faculty of internationally recognized scholars
and award-winning teachers. The program features small seminar-style graduate classes
and offers many opportunities for directed research and professional development.
The department is home to journals for undergraduate and
graduate students as well as Saw Palm, a literary
annual focused on Florida authors and themes produced by members of the Creative
Writing program, and the Norman Mailer Review.
Because many of our graduates go on to tenure-track jobs at teaching institutions,
we emphasize theories of pedagogy and training in instruction through practica in
Composition, Literature and Professional and Technical Writing. Many of our students
are offered teaching assistantships for First-year Writing
courses, and there are opportunities for advanced graduate students to teach general
education courses in literature and writing. Graduate student instructors build
a supportive network through such activities as the monthly Teaching Literature
Dr. Sara Deats, "The Faustus Legend"
The department benefits from the collegial interaction of our three tracks with
colloquia and speaker series that bring them together. Our active English Graduate
Student Association sponsors a monthly colloquium where students from Literature,
Rhetoric and Composition and Creative Writing each read from their work. Faculty
members share their work-in-progress in a monthly brown-bag lunch series.
With courses on professional topics such as Scholarly Writing for Publication and
workshops on preparing for the job market by our placement committee, we are pleased
to see our graduate students publishing in a variety of scholarly and literary venues;
our creative writing students have won national awards including the O. Henry Prize
for short fiction. The department provides some support for students to present
their work at conferences, and additional funds are available from the
Graduate and Professional Student Council. Our teaching assistants consistently
garner the university’s highest distinction, the Provost’s
Award for Outstanding Teaching, and the department annually honors our top
students for their accomplishments in scholarship, writing and instruction with
twelve or more named cash awards.
Additional information and resources for graduate students can be found on the following