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Masters Program in English

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The Masters Program in English

Program Overview

Dr. Sigal teaching a graduate seminarThe Department of English at Wake Forest offers a Masters Program in preparation for doctoral study, for teaching at the advanced secondary level, and for developing advanced writing skills. Generous financial aid packages make a graduate degree in English at Wake Forest more affordable for our top applicants than Masters programs at most public universities. All students receive a laptop computer to use in their coursework, allowing access to an impressively wide range of library-based research tools and wireless internet-based research networks. Wait Chapel Wake Forest is widely recognized as belonging among the finest universities in America, and the English Department has contributed to this success by consistently being one of the most active research departments on campus. Consisting of over thirty-five members, our faculty is large and active, publishing within and beyond their specialties. Our offerings cover a broad selection of courses in English and American literature, in fields ranging from early medieval culture to literary theory, international approaches to Romanticism, science and literature, film and literature, and African-American, Ethnic American, and Postcolonial literatures. With small classes and an informal professional relationship between students and faculty, we provide many occasions for intellectual exchange. The department hosts a regular series of graduate colloquia as well as lectures by distinguished scholars from other universities, as well as readings by nationally and internationally recognized novelists and poets, sponsored by the department and by the Wake Forest University Press, the major publisher of contemporary Irish poetry in the United States. 

A graduate seminarOur graduates who desire to continue beyond the MA have consistently gained acceptance to major doctoral programs. Recent MAs have been accepted for PhD study at Princeton University, Cornell University, Duke University, The University of Virginia, Emory University, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, The University of Minnesota, The University of Indiana, The University of Illinois, the University of Iowa, S.U.N.Y. Buffalo, Notre Dame University, Washington University in St. Louis, the University of Rochester, and others. Graduates have gone on to teach at Stanford University, Carleton College, Columbia College, Bentley College, Virginia Commonwealth University, Wake Forest University, among many other institutions. Graduates have also pursued careers in publishing, teaching, academic administration, public service and at foundations such as the Carnegie Foundation.


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