The doctoral program in English develops fluency in the critical discourses of the profession and prepares graduates to teach English professionally on the post-secondary level, or to enter a wide range of alternate academic careers.
Particular areas of departmental strength include:
- American Studies
- Ecocriticism and Environmental Writing
- Gender, Sexuality, and the Body
- Writing, Editing, and Publishing
You can also download a sampling of our current graduate course descriptions, which are updated prior to registration each semester. For more information on degree requirements, please take a look at the Graduate Student Handbook for English.
Teaching writing and literature at the college level
Course Delivery OptionsOn-campus
Program Application RequirementsResume/CV, 3 Letters of recommendation, Personal Statement, Writing samples/portfolio which includes work crossing various genres
Program Application Test RequirementsGRE
Fall DeadlineJanuary 15
Admissions RequirementsResume/CV, 3 Letters of recommendation, Personal Statement, Writing samples/portfolio which includes work crossing various genres
By the Numbers
Facts and figures that make this major unique:
- Placement over the past eighteen years: Tenure Track Jobs: 40 (75%) Full-time Adjunct or Visiting Positions: 2 (4%) Part Time Adjunct Positions: 3 (6%) Administration: 4 (8%) Alternate Career: 4 (8%) (Percentages have been rounded.)
English Proficiency Requirements
All applicants whose first language is not English must provide proof of English language proficiency. WVU accepts either the TOEFL or the IELTS for this purpose. Learn more about our English language proficiency requirements.
WVU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.