The Doctor of Philosophy in the Department of English at Western Michigan University offers specialization in:
The program requires all candidates to have:
- Broad knowledge of English and American literature.
- Acquaintance with non-traditional literature.
- Practical or theoretical background in the teaching of English.
- Specialization in one or more of the discipline’s fields (see above).
Find course information, forms and other helpful information for your graduate program.
Exam Area Reading Lists
The following list will guide your studying. They will provide examiners and exam-takers with a common body of literature, so that you will know not precisely what questions will be asked, but what literary, critical, and theoretical sources will enable you to respond knowledgeably to the questions that are asked.Seek out faculty members in your sit-down exam areas for guidance on how best to prepare, given the field you have selected and your own background and interests.
- American Literature I
- American Literature II
- Early Medieval Literature
- Late Medieval Literature
- Medieval Criticism
- Renaissance Literature
- Restoration and 18th-century British Literature
- British Romantic Literature
- Victorian British Literature
- Modern British Literature
- Postcolonial Literature
- Contemporary Drama
- Contemporary Fiction (currently under revision, please check back later or contact the Graduate Office for information)
- Contemporary Poetry
- English Education
- Rhetorical and Writing Studies
- Critical Theory
- Children's and YA Literature
- Comics Studies