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Welcome to Baylor Graduate English!
We're glad you're here, and we hope you'll take time to explore our unique programs!
In 2010, Baylor's graduate English program was ranked best in the nation for Student Support and Outcomes by the National Research Council, based on criteria such as the percentage of students receiving full financial support, PhD completion percentage, median time to completion of degrees, and job placement rate. Additionally, our students have some of the highest GRE scores in the nation, and our faculty ranks 26th nationwide in terms of publications.
Our job placement rate is excellent. In the last several years, graduating Ph.D. students have taken positions at the University of Mobile, Spring Arbor University, Indiana University East, Wiley College, Mary Hardin Baylor, Northwest Christian University, the University of Texas at El Paso, the University of Central Oklahoma, Illinois State University, Mississippi College, Nyack College, and Mankato State University, among others. Our M.A. students have also gone on to prestigious Ph.D. programs and to teach both college and K-12.
Why Baylor Graduate English?
We Offer a Variety of Unique Concentrations
From medieval to modern and from Shakespeare to Seamus Heaney, specialties in British literature are well-represented at Baylor. Baylor has become a center for Victorian studies partially due to our Armstrong-Browning Library, a research library devoted to the poetry of the Brownings and to nineteenth-century studies. Recent students have also pursued specialties in Irish literature, Old English literature, Milton & his contemporaries, Romanticism, and British modernism. A wide variety of classes is offered in fiction, drama, prose, and poetry.
From colonial to contemporary and from Catharine Maria Sedgwick to Cormac McCarthy, the variety of American literature is also well-represented in the wide-ranging interests of faculty and graduate students. Recent faculty and student research focuses on Mark Twain, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Wendell Berry, Sylvia Plath, Ecological Criticism, American Catholic writers, and American Literature of War, among many others.
Religion & Literature
The concentration in Religion & Literature is a unique interdisciplinary program that allows students to combine advanced literary analysis with formal theological studies. Professors are friendly towards and involved in exploring the intersections of faith and learning. This degree actually is an English degree, despite its hybridized appearance. Recent students have focused on Evelyn Waugh, George MacDonald, Flannery O'Connor, Fyodor Dostoevsky, and the influence of Reformation theology on English literature.
Rhetoric & Composition
A focus on rhetoric and composition theory prepares students for careers of cutting-edge research in this growing field. It also prepares graduate students to teach academic, professional, technical, and creative writing both at Baylor and in their future careers. Possible directions in research include digital rhetoric, spiritual writing, women's writing, African-American rhetorical cultures, literacy studies, historical & political rhetoric, and pop culture.
Baylor has a growing creative writing faculty, and a creative writing project is one option for the M.A. thesis.
An Accomplished & Engaged Faculty
A Vibrant Community
Extensive Teaching Opportunities
A Supportive University
Rigorous Academic Preparation
If you have any questions about the graduate program, please contact our graduate program director, Dr. Richard Rankin Russell, at (254) 710-4815, 206 Carroll Science, or at Richard_Russell@baylor.edu.