The English Department offers graduate students opportunities to work with faculty whose scholarship has won recognition at the national and international level. That scholarship encompasses the three principal areas of English Studies: language, literature, and writing.
Linguistics: With six faculty members in linguistics, UNC Charlotte has an especially broad list of linguistics graduate courses that apply linguistic theory to composition and second-language instruction and to the study of oral communication and texts.
Literature: Members of the UNC Charlotte literature faculty conduct research on British, American, and post-colonial literatures written in English; their research examines both traditional literary figures and contemporary writers whose work is expanding the literary canon.
In addition, the Department of English offers one of the largest and most influential Children’s Literature faculties in the United States.
Writing: UNC Charlotte’s writing faculty conduct research and teach courses in creative writing, rhetorical theory, composition theory, and professional/technical writing. The University is a site of the National Writing Project and writing faculty serve as writing consultants nationally and internationally.
Students matriculating into the UNC Charlotte graduate program have many options available to them as the consider the areas of study they want to pursue for the M.A. in English. Students may choose from among eight concentrations:
- Applied Linguistics
- Children’s Literature
- Creative Writing
- English Education
- English for Specific Purposes
- Technical/Professional Writing
The English Department offers the English literacy strand of the Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction, housed in the College of Education as well as a Certificate in Technical/Professional Writing and a Certificate in Applied Linguistics.
Graduate students have opportunities to interact with one another and grow professionally as members of the English Graduate Student Association. This association plans numerous social and professional events each academic year, chief among them the annual EGSA Conference sponsored every January.
Students in the English graduate program also receive support from scholarships and teaching assistantships. Applicants to the M.A. in English who are seeking funding should apply by March 1st. Applications for the prestigious Russell M. Robinson II Scholarship are due each spring; an application letter should be uploaded at http://scholarships.uncc.edu.
See the English Graduate Handbook for additional information.
For more information, please contact:
Professor Lara Vetter
Director of Graduate Studies