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Graduate Studies

The Department of English at the University of Houston offers graduate studies in the following areas:


Our curriculum explores the intellectual opportunities of diverse cultures while embracing the old and the new:

  • Early literatures and cultures--Medieval, Renaissance, Restoration
  • Eighteenth-Century, Nineteenth-Century and Modern British literatures
  • Literatures of the Americas, including American, Comparative, Mexican-American, African American, and Post-Colonial
  • Regional studies, environmental literatures, folklore
  • Gay and lesbian literature and gender studies
  • Rhetoric, Composition, and Pedagogy
  • Applied Linguistics, Creative Writing, Critical Theory and film
  • Rich interdisciplinary study opportunities in a broad range of departments and programs, including Mexican American Studies, African American Studies, American Cultures Program, Gender and Women's Studies, and the Schools of Theatre, Art, and Music.
  • Translation Studies
  • Transnational, post-colonial and Empire Studies


We offer the resources of a major urban university focused on student opportunities:

  • A community within a large urban setting with small seminars and accessible faculty
  • A distinguished faculty with extensive publications in leading academic presses, including Oxford, Cambridge, Yale, University of Pennsylvania, and University of Illinois
  • Professors who teach: over one-third of the department's faculty have received University Teaching Excellence Awards
  • Colloquia on professional development helps students to make informed career decisions. Students have received many national and local awards, and achieved an outstanding placement record
  • An active graduate student association that publishes an online literary journal, Plaza, and holds an annual literary conference
  • Financial opportunities include university awards, tuition fellowships, teaching assistantships, and research assistantships with department faculty, Arte Publico Press, or Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage
  • Our graduate students have held staff and teaching positions in the Center for Teaching Excellence, the Writing Center, and Gulf Coast - A Journal of Literature and Fine Arts

Director of Graduate Studies

Sally Connolly, Ph.D.
Office: Main English Department Office (Roy Cullen 205)
Phone: 713-743-2945

Graduate Advisor

Ms. Julie Kofford
Room 205, Roy Cullen Building
Phone: 713-743-2939