Undergraduate: Lower Division
Lower Division Studies is responsible for all freshman and sophomore student issues. Over 4,000 students pass through the freshman and sophomore course sequence each semester. Lower Division manages core curriculum related concerns, transfer equivalencies, and English placement exams, as well as advising students about University of Houston academic policies. The Director of Lower Division, along with the advisors, counsels students enrolled in all Freshman and Sophomore courses.
Undergraduate: Upper Division
The Upper Division of the English Department graduates many English majors each year with concentrations in Literature or Creative Writing. Many students also choose to pursue a Minor in English.
Graduate: Master's Programs
The MA in English and American Literature emphasizes exposure to a broad range of courses in language and literature with the option of writing a thesis. The MFA offers students the opportunity to combine workshops in creative writing with courses in literature and modern thought.
Graduate: Ph.D. Programs
The English Department offers two programs of study leading to the Ph.D. degree: the Ph.D. in English and American Literature and the Ph.D. in Literature and Creative Writing. Students who pursue the Ph.D. in English and American Literature pursue a program in literary studies that culminates in the production of a scholarly dissertation. Students in the Ph.D. program in Literature and Creative Writing combine literary studies courses and creative writing workshops. Their curriculum culminates in the production of a creative dissertation.
The Graduate Program in Creative Writing has grown dramatically and attained national prominence since its founding in 1979. Based on its reputation, scholarship, curriculum, and the quality of faculty and students, the Creative Writing Program was rated second in the nation by U.S. News & World Report in its first annual ranking of writing programs in 1997. Students can pursue a Ph.D. in Literature and Creative Writing and an MFA in English: Creative Writing.