In the late 1970s, poets Cynthia MacDonald and Stanley Plumly were named co-chairs of the Southwest’s first graduate writing program, one that received an even greater boost when New Yorker writer (and UH alum) Donald Barthelme joined the faculty in 1983.
Over the years many more internationally acclaimed writers have made the Program their home, including Mary Gaitskill, Richard Howard, Howard Moss, Linda Gregg, Adam Zagajewski, Daniel Stern, David Wojahn, Edward Hirsch, Alan Hollinghurst, Mark Strand, David Wagoner, Philip Levine, Charles Wright, Claudia Rankine, Kimiko Hahn, Mark Doty and Ruben Martinez.
In the late 1990s US News & World Report ranked the Program second only to Iowa, and recently Poets & Writers listed UH’s Ph.D. in Literature and Creative Writing—one of the first in the nation—as a top five Ph.D. program.
The English Department
English studies is an exciting discipline with a range of opportunities as varied as the city of Houston itself. Offering a wide array of undergraduate courses for concentrations in English and American Literature, Creative Writing, and Linguistics. The faculty, committed to teaching and recognized for their scholarship and creative writing, are leaders in the field and have given the Department a reputation for exciting and interesting classes.
The graduate programs, ranging from masters degrees in English and American Literature and Linguistics, to doctoral degrees in English and American Literature and in Literature emphasize academic rigor and independent research and creative work. Whatever degree you choose to pursue, you will find exciting and challenging course options.
For more information, please visit the Department's website.
The University of Houston
Founded in 1927, the University serves more than 35,300 students in 12 academic colleges and in the interdisciplinary Honors College on a 560-acre campus southeast of Downtown Houston. UH offers over a 100 bachelor's, 131 master's, 51 doctoral, and three professional degree programs. It currently is the third-largest university in Texas and twenty-third largest university in the United States by enrollment, awarding more than 6,600 degrees annually.
Smack in the midst of a bustling international city, the University of Houston's campus is a lush, green oasis. Fountains and sculptures adorn the grounds, while manicured lawns and tree filled parks offer breathing room.
At the same time, the campus offers all the amenities and high-tech facilities sought after by today's students. In recent years, UH has spent over 200 Million in campus improvements.
Points of interest include KUHT, the first educational television station in the country, the Blaffer Gallery, the Moores Opera House, Hofeinz Pavillion and Robertson Stadium.
To find out more, please visit the campus information page.