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Literature and Criticism

The Literature and Criticism program is designed for present or future teachers at the college or university level. It features both a regular academic year program and a very active summer program for established teachers who wish to complete their degrees in the summers only.

The program develops students’ abilities to examine literature critically, to teach literature effectively, and to make professional contributions in the field. Courses emphasize the role of theory in understanding literature, and students are asked to apply theory to their teaching and research in the concluding Advanced Seminars.

The Traditional Literature courses reinforce the student’s understanding of historical, cultural, and intellectual contexts. The Special Literatures section mirrors the acceptance of new works in the canon. The focus on scholarly skills in the seminars and the mentoring relationships with professors assure that students will acquire a professional competence in literature and critical theory.

Graduate Programs Available in Literature and Criticism

M.A. in English: Literature

M.A. in English: Generalist

Ph.D. in English: Literature and Criticism


  • English Graduate Programs
  • Leonard Hall, Room 111
    421 North Walk
    Indiana, PA 15705
  • Phone: 724-357-2263
  • Office Hours
  • Monday through Friday
  • 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.