Literature and Criticism, PhD

  • Nick Katsiadas

    INSIGHT INTO PUBLISHING :  Working as a graduate assistant for Professor David Downing on the journal Works and Days has given Nick Katsiadas, PhD in Literature and Criticism Class of 2018, insight into publishing. An article proposal he worked on with some professors has been accepted by Studies in Comics.

    The Literature and Criticism program at IUP enables scholarly engagement and research in British, US, and world literatures; film studies; and emerging fields such as popular literature, video game studies, and digital literature and culture.

    Led by an accomplished community of teacher-scholars, our mission is the integration of research and pedagogy, and our classes are informed by the theory and practice of effective teaching. We not only train college and university faculty, but also prepare you for a broad range of professional possibilities and career paths beyond the academy to purse innovative work in your field of specialization.

    You are welcome to apply to either a full-time doctoral program or our summers-only program accommodating the working professionals and educators.

    Five Reasons to Join Our Community

    1. A curriculum that mixes tradition and innovation
    2. Faculty who are dedicated, innovative teacher-scholars
    3. A curriculum designed to fit you, whatever you want to be
    4. A diverse community of graduate students from across the United States and around the world
    5. A good place to be—and a good place to explore

    Academic Year Program

    The academic year program is a residential program to be completed during the traditional academic year. The program is ideal for those who want preprofessional and intellectual experiences available through full-time study at a doctoral institution. The academic year program can be completed in four to seven years.

    Visit Graduate Admissions for cost and financial aid information.

  • Snapshot of Your Academic Year

  • Summers-Only Program: Perfect for Working Professionals

    The summers-only doctoral program is designed for established teachers and working professionals who wish to complete their degrees by taking courses over the course of two to three summer-only sessions. The program develops your abilities to examine literature critically, to teach literature effectively, and to make professional contributions in the field. It is the only one of its kind offered in the United States.

    Interested in staying on campus? Graduate student housing options are available.

  • Snapshot of Your Summer-Only Sessions

  • Intellectual Community

    Student Organizations

    You will have many opportunities to contribute to the intellectual community and to engage in preprofessional experiences to prepare for life after graduate school. Many of those opportunities are made available through the English Graduate Organization.

    The Literature and Criticism Newsletter

    Catch up on the news in the literature and criticism graduate programs at IUP. Read our most recent issue.

    Scholarly Journals

    Members of our program are active in scholarly publishing in the areas of interdisciplinary humanistic studies, applied critical theory, and special literatures, the chief emphases in our program. Our faculty members also serve as editors for journals in their fields. Literature and Criticism graduate assistants may have the opportunity to work on these journals.

    • Studies in the Humanities, edited by Michael T. Williamson
    • Scriblerian, edited by Melanie Holm

    Centers and Institutes

    A number of research centers and institutes at IUP are led by faculty members. Graduate students in Literature may become involved in work on these journals as graduate assistants.

    Career Prep Workshop Series

    The Career Prep Workshop Series helps doctoral English students prepare for academic and non-academic job searches. The Career Prep series focuses on:

    • Increasing your marketability to a variety of professional academic positions.
    • Familiarizing you with professional documents, procedures, and activities involved in the academic job market.
    • Assisting in drafting professional employment documents.
    • Mentoring you in interview and presentation techniques.
    • Aiding in the development of your scholarly identity and a marketable brand.
    • Enhances your professionalization at all levels of the program.

    Contact Us

    Dr. Veronica Watson

    Veronica.Watson@iup.edu