Humboldt State University

Graduate Options in English

The graduate program in English, in all of its options, increases the sophistication of students’ critical reading, thinking and writing skills.  The program provides students with a facility in conducting research in online, alternative media, and print sources.  While giving students an advanced understanding of disciplinary knowledge, it also provides them with an awareness of the current state and relevant issues of the discipline.  Thus, students in all options cultivate the habits of intellectual engagement, analytical depth and complexity of thought.

The goals of the Graduate Program in English are:

  • to nurture graduate-level thinking and writing skills, including clarity and precision of language;

  • to develop sophisticated skills to engage with theory, and to locate texts in their cultural and historical contexts;

  • to provide students with the ability to define an area of inquiry in the discipline, and its relation to the field at large;

  • to prepare students for careers in the teaching of composition, literature, linguistics or English as a second language; or for further graduate work in those and related fields.

The department offers several options for post-baccalaureate study:


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