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The English Department graduate program operates by several guiding principles. Above all, we stress the importance of teaching and research, two activities we regard as inextricably related. We seek to prepare our students to enter the profession as both teachers and scholars; most students who want a chance to teach are able to do so, as teaching assistants or as tutors in the writing center, before completing their degrees. Students are expected and encouraged to participate actively in the program, to contribute to the first-year curriculum, and to play an important role in the life of the department.

Graduate students should rely on their Major Professor and Advisory Committee (and on the English Graduate Office and Graduate Coordinator) for timely advice and suggestions about their Programs of Study, course schedules, preparation for examinations, theses, and dissertations. But one fundamental principle must be stressed above all others:

Students are responsible for their own academic progress and welfare. They must understand the rules and regulations that govern the graduate program, follow established procedures, take appropriate steps, and meet required deadlines.

These links (at right) aim to help current students find the relevant information and forms that they need.  As well, current students are encouraged to consult the Graduate Student Handbook (link at right), as well as the Graduate Coordinator to make sure they are progressing as planned, submitting proper forms on time, and understanding Graduate School policies and procedures.