Loyola University Chicago

Department of English



LUC's Department of English offers two degree programs - an interdisciplinary MA and PhD program, which offers courses across three broad historical areas and a special emphasis in textual studies. Click on the links below to explore each field of study.

Medieval & Renaissance Literature

Nineteenth-Century Studies

Modern Literature & Culture

Textual Studies & Digital Humanities


Upon completion of these programs, students will be able to:

  • Account for the significance and the history of British and American literature (broadly defined)
  • Articulate an appreciation and understanding of diverse voices in literary history
  • Think about literary texts both critically and creatively
  • Write effectively and persuasively about a broad range of texts in English
  • Contribute to existing scholarly discourses in the field as a literary critic
  • Understand the diversity of experiences registered in texts by authors writing in English 

In addition, students in the Ph.D. program gain valuable knowledge about how to become active members of the profession by:

  • Presenting at academic conferences
  • Submitting new research to scholarly journals for publication
  • Organizing symposia and other events designed to circulate work in progress
  • Preparing for the academic job market and related fields through professional development activities