Academic Programs

American Literary Studies
British and Irish Literary Studies
Creative Writing
Medieval Studies
Rhetoric and Writing

American Literary Studies:

American literary studies provides instruction in nineteenth and twentieth century American literature. Additionally, several of our ALS faculty specialize in Chicana/o literary and cultural studies, and Native American literature and rhetoric, generating dynamic, interdisciplinary approaches to areas such as romanticism and realism; Western, Southwestern, and regional literature; early American Indian Writings; Recovering U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage texts; nineteenth-century American women writers and major authors; Native American rhetoric and philosophies; law and literature; film studies and critical theory; and American, Chicana/o, and Native American literary and cultural production in the age of empires and globalization.

British and Irish Literary Studies:

British and Irish literature covers such intellectual and historical movements as the Renaissance, the Enlightenment and Romanticism, and such major writers as Chaucer, Shakespeare, Milton, Austen, Byron, the Brontës, Joyce and Woolf. This concentration offers a comprehensive set of graduate courses and advanced seminars in a range of texts and subject matter that span more than 1500 years, from Anglo-Saxon to postmodernism and postcolonialism.

Click here to learn more about British and Irish Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century Studies

Creative Writing:

The UNM Master of Fine Arts degree is designed for students committed to pursuing the writing life. This three-year degree combines studio-based workshops in fiction, poetry and creative nonfiction with craft seminars and coursework in literature, teaching pedagogy, and professional writing.
Students undertake a community service project during their final year and work with teens at local high schools, at the juvenile detention center, and sponsor literary events to raise money for local food banks and social service agencies. During their final three semesters students work individually with a faculty mentor towards the development of a book-length manuscript suitable for publication.
Our widely published creative writing faculty, along with a distinguished visiting writers series, a faculty and student reading series, the acclaimed Taos Summer Writing Conference, and a national literary magazine, all make for an exciting atmosphere for the study of writing. Click here for the MFA webpages.

Medieval Studies:

These are multi-disciplinary MA and PhD degrees in English that allow students to work with faculty from diverse departments such as Art History, English, History, Philosophy, Music, Spanish, and University Honors. The programs provide an active and supportive professional community for students in the Medieval Graduate Students in English organization (MEGSE). See their webpage for more details. These concentrations have special pre-requisites which MA and PhD candidates should be aware of. See the MA Requirements and PhD Requirements pages. Click here for the Medieval Studies Program webpages.

Rhetoric and Writing:

A degree in Rhetoric and Writing prepares students for academic careers in teaching and research and for consulting positions in industry and publishing, and for careers in professional writing and post-secondary teaching. Students take courses in classical and contemporary theory, histories of rhetoric and language, prose stylistics, visual rhetoric, editing, publishing, documentation, web writing, grants and proposals, theories of teaching writing, cultural and civil rights rhetorics, public discourse, and science and medical writing. PhD students frequently supplement their rhetoric coursework with a literary specialization, and many serve as assistant directors to the Program, working with classroom teachers on pedagogy and curriculum and on outreach initiatives.