Welcome to Purdue Graduate Studies in English!
We are a diverse, robust, and challenging program of graduate study—and remain among the strongest English departments for graduate studies in the country. In fact, we’re consistently ranked among the best. In 2019, we hosted the illustrious Colson Whitehead at our Literary Awards program, welcomed Emily Wilson to our annual Big Read author event, and graduated 28 new MA, MFA, and PhD students into the world with a 67% academic job placement rating among new PhDs.
In the Purdue English department, graduate teaching assistants (GTAs) have opportunities to teach introductory composition in our renowned ICaP program, as well as apply for other teaching opportunities in professional writing, film studies, literature courses, creative writing, and more. In addition, research fellowships and other TA positions—such as working for the Purdue OWL, on-campus writing lab (see video here where format students talk about working at the Writing Lab and how it contributed to their current jobs), or CROW (Corpus & Repository of Writing) Lab—offer alternative, valuable academic opportunities. And new roles are always opening up. For example, the prestigious academic journal, Modern Fiction Studies, housed here at Heavilon Hall, recently introduced its own one-year teaching assistantship, awarded to an incoming grad student who demonstrates “outstanding potential in 20th-and/or 21-st century literary studies.” (Find out more about the MFS named TA line.)