Graduate Student Resources

Graduate English Administration/Staff

General Information

Prospective Students

Current Students


Begin by reviewing the relevant sections in the Graduate Student Handbook.

Directed Portfolio

Thesis and Dissertation


GA and GTA Resources

Preliminary Examinations

  1. Old and Middle English 
  2. Early Modern British Literature: 1500-1660, including Milton 
  3. Restoration and Eighteenth-Century British Literature 
  4. Nineteenth-Century British Literature*
    1. Romantic 
    2. Victorian 
  5. Twentieth-Century British Literature 
  6. American Literature to 1830 
  7.  American Literature: 1830-1910 
  8. American Literature: 1910-present 
  9. Criticism and Critical Theory 
  10. Composition, Language, and Rhetoric 
  11. Children's and Young Adult Literature 
  12. Linguistics 
  13. Popular Culture and Film Studies* 
    1. Popular Culture 
    2. Film 
  14. Anglophone Literature 
  15. Folklore

*Students may choose to be examined in IV. a. or b. and in XIII. a. or b. only.



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Mailing Address:
Department of English
Middle Tennessee State University
Box 70
1301 East Main Street
Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Main Office: Peck Hall 302

Chair: Dr. Stephen Severn


Telephone: (615) 898-2648