The Graduate Program in English
The Citadel Graduate College has the same national reputation for excellence in education and preparation for the workforce that makes its esteemed undergraduate programs recognized around the country.
This year, U.S.News & World Report named The Citadel the No.1 Best Value and the No.2 Best Public University in the South offering up to a master's degree.
In the English graduate programs, you will
- attend small classes with individualized instruction – offered at convenient times in the late afternoons and early evenings.
- be taught by a nationally recognized faculty, all of whom have Ph.D.s and all of whom have published widely in their academic fields.
- be able to conduct research under the mentorship of experienced professors.
- become proficient at critical analysis and a variety of different writing tasks.
- understand literary culture, both as it has evolved over time and as it continues to unfold today.
Most of all, you will learn to apply critical thinking skills, problem solving strategies, and enhanced writing abilities to either workplace assignments or as preparation for a career in education.
Who We Are
As part of The Citadel Graduate College (CGC), the Department of English has an extensive program of graduate study. These programs can lead to an MA, an MAT, and/or to professional certification and development.
The MA is a joint program with the College of Charleston.
Click on the links above to find about more about degrees, resources, and opportunities. Or for more information, contact the graduate director, Professor James Hutchisson.
To apply online, click here.
The benefits of individual attention in a small program may be self-evident, but The Citadel Graduate College offers the additional bonus of being located in Charleston, South Carolina – a living museum of history and the arts – with an ongoing literary culture that is both historically significant and currently blossoming with diversity and growth.
Such well known southern authors as Pat Conroy (The Prince of Tides) and PEN/Hemingway award-winner Josephine Humphreys (Rich in Love) have close ties to The Citadel. Both Conroy and the late James O. Rigney, Jr. (known to the literary world as the fantasy writer Robert Jordan) have endowed prizes for contributions to our literary magazine, The Shako. Such current southern writers as Mary Alice Monroe (Sweetgrass), William Baldwin (The Hard to Catch Mercy), Harlan Greene (Why We Never Danced the Charleston) and South Carolina Poet Laureate Marjorie Wentworth have spoken in our classes, and over the years the English department has played host to a variety of luminaries from the field of southern literature, among them Eudora Welty, Andrew Lytle, and Cleanth Brooks.
The English department also works closely with the School of Humanities' southern studies program. Visiting scholars here have included John Shelton Reed, who helped to found UNC-Chapel Hill's Center for the Study of the American South, Emory Thomas, author of two of the definitive biographies of Civil War leaders, and Jack Bass, an expert in southern politics and race relations who has written for such publications as the Los Angeles Times, Atlanta Constitution, Washington Post, The New Republic, The Nation, and The New York Times.
Students in the graduate English programs are diverse. Some are recent college graduates, some are working professionals, some are high-school and middle-school teachers, and some are returning students – some even have advanced degrees already, in related fields or in fields other than English.
In-service teachers, either in public or independent schools, are a core constituency of our program, since a master's degree provides career educators with the ability to earn a higher salary, advance within their respective institutions, and develop professionally. (Click here for information about the current pay scales for teachers in Charleston County and here for Berkeley County.)
English at The Citadel Graduate College is also for those who wish to teach at the junior or community college level, or who want to do advanced study as possible preparation for pursuing a doctoral degree in residence at a large research university.
Graduate students are eligible for financial aid in the form of graduate assistantships, which pay up to $7,000 a year. These part-time positions are available on-campus in departments such as the library, the museum, the Writing and Learning Center, and elsewhere.
Graduates of the MA program work in a wide variety of fields, from marketing and public relations to technical writing jobs, from real estate to sales and securities, from business and government to the legal profession.
Others have gone on to doctoral studies at such research institutions as the University of Miami and the University of Louisville; others have taken positions at community colleges; some have even pursued further study in fields like library science and technical communications. Many, too, have won coveted positions at independent schools teaching English, communications, and related subjects.