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  • Department of English
    161 Voorhies Hall
    Davis, CA 95616
    Tel: (530) 752-2281
    Fax: (530) 752-5013
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Contact Graduate Studies

  • 250 Mrak Hall
    One Shields Avenue
    Davis, CA 95616

    Phone: (530) 752-0650
    Fax: (530) 752-6222

Application Deadlines

  • General: Jan 2, 2014
  • Prospective Student Fellowship: Jan 2, 2014
  • Continuing Student Fellowship: Dec 1, 2013

* Deadline Descriptions

Degrees Offered

  • M.A. Plan I
  • Ph.D. Plan B

Designated Emphases

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor's or Master's degree
  • GRE scores
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • PhD Admission: Writing Sample (written for an English course, or closely related field)
  • MA Admission: Substantial Writing Sample (fiction and/or poetry)

Degree Requirements

Students follow the degree requirements reflecting the year s/he was admitted or the most recent version below.

Administrative Bylaws


  • S/U Exception
    • P/NP allowed for all UG language coursework (UG only)
  • 9 quarter appointment rule exception: 12 quarters allowed

Students gain advanced knowledge of literature from the British Middle Ages and colonial America to global/postcolonial and U.S. contemporary, as well as knowledge of literary analysis; literature and science; literature and environment; literary theory; translation; and gender studies. Students graduate with the qualitative and quantitative skills necessary for professional research and teaching in English, or demonstrated skill in creative writing for careers as professional writers.

This is a departmentally-based Graduate Program.

For more information, visit the English website.


Program Chair
Elizabeth Miller
(Department Chair)
English (530) 752-1696
Lucy Corin
(Graduate Program Chair)
English (530) 752-2281
John Marx
(Graduate Program Chair)
English (530) 752-1696
Academic Advisers
Lucy Corin
(Adviser: Admissions and General)
English 9/1/13 - 8/31/15 (530) 752-2281
John Marx
(Adviser: Admissions and Primary Contact)
English 9/1/12 - 8/31/14 (530) 752-1696
Graduate Program Staff Coordinator
Robin Alexander English (530) 752-2281
Darolyn Striley English (530) 752-2738
Student Affairs Officer (SAO) in the Office of Graduate Studies
Jean Telford Graduate Studies (530) 752-9292