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English Program Concentrations


American Studies

Ph.D. students in English may choose a concentration in American Studies, involving a transdisciplinary approach.  Students will work closely with a faculty advisor in the Department of English to pursue an intellectually unified course of study that will include seminars offered in the Department of English as well as seminars cross-listed with participating CGU departments and The Claremont Colleges.  A minimum of four seminars should be taken in English, and a minimum of two seminars in other disciplines. Interested students should discuss this concentration with Professor Wendy Martin.


Early Modern Studies

Early Modern Studies is a transdisciplinary concentration available to masters' and doctoral students in the Arts and Humanities departments of English, History, and Philosophy. It is aimed at 1) preparing students for Ph.D.-level work at U.S. universities in one of the above three disciplines, or 2) providing a discrete course of study that complements CGU M.A. coursework in archival or museum studies.

To complete a concentration in Early Modern Studies, a student must take five courses in the early modern period (1509 – 1714), of which two must be outside the discipline in which the student is earning the degree. Courses in Latin Reading and Paleography are also required, as well as at least one course that is based upon bibliographic inquiry into the extensive collections of early modern print and manuscripts housed in Special Collections at Claremont’s Honnold/Mudd Library..


For all of these concentrations, students will work closely with an English faculty advisor to pursue an intellectually unified course of study that will include seminars cross listed with participating CGU humanities departments and The Claremont Colleges.

For detailed requirements, information, and policies please review the CGU Bulletin and the English Department Handbook.

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