Marquette students benefit from being part of a Research I university that is relatively small in its student population. (There are approximately 2,200 graduate students.) The English department is housed in the same building as philosophy, and theology—the other main humanities programs at the heart of the university. Graduate students at Marquette receive instruction and mentoring from faculty who are accomplished researchers and teacher-scholars.

Faculty: Faculty specializations and publications cover areas like Comparative Literature, Multicultural Literature, Postcolonial Literature, all periods of British and American Literature, Old English, Linguistics, Textual Criticism, Rhetoric and Composition, Critical Theory, the History of Criticism, Shakespeare, Drama, Gothicism, Women's Studies, Feminist Theory, and Creative Writing. English faculty members have been recipients of Guggenheim, Fulbright, NEH, NEA, British Academy, and ACLS grants and fellowships. Currently Dr. John Curran edits a scholarly journal, Renascence.

Courses: Graduate courses in English are designed to provide broad and intensive coverage of English and American literature. Most courses focus on the literature of a specific historical period by surveying a number of texts and authors or by focusing on one author or a specific group of related authors and/or texts. Other courses focus on language and linguistics, the history of literary criticism, modern critical theory and practice, special topics in literary criticism, rhetorical theory, and pedagogy. Independent studies can be arranged, and special topics seminars allow more exploratory coverage of research areas off the beaten track. For PhD students, there are special advanced study seminars in British and American Literature, specific genres, or other selected topics.

Aside from courses offered in the English department, graduate students may take others in related disciplines on campus for credit or as audits. Marquette is part of the Midwest Catholic Graduate Schools (MCGS) consortium, which allows courses to be taken at consortium schools for credit toward a Marquette MA or PhD. The consortium includes Loyola University in Chicago, the University of Notre Dame, and St. Louis University. Marquette graduate students may also take courses at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee if they are not offered at Marquette. The Newberry Library provides another source of graduate courses Marquette students may take for credit. (See the section on Libraries below.)

Teaching: Most graduate students (MA and PhD) have the opportunity to teach courses in the First-Year English Writing Program. Normally TAs teach two sections of English 1001 in the Fall and two sections of 1002 in the Spring. Advanced PhD students may be allowed to teach in literature survey courses. TAs have the latest instructional technology available to them and may elect to add a service learning component to their courses. Some graduate students work in the Norman H. Ott Memorial Writing Center.

Assistantships, Fellowships and Teaching Opportunities: Research and Teaching Assistantships are awarded on a competitive basis. The present stipend (2015-16) for these assistantships is approximately $15,650 and 18 credits of tuition remission. Aside from assistantships, full and partial tuition remission is available, again on a competitive basis. Our Teaching Assistants usually teach 1-2 sections of English 001 or English 002 per semester. Two Teaching Assistants may serve as Assistant Director of the First Year English program and as Assistant Director of the Writing Center. In the last year of writing their dissertation, some doctoral students may be allowed to teach Sophomore Literature Survey classes and Introduction to Fiction or Drama, depending upon the discretion of the Department Chair. Doctoral students throughout the university compete annually for Schmitt Fellowships, Smith Scholarships, and Raynor Scholarships, which are awarded by the Graduate School. There is also a departmental prize, the John D. MacCabe Award for Excellence in Teaching, awarded annually to two Teaching Assistants in English. For further information about financial aid and awards, see financial aid.

Preparing Future Faculty: Marquette is one of seventeen universities in the nation to have received funding for its Preparing Future Faculty (PFF) Program. PFF is part of a national initiative to encourage development of new approaches to the graduate education of future professors, to improve the quality of undergraduate education, and to prepare graduate students better for their roles in the future professoriate. The program is sponsored by the Pew Charitable Trusts, the Association of American Colleges and Universities, and the Council of Graduate Schools.


Libraries: Library Resources for study in English and the Humanities at Marquette are excellent. The John P. Raynor, S.J. Library was completed in 2003. The Raynor Library is adjacent and connected to the old Memorial Library by a skyway with a cafe and lounge area. Marquette's Special Collections and Archives contain a number of items of interest to literature and humanities scholars, such as the Rare Books Collection.

Marquette is close to the Milwaukee Public Library, and students may also use the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee's Golda Meir library. UWM has a fine Special Collections department whose holdings include rare books from the middle ages to the present. (E.g., The Infancy of Printing: Incunabula at the Golda Meir Library.) Students of literature may be especially interested in holdings of classic texts, including the Bible, Homer, Aristophanes, Virgil, Ovid, St. Augustine, Dante, Chaucer, Spenser, Shakespeare, Milton, Cooper, Hawthorne, Stowe, and Joyce.

The Newberry Library in Chicago is only a short train trip away, and the English department is a member of the Newberry's Center for Renaissance Studies Consortium. Marquette students may take consortium courses (offered each semester) at the Newberry for graduate credit. Travel expenses to Newberry events are reimbursed by the library. Numerous fellowships for short and long-term study are also awarded annually by the Newbery on a competitive basis; most are restricted to doctoral candidates or postdoctoral researchers. The Center for Renaissance Studies collaborates with the Folger Shakespeare Library's Folger Institute in Washington, D.C., itself a consortium of thirty-eight east-coast institutions. By a reciprocal arrangement, faculty members and graduate students from either consortium are eligible to participate in programs offered by the other. Marquette students and faculty may apply for financial assistance from the Folger to help cover transportation and lodging costs incurred while participating in events there. The Center offers a wide range of programs at the graduate and postdoctoral levels, including intensive training in the techniques (i.e., paleography, bibliography, codicology, textual editing) essential for primary research in these fields; interdisciplinary seminars; workshops; and conferences. The Renaissance Consortium frequently brings in prominent scholars to speak on Milton, Cervantes, Shakespeare, and other subjects like the Romance and the Epic, Medieval and Early Modern Magic, Gender Studies, Anglo-Saxon, and the History of the Book. There is also an annual graduate student conference.

The Patrick and Beatrice Haggerty Museum of Art: The Haggerty Museum of Art offers exhibitions from its permanent collection and special exhibitions as a means of integrating the visual arts into the university arts and sciences curriculum. Its programs highlight the humanizing impact of the visual arts within the university curriculum and community outreach. As a university museum, the Haggerty sponsors lectures, symposia, workshops, and tours to interpret the arts to its various audiences. For each major exhibition, the museum produces gallery guides to foster public understanding of the art and catalogues as contributions to scholarly discourse in the visual arts. The museum presents between ten and twelve special exhibitions annually. It regularly offers exhibitions showing cultural diversity and art influenced by modern technology. The permanent collection includes European and American contemporary art, Old Master paintings, as well as works on paper, photography, and small collections of African and Asian art. Since the museum's inception, its goals of being an integral part of the educational experiences offered at Marquette University, providing a rich variety of art to the Milwaukee community, with visibility on a national and international level, have remained constant.

Past exhibitions have included:

The Evan P. and Marion Helfaer Theatre: Each year the Helfaer Theatre puts on performances of classical and contemporary works and musicals. Each winter there is a Children's Show that plays to 10,000 Milwaukee area school children. The Spring Dance Concert is a campus and community favorite, featuring dance pieces in a variety of styles, including jazz, tap, ballet, musical theatre, and folk. Plans are also in the works for a spring musical cabaret.





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