The English Department has adopted Research Tracks in three areas where the department and the university have developed a particular concentration of interest, Print and Material Culture, Race and Ethnicity, and Transatlantic/Transnational Studies. The Tracks cut across sub-disciplinary groups, such as specific periods or national literatures, to identify methodological, thematic, and formal interests that are shared by a broad range of faculty across the department. The Tracks are intended to help students focus their research interests and align them with the strengths of the department and important currents in the humanities.
Students are required to take at least five courses linked to one of three research tracks. Each semester the graduate director, in consultation with faculty members teaching during that semester, will identify certain courses as ones that may be counted towards a given track. The department will offer at least one course in each Track every semester. As students progress towards the doctoral project, they may continue to work in these Tracks, but they may also develop projects that employ different methodologies or frameworks.
The graduate committee will review the Research Tracks at least every five years to ensure that they reflect the composition of the faculty and the changing nature of the profession.