Welcome to the English Graduate Program at SFU

A vibrant research and teaching community of over 30 faculty members, SFU's Department of English has strengths in major areas of English literature, language, and print culture. We currently have particular strengths in 18th- and 19th- century literatures, 20th-century literatures in English, and we have maintained our distinctive strength in Canadian literature.

The Department of English has been undergoing an unprecedented renewal of its faculty. The English Graduate Program has therefore been recently redesigned to reflect current faculty expertise and research interests. Our new curriculum offers a wide range of courses reflecting a variety of pedagogical and methodological perspectives in fields of theory, print culture, historical literatures, national and geographical literatures, writing and rhetoric, and topics in language and literature.

Our M.A. program is designed to provide a critical and comprehensive awareness of English Studies. We offer students considerable flexibility in structuring their work and currently provide three distinct options for the M.A. program. Our Ph.D. program is highly selective; we accept a small number of students whose dissertation proposals closely match current department areas of interest.

The English Graduate Program remains committed to providing students with a balanced program of studies that permits them to prepare for careers in academic life, as well as careers in other fields. We will continue to examine our programs so that we can keep alive the founding spirit of 1965, the belief that the study of literature and writing is essential to the well-being of our society.


Dr. Michelle Levy
Graduate Program Chair
Department of English