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Interrogating the canon

Read, write, and question authority. Simmons's versatile English program extends from classics to cutting-edge theory, with individual paths of study. Graduates are well prepared for teaching, doctoral programs, and other literary pursuits.


"My M.A. at Simmons was an important stepping-stone between my Bachelors and the Doctoral degree I earned at the University of Miami. I appreciated and enjoyed the interdisciplinary focus that was encouraged by faculty at Simmons. I benefited greatly from being able to take creative writing classes as well as courses in the Gender/Cultural Studies Program."

—Stephanie Selvick, GS'08
M.A. in English
Assistant Professor of English, Utica College

The Simmons English program provides a strong foundation in English, American, and comparative literary theory and analysis. The program varies according to individual interests, with courses on 17th-century poetry, children's literature, film and drama, the American novel, race and gender in women's poetry, narrative theory, and more. At Simmons, students enjoy a collegial relationship with faculty who are award-winning poets and playwrights, authors, reviewers, and nationally known scholars. Faculty areas of interest span historical periods, genres, and cultures, including the Bible, poetry from the Romantic era, Native American studies, Victorian literature, the Harlem Renaissance, and children's literature.