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2023 PhD Cohort

TCU is a mid-sized liberal arts university nestled in the vibrant, culturally rich Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. Our tradition of excellence in graduate studies combines intellectual development with practical training, professional mentoring, and individual attention throughout their degree program.

  • A nationally respected faculty with strong research and publication profiles.

  • A program that is small enough and friendly enough to allow for individual intellectual development and career mentoring.

  • A balanced and flexible course of study that allows you to integrate work in literary studies (including American Literature and/or British Literature) along with rhetoric and composition, or to focus on one research area alone.

  • Competitive graduate fellowships that typically provide six years of funding for Ph.D. students who enter with a B.A. and five years of funding for students who enter with an M.A.

  • Appointments for graduate instructors that carry a 1:1 teaching load.

  • Excellent mentoring of your teaching, including summer workshops, graduate courses in pedagogy, and opportunities to apply for teaching assignments in your research area.

  • Opportunities for research and publication experience in journals such as descant and small presses, such as TCU Press.

  • An excellent record of student placement and publication.

  • Graduate certificates in Women and Gender Studies; New Media Composing & Teaching; and Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies.