Department of English

Information for Students
Graduate Study in English at Duquesne University, PA

Our graduate programs have a special opportunity for students from historically underrepresented groups: an additional $4000 on top of the $16,000 annual stipend that comes with a teaching fellowship. This is available to students at both the M.A. and Ph.D. levels. At the Ph.D. level, we guarantee four years of full funding and the M.A. fellowship is for two years. We offer a traditional M.A. in English and American literature, as well as a concentration in Writing, Media Arts, and Technology; our grad program is particularly strong in gender studies, poetry, and 20th-century American literature.

Graduate students at Duquesne teach, organize conferences, collaborate with faculty in research, serve on faculty committees, and take part in community-engaged teaching and research. In addition, the city of Pittsburgh is an exciting place to pursue a degree, with a vibrant community of writers and scholars at our area universities. Pittsburgh is also particularly rich in African-American history and culture, as you certainly know.

More information about Duquesne’s grad programs in English can be found here:

If you like, we’d be happy to send you some flyers to distribute to your students who might be thinking about applying to graduate programs in English. Please also feel free to forward this email to interested students.

If you or your students have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me or our Graduate Studies Director, Danielle St. Hilaire (, directly.

Greg Barnhisel, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair
Dept. of English
Duquesne University
Pittsburgh PA 15282

XULA Research Scholar Mini-Grants

We invite undergraduate student researchers to apply for CUR's new XULA Research Scholar Mini-Grants.

This is an exciting opportunity for students to gain experience writing grant proposals! Funding for these mini-grants is provided by the XULA NIH BUILD (Building Infrastructure Leading to Diversity) Program and the Title III, Part B program.

Student proposals should be cleared by their faculty research mentor as evidenced by submission of the faculty mentor's biosketch or CV. We strongly suggest that students have their application responses reviewed by a faculty research mentor before submission.

CUR will facilitate Proposal Writing sessions. Interested students can visit CUR (St. Joe 308) or email for scheduling details.

See the attached Request for Proposals for more information. The attached Application form must be submitted in completion for consideration.

Further Questions?
Contact Dr. Ja'Wanda S. Grant | 504-520-5066 |

General Information

Required Courses

The 2016-17 Xavier University of Louisiana catalog will be availalbe online soon...                                                           
Handouts for English Classes

Here are some handouts that you will need to refer to for your English Classes:

Plagiarism Statement MS Word or PDF

Senior Comprehensives

Internship and Research Opportunities

Dillard Talent Search