The transition from undergraduate to graduate study presents many challenges
and requires careful planning and substantial time and effort. This site is
designed to direct you to some
resources that may help you with this complex but rewarding decision process. The
most important investigations you will perform, however, will be through conversations
with current and former graduate students, and with others who serve as your
advisers and mentors.
Alexander Catchings, UW BA in English with Honors 2013,
pursuing a PhD in English at U.C. Berkeley beginning
in autumn 2013 with the U.C. Berkeley Chancellor's Graduate Fellowship.
Applying to Graduate School in English, Creative Writing, Cinema Studies, and Comparative Literature
Friday, October 24th, 2014
3:30 - 5:20pm Thomson Hall, room 125 All are welcome
Please join our Director of Graduate English Studies, Professor Juan Guerra, Chair of
Comparative Literature, Professor Miceal Vaughan, Director of Cinema Studies,
Professor Jennifer Bean and Director of Creative Writing Professor Andrew Feld
for a valuable information session on the processes of preparing for graduate study and
putting together successful applications for admission to M.A./Ph.D. and
M.F.A. programs. Find out why people pursue graduate study in these fields,
what graduate students actually learn, how they learn it, and what they
do after degree completion. Learn all about how to prepare for grad
level study in our disciplines and how to put together an application
that will get the attention of faculty on graduate admissions
committees. Come with all your questions!
Writing the Statement of Purpose
Thursday, November 6th, 2014
3:30 - 5:00pm Communications, room 228 All are welcome
Just two weeks after our general information session on applying
to graduate school, we will have an information session on the graduate school
statements of purpose.
We will look at samples of successful and not so successful statements of purpose.
We will discuss what makes a strong statement, so that you can leave that day
ready to write a draft, or with greater understanding of how to improve the
draft you may have already started.