Graduate Student Handbook
The English program's Graduate Student Handbook includes information on academic programs and policies, as well as program policies for assistantships and graduate student teaching.
Resources for Job Seekers
Beyond taking courses, writing a thesis or dissertation, and teaching classes, every graduate student interested in a career must consider various forms of professional development. The English program regularly offers students the opportunity to learn about the profession directly from experienced faculty. Every fall, the program offers a coordinated program for job seekers, including application document review, interview preparation and mock interviews, and alternative academic career workshops. There are reliable online sources as well:
- For information on CVs, application letters, and writing samples, see The Association of Departments of English's Website
- For various career resources, see The Modern Language Association's Website
- SIU graduate students have access to the MLA Job List
Libraries and Research Sources
SIU Carbondale’s Morris Library contains more than 2.5 million volumes, 3 million microfilms, and over 12,000 current serial subscriptions. Library users have electronic access to a statewide catalog system and to nearly 600 electronic data files and CD-ROM products via workstations located throughout the building. The library’s special collections are extensive in areas pertinent to graduate students’ research and include papers, manuscripts, letters, and research materials in American and British expatriate literature; twentieth-century philosophy, especially John Dewey and the Open Court press; the Irish literary renaissance; and proletarian theater. The Humanities Library is particularly rich in both traditional and contemporary monographs and periodicals that support the graduate program in English.