Where can I learn more about UW-Eau Claire?
Try out the About Eau Claire area page.
The Center for Writing Excellence provides free help on writing projects.
Visit the UW-Eau Claire Services for Students with Disabilities site.
Our Organizations page has links dedicated to our department organizations, student-run publications, and student projects.
Where can I find admission information for English Studies?
The UW-Eau Claire Admission's Office has an English Undergraduate Fact Sheet with information on studying English and high school preparation for admission to the University and English department.
Choose the Class Schedule page from the Registrar's site to find out.
See the Catalogs page for links to course descriptions.
For an overview, visit the Academic Offerings page.
How is graduate work different from undergraduate work?
In graduate school at UWEC, more attention is given to research techniques and critical perspectives. UWEC requires two core courses which focus on these areas: Critical Reading, Thinking, and Writing; Methods of Bibliography and Research; and Seminar in Critical Theory and English Studies. The research that students do in graduate school is more in-depth than undergraduate work, so students need to gain a comprehensive knowledge of major research tools and critical perspectives. For a more complete picture of graduate work in English at UWEC, see Graduate Program Requirements.
What is the work load like?
As you would expect, graduate school is more intense than undergraduate study. A few classes require more papers than you might be used to, but the major difference lies in the quality of the papers students write. They are better researched, more in-depth, and require a greater amount of work than most undergraduate papers. They are also more interesting (and fulfilling) to write! In terms of meeting times, most graduate courses (with the exception of double numbered courses) meet once a week for approximately three hours.
Are most students full time?
Some are, and some are not. No kind of student, however, is unusual in any graduate program. Some students received their bachelor's degree very recently, but others have a life outside of school and take fewer classes each semester.
Do nontraditional students go to graduate school at UWEC?
They certainly do. Some graduate students apply the same semester they receive their bachelor's degree, but others are married, have families, or are going back to school. However, most students who have full-time jobs outside of school do not attend full time.
How do I apply? How much does graduate school cost at UWEC? Can I get financial aid?
Tuition varies according to the number of credits you are taking. Tuition fees diminish if a resident takes eight or fewer credits. See the Business Services Web site for information on the current Tuition Fee Schedule. For answers to questions about finances and the application process, see UWEC's page on the Graduate Admission Process.
How do I get a catalog? How do I get brochures and other information?
If you are off-campus and cannot access the online catalog, please contact the Registrar's office at 715-836-2425 or firstname.lastname@example.org for a published copy. Brochures and other information can be found in the English Department Office in Centennial Hall 4102.
What if I don't have the required undergraduate credits?
You may accumulate these credits at UWEC while pursuing graduate coursework if you choose, or you may take the required undergraduate courses before entering the English Graduate Program.