Those who wish to pursue advanced degrees may do graduate work in English Literature and Cultural Studies. The department offers M.A. and Ph.D. programs in English Literature and an M.A. program in Critical and Cultural Studies.

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Admission Requirements

Application Terms, Documents, and Quotas

Quota 10 (There is no quota for English preparatory class)
GPA For MA in English Literature: 3.00/4.00For PhD in English Literature: 3.25/4.00
ALES Verbal: 55
GRE / GMAT ALES Verbal 55 or GRE Quantitative score of 149 and GRE Verbal score of 146  is accepted.
English proficiency BUEPT orTOEFL 550, TWE 4.5 orTOEFL (CBT) 213, TWE 4.5 orTOEFL (IBT) 79, TWE 22 orIELTS Academic Score: 6.5, Academic Writing Score: 6.5
Official Transcript Required
Diploma An undergraduate degree diploma or a graduation document.Those who have not graduated yet, must submit an official letter indicating that they are expected to graduate.
Student disciplinary record Required for applicants holding a degree from a university in Turkey.
Statement of Purpose Required
Reference letter Two lettersReference letters are not required for graduates of B.U. Department of Western Languages and Literatures (Program in English Language and Literature).
Departmental Exams
Contact Person Department Assistants Phone: 0212-359 66 35E-mail: asistors@list.boun.edu.trhttp://westlanglit.boun.edu.tr


Master of Arts Program

The MA Program in English at Boğaziçi University is designed to be a rigorous education in modern English literature and an exploration of the very idea of the modern – one that has its roots, it goes without saying, in the literature and culture of the past.  Building upon the broad base of an undergraduate education in literature or the humanities, the MA in English focuses upon the major genres of English literature, while at the same time demanding a thorough training in the most significant and influential critical approaches to the literary text.


Courses in critical theory, fiction, poetry and drama offer students the opportunity to deepen their knowledge of particular modes, historical moments, or motifs in modern literature. The 25-credit program is composed of six 4-credit courses – two courses of theory, one of fiction, one of poetry, one of drama and one elective course – and a 1-credit course on methods of research, proposal and paper writing. The coursework requires intensive reading and research as well as seminar reports and discussions. Upon completion of the 25-credit coursework, students write a thesis supervised by their academic advisor.  They defend their theses in front of a committee. Students who graduate with an MA in English will be ideally placed to begin a doctoral program in any number of fields in the humanities and the social sciences, including programs in English language and literature, comparative literature, and cultural criticism.


Fall 2014


EL 591  Special Topics: Literary Theory 1

Instructor: Matthew Gumpert

                    Syllabus: EL 591. 01 Course Syllabus

The first part of a two-semester survey of the history of literary theory and criticism in the West.  Introduction to Literary Theory and Criticism I, like its companion course next semester, assumes there is no such thing as “simply” reading a literary text, outside, as it were, of theory; we can only read literature from the vantage point of a particular theoretical approach.  It also assumes that modern theoretical approaches to literature, even when they claim to constitute a break with the practices of the past, are inescapably rooted in those prior practices.  Such approaches represent distinct ways, we might say, in which meaning in the text has been located or defined.  We will examine these strategies for pursuing or framing meaning as historically and culturally determined methodologies.  Introduction to Literary Theory and Criticism I offers the advanced student of literature an introduction to literary theory and criticism from classical antiquity to the beginning of the 20th century; thus the material covered in this class constitutes the foundation of modern critical theory in the West.  Our journey begins with Plato, Aristotle, and Horace, treats the major authors of literary criticism from late antiquity to the Romantic period, and ends with the groundbreaking work of Marx, Nietzsche, and Freud (the great “prophets” of modernity) at the dawn of the twentieth century.


EL  588 Special Topics: Studies in Modern English Poetry

Modern Poetry and Ecotheory: the Green Revolution

Instructor: Kim Fortuny

                    Syllabus: EL 588 Course Syllabus

Ecocriticism began in the 1990s as a vaguely collective study of the relationship between literature and the environment.  Based initially in the western United States, the field has since grown interdisciplinary and international in scope and is currently a major academic movement.  This seminar will focus on the poetry that inspired the movement, current texts in ecocriticism that challenge human-centered aesthetics and ethics and readings in modern poetry.


EL 590  Special Topics: Studies in Modern English Drama

Instructor: Aslı Tekinay

                  Syllabus: EL 590 Course Syllabus


The twentieth century English drama challenges the Renaissance in terms of the wide range of plays it produced. The significant social, cultural and political changes that the country went through in the 20th century reflected onto the thematic as well as stylistic variety that we observe in the realm of drama.  Between Bernard Shaw’s rational drama of social issues and the ‘in-yer-face’ theatre of our contemporary times, there is a variety of dramatic output on the English stage. The course treats intellectual, political, kitchen-sink, epic, agit-prop, angry and absurd drama not as self-contained but interrelated units that may overlap. Modern English drama is read in the light of cultural and literary theories as well as theories of the theatre.


EL 579   Graduate Seminar

Instructor: Basak Demirhan

                   Syllabus: EL 579 Course Syllabus

This is a non-credit course designed to teach research techniques and writing the kinds of texts that the students will need to produce during their academic careers. In this leg of the course, students practice research techniques to write an annotated bibliography, a conference abstract, and a book review.


Spring 2015


EL 592  Special Topics: Literary Theory  2

Instructor: Matthew Gumpert

Syllabus:EL592 Course Syllabus

The second half of a two-semester survey of the history of literary theory and criticism in the West.  Our point of departure in Introduction to Literary Theory and Criticism II: the radically new, even revolutionary approaches to literature made possible by the criticism of the late 19th and 20th centuries: formalism, structuralism, phenomenology, reader-response theory, new criticism, post-structuralism, and deconstruction.  These approaches to literature are all committed, in different ways, to the dethroning of the author and the de-centering of the subject.  But in the new approaches to literature that arise in the second half of the twentieth century, the subject returns with a vengeance.  The second part of this semester treats many of the most significant critical theories, including feminism, gender studies, queer theory, black criticism, race studies, post-colonial criticism, new historicism, and cultural studies, all of which attempt to understand literature as the expression of a subject which is, largely, a cultural or historical entity.


EL 593  Special Topics: Studies in The English Novel 

Instructor: Özlem Öğüt

Syllabus:EL 593 Course Syllabus

The course focuses primarily on modern and contemporary novels with particular attention to their formalistic, narratological, as well as social, historical, political and ethical aspects. It will explore the ways in which modern and postmodern novels draw on, elaborate and/or subvert the 18th and 19th century novelistic discourses of sentimentalism, realism and naturalism, how they employ in novel forms earlier genres and styles such as tragedy, the romance and the gothic, as well as more contemporary ones such as meta-fiction, science fiction and magical realism, as they deal with issues concerning race, class, gender, culture and identity, among others. The novels will also be discussed in the light of modern and contemporary literary and cultural theories.


EL 594 Advanced Topics in English Literature

This course is designed to focus on a specific literary movement or text or author/poet/dramatist for a detailed analysis. Topics vary from year to year.


EL 589  Readings in English Literature

Instructor: Basak Demirhan


This is a noncredit course designed to teach research techniques and writing different kinds of texts that the students will need to produce during their academic careers. In this leg of the course, students practice making longer-term plans for their academic careers by preparing a statement of purpose, a grant proposal, and a sample syllabus.


Doctor of Philosophy Program

The aim of the Ph.D. program in English Literature is to prepare students to be productive scholars, intelligent critics of literature, and competent academics.

Candidates for admission must fulfill the requirements specified in the regulations of the Institute for Graduate Studies in Social Sciences. Candidates are required to take a written and an oral exam to prove their grasp of the field. The suggested reading list of primary texts can be found in the link below:


The program requires the successful completion of 25 credits, followed in turn by a qualifying examination, the formal proposal, the writing of a dissertation and its defense.

The student chooses three areas of concentration, building upon his/her master’s background, and then focuses upon a field of interest which may be a historical period, a genre, or literary theory and criticism. The qualifying examination tests knowledge in-depth of the areas of concentration and also awareness of the methods of critical interpretation. Each student submits a dissertation in a form approved by his/her dissertation director and by a committee appointed by the department.

The major areas of concentration are Medieval Literature, Renaissance Literature, 17th and 18th Century Literature, Romantic and Victorian Literature, Modern English Literature, and Theory of Criticism.

Each student must take one course in three of these areas followed by two special study courses or doctoral seminars in his/her area of special interest designed to give an early focus to his/her work on the dissertation.

A final public oral examination is given after the candidate’s dissertation has been read and approved. The following topics are to be covered in the examination: a justification of the subject treated and the methods chosen, an account of any new contributions made. The student must develop and answer a series of questions growing out of subjects presented in the dissertation.