A thriving division of a research university with over 1,000 graduate students, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Boston College offers three graduate degrees in English: the M.A., the M.A.T. and the Ph.D. The M.A. program also offers a concentration in Irish Literature and Culture. Students receiving fellowships at both the M.A. and Ph.D. levels teach in the undergraduate classroom, and a Graduate School of Arts and Sciences program offers funds for travel to conferences for students giving professional papers. M.A. and Ph.D. students in the Biennial Graduate Conference, which this year takes place on November 4 and is entitled "Poetic Justice: Political and Social Action Through Writing & Performance".
Boston College boasts a system of eight linked libraries (containing over two million volumes), along with state of the art online access. The rare books collection at the Burns Library offers significant holdings in Irish culture, literature and history; British Catholic authors; and ethnic studies of Africana and Caribbeana. Members of the English department have participated in exhibitions mounted by Boston College's McMullen Museum of Art. Boston College is also the home of a nationally-recognized program in Irish Studies, and the interdisciplinary journal Religion and the Arts.
Boston College belongs to a consortium of universities sharing variety of resources: library privileges from local universities such Wellesley, Tufts, Brandeis, M.I.T., University of Massachusetts and Boston University; the opportunity to take graduate courses at several of these universities; and a new alliance within the Traveling Scholars Program of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). Boston College also participates in the Graduate Consortium in Women's Studies at M.I.T, and faculty and students alike partake in seminars held at the Humanities Center at Harvard University.
Located six miles west of downtown Boston, the university is easily accessible by public transportation from Boston, Cambridge, and surrounding residential communities. Boston College is part of one of the richest intellectual and cultural environments in the country, with unparalleled local resources in research libraries, archives, historical and fine arts museums, and public events of all kinds. Research holdings in the area include the Boston Public Library, the John F. Kennedy Library, the Houghton Library at Harvard University and the Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America at Radcliffe College.
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