Graduate Literature Association

The GLA Guide to the MA Literature Program at SFSU

The Guide [available here] was created to help students best navigate the program and campus. The M.A. Literature program at SFSU provides a number of excellent opportunities, yet as the program grows and changes, not all of the information that could assist new students is always accessible in one place. This guide seeks to remedy that. Print copies are available in the department office in HUM 484.


Interpretations is a GLA publication that showcases the best of graduate student writing. It's produced annually in the spring and submissions open in January. To learn more, and purchase copies, visit the Interpretations website.


Each year, the GLA hosts Explications, an academic literature conference held at SFSU. Details and the CFP will be released in the spring. For more information, or to get involved, email Rhonda at

Scholarships and Fellowships

The Fellowships Office at SFSU has great information and resources for preparing a strong application to scholarships and fellowships. The opportunities provided by these fellowships include generous funding for graduate studies, as well as research experience and prestigious internships in the U.S. and abroad. To learn more, visit or email Dr. Joy Viveros at

Pre-Doctoral Program

The California Pre-Doctoral Program is designed to diversify the pool of university faculty by supporting the doctoral aspirations of students who are upper division undergraduates or graduate students, economically or educationally disadvantaged, with focused research interests, and an interest in a university faculty career. Each Pre-Doctoral Scholar is mentored by a faculty sponsor and receives financial support for activities related to applying to, and developing, strong candidacy for doctoral programs. For more information, visit

Thesis Writing Groups

The goal of the thesis writing group is to provide support for those working on the last phase of the M.A. program. All groups are student-led and meeting times, as well as the process and structure that each group follows, may vary based on students' needs and interests.

Tips on Writing a Thesis and Managing Time

Whether you're preparing to write your thesis or are deep in the process, this is the presentation for you. This talk provides useful tips on maintaining a schedule, managing workload, and overcoming writer's block. Refreshments provided. Thursday, September 3rd, 2015 from 4:30 - 5:55pm. HUM 579.

Is Doctoral Study Right for You?

Considering the PhD path after SFSU? This talk will answer questions about PhD programs in the humanities and provide tips on preparing a successful application. Refreshments provided. Thursday, September 10th, 2015 from 4:30 - 5:55pm. HUM 579.

Call for Papers

Presenting at and participating in academic conferences is a rewarding part of the academic life and can bolster your application to PhD programs. UPenn has a comprehensive list of CFPs that is updated regularly: