Masters of Arts in English
The M.A. in English program provides students the opportunity to take literary and theoretical courses that represent a range of historical periods, movements and theoretical developments. The M.A. prepares students for doctoral study and careers outside academia including editing, publishing, technical writing and other fields that value skilled writing, research and critical thinking skills.
The English M.A. is a two-year program that requires 24 credit hours of graduate course work plus six thesis or exam credits for a total of 30 credits. In the course of their graduate program, graduate students must complete two core courses: Principles and Problems of Literary Study (ENG 6009) which serves as an introduction to graduate study and disciplinary research and Literary Criticism I or II (ENG 5018, 5019). In addition to the these required courses, students choose one of the following areas of concentration for their studies: American Literature, British Literature, Multicultural and World Literatures, Rhetoric and Composition, or Science Fiction and Fantasy. M.A. students must fulfill (or test out of) a foreign language requirement (two semesters of intermediate level or a reading for research course) or enroll in History of the English Language (LIN 6107) to fulfill this requirement.
Recent graduate course offerings in these areas include “Race, Gender and Disability in American Literature”; “Postwar American Poetry”; “Queer Theory”; “Theorizing Science Fiction”; “Rhetorics of Incarceration: Writing Identities”; “Cyborg Rhetoric”; “Contemporary African American Literature: The Post-Soul Aesthetic“; “Comics and Graphic Novels”; “Homoeroticism and Crossdressing in the Literature of the English Renaissance”; and “Medieval Comedy.” Other recent seminars have focused on individual authors or groups of authors such as William Faulkner, Toni Morrison, Philip Roth, and a course on Poe, Dickinson and Whitman.