Mar 20, 2019  
2017-2018 Graduate Catalog 
    
2017-2018 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

English (M.A.)


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Master’s degree requirements


The M.A. degree in English is awarded in one of five tracks, each of which can be completed in 30 to 33 hours. All tracks include a literature core (9 hours); courses in the chosen track (9 hours); electives (9 hours); a seminar (3 hours); foreign language certification (or equivalent research tool); a final writing project or thesis; and a final oral examination, a defense and discussion of the writing project or thesis.

Degree Track Options


British and American Literature


Concentration in this track is on the study of British and American literature; a student may emphasize any time period in either national literature and will work with graduate faculty who are experts in that period.

Children’s Literature


Concentration in this track is on the study of children’s and young adult literature; a student may emphasize a particular period or region, such as nineteenth-century American literature, or a particular genre, such as picture books. Students will work with faculty who have expertise in the area, or in a field that complements the student’s focus.

Creative Writing and Literature


Concentration in this track is on the student’s creative work in fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, or drama; the student will work closely with graduate faculty well-published in the genre the student chooses to emphasize. The department’s visiting writers program brings several writers of national stature to campus each year. In addition, opportunities for editorial experience are open to graduate students in this track.

Cultural Studies and Literature


Concentration in this track is on training in Marxist, feminist, poststructuralist, and psychoanalytic theory. A student may complement the study of literature with the study of politics, sociology, political economy, popular and mass culture, film, and other art forms.

Composition, Rhetoric and Literature


Concentration in this track is on composition and rhetorical theory. Like the other M.A. tracks, this one can prepare students for Ph.D. work, for teaching in community colleges, and for a career in technical writing.