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M.A. in English

The Master of Arts in English allows students to develop their critical thinking, textual analysis, writing, and teaching abilities in preparation for further graduate study and for work in diverse professional fields. We offer three concentrations: 1) Writing and Literacy Studies, 2) Literature, and 3) Literature and the Environment, as well as a graduate certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).

Our new concentration in Literature and the Environment is now accepting applications! 


    Students in the on-campus Writing Center

    Opportunities for M.A. Students

    Program Concentrations

    Writing and Literacy Studies

    The WLS concentration includes courses in writing studies, rhetorical theory, pedagogy, linguistics, and teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL). Students in this concentration are often interested in teaching at the secondary or college level, teaching English as a second language, pursuing a PhD in rhetoric and composition, or entering fields that require advanced training in technical or professional writing. 


    The Literature concentration includes courses in American, British, and world literature, as well as film studies and critical theory. Our faculty have expertise in literature from the early modern period to the present, Native American literature, African American literature, disability studies, the digital humanities, and more. Students in this concentration are often interested in teaching at the secondary or college level, pursuing a PhD in literature, or pursuing a career related to arts and culture. 

    Literature and the Environment

    Our newest addition to the English MA program, the Literature and the Environment concentration includes courses in ecocriticism, environmental literature, and nature writing (many of which include outdoor experiences)--as well as courses in fields other than English, such as Business; Communication and Media Studies; Earth, Environmental, and Geographical Sciences; and Native American Studies. If you're interested in merging your love for literature with your concern for the environment--or in pursuing a "green career" in environmental communication, advocacy, or education--this could be the right concentration for you!

      A Sampling of Courses

      • Ecocriticism and Environmental Justice
      • TV and Script Writing
      • Teaching Literature
      • Digital Editing and Theory 
      • Bipedalism in American Literature
      • Image and Text
      • British Literature of WWII and the Aftermath
      • American Literature in the Genomic Age
      • Disabled Shakespeare
      • Multimodal Pedagogy
      • Major Authors: Jonson and Donne
      • The Harlem Renaissance
      • Queering the Nation
      • Nature Writing
      • Major Authors: Salman Rushdie

      Upcoming and Recent Courses

      Fall 2022

      Winter 2022

      • EN 504: Introduction to Critical Theory
      • EN 511: Teaching of College-Level Reading and Writing
      • EN 516: Second Language Acquisition
      • EN 518: Rhetorical Theory and Practice
      • EN 530: Major Authors: Marlowe
      • EN 602: Creative Non-fiction Workshop**

      *Required for all new teaching assistants.

      **Prerequisite or instructor permission required.


          If you have additional questions, contact M.A. Program Director, Lesley Larkin.