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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. All English MA students take courses in literary studies and critical theory; they also choose a concentration, which includes both coursework and a capstone project. We offer three concentrations: 1) Writing and Literacy Studies, 2) Literature and the Environment, and 3) Literature, as well as a graduate certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).

We welcome international applicants! For guidance, please visit the International Graduate Admissions website or email

View our 2023 Graduation Celebration here!


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. 

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!


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. 

Recent Courses

Fall 2023

*Required for all new teaching assistants

Summer 2023

  • EN 505: Genres of Writing: Writing Adventures [online]

Current & Upcoming Courses

Winter 2024

  • EN 504: Introduction to Critical Theory
  • EN 505: Genres of Writing: Writing for Social Change
  • EN 516: Second Language Acquisition
  • EN 530: Major Authors: Toni Morrison


Fall 2024

  • EN 506: Ecocriticism and Environmental Literature
  • EN 509: Teaching Colloquium*
  • EN 514: Seminar in the English Language
  • EN 595: Battlefields of Memory: History, Memory, and Politics in Central European Cinema after 1945

*Required for all new teaching assistants

If you have additional questions, contact M.A. Program Director, Dr. Caroline Krzakowski.