Granite Island Master's Trip

M.A. in English

New! Concentration in Literature and the Environment to launch Fall 2022! 

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 flexible program enables students to take a wide variety of courses as they explore the different fields of English. English M.A students work with cutting-edge scholars and writers--and a small cohort of bright and talented peers--in intimate seminars and workshops. Our faculty have expertise in American, British, and world literature (from the early modern period to the present); in composition, rhetoric, pedagogy, and linguistics; and in a wide variety of specialized fields, including:

  • Ecocriticism and environmental literature
  • Digital humanities
  • Postcolonial studies
  • Disability studies
  • Native American studies
  • African American studies
  • Film studies
  • English education
  • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
  • Technical writing

Opportunities for M.A. students include:

Program Requirements:

  • 32 total credits (usually taken over four semesters)
  • at least 12 credits in the WLS concentration, or at least 16 credits in the Literature concentration (at least 4 at the 500-level)
  • at least 4 credits of literature at the 500-level 
  • up to 8 credits in the capstone project (thesis, professional essay, practicum, or portfolio)
  • EN 504 Introduction to Critical Theory
  • EN 509 Teaching Colloquium (for teaching assistants only)

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.