Graduate English

Graduate study in English can deepen your understanding of the experience, context, institution and theories of the reading and teaching of literature and writing.  Our MA degree is focused on the theory, practice and pedagogy of writing and literatures.  It introduces students to a variety of composition and literary theories, trains them in the assessment of texts, and contextualizes concrete pedagogical issues within a larger history of how our understanding of the nature and purpose of writing has changed from Chaucer, to the present day, and into the future as writing moves into electronic environments.

The graduate program serves teachers in local high schools and community colleges interested in developing their knowledge of English, individuals who want to prepare themselves to pursue a Ph.D. at another university, as well as those who simply enjoy the challenge of advanced study in literature and writing. Program requirements are flexible, allowing students to tailor their degree to match their interests. A good way to keep up with events in the Graduate Program and to get a feel for the kinds of courses and activities that students participate in is by following us on Facebook. Students are also encouraged to join GECO, the Graduate English and Communication Organization.

The Graduate Program in English sponsors the annual English Lecture Series, which brings academics, students, and practicing teachers to campus to discuss the teaching of writing and English in a series of annually-themed lectures and workshops. Visit the ELS website to learn more about the series, and to sign up for its electronic Newsletter.

Joining the program is easier than you might think. Many students support themselves while pursuing an M.A. degree by teaching writing within the English department, and a small number of research and administrative positions are available as well.

Note about program revisions in 2013: if you’re already in the MA program, or have looked into our program in the past, you’ll see that the program requirements listed to the right are much simpler. We’ve streamlined our program, removing two separate options that we’ve had in the past so that we can focus on a more integrated program that mixes writing, literature, and composition theory