Master of Arts in English

Master of Arts in English

The Master of Arts in English offers students opportunities to study literature, literary history, linguistics, literary theory, and the profession of English studies. A thirty-three credit hour degree, the M.A. requires students to enroll in ENGL 6150: Literary Theory and ENGL 6900: Scholarship and Writing in the Profession. The remaining 27 hours consist of elective credit. While ENGL 6150 introduces students to various schools of literary theory, ENGL 6900 serves as a capstone course where students develop a seminar paper into a potentially publishable article.

This flexible M.A. program allows students to seek jobs in nearly any occupation, including teaching English at the college level. Graduates from our M.A. program also enter prestigious doctoral programs in English. Our students have gone on to the University of Florida, the University of Washington, Michigan State University, Marquette University, Illinois State University, Southern Methodist University, Purdue University, and the University of Kentucky.

The Master of Arts with an emphasis on Medieval Language and Literature is a program track that allows students to pursue focused study on the medieval period in literary history. A thirty-three hour degree program, students who select this track are required to take ENGL 6150: Literary Criticism, ENGL 6900: Scholarship and Writing in the Profession, ENGL 5300: Medieval Literature, ENGL 5760: Introduction to Old Norse, and ENGL 6760: Old English. From a menu of other medieval classes, students elect two other courses to round out their focus area; these include other literature courses as well as continued study in either Old Norse or Old English. The remaining twelve hours in the program can be filled with any of the department’s other course offerings.

Master of Arts in English Education

The Master of Arts in English Education is a newly designed program track that provides students with foundational graduate-level exposure to key concepts and debates within the field of English education. A thirty-three hour degree program, students who elect this track are required to take ENGL 6150: Literary Criticism, ENGL 6900: Scholarship and Writing in the Profession, a section of Children’s or Adolescent Literature, and three sections of an innovative seminar in English education which provides core material while allowing students to develop focus areas relevant to their own professional needs and goals.

This program track provides foundational knowledge for those intending to seek out doctoral study in English education and is designed to appeal to practicing secondary education teachers who wish to develop knowledge of their craft beyond the baccalaureate level and. This degree does not, however, is not the same as the MAET listed in the catalog and does not lead to teacher certification.

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