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Program Overview

Degree offered: M.A.

The Master of Arts (M.A.) in English delivers training in the theory, methods, and practice of literary studies in English. The program emphasizes a theme of place, though students may also pursue an individualized path of study. All M.A. students are required to complete two core courses - ENGL 501 and 503 - addressing a range of disciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches to English and the skills necessary to conduct textual research and other aspects of the profession. Additional training in the study of literature and culture is available in any given year via graduate English courses (520 series and 530 series) offered at the discretion of the English program.

Coursework Option

The coursework student completes 21 credits of coursework and an independent research paper of publishable quality (9 credits).

Thesis Option

While a thesis-based M.A. is available, completion within one calendar year will require a highly-motivated student. Thesis students are required to take 18 credits of coursework and complete a master's thesis (12 credits).

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