Master of Arts
The English Department Master of Arts degree is structured around different emphases for different purposes: (a) literary studies, designed for students preparing for Ph.D. programs as well as students primarily interested in focusing on literature; (b) language and writing studies, designed for students interested in pursuing advanced study in rhetoric and composition or in teaching college courses in composition and related studies; (c) teaching writing and literature, designed for teachers at the secondary or post-secondary level; (d) popular culture and cultural studies; and (e) a less structured open degree plan. Students may choose to write a master’s thesis with 30 hours of graduate- level coursework, including 3 hours of thesis research; or they may choose the portfolio option, requiring 33 hours of graduate-level coursework, including 3 hours of directed portfolio. Students who began the M.A. program before academic year 2017-18 have the option of satisfying degree requirements by taking 36 hours of English graduate-level coursework and passing the comprehensive examination. Students admitted thereafter will not have the option of the comprehensive exam; they will either complete a thesis or a portfolio according to the terms listed at the link for M.A. Degree Requirements.