English, Literature

Graduate Program: English, Literature

English, Literature Graduate Program

The Department of English offers a Master of Arts degree with a major in English. Within the program, students will select from two different emphasis areas, listed below. The structure of the program encourages students to work one-on-one with their graduate advisor, their peers and other professors.

English, Literature program distinctives

Options available for this degree include:

    Option I: Thesis
        This option is designed to prepare students for a doctoral program, for advanced professional careers, or for students wanting to complete an in-depth research experience.

    Option II: Research Problem
        This option is designed to provide a research experience that can include a specific problem, creative and aesthetic efforts such as performances, exhibits, or creative programs, or an internship.

    Option III: Course Work
        This option requires completion of course work that demonstrates evidence of advanced course work in an area of concentration. Departments will require evidence of competency through activities such as research papers, portfolios, practice, internships, comprehensive exams or other individual work. Students should check with their major department for specific requirements for the coursework.

Career Options for English, Literature

  • Adjunct Instructor
  • Copywriter
  • Publisher

Learn more about the Department of English & Modern Languages

Admission to this graduate degree program requires:

  • 24 hours undergraduate level English coursework beyond freshman level (including one course in linguistics, modern grammar or the history of the English language and one upper division writing course
  • English foundation courses


Students in the English, Literature program take a selection of classes that successfully prepare them for a career in a related field.

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