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Master of Arts Emphases

The English faculty at Pittsburg State strongly believe that the study of literature, language, and writing can be, at the same time, both intellectually fulfilling and highly practical. To help our students see the possibilities for successful careers based on a master's degree in English, we have recently added new emphases in Professional Writing and Rhetoric and Teaching English in the Community College to accompany a newly revised Literature emphasis.

Our master's degree program is designed to be completed in two years. For regulations pertaining to all candidates for master›s degrees at Pittsburg State, see The Graduate School section in the PSU University Catalog. For class requirements for specific emphases go here. For other information about our graduate degree programs, including the required preliminary and comprehensive examinations, you may e-mail the Director of English Graduate Studies, Dr. Paul McCallum.

  • Creative Writing Emphasis
    This new emphasis offers small classes in poetry and fiction writing with personal attention from faculty. Students in this emphasis are artists committed to the craft of writing. They may also be preparing for further graduate study, or working toward careers in teaching at the college or community college level or any of numerous other career opportunities for those skilled in writing. Students are afforded practical opportunities to work on publishing a literary journal and to help organize our Distinguished Visiting Writer's Series.
  • Literature Emphasis
    Newly revised, our Literature emphasis continues our traditionally strong commitment to literary studies. Students selecting this emphasis may be preparing for doctoral studies in English or for professional degree programs in business or law. High school teachers, on the other hand, may select this emphasis to update their teaching credentials. Several of our recent graduates have gone on to doctoral study in English at more than a half dozen of the leading state universities in the Great Plains region.
  • Professional/Technical Writing Emphasis
    The Professional Writing & Rhetoric emphasis is a new addition to our master›s program. It is designed to assist our graduates in preparing for careers in communications-related fields. National surveys of corporate hiring practices show that good communication skills rank second among all factors that influence employment decisions. (Attitude, by the way, is first.) Persons studying in the Professional Writing & Rhetoric emphasis will be preparing for jobs as technical writers, corporate communications specialists, editors in the publishing industry, or other communications-related jobs in health, education, business, and community service organizations. 
  • Composition & Rhetoric Emphasis
    Students in this new emphasis will study rhetorical theory and the teaching of writing and such related subjects as rhetorical history, feminist perspectives on writing and rhetoric, writing across the curriculum, writing pedagogy research, and computers and writing. This emphasis will prepare students for doctoral study or provide them with a solid foundation for community college tearching. Middle school and high school teachers will find this emphasis valuable because it will offer practical training in various approaches to teaching writing at those levels as well.