MA Program in English Literature

Program Requirements

Both the MA and PhD program in English Literature take the following courses:

Professionalization Seminar (1 credit, may be waived for PhD
   students entering with knowledge of the profession)
►Methods of Criticism and Critical Debates: Introduction to Theory
   Course (3 credits)
Cultural Difference and Alterity: Literature and/or Theory Course
   (3 credits)
English Composition Practicum (2 credits)
Teaching College Writing (3 credits)
►Foreign language

The MA in Literature stresses breadth of knowledge and literary history, along with the foundations of theory and current critical debates about texts.  Further course work includes:

Courses fulfilling a chronological/historical requirement (9 credits)
Electives chosen from courses at the 6000-8000 levels (12 credits)

Students complete the MA degree with a Master’s project. Generally, MA papers are 25-40 pages in length (excluding footnotes), modeled after refereed academic journals, and written under the direction of two faculty members.  Students are required to submit a final full draft two weeks before the defense.