Master of Arts

Overview

This degree offers opportunities for study and research in most of the major areas of both British and American literature, as well as in creative writing, writing-rhetorical studies, and in the English language.

The courses for graduates only (numbered 700 or above) stress independent study and research out of which theses may develop. With approval of the graduate committee, students may take one or two related courses in other departments.

Applicants are expected to hold an undergraduate degree in English from an accredited institution. This major should consist of a well-rounded selection of courses demonstrating significant exposure to the range of literatures written in English and to ideas of literary history and interpretation.