The Master of Arts in English degree launches students into the study of literature, writing, and rhetoric at the graduate level. The program offers 1.5-2 years of intensive study in the major fields of British and American literature, covering the debates and approaches that animate the discipline of English. Our MA in English graduates are fully prepared to proceed to study at the doctoral level, and their training in critical thinking, language skills, and cultural history has also proven to be fruitful preparation for a range of careers outside of academia.
Graduates of our M.A. program are able to:
- Employ primary and secondary materials to analyze critical debates within subfields of English studies.
- Demonstrate expertise in the history, theories, and methods of three chosen subfields of English studies pertinent to the student’s plan of research and teaching.
- Formulate and defend original and critically significant arguments, communicating them effectively in genres relevant to English studies (e.g., research papers, conference presentations, digital projects).
- Design and conduct sustained, sophisticated, independent research using primary and secondary sources in order to make a critical contribution to subfields within English studies.
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