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Master of Arts in English - Literature

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In pursuing either a master’s or doctoral degree, graduate students in literature are encouraged to balance breadth of knowledge with depth of specialization. Our faculty has a wide range of interests and expertise, spanning traditional historical periods and cross-disciplinary fields like queer and feminist theory, film studies, disability studies, and literary biography.

This is a focused degree program that includes training in research methods and literary theory. It culminates in a research project or thesis. The master’s in English literature prepares students for doctoral work in the field.

The flexibility in this degree allows students to delineate a specialization to match interests. Recent doctoral students have concentrated in a variety of fields, including transatlantic modernism, U.S. ethnic literatures, and the 18th century. 

MA in English—literature
Core requirements:
ENG 601 Research in English Studies (literature)


ENG 606
Literary Theory 1 (3)

ENG 607 Literary Theory 2 (3) 3
17-20 credits of approved graduate coursework in literature, including:
American literature

British and world literature
    Before 1660 3

    After 1660 3

Approved literature electives


Research requirement:
RES 697
Research Paper (1-3) 3-6
THES 698 Thesis (1-6)


Total Credits


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