The Department of English offers four areas of emphasis within its MA program. Those emphases allow students to pursue research goals that align most closely with their personal interests.
The MA program of study in Language and Linguistics is designed primarily for students who have some background in Linguistics but did not major in the field as undergraduates. The program is an excellent complement to BA or advanced degrees in Anthropology, Composition and Rhetoric, English Literature, Foreign Languages, Philosophy, Psychology, or Speech Pathology. The MA can serve as a terminal degree, or as preparation for further study in a Linguistics Ph.D. program.
The Literature emphasis covers a range of courses on English, American, and Anglophone literature. Our faculty members publish frequently in leading journals and have authored recent books on topics ranging from Arthurian legend to postmodern American lyric. We have particular strengths in Renaissance and Victorian studies; twentieth-century American, British, and comparative literatures; and cultural studies and theory.
The MA Writing emphasis is designed for students who wish to strengthen their skills as writers while deepening their understanding of literature and language. MA Writing students may opt for intensive study in composition research and teaching or in creative writing, with cognate work in linguistics, literature, or literacy studies.