English, M.A., Literary Studies

The M.A. program in Literary Studies fosters an environment of critical engagement with the most pressing questions in contemporary literary and cultural studies. Students work with some of the profession’s most talented and productive teachers, scholars and theorists in the fields of American, British and world literatures, cultural studies and folklore.

Students in the M.A. program:

  • Undertake coursework that exposes them to the breadth of literature in English from the Middle Ages to the present and to the methods and theories that have shaped literary criticism and scholarship
  • Regularly deliver papers at international, national and regional conferences
  • Gain valuable professional and organizational experience through participation in the South Atlantic Modern Language Association, an organization of teachers and scholars in modern languages and literatures that is headquartered in the department
  • Work as editorial and research assistants with the department’s academic journals, Studies in the Literary Imagination and Eudora Welty Review
  • Gain pedagogical and leadership experience through tutoring positions in the department’s Writing Studio
  • Pursue interesting internship opportunities with local businesses and nonprofit organizations
  • Receive preparation for further graduate study in prestigious national and international doctoral programs
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English, M.A., Literary Studies

College of Arts & Sciences

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Thesis Track:

  • 3 hours  Bibliography and Research Methods
  • 3  hours Proseminar
  • 3  hours in English language study
  • 3  hours in literary theory/critical methodology/cultural studies
  • 9 hours in literature before 1800
  • 9 hours in literature after 1800

Independent Study Track:

  • 3 hours  Bibliography and Research Methods
  • 3 hours in English language study
  • 3 hours in literary theory/critical methodology/cultural studies
  • 9 hours in literature before 1800
  • 9 hours in literature after 1800

For course and degree requirements, see the graduate catalog.

Graduates of our M.A. program have gone on to doctoral study at the University of Oregon, McGill University, Michigan State University, the University of Notre Dame, the University of Rhode Island, Queens University in Belfast and many other institutions.