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Master of Arts in English

Lead Faculty: Dr. Franz J Potter

The Master of Arts in English provides a balanced and comprehensive program of graduate study in literature and writing. The program is ideal for teachers who desire a content M.A. beyond the credential. It is also excellent preparation for doctoral studies in English, teaching in the two-year college, or other careers requiring a high degree of literacy.

The curriculum offers a balanced coverage of major approaches to literature, including theoretical, historical, comparative, thematic, multicultural, and genre studies. It provides students with the tools and skills to produce literary scholarship of professional quality and to participate in the ongoing scholarly discussions of issues in the field of literary study.

Writing Across the Curriculum

The University s Writing Across the Curriculum program offers opportunities for students to participate in meaningful projects that will enhance their career development. These projects include editing and producing the student literary journal, The GNU and working on the WHACK, the Writing Across the Curriculum Newsletter. Contact Shareen Grogan, Director of Writing Across the Curriculum, at, for additional information.

In addition, various departmental faculty have opportunities for students to assist them with teaching, scholarly projects, or other activities and students can receive valuable experience and mentoring from working with them. Contact individual faculty members for information.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Research and apply relevant criticism in sustained analyses and interpretations of specific works of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry.
  2. Evaluate the relevance and validity of different theoretical approaches (e.g., historicist, biographical, etc.) to the understanding of specific works of literature.
  3. Engage in informed critical discussion, both oral and written, of theoretical issues pertaining to the study of literature.
  4. Engage in informed critical discussion, both oral and written, of the works and criticism of a specific literary period or movement.
  5. Participate in rigorous critiques of the scholarly works of others.
  6. Revise and expand a scholarly paper to submit for publication in a scholarly or literary journal.


(10 courses; 45 quarter units)

To receive the Master of Arts in English, students must complete at least 45 quarter units. A total of 4.5 quarter units of graduate credit may be granted for equivalent graduate work completed at another institution, as it applies to this degree and provided the units were not used in earning another advanced degree. Students should refer to the General Catalog section on graduate admission requirements for specific information regarding admission and evaluation.

Core Requirements (6 courses; 27 quarter units)

Core Requisite(s):

Specialization Requirements (4 courses; 18 quarter units)


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Online Education

This program is available online.

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