Engage in the study of language and literature with a Master of Arts in English. You’ll develop the advanced critical reading, writing, and research skills necessary to participate confidently and meaningfully with other English studies scholars and professionals, and to apply disciplinary knowledge beyond the field of English studies.
The master’s in English is offered entirely online with small and interactive courses. You’ll benefit from the individual attention of professors. Choose from a variety of elective course offerings, including 17th and 18th century literature, Romanticism, Gothic, and Harlem Renaissance.
Program Learning Outcomes
- Research and apply relevant criticism in sustained analyses and interpretations of specific works of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry.
- Evaluate the relevance and validity of different theoretical approaches (e.g., historicist, biographical, etc.) to the understanding of specific works of literature.
- Engage in informed critical discussion, both oral and written, of theoretical issues pertaining to the study of literature.
- Engage in informed critical discussion, both oral and written, of the works and criticism of a specific literary period or movement.
- Participate in rigorous critiques of the scholarly works of others.
- Revise and expand a scholarly paper to submit for publication in a scholarly or literary journal.
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