In the Master of Arts program in English, graduate students will complete course work and individual studies in British and American as well as European and world literatures. Additional topics for study may include African diasporic literatures, gender studies, colonial and postcolonial literatures, literary theory, cultural studies, and film studies.
Graduate students will have the opportunity to pursue one of two possible advanced paths of study. In the thesis track, MA students will complete 24 semester hours of course work and 6 semester hours of MA thesis work. In the non-thesis track, students complete 36 semester hours of course work.
Graduate students take classes along with undergraduates, but instructors demand greater scope and sophistication from them as well as additional work, both written and oral. In some cases, graduate students may be called upon to assist the instructor in various capacities.