Welcome to the English Program
The Master of Arts degree in English leads to concentrated knowledge and understanding of civilization and culture as manifested in literature and other texts. The curriculum demands that students explore, analyze, and debate texts in their critical, social, and political contexts, and determine the implications of their differing cultural, historical, and philosophical perspectives. Students gain not only a comprehensive grasp of great literature in English and of issues in critical theory, language, and rhetoric but also a variety of reading and interpretive strategies that can be applied to challenging personal, professional, and societal conditions.
The master’s degree requires a greater and more sophisticated scope and proficiency in interpretation, analysis, writing, and the analytical skills that one acquires through the study of literature, theory, and rhetoric, than is required of the bachelor’s degree. This study of English is designed to meet not only the needs of persons involved in the teaching of English but also those of adult students who wish to develop abilities that transcend any narrow specialization or particular career orientation. The program enriches lives and improves the work of those who undertake it.
Program Fact Sheet
To view the program fact sheet, please go to MA in English Fact Sheet