Master of Arts in English


Department of English

Southeastern's English graduate program provides advanced study of British, American and World literatures while preparing students for professional opportunities such as teaching, creative writing, professional writing and publishing, library and information science, doctoral study and any work demanding complex interpretation and communication skills. Literary studies span global cultures and history, from ancient literature to contemporary poetry, fiction, drama and film.

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Career Information
Types of Jobs*
  • Arts critic
  • Copywriter
  • Counselor
  • Dramatist
  • Editor
  • Fiction writer
  • Fundraiser
  • Grant writer
  • Lawyer
  • Librarian
  • Literary agent
  • Manager
  • Manuscript reader
  • Poet
  • Publicity and marketing professional
  • Public relations professional
  • Publisher
  • Researcher
  • Screenwriter
  • Scriptwriter
  • Teacher
  • Web designer
Types of  Employers
  • Corporations
  • Government
  • Libraries and information services
  • Media
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Public and private schools

*Some of these occupations may require additional education at graduate or professional schools.

  • Thesis and non-thesis options

  • Flexibility in personally designed degree plans, convenient class scheduling (including online courses) and individual advising

  • Graduate faculty in a wide range of specialties, including traditional areas such as Chaucer, Shakespeare, Milton, the Brontës, Lawrence, Faulkner, Hemingway and Creole Literature as well as more recently developed fields such as interdisciplinary studies in literature, digital humanities, film studies, animal studies and performance studies

  • Concentrations available in creative writing, with personalized instruction by renowned poets, fiction writers, and playwrights; linguistics, history of language, and literacy; and professional writing, including publishing studies, offering professional credentials and internships

  • Instruction by writers in residence and visiting writers in the Common Read Program

  • Southeast Louisiana site of the National Writing Project, as well as courses in the teaching of writing and literature for grades 6 through 12

  • Home of three professional journals, two student journals and faculty/student collaborative projects in digital humanities

  • Graduate and research assistantships and teaching fellowships available for professional development

  • Total semester hours required: 36

  • Creative Writing

  • Language and Literacy

  • Professional Writing

  • Bachelor of Arts in English

  • Bachelor of Arts in English Education

  • Louisiana Literature and Louisiana Literature Press

  • Nineteenth-Century Studies

  • Journal of College Writing Southeast Writing Project

  • Southeastern Writing Center

  • English Department Common Read Program

  • English Club

  • Xi Ro Chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, International English Honor Society

Contact Information

Ziba Rashidian, Director of Graduate Studies in English


Mailing address: SLU 10861, Hammond, LA 70402

On-campus address: D Vickers Hall, Room 222

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