The M.A. in English consists of a core of literary studies with choices in professional development in all areas of English Studies, including optional concentrations in Creative Writing, Language & Literacy, Professional Writing, and Publishing Studies. Students who do not declare a concentration typically focus on literature, though they are free to elect courses from any of the concentrations. Students without a concentration and students concentrating in Language & Literacy or Professional Writing may choose between thesis and non-thesis options. Students concentrating in Creative Writing must complete a thesis, and students concentrating in Publishing Studies do not have a thesis option.

Other Concentrations

  • Creative Writing
  • Language and Literacy
  • Professional Writing
  • Publishing Studies



Required Semester Hours 36 English

Program Highlights

  • Preparation for teaching or doctoral study

  • Introduction to literary analysis and research

  • Training in creative, critical, and professional writing, and publishing studies

  • Enhancement of a teaching career

  • Background for publishing, public relations, business, and law

  • Liberal education of the mind and imagination through in-depth familiarity with literature


What Can You Be

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.



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