Graduate Studies

English, Linguistics, and Writing Studies


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The department of English, Linguistics, and Writing studies offers a Master of Arts in English and three graduate minors.

English MA

Earn a Master's Degree in English in two years and prepare yourself for a future in teaching, publishing, writing, or for further study at the doctoral level. Tracks are available in Literary Studies, Publishing and Print Culture, Writing Studies, and Literature, Language, and Culture.

English Minor

The master's minor program offers courses in English, Irish, and American literature; creative writing; linguistics; composition and rhetorical theory; book history; publishing; and English education. The program has three emphases: a literary studies emphasis for concentrated study of literature, an interdisciplinary emphasis in English studies, and an emphasis in publishing and print culture.

Linguistics Minor

Graduate students may elect Linguistics--which is offered inter-departmentally and through the Program in Linguistics--as a related field, or, with approval of the director of graduate studies of the major, as a designated minor.

Literacy and Rhetorical Studies Minor

The goal of the Literacy and Rhetorical Studies (LRS) Minor is to encourage students to contribute to interdisciplinary activity and to create a forum for them and several dozen faculty members at the University whose research and teaching emphasize various facets of writing and communication. By crafting an individualized program of study with the LRS Director of Graduate Studies, including theory, pedagogy, and research, often in a historical context, students can complement their disciplinary degree, and thereby open up new perspectives for their scholarship and teaching.