Our traditional “Literary Studies” track begins with an introduction to the theory and practice of literary criticism and research and continues with coursework allowing students to work with faculty in small classes to investigate the discipline of literary studies and the scope of British and American literature from their beginnings to the present day. In this way, the MA program supports students' pursuit of careers in teaching at the K-12 level (or enhances the skills and qualifications of those already teaching); helps prepare students for further advanced study in a doctoral program; and gives them the tools necessary for other careers involving the reading, writing, and analysis of texts.
Plan A (Thesis)
9 credits of electives at the 400 and 500 levels, with no more than 6 credits at the 400 level, as approved by the faculty adviser.
Plan B (Comprehensive Examination)
12 credits of electives at the 400 and 500 levels, with no more than 6 credits at the 400 level, as approved by the faculty adviser.