Central to Activating the Power of the Written Word.
The MA in English at CCSU offers a variety of courses on a broad range of topics reflecting
the diverse interests of the English Department’s faculty. Typical approaches include
in-depth examinations of individual authors, comparative analyses of a particular
theme or issue, explorations of established or emergent literary forms, historical
treatments of particular periods, and investigations of important critical or theoretical
methods. Independent studies and guided readings are also available to allow students
to pursue interests not addressed in scheduled courses. With its diverse, engaged
faculty and structured but flexible programs, the two tracks offer students a thorough,
rigorous training in British and American literature and literary studies that allows
students to tailor their experiences to meet their professional and intellectual needs
- Starts every January and August
- 30-credit program
- Attend full- or part-time
- Class times optimized for working students
- Work closely with faculty to develop research and presentation skills
- Scholarship opportunities
- Financial aid is available
- No GMAT/GRE required
Introduces students to the theory and practice of literary criticism and research.
Gives students the tools needed to pursue careers in education at the K-12 level (or
enhances the skills and qualifications of those already teaching) and for other careers
involving the reading, writing, and analysis of texts. It also prepares students for
advanced study in doctoral programs.
Accelerated hybrid courses are offered 50% in-person and 50% online. Designed for
current teachers who plan to seek a teaching certification or anyone seeking engagement
with literary works that are regarded as “canonical” or otherwise influential in American
culture. Deepens knowledge of texts frequently taught in secondary schools and explores
the literary-historical and cultural issues involved in canon formation.
Within one semester of CCSU’s English program, I knew I was in the right place. I
have been able to help with research, tutoring, copy editing, and submitting work
for publication. The faculty is diverse, inviting, and truly committed to the needs
and dreams of their students.
- Mariah R. Maresh MA ‘21
CCSU’s graduate English program received curriculum development grants from the American
Association of University Professors in 2018 and 2021 because of our commitment to
- Construct a sound argument, supporting effectively and appropriately a valid claim
about the material addressed.
- Discuss effectively the literary aspects of a prose work or works, such as tone, point
of view, characterization, imagery, etc.
- Employ technical language and appropriate literary terminology in service of a clear,
effective treatment of material discussed.
- Analyze a work or works effectively from the perspective of genre.
- Offer persuasive and technically accurate close readings of poetry, including analysis
of prosody and other formal features.
- Construct an effective analysis of a work or works informed by the tenets of a literary
- Analyze a work or works effectively from the perspective of the cultural issues it
addresses (gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, class, etc.).
- Analyze a work or works considering accurately their engagement with relevant historical
- Read effectively and incorporate successfully into their own arguments secondary material
treating the works they address.