The Master of Arts with a concentration in Literature & Writing provides the opportunity for intensive study in a variety of literature in the English language. Students explore how literature intersects with contemporary historical and cultural forces and examine literary critical theory as it relates to their area of interest. Scholarly writing about literature leads to a thesis as the capstone of the degree. Students may also engage in studies about teaching writing and literature in their Applications courses. While the coursework is conducted entirely online, students are encouraged to apply their learning to real world experience during their Application courses.
The structure of the program gives its students considerable flexibility in choosing the focus of their study. Students can pursue their literary interests, from the Renaissance to Rap, from Chaucer to Toni Morrison. Recent graduates have specialized in fields as diverse as:
- African American Literature
- Young Adult Literature
- Cinema Studies
- Shakespeare and the English Renaissance
- Feminist and Gender Studies Approaches to Literature
- Science Fiction and Fantasy Literature
- Postmodern and Postcolonial Approaches to Literature
- Composition Theory and Practice
- The Literature of the Long Eighteenth Century
- Native American Literature and Philosophy
- Sports Literature
- Ecocritical Literature and Theory
- Disability Studies in Literature
Although our Master of Arts is not a creative writing degree, this concentration does allow students to incorporate their own creative writing into their study.
The Literature & Writing area of concentration attracts students who have academic or work experience in a related field, as well as to those who have an interest in pursuing the master’s degree as a stage on their progress toward their Ph.D. Students also choose this concentration for career advancement or change, or for purely personal reasons.
Master of Arts degree students in the concentration of Literature & Writing are qualified to apply for positions as teachers of English composition and literature at many community colleges in both face-to-face and online classrooms. Several current students teach at primary and secondary schools and are pursuing the M.A. either for advancement in their current jobs or to move to teaching at the college level.
Graduates of the M.A. program also seek employment in a wide variety of industries, including publishing, public relations, advertising, radio and television, and cultural institutions such as museums and libraries. Enrolled students have the opportunity to discuss their professional goals with a certified career counselor, free of charge.