Master of Arts in English

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The Master of Arts degree program in the Department of English prepares graduates for success in any further graduate and professional education that might require superior analytical and communication skills, as well as for careers outside the academic world wherever superior analytical and communication skills and knowledge of literary and cultural traditions are essential. Our English M.A. also provides superb grounding for seeking a Ph.D. in English by increasing students' knowledge of literary history and improving their skills in writing, literary analysis, and research. Graduates can also become effective high-school or college-level teachers by improving their knowledge of writing pedagogy and theory.

Our program offers concentrations in Creative Writing, Literature, and Professional and Technical Communication.

We invite current Tennessee Tech undergraduate English Majors to consider our B.A./M.A. Fast Track Program in English.


To apply for admission, and for detailed application instructions, go to Graduate Admissions. 

For full consideration, applicants for Fall admission must submit all application materials, including GRE scores, by May 1, and applicants for Spring admission must submit all materials by November 1. We encourage early application: graduate teaching assistantships are limited in number and will be awarded on a competitive basis.


DIRECTOR OF GRADUATE STUDIES

Dr. Brian Williams
Henderson Hall 212A
(931) 372-3338 / bjwilliams@tntech.edu 

GRADUATE FACULTY 

Anthony D. Baker, Paulina Bounds, Michael L. Burduck, Mark H. Creter, Kristen Deiter, Monic Ductan, Jennifer Gray, Sharon K. Henry, Helen Hunt, Graham S. Kash, Shirley D. Laird, Josephine A. McQuail, Susan M. Moynihan, Linda J. Null, Michael O’Rourke, Ted Pelton, Kristin D. Pickering, Mari Ramler, and Brian J. Williams

Dr. Linda Null, Interim Chair, Department of English

Faculty specializations are listed on our Faculty & Staff page.


PROGRAM OF STUDY

Timelines:

Comprehensive and Oral Exams Guidelines (effective Fall 2013)


ALUMNI PLACEMENT

Our M.A. Program alumni have continued their education at the following PhD and MFA programs and law schools:

  • California College of the Arts, MFA in Writing
  • Louisiana State University, PhD in English
  • Middle Tennessee State University, PhD in English
  • Nashville School of Law
  • Northern Illinois University, PhD in English
  • Old Dominion University, MFA in Creative Writing
  • Purdue University, PhD in English
  • Tennessee Tech University, PhD in Exceptional Learning
  • University of Arizona, PhD in English
  • University of Florida, PhD in English
  • University of Georgia, PhD in Linguistics
  • University of Louisville, PhD in English
  • University of Memphis, Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law
  • University of Tennessee, PhD in English

Our M.A. Program alumni have also established these careers:

  • Attorney and Law Journal Editor
  • Chess Education Consultant
  • Communications Coordinator for a Nonprofit Research Organization
  • High School Teacher
  • Legislative Auditor and CPA
  • Publishing Salesperson
  • University Professor (many!)
  • University Academic Advisor

RECENT GRADUATE COURSE OFFERINGS

  • ENGL 5111 - Chaucer
  • ENGL 5121 - Shakespeare
  • ENGL 5130 - Milton
  • ENGL 5140 - Topics in British Literature to 1667
  • ENGL 5140 - Topics in British Literature to 1667: Tolkien & His Sources
  • ENGL 5210 - Eighteenth-Century British Literature
  • ENGL 5221 - Romantic Literature
  • ENGL 5231 - Victorian Literature
  • ENGL 5240 - Topics in British Literature to 1667: Women in the Development of the Novel
  • ENGL 5240 - Topics in British Literature to 1667: Jane Austen in Context
  • ENGL 5250 - Post Modern Literatures in English
  • ENGL 5310 - Early American Literature
  • ENGL 5320 - Nineteenth Century American Literature
  • ENGL 5330 - Modern American Literature
  • ENGL 5340 - Topics in American Literature: American War Novel
  • ENGL 5340 - Topics in American Literature: Trauma and the Nation
  • ENGL 5340 - Topics in American Literature: The Beat Generation
  • ENGL 5340 - Topics in American Literature: Early Narratives & Gender Theory
  • ENGL 5340 - Topics in American Literature
  • ENGL 5411 - Writing in the Professions
  • ENGL 5421 - Forms of Argumentation and Persuasion: Theory and Practice
  • ENGL 5430 - Creative Writing: Fiction
  • ENGL 5440 - Creative Writing: Essay
  • ENGL 5450 - Creative Writing: Poetry
  • ENGL 5511 - Introduction to Descriptive Linguistics
  • ENGL 5521 - History of the English Language
  • ENGL 5531 - Grammar and Language
  • ENGL 5541 - Topics in Linguistics/Language: Discourse in Numbers
  • ENGL 5541 - Topics in Linguistics/Language: Sociolinguistics
  • ENGL 5551 - Introduction to Rhetoric: Theory and Practice
  • ENGL 5561 - American English
  • ENGL 5610 - Novel
  • ENGL 5620 - Poetry: Form, Genre, Theory
  • ENGL 5630 - Literary Criticism and Theory
  • ENGL 5640 - Modern and Contemporary Drama
  • ENGL 5650 - The Graphic Novel
  • ENGL 5712 - African American Literature
  • ENGL 5713 - Native American Literature
  • ENGL 5720 - Continental Literature
  • ENGL 5731 - Women and Literature
  • ENGL 5751 - Topics in Non-Western Literature
  • ENGL 5810 - Introduction to Folklore
  • ENGL 5820 - Upper Cumberland Folklore
  • ENGL 5840 - The Gothic Tale of Terror
  • ENGL 5931 - Literature and the Environment
  • ENGL 5970 - Professional Communication II
  • ENGL 5981 - Topics: Methods in Research & Use of Archival Materials
  • ENGL 5983 - Topics: William Faulkner
  • ENGL 5983 - Topics: Digital Business/Proposal Writing
  • ENGL 6000 - Introduction to Graduate Studies
  • ENGL 6010 - Teaching Composition
  • ENGL 6400 - Special Topics: Blake and Joyce--True Originals?
  • ENGL 6400 - Special Topics: Elizabethan London
  • ENGL 6400 - Special Topics: Linguistics/Language American English
  • ENGL 6400 - Special Topics: Literary Geography and Early English Drama
  • ENGL 6400 - Special Topics: Monstrous Visions
  • ENGL 6400 - Special Topics: The Renaissance in England
  • ENGL 6590 - Seminar in Nineteenth-century American Literature
  • ENGL 6640 - Seminar in Twentieth-century American Literature
  • ENGL 6710 - Graduate Prose Workshop
  • ENGL 6720 - Graduate Poetry Workshop (coming, Fall 2019)

For more information, see M.A. Program Admission and Degree Requirements and the College of Graduate Studies.

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