Literature Concentration

The Literature concentration engages traditional chronological periods of British and American literature alongside a wide variety of additional course offerings. Flexible plans of study provide opportunities to focus on conventional literary-historical areas as well as far-reaching critical and theoretical fields. Our courses help students pose and investigate problems in the advanced study of literature in English, and also provide a strong foundation for those students seeking to pursue a Ph.D. in literature or related fields. Students analyze texts, identify relevant contexts, and communicate complex ideas in a clear, artful manner. Additionally, by developing students’ written and oral communication skills, research abilities, and analytical prowess, this concentration establishes core competencies required for work in many fields.

We offer both a thesis and non-thesis option for the Literature M.A. 

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Core (9 credit hours)

  • One 6000-level course in American Literature
  • One 6000-level course in British Literature
  • English 6000

Content Courses (15 credit hours)*

  • One additional course in American Literature
  • One additional course in British Literature
  • Three graduate-level electives selected by student and advisor
    *Note: Of the two required British Literature courses, one must be pre-1800 and the other post-1800.  Of the two required American Literature courses, one must be pre-1865 and the other post-1865.

Thesis Option (6 credit hours)

  • Two sections of ENGL 6990 

Non-Thesis Option (9 credit hours)

  • One section of ENGL 6890
  • Two additional graduate-level electives selected by student and advisor

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