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English Literature

The Master of Arts in English literature is among the most versatile of graduate programs, providing students with the opportunity to explore a variety of literatures or a specific period, genre, and/or author in American or British Literature.

The degree prepares students for careers in nearly all areas of business or further graduate study and helps educators seeking more in-depth content area study to enhance their current position or expand their teaching opportunities to post-secondary institutions such as community colleges or teaching schools.

The English literature M.A. also provides the academic foundation for students planning to pursue a Ph.D. and gives them the opportunity to engage in the scholarly research and writing necessary to prepare for that degree.

Through literary studies, students become well informed about human behavior and relationships, an understanding that is crucial - and transferable - to business, professional, and academic environments.

Admission

Students admitted to the literature concentration are expected to have an undergraduate major in English with a minimum of 30 hours of literature and a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.00 (4.0 scale). Consideration will be given to those having an English minor (a minimum of 18 hours), depending on the courses taken, but more undergraduate preparation may be required at the discretion of the departmental graduate committee.

 

View Program Requirements

Thesis (6):

  • English 600 Thesis (6)

Required First Semester after Graduate Admission (3):

  • English 606 Introduction to Graduate English Studies (3)

Required Literature Courses (21):

Select seven (7)* of the following (At least 2 must be 600 level courses, and all courses may be repeated for credit when the topics change.):

  • English 511 The Epic (3)
  • English 512 Poetry (3)
  • English 513 The Novel (3)
  • English 514 Short Story (3)
  • English 515 Drama (3)
  • English 516 The Bible as Literature (3)
  • English 522 Major Figures in Fiction (3)
  • English 523 Major Figures in Poetry (3)
  • English 525 Studies in Shakespeare (3)
  • English 531 Arthurian Literature (3)
  • English 532 Women and Literature (3)
  • English 538 Studies in World Literature (3)
  • English 540 Studies in Literary History (3)
  • English 541 Ethnic Literature (3)
  • English 542 Regional Literature (3)
  • English 543 Postcolonial Literature (3)
  • English 544 Literature and Culture (3)
  • English 545 Studies in Children's Literature (3)
  • English 546 Studies in Young Adult Literature (3)
  • English 562 Literary Criticism (3)
  • English 590 Independent Study (3)
  • English 595 Special Topics (1-3)
  • English 611 Studies in British Medieval Literature (3)
  • English 621 Studies in the English Renaissance (3)
  • English 631 Studies in British Neoclassicism and the Eighteenth Century (3)
  • English 641 Studies in British Romantic and Victorian Literature (3)
  • English 651 Studies in Modern and Contemporary British Literature (3)
  • English 661 Studies in American Colonial Literature (3)
  • English 671 Studies in American Romanticism (3)
  • English 681 Studies in American Realism and Naturalism (3)
  • English 691 Studies in Modern and Contemporary American Literature (3)
  • English 695 Studies in Special Topics (1-3)

*Elective Courses

Students may select one of the following to fulfill three (3) hours of the twenty-one (21) literature hours required above:

  • English 510 Teaching College Composition: Theory and Practice (3)
  • English 570 Professional Writing and Editing (3)
  • English 575 Advanced Dramatic Writing (3)
  • English 576 Advanced Fiction Writing (3)
  • English 577 Advanced Poetry Writing (3)
  • English 578 Advanced Creative Nonfiction Writing (3)
  • English 579 Writing: Theory and Practice for the Middle and Secondary Classroom (3)

Total Hours Required: 30

 

Program Coordinator

Dr. Robin D. Smith
Grainger G04    434.395.2529
smithrd@longwood.edu

 

Culmination

This program requires the writing of a thesis and an oral defense.

Thesis Manual