M.A. in English

The Master of Arts in English allows students to develop their critical thinking, textual analysis, writing, and teaching abilities in preparation for further graduate study and for work in diverse professional fields. Offering three concentrations (literature, pedagogy, and writing) and a certificate (TESOL), our flexible program enables students to take a wide variety of courses as they explore the different fields of English. English M.A students work with cutting-edge scholars and writers--and a small cohort of bright and talented peers--in intimate seminars and workshops. Our faculty have expertise in American, British, and world literature (from the early modern period to the present); in all genres of creative writing; and in a wide variety of specialized fields, including:

  • Ecocriticism and environmental writing
  • Digital humanities
  • Postcolonial studies
  • Disability studies
  • Native American studies
  • African American studies
  • Film studies
  • English education
  • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
  • Technical writing

Recent Courses:

  • Ecocriticism and Environmental Justice
  • TV and Script Writing
  • Teaching Literature
  • Digital Editing and Theory 
  • Bipedalism in American Literature
  • Image and Text
  • British Literature of WWII and the Aftermath
  • American Literature in the Genomic Age
  • Disabled Shakespeare
  • Multimodal Pedagogy
  • Major Authors: Jonson and Donne
  • The Harlem Renaissance
  • Queering the Nation
  • Nature Writing
  • Major Authors: Salman Rushdie


Opportunities for M.A. students include:

    Program Requirements:

    • 32 total credits (usually taken over four semesters)
    • at least 12 credits in chosen concentration (at least four credits at the 500-level)
    • at least 4 credits of literature at the 500-level 
    • up to four credits in the capstone project (thesis, practicum, or portfolio)
    • EN 504 Principles of Critical Investigation
    • EN 509 Teaching Colloquium (for teaching assistants only)


        Current and Upcoming Courses
        FALL 2020
        EN 500: Fiction Workshop
        EN 501: Poetry Workshop
        EN 505: Genres of Writing (Nature Writing)
        EN 509: Teaching Colloquium
        EN 514: Seminar: English Language
        EN 530: Major Authors (Virginia Woolf)
        EN 595: Special Topics (Queer Theory & Literature)
        WINTER 2021
        EN 504: Principles of Critical Investigation [WEB]
        EN 512: Teaching Literature [WEB]
        EN 517: TESOL Methods and Materials
        EN 570: Seminar in American Literature (Literature and Spectacle)
        EN 600: Fiction Workshop [WEB]*
        EN 602: Creative Nonfiction Workshop [WEB]*
        *Prerequisite or instructor permission required.


          How to apply to our program

          Department information and admission requirements

          Degree requirements and course descriptions

          Thesis submission deadlines and information

          List of current MA candidates

          If you have additional questions, contact M.A. Program Director, Lesley Larkin, at llarkin@nmu.edu.