M.A. in English

English MA Programs in Michigan's Upper Peninsula

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

Opportunities for M.A. students include:

  • graduate assistantships with tuition remission and an annual stipend
  • teaching experience in composition and literature
  • travel funding for academic and writing conferences
  • summer research funding
  • internships at the nationally renowned literary journal Passages North
  • professional training seminars in teaching, writing, and publishing
  • field courses in one of the country's most stunning landscapes

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)
    Upcoming Courses
    SUMMER 2020 [online]
    EN 410/505: Genres of Writing (The Natural World)
    EN 462: Literature for Young Adults
    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)


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


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.