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 full 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
    FALL 2019
    EN 500: Fiction Workshop
    EN 501: Poetry Workshop
    EN 509: Teaching Colloquium
    EN 515: English Grammar and Usage
    EN 530: Major Authors (Toni Morrison)
    EN 595: Special Topics (The Island Experience: Ecocriticism and Environmental Writing on Granite Island)
    WINTER 2020
    EN 504: Principles of Critical Investigation
    EN 516: Second Language Acquisition
    EN 560: Literary Movements (Green Romanticism)
    EN 595: Special Topics (Screen as Battlefield: Politics and History in Central European Cinema after 1945)
    EN 595: Special Topics (Teaching for Writers)
    EN 602: Creative Nonfiction Workshop (Prerequisite: EN 502 or permission of instructor)


Recent Courses:

  • Environmental Literature
  • 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

For course descriptions, department information or additional degree requirements, click here.

For more information, contact M.A. Program Director, Lesley Larkin, at llarkin@nmu.edu.