College of Humanities and Social Sciences


MA in English

At the center of graduate English studies at Mason is the study of imaginative literature across time and geography. Whether the object is British, American, Anglo-phone, or even world literature in translation, the Department of English offers a broad array of graduate courses in literary history and interpretation.

Just as the discipline of English has expanded beyond literature to embrace the text provided by film, new media, and folklore, it has also moved to encompass other ways of writing besides criticism, such as ethnography and professional and technical writing. It includes the study of linguistics.

Students pursuing the MA in English choose one concentration: cultural studies, linguistics, literature, professional writing and rhetoric, or the teaching of writing and literature. For more information, see Degree Requirements above. There are also PDFs of advising sheets for each concentration available here.


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