The master of arts in English at Mason offers students the opportunity to enhance their skills of reading, writing, research and teaching with courses that encompass the wide range of contemporary English studies. Students can work in and across concentrations in literature, professional writing, rhetoric, cultural studies, film, folklore, linguistics, and the teaching of writing and literature. It offers the MA in field-specific concentrations as well as the opportunity to combine a concentration in one field with a certificate from another one. Many students use the MA for professional enhancement, or as an entry into teaching, professional writing, or doctoral study.
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Total credits: 30
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Students pursuing this degree must successfully complete 30 credits in one concentration as specified below.
Students in the concentrations of cultural studies, literature, and teaching of writing and literature must demonstrate intermediate proficiency in a foreign language in one of the following ways: submitting an undergraduate (or continuing education) transcript that includes courses corresponding to intermediate proficiency; completing a Mason foreign language course numbered 202 or higher; passing a proficiency exam administered by the English department.
|Required Courses 1|
|ENGH 500||Research in English Studies||3|
|ENGH 551||Introduction to Literary Theory||3|
|Select 18 credits from the following: 2||18|
|Graduate Literature Survey|
|Topics in Literary and Cultural Studies|
|Theories of Comparative Literature|
|Special Topics in the History and Criticism of Children's Literature|
|Graduate Survey in African American Literature|
|Topics in Folk Narrative|
|Topics in Folklore Studies|
|Seminar in British Literature|
|Seminar in American Literature|
|Seminar in Advanced Research|
|Seminar in African-American Literature|
|Seminar in Literary Studies|
|Seminar in Global Culture|
|Seminar in Film and Media Studies|
|Advanced Topics in Folklore Studies|
|Selected Topics, Movements, or Genres of Literature in English|
|Literary Theory and Criticism|
|Projects in Literary Studies|
|Two Electives or Thesis||6|
Select 6 credits of Electives 3
Must be taken in the first 12 credits of the degree. Another course in literary theory and criticism may substitute for ENGH 551 Introduction to Literary Theory with prior written approval of the graduate director.
Courses fulfilling this requirement must include at least three 600-level ENGH seminars. Graduate seminars involve focused study of a topic with significant attention to scholarship in the field.
Electives taught within the English department may be taken without permission of the graduate director. A maximum of six credits of related study outside the department may substitute for the equivalent number of elective credits, with permission of the graduate director.
Students who choose a thesis take 6 fewer credits of literature or electives.