Master of Arts in English

COLLEGE OF ARTS, HUMANITIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCES

Department of English

The M.A. in English consists of a core of literary studies with choices in professional development in all areas of English Studies, including optional concentrations in Creative Writing, Language & Literacy, Professional Writing, and Publishing Studies. Students who do not declare a concentration typically focus on literature, though they are free to elect courses from any of the concentrations. 

Students without a concentration and students concentrating in Language & Literacy or Professional Writing may choose between thesis and non-thesis options. Students concentrating in Creative Writing must complete a thesis, and students concentrating in Publishing Studies do not have a thesis option.

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Career Information
Types of Jobs*
  • Arts critic
  • Copywriter
  • Counselor
  • Dramatist
  • Editor
  • Fiction writer
  • Fundraiser
  • Grant writer
  • Lawyer
  • Librarian
  • Literary agent
  • Manager
  • Manuscript reader
  • Poet
  • Publicity and marketing professional
  • Public relations professional
  • Publisher
  • Researcher
  • Screenwriter
  • Scriptwriter
  • Teacher
  • Web designer
Types of  Employers
  • Corporations
  • Government
  • Libraries and information services
  • Media
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Public and private schools

*Some of these occupations may require additional education at graduate or professional schools.

 
PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS
  • Preparation for teaching or doctoral study

  • Introduction to literary analysis and research

  • Training in creative, critical, and professional writing, and publishing studies

  • Enhancement of a teaching career

  • Background for publishing, public relations, business, and law

  • Liberal education of the mind and imagination through in-depth familiarity with literature

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

Non-Thesis Option

  • 36 hours of English
  • Maximum of six graduate hours in a related field
  • 1 Advanced Writing Course: ENGL 518, 548, or 567
  • 1 Theory & Methods Course: ENGL 575, 577, or 585
  • At least 18 hours of coursework at 600 level

Thesis Option

  • 36 hours of English
  • 1 Advanced Writing Course: ENGL 518, 548, or 567
  • 1 Theory & Methods Course: ENGL 575, 577, or 585
  • ENGL: 770 (6 hours) Thesis
  • At least 15 hours of coursework at the 600 level

CONCENTRATIONS

Creative Writing
Graduate students concentrating in Creative Writing are required to write a thesis.The Creative Writing thesis can consist of works of prose, poetry, or drama.

Students must meet all the requirements for the Creative Writing concentration, find an appropriate faculty member to serve as Thesis Director, and obtain approval to begin a creative thesis from the Coordinator of Creative Writing.

Full details for this concentration are available from Dr. Jack Bedell at jbedell@southeastern.edu

Concentration with Thesis (Required)

  • ENGL 575 Introduction to Contemporary Criticism

  • ENGL 582 Intermediate Poetry Workshop

  • ENGL 583 Intermediate Fiction Workshop

  • ENGL 645 Creative Writing

  • ENGL 770 (6 hours) Thesis in Creative Writing

  • A minimum of 15 hours at the 600 level


 

Language & Literacy
The requirements for a concentration in Language and Literacy may include completion of a Language and Literacy thesis and participation in an approved Language and Literacy apprenticeship.

Students must be willing to accept the responsibilities inherent to seeking, participating in, and completing such a program.

Full details for this concentration are available from Dr. Jeff Wiemelt at jwiemelt@southeastern.edu.

Concentration with Thesis:

  • ENGL 577 Foundations in Language and Literacy
  • ENGL 595 Internship
  • One course from the following: ENGL 620, ENGL 621, or ENGL 646
  • One course from the following: ENGL 564, ENGL 567, or ENGL 576
  • Engl 770 (6 hours) Thesis Research and Thesis
  • A minimum of 15 hours at the 600 level

Concentration without Thesis:

  • ENGL 577 Foundations in Language and Literacy
  • ENGL 595 Internship
  • One course from the following: ENGL 518, ENGL 620, or ENGL 646
  • One course from the following: ENGL 620, ENGL 621, OR ENGL 646
  • Two courses from the following: ENGL 508, ENGL 524, ENGL 564, ENGL 567, or ENGL 576
  • A minimum of 18 hours at the 600 level


Professional Writing
The requirements for a concentration in Professional Writing may include completion of a Professional Writing thesis and participation in an approved Professional Writing internship.

Students must be willing to accept the responsibilities inherent to seeking, participating in, and completing such a program.

Full details for this concentration are available from Dr. Paul Sawyer at psawyer@southeastern.edu

Concentration with Thesis:

  • ENGL 585 Foundations in Publishing Studies and Professional Writing
  • ENGL 548 Advanced Technical and Professional Writing
  • ENGL 595 Internship
    ENGL 651 Studies in Professional Writing
  • Electives (3 hrs) as approved by the concentration coordinator
  • ENGL 770 (6 hrs) Thesis Research and Thesis
  • A minimum of 15 hours at the 600 level

Concentration without Thesis:

  • ENGL 585 Foundations in Publishing Studies and Professional Writing
  • ENGL 548 Advanced Technical and Professional Writing
  • ENGL 594 Publishing in Digital Humanities
  • ENGL 595 Internship
  • ENGL 651 Studies in Professional Writing
  • Electives (6 hrs) as approved by the concentration coordinator
  • A minimum of 18 hours at the 600 level


Publishing Studies
The requirements for a concentration in Publishing Studies include participation in an approved Publishing Studies internship.

Students must be willing to accept the responsibilities inherent to seeking, participating in, and completing such a program.

There is no thesis option for the Publishing Studies concentration.
Full details for this concentration are available from Dr. Joel Fredell at jfredell@southeastern.edu

 

  • ENGL 585 Foundations in Publishing Studies and Professional Writing
  • ENGL 592 Introduction to Literary and Technical Editing
  • ENGL 549 History of the Book or ENGL 586 Document Production and Design
  • ENGL 593 Practicum in Humanities Print Publishing      or ENGL 594 Publishing in Digital Humanities
  • ENGL 595 Internship
  • ENGL 652 Studies in Publishing


OPTIONAL THESIS: RESEARCH

Graduate students in English with concentrations in Language & Literacy or Professional Writing as well as those with no declared concentration may elect to complete a research thesis. 

Major areas for research work include literary studies, language and literacy studies, and rhetoric and composition.

The requirements for the thesis option are 36 credit hours (including 30 hours of graduate English courses and 6 hours of thesis credit). All other requirements for the MA in English are the same as for students not choosing to complete a thesis.

All candidates for a Master of Arts in English must:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of a foreign language or language structure either through six (6) hours of undergraduate coursework in one language, through completion of an approved graduate-level course on language structures, through demonstrated knowledge ofa major computer language (such as C++, XML, Java), or through passing the Princeton examination. The language requirement is waived for international students whose native language is not English.

  2. Complete nine (9) hours of graduate coursework in three broad literary periods: [1] Ancient, Medieval, and Early Modern literatures [2] Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century literatures [3] Twentieth-Century and Contemporary literatures.

  3. Pass both parts of the M.A. comprehensive examination in English.

Graduate Coursework Distribution Requirements

All students in the M.A. program must take one course from each of the following three columns, totaling nine (9) graduate credit hours. Graduate literature courses that are not listed below may be approved on an individual basis by the Coordinator of Graduate Studies in English after their period content has been determined.

The courses are arranged by period, so that a student would be required to have one course covering material before the 18th century, one course in the 18th or 19th century, and one course in the 20th century and/or contemporary literatures.

CONCENTRATIONS
  • Creative Writing
  • Language and Literacy
  • Professional Writing
  • Publishing Studies

Contact Information

Ziba Rashidian, Director of Graduate Studies in English

ziba@southeastern.edu

985-549-5780

Mailing address: SLU 10861, Hammond, LA 70402

On-campus address: D Vickers Hall, Room330

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