Literature and Composition, Master of Arts (MA)

The MA in Literature and Composition is an interdisciplinary program designed for those with an interest in teaching in both areas. The HLC and other accrediting bodies require college-level teachers to have at least 18 credits of graduate study within the discipline, so this degree is ideal for secondary teachers seeking advanced credentials in multiple areas. The MA provides students with a foundation in British, American, and World Literature; theoretical, practical, and experiential knowledge about the teaching of writing; and elective coursework in theory and more specialized courses.

Program Requirements

Common Core

(Note: 4 credits of ENG 555 are required.)

ENG 555         Advanced Writing Workshop (0-4)

ENG 606         British Literary History and Criticism (3)

ENG 607         American Literary History and Criticism (3)

ENG 625         Seminar: Composition Theory (3)

ENG 635         Sem: World Literature (3)

ENG 671         Seminar: Literary Theory and Criticism (3)

Research/Methods Course(s)

ENG 651         Introduction to Graduate Research (3)

ENG 656         Teacher Research in the Writing Classroom (3)

Restricted Electives

Literature Electives- Choose 6 Credit(s). At least 3 credits must be at 600 level.

ENG 526         Selected Periods (2-4)

ENG 533         Selected Studies in World Literature (4)

ENG 535         The World Novel (2-4) 

ENG 603         Sem: Selected Authors (3)

ENG 605         Sem: Shakespeare (3)         

ENG 608         Sem: British Literature to 1800 (3)

ENG 609         Sem: British Literature after 1800 (3)

ENG 610         Sem: American Literature to 1865 (3)

ENG 611         Sem: American Literature after 1865 (3)

ENG 612         Seminar: Gender in Literature (3)

ENG 618         Seminar: Multicultural American Literature (3) 

ENG 654         Teaching College-Level Literature (3)

ENG 657         Teaching Writing with Literature (3)

ENG 661         Topics in Children's & YA Literature (2-3)

Composition Electives: Choose 6 Credit(s).

ENG 553         Topics in Rhetoric and Composition (4)

ENG 554         Persuasive Writing on Public Issues (4)

ENG 556         Writing Center Theory and Pedagogy (4)

ENG 587         Teaching Reading and Writing to English Learners (4)

ENG 629         Second Language Literacy (3)

ENG 648         Teaching Creative Writing (3)

ENG 655         Topics in Teaching Writing (3)

ENG 657         Teaching Writing with Literature (3)

ENG 658         Seminar: Argumentation Theory (3)

ENG 676         Instructional Design for Technical Communicators (3)