The M.A. in English with an emphasis in Applied English Studies offers a broad curriculum meant to prepare students for a range of pursuits. The program fosters the development of critical reading, writing, teaching, research and other scholarly skills through focused study of literary and cultural texts, pedagogical theory, curriculum development, composition and rhetoric, digital humanities, linguistics, and ESL/EFL. Students gain an advanced understanding of current disciplinary knowledge, including how texts circulate among audiences and how language shapes the world. We offer a variety of opportunities for hands-on learning in the form of teaching assistantships, tutoring positions, and internships in teaching, editing, librarianship curating and archiving, digital humanities, tutoring, and ESL/EFL. With an emphasis on professional development, the program expands opportunities for K-12 teachers and prepares students for Ph.D. programs and jobs in college teaching as well as careers in publishing, editing, professional writing, librarianship, digital scholarship, and teaching English abroad. Students have considerable latitude in designing master’s projects that match their interests and the expertise of graduate faculty.
More about the Program
Please see the Department of English website for more information about the program, including how to apply, and opportunities for internships and student employment.
Requirements for the Degree (34 units)
For a description of degree requirements to be fulfilled in addition to those listed below see, “Master’s Degree Requirements ”
Complete 34 units of graduate work (500- 600 level) in language, composition, ESL, pedagogy, theory, literature, and digital humanities courses approved by the department. Also required: reading knowledge of one language other than English or two college semesters of the same language.
Students must earn a GPA of 3.00 in all coursework applied to the degree. (no individual grade less than B- will apply to the degree).