The Master of Arts specializing in English Studies requires thirty-six credit hours of course work. The English Studies concentration is designed for working professionals, especially high-school teachers, interested in a substantial MA program to enhance their credentials and broaden their knowledge in the areas in which they teach or work. A flexible examination, oral or written, serves as the terminal event in the degree program.
The MA in English Studies is designed to be a two and a half year degree. To that end, the department offers at least two graduate-level courses per term at 5 p.m. or later and distributes its seminars across the ten areas on the English Studies checklist in a given academic year. The department also offers at least three graduate-level courses in the summer, each in a different area on the English Studies checklist. At least one of these summer courses and one of the evening courses during the regular academic year is a pedagogy seminar, a course focused on the history and practice of teaching a canonical text.