MA in English Literature
Students in this program need to complete 30 credits (10 3-credit courses), mostly in the form of electives (for more information click here), and culminating in a thesis (for more information click here). It usually takes about three years, and students take an average of 2 or 3 courses per semester. Many of our students are high school teachers who need it for their advanced certification, but we also have students who love literature and just want a few more years to study it, as well as students who are thinking about going on for a PhD but want to test the waters first.
The purpose of a master’s degree is to achieve mastery over a field. In other words, if your interest is in the Harlem Renaissance, by the time you finish here you should have read and studied this period intensively, able not only to quote the literature of the period but to discourse knowledgeably about the major critics who work on it and the theoretical models they employ. In order to succeed, then, you need to have a passionate enjoyment of some type of literature and an interest in advanced critical thinking.
MS.Education with specialization in English
This program is jointly administered by the Secondary Education Department and English. Students in this program take 15 credits in SEYS, 15 credits in English. SEYS offers courses that directly train students in dealing with practical problems faced in the classroom, but English courses do something different: we offer you advanced literature courses where you can pursue your own interests. Because most students in the MS.Ed/English program are high-school teachers, we think it is particularly important for you to take a break from your daily work of teaching the same texts the same ways, and to acquire new knowledge: dissecting literature using the latest literary theory, find new ways of looking at familiar texts, discovering books you never knew existed.