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Why study English at APSU?

Austin Peay State University's Department of Languages and Literature hosts a Master of Arts in English program, in addition to its several undergraduate degree paths. 

Our master’s programs in Literature and in Creative Writing emphasize teaching and the role of scholarship and creative writing in the development of teachers. Professors and students alike benefit from and enjoy the individual instruction and mentoring our graduate program offers. The ratio of graduate students to graduate faculty is approximately 2:1, ideal for students who want help in developing their particular talents. Graduate students join faculty in mentoring and teaching undergraduate students and in conducting and presenting research. Our graduate students have gone on to teach in high schools and universities, work as writers and editors, and pursue further studies in Ph.D. programs across the country.

Contact the Graduate Coordinator, Dr. Dan Shea, if you would like more information about the graduate program.

Master of Arts in English 

Our master’s programs in Literature and Creative Writing emphasize teaching and the role of scholarship and creative writing in the development of teachers. Professors and students alike benefit from and enjoy the individual instruction and mentoring our graduate program offers. The ratio of graduate students to graduate faculty is approximately 2:1, ideal for students who want help in developing their particular talents. Graduate students join faculty in mentoring and teaching undergraduate students and in conducting and presenting research. Our graduate students have gone on to teach in high schools and universities, work as writers and editors, and pursue further studies in Ph.D. programs across the country.

Program Options

  • Option A: Traditional English M.A.
  • Option B: Traditional English M.A.
  • Option C: Creative Writing English M.A.
  • Creative Writing Concentration
  • Linguistics Concentration


All students are required to pass a written Comprehensive Examination in English and American literature. This examination is based upon a published reading list and is typically taken in the student’s last semester of residence.


Option A: Traditional English, M.A.

Students selecting Option A will use Research Plan I.
(See Plan I ).

Non-Thesis Option


Required:

  • ENGL 5000 - Bibliography and Methods of Research 3
  • 10 Courses from the Graduate Offerings 30
  •  At least five of these courses must be literature courses (as opposed to courses in writing, pedagogy, or Linguistics).


Total: 33 Hours


Option B: Traditional English, M.A.

Students selecting Option B will use Research Plan III.
(See Plan III ).

Thesis Option


Required:

  • ENGL 5000 - Bibliography and Methods of Research 3
  • 8 Courses from the Graduate Offerings 24
  • At least five of these courses must be literature courses (as opposed to courses in writing, pedagogy, or Linguistics).
  • Scholarly Thesis 6


Total: 33 Hours

 

Option C: Creative Writing English, M.A.

Students selecting Option C will use Research Plan III.
(See Plan III ).


Required:

  • ENGL 5000 - Bibliography and Methods of Research 3
  • ENGL 541A - Seminar in Creative Writing: Prose Non-Fiction 3 *
  • ENGL 541B - Seminar in Creative Writing: Fiction 3 *
  • ENGL 541C - Seminar in Creative Writing: Poetry 3 *
  • 6 Courses from the Graduate Offerings 18
  • At least five of these courses must be literature courses (as opposed to courses in writing, pedagogy, or Linguistics).
  • Creative Thesis 6 

Total: 33 Hours

Note

* Student must choose at least two of the three classes offered.


Creative Writing Concentration

Master of Arts in English Program Course Requirements:
  • ENGL 5000 Bibliography and Methods of Research 3 
  • Five (5) graduate-level literature courses (15 credits total)
  • Five (5) graduate-level courses (15 credits total; can include 6 thesis hours; can be literature, linguisitics, creative writing, professional/technical writing courses)
  • Passing score on Comprehensive Examination.

Requirements:

Twelve (12) credits in graduate-level creative writing courses. The courses listed below will count towards the Creative Writing Concentration and simultaneously count towards item 3 above. An approved thesis in creative writing can also count towards the 12 required credits. Students must maintain an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher in creative writing courses in order to complete the Creative Writing Concentration.


Required Courses

  • ENGL 541A - Seminar in Creative Writing: Prose Non-Fiction 3
  • ENGL 541B - Seminar in Creative Writing: Fiction 3
  • ENGL 541C - Seminar in Creative Writing: Poetry 3
  • ENGL 5300 - The Art of Review 3
  • ENGL 5460 - Literary Journal Internship 3
  • ENGL 5990 - Thesis 3 or 6
This thesis (6 credits); counts towards Creative Writing Concentration only if it is an approved thesis in Creative Writing overseen by a Creative Writing faculty member.
 


Linguistics Concentration

Master of Arts in English Program Course Requirements:
  • ENGL 5000 Bibliography and Methods of Research 3
  • Five (5) graduate-level literature courses (15 credits total)
  • Five (5) graduate-level courses (15 credits total; can include 6 thesis hours; can be literature, linguisitics, creative writing, professional/technical writing courses)
  • Passing score on Comprehensive Examination.
Requirements:

Twelve (12) credits in graduate-level creative writing courses. The courses listed below will count towards the Linguistics Concentration and simultaneously count towards item 3 above. An approved thesis in creative writing can also count towards the 12 required credits. Students must maintain an overall GPA of 3.9 or higher in linguistic courses in order to complete the Linguistics Concentration.

Required Courses

  • LING 506A - History of English Language 3
  • LING 506B - Structure of Language 3
  • LING 506C - Language, Culture and Identity 3
  • LING 506D - Survey of Early Germanic Languages 3
  • LING 506E - Language Variation and Change 3
  • LING 506F - Discourse Analysis 3
  • LING 506G - Historial Linguistics 3
  • LING 506H - Theory in Second Language Acquisition 3
  • LING 506I - Selected Topics in Linguistics 3
  • ENGL 5990 - Thesis 3 or 6
  • This thesis (6 credits) counts towards Linguistics Concentration only if it is an approved thesis in Linguistics overseen by a Linguistics faculty member.

 

 

What Do English Master of Arts Majors Do After Graduation?

English Master of Arts majors go on to pursue many different paths:

  • Secondary School Teachers

     

  • College Professors

     

  • Writing/Drafting/Editing positions

     

  • Publishing

     

  • Various other careers that will benefit from an employee's strong critical thinking