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MA in Literature

Degree Requirements

Master of Arts in English and American Literature
(a minimum of 11 semester course credits)

The basic curricular components for the MA program consist of one required course in the first semester (ENG 200 Writing and Research for graduate Students in English), 8 literature course credits including the MA Research Project class (ENG 250A) and two electives:

  • five of the 11 courses must be taken at the graduate (200) level only (excludes split-level courses)
  • two of the 11 courses may be taken at the upper-division undergraduate (100) level
  • no more than two Independent Study (ENG 295) courses may be taken to satisfy these requirements, and the graduate (200) level only requirement may not be satisfied through Independent Study

Also see 200-level courses in Book Art, Ethnic Studies, and Letters.

Literature Classes: To fulfill the literature requirement you must take literature and theory courses (craft classes cannot be taken for literature credit). Literature courses offered through the Ethnic Studies Department, as well as courses offered in English through the modern languages and literatures programs, may be included.

Electives: The two elective credits can be any graduate-level or upper division undergraduate course offered by the college for academic credit. Students are urged to consult with their advisor about which electives would be most useful for their course of study. Students may take literature and pedagogy classes* in the English Department, as well as classes offered through the modern languages and literatures programs, the Ethnic Studies Department, and the Book Art Program. Language courses taken through the French and Francophone Studies or Spanish and Spanish American Studies programs can be particularly useful for students intending to pursue a PhD. If students take classes outside of the division in departments such as Dance, Music, and Art, they should check with individual departments for registration restrictions.

MA Research Project (ENG 250A): Taught in rotation by literature faculty, this course is the capstone experience for the MA degree, and allows the student to complete an advanced scholarly research project of her/his choice of topic. Taken in the last semester (offered spring only). The MA Research Project class fulfills one of the four required literature classes taken at the graduate-only level.

*Students interested in teaching composition in the future or in working as a teaching assistant (TA) at Mills through a partial-tuition graduate assistantship, may want to consider taking ENG 272 Theories and Strategies of Teaching Writing as an elective. Students who are awarded a partial-tuition graduate assistantship, either in the Writing Center or in the ENG 001 classroom, are required to take ENG 272.

Last Updated: 3/17/14