The program is designed for students who wish to enlarge their knowledge of English and U.S. literature, to improve their critical skills in literature and in writing, and/or to improve their skills as high school teachers of English. It is of interest to recent graduates, to students who wish to resume their education, and to teachers with initial certification who wish to deepen their knowledge of English as they complete the master's degree.
Two options are offered, one with a concentration in literature and one with a concentration in rhetoric. Students electing the literature option will take at least five courses in literature (ENG 700-level courses); students electing the rhetoric option may take three courses in linguistics or writing (ENG 600-level courses). For both options, one course must be literature written before 1800.
For students who are not pursuing teacher certification, 30 credits are required for the degree. For students with initial certification desiring professional certification as high school teachers of English, 34 credits are required for the degree.