English Department

MA English

M.A. in English

Designed to meet the needs of teachers and writers seeking professional training and credentials, students planning to go on to doctoral programs at other universities, and others preparing for a profession or pursuing cultural interests, the Master of Arts program in English at Cleveland State University allows students to focus on literature, critical theory, cultural studies, linguistics, and/or pedagogy.

Through this program, you will develop

  • analytical skills to interpret texts and to defend your interpretations effectively;
  • excellent facility in written and spoken language;
  • a thorough awareness of a particular field within the study literature, theory, cultural studies, linguistics, or pedagogy;
  • the capacity to produce scholarly or critical written work that could lead to publication in reputable venues.

To accommodate schedules, many classes are offered between four and eight p.m. weeknights.  A few courses are offered online and during summer sessions. Though we encourage foreign language proficiency, there is no foreign language requirement.

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Two Tracks to Degree Completion

Thesis Track (33-credit minimum)

Core courses (6 credits)

  • ENG 600 Literary Analysis
  • ENG 601 Critical Approaches to Literature

Graduate Seminars (12 credits)

  • ENG 695 Graduate Seminar
    Taken four times, with change of topic

Electives (9 credits)

Three graduate electives in English numbered 500 or higher. No more than 6 credits of independent study may be counted toward the degree.

Thesis (6 credits)
    EITHER

  • 6 credits of ENG 699 (Thesis) OR
  • 3 credits of ENG 699 and 3 credits of ENG 698
    Pre-Thesis Colloquium

A successful Master’s Examination

Based on the student’s thesis topic.

 

Portfolio Track (36-credit minimum)

Core courses (6 credits)

  • ENG 600 Literary Analysis
  • ENG 601 Critical Approaches to Literature

Graduate Seminars (12 credits)

  • ENG 695 Graduate Seminar
    Taken four times, with change of topic

Electives (12 credits)

Four Graduate electives in English numbered 500 or higher. No more than 6 credits of independent study may be counted toward the degree.

Portfolio

A portfolio of writing from advanced coursework, submitted for review by during the semester in which the student applies to graduate. The portfolio is typically four seminar papers from English 695 and an 8-10 page critical introduction by the student.

Core Course Description
  • ENG 600 Literary Analysis - Essentials of practical criticism with emphasis on close reading of selected masterworks that represent various genres and historical contexts.
  • ENG 601 Critical Approaches to Literature - Critical approaches to literature and the theories that underlie them, including formalist, reader response, deconstructionist, new historicist, feminist, and other post-structuralist approaches.
  • ENG 695 Graduate Seminar - Study of an important topic in literary or cultural history, criticism, or rhetoric, with special emphasis on methods of analysis and research. May be repeated with change of topic.

For more information, contact:
Dr. Adam Sonstegard  (a.sonstegard@csuohio.edu)
Director, Graduate Studies in English