MA in English Program - Applied English Studies

What Is Applied English Studies?

The MA in English—with an emphasis in Applied English Studies—offers a comprehensive curriculum meant to prepare graduates for a range of pursuits. With an emphasis on professional development, the program expands opportunities for K-12 teachers, lays a foundation for doctoral study, and prepares students for jobs in college teaching as well as careers in publishing, editing, professional writing, librarianship, digital scholarship, and teaching English abroad.

You’ll study how language acts upon the world in order to communicate effectively with diverse communities, in both print and digital media. You’ll participate in conversations about social justice, pedagogy, literature, writing, and representation that extend beyond the classroom and hone your skills in critical reading, writing, teaching, research, and digital humanities. Working one-on-one with faculty and in a supportive cohort of emerging writers and scholars, you’ll apply learning in real-world settings—in the community, in the university library, in the classroom and the writing center. Our program values the deep connection between theory and practice and emphasizes hands-on learning through teaching assistantships, tutoring positions, and internships in teaching, editing, digital humanities, and library curating and archiving.

Required courses: (8) 4-unit seminars + thesis project = 34 units

  • Graduate Studies Introduction (ENGL 600)
  • Cultural Studies Introduction (ENGL 605)
  • Digital Humanities (ENGL 615)
  • Teaching ESL Reading & Writing (ENGL 614) OR  or Practicum in Teaching Writing (ENGL 581)
  • Theory of Rhetoric & Composition (ENGL 612)
  • Reading and Writing Pedagogy (ENGL 611)
  • Reading Historically (ENGL 546)
  • Problems in Form, Genre, Media (ENGL 536)
  • Master’s Thesis Project (ENGL 690)
  • One year of a language other than English taken at the college level

Faculty Areas of Specialization

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English Graduate Program Handbook

Resources for Graduate Students

Program Learning Outcomes


Examples of Student Research

Published Master's Projects in English Studies


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How to Apply



Janet Winston, Graduate Coordinator
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