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English - Literature (MA)

The program leading to the Master of Arts Degree in English is a 30-semester-unit curriculum. Opportunities for emphasis in British literature, American literature, rhetoric and composition, and Teaching English as a Second Language exist in a flexible curriculum.

The Master of Arts in English prepares students for doctoral degrees or for community college teaching positions. The concentration in rhetoric and composition specifically prepares students to teach composition at the community college level; it also improves the instructional skills of in-service teachers of English in the secondary schools. Many students have discovered that work on both the undergraduate and graduate levels has provided them with the skills that enable them to succeed in business, industry, and the professions.

Within the graduate program leading to the Master of Arts, students may choose to complete a concentration in either the Teaching of English as a Second Language (TESL) or Rhetoric and Composition. Graduate students also may elect to do all of their work in the study of literature. The program is designed carefully to offer both breadth and depth and will give students a solid understanding of their discipline.

The Master of Arts in English is a degree in literature, the heart of the discipline. The program provides for both breadth and depth in the study of literature. Students may choose to do all of their work in literature or may elect an emphasis in Rhetoric and Composition.

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Admission requirements

All applicants to the M.A. in English must follow all application and admission procedures outlined in the university graduate application booklet. To be admitted to the program, the applicant must have earned a baccalaureate degree from an accredited university or college and a grade point average of 3.00 or better in the last 60 semester units of upper division course work attempted (not including extension units). Applicants with majors other than English may be accepted into the program, but should expect to do additional work to gain the background necessary for success in their graduate courses.


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Program content

In addition to the English major requirements, modules for the Literature Option include:

  • Practice in Literary Criticism
  • Seminar In Literature
  • Any single-auth course
  • English Literature to 1642
  • English Literature: 1642-182
  • English Literature: 182-Present
  • American Literature to 1865
  • American Literature: 1865-Present
  • Advanced Studies in Literature
  • Literary Criticism
  • Seminar: Studies in Medieval Literature
  • Seminar: Studies in Renaissance Literature
  • Seminar: Studies in Restation and Eighteenth-Century Literature (1660-1798)
  • Seminar: Studies in Romantic Literature (1798-182)
  • Seminar: Studies in Victian Literature (182-1901)
  • Seminar: Studies in American Literature to 1900
  • Seminar: Studies in Modern British Literature
  • Seminar: Studies in American Literature after 1900

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please visit the university website for more information

Tuition fees

  • Tuition Fees: $8,379 (24 units/2 semesters)
  • Non-Resident Supplemental Tuition ($396/unit): $6,336 (16 units/2 semesters)

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California State University, Dominguez Hills

Established in 1960, California State University, Dominguez Hills (called CSUDH) is a highly diverse, metropolitan university primarily serving the South Bay area of Los Angeles County with easy access to downtown Los Angeles, Hollywood and the sunny California beaches. CSUDH...


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California State University, Dominguez Hills

1000 E Victoria St.
EE-1300
90747 Carson California
United States of America

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