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Study in the English department today emphasizes composition, literature, and rhetoric, creative and expository writing, and the nature and workings of language. Students in the department's programs can learn to read with pleasure and understanding, to write with grace, clarity and force, and to think with greater depth and breadth. With these accomplishments, students are prepared for lives and work in which their power to understand, read, write and communicate will serve themselves and others, some specifically in careers in writing or teaching, some in professions of law, medicine, administration or almost any other field.

Composition, Literature, and Rhetoric are traditions that reach back through the centuries, but these intellectual traditions are continually growing and changing. New theories of language help us reshape understandings of ancient traditions and enhance our lives as critical readers and writers and creative human beings.

Admission requirements

Program Specific Admission Requirements

Master of Arts in English

In addition to the minimum requirements set forth in this Catalog, the Department of English requires that students demonstrate by means of an official transcript that they have a solid undergraduate record with course work in English. That said, the department welcomes degrees in English or other disciplines from four-year colleges or universities.

Depending on their undergraduate preparation, some successful applicants may be required to take additional or specific courses toward the English master's degree.

Candidates must submit GRE general test scores, a writing sample, a 500-word statement of purpose, a CV/resume, and three letters of recommendation.

English offers both a campus-based M.A. degree and a low-residency/online M.A. degree. Students should consult the M.A. web site or contact the department for specific admission information and deadlines for both M.A. programs

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website

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Program content

  • College Composition and Rhetoric
  • Intellectual Community in Cinema
  • Introduction to Women's Studies
  • Writing in Technology and the Sciences
  • College Composition and Rhetoric II: College and Career
  • Literature, Media and Culture
  • Introduction to English Studies
  • Writing for Public Forums
  • Writing Tutor Pedagogy/Practicum
  • The Bible as Literature
  • African Literature
  • Arthurian Legend
  • Native American Culture and Literature
  • American Indians in Hollywood Film
  • Introduction to African American Literature
  • Mexican American Literature
  • Literary Genres
  • Literatures in English I
  • Literatures in English II
  • Literatures in English III
  • Literary Theory
  • Approaches to Rhetoric, Composition Pedagogy, and Professional Writing
  • Culture, Communication, Work
  • Tribal Literatures of the Great Plains
  • World Literature
  • Topics in: Medival Literature
  • Topics in: Renaissance Literature
  • Global Shakespeare in Performance
  • Philosophy in Literature
  • Topics in: Eighteenth-Century Literature
  • Topics in: Nineteenth-Century Literature
  • Topics in: 20th Century Literature
  • Non-Western Women Writers
  • Gender: Humanities Focus
  • 21st Century Issues in Professional Writing
  • Technical Writing in the Professions
  • Editing for Publication
  • Writing for the Web
  • Writing for Magazines
  • Rhetorical Theory and Criticism
  • Writing for Non-Profits
  • Film and Religion
  • Greek Tragedy
  • Classical Epic Poetry
  • African American Novel
  • Slavery and Freedom
  • American Indian Literature
  • Studies in Chicano Folklore
  • Regional Literature of the U.S.: The West
  • English Honors Thesis
  • English Department Honors
  • Studies in Emerging Fields and Approaches
  • History of the English Language
  • Linguistics, Language Teaching and Social Context
  • Victorian Women's Lives: Their Art, Literature, and Culture
  • Writing Internship
  • Senior Seminar in English Studies
  • Senior Seminar
  • Rhetoric and Composition: History, Theory, Practice
  • Public-Facing English Studies
  • Writing in Public Genres
  • Qualitative Methods in English
  • Non-Profit Writing and Grants
  • Graduate Apprenticeship
  • Studies in Medieval Literature
  • Studies in English Renaissance Literature
  • Studies in Shakespeare
  • Studies in 18c English Literature
  • Studies in 19c English Literature
  • Studies in 20c English Literature
  • Early American Literature
  • Studies in 19c American Literature
  • Studies in 20c American Literature
  • Intellectual Currents in Modern American Literature
  • Global Literatures in English
  • Literatures of Diversity
  • History of Literary Criticism: Enlightenment and 19th Century
  • Modern Critical Theory and Practice
  • Studies in Modern Fiction
  • Consumption, Markets, Cultures
  • Practicum in College Teaching
  • Tutorial
  • Continuing Registration: On Campus
  • Continuing Registration: Off Campus
  • Enrichment Studies
  • Thesis Research
  • Thesis Research II
  • Independent Studies
  • Internship

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The University of Wyoming is located in the safe and inviting college town of Laramie, Wyoming. Laramie is a community located about two hours north of the large, metropolitan city of Denver, Colorado. Laramie is nestled in a valley at...

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