Considering an M.A. in English?
A rarity among English Graduate degrees, Loyola Marymount University's signature Master of the Arts program aligns with the university's mission to educate the whole person as well as promote social justice.
Students in this program have the unique opportunity to specialize in one of three distinct tracks of study: Literature, Creative Writing, or Rhetoric and Composition. Because the program offers three emphases, the Master of Arts in English addresses the needs of diverse students – scholars planning to pursue doctoral studies, writers seeking to hone their creative craft in pursuit of publication, educators at both the high school and college level wishing to advance their knowledge in the field, and professionals working to cultivate critical reading and writing skills applicable to careers in the private and public sectors.
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The Literature Emphasis offers a range of coursework in a variety of literary traditions. In addition to a strong background in major periods, authors, and genres, the Emphasis offers innovative classes on topics including the Anthropocene, Critical Race theory, Environmental Lit., Caribbean Lit., queer theory, LGBTQ+ Lit., and more. Intensive work with Faculty in our small department is encouraged, and Independent Studies on special topics may be arranged.
Rhetoric & Composition Emphasis
The Rhetoric and Composition Emphasis offers a range of coursework in Rhetorical and Critical Theory, and Composition and Pedagogy. The Emphasis offers innovative classes on topics including Contemporary Rhetorical Theory, Rhetoric and the Media, The Confession, and Nothing. Intensive work with faculty in our small department is encouraged, and Independent Studies on special topics may be arranged.
Creative Writing Emphasis
The Creative Writing Emphasis offers a range of coursework in several genres and modes of writing. In addition to strong fiction and poetry workshops, the Emphasis offers innovative classes including The Novella, Prose Poetry, The Personal Essay, Constraint Based Writing, Playwriting, and more.