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English, M.A.

The Master of Arts (M.A.) in English is offered through the College of Liberal Studies at MTSU. Its curriculum allows students to explore standard areas of Literary and Cultural Studies, as well as topics related to Writing Studies and Film Studies. The courses are designed as seminars and graduate students may expect highly individualized mentoring from the graduate faculty.

Graduate study in English engages in the deep and intense study of literature and writing, language, and theory, undertaken for the special growth in knowledge and understanding of the world of human expressions and experiences that such studies bring. It also provides preparation and training for careers within and outside of the academy. Students who attain degrees in this program enrich each other through their diversity of experiences and perspectives and take the cultural and intellectual wealth of their interactions and knowledge into their communities with them as they integrate their lives beyond the seminar room.

Pursue the Master of Arts (M.A.) degree in English at MTSU with a nationally and internationally recognized faculty teaching diverse courses in literature, writing, film, and various expressions of language and culture. Students are encouraged to think and create freely within a structure that provides support from peers, guidance from faculty, resources for research, challenging goals, and rigorous standards. The relatively small size of graduate seminars allows for encouraging individualized attention. The program offers both thesis and non-thesis options. Assistantships are available, as well as awards and fellowships.

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New Graduate Film Course on the British New Wave

New Graduate Film Course on the British New Wave

Dr. Christopher Weedman's special topics graduate course "British New Wave Films" explores this social realist movement of the late 1950s and 1960s. New to the English Department's graduate curriculum, this course is one of the few graduate courses devoted to this gritty and rebellious group of films on this side of the Atlantic. These films provide a frank depiction of the working class and the changing attitudes about gender, race, and sexuality in post-World War II Britain.

Faculty and Graduate Students Work with Archival Documents

Faculty and Graduate Students Work with Archival Documents

When Holocaust survivor Nessy Marks passed away in 2011, her son donated to the English Department one of her most valued possessions, a collection of thank-you letters written to her by the children from the many schools and places of worship she visited during her lifetime. In Spring 2019, Dr. Kate Pantelides' graduate students began cataloging and analyzing this archive. Is Summer 2019, Ms. Lauren Blade began the process of digitizing the archive, and Ms. Elizabeth McGee plans to seek grant funds to continue this work. Ms. McGee, Ms. Abbie Moody, and Dr. Pantelides recently submitted an article based on this work to Peitho: Journal of the Coalition of Feminist Scholars in the History of Rhetoric and Composition. The manuscript describes their efforts to recover, preserve, and analyze the letters in this archive. They highlight two trends in these letters: that of writers to affiliate with Ms. Marks through a sense of patriotism and duty, or through ancestry as a way to connecting to guilt and pain.

News Briefs

New Graduate Film Course on the British New Wave

Dr. Christopher Weedman's special topics graduate course "British New Wave Films" explores this social realist movement of the late 1950s and 1960s. New to the English Department's graduate curriculum, this course is one of the few graduate courses devoted to this gritty and rebellious group of films on this side of the Atlantic. These films provide a frank depiction of the working class and the changing attitudes about gender, race, and sexuality in post-World War II Britain.

Faculty and Graduate Students Work with Archival Documents

When Holocaust survivor Nessy Marks passed away in 2011, her son donated to the English Department one of her most valued possessions, a collection of thank-you letters written to her by the children from the many schools and places of worship she visited during her lifetime. In Spring 2019, Dr. Kate Pantelides' graduate students began cataloging and analyzing this archive. Is Summer 2019, Ms. Lauren Blade began the process of digitizing the archive, and Ms. Elizabeth McGee plans to seek grant funds to continue this work. Ms. McGee, Ms. Abbie Moody, and Dr. Pantelides recently submitted an article based on this work to Peitho: Journal of the Coalition of Feminist Scholars in the History of Rhetoric and Composition. The manuscript describes their efforts to recover, preserve, and analyze the letters in this archive. They highlight two trends in these letters: that of writers to affiliate with Ms. Marks through a sense of patriotism and duty, or through ancestry as a way to connecting to guilt and pain.

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English M.A. Careers

The M.A. program in English enjoys a highly successful placement record for its graduates. Some potential professional careers include:

  • academic/university staff
  • academic or career advisor
  • advertising/public relations executive
  • community college professor
  • content manager
  • creative writer
  • director/support staff for non-profit organizations
  • editor
  • instructional designer
  • lawyer (after law school)
  • librarian
  • manager
  • playwright
  • poet
  • professional/technical writer
  • public servant
  • publisher
  • reporter
  • researcher
  • reviewer
  • school administrator
  • show writer
  • software developer
  • teacher
  • writing coach

Master鈥檚 graduates have gone on to study for doctorate degrees at a number of institutions including:

  • Boston College
  • University of California at Santa Barbara
  • Duquesne University
  • Emory University
  • Florida State University
  • Georgia State University
  • University of Houston
  • Kent State University
  • University of Kentucky
  • University of Louisville
  • University of Memphis
  • Michigan State University
  • Southern Illinois University
  • State University of New York, Albany
  • University of 乐播传媒入口, Knoxville
  • Texas Tech University
  • West Virginia University

Employers of MTSU alumni include

  • Alabama State University
  • Appalachian State University
  • C. S. Lewis Foundation (Oxford, England)
  • University of the Cumberlands
  • Ingram Books
  • Ingram Content Group
  • Judson College
  • Kennesaw State University
  • Lipscomb University
  • Metro-Nashville Public Schools
  • Michigan State University
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  • University of Montana
  • Motlow State Community College
  • University of North Alabama
  • Rutherford County Schools
  • Savannah State University
  • 乐播传媒入口 State University
  • 乐播传媒入口 Tech
  • Volunteer State Community College
  • Watkins College of Art and Design
  • Western Kentucky University

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  • Admission Process for Graduate Program in English:

    You may听听or by filling out and sending in an application (found in the back of the graduate catalog). A $35 application fee is due at the time of application. In order to complete your application, you will need to see that the following materials are sent to the College of Graduate Studies, Sam H. Ingram Building, MTSU Box 42, Murfreesboro,TN 37132:

    • All undergraduate and graduate transcripts
    • Three letters of recommendation (These can be emailed to听[email protected])
    • GRE scores (We look primarily at the Verbal and Analytical portions of the General exam; the English subject test, though not required, is recommended.)
    • A short statement of purpose (500 words or so) in which you present your reasons for wishing to pursue graduate studies in English (your professional plans, areas of interest, etc.) as well as any relevant experience that prepares you for graduate studies.

    APPLICATION DEADLINES听for fall semester admission:

    February 1st for those wishing to be considered for graduate assistantships

    March 1st for all others

    APPLICATION DEADLINES听for spring semester admission must be completed by October 1.

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    Assistantships

    If you would like to be considered for a graduate assistantship, in addition to the material required for the general application, you will need to fill out an application for an听听and send it to the Director of Graduate Studies in the English Department (P.O. Box 70, Department of English, 乐播传媒入口, Murfreesboro, TN 37132) along with a short statement of purpose (500 words or so) in which you present your reasons for wishing to pursue graduate studies in English (your professional plans, areas of interest, etc.) as well as any relevant experience that prepares you for graduate studies.

    M.A.-level graduate assistants:
    Until students have completed 18 hours of course work, they are generally assigned as tutors in the Writing Center for 20 hours a week. Some students may be given 20-hour assignments to work as a classroom assistant for particular professors. Once students have completed 18 hours of course work, they may serve as teaching assistants, under the guidance of our supervisor of teaching assistants. During their first year teaching, they are required to enroll in Seminar in Teaching Composition (ENGL 6560/7650).

    Our M.A. assistants receive a stipend of $6500 distributed over a nine-month period with a waiver of tuition fees and out-of-state fees if the GA is a non-resident.

    Ph.D.-level graduate assistants:
    Doctoral level assistants are generally given teaching assignments (two courses a semester), if they have some previous tutoring or teaching experience. If they have not already taken appropriate pedagogy courses, they will be expected to take our two pedagogy seminars the first year. Doctoral-level stipends are presently $14,000 for a twelve-month contract, with a waiver of tuition and fees.

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    Awards

    In addition to providing full tuition to graduate assistants, MTSU rewards excellence by offering the Albert and Ethel Carver Smith Award ($2,000). In addition, the English Department offers the following awards to qualified graduate students:

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    • the Frazier Writing Award ($200 for first; $100 for second)
    • the William R. Wolfe Award听(given for the three best essays of the year by a graduate student; prizes vary)
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