Master of Arts in English

The graduate program in English is a 30-hour program that enhances your understanding of literature and writing as you pursue a career in academia, education or other writing professions.

Ready for Anything

The degree enhances your knowledge of writing theory and communication practices. You tailor the degree to your career interests by choosing a literature or writing emphasis. Both programs require you to complete an internship, portfolio and comprehensive final exam. You can complete the degree in three semesters, though you have five years to finish it.

Making your Mark

With a graduate degree in English, you have additional knowledge and skills to become a master educator or writer. Many K-12 teachers pursue the degree to strengthen their subject matter knowledge. In recent years, most graduates found jobs or pursued doctorates within six months of graduation. They’re teaching in central Illinois school districts, working for employers such as Caterpillar Inc. or completing doctorates at institutions such as Creighton University, University of Illinois and Ohio State University.

Graduate Program Requirements

Literature Emphasis Requirement

Required Courses - 24 hrs.

  • ENG 600: Theory and Practice of English - 3 hrs.
  • ENG 550: Language Theory - 3 hrs.
    or ENG 560: Writing Theory - 3 hrs.
    or ENG: 570 Contemporary Literary Criticism - 3 hrs.
  • ENG 630: American Periods - 3 hrs.
  • ENG 640: English Periods - 6 hrs.
  • ENG 650: Selected Authors - 3 hrs.
  • ENG 660: Genres - 3 hrs.
  • ENG 690: Internship in Literature - 3 hrs.

Elective Courses (choose three) - 9 hrs.

  • ENG 503: Intensive Creative Nonfiction Workshop - 3 hrs.
  • ENG 506: Writing in the Professions - 3 hrs.
  • ENG 507: Intensive Poetry Workshop - 3 hrs.
  • ENG 509: Intensive Screenwriting Workshop - 3 hrs.
  • ENG 510: Intensive Fiction Workshop - 3 hrs.
  • ENG 550: Language Theory - 3 hrs.
  • ENG 560: Writing Theory - 3 hrs.
  • ENG 570: Contemporary Literary Criticism - 3 hrs.
  • ENG 580: Theories and Methods of Teaching Composition - 3 hrs.
  • ENG 630: American Periods - 3 hrs.
  • ENG 640: English Periods - 3 hrs.
  • ENG 650: Selected Authors - 3 hrs.
  • ENG 660: Genres - 3 hrs.
  • ENG 680: Advanced Topics in Writing - 3 hrs. 
  • ENG 695: Independent Study - 1-3 hrs.

Writing Emphasis Requirement

Required Courses - 30 hrs.

  • ENG 600: Theory and Practice of English - 3 hrs.
  • Two of the following - 6 hrs.
    • ENG 503: Intensive Creative Non-Fiction Workshop - 3 hrs.
    • ENG 507: Intensive Poetry Workshop - 3 hrs.
    • ENG 509: Intensive Screenwriting Workshop - 3 hrs.
    • ENG 510: Intensive Fiction Workshop - 3 hrs.
  • ENG 550: Language Theory - 3 hrs.
    or ENG 560: Writing Theory - 3 hrs.
    or ENG 570: Contemporary Literary Criticism - 3 hrs.
  • ENG 630: American Periods - 3 hrs.
  • ENG 640: English Periods - 3 hrs.
  • ENG 650: Selected Authors - 3 hrs.
  • ENG 660: Genres - 3 hrs.
  • ENG 691: Internship in Writing - 3 hrs.

Elective Courses (choose three) - 9 hrs.

  • ENG 503: Intensive Creative Nonfiction Workshop - 3 hrs.
  • ENG 506: Writing in the Professions - 3 hrs.
  • ENG 507: Intensive Poetry Workshop - 3 hrs.
  • ENG 509: Intensive Screenwriting Workshop - 3 hrs.
  • ENG 510: Intensive Fiction Workshop - 3 hrs.
  • ENG 550: Language Theory - 3 hrs.
  • ENG 560: Writing Theory - 3 hrs.
  • ENG 570: Contemporary Literary Criticism - 3 hrs.
  • ENG 580: Theories and Methods of Teaching Composition - 3 hrs.
  • ENG 630: American Periods - 3 hrs.
  • ENG 640: English Periods - 3 hrs.
  • ENG 650: Selected Authors - 3 hrs.
  • ENG 660: Genres - 3 hrs.
  • ENG 680: Advanced Topics in Writing - 3 hrs. 
  • ENG 695: Independent Study - 1-3 hrs.