MA in English

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Our comprehensive MA in English program offers opportunities to pursue graduate study in a full range of literary periods and topics that range from Chaucer and Shakespeare to contemporary environmental and postcolonial literature. Our faculty are active scholars as well as award-winning teachers, and we are committed to offering excellent graduate coursework and mentoring students according to their own scholarly and professional interests.

As part of our dedication to professionalization and support, our department offers teaching assistantships that are among the best in the Big XII conference, featuring 9-month stipends of over $19,000 and a 50% tuition remission in exchange for teaching one course during the first semester of study and two courses in subsequent semesters. In recent years, we have been able to support nearly every student who has sought funding. In addition, our department offers travel money to graduate students who present at conferences, and many of our students give papers at conferences.

Our program offers the benefits of attending a large state university while having the support and dedication of an intimate, welcoming program with a collegial group of both faculty and graduate students. We encourage you to follow these links to learn more about our MA program in English and the two specialization options:

MA in English (Specialization in Literature)

This two-year master of arts program balances coverage with flexibility, providing high quality, personalized instruction for graduate students interested in teaching at the secondary, beginning college and university levels, and/or in pursuing further graduate study in literature. Graduate students take courses that focus on pedagogy, theory & criticism, and literary analysis to develop their knowledge of major literary trends and discipline-specific research skills. In developing courses, faculty devote particular attention to literature and film’s cultural and historical contexts, often with reference to race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality, and linguistic difference as cultural phenomena.

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MA in English (Specialization in Literature and the Teaching of Reading)

The Literature and Teaching of Reading specialization is designed for students with a teacher license who wish to take graduate literature courses and work toward a reading endorsement by taking three reading courses in Curriculum and Instruction while also completing courses in British, American, and other literature areas. This program is especially valuable to those teaching at the upper elementary, middle school, and high school levels including those teaching dual-enrollment courses.) These students must be interviewed by Professor Donna Niday (dniday@iastate.edu). Generally, only those with current teaching licenses will qualify to specialize in LTR.

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