2.2 MA in English Degree Requirements

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Students admitted to graduate study for the MA in English choose one of two disciplinary specializations: Literature or Literature and the Teaching of Reading (LTR).

2.2.1 Degree Requirements

Requires 30 credits of coursework.

Students who choose the Literature specialization will cultivate broad expertise in English and American literature and film and their historical, cultural, and theoretical contexts.

Students interested in the Literature and the Teaching of Reading (LTR) specialization will cultivate a broad expertise in English and American literature and prepare to teach reading in middle schools and high schools. These students must be interviewed by Prof. Brandon Sams (blsams@iastate.edu). Generally, only those students with current teaching licenses will qualify to specialize in LTR.

2.2.2 Student Learning Outcomes

Learning outcomes students in this program are expected to meet include:

  • Expand knowledge related to the study of literature and film that includes a diversity of authors/directors, genres, theories, and cultural-historical contexts.
  • Communicate research effectively through oral and written presentations.
  • Conduct independent scholarship in ways that consistently demonstrate ethical practice and professionalism.
  • For graduate students who receive a teaching assistantship, develop strategies for the effective teaching of undergraduate students.