M.A. Literature

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Master of Arts Degree in English: Emphasis in Literaturephoto_nmsu campus

The M.A. in English with an emphasis in Literature program requires coursework and a culminating project taking the form of either a Master’s Essay or Master’s Thesis. In this program, students deepen their knowledge of literature, literary history, literary theory, research methods and criticism while also pursuing independent research in an area of particular interest. The literature faculty’s own research interests are broad, including film, late medieval religious writing, Renaissance poetry and drama, British Romanticism, Gothicism, Victorianism, modern American poetry, and American ethnic literature, and they represent a wide variety of theoretical perspectives including materialist cultural theory, feminist theories, cultural studies, queer theory, and ecocriticism. Students choose from a correspondingly broad range of courses offered by literature faculty, which in recent years has included: 

  • Sex and the Spirit in Early English Poetry
  • Whitman and Modern Free Verse
  • American Women’s Fiction
  • Shakespeare and His Contemporaries
  • Work in the Victorian Novel
  • Chicana and Black Feminisms
  • Vampire Literature
  • The Films of David Lynch

Students should complete their application by February 1 for Fall admission or by October 1 for Spring admission. Application information is available at http://english.nmsu.edu/apply/.

Applicants who wish to be competitive and who are applying for a Graduate Assistantship (GA) should complete their application by February 1 for Fall admission.