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English (M.A.)

English (M.A.)



Master's Hooding Spring 2017

The Master of Arts Program in English at Florida Gulf Coast University provides students with graduate education in the study of literature, culture, and writing. The curriculum stands on a strong foundation in literary studies, but it is flexible to meet the needs of students who are pursuing highly individualized goals:

  • to begin or advance a teaching career at the elementary, secondary, or community college levels
  • to prepare to study in Ph.D. programs
  • or to plan a career in various professional fields in business, non-profit organizations, and government

Our program provides genuine mentorship and collaborative work between faculty and students. Students can expect small classes, a supportive and well-published faculty, and opportunities to attend and present research at local and regional conferences.

How can I shape this program to suit my own academic and career interests?
There are three ways in which students can shape this program to suit their own academic interests.

  • gain work experience by completing an English Master’s Internship of their own design
  • pursue a specific research interest either by completing a Directed Research project or by completing a Directed Research project and the Thesis that grows out of that project
  • and shape the Comprehensive Exam (required of all students) by working with an MA faculty advisor to revise either the pre-1800 or post-1800 part of the Comprehensive Exam Reading List according to their interests

This website is designed to give current and prospective students an overview of our Master’s degree in English—its program requirements, curriculum, and policies—and to provide a first place to look for answers to any questions. Students should know, and must abide by, the University and Office of Graduate Studies policies as stated in the Florida Gulf Coast University General Catalogue for their year of matriculation.