MA in English with a concentration Literature and Writing

Combining your love for Literature with Practical Skills in Writing.

You love literature. You love writing. You love them both enough to want to pursue a higher degree in English. But you are also the practical sort who wants to position yourself for a variety of possible careers that are both personally and financially rewarding.

Duquesne University's new Master of Arts in English, Literature and Writing track, provides you with the best of both worlds: the literature classes of a traditional M.A. in English combined with engagement with a variety of forms of writing across different media and disciplines. Learn how your critical thinking and writing abilities can translate to a variety of contexts-from magazine writing to digital media to grant writing and beyond. With our flexible, interdisciplinary program, you can develop your writing skills in directions that interest and fulfill you!

In this program, you will:

  • Build a solid foundation in literary studies
  • Develop sophisticated critical thinking skills
  • Learn core writing principles and methodologies for writing across different disciplines and media
  • Gain experience in a wide variety of forms of writing that are in demand in many professions

Degree Requirements

Students complete a total of 30-33 credits to earn a Master of Arts in English in the Literature and Writing track.

Core Requirements (2 courses - 6 credits)

  • Engl 500: Aims and Methods of Literary Study (3 credits)
  • Engl 566: Literary Theory OR Engl 568: Theories of Composition (3 credits)

Distribution Requirements (3 courses - 9 credits)

  • One literature course in an early period (3 credits)
  • One literature course from a late period (3 credits)
  • One additional literature course (3 credits)

* These courses must cover at least two different cultures (e.g., American, British, World)

English Department Writing Electives (2 courses - 6 credits)

  • Any writing, writing theory, or teaching of writing courses in the Department

*See below for possible Department writing courses

Writing Electives in or outside the Department (2 courses - 6 credits)

  • Any writing, writing theory, or teaching of writing courses in the Department OR Courses in environmental writing, grant writing, media writing, etc. from across campus

*See below for possible writing courses across campus

Capstone Requirement (3-6 credits)

Requirement may be met by one of the following:

  • An internship (3 credits)
  • A writing portfolio independent study (3 credits)
  • 2 additional courses (in or outside the Department) (6 credits)

* Students interested in completing a thesis may contact the graduate studies director

English Department writing, writing pedagogy, and writing theory courses students could take

  • Engl 537 The Personal Essay
  • Engl 537 Writing for Trade Publications/Feature Writing
  • Engl 561 History and Structure of the English Language
  • Engl 568 Theories of Composition
  • Engl 568 Public Writing and Writing Publics
  • Engl 572 Writing for Digital Media
  • Engl 591 Teaching College Writing

Writing courses in other departments that English graduate students are permitted to take

  • GREV 502 Proposal and Grant Writing
  • GEPK 525 Literacy, Language and Literature I
  • JMA 541 Media Writing
  • JMA 566 Public Relations Writing
  • CHEM 513 Scientific Communication I
  • COMM 500 Professional Communication
  • ENVI 553W Writing for the Environmental Professional

For more information or to find out if this program is the right fit for you, please contact the Director of Graduate English Studies:

Thomas P. Kinnahan, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of English