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  • Master of Arts in English Concentrations


    The MA in English can be completed in two or more years part-time, or in three full-time semesters by enrolling in a summer semester to accelerate study. Students may focus their study by pursuing one of three concentrations.

    In the Literature concentration, students can study a broad range of literature or work closely with one or more faculty members to pursue a more narrowly focused field. Current or prospective teachers interested in broadening their knowledge of literature, as well as students interested in pursuing graduate study beyond the MA, will find this concentration valuable.

    Those enrolled take courses in:

    • British Literature
    • American Literature
    • World Literature
    • Language and Theory

    Concentration electives include:

    • Rhetoric
    • Linguistics
    • Creative Writing
    • Literature

    The Creative Writing concentration is one of few such programs in New Jersey. It offers courses in which students can immerse themselves in:

    • The Techniques and Craft of Poetry
    • Fiction
    • Drama
    • Creative Nonfiction

    This is done while working with nationally known writers to create a distinctive body of work of publishable quality.

    The Rhetoric and Writing concentration is ideal for students whose goal is to teach at the community college level as well as for students already teaching at the high school level who wish to enhance their knowledge of rhetoric and the methods of and theories behind teaching composition. The program combines literary study with coursework in:

    • Teaching Composition
    • Rhetoric
    • Linguistics