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2016-2017 Graduate Catalog 
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Master of Arts in Literature (LITR)

The M.A. in Literature provides master’s-level competence in English and American literature.

The degree is appropriate for teachers on the elementary, high school or community college level and for students planning to pursue doctoral study in English or American literature. The degree provides a valuable educational background for professions where critical thinking and clear, accurate expression, combined with a knowledge of literature, are desired.

Admission Requirements:

Applicants must submit the following:

  1. A completed graduate school application
  2. A personal statement (we recommend that these statements be 1 to 2 pages in length)
  3. Official transcripts from ALL prior collages and universities (note: If you attended EMU, you do not need to request your EMU transcript)
  4. An academic writing sample (preferably a piece of writing that addresses and analyzes literature)
  5. Two letters of recommendation

Department Information:

English Language & Literature - College of Arts & Sciences

Mary K. Ramsey, Ph.D.
Department Head

612 Pray-Harrold
(734) 487-4220

Department Website

John Staunton, Ph.D.
Graduate Coordinator

612 Pray-Harrold
(734) 487-4220

Advisor Information:

Natasa Kovacevic, Ph.D.

612 Pray-Harrold
(734) 487-4220

Program Requirements:

Students must complete a major of 18 hours in the department’s courses in English and American literature (excluding children’s literature, for which there is a separate degree).

Degree Requirements: 30 hours

The M.A. in Literature requires 30 hours of course work to be distributed among required courses, major program courses, elective courses and cognate courses as follows:

English and American Literature Courses: 18 hours

Choose eighteen hours from the following

Elective or Cognate Courses: 6 hours

Additional Requirements:

In addition to required coursework, the student must either take the MA exam in Literature or submit a Thesis, in order to complete degree. The Thesis option both counts as the culminating event of the degree, and gives the student three hours of credit towards the elective portion of the coursework.