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What is English Literature and Language?

Across the globe, approximately two billion people use English, either as a native, secondary or tertiary language. Students who can read, write and speak English effectively possess a distinct advantage for success in our globalized economy. The Master of Arts in English Literature and Language at St. Mary’s University prepares students for such success. Designed to meet the demands of a variety of professional goals, the program challenges students to engage the literary and language questions that shape our world.

The literature component offers the opportunity to engage the literary traditions of the Americas, as well as the British and Irish canons, within a global, critical perspective.

The language component provides groundwork in linguistics, including the history of the English language, syntax and discourse analysis.

Degree Plans

Program requirements and degree plans for the M.A. in English Literature and Language are detailed in the St. Mary’s University Graduate Catalog. Students can pursue one of two options:

Qualified undergraduate students may commence a Master of Arts in English Language and Literature prior to the completion of their Bachelor’s degree. This program allows a student to complete the requirements for both degrees in five years.

English Literature and Language Classes

Students can pursue a variety of courses within the program. Sample courses include:

  • Analysis and Criticism of Television and Film
  • Critical Approaches to Short Story
  • Linguistics: Voice and Text
  • Literature of the Renaissance

Financial Aid

St. Mary’s offers various scholarships, grants and assistantships to graduate students. Military, their dependents and Department of Defense employees may be eligible for a tuition discount.

Please contact the Office of Financial Assistance at 210-436-3141 or for additional information or visit

Career Opportunities

A master’s degree in English Literature and Language prepares students for an array of career opportunities. In addition to the traditional educational tracks (higher and secondary education), this degree provides expertise in writing, analysis, communication and literary studies, that enables students to pursue careers in management, public relations, journalism, editing and publishing, corporate leadership, project coordination, business, law, counseling and creative writing.

Internships and graduate assistantships are available.

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