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  • On Campus

What is English Literature and Language?

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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 this success.

The literature component offers the opportunity to engage the narrative traditions of the Americas, Great Britain and Ireland, within a cross-cultural dialogue. The language component offers the opportunity to engage discourse questions of story, power and peace, grounded in rhetorical grammar. 

The program challenges students to engage the narrative and language dimensions of a variety of professional environments to meet their individual goals.

Follow us on Instagram to view photos and videos of students, faculty and staff in the Department of English, Literature and Language.

  • 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 either a thesis or non-thesis option.

    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 Courses


    The objective of this program is to prepare students to creatively craft and manage the narrative and discourse dimensions of their personal and professional lives.

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

    • Transcendentalism & Digital Humanities
    • Creative Writing: Fiction & Poetry
    • Multicultural Literature & Pedagogy
    • Discourse Analysis
  • Career Opportunities


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

    Internships and graduate assistantships are available.

  • Admission Requirements


    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 either a thesis or non-thesis option.

    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.


Online Learning

The English Literature and Language department has found that technology opens up the way we read and think about literature, writing and language. We worked hard in Spring 2020 to make our online experience work for our students and our subject matter. You will see some examples below of what this may look like for faculty and for students. The faculty are excited to continue to experiment with hybrid courses, in-person use of technology, and online courses. Our faculty are certified in online teaching pedagogy.

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Accessible Literature

There are virtually no ASL interpretations of higher level readings, such as Homer’s “The Odyssey,” so a group of former and current students from the Department of English Literature and Language decided to change that.

The endeavor was made possible through a $1,500 grant from Humanities Texas, a nonprofit with a goal to create opportunities for lifelong learning and advance education throughout the state.


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 finaid@stmarytx.edu for additional information or visit www.stmarytx.edu/finaid.





English Literature and Language class

Learn more about the M.A. in English Literature and Language

Interested in pursuing a degree in English Literature and Language? We’re eager to hear from you and answer any questions you have. Feel free to reach out to speak to one of our dedicated faculty.

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