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English Literature and Language at St. Mary’s

The Master of Arts in English Literature and Language engages students in narrative and storytelling practices, such as research, writing and outreach, to prepare them for a variety of professional environments.

The programs are designed to immerse students in ethical, inclusive and responsible representation in literature and language. Students develop narrative skills in print and digital platforms and are invited to hone these through the programs.

All program course offerings provide opportunities to refine research, writing, and analytical skills, while facilitating the creative presentation of student work in a variety of text and digital formats.

  • Earn Two Degrees

    This program allows qualified students to complete the requirements for a bachelor of arts degree and a master of arts degree in five years — saving you money and time.

  • Degree Plans

    We specialize in preparing professionals to develop and use narrative tools in a variety of employment options. Our graduates enjoy success in a range of professions including education, law, civic advocacy, organizational development, public relations, and marketing. Several study options are available:

  • Course Highlights

    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:

    • Women of Color: Writing as Memoir and Resistance
    • Digital Humanities and American Literature
    • Writing to Change the World
    • Writers and Works: Gothic Literature

    Find course descriptions and requirements:

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.

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  • “When I was facing my anxieties in school, I started to think I should just give up writing altogether. My professors were always there to remind me that I had a gift.”

    — Jamira Richardson (B.A. ’20)

What can I do with a degree in English Literature and Language?

  • Access Valuable Career Opportunities

    Through the development of transferable and in-demand skills, the Master of Arts in English Literature and Language prepares students for career advancement and specialization. Students learn to robustly articulate and advance the stories of their professional occupations, organizations and interests.

    Potential job fields:

    • Secondary and Higher Education
    • Corporate Leadership
    • Marketing
    • Public Relations
    • Journalism
    • Editing and Publishing
    • Project Coordination
    • Law
    • Counseling
    • Creative Writing

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