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M.A. in English with a Concentration in Writing & Rhetoric

English StudentThe concentration in writing and rhetoric is designed for teachers, future doctoral students, and/or aspiring nonfiction writers. This program provides a foundation in nonfiction, scholarly, and workplace writing; the teaching of writing in secondary and post-secondary schools; or advanced work in rhetoric and related fields.

The 33-credit M.A. in English with a concentration in writing and rhetoric supports the development of non-fiction, academic and workplace writing; helps prepare teachers of writing in secondary and post-secondary education; and can lead to advanced work in rhetoric and related fields. Students receive extensive feedback on their own writing, in-depth instruction in rhetorical theory and research methods and training in the teaching of writing, from diagnostics to evaluation, including a practicum in which they teach composition under the guidance of experienced instructors. The program addresses writing problems – from pedagogical and theoretical perspectives – encountered at all levels of writing from very basic to advanced composition.

Admission Requirements

To be admitted to this program you must:

  • Submit an academic writing sample that reflects your writing and analytic abilities.
  • Submit a letter of intent that describes why you want to pursue an M.A. in English.
  • Submit two letters of recommendation from academic professors.
  • Submit official educational transcripts with a grade-point average of 3.0 or better, preferable at least 6 credits in advanced English courses.
  • Submit a completed application to the Office of Admissions (see Submitting an Application for Admission).

This package will be reviewed by an English Graduate Admissions Committee.

SUBMITTING AN APPLICATION FOR ADMISSION

All applicants must apply for admission to Long Island University’s Brooklyn Campus. Please apply online at My LIU or use the Apply Now link in the top navigation bar. For more information on the admissions process, visit the Office of Admissions Web site.

Program Requirements

Continued enrollment in this program is contingent upon maintaining an overall 3.0 grade-point average in graduate coursework.

For more information about the program, contact the English Department’s graduate advisor, Marilyn Boutwell. For further information about the MA and the other programs and activities of the Department, visit The Longest Island (the English Department’s blog).

COURSE OF STUDY (33 CREDITS)

METHODS OF RESEARCH & CRITICISM

Required (for both M.A. and M.F.A. students): English 707 Methods of Research and Criticism (3 credits)

PRACTICUM OR EQUIVALENT

Required: Either English 700 Practicum in Teaching Composition (3 credits) or English 646 Individual & Small Group Instruction (3 credits)

ENGLISH 620 THEORIES OF RHETORIC

Required (3 credits)

ENGLISH 508 GENERAL LINGUISTICS

Required (3 credits)

WRITING ELECTIVES

Required: At least two courses from Writing & Rhetoric and one course from either Professional Writing or Creative Writing (9 Credits). Note: Instructor permission required for non-MFA student to take MFA course.

LITERATURE ELECTIVES

Required: Three courses in Literature (9 Credits)

THESIS

Required: English 708 Thesis (3 credits)