MA Emphasis

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American Literature Emphasis


The graduate program in American Literature covers a wide variety of interests, including this sample of recent and upcoming graduate seminars: Anglo-American autobiography, memory, trauma, and nostalgia in contemporary America, environmental humanities, the nature of evil, fairy tales and agency, contemporary African American literature, film adaptation courses in areas such as Poe’s influence on Alfred Hitchcock, early American disabilities, translation studies, and so forth. All of these courses teach unique analytical skills that link periods, genres, and cultures to the expanding functions of literature and film as approaches to understanding the American self, past and present.

Seminar offerings depend upon student interest as well as faculty expertise and availability. We cannot offer courses in all specialty areas at all times. However, we try to include major areas of emphasis in each two-year cycle, and we are open to suggestions. Prospective students should review graduate courses from recent years as well as projections for future courses as they contemplate possible programs of study.


British Literature Emphasis

British literature is a traditional strength of BYU’s English MA program, supported by accomplished faculty and substantial resources. We understand “British” broadly, meaning that while we provide deep training in literature produced in the British Isles, some of us also study literatures produced in the British Commonwealth or the former British Empire. Students find that our courses often blend the insular with the global in exciting ways. In addition to key figures, historical moments, and genres, our courses engage with important theoretical, methodological, and professional concerns, so they interest students across the sub-disciplines. Graduates in British literature find themselves enriched as thinkers, researchers, and writers. Several have gone on to pursue Ph.D. degrees in top programs, while others have successfully taken their training into other career tracks.

Seminar offerings depend upon student interest as well as faculty expertise and availability. We cannot offer courses in all specialty areas at all times. However, we try to include major areas of emphasis in each two-year cycle, and we are open to suggestions. Prospective students should review graduate courses from recent years  as well as projections for future courses as they contemplate possible programs of study.


Rhetoric and Compostion Emphasis

Through completion of advanced coursework and strong methodological and analytical training, students in the Rhetoric and Composition concentration develop a broader and deeper understanding of writing and rhetoric as concepts and practices, and do that through research, reading, discussion in seminars, presentation and writing. Students explore particular interests in rhetorical theory, cultural studies, and/or writing pedagogy and composition studies. Faculty mentors encourage students to present and publish their research.

Students who complete the rhetoric and composition MA will develop teaching skills as they move through the MA program as teaching assistants. This program of study is ideal for students considering a career in teaching or contemplating more advanced study of rhetoric and composition in preparation for academic careers in Rhetoric and Composition studies.

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