M.A. in English Literature and Language

University of Indianapolis, Athens Campus

Program Description

M.A. in English Literature and Language

University of Indianapolis, Athens Campus

M.A. in English Literature and Language

Thank you for your interest in the M.A. program in English Literature and Language offered by the University of Indianapolis in Athens. One of our primary objectives is to train students to meet the challenges arising from the globalization of our contemporary cultural, social, political and economic exchanges. The field of English Language and Literature focuses attention on the language in which international exchanges are articulated, as well as providing an interdisciplinary perspective on contemporary developments. Within the M.A. program in English, students have the opportunity to develop new critical thinking skills, as it combines a study of current theories with practical applications of these theories in a wide range of professional settings. In this way, we aim to equip our students to thrive in the dynamic contexts of
our contemporary world.

The Master of Arts in English Literature and Language, offered by the University of Indianapolis in Athens, Greece, combines an interdisciplinary approach to British,  American and Comparative World Literature with the  opportunity to obtain a professional level of competency in either translation or applied
linguistics and TEFL.

The literature component comprises core courses in fiction, poetry, drama and literary theory and criticism, concentrating on those
developments that have influenced literary texts and genres during the last two centuries.  In this way, the program gives students an in-depth understanding of Comparative World Literature, as well as a grounding in its historical,  philosophical and cultural background.  Within the optional language component of the program, the two  advanced translation courses have been set up to train students in the art and technique of literary and non-literary translation, enabling them to produce publishable work for a market where high quality translation is currently in great demand. The Applied Linguistics and TEFL courses have been designed to meet the needs of English language teachers and teacher trainers, and they include electives in ELT Methodology, Semantics, Pragmatics and Discourse Analysis, Psycholinguistics and Second Language Acquisition. The unique feature of the program is that coursework study can be largely completed in Athens, which offers students a flexible time schedule specially designed for working professionals.

Aims and Philosophy of the Program

The University of Indianapolis offers an innovative M.A. English program designed to train students to think theoretically about literature and its contexts. The Program emphasizes a range and variety of literary forms and traditions and enables students to study literature as both a cultural institution that interacts with other social and cultural formations and as a verbal art form related to other forms of artistic creation. The distinctive strengths of the Program are as follows:

A. In many traditional programs, Literature is understood as the critical study of the classic texts of Western literature, and such programs deal with genres, themes, and movements. However, at the University of Indianapolis, literature is understood as an intellectual discipline and interpreted in contexts provided by history, philosophy, psychology, anthropology, and mythology, as well as by class, gender, race, and power.

B. The University of Indianapolis M.A. English Program gives its students the opportunity to design courses of study that not only reflect their individual interests but are also responsive to emerging fields of research within literary and cultural studies and related disciplines. Its degree requirements have been designed to ensure that students are well prepared for academic careers, with skills appropriate to the current academic organization of literary studies, hence ensuring that they are not locked into any narrowly defined specialization.

Program Content

Core Courses

  • Non- fictional Prose  
  • The Short Story
  • Poetry I : Modern Poetry
  • Poetry II : Contemporary American
  • Drama II : Contemporary Drama
  • English Literature in the Renaissance
  • Multicultural American Literature
  • Postcolonial Literature
  • The Novel in the 20th Century
  • Literary Criticism
  • Medieval English Literature
  • Post-Modernism: Theory and Fiction

Elective Courses

  • Romanticism in Literature
  • (The Romantic Age)
  • Drama I:  A Historical Survey
  • American Authors
  • Literature in the 20th Century
  • Shakespeare
  • 19th and 20th Century
  • International Fiction
  • 19th and 20th Century Thought
  • Literature and Society
  • Applied Linguistics
  • Advanced Translation I
  • Advanced Translation II
  • Women, Literature and Society

In order to receive graduate credit at the University of Indianapolis, students must be admitted to the graduate programs of the College of Arts and Sciences. Students seeking regular admission to the M.A. English program must apply prior to registration.

General requirements for admission into the program are:

  • Completion of the application form and payment of the designated application fee  (this is a nonrefundable processing fee).
  • Submission of a transcript showing a baccalaureate degree. Students seeking admission as Degree applicants must have at least 2.5 on a 4.0 GPA scale in undergraduate work. All official transcripts must be sent directly from the issuing institution to the University of Indianapolis, Athens Campus.
  • Good command of the English language as evidenced by a minimum TOEFL score of 213 (550) or the Cambridge or Michigan Proficiency. Students with an undergraduate degree from an English institution are exempt from this requirement.  
  •  Three letters of recommendation from people in a position to evaluate a student's academic performance and potential.
  • Personal interview with the Chair of the Department.
  • Enrollment in the program does not require an undergraduate degree in English.

Time Limits

Full-time: Up to two years

Part-time: The organization of part-time study is flexible, but students are usually expected to complete the program within five years unless extraordinary circumstances preclude completion. If such circumstances occur, students must petition for an extension of the time period.


Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
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Sept. 2017
2 - 5 years
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Start date Sept. 2017
Greece Athens
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