M.A. in English

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Program Description

The English M.A. degree program at WKU prepares students for careers in teaching, for continuing graduate work toward a Ph.D. in English, and for other careers—like editing and publishing or technical and professional writing—that involve strong communication skills. 

Our graduates have entered Ph.D. programs in English at universities around the USA. It’s a pleasure to see several recent graduates now employed full time in tenure-track positions at colleges and universities, having earned their Ph.D. degrees elsewhere. Other graduates have chosen to teach at community colleges immediately upon leaving Cherry Hall, the temple of language and literature on top of the hill that gives us our nickname.

Our graduate students are an active and close-knit group. New students report finding faculty and fellow students welcoming and supportive. We currently employ 7 students annually as graduate assistants who get teacher training through our mentoring program, tutoring experience in the Writing Center, and teaching experience in year two of the program when graduate assistants are instructors of record for courses in Introduction to College Writing.

The M.A. in English curriculum is straightforward, with coursework promising to develop employable skills in some of the most in-demand areas of English studies: composition and literature pedagogy, with a taste of TESL (teaching English as a second language) and literary/cultural theory in Introduction to Graduate Studies.

Last updated Sep 2020

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Since Western Kentucky University opened its doors in 1906, the liberal arts have been at the heart of the school’s mission. With outstanding programs in the arts, humanities, and social sciences, tha ... Read More

Since Western Kentucky University opened its doors in 1906, the liberal arts have been at the heart of the school’s mission. With outstanding programs in the arts, humanities, and social sciences, that is as true today as it was more than a century ago. Potter College of Arts & Letters (PCAL) prepares students to enter a wide range of careers and programs of advanced study through its 34 majors, 38 minors, and 5 certificates through 12 academic programs. As advocates of the liberal arts, Potter College believes that understanding history, society and culture helps students better understand and succeed in the world, and takes as its primary area of scholarly concern the study of men and women—their past, present, and future as well as their aesthetic expression, metaphysical concerns, and social interaction. Read less
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