Master of Arts in Literature and Language

Marymount University

Program Description

Master of Arts in Literature and Language

Marymount University

Literature and Language

Marymount's Master of Arts in Literature and Language program deepens students’ understanding of the human condition.

Literary study enhances cultural awareness and aesthetic appreciation, fosters sensitivity and mental suppleness through consideration of multiple viewpoints, and encourages critical thinking by approaching texts from a variety of critical perspectives. Linguistic and rhetorical study heightens understanding of the theoretical, creative, and practical aspects of language and perfects students’ ability to critique and improve their own writing in light of its purpose and audience.

Marymount’s program prepares students for further advanced study or for careers and enrichment in such fields as secondary school and community college teaching as well as writing, research, and editing in business, government, and nonprofit organizations. Qualified individuals who seek intellectual enrichment through stimulating study and ongoing dialogue about topics of human interest may also enroll in the program.

Students in this program enjoy these benefits:

  • Convenient evening schedules, with classes Monday through Thursday evenings, an advantage for working students
  • Small classes, ranging from 5 to 15 students
  • Student diversity – Marymount’s program attracts a culturally and ethnically diverse national and international student population
  • Engaged faculty members whose expertise ranges from the medieval to the contemporary periods and includes linguistics, rhetoric, and creative writing
  • Washington area resources – Marymount’s proximity to our nation’s capital allows the program to draw from bountiful national landmark locations for research, cultural enrichment, and internship/practicum sites.

The program also opens doors of opportunity for students to:

  • Enhance writing skills – Emphasis on sustained writing projects hones students’ analytical, research, and writing skills. The Master’s Project provides the opportunity to produce a piece of polished research useful for a portfolio or for a conference presentation.
  • Perfect presentational skills – classroom presentations build confidence and skill and the annual Student Research Conference offers experience in presenting in a public forum.
  • Gain teaching experience – Graduate assistants work with course instructors to gain classroom experience in writing and literature classes. Students may participate in a mentored teaching experience at Northern Virginia Community College.
  • Prepare for, or enhance, careers – Graduates have moved into positions in editing, writing, development and fund raising, college admissions, private school and community college teaching, and project management.
  • Prepare for doctoral study – graduates have gone on to doctoral work in rhetoric and literature


Graduate students electing to complete the 36-credit degree option also complete a 3-credit practicum. This experience provides an opportunity to test career goals as well as acquire practical professional experience.

The Washington area provides a wealth of opportunities for challenging practicums in government organizations, museums, schools, international agencies, and research institutions.

Graduates of this program have found employment in such areas as:

  • editing and writing
  • development and fund raising
  • college admissions
  • private school and community college teaching
  • project management
This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated January 31, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
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Sept. 2019
Full time
USA - Arlington, Virginia
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