The graduate assistantship (GA) is designed to provide support during full-time graduate study. It’s an opportunity for the graduate students to serve in a professional role while establishing a professional relationship with faculty and administrators. In addition to a per year stipend, GAs gain valuable experience. There are two kinds of assistantships: teaching and administrative.
Outcomes & Careers
Successful Outcomes Rate
Students graduating with degrees from the Department of English report being employed or furthering their education six months after graduation.
English language and literary teacher, Postsecondary
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean annual salary for a postsecondary English language and literary teacher is $81,340.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual salary for an Editor is $61,370.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual salary for a Copywriter is $63,200.
What You’ll Study
With a master’s degree in English, you’ll complete a minimum of 30 credit hours.
A student will be admitted to graduate study in English when the following admission requirements are satisfied:
- The student holds a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
- The student has an undergraduate cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.
- The student has a minimum of 24 undergraduate credit hours in the field of English.
- All students must complete a thesis, a graduate paper plus a comprehensive exam, or a capstone project.
- No course taken as part of an undergraduate degree program will fulfill any Master of Arts requirement.
- EN694 Thesis may be taken for 3 credit hours only (for those opting to write a thesis).
- At least 18 hours must be at the 600 level.
- No course fulfills more than one requirement.
(30 Hours Required)
Core Courses: Choose one course from each category
Choose one course in Literature, Linguistics, Rhetoric, or Pedagogy – 3 hours
- EN606 Topics, Issues, and Trends in English (3)
- EN623 Visual Rhetoric (3)
- EN686 Sociolinguistics (3)
- LI605 Anglophone Literature/Contemporary Theory (3)
- LI542 Literature for the Young Adult (3)
- LI565 Southern Literature (3)
- LI568 Masculinities in the 19th Century American Novel (3)
- LI570 Modern and Contemporary Novel (3)
- LI576 American Fiction of the 21st Century (3)
- LI577 Studies in Early English Literature (3)
- LI578 Studies in Later British & Postcolonial Literature (3)
- LI582 Topics in Literature (3)
- LI625 Focus on the Author (3)
- LI673 Studies in Early British Literature (3)
- LI674 Studies in Modern American Literature (3)
- LI676 Early Twentieth Century British Literature (3)
- TL585 Methods and Techniques for TESOL (3)
- TL620 Approaches to the Teaching of Grammar (3)
- TL625 Materials Development and Assessment Tools for TESOL (3)
- TL630 Special Problems in TESOL (3)
- TL648 Foundations in Linguistics (3)
- TL650 Approaches to Second Language Literacy Instruction (3)
Choose one course in Broadened and Contemporary Perspectives in English Studies – 3 hours
- LI612 Native American Literature (3)
- LI617 Writing Race and Gender in the South (3)
- LI626 Gender and Sexuality in Literary Studies (3)
- LI634 African-American Literature before 1900 (3)
- LI636 African-American Literature after 1900 (3)
- LI670 Immigration in Literature and Film (3)
- TL525 ESL/EFL Learning and Teaching (3)
- TL610 Developing Intercultural Awareness and Competence (3)
Choose one course in Professionalization and Career Readiness – 3 hours
- EN600 Orientation Seminar for Teaching Assistants (3)
- EN601 Research in English Studies (3)
- EN535 Rhetorical Theory and Written Discourse (3)
- EN550 Style in Writing (3)
- EN572 Creative Nonfiction (3)
- EN624 Editing and Research in Professional Writing (3)
- EN6xx Internship (3)
- EN645 Advanced Literary Publishing (3)
- EN6xx Composition Theory and Pedagogy (3)
- EN670 Advanced Creative Writing: Poetry (3)
- EN678 Advanced Creative Writing: Fiction (3)
- TL601 Research Methods in TESOL (3)
Electives (Choose 21 hours)
- EN, LI, TL 5xx-6xx
- EN694 Thesis (may be taken for 3 credit hours only (for those opting to write a thesis)
Capstone (Choose one)
- Thesis with Critical Introduction, including reflection
- Comprehensive Exam including reflection question
- Portfolio with qualifying paper including reflection essay
- Teaching Portfolio including reflection essay
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College of Humanities and Social Sciences
This degree is housed within the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. The College prepares students for lifelong careers. We boast programs that train students in problem-solving, critical thinking, communication, organization, and adaptability. Skills employers value, so we prepare you for basically any career field.
Graduate coordinators serve as the contact for graduate programs. The coordinators are most often faculty within the college that houses the program, helping you to get questions answered and first-hand knowledge of the degree requirements and placement opportunities.
Getting the Job
Your education is just one piece to launching an extraordinary career. Once you’ve mastered the material, you still have to find the job you want, make the right connections, sell your knowledge and experience—and if all this is giving you anxiety, don’t panic. SEMO’s Career Services office is here to help you with the next step. They’ll provide the expertise and support you need, so you’re landing your dream job in no time.