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Learners who wish to build upon their knowledge of American and British literature and language might consider Southern New Hampshire University's Master of Arts in English program. Continue reading if you want to discover more about this master's-level degree program.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Kind of Program Is It?

The Master of Arts in English program at Southern New Hampshire University is designed to allow students to develop a deeper understanding of literature and English language. While enrolled in this program, you will have opportunities to hone your writing and communication abilities and to evaluate and interpret works of literature. As you acquire critical analysis skills, you'll also be able to explore topics ranging from Renaissance Literature to Shakespeare. In addition, your graduate-level coursework will involve the composition of essays and literary papers.

What Are the Prerequisites?

All applicants to Southern New Hampshire University programs must have earned a bachelor's degree diploma or equivalent. While this program could be ideal for students who have undergraduate degrees in literature or English, degrees in other fields are acceptable.

What Are the Course Requirements?

Your online Masters in English program will encompass 12 traditional and nontraditional core courses as well as electives. You must earn a total of 36 credits.

Online MA English Degree Courses*

Course Code Course Name
LIT 500 Graduate Studies in Literary Theory
LIT 502 Topics in American Literature
LIT 503 Topics in British Literature
LIT 652 Graduate Seminar in Global Literature
ENG 550 Graduate Studies in English Language
ENG 555 Composition Theory and the Teaching of Writing
  • Choose one:

Course Code Course Name
LIT 650 Graduate Seminar in American Literature
LIT 651 Graduate Seminar in British Literature
  • Choose one American Literature:

Course Code Course Name
LIT 512 Early American Literature
LIT 513 The American Renaissance
LIT 514 American Realism and Naturalism
LIT 515 20th Century American Literature
LIT 555 American Modernism
  • Choose one British Literature before 1800:

Course Code Course Name
LIT 506 Medieval Literature
LIT 507 Renaissance and Restoration Literature
LIT 508 18th Century British Literature
LIT 519 Shakespeare
  • Choose one British Literature after 1800:

Course Code Course Name
LIT 509 Romantic Literature
LIT 510 Victorian Literature
LIT 511 Modern British Literature
  • Choose one alternative perspective / new-traditions:

Course Code Course Name
LIT 528 Multi-Ethnic Literature
LIT 530 Gender and Text
LIT 545 Postcolonial Encounters
LIT 550 The Black Literary Tradition
  • Capstone

Course Code Course Name
LIT 690 MA in English Capstone

*Coursework subject to change.

What Could I Do After Graduation?

Career Opportunities

Degrees in English can open the doors to a variety of careers, some of which might not seem apparent. For example, your MBA in English might allow you to pursue a career in fields such as the following:

  • Publishing
  • Editing
  • Research
  • Public Relations
  • Advertising
  • Banking
  • Corporate Communications
  • Social Work
  • Real Estate