Master of Arts in English with an Emphasis in Literature & Writing

About the Master of Arts in Literature and Writing Program

The study of literature, theory, and writing explores patterns of human thought and culture, thus freshly illuminating and challenging how we live, work, think, and engage in the contemporary world. Through methodical academic research, you will:

  • Strengthen a sense of personal initiative
  • Cultivate advanced problem-solving abilities
  • Write extensively on a variety of literary or cultural topics
  • Discover ways the structure of literature logically extends to issues in the professional world and global community.

A Cohort Model

This two-year program is founded on a cohort model that begins each fall quarter. Winter, spring and summer starts are unavailable. Our cohorts are mutually supportive, practicing a kind of intellectual teamwork in the midst of shared academic challenges. In class and through the final thesis project, you’ll have close and persistent access to faculty guidance at each stage of your work.


Coursework & Teaching Opportunities

Besides traditional courses in British and American literature and literary theory, we offer studies in pedagogy and rhetoric, as well as innovative cross-disciplinary courses in digital humanities and archival research. At the end of Winter Quarter, every other year, restarting in 2023, as part of a special topics class, our M.A. program offers students the possibility of a study abroad program for two weeks to London (finals week) and Paris (spring break week).

All students will have the opportunity to teach, whether through a graduate service appointment (GSA) or a teaching internship either within the English department or at a nearby community college.


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  1. Fill out the Graduate School application. You’ll be asked to:
    1. Submit official transcripts
    2. Pay the application fee
    3. Submit a personal application statement (800-1,000 words)
    4. Submit a professional writing sample (10-15 pages)
    5. Request two letters of reference
  2. If applicable, complete the Graduate Student Assistantship application, including a letter of interest addressed to the Department of English.

Application Due Dates

While graduate admissions for fall quarter entry to the MA in Literature and Writing Program remain open until June 1, early application by February 1 is highly recommended. An early completed application opens up the possibility for you to apply for both scholarships and a Graduate Student Assistantship (GSA).

  • To be considered for EWU scholarships (or other forms of financial aid), please also submit all application materials by February 1 to the EWU Financial Aid Office. 
  • To be considered for an EWU Graduate Student Assistantship, please also submit all application materials (including GSA application and letter of interest) by March 1.

For More Information, Please Contact

Professor Beth Torgerson 
Director of Literature and Writing (MA)
btorgerson@ewu.edu
509.359.6038

Curriculum & Requirements

English with an Emphasis in Literature and Writing (MA)

Beth Torgerson, Program Director
509.359.6038

Program Core
ENGL 511COMPOSITION PEDAGOGIES: THEORIES AND PRACTICES5
ENGL 520SEMINAR IN RESEARCH METHODS AND DESIGN5
ENGL 564PEDAGOGICAL GRAMMAR AND COMPOSITION5
ENGL 573HISTORY OF RHETORIC5
or ENGL 575 CONTEMPORARY RHETORICAL THEORIES
ENGL 600THESIS5
or ENGL 601 PROFESSIONAL ESSAY
or ENGL 590 PORTFOLIO CAPSTONE
Internship–students choose an internship appropriate to their discipline–as determined by the program director.5
INTERNSHIP: TEACHING COMPOSITION
INTERNSHIP: TEACHING LITERATURE
INTERNSHIP: TEACHING ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE
INTERNSHIP: PROFESSIONAL WRITING
INTERNSHIP: WRITER'S CENTER
Literature
ENGL 536GRADUATE SEMINAR IN LITERATURE I: MAJOR LITERARY FIGURES5
ENGL 537GRADUATE SEMINAR IN LITERATURE II: GENRE STUDIES5
ENGL 538GRADUATE SEMINAR IN LITERATURE III: LITERARY ERAS5
ENGL 539GRADUATE SEMINAR IN LITERATURE IV: SPECIAL TOPICS5
ENGL 570SEMINAR IN TEACHING LITERATURE5
ENGL 571ADVANCED LITERARY THEORY5
Total Credits60

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For questions regrading the Masters in English with an emphasis in Literature and Writing please contact:

Beth Torgerson

Professor; Director of Literature and Writing