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  Nov 24, 2017
 
 
    
Loyola Marymount University Bulletin 2017-2018

English, M.A.


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Degree Requirements


Work for the degree of Master of Arts in English includes a minimum of 10 courses (30 semester hours) plus the Capstone Portfolio Project (0 semester hours). Courses selected must be approved by the Director of the Graduate English program. For the completion of the Master of Arts in English, all students are required to take Critical Methodology (in the first semester), Contemporary Critical Theory (in the first year for full-time students) and a Major Writer Seminar. All students must take at least four courses at the 6000 level. Courses in the 5000 group which receive a grade of “B-” or less will not count toward the degree.

Literature Emphasis (Ten Courses)


  • Critical Methodology (1)
  • Contemporary Critical Theory (1)
  • Major Writer (1)
  • Literature and Theory Electives (5-7)
  • Creative Writing Seminar (0-2)

Creative Writing Emphasis (Ten Courses)


  • Critical Methodology (1)
  • Contemporary Critical Theory (1)
  • Major Writer (1)
  • Creative Writing Seminar (4)
  • Literature and Theory Electives (3)

Rhetoric and Composition Emphasis (Ten Courses)


  • Critical Methodology (1)
  • Contemporary Critical Theory (1)
  • Major Writer (1)
  • Literature and Theory Electives (3)
  • Rhetoric and Composition Theory and Practice (3)
  • Linguistics or Reading Theory (1)

Capstone Portfolio Project


The Capstone Portfolio Project is a culminating project that requires students to work under the supervision of an advisor to create a critical or creative portfolio that highlights his/her research or creative interests. The portfolio is evaluated by the advisor and a second reader for quality of work and mastery of skills acquired throughout the graduate program.

Details of requirements, evaluation, and deadlines are described in the Capstone Requirements Handbook available on the Department website.

Student Learning Outcomes


Students who complete the Master’s Degree in English will:

  • Master the terms and issues specific to the discipline and profession of literary studies.
  • Master professional writing skills for tasks including book reviews, abstracts, short critical essays, and research projects.
  • Gain experience giving presentations and making submissions for professional publications and/or conferences.
  • Engage critically and deeply with a range of literatures and literary theories.
  • Engage critically the content and practices of your chosen emphasis (Literature; Creative Writing; Rhetoric and Composition).

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