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Chairperson: Barbara Roche Rico
Professors: Linda Bannister, Theresia de Vroom, Paul Harris, Holli G. Levitsky, Steven Mailloux (President’s Professor of Rhetoric), Rubén Martínez (Fletcher Jones Chair in Literature and Writing), John Menaghan, Robin Miskolcze, Barbara Roche Rico, Chuck Rosenthal, Stephen H. A. Shepherd, Lucy Wilson, Gail Wronsky, Kelly Younger
Associate Professors: Stuart Ching, Juan Mah y Busch, K.J. Peters, John Reilly, Dermot Albert Ryan, Molly Youngkin
Assistant Professors: Evelyn McDonnell, Judy Park
Department Chair: Barbara Roche Rico
Graduate Director: Robin Miskolcze
Office Location: University Hall 3800
Administrative Assistant: Maria Jackson
English Graduate Program
The Department of English at Loyola Marymount University offers a Master of Arts degree in English with a Literature Emphasis, a Master of Arts degree in English with a Creative Writing Emphasis, and a Master of Arts degree in English with a Rhetoric and Composition Emphasis. We are committed to the interdependence between literature and writing. We believe that the act of engaging the literary and rhetorical fields involves the production of literary, critical, or theoretical texts, and that broadbased reading in the tradition of literature provides the necessary foundation for more focused study and analysis. Therefore, we offer Literature Emphasis, Creative Writing Emphasis, and Rhetoric and Composition Emphasis students an introduction to graduate scholarship within a range of possible critical, rhetorical, and creative modes, while offering the intellectual background and literary study which makes their course of study both theoretically and historically self-conscious.
All emphases within the M.A. program address the needs of a diverse student population; those going on to doctoral programs in literature, literary theory, rhetoric, or creative writing; those pursuing literary or commercial writing careers; those teaching in high schools and community colleges.
- The applicant for the degree of Master of Arts in English should have completed with a 3.0 (“B”) average a minimum of seven upper division undergraduate English courses. For applicants to the Literature Emphasis, at least six of these courses should be in literature. For applicants to the Creative Writing Emphasis, at least two of these courses should be in creative writing and at least four in literature, including one in Shakespeare. Applicants to the Rhetoric/Composition Emphasis should have undergraduate preparation in literature and theory, and/or creative, and/or professional writing courses. Any undergraduate preparation in Rhetoric or Composition, linguistics, or peer tutoring/writing lab experience is welcomed though not required.
Any deficiency in grades or course work in undergraduate preparation will require that prerequisite courses at the undergraduate level be taken before work on the ten courses for the Master’s degree may be begun. No course at the 600 level may be taken before the prerequisites are completed. A 600-level course taken before the completion of the prerequisite may be counted toward neither the prerequisites nor the requirements for the Master’s degree.
- Applicants must submit an application, $50 application fee, and two letters of recommendation. Recommendations should be obtained from individuals who are in a position to comment on the applicant’s academic and personal suitability for pursuing graduate work in English.
- Applicants should write an ambition statement (1½-2 pages) in which they indicate which emphasis (Literature, Creative Writing, Rhetoric/Composition) they wish to enter. Applicants should also discuss relevant prior experiences (i.e., Academic, research work, creative writing, or other life experiences) and their career goals. This statement should be included with the basic application.
- A 10-15 page writing sample is required of all applicants. Applicants to the Literature or Rhetoric/Composition Emphasis should submit a sample of their critical writing; applicants to the Creative Writing Emphasis should submit both a 10-15 page critical writing samples AND a sample of their best creative writing. The two combined samples may not exceed 30 pages total. Both writing samples should be combined into one document for upload to the application website.
- The deadline for the receipt of all materials is April 1.
Students applying for Teaching Fellowships are asked to include, along with their application materials, the following: a resume or c.v.; a letter of application for the Teaching Fellowship; and two letters of recommendation which specifically address their potential abilities as teachers of College Writing. These letters are in addition to letters submitted for admission to the M.A. program.
Rains Research Assistantships
Rains Research Assistantships are available to qualified graduate students by invitation of individual faculty members. These assistantships are paid at $12 per hour for a maximum of 120 hours per academic year. Teaching Fellows are not eligible for Rains Research Assistantships due to federal government financial aid restrictions.
A Graduate Assistantship and an internship with the William H. Hannon Library’s Special Collections are also available. Students who qualify would work an average of 20 hours per week during the regular semesters. The rate of pay is about $18.00 per hour.
English Undergraduate Program
English Department Mission
Believing that literature is a profound expression of human experience, the English Department uses a range of critical methods to introduce students to literatures in English from a variety of cultural traditions. The course work reveals the art form’s creative beauty, strategies for representing the human experience, and its power to shape the reader.
The English Department encourages an understanding of the critical and creative union of reading and writing as fundamental to the processes of developing the self. Through their imaginations, students who major or minor in English interact with language and literature, thereby encountering another equally open and attentive mind: that of the writer they are reading or of the reader who comes to the work they have created. As students of the literary arts, English majors and minors prepare for a lifetime of reading and writing, enlightenment and fulfillment, learning to do what Toni Morrison describes as a dance of two minds.
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