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2016-2017 Catalog 
2016-2017 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

English Language and Literature (MA)

Program Director: Kazuko Hiramatsu

Program Faculty: Professors Robert Barnett, Stephen Bernstein, Jan Furman, Frederic Svoboda, D.J. Trela; Associate Professors Jacob Blumner, Kazuko Hiramatsu, Alicia Kent, Mary Jo Kietzman, Suzanne Knight, Vickie Larsen, Stephanie Roach, James Schirmer; Assistant Professors Erica Britt, Emily Feuerherm; Lecturers John Pendell, Maureen Thum

Program Mission

The MA in English Language and Literature  encourages a broad study of historical, theoretical, and methodological research and texts in the areas of literature, writing, composition studies, linguistics, literacy, and English pedagogy. The program reflects the English Department’s uniquely multi-disciplinary nature and its commitment to nurturing, in a seminar-based approach, independent researchers, teachers, and lifelong learners.


The Program participates in the University-wide effort to assess its academic programs. Information on assessment plans, including goals, methods and outcomes is available at http://www.umflint.edu/assessment/

Academic Rules and Regulations

See College of Arts and Sciences (CAS)  and Graduate Study  for rules and regulations pertaining to all College of Arts and Sciences graduate programs.


Completion of a minimum of 30 credit hours, distributed as follows, with an overall cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (B) or better. The program must be completed within six consecutive years.

A. English Studies (3 credits)

C. Focus Electives (9 credits)

One course from each of the following areas:

D. Additional Electives (15 credits)

Additional courses in English to bring total credit hours to 30

E. Portfolio

Optional Concentration

Students may specialize in one of two concentrations by completing twelve (12) credits as follows. Only one concentration may be completed.

The following courses do not count toward the concentration:

Writing and Rhetoric Concentration

Literature Concentration

Cognate Areas

Where appropriate, and after consultation with an advisor, students may fulfill program requirements with courses from cognate graduate areas such as Education, Social Sciences, and Liberal Studies.

Transfer of Credit

Up to six (6) semester credit hours of graduate credit completed at an accredited institution may be accepted for transfer. Transfers of credit are subject to the approval of the program director. Requests for transferring additional coursework may be made by submitting a petition to the program director.