Master of Arts in English
Pursuing your master’s degree in English at NC State puts you in a vibrant intellectual community at the state’s largest university. Our students bring varied goals and interests to graduate study in English. Some enter the M.A. program looking for intellectual challenge and the opportunity to engage deeply with literature. Some are preparing for advanced work in doctoral programs leading to research and teaching careers in literature, linguistics, rhetoric or film studies. Other M.A. graduates go on to teach in community colleges, secondary schools, literacy centers and other educational settings. Still others pursue careers as writers, editors and media specialists outside the academy.
The MA program offers four areas of concentration that represent distinctive dimensions of our discipline. While all options share an emphasis on research and critical thinking, each offers diverse perspectives and methods for exploring culture and language. Regardless of which concentration you choose, you’ll select from a broad array of courses in these disciplinary areas, including a number of boundary-crossing special topics courses.
Students in the Literature concentration explore a variety of regional, national and world literatures via critical traditions and emerging multi-disciplinary approaches.
Students work with faculty specializing in language variation, gender and language, discourse analysis, sociophonetics, laboratory phonology, and other areas in one of the most recognized sociolinguistics programs in the nation.
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Jessica Hatcher (English ‘16) is pursuing her master’s degree in English linguistics at NC State. She’s a former scholarship and undergraduate research grant recipient of the college. Learn more about what she’s studying, why she’s passionate about linguistics education and why her research matters.