M.A. in English

The Department of English at Valdosta State University offers a Master of Arts in English for students who wish to continue their study of either literature or rhetoric and composition.

Students earning a Master of Arts in English are well prepared for a number of careers and programs. These include doctoral studies, college and secondary school teaching, business, and other professional endeavors.

Valdosta State University offers a wide array of services that support student research. Odum Library has more than 350,000 volumes, including several special collections, and it subscribes to more than 2,700 periodicals. It also provides an online catalogue and database searches, interlibrary loan facilities, and access to websites and library catalogues all over the world.

Graduate students are encouraged to participate in departmental events and projects, such as departmental conferences, workshops, faculty forums, and poetry and fiction readings. They may take an active role in Sigma Tau Delta, the English Honor Society, or submit their work to Odradek, the literary magazine, or to the Spectator, the student newspaper.

Goals of the Literature Emphasis:

The English Department expects its graduate students with a literature emphasis to acquire the following:

  • A breadth of knowledge including:
    • general knowledge of major literary periods and movements.
    • general knowledge of useful literary concepts and terminology.
    • specific knowledge of key works and figures.
  • The ability to produce cogent written works blending knowledge of specific texts, history, and sources, with a clearly developed critical point of view.
  • The ability to discuss their work articulately.

Goals of the Rhetoric and Composition Emphasis:

The English Department expects its graduate students with a rhetoric and composition emphasis to:

  • demonstrate their ability to apply theoretical, pedagogical, and historical approaches in the study of composition and rhetoric.
  • demonstrate their ability to interpret language and literature in light of key facts, concepts, and contexts, employing a variety of critical approaches.
  • produce systematic and thoroughly researched work appropriate to the discipline.
  • participate in activities related to the profession.