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Master of Arts in English

Run jointly by the College of Charleston and The Citadel, this 36-hour program provides advanced coursework in literature, literary and cultural analysis, and composition and rhetoric. Students have access to graduate faculties, libraries, and electronic research resources at both institutions. Small classes foster lively discussion, close analysis, and the development of intellectual community. Opportunities for internships outside of academia and in college teaching allow students to customize their education.

The program is appropriate for recent and returning college graduates, English teachers, and those interested in mid-career professional development and personal intellectual growth. In addition to learning how to analyze literature and culture more effectively, students acquire critical thinking habits, problem-solving strategies, and communication skills that will serve them well in many different contexts.

Our graduates are well prepared for a range of careers. Many take their skills to the nonprofit or for-profit world as journalists, editors, or professional and technical writers. Some turn to the classroom, teaching writing and literature in high school or in community colleges. Still others pursue PhDs in English to do research and teach at the college and university level. The English MA is a widely respected degree that enhances credentials for employment and advanced academic and professional study in many fields.