Master of Arts in English
The field of English has responded to the theoretical challenges of deconstruction, feminism, Marxism, psychoanalysis, and New Historicism; it has tried to make sense of the postmodern and postcolonial present; it has watched its anthologies grow as definitions of “texts” have become more inclusive. Exciting changes are now happening in English study as it becomes more varied and diverse.
Given the dynamic re-imaginings of the field, the Truman graduate program in English offers you flexibility and possibility. Truman’s English Master of Arts program “grows naturally out of the philosophy, values, content, and desired outcomes of a liberal arts education,” as expressed in the University’s mission statement.
Pursue Your Passion
Our graduate faculty have expertise in many areas of study (and quite a few quirky interests as well). The Master of Arts in English offers not only a breadth of exposure but also an opportunity for in-depth exploration in one corner of the discipline you find useful and fascinating. We assist you in finding your niche — whether in linguistics, literary theory, pedagogy, a particular literature, or creative writing.
The personal attention each student receives is also central to our program. Each student works closely with a faculty advisor; this strong bond between advisors and advisees is essential for graduate students tailoring their own course of study.
Selected candidates who show exceptional promise in college teaching may compete for teaching stipends. As apprentice teachers, you’ll work closely with a mentor to hone your professional techniques and shape your philosophies of teaching and composition. Few graduate programs offer such opportunities on the MA level. Truman helps you build professional competence and get a head start on valuable experiences.
Preparing for Lives That Matter
Our program offers a variety of courses in literary theory, composition theory, creative writing, and linguistics (and additional coursework for the graduate teaching assistants). We also offer advanced courses with rotating topics based on needs and interests. At Truman, you’ll have the opportunity to deepen your reading and research, contribute to scholarship, and gain personal and professional confidence to face whatever comes next.
For more information on our Master of Arts in English program, contact Alanna Preussner, Professor of English.
20 March 2016 | 7:02 pm
Two alumni are returning to campus this week to do a presentation called “Truman Alums Talk Teaching.” Allison Cundiff and Heather Shana Fleming will be here from Parkway North to talk about their careers in a way that we hope will engage our students and re-engage us in these two women’s professional lives. As Truman […]
14 March 2016 | 9:29 pm
Dear Professional Wordsmiths and Arrangers of Images, I’m hoping to interest you in attending a poetry reading and in persuading others to attend. It’s not that we need more words in the world, but that we need more skillful, subtle words from kindly people re-sounding in our very own ears. Unmediated. (Fortunately, we have […]