Master of Arts




Master of Arts

The Master of Arts in English is a two-year program featuring three major components: coursework encompassing study in American British, and World Literatures; a reading examination over a set list of literary, critical, and theoretical texts; and a thesis.  Students design their plan of study in their first semester, form a thesis committee by the close of their first year, and complete the examination in their second year.  The degree culminates in the completion and defense of their thesis, usually in the fourth semester.

          MA students are encouraged to take advantage of the varied range of faculty expertise and the unique experience of living in interior Alaska as they select their thesis topic.  Rasmuson Library houses a solid collection of primary and secondary British and American texts; it also boasts an extensive Alaska and Polar Region Collections and Archives.  Recent thesis topics in literary studies, teaching composition, and ESL matters attest to the wealth of possibility for advanced study in English at UAF.

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