Master of Arts, English


Audrey Becker
Program Coordinator
Madame Cadillac Bldg., Room 262
Direct: (313) 927-1447

NOTE: The M.A. in English is currently in a restructuring phase. While we are not admitting students for the fall 2017 semester, we expect to introduce the newly redesigned program soon. For further information, contact graduate program coordinator Dr. Audrey Becker at

Master of Arts (M.A.) in English


The Master of Arts in English is designed to provide both theoretical and practical foundations for teaching English in community colleges or high schools and/or preparing for advanced graduate study in the field. It is a 33-credit-hour program whose courses are offered in the evening and on weekends. Two required core courses will give a solid base for graduate English studies, while two 600-level advanced seminars will offer rigorous opportunities to explore various disciplinary topics in depth. The flexibly conceived Master's Project will provide an opportunity for students to further explore their topic of interest in literary works or in teaching composition.


The Master of Arts in English is open to any applicant who has successfully completed the requirements for a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution of higher education. In addition to the admission requirements as explained in the "Graduate Admissions" section of this catalog, all applicants should submit two letters of recommendation and a substantial writing sample that demonstrates adequate preparation and potential for graduate work in English. After reviewing the completed application package, the Graduate Coordinator will schedule a personal interview.


To complete the master's degree, students must complete 33 credits of approved coursework from the following requirements:

Required Courses (6 credits)

ENG 501 Foundations of Graduate English Studies (3)

ENG 514 Literary Criticism (3)

Electives (21 credits)

Select a minimum of 21 credits from the following list in consultation with your graduate coordinator. Must choose at least 6 credits of Advanced Seminar coursework (600 level). No more than 3 credits of Independent Study may be counted toward graduation requirements.

ENG 510 Detroit in Literature (3)

ENG 520 Dickinson and Frost (3)

ENG 521 Adolescent Literature: Realism, Fantasy, and Historical Fiction (3)

ENG 524 Selected Topics (3)

ENG 525 Contemporary Drama 1970-Present (3)

ENG 529 Studies in African American Literature (3)

ENG 530 19th Century Novel (3)

ENG 534 Studies in Modern British Literature (3)

ENG 535 Studies in Multi-Ethnic Literature (3)

ENG 538 The Romantic Poets (3)

ENG 539 Witchcraft and Gender (3)

ENG 541 Approaches to Composition (3)

ENG 542 Practicum in Teaching Writing (3)

ENG 551 Shakespeare: Text and Theory (3)

ENG 561 Shakespeare on Film (3)

ENG 565 Writing Creative Nonfiction (3)

ENG 570 Literature by Women (3)

ENG 601 American Modernist Poetry (3)

ENG 603 Postcolonial Re-imaginings: "The Empire Writes Back" (3) 

ENG 604 The Harlem Renaissance (3)

ENG 605 Studies in Medieval Literature: Women Writers of the Middle Ages (3)

ENG 606 Experimental Literature by Women (3)

ENG 610 Nineteenth Century American Authors (3)

ENG 620 Novel and Nation (3)

ENG 691 Independent Study (1-3)

Master's Project (6 credits)

ENG 660 Directed Reading (3)

ENG 665 Masters Project (3)

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