MA in Literary & Textual Studies

Our flexible, student-centered two-year program* provides a foundation in research methods and literary theory. Coursework in Literary and Textual Studies (English) offers students an opportunity to engage with a variety of texts across historical periods as well as some of the most recent developments in literary studies and cultural criticism. Our faculty is made up of scholars whose research and teaching interests focus on a range of approaches to textual analysis such as critical race theory, deconstruction, feminism and gender studies, new historicism, postcolonial studies, psychoanalysis, and queer theory. We offer seminars in British, American, and Anglophone literatures. Furthermore, the program presents students with numerous opportunities to develop their own research projects, including the MA Thesis, based on their unique interests. And, when enrolled in the MA in Literary and Textual Studies, students also have the opportunity to pursue a graduate certificate in:

Teaching of English for Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
International Scientific and Technical Communication (ISTC), offered online
• Interdisciplinary certificates in Ethnic Studies, Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, or others

*The MA in Literary and Textual Studies is not licensure-based

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Career Opportunities 


Our Master's Program makes possible a wide range of career paths. The majority of our students receive funding through assistantships involving teaching in BGSU’s General Studies Writing program, research, department service, or tutoring. By becoming actively involved in the department in these ways, taking courses, and composing a thesis, our program prepares students for advanced graduate work in numerous fields of study in the humanities, but also for careers outside of the academy. Recent graduates have gone on to excellent PhD programs or to work in publishing, research and analysis, computer storyboarding, as well as K-12 and higher education as teachers, administrators, and support personnel.

Recent graduates of our MA program who pursue PhDs have gone on to programs at:
Florida State University
North Carolina State University
Miami University
Rutgers University
Syracuse University
University at Buffalo
University of California, Riverside
University of Florida
University of Mississippi
University of New Mexico
Michigan State University
Bowling Green State University
Wayne State University

News and Stories

About the Homepage Collage

The images in our collage are integrally related to the research interests of our faculty as well as areas in which our program specializes. They highlight issues related to immigration, race, gender, age, bodies, sexuality and cultural politics emerging in the fields of Postmodern Critical Theory, Modernism, British Romanticism, Medieval/Renaissance studies, The Gothic and American studies, in order to emphasize the strengths of our program. Read more about the homepage collage

ATLAS Hosts Career Panel

On Friday, November 3 ATLAS hosted a career panel at Winter Wheat Festival. Panelists included Andrew Schocket, Lauren White, Andrea Gutierrez, Abigail Cloud, and Kiera Gaswint. Topics of discussion focused on working in editing, applying for graduate school, and possible careers outside of academia for individuals holding an English degree. Read more about the career panel

MA Students Participate in MMLA Roundtable

On November 11, 2017, students from the MA in Literary and Textual Studies program traveled to Cincinnati, OH for the Midwest Modern Language Association (MMLA) 2017 Conference to participate in a round-table discussion on Service Learning. Participants included Derek Mitchell, Morgan McDougall, Katelynn Phillips, and Samantha Weiss. The round-table was moderated by Dr. Khani Begum, and focused on Service Learning initiatives from various graduate level English seminars. Read more about the roundtable