The Master of Arts with a concentration in Literature & Writing gives students the opportunity to explore a rich variety of literature in the English language. You will learn how literature intersects with contemporary historical and cultural forces and grapple with literary critical theory as it relates to your area of interest. With intensive support from faculty, you will develop your own scholarly interests and pursue them in coursework that leads directly into your culminating Masters’ thesis. The structure of the program gives you considerable flexibility in choosing the focus of your study. You can pursue your literary interests, from the Renaissance to Rap, from Chaucer to Toni Morrison. Recent graduates have specialized in fields as diverse as: African American Literature Composition Theory and Practice Portraits of Disability in Literature Feminist and Gender Studies Approaches to Literature Jane Austen, the Romance author Literature from and about war Native American Literature and Philosophy Postmodern and Postcolonial Approaches to Literature Science Fiction and Fantasy Literature Shakespeare and the English Renaissance The Beat Writers—Kerouac, Ginsberg, and Burroughs Young Adult Literature Feminist Poets: Emily Dickinson and Adrienne Rich The Spiritual Memoir Although our Master of Arts is not a creative writing degree, this concentration does allow you to incorporate your own creative writing into your study. Many students use our Applications classes – those in which you apply your learning in a direction of your choice– to develop their own writing. Working in close dialogue with an advisor, these students have written in a number of genres: memoir, fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, blogs and others. They find that the study of literature and practice of writing results in an exciting cross fertilization of ideas, enhancing their reading, thinking and their writing. You can also use the Applications classes to develop your skills and marketability as a teacher or faculty member. Many of our students develop syllabi for college courses which they have gone on to propose at their local colleges. Others have worked with our Writing Center in our “Teaching Writing” courses, developing skills as peer tutors which they then translate into classrooms of their own. And others have developed Moodle sites or other curriculum enhancements which they bring back to their existing classrooms. Our graduates go on to all kinds of exciting work. Many former students have used their degree to begin teaching at the college level, often in literature or English composition. Others have gone on to PhD programs, and they report that the structure and independence of online learning has prepared them well for that experience. Still others -- often high school teachers -- have used their degree to enhance their existing work and advance their career, often incorporating elements of their classwork into their work with students. Other graduates have taken their newfound knowledge into communications industries such as publishing, public relations, advertising, radio and television, and cultural institutions such as museums and libraries. One thing our graduates comment on, over and over, is the closeness of their relationships with faculty and the quality of the attention they receive. The program combines the convenience and accessibility of online education with the personalized attention of student-centered learning. As our graduates say: Rochelle Anderson – Literature & Writing The challenging yet flexible M.A. Program has been one of my best educational experiences, full of positive motivation and encouragement. Through my literary exploration of a woman’s quest for selfhood, I have both grown as a person and fulfilled my dream of becoming a writing teacher. Christopher Via, M.A., Literature & Writing Union's program combines the benefit of personalized academic focus--based on John Dewey's theory of experiential education--with an intimate, egalitarian environment. Each professor I had the privilege to work with was gifted not only in an academic domain but in working with people. I can say that I not only achieved my educational goals; I thoroughly enjoyed the experience of the journey. Katherine Haro – Literature & Writing As a working professional, I could not fulfill the traditional university full-time program requirement for an M.A. in English. Union Institute & University has made this long awaited dream a possibility. Its student-centered philosophy is powerful and effective; as is the guidance of insightful instructors genuinely invested in students’ learning experience. We are proud of what we do and we invite you to join us.
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