College of Liberal Arts
Graduate School Office
Room 332 Martin Hall
Lafayette, LA 70504
M.A. - English, Ph.D. - English (American and British Literature, Creative Writing, Rhetoric)
The Ph.D. program in English affords students close professional contact with and guidance from a diverse graduate faculty distinguished in its commitment to both teaching and research. All doctorates in English have a foundation in studies of British and American language and literature, thus students receive a broad education in the discipline that prepares them to teach effectively at any college level and provides the background for advanced research in their areas of particular expertise. Concentrations are available in Literary and Cultural Studies, Creative Writing, Folklore, Linguistics, Rhetoric & Composition, and TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages).
The strength of the Master of Arts in English lies in its ability to address the professional needs of a variety of students: those who plan to continue in a Ph.D. program, those who want to teach at the high school or college levels, and those who wish to acquire professional training in writing or research. Students may concentrate in English or American literature and language; in creative or professional writing; in rhetoric; in linguistics or TESOL studies; in folklore; or in American culture, which emphasizes American literature with additional coursework in other American studies such as history or sociology. Both thesis and non-thesis options are available.
# of Credits Required: M.A. requires a total of 27-22 hours, depending on whether an individual opts to write a thesis. ; Ph.D. requires a total of 72 hours, split between coursework (48) and dissertation research (24)
Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Intensive
Locale: Midsize City
Size & Settings: 10,000-19,999