Master’s in English – Marshall University

The Master’s in English degree is designed to meet the increasingly diverse needs of today’s graduate students. Students are encouraged to approach their studies from the perspective that best serves their academic purposes and/or career plans, be it Literary Studies, Composition/Rhetoric, Creative Writing and/or TESOL/Linguistics.

Areas of Emphasis: 


This area of emphasis in the Master’s in English program prepares students to teach English to adult speakers of other languages. The core curriculum explores both language pedagogy and applied linguistic theory. Upon completion of the degree, students will (1) be familiar with current methodologies in language teaching, (2) be able to use research findings within applied linguistics to make informed pedagogical decisions for local contexts, and (3) be able to engage in reflective teaching and observation practices.

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to articulate core issues in Literary Studies, Composition/Rhetoric, Creative Writing, and/or TESOL/Linguistics from diverse perspectives; critique the major figures, works, and ideas in one or more of the above areas; apply relevant research methods and approaches to inquiry; articulate recent developments in their field of study as influenced by other disciplines; elucidate major critical and cultural theories and assess sources on those theories in relation to the field; and prepare a capstone project that demonstrates advanced knowledge and applied learning in their chosen field.


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