M.A. in Literary and Textual Studies
Welcome to the MA in Literary and Textual Studies at BGSU!
Our flexible, student-centered two-year program teaches graduate students to undertake critical literary analysis through a broad range of methods. The program offers tools for textual and cultural analysis both within and outside the academy. The majority of students attending receive funding through assistantships involving teaching in BGSU’s General Studies Writing program, research, department service, or tutoring.
The MA in Literary and Textual Studies provides a foundation in research methods and literary theory; our program is both flexible and intellectually challenging. Coursework in the program provides 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.
As part of the MA degree, a student enrolled in the MA in Literary and Textual Studies has 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 affords students numerous opportunities to develop their own research projects based on their unique interests, projects they can undertake during coursework that leads up to the MA Thesis.
Our Master's Program makes possible a wide range of career paths. It 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
University at Buffalo
University of California, Riverside
University of Florida
University of Mississippi
University of New Mexico