About This Program

EMU's master's program in literature combines a traditional, period-focused approach to literature with an emphasis on literary and cultural theory and graduate level research and writing skills. One of the great strengths of the program is the diversity of backgrounds its students and faculty bring to the classroom. Our faculty is globally educated, with international faculty from Canada, Germany and Serbia, as well as faculty who have trained in countries ranging from Switzerland to Jamaica. The program brings together traditional students at the beginning of their careers and non-traditional students advancing to the next stage of their careers. This range of perspectives and career goals creates dynamic classrooms, where lively debates are enhanced by our award-winning faculty's active scholarly agendas. All our classes are offered in the evenings to accommodate students with full-time jobs.

  • Current Courses

    View the Literature Program's course offerings for upcoming terms by visiting the course schedule page.

  • Digital Humanities Publications

    Literature faculty edit several journals such as the Journal of Narrative Theory and The Once and Future Classroom. Faculty and students also collaborate on several projects in digital humanities such as the Muriel Rukeyser archive and 19th Century Jewish Life. Finally, graduating literature students publish their creative work in the Slughorne Journal.

  • Careers

    Our program is renowned for its collaborative atmosphere, in which faculty help students explore professional goals and intellectual interests. Perhaps more than any other major, English provides an amazing variety of career paths and opportunities. Our graduates pursue careers in education, law, journalism, social media, advertising, public relations, cultural institutions, film and theater, community advocacy, the non-profit sector, web development and design, and entertainment. 

    Too many English majors are doubting their choice of degree, and too many would-be English majors are choosing other degrees because "you can’t make any money with an English degree," "there aren’t any jobs," "I don’t want to teach," etc. 

  • Graduate Placement Record

    Being in our program means working with great faculty mentors who are interested in your ideas and happy to help you enter the field as a junior scholar. Many program graduates are now pursuing doctoral degrees in English at leading U.S. and international universities [PDF]. We have a high doctoral placement record, and most successful applicants receive full funding.

Additional Information

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Journal of Narrative Theory

JNT: Journal of Narrative Theory is a refereed, international journal published three times a year by the Department of English at Eastern Michigan University.

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Undergraduate Programs

Undergraduate students interested in pursuing literature should go to the literature undergraduate programs page.

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