The MA program in English at LSU offers advanced instruction and research in a wide array of areas. Our traditional strengths in critical theory, Southern literature, and American literature thrive; yet we have about fifty-five internationally-known members of graduate faculty in most established and many emerging areas of study. Among them are cultural studies, Victorian, post-colonial, Rhetoric and Composition, Louisiana and Caribbean, folklore, African-American, Atlantic studies, and many more.
Graduate seminars are small, normally averaging around ten or twelve. Our highly-qualified students come from all over the country and even the world, most recently from Japan, India, Bulgaria, and Afghanistan.
The MA Program includes three tracks: Literary Studies, Linguistics, and Writing and Culture. Each track permits a variety of concentrations, such as Medieval and Renaissance or post-colonial studies within the Literary Studies track, and Rhetoric and Composition (a very popular and useful concentration) or women’s and gender studies within the Writing & Culture track. In addition to focusing on a concentration, our MA students fulfill course requirements for breadth.
At this time, we are unable to provide funding for students admitted to the MA program only. However, highly qualified students applying for the MA program may receive an offer for a place in the PhD program with funding. (Our PhD program permits students to enter with just a BA.) Students recruited into the PhD program with just a BA are free to leave with the MA, if they choose.
For more detailed information about our MA program requirements, please click here.