English, Bachelor of Arts / Master of Arts
The Department of English offers an intensive, accelerated combined degree program leading to both the B.A. and M.A. degrees in five years of full-time study. Students who have been accepted into the program take one graduate course each semester of their junior and senior years; this course counts toward both the B.A. and M.A. degrees. In the fifth year students take the remaining seven graduate courses needed to complete the degree.
All of the English graduate courses at St. John’s are seminars taught by research faculty who are committed to teaching and mentoring graduate and undergraduate students. The English master's degree curriculum offers students the opportunity to develop programs of study that meet their intellectual and professional goals. Because there is only one required foundational course (Modern Critical Theories), the program provides flexibility for students seeking either broad exposure to advanced English studies or more intensive concentrations in specific fields. Among the areas of study featured in the program are British and American literary history, creative writing and composition studies, and interdisciplinary fields such as gender studies and postcolonial studies. The English department has especially strong numbers of faculty in American studies, modernist studies, and writing and composition studies. It also features excellent faculty in British literary studies.
Dr. Steven Mentz, Graduate Director
Department of English
St. John Hall
Please see the requirement chart for the academic progression criteria in this dual degree program.
Qualified undergraduate students who have completed their sophomore year with a 3.0 cumulative average and a 3.5 for 12 or more credits in English are encouraged to apply.
How to Apply
To apply to the combined degree program as a current undergraduate, you should first make an appointment with one of the undergraduate deans in St. John Hall, Room 145, and obtain the combined degree application. You’ll then meet with the English graduate director, Dr. Mentz, to evaluate your suitability for the program. Finally, you’ll meet with a graduate dean who will give final approval of your application.
Complementing the graduate courses in the M.A. program are opportunities for practical experience in tutoring, editing, and research. A limited number of graduate assistantships are available on a competitive basis to all qualified full-time graduate applicants, and additional opportunities for tutoring are available for all English graduate students. With the 2006 opening of the Institute for Writing Studies, the graduate program in English features an exceptional new environment for professional training and development in writing instruction.
The ability to think critically, write effectively, and engage with intellectual discourse will serve you well as both an academic and professional in a wide range of fields.
Recent graduates of the B.A./M.A. program have received fellowships for doctoral study at some of the best graduate programs in the United States. Others have gone on to law school, established careers in publishing and editing, and obtained middle school and high school teaching positions.
You can find assistance with finding a job or internship through University Career Services, which hosts several workshops and career events throughout the year in addition to one-on-one career counseling.