MA in English

An English helps students prepare for a host of professional careers, including community college teaching, writing and editing positions, research-intensive professions, law and library schools, and doctoral programs.

Students take a broad array of classes and choose a concentration in one of three areas:

  • Literature
  • Professional Writing
  • Rhetoric and Composition

Hear from Creative Writing Professor and author Ron Rash

Students in our M.A. program receive individualized attention from our highly accomplished graduate faculty. Our graduate students:

  • Study creative writing with Ron Rash, author of Serena, and other notable faculty teaching fiction, poetry, and nonfiction writing classes.
  • Take classes with faculty who have won every teaching award WCU offers, from the Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award to the Board of Governors’ Award for Excellence in Teaching.
  • Develop research techniques with faculty who have won NEA fellowships, NEH grants, and WCU’s University Scholar Award.
  • Study literature with faculty whose research interests range from medieval and renaissance literature to southern, twentieth century, African American, environmental, postcolonial, and Latin American literature.
  • Hone technical, professional, and business writing skills with faculty who complement their teaching expertise with real world experience.
  • Cultivate teaching and training skills in classes that focus on both the theory and practice of pedagogy and instruction.
  • Gain access to outstanding academic library resources and reference librarians.

Classes are offered at both our campus in Cullowhee and in Asheville at Biltmore Park. Program specifics can be found in the Graduate Catalog.

Graduate Assistantships

The Department offers support to many of our graduate students in the form of assistantships. For best consideration, submit materials by early March for the following fall term; however, assistantships may be available at other times.

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