Master of Arts in English
APU offers an M.A. in English that provides professional preparation and personal enrichment to students in the field of literary studies, broadly conceived to include literature, cultural/film studies, and creative and/or professional writing. In keeping with the mission of Azusa Pacific University, this program encourages an active conversation between Christianity and literature, preparing scholars, writers, and teachers for cultural engagement from a Christian perspective through the development of analytical and creative writing skills enriched by a theologically informed approach to reading, writing, teaching, and thinking about literary and other cultural texts.
Students in the program take a total of 10 courses of 3 units each (30 units).
No more than 12 units may be taken in a given term (or 4 courses). Students will complete the program in 3-4 terms by taking 2-3 courses each term. However, exceptionally promising undergraduate students admitted into the 4+1 B.A./M.A. degree option may complete up to 6 units of 500-level graduate coursework during their senior year and complete the remaining 24 units over the next academic year (2 terms + summer term, e.g., 9 units in the fall term, 9 units in the spring term, and 6 units in the summer term). For more information about the 4+1 option, contact Windy Petrie, department chair, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In consultation with the director of graduate studies, students will design a program consisting of 27 units of coursework and 3 units of thesis/portfolio preparation and assessment. Individual programs will vary depending on the student’s personal and professional goals and on the availability of courses in any given term. It is highly recommended that students consult early and throughout their program with the director of graduate studies in choosing their courses.
|Select two of the following: 1|
|The Christian Imagination|
|Literature and the Bible|
|Literature and Theology|
|Select seven of the following: 2, 3|
|British Literature Seminar|
|American Literature Seminar|
|World Literature Seminar|
|Creative Writing Seminar|
|Writing for Religious Audiences|
|Graduate Research Methods in English|
|Critical Theory Seminar|
|Writing Center Pedagogy and Practice|
|Literature Pedagogy for Adult Audiences|
|Introduction to Composition Studies|
The third core course may be taken as an elective.
If not taken for the core, ENG 500, ENG 510, or ENG 520 may be taken as an elective.
ENG 530, ENG 540, and ENG 550 may be repeated if the seminar topic differs from previous enrollments.