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Student Learning Outcomes
Master of Arts in English (M.A.)

The graduate English program has been designed to prepare students for careers in the analysis and production of texts. The program covers issues and skills in reading and writing, in the richest sense of these words—in order to prepare students to address these issues and to teach these skills. Graduates of the program should be prepared for such careers as teaching writing and literature; teaching English as a second language; and writing for business, government, and other professions. In contrast to traditional M.A. programs, which place heavy emphasis on literary history, the IUPUI program focuses on the application of English studies to contemporary situations and problems. Students completing the English M.A. curriculum will be able to:

  • Identify and define fundamental concepts, terms, and theories in two areas of graduate-level English studies (writing, creative writing, literature, linguistics).
  • Critically read, write about, and evaluate issues in English Studies.
  • Demonstrate advanced skills in reading, writing, and evaluating issues in the discipline of English Studies.
  • Apply various critical perspectives to a wide range of texts, including historical, theoretical, and literary material.
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of the cultural diversity of language and literatures.
  • Plan and present coherent, persuasive, and original oral and written arguments.
  • Design and conduct independent research.
  • Produce through a reflective writing process manuscripts suitable for publication.