The graduate program in English at Georgia Southern University prepares its students for a variety of careers and also for advanced doctoral work. Students who enroll in the Master of Arts program in English enjoy the engaging atmosphere of graduate study and work closely with faculty members. These are published scholars whose specialties are as diverse as the courses within the program itself. The Center for Irish Studies, the Georgia Author Series, and the department’s annual British Commonwealth and Postcolonial Conference in nearby Savannah all provide added dimension to the graduate English program. Assistantships are available for qualified graduate students, who serve as teaching apprentices, editorial assistants for the department’s in-house Journal of Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies, and in other roles that contribute to their professional development.
Thesis: In cooperation with a thesis advisor and committee, the student will write a thesis (minimum length of 10,000 words, not counting “Notes” and “Works Cited”). The student must pass an oral examination consisting of a discussion of the thesis and of questions related to it. In depth and scope, the thesis must demonstrate originality in research as well as independent and critical judgment in interpreting materials.
Program Specific Requirements: All degree programs leading to the Master of Arts degree require a reading knowledge of a foreign language. French, German, or Spanish is generally required, but another language may be specified by the major professor when the latter is appropriate to the area of research proposed by the student in the thesis prospectus. A foreign national may not use English or his or her native language to satisfy the language requirements. Georgia Southern University offers the
following two options for graduate students who need to complete a foreign language requirement:
1. The language requirement may be satisfied by a minimum grade of “C” in the fourth course of a college-level foreign language that is approved by the student’s advisor.
2. A student primarily interested in reading research in his or her field should prepare to take the Foreign Language Graduate Reading Exam administered by the Department of
Foreign Languages. The student must arrange with the Department of Foreign Languages to take the test in the first half of any semester.
Program Contact Information:
Dr. Dustin Anderson
Director of Graduate Studies
Phone: (912) 478-1354