Master of Arts in English

Graduate Director: Professor Daniel J. Mrozowski

Trinity College offers a Master of Arts in English intended for

•    Community college and secondary school faculty
•    College or university graduates considering a Ph.D. in English or a related field
•    Professionals in law, business, and other areas who wish to study how literature and film shape our culture
•    College or university graduates desiring personal enrichment or enhancement of writing and critical thinking skills.

The graduate program in English offers advanced courses in literature, film, and media arts, as well as training in discipline-specific pedagogy. All of our classes are small seminars taught by highly qualified Trinity faculty. Students in the program are diverse: many are teachers or aspiring teachers working toward a master of arts in English, while others choose the M.A. in preparation for enrolling in a Ph.D. program. Some have already earned advanced degrees. This program is open to anyone who is interested in deepening an understanding of the rich and varied field of English and who is qualified for advanced work.


The master of arts in English requires a total of 10 credits combining eight or nine courses with a 1- or 2-credit capstone experience.

All students must take “ENGL 800. Introduction to Graduate Study in English,” as well as at least one course in British literature and one course in American literature.

Students have two options for their capstone experience. The capstone calendar for each option is outlined here.

Students may complete a 2-credit thesis, working intensively, and one-on-one, with individual Trinity faculty members on a self-generated research project. This capstone option requires the completion of eight courses, including “ENGL 801. Introduction to Literary Theory.”
Students may complete a 1-credit pedagogical project based on an individual program of research and study in the teaching of English. This option requires the completion of nine courses, including two courses involving the study of rhetoric, composition, and digital pedagogy (“ENGL 806. Contemporary Composition Studies,” and “ENGL 802. The Pedagogy of Film and Digital Media”), as well as one course in the ethnic literatures of the United States.

With either capstone option, students may choose electives from all courses offered in the program. They are encouraged to think about how their selections impact the focus of their studies and, especially, how they ultimately reinforce and provide background for selection of a topic for capstone work. Every course in the program will help to develop skills required for developing the final capstone product: an M.A. thesis or an M.A. pedagogical project.

Students who choose the first capstone option of writing an M.A. thesis should, in consultation with their adviser, choose a thesis topic and submit a draft proposal to the program director in the semester before they begin work on the thesis itself. In addition, they should register for “ENGL 954. Thesis I,” and “ENGL 952. Colloquium,” early in their thesis year. During the spring term of their thesis year, they should register for “ENGL 955. Thesis II.” A grade of “In Progress” (IP) will be recorded for each subsequent term until the thesis is completed. When students have completed their thesis, a grade will be assigned along with 2 credits. If students take longer than two semesters to complete their thesis, they must apply and register for an extension (see Graduate Academic Regulations for more information).

Requirements at a Glance

M.A. in English – 10 credits, with a thesis as the capstone option
ENGL 800. Introduction to Graduate Study in English (1 credit)
ENGL 801. Introduction to Literary Theory (1 credit)
One elective course in British literature (1 credit)
One elective course in American literature (1 credit)
Four courses chosen as electives from all courses offered (4 credits)
M.A. thesis (2 credits)
M.A. in English – 10 credits, with a pedagogical project as the capstone option.
ENGL 800. Introduction to Graduate Study in English (1 credit)
ENGL 802. The Pedagogy and Rhetoric of Film and Digital Media (1 credit)
ENGL 806. Contemporary Composition Studies (1 credit)
One elelective course in British literature (1 credit)
One elective course in ethnic American literature (1 credit)
Four courses chosen as electives from all courses offered (4 credits)
M.A. pedagogical project (1 credit)

A Selection of Recent Elective Courses Offered
ENGL 802. The Pedagogy and Rhetoric of Film and Digital Media
ENGL 804. Women and Empire
ENGL 805. Theories and Narratives of Disability
ENGL 807. Remixing Literature
ENGL 808. American Realism and Urban Life
ENGL 811. Electric English
ENGL 812. Modern Poetry
ENGL 818. 17th-Century Poetry
ENGL 821. Immigration Stories, Then and Now
ENGL 823. Southern Gothic Literature and Film
ENGL 824. Reading Victorian Narratives
ENGL 825. Postmodernism in Film and Literature
ENGL 830. Amistad and Other Rebellions
ENGL 833. Writings of Women of the Renaissance
ENGL 835. Reading Films: Style and History
ENGL 838. Modernism and Modernity
ENGL 839. Special Topics in Film, including The West, Film Noir, and others
ENGL 840. Localism Unrooted
ENGL 848. Plant Lives in Lit and Film
ENGL 851. Queer Harlem Renaissance
ENGL 852. Politics, Literature, and Film
ENGL 854. Phenomena of Literary Popularity
ENGL 856. American Auteurs (Film)
ENGL 857. Novels into Film
ENGL 863. Feminist Approaches to Literature
ENGL 865. Media and the Presidential Election
ENGL 868. Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson
ENGL 870. Film Theory: An Introduction
ENGL 872. Civil War Afterimage
ENGL 873. Dickens/Chaplin
ENGL 877. The Sixties: Film, Fiction, and Poetry
ENGL 878. Adolescent Literature
ENGL 883. Modern British Fiction
Graduate courses from other departments can also fulfill specific requirements. Students should consult their academic adviser for advice and approval. For availability of specific courses during each academic term, consult the registrar’s official Graduate Studies Course Schedule online.