Master of Arts in Literature

Message from the Graduate Coordinator

Our Graduate Program in English Literature prides itself on its intellectual rigor, diversity of subjects and approaches, and commitment to excellence in teaching. Our course offerings balance traditional literary history with new work in such fields as postcolonial studies; food studies; digital literacies; environmental humanities; cultural studies; literature and psychology; narrative, lyric, and performance theories; and feminist studies. Students in our program have the flexibility to design and personalize their master’s program to meet their diverse interests and provide opportunities for professionalization in the field. Our graduates work as teachers in high schools and community colleges; enter the field of publishing; write for journals, magazines, and online publications; earn PhDs; enter law school; start their own businesses; and work for non-profits, foundations, and government agencies.

Julie Paulson, Associate Professor of English Literature
Email: jpaulson@sfsu.edu
Phone: 415-338-3107

 HUM 537

 

For questions about the application process, please contact our Graduate Programs Administrative Coordinator, Cynthia Losinsky at english@sfsu.edu.

 

Related Resources


MA Literature Program Requirements and Guidelines

View program requirements and guidelines.

Fall 2017 Course Descriptions

Detailed Fall 2017 Course Descriptions

  • Undergraduate Writing Program Courses
  • English Education Program Courses
  • Composition Graduate Program Courses
  • Linguistics Program Courses
  • Literature Program Courses
  • MA TESOL Program Courses
  • Technical & Professional Writing Courses 

Literature Graduate Admissions Procedures

Get details for applying to the graduate program at the University and in the English Department for a M.A. in Literature.

We offer

  • The opportunity to pursue a Composition and/or Reading Certificate concurrently with the MA in Literature
  • Individual attention from faculty
  • Day and evening classes
  • Flexible curriculum
  • Teaching assistant opportunities
  • Affordability

Current Class Schedule

See the department's class schedule for the semester.

  • English Education Program Courses
  • Composition Graduate Program Courses
  • Linguistics Program Courses
  • Literature Program Courses
  • MA TESOL Program Courses
  • Technical & Professional Writing Courses 

Our Faculty

Read about the research and teaching interests of the literature faculty.

Our Graduates

Hear from graduates of the MA Program in English Literature.

Career Options in Literature

Our Graduates

Graduates of the MA in Literature work as teachers in high schools and community colleges; enter the field of publishing; write for journals, magazines, and online publications; earn PhDs; enter law school; start businesses; and work for non-profits, foundations, and government agencies. We have a strong record of placing our students in tenure-track teaching positions at two-year colleges in California, particularly when they pursue a Composition and/or Reading Certificate in conjunction with the MA.

Doctoral Program Placements

Recent graduate students of the MA in English Literature program have gone on to PhD programs at Brown, Northwestern, UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UC Riverside, UC Santa Cruz, University of Southern California, University of Texas, Austin, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champagne, and Stanford among others.

Recent Courses Include

  • Southern African Literature
  • Feminist Criticism
  • Literature and Psychology
  • Ethics of Deconstruction
  • New Media
  • Quixotes and Fanatics: Fanfictions from Don Quixote to Today
  • Reading Walter Benjamin
  • Chaucer
  • Shakespeare
  • Emily Dickinson
  • Toni Morrison
  • Medieval Drama
  • Early Modern Trans-Atlantic Encounters
  • Literary Studies and Food Studies
  • 18th c. Novel
  • Serial Narratology
  • Victorian Afterlife
  • 19th c. Mystery
  • Opera and Literature
  • The Noir Vision in American Culture

New Students FAQs

Find answers to questions frequently asked by new students.

Opportunities

 

Find out about the GLA, our graduate student organization, as well as teaching, tutoring, fellowship, and other opportunities available to students pursuing MA in Literature. 

Literature Resources & Forms

Find answers to FAQs as well as checklists and forms to help keep you on track to graduate. Alumni will find a survey to provide feedback on our program.