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MA Literary Studies

In the Master of Arts in Literary Studies (MA-LIT), students have the option of completing their degree by coursework or by a combination of coursework and a major project or a thesis. We investigate historical and contemporary areas of British, American, Canadian and English-language postcolonial literatures, alongside the theories relevant to their study. MA-LIT graduates are employed in publishing, private industry, government, educational organizations, non-governmental organizations, and in their own businesses; others go on to doctoral programs. 

The MA-LIT can also be taken in the co-op stream.

Full program information and regulations are available in the Graduate Calendar.

Requirements

There are three routes to our Masters degree; 

All streams have an academic-integrity workshop requirement and a language requirement.

Course work

In this stream 8 term length courses must be completed, satisfying this distribution.

  • 4 Literature (LIT) 
  • 1 Rhetoric and Communication Design (RCD)
  • 3 Elective (one of which may be extra-departmental)

Major Research Project

In this stream six term-length courses must be completed, and a completed research project. The courses must satisfy this distribution:

  • 3 Literature (LIT) 
  • 1 Rhetoric and Communication Design (RCD)
  • 2 Elective (one of which may be extra-departmental)
  • MRP*

Students planning to complete their degrees through this option should arrange for a supervisor and a second reader, both of whom must be members of the faculty, and under their guidance prepare a proposal to submit to the Departmental Graduate Committee. The proposal is due the first day of the last month of the second term of study: April 1 for Winter term, August 1 for Spring term and December 1 for Fall term.

*The MRP should be 40-50 pages in length, offering an in-depth inquiry into a literary studies problem, and situating the proposed solution to that problem in relation to current theory. It is roughly equivalent to two courses and should involve a similar amount of intellectual labour. The passing grade is 70%.

The MRP is due the first day of the last month of the third term of study: April 1 for Winter term, August 1 for Spring term and December 1 for Fall term.

Hard copies of the completed and approved MRP should be supplied to the supervisor and reader(s) by the student, unless the supervisor specifies otherwise.

Thesis 

In this stream four term-length courses must be completed. The courses must satisfy this distribution: 

  • 2 Literature (LIT) 
  • 1 Rhetoric and Communication Design (RCD)
  • 1 Elective (one of which may be extra-departmental)
  • Thesis^

Students planning to complete their degrees through the thesis option should arrange for a supervisor and a second reader, both of whom must be members of the faculty, and under their guidance prepare a proposal to submit to the Departmental Graduate Committee. The proposal is due the first day of the second month of the second term of study: February 1 for Winter term, June 1 for Spring term and October 1 for Fall term.

^The thesis should be 80-100 pages in length, offering an in-depth inquiry into a literary studies problem, and situating the proposed solution to that problem in relation to current theory. It is roughly equivalent to four courses and should involve a similar amount of intellectual labour. The passing grade is 70%.

The Thesis is due the first day of the last month of the third term of study: April 1 for Winter term, August 1 for Spring term and December 1 for Fall term.

Study Abroad

Two Lecturer Positions in Writing Studies

The Department of English is inviting applications for positions in Writing Studies at the rank of Lecturer.

For more information, please see the news item here.

Job Postings

Call for Papers