Graduate Programs in English

The graduate program in English leads to a Master of Arts (MA) or Master of Science (MS) and prepares students for:

  • Teaching at the secondary and community college levels
  • Further graduate study in pursuit of the doctoral degree
  • Entry into various professions where critical thinking, communication skills, and writing are valued and employed.

Literature Option

For students who choose the literature option, graduate study in English provides an opportunity to develop skills in literary scholarship and criticism through an intensive study of British and American literature. The program emphasizes independent research—using both print and electronic sources—and the writing of scholarly papers based on a critical understanding of literature’s aesthetic and humanistic values and of its social, historical, and cultural significance. The program also offers students the opportunity to take courses and to pursue interests in contemporary critical theory, creative writing, technical writing, linguistics, and the teaching of English.

English Education Option

Students who choose the English education option may receive the MS degree with initial teacher licensure or add an MS endorsement to an existing license.

For information about graduate studies in English or about applying for a Graduate Teaching Fellowship, contact:

Dr. Amanda Kellogg 
Department of English, Box 6935
Radford University
Radford, VA 24142