The Master of Arts in English program is designed to provide flexibility broad understanding of the significant areas within the professional study of English. The program builds upon students’ undergraduate work in English by offering the opportunity to study several different areas of concentration in depth. It also serves as an excellent preparatory program for doctoral-level study in English. Students in our MA program benefit from:
30 credits, a comprehensive exam, competence in one foreign language, as well as in written and oral English.
Required Courses (18 credits)
• Research in Language and Literature (ENG 601)
• 1 course in each of the following: British, American, and World Literature
• 1 course in genre study or linguistics (ENG 641, 642, 643, or 670)
• 1 course in social, critical, or literary theory (644 or 645 or 652)
Elective Courses (12 credits)
4 courses in English or other academic areas, selected under advisement.
Comprehensive Exam: Each student must prepare a reading list and pass a written comprehensive exam after the completion of 18 credit hours and before graduation.
1. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (4.0 scale) in English and 2.75 overall.
2. 36 credit hours in English, at least 27 of which must be in English literature, exclusive of basic college writing.
3. Students must demonstrate competency in written English by submitting a writing sample of their best academic work. Students for whom English is an alternate language are required to submit evidence of passing TOEFL scores, as required by the SUNY system for international students.
Barish Ali teaches courses in postcolonial literature, literary theory, and popular culture. He has published articles on the work of Alan Moore, Orhan Pamuk, Lawrence Durrell, and David Bowie, among others. He also serves as the director of Buffalo State’s Summer in Istanbul program.
David Ben-Merre teaches courses in 20th-century literature, literary theory, and poetry. He has published articles on Lord Byron, W. B. Yeats, James Joyce, and James Merrill, among others. His research interests include modernism, poetics, and intellectual history.
Lisa Berglund teaches courses in Shakespeare, Milton, 18th- century studies, the history of the printed book, and lexicography. She has published articles on Samuel Johnson, James Boswell, Hester Lynch Piozzi, and book history. She has also served as the Executive Secretary of the Dictionary Society of North America.
Tim Bryant teaches courses in American, American Indian, and ethnic American literature. He has published articles on American literature, graphic narrative, and speculative fiction. He is the faculty advisor for Studies in Graphic Narrative (SIGN) and is planning a Games Studies minor.
Mark Fulk teaches courses in 18th-century British literature and women’s literature. He has published a book on May Sarton and articles on John Dryden, the elegy, Charlotte Smith, and Jane Austen, among others. His research interests also include suffrage in Britain, Virginia Woolf, and philosophy and literature.
Lorna Perez teaches courses in Latino/a literature, US ethnic minority literature, women’s literature, and 20th-century American literature. She has published several articles on Latina and diasporic literature. She is the Special Issues Editor for Label me Latina: Journal of Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Latino Literary Production (labelmelatin.com). She is serving as the interim M.A. Coordinator in Spring 2021.
Peter Ramos teaches courses in 19th- and 20th-century American literature. He has published articles on William Faulkner, William Carlos Williams, Kate Chopin, Pablo Neruda, and Toni Morrison, among others. He is also a poet and has published three chapbooks and a book, as well as many individual poems.
Jennifer Ryan-Bryant teaches courses in American poetry, the American novel, graphic narrative, and African-American literature. She has published articles on Annie Proulx, black superheroes, Bessie Smith, improvisation, Wanda Coleman, and Ezra Pound; her book, Post-Jazz Poetics: A Social History, appeared in 2010. She also serves as the English M.A. Coordinator.
Macy Todd teaches courses on Irish Literature, the British novel, and film. His research interest include Irish studies, visual media, and psychoanalysis. His work has appeared in a variety of journals, including Senses of Cinema, Umbr(a), and English Literature in Transition.
Aimable Twagilimana teaches courses in African American literature and theory, world literature, postcolonial literature and theory, ethnic studies, and linguistics. He has published many articles and books on African-American literature and genocide studies, with a particular focus on Rwanda, Burundi, and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
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