University of Montana Catalog 2023-2024

English M.A. - Literature

Master of Arts - English; Literature Concentration


Course Requirements/Seminars/Options30
Total Hours36

Degree Specific Credits: 36

Required Cumulative GPA: 3.0


  • The M.A. in Literature Option provides an advanced literary education for students thinking of eventually applying to a Ph.D. program elsewhere, for individuals pursuing a career in secondary teaching, and for experienced secondary teachers seeking to develop their expertise in the subject.
  • The English department also offers an M.A. in Ecocriticism Option that provides a foundation in the study of literature’s relationship to environmental issues.
  • M.A. students select graduate seminars in American, British, comparative and ethnic literatures, as well as in critical theory, cultural studies, poetics, environmental literature, postcolonial studies, and other areas. After three semesters, typically, of intensive coursework, their work culminates in a research thesis or portfolio project.

Course Requirements

Complete all of the following courses:
LIT 502Special Topics in Ecocriticism3
LIT 520Seminar in British Literature3
LIT 521Seminar in American Literature3
LIT 522Seminar in Comparative Literature3
LIT 524Nature, Language and Politics3
Complete 15 credits from the following options:15
Graduate Independent Study
Teaching College Level Composition (for teaching assistants)
400-level UG LIT classes
500-level LIT seminars
Approved graduate coursework in other programs (G or UG, not exceeding 9 credits)
LIT 599Thesis6
Total Hours36

Minimum Required Grade: C