English & Media Studies (M.A.)
Welcome to the English and Media Studies Program. Our program offers an enriching academic journey that combines the exploration of language, literature, and media to cultivate well-rounded scholars and professionals. With a strong emphasis on critical thinking, creativity, and interdisciplinary approaches, we provide a vibrant learning environment where students can expand their knowledge and skills.
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In the English and Media Studies program, we are committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive learning environment. As a student, you will have the opportunity to pursue independent research, engage in stimulating classroom discussions, and explore a wide range of courses that broaden your horizons. Our program offers a comprehensive curriculum tailored to your academic goals, whether you’re delving into classic literature, analyzing contemporary media trends, or exploring the intersections of culture and technology.
As a full-time student, you can enjoy the benefit of full funding, which covers your tuition fees and may also include stipends or assistantships. Even if you choose to pursue the program part-time, substantial financial support is available to assist you in achieving your goals.
Throughout the program, you will engage in a comprehensive curriculum designed to enhance your skills and open doors to various opportunities:
Demonstrating fluency in literary analysis and criticism, effectively utilizing persuasive arguments and prose.
Developing the ability to critically perceive and evaluate the value system inherent in texts and language.
Displaying methodological rigor and precision in conducting original research.
Gaining proficiency in major literary periods and genres, while further specializing in chosen areas.
Emphasizing our commitment to diversity, every student is required to take a designated “DIV” elective course that explores various topics such as race, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, physical and mental ability, and aging. These courses foster understanding, inclusivity, and cultural appreciation, encouraging a broadened perspective and a sense of community.
Program in Action
At the Rutgers-Camden Writers House, our graduate student community flourishes, offering NEA-funded readings, workshops, after-school programs, and creative events.
Our faculty excels, boasting prestigious awards like the Guggenheim Fellowship and Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, enhancing students’ learning experiences.
The Literature and Social Justice concentration offers a foundation in humanities, enabling exploration of career paths in nonprofit/community leadership, human rights, and alt-ac.
INTRODUCTION TO THEORY AND CRITICISM (56:352:514)
Can literature have a single interpretation? This course delves into the debate, examining the influence of Western thinkers, from Plato to modern critics.
AMERICAN RENAISSANCE II (56:352:511)
The 1830s American literary “renaissance” symbolized cultural independence. Studying Emerson, Melville, Alcott, Jacobs, Douglass, we analyze race and masculinity with Morrison and Baym.
STUDY TOUR: LITERARY IRELAND (56:352:389)
Explore Ireland’s rich literary tradition online, featuring four Nobel Prize winners, Irish fiction, drama, and poetry since 1900. Includes an in-person tour.
NATIVE AMERICAN HORROR (56:352:529)
This craft class explores narrative point of view in fiction, covering omniscient, third-person limited, first-person, reliability, and child/animal voices. Short passages illustrate these concepts.
FROM POSTHUMANISM TO THE NONHUMAN IN LITERATURE AND THEORY (56:645:560)
Precision in reading is vital. We analyze literary components, uncovering structural insights. Explore recent works and craft creative pieces through group discussions.
PROFESSIONAL SEMINAR IN ENGLISH (56:645:533)
Reflect on writing creative nonfiction and memoirs in the present, addressing personal and global themes. Examine craft elements and workshop your work.
|TRANSCRIPTS||Transcript(s) from degree-granting institutions|
|LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION||A minimum of three letters of reference from individuals who can attest to the applicant’s academic abilities|
|PERSONAL STATEMENT||A personal statement describing your career goals and reasons for pursuing a master’s degree|
|WRITING SAMPLE||A critical writing sample of approximately 15-20 pages|
Preference is given to those submitted before the deadline for both decisions and funding opportunities. Applications received after the deadlines will be considered based on available space and budgetary constraints.
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Let’s begin a conversation about your academic and professional goals. If you have questions regarding the curriculum, faculty, admission criteria, or committee, please feel free to contact the Graduate Program Director. For administrative inquiries concerning the application process, campus, tuition, and fees, reach out to the Graduate School. We are dedicated to assisting you from application to graduation day.
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We invite you to explore the boundless opportunities that await you here, where a world-class faculty, diverse community, and innovative curriculum converge to nurture your intellect and foster your professional growth. Your future starts with a simple yet significant act – learning more about the exceptional programs we offer. So, why wait? Start your application journey with us, and together, we’ll unlock a future filled with possibilities and endless success.