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Literature (English, M.A.)

This concentration, which offers a comprehensive grounding in literary and cultural studies and critical theory, prepares students for careers in community college and four-year university teaching, public media, and a variety of jobs in the public sphere. It also prepares students for advanced literary and cultural studies at the Ph.D. level. For students in other programs this concentration offers as well a Certificate in Literature, which helps to qualify them for secondary school teaching.

Literature (English, M.A.)


Description


What is Literature at ODU like?

This concentration, which offers a comprehensive grounding in literary and cultural studies and critical theory, prepares students for careers in community college and four-year university teaching, public media, and a variety of jobs in the public sphere. It also prepares students for advanced literary and cultural studies at the Ph.D. level. For students in other programs this concentration offers as well a Certificate in Literature, which helps to qualify them for secondary school teaching.

Program Highlights


What makes Literature at ODU unique?

  • The MA in Literature offers learning opportunities in education, environmental sustainability, indigenous studies, ethnic and gender diversity and other skills that will prepare students for a diverse range of employment and leadership positions.

Careers


What are some careers in this field?

Check out these ideas from ODU Career Development Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is the midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.

Human Resources Specialists

$66,220

MEDIAN SALARY


Perform activities in the human resource area. Includes employment specialists who screen, recruit, interview, and place workers.

Editors

$68,230

MEDIAN SALARY


Plan, coordinate, or edit content of material for publication. May review proposals and drafts for possible publication. Includes technical editors.

English Language and Literature Teachers, Postsecondary

$77,660

MEDIAN SALARY


Teach courses in English language and literature, including linguistics and comparative literature. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Communications Teachers, Postsecondary

$75,640

MEDIAN SALARY


Teach courses in communications, such as organizational communications, public relations, radio/television broadcasting, and journalism. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Courses


What are some courses offered in Literature at ODU?

ENGL 564:
Native American Literature


This class offers an investigation of Native American literature both past and present and seeks to foster an appreciation for indigenous cultures, traditions, and the ongoing concerns that inform so much of Native literary output. By privileging Native centered approaches to narrative and history-keeping, the course hopes to promote a greater understanding of the issues Native peoples faced in the colonial milieu and the continued implications of those histories for Native communities and indigenous identities today.

ENGL 615:
Shakespeare


An application of advanced theoretical and critical approaches to Shakespeare's works. May be repeated more than once for credit if different group of works or themes is being studied.

ENGL 735:
Postcolonial Literature and Theory


An examination of the discourse of postcolonial critical theory literature produced in postcolonial, diasporic and global contexts. Prerequisite: Any equivalent graduate level critical theory course or instructor permission.

Requirements


What are the requirements to apply for Literature at ODU?

Students entering the Master of Arts program in Literature should meet the minimum university admission requirements (Graduate Admission)

Cost

Tuition and Fees

Estimated rates for the 2021-22 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

Virginia Resident


Per Credit:

$ 551

Non-Resident


Per Credit:

$ 1,387

Technology Delivered Courses Outside Virginia and/or the United States


Per Credit:

$ 595

Ways to Save

Here are a few ways for you to save on the cost of attending ODU. For more information visit University Student Financial aid

Graduate Assistantships


Students have the option of applying for a Graduate Assistantship offering a stipend against tuition while gaining experience in research, tutoring, or in the classroom.

Next Steps


I like this program. What are the next steps?

Contact


Need help applying?

Meet Your Enrollment Team

Our enrollment coordinators are ready to help you through the admissions process.

Graduate Admissions


Location:

1000 Rollins Hall, Norfolk, VA 23529


Phone Office:

757-683-3685


Fax:

757-683-6512


Email:

gradadmit@odu.edu


International Admissions


Location:

2101 Dragas Hall, Norfolk, VA 23529


Phone Office:

757-683-3701


Fax:

757-683-3651


Email:

intladm@odu.edu

Additional Programs


Are there other programs at ODU I may be interested in?

With over 120 undergraduate programs, 130 graduate programs at the master'seducation specialist and doctoral levels plus a wealth of certificate and professional development programs, Old Dominion University has the program for you. Visit our academic program listing page to see other programs ODU has to offer.

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