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The overall objective of the Master of Arts in English is to provide students with graduate-level skills in analytical and critical thinking, research methodologies, and advanced writing, both scholarly and creative. Students achieve depth of preparation in their areas of literary specialization as well as grounding in current critical theory and practice.


FLORES, Evelyn, Associate Professor of English
GUGIN, David, Associate Professor of English
HAHM, Hyun-Jong, Professor of English
HARTIG, Andrea Sant, Associate Professor of English
QUAN, Clarisa, Associate Professor of English
SANTOS-BAMBA, Sharleen, Professor of English
SCHREINER, Christopher, Professor of English
VEST, Jason, Associate Professor of English



FARRER, Douglas, Associate Professor of Anthropology
PEREIRA, Aristides E., Associate Professor of Communication



The University of Guam’s Division of English & Applied Linguistics (DEAL) offers the Master of Arts in English (MA) Program to train students to employ, to improve, and to master multiple strategies and techniques in researching, writing, and teaching the many literatures written in English. A Master of Arts in English Program graduate will demonstrate:

  • Graduate-level scholarship in the study of the literatures written in English;
  • Graduate-level proficiency in analytical, critical, and evaluative thinking;
  • Mastery of graduate-level research methodologies, critical theories, composition and rhetorical pedagogies, and writing techniques appropriate to the study and the teaching of the literatures written in English;
  • Understanding of the cultural, social, political, and economic diversity that characterizes the literatures written in English;
  • Excellence in developing his/her individual research interests in multiple literary periods, genres, forms, modes, and media achieving publishable sophistication in argument, style, and content in scholarly and/or creative writing.



To be admitted as a graduate student in the Master of Arts in English program, a student must have completed a B.A. in English, or its equivalent, with a 3.0 GPA in major coursework. The applicant must submit the standard application materials and follow the standard application procedures for admission to graduate status and pre-candidate status as indicated in this Graduate Bulletin.

Applicants who have earned undergraduate degrees in fields other than English, or who have been working professionally outside the university setting, are welcome to apply. After a review of their academic preparation by the Graduate English faculty, applicants will be required to complete any English courses, either before or during the M.A. program, that the M.A. Program Committee deems necessary for the applicant to successfully pursue graduate study in English.

Applicants must meet the criteria for enrollment as graduate students that are set out in this Graduate Bulletin. Students should also consult the Bulletin for requirements and procedures for application. In order to remain in good standing in the M. A. in English program, a student must attain and maintain a GPA of 3.00 for all graduate courses, and any undergraduate courses taken as prerequisites. All students will, during the course of their studies, develop a portfolio of their seminar work. This portfolio will be evaluated in order to assess their overall accomplishment.

Candidacy: After the completion of nine credits you may apply for candidacy. With your application to degree candidacy, you will also formulate your prospective thesis committee. Students will be blocked from registering for classes if they have not successfully applied for degree candidacy before enrolling in their fifth class (beyond 12 credit hours).

Candidacy Application: You will need to submit the following documents to the Master’s of English Program:

  1. Short letter stating your wish to be accepted as a degree candidate in the MA English program.
  2. Form A (this is housed at the Graduate Office). Update Form A at the Graduate Office and bring a copy to us.
  3. Statement of accomplishments, interest, goals and reasons for wishing to pursue a Master’s degree or a CV.
  4. A Portfolio of seminar papers (and conference presentation & publications, if any).
Thesis Options: Traditional or Creative

There are two possible thesis options for the M.A. English student. Students who follow the traditional option are those who desire to increase their mastery of a given content area, and might be contemplating doctoral work in the future. Students who select the creative option might be preparing to teach creative writing in the schools, to work as editors and publishers, or will be writing for personal accomplishment. The student will, in consultation with his/her advisor and the Program Chair, decide on a thesis option and an appropriate plan of study, during the first semester of enrollment.

Traditional Thesis

The first option is the traditional M.A. thesis of between 45 and 60 pages, representing the culminating effort of the degree program and (6) EN695 credit hours. A thesis project may evolve from course work, a seminar paper, or the professional and scholarly interests of a student. The thesis would be in literary, rhetorical, or linguistic research and criticism and the topic must be approved by the student’s thesis committee.


Creative Thesis

The second option is a creative thesis project, which is 6 credits and should be at least 45 to 60 pages in length, representing the culminating effort of the degree program and six (6) EN695 credit hours. This thesis can be a novella, book of poems, creative essays, non-fictional narrative, or dramatic/cinematic screenplay. The literary quality and scope of each project will be carefully evaluated through consultation with the student’s graduate advisor and committee. The topic must be approved by the student’s thesis committee.


Flexible Class Schedule

The new M.A. program in English caters to the needs of non-traditional students who may be working full or part-time. Classes will typically be scheduled later in the afternoon, evenings, and weekends. Summer seminars will be an integral component of the M.A. curriculum, meeting the needs of teachers on break who are seeking professional development.


Full or Part-Time; Degree and Non-Degree Students

Students may select full-time enrollment status, or part-time, according to their needs, financial situation, and work schedule. See the Graduate Office “Instructions to Applicant” for admission details.


Graduate Writing Seminar

In the M.A. Program in English at the University of Guam, writers will have the opportunity to develop their personal writing projects in the Graduate Writing Seminar (EN 620). The workshop structure will enable students from different walks of life to exchange valuable feedback. The topics to be studied include style and voice, narrative technique, characterization, organization of material, and audience analysis, and are suitable for writers looking toward future publication.


Graduate Teaching Instructors

The University of Guam’s Master of Arts Program in English wishes to mentor qualified graduate students by training them to teach composition courses for the Division of English & Applied Linguistics.

Before applying for a GSI position, the interested student must complete 9-12 graduate course hours in DEAL and achieve the status of degree candidate. GSI applicants must also successfully complete “EN611: Seminar in Rhetoric and Composition” and “EN650: Teaching College Composition with Practicum” before applying to teach DEAL composition courses. This 6-credit-hour course sequence may be part of the 9- to 12-credit-hour requirement for candidacy. GSI positions offer English Graduate students valuable university teacher training and experience that will benefit them in all their future career goals.



All M.A. students in English must complete 30 credit hours, including a 6-hour traditional or creative thesis, to receive the degree. All students will, during the course of their studies, compile a portfolio of their seminar work to assess their overall accomplishment. All students are required to complete EN 501, 680, and six credits of EN695: Thesis. Students may enroll in their thesis hours concurrently with their final course(s); or, student may enroll in all six (6) credit hours of EN695 during one semester after receiving the approval of their thesis committee.

Students preparing to teach must complete EN611. Students wishing to teach as DEAL Graduate Student Instructors must complete EN611 and EN650. In addition to the required courses, student must also complete 18 credits of electives, of which 6 credits must be taken at the 600-level.

Required Courses: (6 credit hours)
Credit Hours
EN 501Graduate Research and Documentation3
EN 680Seminar in Contemporary Critical Theory3
Electives: (18 credit hours from the following, of which 6 credits must be taken at the 600-level)
Credit Hours
EN 550Environmental Literature3
EN 560Literatures in English3*
EN 561Pacific Women Writers3
EN 570Literatures in Translation3*
EN 573Modern Japanese Novel in Translation3
EN 580Literary Theory3
EN 611Seminar in Composition and Rhetoric3
EN 620Graduate Writing Seminar3*
EN 630Seminar in English Literature3*
EN 640Seminar in American Literature3*
EN 650Teaching College Composition with Practicum3
EN 660Seminar in Literatures in English3*
EN 670Seminar in World Literatures in Translation3*
EN 675Seminar in Postcolonial Literatures3
EN 691Graduate Seminar3*
EN 699Independent Reading3


Thesis: (6 credit hours)
Credit Hours
EN 695Thesis1-6

*These courses may be taken more than once for credit provided that the topics are substantially different.


What careers are available to someone with a degree in English?

  1. Adult Educators
  2. Copy Editors
  3. Copywriters
  4. Editors
  5. News Analysts, Reporters, and Correspondents
  6. Public Relations Specialists
  7. Technical Writers
  8. Writers