Liberal Arts - 32 Campus Drive

Missoula, MT - 59812


M.A. Program

The M.A. Literature program attracts students from Montana and across the nation (and even further afield) and since we do not have a Ph.D. program in English, we are specifically set–up to meet the interests and needs of not only students who aspire to a doctorate (our M.A. students, especially in the past decade, have proceeded on to Ph.D. programs at a variety of top–tier schools), but also for those who wish to continue their literary studies and see where their interests and passions may take them. Many of our students go on to further studies, but many also see the M.A. as their terminal degree and a stepping–stone to opportunities and careers beyond the academy. Whether you aspire to a Ph.D. and a university teaching position, ultimately, or if you want to see if grad school's for you, or if you just feel that you're not quite done with your studies, we may be the perfect program for you.

As a department, we offer undergraduate and graduate courses in just about everything literary from the Medieval to the Contemporary: whether you're interested in Chaucer, Shakespeare, Woolf, Welch, Yamashita, or McCarthy, we offer a broad range of graduate seminars and have the faculty expertise to supervise theses on subjects ranging from Everyman to the latest topics in queer theory and the latest developments in postcolonial studies. We routinely offer seminars in Shakespeare, Joyce, the Romantics, the Victorian novel, 19th Century Women Writers, Modern American poetry, Woolf, Rushdie, Cultural Studies, Environmental Literature, and more, and we're open to thesis topics in Early Modern Studies, Irish Studies, Multi–Ethnic Literatures, Native American literatures, the literatures of imperialism and globalization, and more.

Ours is a thriving program–one of the best in the West–and we invite you to look over our accomplishments and courses, which cover a vast range of periods, genres, authors, and theoretical concerns. We boast deep expertise in British, Irish, American, Canadian, Caribbean and other literatures; that said, as a university in the Rockies, we also have particular strengths in Native American literatures, environmental literature, and the literatures of the American West. And, we're proud to say that we regularly offer seminars and undergraduate classes on Montana writers.

We hope that after consulting these pages, you'll decide to apply to our program and join our community of scholars here in the Rocky Mountains of western Montana, one of the most beautiful and rugged states in the nation. And, just so you know, a river really does run alongside our campus!