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Department of English - 3353
Master of Arts in English
1000 E. University Ave.
Laramie, WY 82071
Phone: 766-6452
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Master of Arts in English

Please note: The English Department is not currently accepting applications for this program.  The second cohort will begin Summer 2014.

About the Program

The English Department and the Outreach School at the University of Wyoming are pleased to announce that, beginning in summer 2014, they will offer a second cohort master’s degree in English. Students in the cohort will take one class a semester from summer 2014 through summer 2016. After they complete their coursework, they will write their master’s thesis under the direction of a faculty thesis adviser.

The program will focus on delivering classes with smaller numbers of students to offer more discussion and interaction between students and faculty.

Program Requirements

For a Master of Arts degree in English, students will write a master’s thesis under the direction of a faculty adviser once they complete the required coursework, listed below. The program’s curriculum offers a wide range of courses that appeal to a variety of interests, while providing a well-rounded background in English Studies. Classes are taught by award-winning faculty of the Department of English.

Required Coursework

Summer 2014

ENGL 5000: Arthurian Legend; Instructor: Susan Aronstein

Summer residency for this class will take placed June 16-20 in Laramie.

Class taught via videoconferencing Tuesdays 7 p.m.-10 p.m. 6/24, 7/1, 7/8, and 7/15

Fall 2014

ENGL 5530: Theory and Comedy; Instructor: Caroline McCracken-Flesher

Class will meet via videoconference Thursdays throughout the semester.

Spring 2015

ENGL 5000: Studies In: Fiction of Reform; Instructor: Arielle Zibrak

Class will meet via videoconference Thursdays throughout the semester.

Summer 2015

ENGL 5250: Studies in Shakespeare; Instructor: Peter Parolin

Class will meet via videoconference.

Summer residency for this class will take place in June in Laramie.

Fall 2015

ENGL 5310: Studies in Early American Literature; Instructor: Jeanne Holland

This course asks, "What do we mean when we talk about America?  Whose America? What differences do ethnicity, gender, race, and class make when someone aspires to become 'American'?"  As such, it will examine the intellectual and ideological concerns which have shaped this nation and will begin with a broad definition of "America."   We will read several pertinent primary texts from the Colonial Period, the Period of the Early Republic, and the Early National Period.  We will have frequent reading quizzes, one literary analysis essay to write, an oral report to present, a midterm exam, a short and open-book final exam, and a final research paper.

Class will meet via videoconference Thursdays throughout the semester.

Spring 2016

Rhetoric; Instructor: Jason Thompson

Class will meet via videoconference Thursdays throughout the semester.

Summer 2016


Class will meet via videoconference.

Summer residency for this class will take place in June in Laramie.

Fall 2016

English 5960: Thesis Research

Graduation will be in December or May, depending on when a student completes and defends his/her thesis.

Admission Requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited university
  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0
  • Evidence of ability to do graduate-level work in English
  • GRE scores are not required

Admissions Process

  • Visit the UW Admissions site and click on the “graduate students>graduate application” link to complete the online application to UW and pay the $50 graduate application fee.
  • Submit an official copy of your undergraduate transcript.  Unofficial transcripts may be uploaded to the online application to use during the application review, but official versions must be on file before you will be fully admitted to the program.
  • Submit three letters of recommendation.  Make the request from the online application and your reference will receive an automated email allowing him/her to upload his/her letter.
  • Submit a 500-word statement of purpose, and outline your reasons for wishing to pursue graduate studies in English as well as how your background prepares you to do so.
  • Submit a seven- to 12-page critical writing sample, either a paper you have already written or a response to the provided prompts. This paper should demonstrate your ability to construct a sophisticated argument supported by textual analysis.
  • Application review process begins March 2014. The final deadline for completed applications is March 24.

The letters of recommendation, unofficial transcripts, statement of purpose and writing sample should be uploaded to the online application prior to the deadline.   If you have any questions about the application process, please email Gwynn Lemler at

Career Opportunities

Students who have earned their M.A. in English have gone on to: complete Ph.D. programs and secured tenure tracks, teach in community colleges, become lawyers, teach high school, become grant writers, work in public relations and marketing, and work in radio, business and non-profit organizations.

Delivery Method:

Realizing that not all students are able to travel to Laramie to take college courses, UW’s division of Outreach Credit Programs offers outreach students the chance to complete their degrees in or near their hometowns. Courses are offered using video conferencing technology and hybrid instruction with a one-week residency each summer.  You MUST be able to attend a video conference site in the state of Wyoming to complete this program.

Tuition & Fees:

Entrepreneurial tuition per credit hour + fees, textbooks, and packets

General Program Information

(800) 448-7801



Caskey Russell
Professor of English
MA Director
Dept. 3353, 1000 E. University Ave.
Laramie, WY 82071
Phone: (307) 766-6217
Fax: (307) 766-3189

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