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The Department of English
The M.A. in English offers advanced instruction in literature, linguistics, rhetoric, and composition by providing a sound foundation in advanced research methods for the study of English; thorough background in the history and development of the English language; current theories in linguistics, literary criticism, and writing; and a variety of electives in three emphasis areas: (1) literature; (2) language, rhetoric, and composition; and, (3) creative writing.
The English program develops fluency in the use of English through critical, creative, and technical writing. The departmental curriculum is designed to meet a variety of interests: literature, creative writing, linguistics, rhetoric, cultural studies, mythology, and professional writing. The study of English prepares students for careers in teaching, publishing, arts, journalism, technical writing, business, law, and government.
The English program provides the services of the Writing Center to students in all university courses as well as in English composition courses. The facility offers individual tutoring and small group work. Teaching assistants in the English M.A. program begin learning tutoring pedagogy while working at the Writing Center during their first semester.
The English program houses Sendero, a national humanities journal, that publishes poetry, fiction, and essays in Spanish, Navajo, and English. Students earn practicum credit for their work in the production of the journal. The department also sponsors a chapter of the international English honor society, Sigma Tau Delta. The sociocultural richness of Northern New Mexico provides one context for historical and political studies at Highlands. Las Vegas is one of the outstanding historical communities in the Southwest, making it a living laboratory for studies in regional history and historical preservation. The programs capitalize on the university’s proximity to Santa Fe, the state capitol, in offering contacts with state policymakers and research opportunities to both faculty and students in the New Mexico State Archives and State Library.
Students should consult with the director of graduate studies in English prior to registration each term for advisement. During the first meeting, the director and student will develop a long-term plan for completing the program.
This degree is under the College of Arts and Sciences