MA Requirements

We offer an MA in English Literature with a special concentration in Shakespeare and the Renaissance. This program offers students the unique opportunity to specialize in Renaissance studies at the master’s level. MA students may elect a thesis or a comprehensive exam to complete their course of study.


The Strode MA requires thirty hours of graduate coursework, including Intro to Graduate Studies, the Strode Seminar, the Shakespeare in Performance Practicum, a theory seminar, and elective courses in Medieval and Renaissance literature.  Individual courses may be substituted in the plan of study with approval from the Director of the Strode Program.

In addition, students must take two semesters of the Practicum in Teaching College English (EN 533 and EN 534), which do not count toward the 30 hours required for the degree.

All other requirements for the MA Strode program are the same as those for the MA literature program.

For the detailed requirements for the Strode MA program, please consult the Graduate Catalog (scroll down to “”Degree requirements for the MA in English with a Focused Area of Study in Renaissance Studies”).