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"IF WE COULD FIRST LEARN WHERE WE ARE AND WHERE WE ARE GOING, WE WOULD BE BETTER ABLE TO JUDGE WHAT TO DO AND HOW TO DO IT."

ABRAHAM LINCOLN

Master of English Literature (MA)

School of Social and Human Studies
Atlantic International University


The Master of English Literature (MA) program objective is to provide students with the tools and training necessary to produce literary scholarship of professional quality and to participate in the ongoing academic discussions of issues in the field of literary studies. The Master of English Literature program is offered online via distance learning. After evaluating both academic record and life experience, AIU staff working in conjunction with Faculty and Academic Advisors will assist students in setting up a custom-made program, designed on an individual basis. This flexibility to meet student needs is seldom found in other distance learning programs. Our online program does not require all students to take the same subjects/courses, use the same books, or learning materials. Instead, the online Master of English Literature curriculum is designed individually by the student and academic advisor. It specifically addresses strengths and weaknesses with respect to market opportunities in the student’s major and intended field of work. Understanding that industry and geographic factors should influence the content of the curriculum instead of a standardized one-fits-all design is the hallmark of AIU’s unique approach to adult education. This philosophy addresses the dynamic and constantly changing environment of working professionals by helping adult students in reaching their professional and personal goals within the scope of the degree program.

Important: Below is an example of the topics or areas you may develop and work on during your studies. By no means is it a complete or required list as AIU programs do not follow a standardized curriculum. It is meant solely as a reference point and example. Want to learn more about the curriculum design at AIU? (Course and Curriculum)


Core Courses and Topics in English Literature:

    Theory and Practice of Literary Criticism
    Themes and Genres of Medieval Literature
    Humanism in Renaissance Texts
    Reason and Imagination
    Modernism
    Transformations of The Epic
    History of Poetic Forms
    Narrative Strategies in The Novel:
    History of Drama In English
    Perspectives on The Essay
    Theory and Practice of Expository Writing
    Search for Identity In American Literature
    Classics of African American Literature
    Caribbean Literature
    Major Authors
    Fiction
    Creative Non Fiction
    Literary Hypermedia

Orientation Courses:

  • Communication & Investigation (Comprehensive Resume)
  • Organization Theory (Portfolio)
  • Experiential Learning (Autobiography)
  • Academic Evaluation (Questionnaire)   
  • Fundament of Knowledge (Integration Chart)   
  • Fundamental Principles I  (Philosophy of Education)
  • Professional Evaluation (Self Evaluation Matrix)    
  • Development of Graduate Study (Guarantee of an Academic Degree) 


Research Project in English Literature:

Masters Thesis Project
MBM300 Thesis Proposal
MBM302 Master Thesis (7,500 words)
Publication: Each Master of English Literature graduate is encouraged to publish their research papers either online in the public domain or through professional journals and periodicals worldwide.

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