English

Master's Program in English

Search out the wisdom of the poets.

The master's program in English emphasizes literary criticism understood as elucidation of individual works and development of standards of judgment. The atmosphere of study is set by the understanding that poetry offers reliable access to a wisdom, which, although perhaps distinct from philosophy, is comparable to philosophy in its breadth and penetration.

Intended for those who wish to pursue the advanced study of literature in English within the context of the Western tradition of culture and thought, students tailor a curriculum to gain excellent preparation for a career in teaching, higher education, journalism, law or business. It is also an excellent preparation for students wishing to pursue a doctorate at any university, in any number of programs in the humanities. 

The goal of the program is to develop and perfect a student's capacities for sophisticated and independent thinking about literature, through which one can reach wisdom about the human condition. Therefore, it is focused on the humanities, broadly understood, as this combination allows students to achieve an unusual depth and breadth of understanding. Students are encouraged to integrate their literary studies with the integrated and overlapping traditions of philosophy, politics, and culture.

An undergraduate degree in English is not prerequisite for entrance. The master's program is designed for those interested in deepening their knowledge and competence in the analysis of and the writing about literature and students who want to increase their knowledge of the English literary tradition and the philosophy and theory of art. 

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Reach out to the Braniff Graduate Office online or give us a call at 972-721-5106. We're happy to answer any questions you might have about studying at the University of Dallas.

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