The MA in English at Guelph is designed to provide students with an intensive introduction to graduate-level work in English studies within a flexible program. Students can draw on the School’s strengths in the following fields: Colonial, Postcolonial, and Diasporic Studies; Canadian Literature; Early Modern Studies; Media, Technology and Literacy in the Humanities*; Studies in Performance and Politics*; Sexuality and Gender Studies; Transnational Nineteenth-Century Studies*. Students can also pursue a wide range of research topics in consultation with faculty members actively engaged with the literatures of different historical periods and geographical locations, and with current debates in such areas as critical theory, cultural studies, and gender studies. Students with an interest in creative writing may apply to work with a distinguished writer on a creative thesis or project.
The study of English at the University of Guelph retains a sense of the histories which inform the current developments in the disciplines, while insisting on theorizing inquiry, so that students emerge from the program with a sense of the history of English studies itself and the changing role of canonical texts and readings in that history, and their knowledge of the basic repertoire of canonical texts is augmented by a sense of the process by which texts come to the core of the discipline.
Preparation for advanced academic work at the PhD level is the primary focus of the program, but the program also encourages students to consider alternative career paths in teaching, administration, advertising, research, journalism, publishing, law, arts management, the media, information technology, creative writing, public relations, the entertainment industry and other enterprises requiring analytical, organizational, and creative skills in communications.
*subject to OCGS approval