The Master of Arts degree in English prepares students for further graduate work, teaching, creative writing, or other related opportunities. Depending on career goals, the student chooses from one of three degree plans: thesis, creative thesis, or non-thesis.
The student enjoys opportunities within the field of English through events such as The Lawrence Clayton Poets and Writers Speakers Series, designed to offer students the opportunity to meet nationally recognized writers and literary critics and hear their work. Each year, at least one speaker visits HSU as a part of this series. In spring 2007, the Clayton Speakers Series brought to campus Donald Hall, the 14th Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the United States Library of Congress. In Spring 2011, Edward Hirsch, famed poet and president of the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, came to speak to our students. In 2007, HSU hosted the 10th Annual Meeting for the C.S. Lewis & The Inklings Society, and, in September 2011, we will host the Southwest Conference on Christianity and Literature.
Other writers who have given on-campus readings are: Melissa Range, Betty Adcock, Max Apple, David Bottoms, Cathy Smith Bowers, Lynn Emanuel, George Garrett, Reginald Gibbons, Andrew Hudgins, Richard Hugo, X.J. Kennedy, April Lindner, Thomas Lux, Walter McDonald, Larry McMurtry, Jack Myers, Naomi Shihab Nye, Linda Pastan, Louis Simpson, David Wagoner, Derek Walcott, and Miller Williams.
Students also may apply for small graduate fellowships to teach ENGL 0110 Basic Writing and have an opportunity to experience the classroom as instructor or possibly to work in HSU's Writing Center providing individualized help to undergraduates. These fellowships are limited and are awarded by the director of the Graduate Program in English.
Master's graduates of HSU's English program have succeeded in doctoral programs in a variety of universities, including Baylor University, Texas A&M University, Colorado State, Texas Christian University, and St. Andrews University in Scotland.
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