Graduate Studies

​The requirements for an MA degree in English
consist of 21 credit hours in courses numbered 300 or above, successful completion of a comprehensive examination, and a thesis along with any additional prerequisite courses determined by the department to make up for deficiencies in undergraduate preparation.

Students working for an MA degree in English Language must take English 301, 327, 341 or 342, and 345.  Two additional elective English Language graduate courses from among those offered in the department must be taken. Students must take a further graduate course, which may be from outside the English language course offerings, subject to departmental approval. 

Students working for the degree of MA i​n the Teaching of English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) should refer to the Department of Education catalogue section. Students working for the degree of MA in the Teaching of English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) should refer to the Department of Education catalogue section.

Students working for an MA degree in English Literature must complete English 301. In addition, they must take one course from each of the following three categories: Literary History, Comparative Literature, and Literary and Cultural Studies. Of the remaining three courses, two may be taken outside the Literature program, subject to departmental approval. 

For more information about graduate studies at AUB, check out the the AUB graduate catalogue and the following links: Online Graduate Application​; Graduate Council​.


For more information about the MA program in English Language and Literature, click here​. Also check out the MA Graduate flyer​.

Draft description of the graduate courses for Fall 2019 - 2020

ENGL 301A: Introduction to Bibliography and Methods of Research
Professor David Currell

This course aims to present a critical introduction to research in the field of literary studies through exposure to a wide range of topics in current scholarship and continuous practice in the genres of communication important to beginning researchers. The course anchors this survey in the specific context of the Department of English at AUB. Its ultimate goal is to equip students with critical skills suited to performing the intellectual, practical, and scriptorial work essential to making a contribution to literary research within the design of the MA in Literature and beyond. The course is built around critical engagement with the resources of the department and its faculty, the university library, and the written and electronic record of literary scholarship. The engagement takes the form of seminar meetings, event participation, class visits, extensive assigned and independent readings, ​oral presentations, writing exercises, peer reviewing, and the composition of a model thesis proposal.​ 

ENGL306AB :TRANSNATIONAL LITERATURES,“Travelling (in) Multilingual Arab Works”
Professor Syrine Hout

This course explores eight post-war Lebanese/Arab Anglophone and (translated) Arabophone novels by writers from Lebanon, living at home or in the diaspora, but who have witnessed at least some atrocities of the Lebanese Civil War (1975–90) and/or of the July 2006 War in the ‘post-post war’ period during their formative years (childhood and adolescence). Readings include narratives by Rabih Alameddine, Rawi Hage, Abbas El-Zein, Hala Alyan, Saleem Haddad, Hilal Chouman, and Rayyan Al-Shawaf. These texts will be read in parallel to literary-historical, theoretical as well as text-specific critical essays (when available). This emergent body addresses the interrelated themes of international travel (exile and diaspora), memory, homeland, nostalgia, nationalism, sexuality, militarization of the youth, personal versus collective identity, socio-economic class, gender and power relations, religion and sectarianism, political conflict and war. In addition to discussing these issues, some of the larger questions to be explored in class will revolve around the following aspects of transnational literature: the role of language, code-switching, place of production, reception, translation, circulation, and many others. 


ENGL 311B: Literature and Material Culture – from literature archive to literary biography​Professor Sonja Mejcher-Atassi

This course examines the very material we work with in literary studies and critically reflects on our reading and writing practices. It in particular deals with literary estates, the intellectual property of literary writers, which include diverse published and unpublished material, ranging from literary texts to personal libraries and papers (drafts, notes, private journals, correspondences, etc.). These constitute a key source of literary biographies, a form of life writing interdisciplinary and open-ended in character, which this course sets out to explore. The course consists of three interrelated parts, addressing the following questions:
I. What are the material objects we work with in literary studies? How do they impact our reading of literary texts and how do we make use of them in our academic writing? 
II. What are literary estates and what constitutes a writer’s intellectual property? What are literature archives and what do they do with the material they collect?
III. What are literary biographies? How do biographies relate to history and fiction? What goes into the writing of real-life stories? How does literary biography relate to literary theory?

ENGL 327: Sociolinguistics
Professor Arthur Michael Vermy

(course description will follow)

ENGL 341: Advanced Phonology
Professor Niamh Kelly​

This is a graduate level course examining phonological theory and an introduction to using phonological analysis. There will be a short introduction to phonetics and phonology, leading to the rest of the course which will be based on journal articles examining a variety of theories and approaches to the study of sound systems across languages. Students will be expected to contribute to class discussions on the articles and to present assigned readings in class. There will be problem sets where students will apply the approaches to phonological analysis on real languages.​

ENGL 345: Language Acquisition
Professor Kassim Shaaban​

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the study of first and second language acquisition/learning and to provide them with training in the collection, analysis, and interpretation of representative learner language data in first and second language contexts. In addition to becoming familiar with the major theoretical issues​ and research data on language acquisition, students will become familiar with the key concepts that inform the study of first and second language acquisition through the review of relevant literature on these topics. Finally, the course will allow students to develop their own research projects that draw on language acquisition theory and research.

ENGL 346AA: Issues in Applied Linguistics
Professor Niamh Kelly​

This course trains students in research methods as applied to language: from linguistic literature reading and critique, through experimental setup, and linguistic data analysis and research presentation. Empirical research on language has the complex interaction of multiple levels of
influence​ (e.g., speaking context, formality, speaker and listener background, even speaker and listener level of mutual liking), as well as each variable under examination having multiple acoustic cues (correlations among voicing, duration, pitch, intensity), requiring either control of many variables, or an inclusion of these in the statistical analysis. Students will choose a sound feature of the speech of Lebanese Arabic, or any language spoken in Lebanon. Students will learn how to choose the relevant variables of language to examine, how to set up and run an  experiment, use the most appropriate statistical tests, and how to determine what factors to include in various statistical models. They will run their own experiment and present the results.Each student will conduct a new analysis on one feature of Lebanese Arabic, Lebanese English, Armenian,etc, or on code-switching in Lebanon.​

ENGL346R: Sp.Tp:Tutoring Writing 
Professor Erin Zimmerman

This course explores writing center theory and practice using texts on writing and writing center pedagogies in order to gain insight into writing processes and the act of peer tutoring. It introduces students to writing genres across academic disciplines, learning styles, revision strategies, ethical considerations of writing and tutoring, methods of tutoring, tutor roles and responsibilities, and the history and workings of a writing center. In addition to theory, students will enhance their own writing practices and perceptions by observing, analyzing, and reflecting on tutoring sessions and the tutoring process. The goal of this course is for students to gain confidence and practical skills that could be applied to future tutoring and teaching acts.​