Dr. Alexis Easley, Director of Graduate Studies

The Master of Arts in English Literature program is a dynamic intellectual community focused on intensive study of literature, writing, and new media. While investigating a diverse array of texts, students develop professional skills in advanced writing, speaking, editing, research, and textual analysis. They also have opportunities to gain work experience in editing, teaching, and program administration.  

Our faculty members are accomplished scholars who produce cutting-edge research; they also take pride in being master teachers and mentors. Courses and seminars are capped at 14 and 12 students, respectively, allowing for lively classroom engagement and personalized attention. The flexibility of our evening course schedule allows students to engage in a rigorous academic program while pursuing other career and personal goals.  

Recent course offerings have included American, British, and multicultural literature as well as critical theory, creative writing, and professional editing. Our courses often explore interdisciplinary connections between literature, film, cultural studies, and art history.

Upon graduation, many of our students gain admission to doctoral programs at prestigious universities such as Purdue, Notre Dame, and the University of Iowa.  Others find that completion of the program leads to professional advancement in teaching, law, editing, program administration, or other fields. Still others praise the personal enrichment that advanced literary study provides--the joy of reading and writing in a challenging yet supportive environment.

We warmly invite you to join our intellectual community! Please let us know if we can provide any additional information about the program.

General queries can be sent to gradenglish@stthomas.edu.
Dr. Alexis Easley, Graduate Program Director (651) 962-5653
Soren Hoeger-Lerdal, Graduate Program Coordinator (651) 962-5628 


The University of St. Thomas is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission.

Note: The University of St. Thomas is registered with the Minnesota Office of Higher Education pursuant to Minnesota Statutes section 136A.61 to 136A.71. Registration is not an endorsement of the institution. Credits earned at the institution may not transfer to all other institutions.