Current Graduate Students

Mission Statement

The Master of Arts (MA) in English and Communication offers a personalized program of study in literature, writing, rhetoric, and communication; in other words, in the advanced study of human symbolic artifacts and interactions. Students work with advisers to create an academic program that culminates in a thesis project. Both the coursework and the thesis project allow for breadth and depth of experience in areas that cross traditional disciplinary boundaries and allow for intellectual synthesis of various fields. The MA in English and Communication is for students interested in pursuing various career, educational, and intellectual goals for which advanced study in these fields would be helpful. Individual advising, carefully selected classes and program construction, and a commitment to the student are central to the program. The program welcomes part-time students, and most classes are scheduled in the evening to accommodate those with daytime employment.

Program Overview

The SUNY Potsdam Master of Arts in English and Communication is an advanced, interdisciplinary program of study focusing on human symbolic systems and interactions. Courses are taught from a variety of disciplinary perspectives: literary history and theory, rhetoric, speech communication, linguistics, and composition studies. What unites these courses is the notion that all texts and utterances exist as part of discursive systems.

Working closely with faculty, each student designs and completes an individual culminating thesis project that crosses traditional disciplinary boundaries.

The MA in English and Communication is for students pursuing various educational, intellectual, and career goals.  The program welcomes part-time students, and most classes are scheduled in the evening to accommodate those with daytime employment.



Contact Information:

Dr. Sharmain van Blommestein, Graduate Director
Morey 249, (315) 267-3158
vanblos@potsdam.edu