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Prospective Students


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.

Recent 600-level Electives:
History of the Novel
Discourses of Humanism: the Western
Topics in Book History

Recent 500-level Electives:
Folklore and Literature
Theory of Composition
Cold War Fiction and Film
Rhetorical Criticism
Literature/Translation Studies
Theory of Rhetoric

Contact Information:

James J. Donahue, Graduate Studies Director
Morey 130, (315) 267-2833