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Because "it's never too late to be what you might have been."
- George Eliot (a.k.a Mary Ann Evans)

The Master of Arts in English at Belmont is a community based program tailored for working adults which seeks to expand students' knowledge and understanding of literature by enhancing their abilities in critical reading, in practical literary analysis, and in effective written and oral communication.

The program offers:

  • Evening, Summer, and Some Online Classes
  • Literature, Writing, and Non-Thesis tracks
  • Small class size (usually 7-15 students)
  • Engaged, enthusiastic, accessible professors
  • Careful mentoring
  • Innovative teaching across a variety of challenging courses
  • Textual, historical, and theoretical studies of British, American, and multicultural literature
  • An immersion in the theoretical issues and practices that define the discipline of English

Study GroupGraduate courses at Belmont are small, engaging, and interactive, emphasizing textual analysis and effective oral and written communication.  Courses introduce various traditions of interpreting texts and challenge those traditions by applying contemporary theories.


Students graduating from our program attend professional schools (including Law Schools and Ph.D. programs in English), teach English in high schools and community colleges or as adjuncts at universities, or work in publishing, communications, administration, and many other professions.




Director: Dr. Annette Sisson
(615) 460-6803 or 460-5657

e-mail Dr. Sisson

Click here to download a PDF of the current Belmont M.A. handbook. (This is a large file and may take some time to download.)


"I came to the Belmont Master of Arts literature program after a long hiatus from academia, but the teachers and students made me feel right at home, and I could never anticipate the degree to which the faculty took a personal interest in my education and advancement in the field. The combination of that added investment and superb instruction gave me the confidence and knowledge to pursue a Ph.D."

-Buck Smith, Ph.D. Candidate, University of Tennessee
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