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Academics Background

Graduate Programs in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

M.A. in English

The Master of Arts program in English at Butler University consists in course work and individual studies in English and American as well as European and World Literatures. Additional topics for study include Minority Literatures, Gender Studies, Colonial and Post-colonial literatures as well as Literary Theory and Post-Modernism. In some cases courses may also be taken for graduate credit in Composition, Rhetoric and Creative Writing. The program is flexible enough to accommodate a wide array of academic interests and career goals. The learning environment is highly interactive due to small class sizes and close relationship among faculty and students. A variety of special events and programs further enrich literary studies at Butler, including the University's Visiting Writers' Series, The Writers' Studio, workshops, lectures and presentations. Application requirements can be found here.

M.A. in History

Butler offers advanced study in the areas of:

  • U.S. History
  • Midwest Regional and Urban Studies
  • European Intellectual, Cultural, and Social History
  • East Asian History
  • Latin American History

Application requirements can be found here.

MFA in Creative Writing

A 36-hour studio MFA in Creative Writing includes 10 three-credit courses and 6 hours of formal thesis work with an advisor. We offer programs in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, courses in screenwriting, teaching creative writing, alternative forms, and literary publishing, and are one of the few programs in the country that features service to the community. The MFA represents the latest evolution of our century-long commitment to the literary arts. We offer a combination of top-flight, full-time faculty, nationally-recognized visiting faculty, a stellar visiting writer's series, and a broad diversity of courses across an array of genres. We also offer teaching and editing opportunities, professional mentoring, and exciting opportunities to become involved in the Indianapolis literary community through the Efroymson Center for Creative Writing. Application requirements can be found here.