The Department of English offers a 30 hour program of study leading to the Master of Arts degree in English. The Department of English also offers a 48-hour program of study leading to the Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing (MFA-CW) degree.

Graduate students in English may: prepare for careers of teaching on the college and pre-college levels; engage in literary research and composition on advanced levels; prepare for further advanced study and degrees; or pursue other pre-professional goals.


Theses/Dissertations from 2022

House of Lambs, Taylor Janell Anderson

Scatterbrain, Abigail C. Byrd-Stapleton


Samuel Beckett's Theory of Repetition, Kennedy Carpenter


Multimodality And The Sociality Of Literacies: Shaping First-Year Writing Students’ Literacies Through Multimodal Approaches, Jonathon Collins

A Tender Head, Whitney N. Cooper

Broken Rules and Ugly Rumors, Sam Floyd

Unitl the Well Runs Dry, Wesley Adam Gift


Asking Appalachia: Appalachian English in the Writing Classroom, Rachel Nicole Hampton


Wattpad as an Online Medium for Contemporary Folklore, Alisha Tess Helton


The Touching Rooms, Kimberly Mattheussens


All the Broken Pieces, Ellen Harrison Mitchell


BECAUSE: A Son’s Odyssey to Expose a CIA Coverup and Find the Father He Never Knew, James B. Wells

Theses/Dissertations from 2021

Dirt Road Magic, Carrie Callahan

Broken, Jeffrey Hyde Jr

Shadows Hold Their Breath, Sherry Robinson

Coasting '71: a memoir, Richard Stuecker


Not Angry but Angy: The Rhetorical Effects of Non-Standard Language in Memes, Cailin Rhiannon Wile

Theses/Dissertations from 2020

Widows' Breath: Grief Fractures, Artie Ann Bates

False Starts: A Collection of Stories, Amaleq Eleazar Esmurria

The Flower Shop, Ian McKinzey Hall


Creating a Place for Monstrosity: The Forced Liminality and Limited Mobility of Codified Monstrosity in Leigh Bardugo's King of Scars, Kaylee Brooke Lambert


Kitty Hawk Way, Mary Elizabeth Pope

Hometown, Edy Thomas

Atlas: a collection of poems on moving to the Wild West, William Andrew White


Syncretic Immersion: Tolkien’s Languages As History, Artifacts, And Meta-Narratives, Stewart Raymond Zdrojowy

Theses/Dissertations from 2019

Mouse, Joseph Breen

In The Blood, Joey Elizabeth Burke

23: The Appalachian Foothills People, Place, And, The Opioid Epidemic, Sarah E. Diamond Burroway


Out With the Old, In With Revitalized Grammar Through Style-based Composition Pedagogy, Courtney Forester


Defending the Bodice Ripper, Dora Abigail Gardner


"Where Is A Story Before It Becomes Words?": Understanding Queer Composition's Place in Writing Studies Through Lynda Barry's What It Is, James Franklin McClure

High Altitude Fish, Micah McGurk

Mountain Roosters, Matthew Parsons

Dirt Work, Rachel Anne Parsons


The Chivalrous and Feminist King: How the Arthurian Legends Chronicled the Formation of Two Gender Identities, Gary Andrew Pickle

Autobiography, Kristen Marie Ruggles

Hidden Weather and Other Stories, Lydia K. Sanders

Personal Jesus and Other True Stories, Leslie Scheuler

Holler If You Need Me, Lori Singleton

Desolation Road, Eric James Smith

The King's Apothecary, Sherri Ann Williams

Theses/Dissertations from 2018


Everything Broken is Waiting to Be Fixed, Jake Russell Bingham


The Face You Draw into Your Skin Is Not Your Own, Patricia Coscia

All Saints and Sinners, Wendy Elizabeth Gowins


Talking Sports: Rhetorical Benefits Of Blogging Sports Journalism, Lucas Green

Tell Me One True Thing, Roxanne Kent-Drury

Soup Beans, Savannah Korey Marlow

Bridezilla Descends Upon Tokyo and Other Strange Stories, Katherine McMullen


Designing the Teacher: Applying 'Design Thinking' to Improve Composition Pedagogy and Practice, Jordan Nicole Newman

Both Sides: The Classroom From Where I Stand, Rebecca Potter


The Mind's Eye: Visualizing Montage Theory, Eric Cody Smothers


One Lonely Line, Carissa Stevens


Finding the Self, Brenda Thomas

Crawlspace, Joseph Andrew Torres

The Woodline, William Roy Wilson

Theses/Dissertations from 2017

Religious Poetry and the Red Dot, Lori Curry


Breaking the Binary: Negotiating Space and Power in Course-Embedded Consulting, Courtnie Jude Morin

The Art of Sungazing, Jane Ann Mortkowitz

A Sylvan Convergence, Jennifer Anne Parks

Sequence, Deri Ross Pryor


Whitman And The Elegy: Mythologizing Lincoln And The Poetic Reconstruction Of Mourning, Brytani Raymond


(Re)Writing Woman with "The Laugh of the Medusa" and AntiOedipus, Samantha Rodgers


Masks of the Dark Goddess in Arthurian Literature: Origin and Evolution of Morgan le Fay, John Christopher Shearer

Farpointe: The Ice Princess Chronicles: Book 2, Kelsey Shea Weber

Theses/Dissertations from 2016

Going Home, Clinton Blake


Come, Set a Spell: A Novel in Stories, Ansley M. Bredar

Sorry Horses, Douglas Forrest Brewer

Grave Desires, Lisa Ann Chapman

Rail and Tie, Rebecca Daff

Collected Snow Globes, Bernard Fredrick Deville

Saw Briers, Cecile Gale Dixon

Barefoot and Bindi-ed, Kristian Goli

Panspermia, Lance Hood


Female Agency in Religious Disassembly of Culture: Where Do Women Fit In?, Megan Elizabeth Kirby

Butterflies Thrive On Octane, Phillip Wenturine

Theses/Dissertations from 2015

Esoterika, Michael Jernigan

a people blessed, a land teeming, Jay McCoy

Crafting Dreams of Lucid Shape, Joseph Allen Nichols

Bitter Relish, Heather Noland

Sarah Across America, Christopher Rowe

Saudade, Whitnee Elaine Thorp

Theses/Dissertations from 2014


The Consort, Cynthia Ann Behunin

An Envoy, Courtney Anne Combs

Animal People, Mary Rachael Hamm

This Is How You Live, James Andrew Hartman

Sleeper Cell, Jennifer Jordan Hartman


Ellipses of Gravel, Brandyn Christian Johnson


Fragments of Joshua, Bruce Chandler Lewis

Judgment, Joseph M. Mau

We Bare All, Wesley Shane Parsons

Rhaptein/Aidein, Kristen Roach Thompson

Saul Cyriaque & the Siren of Jean Lafitte, Laura E. Wooffitt

Theses/Dissertations from 2013


"It's Like We Were Being Watched ... Like There Were Only 3 Walls, And Not a Fourth Wall": Manifestations of Metafiction in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Caleb Randall Dempsey-Richardson

Confessions of a Scaredy Cat, Todd King

Like So Many Purple Boughs, Lisa M. Schmidley

Theses/Dissertations from 2012


Civilian Aviation Screening: A Time-Series Analysis of Confiscated Firearms at Screening Checkpoints, Shon Agard


Subversive Liminality and Ideological Warfare: The Zombie Mash-Up as Resistance to Hypermasculine Revenge Narratives Post-9/11, Veronica L. Cooper

The Painted Box, Veronica Louise Harryman


The Black Gum Well, Carolyn Ruth Pennington


The Rhetorical Criteria of Kennedy's Camelot, Stacy Fawn Wilder