What You'll Study
Classes in literature cover the major literary movements, while classes in linguistics provide an overview of the principal areas of inquiry. Our offerings in culture cover a wide-ranging array of interdisciplinary topics. The degree includes two options to complete the required 30 semester credit hours. You may complete 30 hours of coursework and take a comprehensive master’s examination based on a reading list, or complete 24 hours of coursework plus 6 research credits and write a master’s thesis. Full-time students normally will complete the program in two years. Students may complete the degree entirely online, in residence, or both. Virginia Tech is a fully accredited, world-ranked research university.
Careers of Program Graduates
Graduates go on to careers in teaching, international policy, and advanced doctoral studies. In teaching, graduates teach at all levels of K-12 education, community college, and as instructors at the university level. Students have also taken on careers in the non-profit and policy sectors. We have an excellent record of placement in Ph.D. programs such as University of Virginia, Duke University, Ohio State University, University of Maryland, University of North Carolina, Washington University in St. Louis, and University of Kansas.
Blacksburg campus, or online through the Virtual campus
The Blacksburg campus offers students the full services of the university, including an extensive library, technology support, and the Graduate Life Center. Virtual campus students likewise enjoy library access, electronically and by mail, and technical support.
Online students are expected to attend classes in real time over the internet using a webcam and software available for download from the university. Most MA courses are offered in the late afternoon or evening (Eastern time).