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Notre Dame of Maryland Offers New Master’s Degree in English Literature

August 1, 2011

BALTIMORE--Notre Dame of Maryland University is launching a master’s degree in English literature, with classes starting in September 2011. The intensive program is designed for education professionals seeking to become better teachers of English and for students preparing for doctoral-level work in English. 

Notre Dame developed the program in partnership with the Baltimore County Public School System, responding to increasing demand for English teachers with a master’s degree in their content area. The master’s in English at Notre Dame is the only part-time, cohort-based graduate program in the Baltimore region. Courses are offered in a sequence, with one course taught each semester (one evening weekly in fall and spring and two evenings weekly during each of the two summer sessions), providing for completion of coursework and comprehensive exams within three years. 

“Notre Dame historically has had a strong reputation for its curriculum in English literature and writing. This new master's in English literature will continue that tradition and maintain those high standards at the graduate level,” said Jeana DelRosso, Ph.D., chair of Notre Dame’s department of English.

The new program’s curriculum focuses on breadth of content, providing broad surveys of English, American, and world literature while also requiring a depth of knowledge in literary research, history and interpretation. Critical thinking and writing skills are strengthened, and students master the concepts and theories central to the study of literature. The program is distinctive in its emphasis on issues of gender: Notre Dame’s mission focuses on women’s ability to transform the world through education, and all courses in the program incorporate literature by women and address issues of women in literature. 

For information on fall 2011 registration, contact Jaclyn DiMaggio at 410-532-5131 or jdimaggio (at) ndm.edu. Or attend a First Thursday Information Session, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. in Fourier Hall, held the first Thursday of every month on the North Charles Street Campus.

Notre Dame of Maryland University, founded as a Catholic liberal arts college in 1895 by the School Sisters of Notre Dame, engages students as confident, capable learners and leaders, thriving in the vibrant, personal community of its distinguished Women’s College, College of Adult Undergraduate Studies and College of Graduate Studies. Rich in tradition, Notre Dame provides students with opportunities in research, study abroad and service to the global community. Notre Dame’s graduates change lives—in their careers, communities and families. Visit www.ndm.edu.