Literature & Writing

Earn Your Master’s Degree Around Your Passion

Union Institute & University’s major in Literature and Writing is great for students who love reading and exploring the English language. In our online master’s degree program, you will have the freedom to focus your area of study on your own literary interests, from Shakespeare to Science Fiction. As a capstone of the degree, you will complete a thesis based on your area of interest.

Careers of our Literature & Writing Graduates

Publishing &

public relations

Secondary education


Work in

radio & television

Start a foundation

for your doctoral research

Study the creativity

throughout Literary history

Union’s Literature & Writing program qualifies you to apply to teach English composition and literature at many community colleges in face-to-face and online classrooms. Course work is completed online in a distance learning format, but you will be encouraged to apply your learning to real-world experience during your application courses. And while this major is not a creative writing degree, you can choose to incorporate your own creative writing into your study.

Recent Graduate Fields of Study

  • African American Literature
  • Young Adult Literature
  • Cinema Studies
  • Shakespeare and the English Renaissance
  • Feminist and Gender Studies Approaches to Literature
  • Science Fiction and Fantasy Literature
  • Postmodern and Postcolonial Approaches to Literature
  • Composition Theory and Practice
  • The Literature of the Long Eighteenth Century
  • Native American Literature and Philosophy
  • Sports Literature
  • Ecocritical Literature and Theory
  • Disability Studies in Literature

Literature & Writing Structure & Courses

•  Minimum 36 credit hour program
•  Full-time & part-time options
• January, May, and August start dates
• Complete your degree in as little as 24 months.
  • Disciplinary Foundations I
    LITW 512
  • Disciplinary Foundations II
    LITW 513
  • Field of Study I
    LITW 521
  • Field of Study II
    LITW 522
  • Applications I
    LITW 525
  • Applications II
    LITW 526
  • Advanced Research Methods
    LITW 620
  • Thesis I
    LITW 628
  • Thesis II
    LITW 629
  • Thesis
    LITW 630
  • Elements of Scholarship
    MAP 508
  • Research Methods
    MAP 509
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Major & Core Courses
Advanced Courses
Graduation Capstone

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students are saying

This program is the best thing to happen to my professional career. I would even go as far as saying that it's one of the best things that has happened in my life.

Tim Fraser-Bumatay2015 Graduate

My undergrad experience was so different. To me it was a check list, take the class, get the grade, keep going until I get the degree then a pay check. This time it's so different. I'm getting an education, I'm learning and it's transforming my life.

Private Student2015 Graduate