About the Department
The Department of English at the University of California, Irvine offers a Summer Master's in English program designed especially for teachers and returning students who are interested in strengthening their command of literature, as well as honing their critical and literacy skills. Though teachers are the main intended constituency, we also have mature students who, for other reasons, wish to return to a terminal graduate program. The degree offered reflects UC Irvine's emphasis on literary theory, literary history, and expository writing, and is the same as the one earned by the Department's full-time graduate students, with the exception that foreign language proficiency is not required in the summer program.
Approximately 20 students are admitted each summer, with 20 students continuing from the preceding summer. The limited enrollment each summer is intended to ensure small classes and accessible faculty - the essential conditions for intensive literary study.
Students elect eight seminars over two consecutive summers and a dissertation research course over the third summer. The first two summers are comprised of two four-week sessions, with enrollment in two seminars per session. In the third summer, students enroll in a dissertation research course, an independent study consisting of two classes over one term, designed to assist in writing and completing a Master's essay, the degree's capstone requirement. The research course classes will be available on campus and online.
Annually the sessions are timed to accomodate secondary school calendars as fully as possible. Typically sessions open in late June and close before labor Day. Classes take place for two hours on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.