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English Department

The English Department is committed to providing excellent undergraduate and graduate programs for students at Bridgewater State University. We currently offer Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in English, Master of Arts (M.A.) in English, and a Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) English.

Undergraduate Program

The program of study for undergraduate English majors aims to enhance appreciation and knowledge of literature and the writing process (see our program outcomes here ).  Through exposure to significant literary works and to the tools for understanding and analyzing what they read and write, students will develop an understanding of the history and background of English-language literatures, including texts in translation central to the discipline. Course work in the major includes offerings in culturally diverse English-language literatures with a foundation in British and American traditions, embracing the writing process and critical analysis. This background prepares English majors to enter diverse careers or to pursue graduate study. Bridgewater State University English majors have achieved success in a wide variety of occupations including teaching, banking, law, medicine, publishing, government service, public relations, technical writing, creative writing, advertising and business administration.

Graduate Programs

The Master of Arts degree in English (MA) is a flexible degree program aimed at students interested in advanced studies in literature, composition/rhetoric, creative writing, linguistics, English Education, and film.  Many of our students are practicing secondary school teachers who seek a master’s degree in English for professional licensure and career advancement, while others intend to pursue college teaching as a career.  While our MA prepares the majority of our students to teach English in college and secondary school settings, others of our alumni employ skills developed in our degree program in their work as editors, copywriters, creative writers, freelance writers, entrepreneurs, library assistants, administrators, or technical writing professionals.  Motivated by their passion for reading and writing, some students pursue the MA for personal rather than simply professional goals. 
The Master of Arts in Teaching in English (MAT) is another degree option for middle-school and high-school teachers in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to achieve professional licensure. Applicants to the MAT program must already have initial licensure to teach in the state. (If you seek initial licensure, the BSU Education department offers an APB--Advanced PostBaccalaureate program.) Graduate students in the MAT take 6 courses in English and 5 in Education.  Advising will be done by full-time members of the graduate faculty in the Department of English.
For further information about the MA or MAT in English, please contact the Graduate Coordinator, Dr. Kimberly Davis at  

The English Department in collaboration with the College of Graduate Studies and School of Education offers a Graduate Certificate Program in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) and the MAT in TESOL. These programs provide linguistic and pedagogical instruction to individuals interested in working with students whose first language is not English. For further information, please contact Dr. Julia Stakhnevich at and/or the Graduate Admissions. 
Contact Info
Bridgewater State University
English Department
Tillinghast Hall, Room 340
Bridgewater, MA 02325
Tel: (508) 531-1258
Fax: (508) 531-1781
Department Chair:
Dr. Ann Brunjes

Administrative Assistant:

Lori A. LeComte