The Department of English Language and Literature offers programs of study that lead to the Bachelor of Arts, the Master of Arts, the Master of Fine Arts, and the Interdisciplinary Doctor of Philosophy degrees. In the undergraduate program, students may pursue a general English program, or they may choose an emphasis in creative writing or secondary English education. Four minors in English are offered: Language and Literature; Creative Writing; Writing; and Manuscript, Print Culture, and Editing. M.A. in English students may focus their studies on Literature or may elect the Language and Literature track or the Manuscript, Print Culture, and Editing track. The M.F.A. in Creative Writing and Media Arts is an interdisciplinary program leading to a terminal degree. English is an academic discipline eligible for full participation in the University's Interdisciplinary Ph.D. program.

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  • From Revolution To Ruin: A Preliminary Look at Rwanda’s First Two Presidents, Grégoire Kayibanda and Juvénal Habyarimana, and Their Administrations 

    Childress, Stephen E. (2015)
    This paper brings together primary and secondary materials from a vast number of sources related to the first two presidents of Rwanda, Grégoire Kayibanda and Juvénal Habyarimana, in a preliminary look at the men and ...
  • You People: A Collection of Stories and Essays 

    Jacquinot, Liz C. (2015-08-11)
  • Road/Map/Canvas 

    Joshi, Sameer (2015-07-28)
    The poems in this thesis explore the connection between imagination, space and belonging. Actual landscapes provoke imaginative responses. A small town in South Peru becomes the focus of desire, belonging and nostalgia. ...
  • The Medical Record 

    Hirthler, Maureen A. (2015-07-28)
    A collection of personal essays, “The Medical Record” is an exploration of my life in medicine. It has three primary goals. First, to portray an accurate account of my training and practice as a female physician, with ...
  • Sandoz Writing (Righting) History 

    Wenburg, Jullian Leigh (2015-06-19)
    Mari Sandoz’s dedication to her research topics, personality, candor, and work ethic allowed her an intimate place alongside those she chose to write about. This yielded a moving written product. In the same way that Sandoz ...
  • "Something at Least Human": Transatlantic (Re)Presentations of Creole Women in Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture 

    Huston, Kristin Nicole (2015-06-19)
    Throughout the nineteenth century, Creole women were consistently idealized, exoticized, and demonized in literature and culture on both sides of the Atlantic. While the term Creole is still hotly contested even today, ...
  • No Place Like Home 

    Honaker, Greyson (2015-06-02)
    This collection of stories portrays a variety of lives dealing the aftereffects of loss. In “Robert the Lionheart” a boy seeks the DNA of his parents to recreate them and struggles with what that might mean. In “Weeds” ...
  • Home Almost 

    Leggard, Teresa (2015-05-27)
    This thesis explores the concept of home, what it means to be at home – or not at home – in one’s nation, family, dwelling or even in one’s own body. The speakers in these poems, whether through participation, observation ...
  • Cul-de-Sacs 

    Handley, Brandi (2014-09-30)
    The following eleven stories are a culmination of three years of investigation through creative writing of life at home and family relationships. While the stories are closely related by theme, the form of each piece varies ...
  • Art Monster: Stories and a Novella 

    Cook, Elizabeth Anne (2014-08-27)
    Monsters external and internal stalk the margins of the stories and novella that make up this collection. Though each selection engages in its own distinct exploration of the monstrous, the pieces hint at a shared question: ...
  • Beneath the light: stage-bound and ankle-cuffed 

    Jordan, Alli (2014-07-30)
    The creative thesis includes both plays and poetry which cover multiple themes surrounding the female performer, in the media, on the stage, and in everyday life. The play, "An Evening of Alli Jordan" is a meta-theatrical ...
  • More than a river: using nature for reform in the progressive era 

    Dobson, Patrick D. (2014-03-27)
    The decades around the turn of the twentieth century were a time of vast social and economic change. Industrialization altered the ways people related to each other and to their social, political, and cultural institutions. ...
  • Turning the doorknob: esssays, stories, and poems 

    Johnson, Andrew (2013-07-17)
    This collection of essays, stories, and poems is a broad exploration in persona, genre, and form. The individual human is complex, and this thesis embraces the complexity, even when the selves presented here, fully factual ...
  • Of oranges and the sea 

    McKeever, Kara Marie (2013-07-12)
    The stories in this collection explore family and friendships. They follow characters for whom the world is not always a perfect fit, fierce in its beauty and its sadness, characters whose best intentions too often fall ...
  • Pussycat rampage 

    Friend, Timothy E. (2013-05-28)
    Cinnamon's job for rural crime-boss Big Poppa usually calls for her to break the law, not surrender to it. But when Big Poppa's son Bobby-Tommy badly beats a young man in a nearby town that's just what she's asked to ...
  • The shepherd of the hills 

    Whelan, Christopher Lawrence (Christo) (University of Missouri--Kansas City, 2013-01-04)
    One spring day, an elderly man from the city, Daniel Howitt, enters the Ozark Mountains, ostensibly on a vacation to improve his health, which has suffered due to events concerning his believed long-dead son, Howard, ...
  • Like where you're from is so great 

    Pachmayr, Matthew Stuart (University of Missouri--Kansas City, 2012-06-19)
    The stories in this collection focus on leaving, staying, and coming back to the small town of Buffalo, Missouri, and how those decisions impact the characters who make them. Three of the stories are centered around Milford ...
  • You seem anxious 

    Fischer, Anne Margaret (University of Missouri--Kansas City, 2012-06-18)
    This collection of stories explores gaps in human communication, the unknowability of others, and the anxiety that manifests from social experience. Many of the longer pieces are rooted in the Lake of the Ozarks, a 92-mile ...
  • Twelve dead jackrabbits : stories & poems 

    Deel, Karla Ann (University of Missouri--Kansas City, 2012-06-18)
    This collection of short fiction and poetry aims to stand as witness to the struggles of navigating through personal histories and society. The Jackrabbit Series is the celebration of one woman's life who finds herself ...

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