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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  • A Case Study of the Literacy Experiences of 3rd Grade Struggling Readers with the Use of Interactive Digital Books 

    Demiroz, Emine (University of Missouri -- Kansas City, 2018)
    Students who score one or more grade levels below the standard expectations in reading tests are defined as struggling readers. Struggling readers have difficulty in reading and/or comprehending a text, which affects ...
  • Behind the Mask 

    Whelan, Marie Louise (University of Missouri -- Kansas City, 2017)
    This book explores the struggles of one woman living in London during an outbreak of the bubonic plague. Charles, as she has named herself, has to not only maintain her masculine guise, but also has to fight to cure ...
  • Sticky 

    Wexler, Michael Lewis; Terrell, Whitney (University of Missouri -- Kansas City, 2017)
    No matter how you slice it, our current understanding of the human brain is decidedly limited. “Will we ever understand the human brain?” asks Jonathan Gornall of the World Economic Forum. “Today, I can't tell you – ...
  • Half and Half 

    Boyd, Colleen E. (University of Missouri -- Kansas City, 2017)
    This thesis is a collection of short stories that I wrote and rewrote between my time as an undergraduate at Knox College and my time as a graduate student at UMKC. These stories were picked over other fictional works ...
  • The Surviving Parties 

    Biersmith, Benedict E. (University of Missouri--Kansas City, 2017)
    This thesis is a collection of short stories that were written and re-written between my time as an undergraduate at Columbia College and my time as a Graduate Student at UMKC. These stories were picked out from many ...
  • Forced Perspective 

    Swalwell, Ian (University of Missouri--Kansas City, 2017)
    This collection of eleven short stories explores the constant struggle between our expectations for our own lives and our responsibilities to others, as well as the unexpected instances of suffering that have irrevocable ...
  • Life underwater 

    Howard, Dane (University of Missouri--Kansas City, 2018)
    This collection of short stories examines the different lives of people as they navigate the strange and confusing nature of their daily lives. There is a particular focus on how the monotonous can be equally as bizarre ...
  • Another Beast Entirely 

    McKiddy, Luke (University of Missouri--Kansas City, 2018)
    This thesis is a collection of works written and rewritten over the course of my time in the University of Missouri-Kansas City’s Master of Fine Arts Creative writing program. It includes short stories, nonfiction ...
  • Talking Texts with Teachers: A Narrative Inquiry into the Experiences of Secondary English Language Arts Teachers and Their Text Selection Practices 

    Wenger, Christa C. (University of Missouri--Kansas City, 2018)
    The texts that teachers choose to read in the secondary English language arts classroom have been an important part of the curriculum development process for teachers of this subject. Teachers have always been interested ...
  • Threads Bared 

    Navarro, Michelle Marie (University of Missouri--Kansas City, 2017)
    This thesis is part response part exploration into the world of those fighting and losing the battle over addiction. It is meant to follow the progression of addiction, from the root causes beginning in early childhood ...
  • Ozark Superstitions: A Collection 

    Marsden, Mariah E. (University of Missouri--Kansas City, 2017)
    This collection of linked short stories explores the storytelling traditions of a family that continues to deal with the results of a past trauma in their day-to-day lives. The three members of the Taile family struggle ...
  • Three Paths To Religious Integration In Ernest Hemingway’s War Fiction 

    Pingelton, Timothy James (University of Missouri--Kansas City, 2018)
    My dissertation studies religiosity in Ernest Hemingway’s war fiction in terms of how his soldier characters connect to the divine. The means to understanding this connection is in refining how the characters express ...
  • A Narrative Inquiry into Experiences of Teaching Reading 

    Crump, Sara Lyn (University of Missouri--Kansas City, 2018)
    In recent years, educators have been paying attention to reading instruction and reading strategies in English classes at the high school level for several reasons. One of those reasons is the adoption of Common Core ...
  • Praire Madness 

    Mays, Nancy K. (University of Missouri--Kansas City, 2017)
    Prairie Madness is a collection of fiction and non-fiction that examines the impact and power of loneliness, both lifelong and momentary. In some of this work, loneliness fuels acts of courage; in others it triggers denial ...
  • Sublime Underdogs 

    Lutz, Angela (University of Missouri--Kansas City, 2017)
    It is my hope that this collection of stories, Sublime Underdogs, uncovers the beauty and the pain in unique aspects of the human experience: a lonely young woman who is terrified of getting cancer, for instance, or a ...
  • American Anxiety: Stories 

    Carlson, Anders James (University of Missouri--Kansas City, 2017)
    This collection of stories largely deals with anxiety felt by people in small-town, rural America in the twenty-first century. Ranging from an old woman afraid of change to a veteran returning home to a people’s militia ...
  • Mississippi People 

    Baltz, Christopher Jay (University of Missouri--Kansas City, 2017)
    Mississippi people is a collection of short stories and essays written during the course of my three years at UMKC. The characters within, even the one's that aren't from Mississippi themselves, all have a bit of ...
  • Red Things 

    Russo, Matthew (University of Missouri--Kansas City, 2017)
    Comprised of a collection of short stories and a full-length screenplay, this thesis is a demonstration of the author's progress as a writer. The stories are literary realism set in St. Louis, Missouri, particularly ...
  • Burning Houses: A Novel 

    Thomas, Tassinda Joy (University of Missouri--Kansas City, 2016)
    When Cat Byers’ mother dies and leaves her and her sister a surprise inheritance of 10 million dollars and 500 acres of oil land, a woman adrift must overcome her unresolved past and a mysterious stalker to discover ...
  • The Surviving Parties 

    Biersmith, Benedict E. (University of Missouri--Kansas City, 2017)
    This thesis is a collection of short stories that were written and re-written between my time as an undergraduate at Columbia College and my time as a Graduate Student at UMKC. These stories were picked out from many ...

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