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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  • Navigation errors 

    Kotur, Kevin (University of Missouri -- Kansas City, 2019)
    Navigation Errors is a collection of personal essays that explore the ideas of religious fundamentalism, humanity’s place in—and relation to—nature, physical and mental challenge, paradigm shifts, and the mistakes that ...
  • Bureaucracy and other stories 

    Paur, Stephen (University of Missouri -- Kansas City, 2019)
    The following project is the product of three years of intensive research and trial and error. You’ll notice it’s divided into two sections: fiction and nonfiction. However, one of the research questions central to this ...
  • The Effectiveness of Reading Folk Literature in Improving English Language Learners’ Reading Proficiency in Elementary Grades 

    Erdogan, Nabat (University of Missouri -- Kansas City, 2018)
    This mixed-methods study investigates the effectiveness of reading folktales, fairy tales, and fables in improving English learners’ reading proficiency levels in elementary grades and explores students’ experiences with ...
  • Pro-Black Prosody 

    North , Glenn A. (2020)
    This thesis speaks to the triumphs and tragedies of the Black experience. It attempts to look at Blackness through the lens of my combined experiences as a spoken word artist, a student in the University of Missouri-Kansas ...
  • Swallowing frogs 

    Saxon, Erin (University of Missouri -- Kansas City, 2019)
    This collection is comprised of short fiction, poems, two essays, and one short script. The work contained revolves around themes of mental illness, disillusionment, gender dynamics, and the difficulty of knowing others. ...
  • To turn on every light 

    Weishar, Lindsey (University of Missouri -- Kansas City, 2018)
    This collection of poems focuses on the interior and exterior landscapes of a speaker in relationship with objects, with others, and with God. The poems seek to explore these relationships through a symbolic lens, so ...
  • Poisons of war 

    Veroczi, Sabrina (University of Missouri -- Kansas City, 2017)
    My father, a Vietnam veteran who suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder, took his life in November 1976, when I was only a year old. The nature of his death kept the details of his life, his illness, and his ...
  • Cake for Fighting 

    Klein, Stephanie Marie (2019)
    Although individual freedom is so integral to western ideology, the idea that culture can supersede an individual’s basic human rights is surprisingly common in the United States. This is due to another western value: ...
  • Ouroboros 

    Ramirez, Logan (2019)
    I find it boring to write about myself. I think this begins with the fact that I do not consider myself to be an inherently interesting person. This isn’t a bad thing. There is no right way. For those of us non-interesting ...
  • The Cherry Orchard 

    McBride, Max Logan (University of Missouri -- Kansas City, 2018)
    Similar to the namesake of this manuscript, Anton Chekhov’s play The Cherry Orchard, the poems that make up this collection explore loss—loss of home, loss of time, loss of loved ones, loss of self. Some of the poems ...
  • On Earth, As It Is 

    Thompson, Jermaine (University of Missouri -- Kansas City, 2018)
    This manuscript of poems addresses the collisions of the body—what is often meant when we say intersectionality. These poems take on the politics of race, religion, gender, and history and employ the filters of persona, ...
  • Wishful Thinking 

    Kaleugher, Jon Fitzgerald (University of Missouri -- Kansas City, 2018)
    The novel interrogated what it means to live in a midwestern college town while not being in college. What it means to have stayed in one place long enough that everyone who left has decided to come back. What it means ...
  • Mother’s Little Helper: A Memoir in Vignettes 

    Cooksey, Rhonda Lynn (University of Missouri -- Kansas City, 2018)
    Mental illness debilitates the afflicted and impacts friends and family members. The collage of scenes in this memoir reveal the ways family members developed survival strategies and coping mechanisms to manic depression. ...
  • Splitting Lips 

    Hudson, Morgan (University of Missouri -- Kansas City, 2018)
    This collection is comprised of short fiction and two essays, dealing with themes of disillusionment, power dynamics, and the messiness of identity. "Ladybug" is about a dependent woman who fakes a pregnancy. "Salt and ...
  • The Shape of the Room as Silence 

    Moessner, John Anthony (University of Missouri -- Kansas City, 2018)
    This thesis in creative writing is a manuscript of poems that examine grief and loss, and their reverberations through the objects and memories of people that are left behind. It is the result of workshops, collaboration ...
  • Father Me Again 

    Morse, Cameron (University of Missouri -- Kansas City, 2018)
    In this master thesis, the candidate presents a collection of original poems related to his glioblastoma diagnosis and wife’s pregnancy and childbirth, accompanied by a critical introduction, which explains his writing ...
  • 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 ...

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