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Master of Arts in Literature – Online

Evaluate and Communicate Well.

Your capacity for study will vastly broaden your skills and career options. Your critical thinking will expand through your application of deeper biblical interpretation, letting you use greater analytical and hermeneutical skills in literary content and criticism.

Credit Hours

Powerfully Developed Thinking 

The 33-credit, online Master of Arts in Literature will develop your ability to understand, evaluate and use literature in your life and ministry. The written word is a powerful communications tool with practical applications.

Choose 12 elective credits to focus your area of study to meet your specific goals.

What will you learn?

Learning how to think critically through the study of literature gives you the skills needed to navigate a variety of careers well.

Sharpen valuable communication skills

Hone your communication skills, and sharpen your ability to think, write and speak clearly and effectively about worldviews through literary analysis.

Evaluate works through intelligent criticism

Read and interpret literature literally, grammatically and historically. You’ll demonstrate critical thinking skills as you learn to recognize and evaluate literature and the perspective from which it is written, assessing its contribution to critical thought.

Prepare to develop a thesis

Use information literacy skills to retrieve, evaluate and synthesize information for the development of a thesis. 

Your Courses

Each of your courses is taught from a biblical worldview. You’ll interact within small class sizes and with professors who really care about you and your goals. You’ll not only receive quality academics to prepare you for the next steps in your career and ministry, but you’ll also get mentorship to prepare you for life.

Required Courses

Required Core Courses

Advanced Exposition and Criticism
Principles of Literary Criticism
Narrative Genre
Dramatic Genre
Thesis in American Literature

Required Bible & Theology Courses

Dynamics of Spiritual Growth
Any Bible Elective

Elective Courses in American Literature

Puritan Writings of American Authors
Studies in American Romanticism and Transcendentalism
Readings in American Realism and Naturalism
Readings in Modern American Thought
The American Novel

Online Program
Start Dates

May 10, 2021
June 21, 2021
August 16, 2021
October 18, 2021
January 10, 2022
March 7, 2022



Form a biblical basis for critical thought.

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Master of Arts in Literature
Des Moines, IA

I am so grateful for the master’s degree in literature at Clarks Summit University. It’s economical, and it’s from a Christian perspective. As a teacher in a Christian school, I wanted to have a godly, biblical perspective about what I was reading and learning and what I could then impart to my students.”


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Program Highlights 

  • With a strong base in American Literature, you’ll be exposed to basic genres and periods in philosophy and literature.
  • Build relationships as you learn closely with your professors and interact with your classmates online.
  • The fully accredited degree is completed entirely online.
  • A thesis prepares you for higher levels of study.

Build your thought on a biblical foundation. 

As you consider philosophic thought and literature, you’ll be challenged to evaluate worldviews through a biblical lens. 

Invest in Your Future

When you earn your master’s degree, you’ll open new doors in your career and ministry. CSU works hard to ensure you receive the best value in education with competitive tuition rates, many ways to qualify for discounts and individualized support.


complete your degree in as little as two years

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