The MA in English and Media Studies is excited to debut its concentration in Literature and Social Justice (LSJ) in the Spring 2020 semester.
Program Contact:

Dr. Shanyn Fiske
Director of Graduate Study
(215) 805-7145 

Responding to growing national and global crises that are forcing us to reevaluate our relations to one another and to our environment, the LSJ concentration offers a solid foundation in literature, history, criticism, and analysis seeking to explore the intersections between the literary humanities and careers in nonprofit and community leadership, human rights work, and alt-ac. 

Courses in this new concentration include:

  • Literature and Poverty
  • Reporting on Civil Rights
  • Writing Revolutions
  • and Social Justice and Human Rights in Photography, Film, and Text

These and other courses will equip students with valuable tools for battling the systems of injustice and oppression that continue to threaten our common humanity both domestically and abroad. The concentration requires an internship in the final semester that includes a minimum of 30 hours of service work. 

Program Requirements:

  • 30 credits in total
  • Minimum 9 credits in the LSJ concentration
  • Required Proseminar in Graduate Study
  • Required Theory Course
  • Required Capstone (in consultation with faculty advisor). Must include 30 hours of service work / engaged civic learning / internship with organization or community outside of Rutgers University