Carnegie Mellon University

M.A. in Literary and Cultural Studies

Master of Arts in Literary and Cultural Studies

Our graduate faculty brings students into contact with current work in the fields of performance studies, the history of books and reading, Shakespeare and early modern media, contemporary literatures both American and global, digital humanities, modern media studies, black studies, and gender studies. Our program offers an intimate classroom and advising environment with small seminars and close mentoring relationships with faculty.

  • Financial Support and Research Assistantships

Full-time and part-time students receive partial tuition remission and have opportunities to act as paid research assistants to faculty members on a variety of projects. For example:

  - creating digital and conventional archive;

  - editing a range of documents, from textbooks to scholarly articles;

  - assisting with documentation. 

  • Placement After Graduation, Current Faculty, M.A. Students and Alumni

Graduates pursue a range of academic and professional careers, including:

 - Pursuing PhD programs at a variety of prestigious universities

 - Teaching in secondary institutions and colleges

 - Professional careers in marketing, business, nonprofit, and publishing. 

You can find our LCS faculty and current MA students here.

  • Course Requirements

 - 5 graduate seminars selected to fit with students’ interests and goals

 - 1 introductory theory seminar

 - 1 seminar specializing in a critical method or theoretical school

  • Sample Seminar Offerings

 - Race and Media

 - The Sociology of Culture

 - Data Stories

 - 18th Century Media: Print and Theater

 - Transnational Feminisms

 - Contemporary American Literature

 - Unruly Women in Early Modern Culture

If you have any questions about this program, or areas the larger website does not address, please contact Jen Loughran, Assistant Director of Graduate programs, and Jon Klancher, Director of Graduate Studies.