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Regents approve GSW Master of Arts in English

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Georgia Southwestern State University news release

          AMERICUS (April 21, 2010) --Today, the Board of Regents approved Georgia Southwestern State University's (GSW) newest graduate degree program, a Master of Arts in English with an emphasis on critical studies in literacy and communication.

         "This is the first master's degree to be housed in the College of Arts and Sciences and represents an opportunity for an outstanding faculty to provide instruction at the graduate level," said Kendall Blanchard, Ph.D. GSW President.

"I appreciate all the work that has gone into bringing this program to fruition and am confident it will open the door for more graduate programs in the arts and sciences here at Georgia Southwestern."

         The program's emphasis on critical studies in literacy and communication will help distinguish it from other graduate programs in the University System. This master's degree program is closely aligned with GSW's national writing project which serves teachers in a 40-county area of southwest Georgia. The program also includes some cross-disciplinary teaching and is applicable to a variety of career fields.

         "This program is a large step forward in terms of cutting-edge approaches to how we define literacy and how we can teach it," said Brian Adler, Ph.D., Vice President of Academic Affairs. "In a region of the state that has historically low literacy rates, this degree will motivate and train practitioners in the field.  We are excited to add to our growing list of graduate degrees."

         It is anticipated that the program will enable area teachers and professional writers to earn professional learning units near their home institutions. Georgia Southwestern expects enrollments of between 10 to 38 students during the first three years of program implementation.

The MA in English is Georgia Southwestern's fifth graduate degree program. Southwestern currently offers a Master of Business Administration, a Master of Education in curriculum and instruction, a Master of Science in computer science, and a Specialist in Education in learning and leading.

         For additional information, please contact the Department of English and Modern Language at (229) 931-2183