Master of Arts, major in Literature

Master of Arts, major in Literature

Offered by the Graduate School

Program Information


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The Graduate School commits itself to develop: 

  1. Competent professionals who, inspired by the ideals of St. Antoninus of Florence, promote excellence in the production, advancement, and transmission of specialized knowledge and skills in the sciences, the arts, and community service; 
  2. Scholarly researchers and creative thinkers who, kindled by St. Thomas Aquinas’s ardour for truth, aspire to become fonts of intellectual creativity and, in their quest for quality research, are proficient and critical in assessing and communicating information in various fields that impact the professions, the Church, the nation, and the global community; 
  3. Professional Christian leaders who, touched by St. Dominic de Guzman’s apostolic fire and warmed by Mary’s motherly care, articulate ethics and truth, high level of moral maturity in resolving issues and promoting social justice and compassion for the poor, and care for the environment; 
  4. Globally engaged citizens who, with ardent advocacy for life, promote a deeper understanding of tolerance and justice as well as linguistic, religious, and cultural diversities as a result of precise evaluation of modern problems and inquiries; 
  5. Committed scholars who, nurtured by the dogmas of Christian faith and values, are dedicated to the pursuit of truth through the promotion of an intellectual culture that values academic rigor and freedom of scientific investigations; and 
  6. Lifelong learners who, empowered by St. Antoninus of Florence’s zeal for learning, are committed to the advancement of a higher culture through a continuous search for intellectual inquiries and new knowledge as well as faithfulness to Catholic intellectual traditions. 
Program Intended Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the MA major in Literature, the graduate will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate updated knowledge of current developments in the discipline of literary and cultural studies;
  2. Exhibit a higher level of analytical skills as literary and cultural scholars and critics, and generate new knowledge in the application of appropriate research methodology in their academic pursuits;
  3. Demonstrate a high level of professionalism and ethical standards as literary and cultural scholars and critics, as well as take their place as leaders of the academic community, not just in the University but in the larger society;
  4. Write their own books of literary and cultural criticism that best communicate their ideas to their intended audience;
  5. Exhibit a deeper and broader understanding of the role of literary and cultural studies in the development of a just and humane society, both in the local and global contexts;
  6. Demonstrate continuous acquisition of a richer and more formal knowledge of both traditional and current trends in literary and cultural studies (particularly Philippine literature), and apply these to their scholarly and critical work.

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Program Curriculum

Pre-Requisite Courses

GS 500 – St. Thomas and Critical Thinking
As the philosophical foundation of Research Methodology, it is a study of the principles of skills in critical thinking according to St. Thomas Aquinas in the three areas of mental cognition: simple apprehension, judgment, and reasoning; and of common fallacies towards the acquisition of the art of argumentation. 


GS 501 – Literary Research (From Concept to Framework)

Methodical study and application of the historical, descriptive, and textual and textual methods of literary investigation for the retrieval, authentication, interpretation, and evaluation of literary texts in view of the goals of literary criticism and appreciation. By the way of framework and background, it involves familiarity with literary theory and Philosophy of Literature as bases for content and direction of the research agenda.

Core Courses

LIT 600 (LIT 901) – Literary Theory and Criticism 1
This one-semester is designed to provide the students with an adequate background on Literary Criticism, exploring its history from Plato to T.S. Eliot, from Classical Criticism to New Criticism, or the beginning of Modern Criticism.

It will also provide a substantial study on representative critics of each movement in the course of the development and evolution of Literary Critical principles. 


LIT 601 (LIT 902) – Literary Theory and Criticism 2
This course takes off from modern criticism (the last topic of Literary Criticism) and covers movements and theories under the overall head of Postmodernism, including structuralism, post-structuralism, etc. in the service of Contemporary Literary Theories. 


LIT 602 – Literary Research 2 (Designs and Methods)

Designs and methods of literary research that engage literary theories, concepts from literary criticism, and some allied social science methodologies. 


LIT 603 – Critical Writing

Supplementary course to literary research and thesis writing designed to reinforce knowledge of basic and advanced writing skills for the literature discipline. 

Specialization Courses

LIT 700 – Literary History of the Philippines
Highlights of major events in the growth and development of Philippine literature. Contains discussion of major literary movements or trends. 


LIT 701 – Literary Translation
A seminar on the issues and methods of literary translation from English to any Philippine national and/or regional language or vice versa. 


Pre-KolonyalnaPanitikan ng Filipinas
Nakatuon ang kurso sa post-kolonyal na tunguhing bawiin ang kasaysayan ng bayan sa pamamagitan ng masinop at mapanuring paghalungkat sa mga tekstong pampanitikan na kababanaagan kung di man ganap na salaminan o kumakatawan sa sinaunang kamalayan at kultura ng bayan bago maganap ang kolonisasyon. 


LIT 703 – Philippine Literature in Filipino
Survey of Philippine literature in Filipino with emphasis on the language issue in the shaping of a body of national literature. 


LIT 704 – Philippine Literature in Spanish
A survey course that focuses on the body of literature originally written in Spanish in the Philippines. It will pay special attention to the “Nationalist Stage” (1883-1903) and its most significant writers, like Jose Rizal, Pedro Paterno, lsabelo Delos Reyes, Antonio Luna, Emilio Jacinto, Jose Palma, Felipe Calderon, and Apolinario Mabini, as well as to the “Golden Age” (1903-1966) and its most significant authors, like Claro M. Recto, Cecilio Apostol, Fernando Ma. Guerrero, Gaspar Aquino de Belen, and Antonio A. Abad. 


LIT 705 – Philippine Literature in English
Survey of Philippine literature in English with emphasis on the major social and literary changes spawned by the American period and beyond. 


LIT 706 -Anglo-American Literature
This course highlights selected masterpieces of 20th century dominant Anglo-American writers with emphasis on fiction, although it shall explicate representative selections of English and American poetry, drama, and non-fiction. It shall also consider the impact of various literary trends and movements on and the distinctive contributions of these writers to the growth of contemporary English and American literature. 


LIT 707 – Asian Literature
A sampling of literature from South Asia, East Asia, and Southeast Asia as they represent Asian religious systems and cultures. 


LIT 708 – European Literature
Highlights of continental literature from the Renaissance to contemporary times with emphasis on the literary movements they gave birth to. 


LIT 709 – Latin American Literature
A sampling of literature from countries of Latin America with emphasis on their colonial and postcolonial experiences. 


LIT 710 – African Literature
A critical study of selected writings in the 20th century of prominent poets, fictionists, playwrights, and essayists of the African Continent (3 Units). 


LIT 712 – Contemporary Issues in Literary Study
Contemporary issues that can be addressed from various perspectives, like that of the academe, literary production, and the social function of literature. 


LIT 713 – Special Topics
In-depth discussion of specific areas or issues concerning literature, research, and practice in the Philippine setting. 

Summary of Program Requirements
Degree Requirements
Prerequisite Courses
Core Courses
Specialization Courses
Cognate Courses
Written Comprehensive Exams
      Thesis Writing I
      Thesis Writing II
      Thesis Writing III