Degree Requirements


Master of Arts in English


English

 

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

The M.A. in English consists of a core of literary studies with choices for professional development in all areas of English Studies, including concentrations in Creative Writing, Language and Literacy, and Professional Writing. Students may choose between Thesis- and Non-Thesis options:

 

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of a foreign language or language structure either through six (6) hours of undergraduate coursework in one language, through completion of an approved graduate-level course on language structures, through demonstrated knowledge of a major computer language (such as C++,XML, or Java), or through passing the Princeton examination. The language requirement is waived for international students whose native language is not English.
  2. Complete nine (9) hours of graduate coursework in three broad literary periods: (1) ancient, medieval, and early modern literatures (2) Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century literatures (3) Twentieth-Century and Contemporary literatures.
  3. Pass all parts of the M.A. comprehensive examination in English.

 

Degree Options

A student may choose between Thesis and Non-Thesis options.


Non-Thesis Option

Complete at least thirty-six (36) hours of English in an individually-designed curriculum. With the approval of the advisory committee, the student may take a maximum of six (6) graduate hours in a related field. A student choosing the non-thesis option must complete the following coursework:

 

  1. One advanced writing course: ENGL 447/518, ENGL 448/548, or ENGL 467/567.
  2. One theory and methods course: ENGL 475/575, ENGL 477/577, or ENGL 485/585.
  3. At least eighteen (18) hours of coursework at the 600 level.

 

Thesis Option
Complete at least thirty-six (36) graduate hours of English, including six (6) hours of graduate credit from ENGL 770. The thesis must demonstrate the student's ability to do research and must show acceptable literary workmanship in organization, style, and content. With the approval of the advisory committee, a student may take a maximum of six (6) graduate hours in a related field. All students choosing the thesis option must complete the following coursework:

 

  1. One advanced writing course: ENGL 447/518, ENGL 448/548, or ENGL 467/567.
  2. One theory and methods course: ENGL 475/575, ENGL 477/577, or ENGL 485/585.
  3. ENGL 770 (6 hrs) Thesis
  4. At least fifteen (15) hours of coursework at the 600 level.