Academic Catalog

English

Master of Arts – Literature Track

Admission Requirements

In addition to the graduate application and official transcripts applicants must submit a statement of purpose. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Thesis Option

A minimum of 33 credits is required (27 credits of coursework and 6 credits of thesis). Of the 27 credits of coursework, 18 must be at the 600 level and 12 must be in literature or literary theory.

Graduation Requirement: Candidates for graduation must see the Department of English Graduate Coordinator to complete the departmental Graduate Student Survey.

Nonthesis Option

A minimum of 36 credits is required, of which 24 must be at the 600 level and 24 must be in literature or literary theory.

Required Courses for both Options

At least one course in four of the following five categories is required:

British
  • Up to 1660
  • 1660-1900 
  • 1900-present
American
  • Up to 1865
  • 1865-present

Graduation Requirement: Candidates for graduation must see the Department of English Graduate Coordinator to complete the departmental Graduate Student Survey.

Master of Arts – Composition Track

The Composition Track is intended for students interested in teaching English in secondary schools, two-year colleges, and four-year colleges. The degree is also appropriate for those planning to enter a doctoral program in composition and rhetoric. The program does not lead to state certification for teaching; students should consult the Department of Curricular and Instructional Studies for requirements for state certification to teach in the public schools.

Admission Requirements

In addition to the graduate application and official transcripts, applicants must submit a statement of purpose. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Thesis Option

A minimum of 33 credits is required (27 credits of coursework and 6 hours of thesis). Of the 27 credits of coursework, 18 must be in composition studies (including courses in composition, rhetoric, and linguistics). Of the 27 credits of coursework, 15 must be at the 600 level.

Graduation Requirement: Candidates for graduation must see the Department of English Graduate Coordinator to complete the departmental Graduate Student Survey.

Non-thesis Option

A minimum of 36 credits is required, only 6 of which may be individual reading. At least 24 credits are required in composition studies (including courses in composition, rhetoric, and linguistics). Of the 36 credits of coursework, 21 must be at the 600 level.

Required courses for both options

Students must also choose one of the following two courses

  • 3300:578 Grammatical Structures of Modern English 
  • 3300:670 Modern Linguistics

And one of the following three courses

Optional courses

Graduation Requirement: Candidates for graduation must see the Department of English Graduate Coordinator to complete the departmental Graduate Student Survey.