English (M.A.)

In the Master's program, students may choose course work in British Literature, American Literature, International Literature, or Writing Studies to complement the required core courses and electives. Students are expected to demonstrate the ability to participate in sophisticated scholarly discourse, both orally and in writing.

The program serves as continuing training for in-service teachers and as preparation for doctoral-level work, as well as providing intellectual enrichment. A significant number of M.A. graduates have, in recent years, gone on to doctoral programs at major universities or to teaching positions at community colleges. Others have found the program to be both useful and enhancing to careers in business.

Admissions

Candidates for matriculation in the Master of Arts program in English must show a B average or better in their undergraduate work and a score of not less than 153 (Verbal) on their Graduate Record Examinations. Most applicants will have majored in literature (English, comparative, or foreign) at the undergraduate level. However, students with strong academic credentials may apply even if they do not have the recommended background in literature.

All applications are reviewed initially by The Graduate School; those meeting the minimum criteria are forwarded to the department for review.  Applicants who proceed to this stage of the review process will be asked to submit a 10-12 page academic writing sample or literary analysis.  After review of the academic writing sample by the English Department, an admission decision is rendered.

Program Requirements

Core Courses
ENGL 605Seminar in Literary Research3
ENLT 514Theoretical Approaches to Literature3
Specialization/Approved Electives
Select a specialization in British Literature, American Literature, International Literature, or Writing Studies (see below)18
Electives
Select two from the Electives list (see below) 16
Masters Thesis
ENGL 698Master's Thesis3
Submit the completed Thesis original and one copy to the Graduate Office. See Thesis Guidelines for details.
Total Credits33
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Courses may not have been used to fulfill specialization. 6 credits may taken outside the dept with written permission of advisor. 

Specializations

British Literature

British Literature
Select four of the following:12
Shakespeare Studies: Tragedies
Shakespeare Studies: Comedies
Shakespeare Studies: Histories
Elizabethan and Jacobean Drama
Milton
Victorian Studies II: Novel
Victorian Studies III: Poetry
Turn-of-the-Century British Writers
The Modern British Novel
Independent Study in British Literature
Seminar in British Literature
Approved Electives
Select one each from 2 of the following areas:6
American Literature
Studies in Early American Literature
American Romanticism
Poe, Hawthorne, and Melville
American Realism
Modern American Fiction
Modern American Poetry
Recent American Fiction
American Drama
Black American Women Writers
Independent Study in American Literature
Seminar in American Literature
International Literature
Ancient Tragedy
Ancient Epic
The Romantic Movement
Ibsen, Strindberg, and Shaw
Major Writers of Africa and the African Diaspora
Trends in the Contemporary Novel
Film Studies
Science Fiction
Independent Study: International Literature
Seminar in International Literature
Writing Studies
Teaching Writing Through Literature
Theory and Practice of Teaching Writing
Research in Writing Studies
Graduate Writing Seminar
Rhetorical Theories and the Teaching of Writing
Seminar in Writing Studies
Total Credits18

American Literature

American Literature
Select four of the following:12
Studies in Early American Literature
American Romanticism
Poe, Hawthorne, and Melville
American Realism
Modern American Fiction
Modern American Poetry
Recent American Fiction
American Drama
Black American Women Writers
Independent Study in American Literature
Seminar in American Literature
Approved Electives
Select one each from 2 of the following areas:6
British Literature
Shakespeare Studies: Tragedies
Shakespeare Studies: Comedies
Shakespeare Studies: Histories
Elizabethan and Jacobean Drama
Milton
Victorian Studies II: Novel
Victorian Studies III: Poetry
Turn-of-the-Century British Writers
The Modern British Novel
Independent Study in British Literature
Seminar in British Literature
International Literature
Ancient Tragedy
Ancient Epic
The Romantic Movement
Ibsen, Strindberg, and Shaw
Major Writers of Africa and the African Diaspora
Trends in the Contemporary Novel
Film Studies
Science Fiction
Independent Study: International Literature
Seminar in International Literature
Writing Studies
Teaching Writing Through Literature
Theory and Practice of Teaching Writing
Research in Writing Studies
Graduate Writing Seminar
Rhetorical Theories and the Teaching of Writing
Seminar in Writing Studies
Total Credits18

International Literature

International Literature
Select four of the following:12
Ancient Tragedy
Ancient Epic
The Romantic Movement
Ibsen, Strindberg, and Shaw
Major Writers of Africa and the African Diaspora
Trends in the Contemporary Novel
Film Studies
Science Fiction
Independent Study: International Literature
Seminar in International Literature
Approved Electives
Select one each from 2 of the following areas:6
British Literature
Shakespeare Studies: Tragedies
Shakespeare Studies: Comedies
Shakespeare Studies: Histories
Elizabethan and Jacobean Drama
Milton
Victorian Studies II: Novel
Victorian Studies III: Poetry
Turn-of-the-Century British Writers
The Modern British Novel
Independent Study in British Literature
Seminar in British Literature
American Literature
Studies in Early American Literature
American Romanticism
Poe, Hawthorne, and Melville
American Realism
Modern American Fiction
Modern American Poetry
Recent American Fiction
American Drama
Black American Women Writers
Independent Study in American Literature
Seminar in American Literature
Writing Studies
Teaching Writing Through Literature
Theory and Practice of Teaching Writing
Research in Writing Studies
Graduate Writing Seminar
Rhetorical Theories and the Teaching of Writing
Seminar in Writing Studies
Total Credits18

Writing Studies

Writing Studies
Select four of the following:12
Teaching Writing Through Literature
Theory and Practice of Teaching Writing
Research in Writing Studies
Graduate Writing Seminar
Rhetorical Theories and the Teaching of Writing
Seminar in Writing Studies
Approved Electives
Select one each from 2 of the following areas:6
British Literature
Shakespeare Studies: Tragedies
Shakespeare Studies: Comedies
Shakespeare Studies: Histories
Elizabethan and Jacobean Drama
Milton
Victorian Studies II: Novel
Victorian Studies III: Poetry
Turn-of-the-Century British Writers
The Modern British Novel
Independent Study in British Literature
Seminar in British Literature
American Literature
Studies in Early American Literature
American Romanticism
Poe, Hawthorne, and Melville
American Realism
Modern American Fiction
Modern American Poetry
Recent American Fiction
American Drama
Black American Women Writers
Independent Study in American Literature
Seminar in American Literature
International Literature
Ancient Tragedy
Ancient Epic
The Romantic Movement
Ibsen, Strindberg, and Shaw
Major Writers of Africa and the African Diaspora
Trends in the Contemporary Novel
Film Studies
Science Fiction
Independent Study: International Literature
Seminar in International Literature
Total Credits18

Electives

ENGL 508Shakespeare Studies: Tragedies3
ENGL 509Shakespeare Studies: Comedies3
ENGL 510Shakespeare Studies: Histories3
ENGL 511Elizabethan and Jacobean Drama3
ENGL 518Milton3
ENGL 532Victorian Studies II: Novel3
ENGL 533Victorian Studies III: Poetry3
ENGL 535Turn-of-the-Century British Writers3
ENGL 540The Modern British Novel3
ENGL 550Studies in Early American Literature3
ENGL 555American Romanticism3
ENGL 556Poe, Hawthorne, and Melville3
ENGL 557American Realism3
ENGL 560Modern American Fiction3
ENGL 561Modern American Poetry3
ENGL 563Recent American Fiction3
ENGL 564American Drama3
ENGL 565Black American Women Writers3
ENGL 597Independent Study in British Literature3
ENGL 598Independent Study in American Literature3
ENGL 600Seminar in British Literature3
ENGL 601Seminar in American Literature3
ENLT 515Ancient Tragedy3
ENLT 517Ancient Epic3
ENLT 536The Romantic Movement3
ENLT 565Ibsen, Strindberg, and Shaw3
ENLT 569Major Writers of Africa and the African Diaspora3
ENLT 571Trends in the Contemporary Novel3
ENLT 577Film Studies3
ENLT 578Science Fiction3
ENLT 599Independent Study: International Literature3
ENLT 602Seminar in International Literature3
ENWR 583Teaching Writing Through Literature3
ENWR 586Theory and Practice of Teaching Writing3
ENWR 588Research in Writing Studies3
ENWR 590Graduate Writing Seminar3
ENWR 598Rhetorical Theories and the Teaching of Writing3
ENWR 600Seminar in Writing Studies3