English: English Studies Option (M.A.)
Our M.A. program offers you the opportunity to explore the formal, historical, cultural, and theoretical dimensions of diverse forms of the written word.
M.A. candidates must complete 36 credit hours at the 800 or 900 level, including three seminar courses and a fourth seminar in literature or ENGL 998 Master's Paper .
At least six courses must be literature courses offered by the English department (as distinct from courses in critical theory, linguistics, writing, or teaching methods). If a student chooses the Master's Paper option, the six-course requirement is reduced to five literature courses.
M.A. candidates must pass a reading examination in a foreign language or demonstrate that they have passed a fourth-semester college-level language course with a grade of B or better. Students whose native language is not English may be exempt from this requirement.
|Graduate Study of Literature
|Select three courses from the following:
|Seminar: Studies in American Literature
|Seminar: Studies in 19th Century American Literature
|Seminar: Studies in 20th Century American Literature
|Seminar: Studies in Shakespeare
|Seminar: Studies in Milton
|Seminar: Studies in 18th Century Literature
|Seminar: Studies in the Victorian Period
|Seminar: Studies in 20th Century British Literature
|Seminar: Studies in Post-Colonial Literatures in English
|Select three electives (examples)
|Spec Top/Composition Studies
|History of the English Language
|Special Topics in English Teaching
|Historical and Theoretical Studies in Rhetoric
|Theory and Practice of Composition
|Special Topics in Composition and Rhetoric
|History of Composition
|Research Methods in Composition
|Practicum in Teaching College Composition 1
|Master's Paper 2
ENGL 910 Practicum in Teaching College Composition is reserved for graduate teaching assistants.
The alternative to this requirement is a 4 credit 900 level literature seminar in which students, with the consultation of the course instructor and/or the program advisor, produce a substantial (30 page) paper
This graduate program is approved to be taken on an accelerated basis in articulation with certain undergraduate degree programs.
General Accelerated Master's policy, note that some programs have additional requirements (e.g. higher grade expectations) compared to the policy.
Please see the Graduate School website and contact the department directly for more information.
- Demonstrate expertise in a variety of theoretical approaches, such as gender theory, deconstruction, psychoanalysis, postcolonial theory, intersectionality, and so on.
- Engage in the close reading of complex texts across a range of national traditions.
- Perform literary critical writing and speaking that adheres to the conventions of the field.
- Undertake original research using primary and secondary sources, and responding to existing knowledge in the field.