Oct 21, 2018  
2017-2018 Graduate Catalog 
    
2017-2018 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

English, (MA)


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MA in English Degree Program


Admission Requirements


An overall minimum grade point average of 3.00 at the undergraduate level is expected.

A competitive score on the Graduate Record Examination.

An official undergraduate and if applicable graduate transcript to Graduate Admissions.

A statement of purpose outlining the student’s proposed course of study and career goals

Two letters of recommendation, preferably from college/university professors of English or comparable disciplines.

Program Prerequisites


An undergraduate degree with a major in English. A student who does not have an undergraduate major in English or appropriate background may be required to complete a maximum of 12 upper division hours in English with a grade of B or higher in each course.

Program Requirements


  1. All students must complete a total of 30 semester hours of course work plus a 3-hour thesis or portfolio, or a total of 33 semester hours of course work. All students must complete a four-hour comprehensive written examination.
  2. Each graduate teaching assistant in the Department of English must enroll in ENGL 7003 /ENGL 8003  before or concurrent with first teaching assignment.

Concentration Requirements


Composition Studies

Students in Composition Studies must complete 30 hours of course work plus a 3-hour thesis or portfolio.  Degree requirements include:

Composition Studies - Additional Requirements

  1. Two graduate courses (6 hours) in a concentration outside Composition Studies.
  2. A thesis or professional portfolio (3 hours).
  3. Two graduate elective courses (6 hours).
  4. A written comprehensive exam.
Professional Writing

Students in Professional Writing must complete 30 hours of course work plus a 3-hour thesis, project, or portfolio.  Degree requirements include an 18 hour core consisting of:

Professional Writing - Additional Requirements

  1. Two graduate courses (6 hours) in a concentration outside Professional Writing.
  2. A thesis, project, or professional portfolio (3 hours).
  3. Two graduate elective courses (6 hours).
  4. A written comprehensive exam that must be passed before the student can register for thesis, project, or portfolio hours.
English as a Second Language (ESL)

Students in ESL must complete 30 hours of course work plus a 3-hour thesis, or 33 hours of course work.  Degree requirements include:

  1. At least 18 hours of ESL courses, including ENGL 7531 
  2. Two graduate courses (6 hours) in a concentration outside ESL.
  3. Two graduate elective courses (6 hours) and a thesis (3 hours); or three graduate elective courses (9 hours).
  4. A written comprehensive exam.
Linguistics

Students in Linguistics must complete 30 hours of course work plus a 3-hour thesis, or 33 hours of course work.  Degree requirements include:

  1.  At least 18 hours of Linguistics courses, including ENGL 7511  or equivalent graduate introduction to linguistics approved by student’s advisor.
  2. Two graduate courses (6 hours) in a concentration outside Linguistics.
  3. Two graduate elective courses (6 hours) and a thesis (3 hours); or three graduate elective courses (9 hours).
  4. A written comprehensive exam.
  5. Reading knowledge of a foreign language, which may be demonstrated in a variety of ways (inquire in English Graduate Office for options).
Literature

Students in Literature must complete 30 hours of course work plus a 3-hour thesis, or 33 hours of course work.  Degree requirements include:

  1.  At least 18 hours of Literature courses including ENGL 7000 , which should be taken in the first year of graduate study. Students must take at least one literature course from before 1800 and one literature course from after 1800, and at least one Literary Theory class, which may be chosen from any designated theory class, including ENGL 7336 /ENGL 8336 , ENGL 7701 /ENGL 8701 , ENGL 7702 /ENGL 8702  , and ENGL 7480 /ENGL 8480 .
  2. Four graduate elective courses (12 hours) and a thesis (3 hours); or five graduate elective courses (15 hours).
  3. A written comprehensive exam.

Note:


Reading Knowledge of a Foreign Language

Reading knowledge of a foreign language, which may be demonstrated in a variety of ways (inquire in English Graduate Office for options). Students intending to pursue a PhD are advised to develop a reading competency in at least one of the following: French, German, Latin, or Greek.

Retention Requirements


  1. Students who are on academic probation for two consecutive semesters will not be allowed to continue in the program.
  2. Upon entering the MA program, a student chooses an advisor in his or her concentration. The advisor will monitor the student’s progress toward completion of the degree. Each semester the Graduate Studies Committee will examine the academic progress of all students for retention in the program.
  3. If a student receives either two C’s, one D, or one F grade in any English graduate level course, that student will be subject to review and could be dismissed from the program. In order to remain in good standing, all graduate students must maintain a 3.0 average in English Department courses.

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