M.A. in English

The Master of Art in English focuses on the interconnectedness of writing, teaching, and literary studies. Students may elect to complete either the Plan A (thesis) or the Plan B (professional paper) option. At the heart of the program is a concern for the integrated interests of students and teachers in all branches of the field. Teachers, scholars, and writers in the program gain a better understanding of their own practices by seeing the extent to which each writer is also a literary critic, each teacher is also a writer and reader of literature, and all critics and readers are teachers and writers. The program is designed to extend and deepen the intellectual rigor of customary approaches to literature by examining issues these approaches often leave unaddressed, such as the history and institutionalization of the discipline, the relationship between theory and the practices of writing, teaching, and textual studies; and the process by which knowledge in the field of English has been and is constructed.

Program Requirements

The Master of Arts degree requires the minimum completion of 30 course credits. Students will select one of two options, either the professional paper or the thesis. The first option involves 24 hours of course work and 6 hours of professional paper, the latter 20 hours of course work and 10 hours of thesis. Students are expected to have completed the equivalent of a baccalaureate degree in English. Students with undergraduate degrees other than English are encouraged to apply; however, they may be required to take additional English courses as a condition of their acceptance.

Required Core Courses

Required Core Courses
ENGL 510Studies in Critical Theory (Max 6 credits)3
ENGL 530Writing Theory and Practice (Max 6 credits)3
Choose one of the following:1-10
Professional Paper (Max 6 credits (Plan B Only))
Master's Thesis (1-10 credits (Plan A Only))
ENGL 505Teaching College Composition2
ENGL 520Pedagogy Theory and Practice (Max 6 credits)3
ENGL 550Focused Research Seminar (Max 6 credits)3
ENGL 592Independent Study1-4
ENGL 598Internship1-12
ENGL 580Special Topics (Max 9 credits)1-4
Total Credits30