English M.A. graduates produce scholarly work suitable for professional conference presentation, academic publication, and other forms of professional discourse that fit their post-graduate plans.
English M.A. graduates will produce and defend an article-length scholarly thesis characterized by clarity of organization and expression and salient research into relevant primary, secondary, and theoretical contexts.
English M.A. graduates will persuasively defend, in the oral examination, the coherence of their plan of study and their mastery of a discrete area of the discipline.
English M.A. graduates who teach composition or assist faculty in teaching courses in the English major will exemplify pedagogical understanding and practice that qualifies them to teach similar courses at other colleges and universities.
- Credit hours: 32 minimum, consisting of 26 course work hours plus 6 thesis hours (Engl 699R)
- Introductory course (2 hours): Engl 600
- Required courses (15 hours): English 630 and four additional courses in a coherent plan of study
- Elective courses (6 hours): Two graduate-level courses in the English Department (up to three credit hours may be taken outside the English Department with advisor approval)
- Thesis (6 hours): six thesis hours (Engl 699R)
- Oral examination of thesis, coursework, and reading list
- Writing sample
- Undergraduate English major or its equivalent
- Course in literary criticism (contact department for details)