Master of Arts in English
The Master of Arts in English Program requires its students to take a number of core courses, to choose a concentration, to take the courses required for that concentration, and to complete 33 credit hours.
The core courses are ENGL 6280; one course in British Literature numbered 5000 or above; one course in American Literature 5000 or above; one course in writing or rhetoric numbered 5000 or above.
All students admitted to the graduate program will be referred to the Coordinator of Graduate Studies in English, who will guide each student in selecting and following a sound program of study suited to his or her needs and level of preparation. This program may, in individual cases, involve more coursework than is specified in the general requirements for the degree. In all cases, a minimum of 18 hours must be earned in English courses numbered 6000 and above. One three-hour Directed Study course (English 6397) may be counted toward fulfillment of this minimum requirement. For those students who select the thesis option, three hours of Thesis Research (English 7000) will count toward the 18-hour requirement.
The capstone requirement for the M.A. in English is a portfolio. A sample portfolio could include a reflection essay, a revised research paper from a course, a curriculum vitae (or academic résumé), and a teaching statement and syllabus or a professional writing portfolio
Students (particularly those planning to pursue a Ph.D.) may write a thesis in addition to the portfolio. The M.A. thesis (usually 30-40 pages long) is written under the supervision of an advisor assigned to the student by the Graduate Coordinator. Credit for English 7000 (Thesis Research) is granted only after the candidate has passed a one-hour oral examination on the thesis administered by a committee appointed by the Graduate School and the thesis has been approved by the committee.