Program Info

Master of Arts

The English Department offers two Master of Arts programs. In addition to the general requirements for the MA degree as stated on p. 47 in the bulletin, the required core courses are ENGL589, 597 and 595 or 699 (a minimum of 1 credit). Additional requirements are described below.

English MA
This program provides a balanced array of courses in literature and literary theory, composition and rhetoric, and language. Additional required courses are: ENGL450, a second seminar 589, and at least one graduate course from each of the three areas of literature, composition, and language.

Teaching English to Speakers of other Languages (TESOL) MA

This program includes extensive study of the English language and linguistics and is particularly appropriate for those who plan to teach English to speakers of other languages or do further work in linguistics. The additional required courses are ENGL465 (twice with different content), 466, 469, 505 (2 credits), 530, 540; one of 435, 525; and two from 474, a writing course (ENGL550 recommended), or a literature course.

MA Admission and degree requirements
1. Applicants must meet the English proficiency standards listed on p. 45
    in the bulletin.
2. Applicants must have earned a minimum of 20 semester hours 
    (30 quarter credits) in English courses as prerequisites, including
    ENGL460 (or its equivalent).
    - These prerequisites are in addition to the General Education
      composition requirement.
    - It is desirable to have completed an English undergraduate
      major of at least 30 semester hours (45 quarter credits).
    - Students taking the MA: English (TESL) must have completed
      ENGL300 (or its equivalent) as a prerequisite.
    - Applicants with fewer English prerequisite credits than the
      minimum number required must remove the deficiencies by
      taking additional English courses other than those required
      for the MA degree.
3. Applicants must demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language
    by having done one of the following:
    - Earned credit through the intermediate college level with a minimum 
      average grade of C.
    - Passed an exam approved by the English Department.
    - Completed their education through secondary school in a first 
      language other than English.
4. Students must complete a minimum of 33 English graduate credits.
5. Candidates must pass written comprehensive examinations.
6. Candidates must complete one of the following options:
    A. Project paper (30-50+ pages)
    B. Two project papers (each a minimum of 20 pages)
    C. MA thesis (75-100+ pages)

 

  • ENGLISH MA

    Students studying for the English MA take a balanced array of courses in literature and literary theory, composition and rhetoric, and language. 

    Required core courses
    ENGL589: Graduate Seminar (3 credits)
    ENGL597: Research Methods (3 credits)
    ENGL595: Project Research (a minimum of 1 credit) or
    ENGL699: Master's Thesis (a minimum of 1 credit). 

    Additional required courses
    ENGL450: Literary Criticism (3 credits)
    ENGL589: Graduate Seminar (3 credits)
    At least one graduate course from each of the three areas of literature, composition, and language.

 

  • TEACHING ENGLISH TO SPEAKERS OF OTHER LANGUAGES (TESOL) MA

    The TESOL degree is designed for students who plan to teach English to speakers of other languages or do further work in linguistics. 

    Required core courses
    ENGL589: Graduate Seminar (3 credits)
    ENGL597: Research Methods (3 credits)
    ENGL595: Project Research (a minimum of 1 credit) or
    ENGL699: Master's Thesis (a minimum of 1 credit). 

    Additional required courses:
    ENGL465: TESOL Methods (2 credits)
    ENGL466: Phonetics and Phonology (3 credits)
    ENGL469: Second Language Acquisition (3 credits)
    ENGL505: Practicum (2 credits),
    ENGL530: Discourse Analysis (3 credits)
    ENGL540: Language and Culture (3 credits)

    One of:
    ENGL435: Topics in Linguistics (31-4 credits)
    ENGL525: Topics (1-4 credits)

    Two from:
    ENGL474: Development of Modern English (3 credits)
    A writing course (ENGL550 recommended), or
    A literature course.