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Master of Arts in English Program Requirements with Thesis

The Master of Arts degree in English with thesis requires the completion of at least 33 hours of approved graduate-level courses including 3 semester hours of thesis and 3 hours of ENGL 694: Graduate Studio in English. At least half the work presented for the degree must be 600-level courses. Students wishing to elect this option must apply for the approval of the English Graduate Committee after they have completed nine hours in the program; they may not register for ENGL 695 until that approval is granted.


Immediately upon entering the graduate program, the student should develop, with the assigned advisor, an individual course of study that meets the requirements for the degree and the student’s objectives.

To be eligible for graduation, a student must fulfill all course requirements, perform satisfactorily on a final comprehensive examination, and successfully defend the Master's Thesis.

Required Program

Requirement (semester hours)

Language and Literature Thesis Option

ENGL 600 Introduction to English Studies or its equivalent* (3)
Theory Course ( ENGL 602, WRIT 503, or WRIT 610)* (3)
ENGL 695 Thesis** (3)
British Literature prior to 1784* (3)
British Literature after 1784* (3)
American Literature* (3)
ENGL 694 Graduate Studio in English (3)
Collateral courses in supporting areas or departments* (0-9)
500-600 level ENGL, WRIT and/or ENGE electives (0-30)

Total Semester Hours 33

Note: Registration for GSTC 600, Continuing Graduate Studies, may be required. Check with the Graduate Program Director.


Rhetoric and Composition Thesis Option

ENGL 600 Introduction to English Studies or its equivalent* (3)
Theory Course (WRIT 502, WRIT 503, WRIT 610, or ENGL 602) or its equivalent* (3)
ENGL 694 Graduate Studio in English (3)
ENGL 695 Thesis** (3)
British Literature prior to 1784* (3)
British Literature after 1784* (3)
American Literature* (3)
Seminar in Rhetoric and Composition - WRIT 610 or WRIT 615 (3)
A course in New Directions in Rhetoric and Composition (WRIT 501 or 510 on an appropriate topic or a course approved by the Graduate Director) (3)
Two elective courses at the 500- or 600-level in WRIT or ENGL from the following list: WRIT 500, 501, 502, 510, 511, 599, 610, 615; ENGL 507, 510, 530, 550, 615, 620, 655, 697, 698; or courses approved by the Graduate Director (6)

Total Semester Hours 33

Note: Registration for GSTC 600, Continuing Graduate Studies, may be required. Check with the Graduate Program Director.

Visit the graduate course descriptions webpage to view course descriptions.

*These requirements are to assure a variety of experiences. If the student has a strong background in a particular area, he or she may substitute another course or area in consultation with the advisor.
**Before registering for ENGL 695, Thesis, the student must have successfully completed 6 semester hours of a foreign language or have passed a language examination approved by the department or, in appropriate circumstances, present acceptable evidence of proficiency in a research competency such as programming languages or statistics.

 

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