The Master of Arts degree in English with thesis requires the completion of at least 36 hours of approved graduate-level courses including 6 semester hours of thesis. 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 which 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.
Requirement (semester hours)
Language and Literature Thesis Option
ENGL 600 Materials and Methods of Research in English or its equivalent* (3) ENGL 602 Critical Theory or its equivalent* (3) ENGL 695 Thesis** (3) ENGL 696 Thesis** (3) British Literature prior to 1784* (3) British Literature after 1784* (3) American Literature* (3) A Major Figures course* (3) Collateral courses in supporting areas or departments* (0-9) 500-600 level ENGL electives (0-30) Total Semester Hours 36
Rhetoric and Composition Thesis Option
ENGL 600 Materials and Methods of Research in English or its equivalent* (3) ENGL 602 Critical Theory or its equivalent* (3) ENGL 695 Thesis** (3) ENGL 696 Thesis** (3) British Literature prior to 1784* (3) British Literature after 1784* (3) American Literature* (3) A Major Figures course* (3) Seminar in Rhetoric and Composition - WRIT 610 or WRIT 615 (3)A course in New Directions in Rhetoric and Composition (WRIT 501, 502, or 510 on an approved 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 36
Note: Registration for GSTC 600, Continuing Graduate Studies, may be required. Check with advisor.
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.