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The Master of Arts in English Program Requirements without Thesis

The Master of Arts degree in English without a thesis requires the completion of at least 36 hours of approved graduate level courses. At least half the work presented for the degree must be 600-level courses. 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, submit the required assessment portfolio, and perform satisfactorily on a final comprehensive examination.

Required Program

Requirement (semester hours)

ENGL 600 Introduction to English Studies or its equivalent* (3)
ENGL 602 Critical Theory or its equivalent* (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* (0-12)
500-600 level ENGL electives** (0-36)

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 the 25th semester hour of the program, students 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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