MA Program in English Literature

Program Requirements

Both the MA and PhD program in English Literature take the following courses:

Professionalization Seminar (1 credit, may be waived for PhD
   students entering with knowledge of the profession)
►Methods of Criticism and Critical Debates: Introduction to Theory
   Course (3 credits)
Cultural Difference and Alterity: Literature and/or Theory Course
   (3 credits)
English Composition Practicum (2 credits)
Teaching College Writing (3 credits)

The MA in Literature stresses breadth of knowledge and literary history, along with the foundations of theory and current critical debates about texts.  Further course work includes:

Courses fulfilling a chronological/historical requirement (9 credits)
Electives chosen from courses at the 6000-8000 levels (12 credits)

Students complete the MA degree with a Master’s project. Generally, MA papers are 25-40 pages in length (excluding footnotes), modeled after refereed academic journals, and written under the direction of two faculty members.  Students are required to submit a final full draft two weeks before the defense.

Overview of the MA in Literary and Culture Studies

 

Fall

Spring

Year One

 

courses

  • ENGC 7002 Introduction to Graduate Studies
  • ENGC 7030 Teaching College Writing
  • ENGC 7031 Teaching Practicum
  • ENGL 9095 Teaching or ENGL 9096 Professional Practice*
  • Two seminars (including ENGC 7004 Introduction to Theory if offered in Fall)

teaching

  • Teach one composition course

courses

  • Three seminars (including ENGC 7004 Introduction to Theory if offered in Spring)
  • ENGL 9095 Teaching or ENGL 9096 Professional Practice*

teaching

  • Teach one composition course  (or be a research or administrative assistant)

 

Year Two

 

courses

  • Three seminars
  • ENGL 9095 Teaching or ENGL 9096 Professional Practice*

teaching

  • Teach one composition course (or be a research or administrative assistant)

prep for ma thesis

  • Submit MA Thesis Committee Form by Nov. 15

courses

  • Two seminars
  • ENGL 9090 MA Thesis
  • ENGL 9095 Teaching or ENGL 9096 Professional Practice*

teaching

  • Teach one composition course (or be a research or administrative assistant)

ma thesis

  • Apply to Graduate by Grad School Deadline in January.
  • Schedule oral exam
  • Draft Master’s Thesis; give final draft to committee two weeks before exam date
  • Take oral exam by end of semester

 

* Students teaching or TAing for the department will sign up for ENGL 9095 while students serving as research or administrative assistants will sign up for ENGL 9096; unfunded students sign up for neither.