Graduate Catalog 2021-2022

English M.A.

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

See “English M.A.

Degree Requirements — 33 Credits

Required Major Credits — 24 credits

ENG 500Introduction to Graduate Study


ENG 601Advanced Research Methods


Literature/Language/Cultural Studies

Choose two Literature/Language/Cultural Studies Courses — 6 credits

ENG 530Advanced Studies in World Literature


ENG 541Colloquium in Literature


ENG 570Advanced Studies in American Literature


ENG 580Advanced Studies in British Literature


ENG 633Studies in Linguistics


ENG 639Graduate Seminar in Literature


ENG 642Film Theory and Analysis


HUM 595Advanced Cultural Studies


Rhetoric and Composition

Choose two Rhetoric and Composition Courses — 6 credits

ENG 540Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric


ENG 594Practicum in the Teaching of College Composition


ENG 641Studies in Composition Research and Pedagogy


ENG 640History and Theory of Rhetoric



Choose two Professionalization Courses — 6 credits

ENG 650Advanced Editing


ENG 651Professional Writing in the Non-Profit Sector


ENG 652Advanced Studies in Digital Humanities


ENG 653Writing Center Administration


Required Elective Credits — 9 credits

A minimum of three courses must be selected from ENG 500-level and 600-level offerings (9 credits).

Select one of the following options:

  1. Comprehensive Exam. Students pursuing this track will pass a written comprehensive exam, covering five areas of concentration, during their final semester of study.
  2. Master’s Project. Students pursuing the MA project must take ENG 697: Project Development as one of their electives. The Master’s Project consists of a research paper of 7-8,000 words, appropriate for journal submission. Students must make a public presentation of the project before an audience of students and faculty.

Accelerated (4 +1) English Liberal Arts B.A. and English M.A.

Motivated and high-achieving students may seek to complete the requirements for the B.A. and M.A. in English in five years. To obtain both degrees, students must complete all the requirements for the B.A. described in the Undergraduate Catalog (120 credit hours) and all of the requirements for the standard M.A. described in the Graduate Catalog (33 credit hours). However, the accelerated B.A./M.A. program involves 9 credit hours that are shared between the Bachelor's and Master's programs, so the total number of credit hours to complete the accelerated Master’s program is 144. Completing the requirements for both degrees is made possible by taking the 9 double-counted B.A./M.A. credits in the Senior year (paid for at the undergraduate tuition rate) and 6 graduate-level credits (online at the graduate-level tuition rate) in the summer following the Senior year and completion of the undergraduate program. Students remain eligible for financial aid as an undergraduate; any Graduate School aid is not available until students are admitted as a Graduate student.

Due to its necessarily streamlined path of progression, admission to the Accelerated B.A. and M.A. in English occurs in the fall semester only. Students interested in transferring into the accelerated program must:

  • Have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 to take graduate-level courses as a Senior.
  • Meet with the English M.A. Director of Graduate Studies in the fall semester of the Junior year and apply during the spring semester of the Junior year (following the same procedure and meeting the same requirements as other M.A. applicants). Full admission is dependent on completing the B.A. requirements in the senior year while maintaining a minimum 3.0 GPA. The program application will be signed and forwarded to the Graduate School with signatures of the program advisor indicating the approval of graduate course transfer.
  • Complete ENG 500 Introduction to Graduate Studies in the fall semester of their Senior year, followed by two 500-level elective courses in the spring semester of that year. These are the 9 credits that are double counted within the accelerated program only.
  • Fulfill all the requirements as outlined in the two-year MA in English.
  • Students must apply for completion of their UG degree the semester before completing UG degree (i.e. in the fall semester of their Senior Year). To apply, students must be registered for all remaining courses in their final UG semester, (the spring semester of their Senior Year).

Outline for degree completion of the Accelerated (4+1) B.A. and M.A. in English Liberal Arts — 33 Credits

Meet with faculty advisor or Director of Graduate Studies and apply for the program in the fall semester, Junior Year.

Fall Semester, Senior year

  • ENG 500 Introduction to Graduate Studies (3 credits) [double-counted]

Spring Semester, Senior year

  • Two ENG 500-599 courses (6 credits) [double-counted]

Note: Because students are required to register for their six 500-level spring credits while they are still Undergraduate students, they must complete the Petition to Count Work Toward the Next Higher Degree form with the Graduate School.

Summer after Senior year

  • Two ENG 500-699 courses (6 credits) - online

Note: Because students are required to register for the six summer credits while they are still undergraduate students, they must call the Office of the Registrar no later than the drop period for the summer semester to change their registration to graduate level.

Fall Semester, fifth year

  • Three ENG 500-699 courses (9 credits)

Spring Semester, fifth year

  • ENG 601 Advanced Theory and Research Methods (3 credits)
  • Two 500-699 ENG-coded courses (6 credits)
  • MA comprehensive examination