Course Requirements

The English Graduate Program offers three tracks of study. Below is an outline for the degree requirements in each track, including Literature, Composition/Rhetoric, and Writing.

In addition to the following requirements, students must have completed the equivalent of at least two years of college-level courses in one foreign language before graduation.

Here is a sample degree plan of one of our programs that will provide an example of the program structure by semester.

ENGLISH – LITERATURE TRACK (M.A.)    

Requirements for the MA in English, literature track, 36-hour thesis/non-thesis program are:

          1. Core, 9 hours:
              ENGL 600 Guided Study in Intensive Research
              ENGL 613 Literary Theory and Faith
              ENGL 652 Rhetorical Theory and Praxis

          2. Literature Track, 9 hours:
              ENGL 620 Literary Research Methods and Publication
              ENGL 631 Contexts: Studies in a Single Author
              ENGL 633 Connections: Studies in a Literary Period

          3. Discourse Studies, 0-9 hours:
              ENGL 530 Advanced English Grammar
              ENGL 532 Introduction to Linguistics
              ENGL 622 Rhetoric and Belief
              ENGL 623 Discourse Theory
              ENGL 624 Non-Traditional Rhetoric

          4. Writing, 0-6 hours:
              ENGL 520 Creative Nonfiction Workshop
              ENGL 522 Fiction Workshop
              ENGL 523 Poetry Workshop
              
          5. General Literature, 0-9 hours:
              ENGL 571 Literature and Belief
              ENGL 576 Fiction
              ENGL 577 Drama
              ENGL 578 Poetry
              ENGL 615 World Literature

          6. American literature, 6-12 hours:
              ENGL 562 American Literature to 1860
              ENGL 563 American Literature after 1860
              ENGL 564 American Novel
              ENGL 570 Multicultural Literature
              ENGL 610 Studies in American Literature (may be
              repeated up to 9 hours)

*3 hours may be fulfilled by ENGL 631 when the author is from
   American literature.

          7. British literature to 1789, 3-12 hours:*
              ENGL 581 Medieval British Literature
              ENGL 583 Shakespeare
              ENGL 584 17th-Century British Literature
              ENGL 612 Studies in British Literature (may be
              repeated up to 9 hours)

*3 hours may be fulfilled by ENGL 631 when the author is
   from British literature before 1789.

          8. British literature after 1789, 3-12 hours:
              ENGL 595 18th Century British Literature
              ENGL 596 19th Century British Literature
              ENGL 597 20th Century British Literature
              ENGL 612 Studies in British Literature

*3 hours may be fulfilled by ENGL 631 when the author is from
   British literature after 1789.

          9. Support field, 0-6 hours

        10. Thesis credits, 0-6 hours (optional)

        11. Comprehensive Exams


ENGLISH – COMPOSITION/RHETORIC TRACK (M.A.)   

Requirements for the MA in English, composition/rhetoric track, 36-hour thesis/non-thesis program are:

          1. Core, 9 hours:
              ENGL 600 Guided Study in Intensive Research
              ENGL 613 Literary Theory and Faith
              ENGL 652 Rhetorical Theory and Praxis   

          2. Composition/Rhetoric Track, 9 hours:
              ENGL 622 Rhetoric and Belief
              ENGL 623 Discourse Theory
              ENGL 625 Rhetorical Methods and Publication

          3. Discourse Studies, 0-12 hours:
              ENGL 530 Advanced English Grammar
              ENGL 532 Introduction to Linguistics
              ENGL 558 Teaching English as a Second Language
              ENGL 624 Non-Traditional Rhetoric

          4. Writing, 0-9 hours:
              ENGL 520 Creative Nonfiction Workshop
              ENGL 522 Fiction Workshop
              ENGL 523 Poetry Workshop
              ENGL 525 Advanced Composition
              ENGL 526 Business and Professional Writing
              ENGL 540 Special Topic: Playwriting

          5. Literature, 3-9 hours:
              ENGL 562 American Literature to 1860
              ENGL 563 American Literature after 1860
              ENGL 564 American Novel
              ENGL 570 Multicultural Literature
              ENGL 571 Literature and Belief
              ENGL 572 Film and Belief
              ENGL 576 Fiction
              ENGL 577 Drama
              ENGL 578 Poetry
              ENGL 581 Medieval British Literature
              ENGL 583 Shakespeare
              ENGL 584 17th Century British Literature
              ENGL 595 18th Century British Literature
              ENGL 596 19th Century British Literature
              ENGL 597 20th Century British Literature
              ENGL 610 Studies in American Literature (may be repeated up to 9 hours)
              ENGL 612 Studies in British Literature (may be repeated up to 9 hours)
              ENGL 615 Studies in World Literature

          6. Support field, 0-6 hours

          7. Thesis credits, 0-6 hours (optional)

          8. Comprehensive Exams


ENGLISH – WRITING TRACK (M.A.)   

Major Code: ENGL

Requirements for the MA in English, writing track, 36-hour thesis program are:

          1. Core, 6 hours:
              ENGL 613 Literary Theory and Faith
              ENGL 652 Rhetorical Theory and Praxis

          2. Writing, 12-15 hours:
              ENGL 520 Creative Nonfiction Workshop
              ENGL 522 Fiction Workshop
              ENGL 523 Poetry Workshop
              ENGL 525 Advanced Composition
              ENGL 526 Business and Professional Writing
              ENGL 540 Special Topic: Playwriting

          3. Language, 0-9 hours:
              ENGL 529 Rhetoric as Written Discourse
              ENGL 530 Advanced English Grammar
              ENGL 532 Introduction to Linguistics
              ENGL 558 Teaching English as a Second Language

          4. Literature, 0-9 hours:
              ENGL 551 Literature for Young Adults
              ENGL 562 American Literature to 1860
              ENGL 563 American Literature after 1860
              ENGL 564 American Novel
              ENGL 570 Multicultural Literature
              ENGL 571 Literature and Belief
              ENGL 572 Film and Belief
              ENGL 576 Fiction
              ENGL 577 Drama
              ENGL 578 Poetry
              ENGL 581 Medieval British Literature
              ENGL 583 Shakespeare
              ENGL 584 17th Century British Literature
              ENGL 595 18th Century British Literature
              ENGL 596 19th Century British Literature
              ENGL 597 20th Century British Literature
              ENGL 610 Studies in American Literature (may be repeated up to 9 hours)
              ENGL 612 Studies in British Literature (may be repeated up to 9 hours)
              ENGL 615 World Literature

          5. Support field, 0-6 hours

          6. Thesis credits, 6 hours

          7. Comprehensive Exams, Guided Study 0-3 hours
 

Application Deadline:
Fall 2014
  • August 15, 2014

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