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 (3) 
              ENGL 613 Literary Theory and Faith (3) 
              ENGL 652 Rhetorical Theory and Praxis (3) 

          2. Literature Track, 9 hours:
              ENGL 620 Literary Research Methods and Publication (3) 
              ENGL 631 Contexts: Studies in a Single Author (3) 
              ENGL 633 Connections: Studies in a Literary Period (3) 

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

          4. Writing, 0-6 hours:
              ENGL 520 Creative Nonfiction Workshop (3) 
              ENGL 522 Fiction Workshop (3) 
              ENGL 523 Poetry Workshop (3) 
              
          5. General Literature, 0-9 hours:
              ENGL 571 Literature and Belief (3) 
              ENGL 576 Fiction (3)
              ENGL 577 Drama (3) 
              ENGL 578 Poetry (3) 
              ENGL 615 World Literature (3) 

          6. American literature, 6-12 hours:
              ENGL 562 American Literature to 1860 (3) 
              ENGL 563 American Literature after 1860 (3) 
              ENGL 564 American Novel (3) 
              ENGL 570 Multicultural Literature (3)
              ENGL 610 Studies in American Literature (3) (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 (3) 
              ENGL 583 Shakespeare (3) 
              ENGL 584 17th-Century British Literature (3) 
              ENGL 612 Studies in British Literature (3)  (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 (3) 
              ENGL 596 19th Century British Literature (3) 
              ENGL 597 20th Century British Literature (3) 
              ENGL 612 Studies in British Literature (3) 

*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 (3) 
              ENGL 613 Literary Theory and Faith (3) 
              ENGL 652 Rhetorical Theory and Praxis (3)    
 
          2. Composition/Rhetoric Track, 9 hours:
              ENGL 622 Rhetoric and Belief (3) 
              ENGL 623 Discourse Theory (3) 
              ENGL 625 Rhetorical Methods and Publication (3) 

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

          4. Writing, 0-9 hours:
              ENGL 520 Creative Nonfiction Workshop (3) 
              ENGL 522 Fiction Workshop (3) 
              ENGL 523 Poetry Workshop (3) 
              ENGL 525 Advanced Composition (3) 
              ENGL 526 Business and Professional Writing (3) 
              ENGL 540 Special Topic: Playwriting

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

          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 (3) 
              ENGL 652 Rhetorical Theory and Praxis (3) 

          2. Writing, 12-15 hours:
              ENGL 520 Creative Nonfiction Workshop (3) 
              ENGL 522 Fiction Workshop (3) 
              ENGL 523 Poetry Workshop (3) 
              ENGL 525 Advanced Composition (3) 
              ENGL 526 Business and Professional Writing (3) 
              ENGL 540 Special Topic: Playwriting

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

          4. Literature, 0-9 hours:
              ENGL 551 Literature for Young Adults (3)
              ENGL 562 American Literature to 1860 (3) 
              ENGL 563 American Literature after 1860 (3) 
              ENGL 564 American Novel (3) 
              ENGL 570 Multicultural Literature (3) 
              ENGL 571 Literature and Belief (3) 
              ENGL 572 Film and Belief (3) 
              ENGL 576 Fiction (3) 
              ENGL 577 Drama (3) 
              ENGL 578 Poetry (3) 
              ENGL 581 Medieval British Literature (3) 
              ENGL 583 Shakespeare (3)
              ENGL 584 17th Century British Literature (3) 
              ENGL 595 18th Century British Literature (3) 
              ENGL 596 19th Century British Literature (3) 
              ENGL 597 20th Century British Literature (3) 
              ENGL 610 Studies in American Literature (3) (may be repeated up to 9 hours)
              ENGL 612 Studies in British Literature (3) (may be repeated up to 9 hours)
              ENGL 615 World Literature (3) 

          5. Support field, 0-6 hours

          6. Thesis credits, 6 hours

          7. Comprehensive Exams, Guided Study 0-3 hours
 

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Spring 2015
  • Dec. 12, 2014

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