Program Requirements

In general, MA degrees in English should follow the guidelines below, but the graduation requirements for individual students are based upon each student's approved Graduate Studies Plan.

Core Courses (9-12 credits*)

Complete the following three core courses

  • ENGL A602    Contemporary Literary Theory (3)
  • ENGL A689    Advanced Research and Professional Practices (3)
  • ENGL A699    Thesis (1-6)

* TAs are also required to take ENGL A687, Composition Theory and Practice

Distribution Requirements (18 credits)

All courses are repeatable up to 6 credits with a change of subtitle:

  • ENGL A610    Studies in Literary Periods and Movements (3)
  • ENGL A611    Studies in Genre (3)
  • ENGL A612    Studies in English Linguistics (3)
  • ENGL A613    Studies in Rhetoric and Composition (3)
  • ENGL A636    Studies in Contemporary Theory (3)
  • ENGL A676    Studies in Texts and Cultures (3)

Elective Courses (6-9 credits)

Elective courses may include, with the approval of the committee chair:

  • Any additional 600-level ENGL course (3-6)
  • Up to 6 credits of 400-level ENGL courses (3-6)
  • Up to 6 credits of approved coursework outside the department (3-6)

Total minimum credits required for the MA in English: (36)

Note: A tentative course rotation schedule is available from the English Department.