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Graduate Catalog 2008-09

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Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences

Department of English

Ron Mitchelson, Interim Chair, 2201 Bate Building
E. Thomson Shields, Jr., Director of Graduate Studies, 2132 Bate Building

As a prerequisite to graduate study in a degree program, the Department of English requires that the applicant meet the admission requirements of the university and submit satisfactory scores on the General Test of the Graduate Record Examinations. Applicants should have an undergraduate major, minor, or equivalent record of study in English, or for those applying to technical/professional communication, rhetoric and composition, linguistics or TESOL, an appropriate undergraduate degree. Each entering student is to consult with the director of graduate studies in English at the beginning of graduate studies. At the consultation, the director of graduate studies will review curriculum requirements and options, including concentrations in literature, technical and professional communication, rhetoric and composition, creative writing, multicultural and transnational literatures, linguistics or TESOL, and will suggest appropriate courses. Students seeking a concentration in creative writing must submit a portfolio of poems, short stories, or essays to the creative writing faculty prior to admission to the concentration. Students seeking a concentration in English studies must submit a plan of study for approval by the Director of Graduate Studies.

MA in English

A minimum of 33 s.h. of course work is required, with a final examination on the thesis or comprehensive assessment project; subject matter from course work may also be a part of the examination.

A research methods course, selected from 6009, 6805, 7005, 7601, 7701 - 3 s.h.

Area of concentration (choose one of the following) - 18 s.h.
  1. English studies: An approved, unified program of study, including at least 3 s.h. from each of three concentrations or areas of study, and an additional 9 s.h. of coursework chosen from ENGL courses.
  2. Creative writing: Maximum of 12 s.h. from ENGL 5840, 5850, 5860, 5890; and minimum of 6 s.h. from ENGL 6865, 6870, 6880.
  3. Linguistics: ENGL 7530; 15 s.h. from ENGL 6505, 6526, 6527, 6528, 6529, 6531, 7525, 7535, 7565, 7605, 7680.
  4. Literature: 6 s.h. from ENGL 5160, 5165, 6116, 6121, 6131, 6151, 6215; 6 s.h. from ENGL 5125, 5150, 5170, 5230, 5250, 5260, 5275, 5280, 6155, 6175, 6185, 6220, 6250, 6260, 6330, 6350, 6390; 6 s.h. from ENGL 5060, 5330, 6340, 6360, 6370, 6380, 6450, 6515, 6870, 7065, 7070, 7165, 7265, 7365.
  5. Multicultural and transnational literatures: 18 s.h. from ENGL 6330, 6340, 6350, 6360, 6370, 6380, 6420, 6450, 6460, 7300, 7350, 7365.
  6. Rhetoric and composition: ENGL 6625, 7615, 7630; 6 s.h. from ENGL 6000, 7665, 7950, 7960, 7975; 3 s.h. from linguistics, TESOL, or technical and professional communication concentration.
  7. Teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL): ENGL 6528, 6531, 7530; 9 s.h. from ENGL 6505, 6526, 6527, 6529, 7525, 7535, 7565, 7605, 7680.
  8. Technical and professional communication: ENGL 7702; 15 s.h. from ENGL 6700, 6715, 6721, 6725, 6740, 6741, 7701, 7705, 7710, 7712, 7716, 7730, 7745, 7746, 7750, 7758, 7765, 7766, 7780, 7790.
English electives or courses from another department - 6 s.h.

A thesis, demonstrating the student’s ability to gather, arrange, and interpret material which bears on a particular problem - 6 s.h.
A comprehensive assessment project and additional coursework in English - 6 s.h.

Research Skills Requirement: A reading knowledge of a language other than English. Students concentrating in technical and professional writing, rhetoric and composition, linguistics/TESOL, and other suitable fields may substitute an appropriate level of computer skills.

MAEd and MAT in English Education

Please refer to the College of Education, for the degree requirements for the master of arts in teaching and the master of arts in education, both of which lead to advanced certification.

PhD in Technical and Professional Discourse

The PhD program in technical and professional discourse prepares researchers and scholars to assess discourse critically, develop innovative and interdisciplinary approaches to discourse issues, investigate and analyze discourse in a variety of academic and non-academic settings, and serve as faculty at various educational levels. This preparation is developed through a multi disciplinary program of traditional and online courses, seminars, internships, and dissertation research.

Students in the program take courses in three major research areas: discourses and cultures, writing studies and pedagogy, and technical and professional communication. With the assistance of advisors selected by the students, doctoral students develop individualized plans of study drawing on the resources of the Department of English, affiliate departments, and internship sponsors.


The doctoral program requires a minimum of 60 s.h. of course work beyond the master’s degree.
Required courses: ENGL 8601, 8605, 8615, 8630, 8780 - 15-18 s.h.
ENGL electives- 15 s.h.
Electives in ENGL or affiliate departments - 12 s.h.
ENGL 9000 (Dissertation) - 18 s.h.
Please contact the director of graduate studies in English for additional details concerning application procedures, admission requirements, and specific academic requirements.

Certificate in Multicultural and Transnational Literatures

The graduate certificate in multicultural and transnational literatures offers continuing education for post baccalaureate teachers, professionals, and potential graduate degree students in literatures from diverse ethnic and cultural groups that may have been excluded from mainstream literary studies. Course work is interdisciplinary, with emphases on genre, historical context, and critical methodologies, and a focus on ethnic American and world literatures written in English.

This certificate is offered only online. Completion requires 12 s.h., including ENGL 6340 and 6360 (required), and 6 s.h. to be selected from 6330, 6350, 6370, 6460, and 7365. Other special topics graduate courses in related areas may be approved on an individual basis.

For further information, please go to, or contact the director of graduate studies.

Certificate in Professional Communication

Communication professionals work in a rapidly changing environment that requires them to update their abilities throughout their working career. Both conceptual and technological issues underlie those changes. This online certificate program is designed to help those communicators remain competitive.

The certificate requires 15 s.h. of courses in the area of technical and professional communication with a minimum B average in all certificate course work. Only 3 s.h. of a grade of C will count toward this certificate. Internship (ENGL 6740, 6741) and directed reading (ENGL 6725) courses cannot count toward the certificate. No hours in another discipline can be counted. Additional details can be obtained by contacting the director of graduate studies in the Department of English.