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English Studies Concentration
(Graduate Catalog)

Area Coordinator: Dr. Michelle Eble (

Coursework and Other Requirements

Students seeking a concentration in English Studies must submit a plan of study for approval to the Director of Graduate Studies.

Choose one research methods course from the following (3 s.h)
ENGL 6009 Research Methods in Language Study
ENGL 6702 Research Methods in Technical and Professional Communication
ENGL 6805 Research: The Writer's Perspective
ENGL 7005 Bibliography and Methods
ENGL 7601 Research Design in Rhetoric and Composition

Comprehensive Studies (18 s.h.)
Develop an approved, unified program of study including at least two or more concentrations or areas of study for a total of 18 s.h. of coursework chosen from ENGL courses.

Electives (6 s.h.)
English courses outside the concentration.
Note: Students wishing to receive a graduate teaching assistantship must complete ENGL 6625 Teaching Composition:Theory and Practice.

Thesis or Comprehensive Assessment Project (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.) or a Comprehensive Assessment Project (CAP) with additional coursework in English (6 s.h.). Students completing a CAP will be able to demonstrate conceptual and critical awareness of how different areas of English Studies intersect and inform each other. They will also be able to synthesize and explain connections among their own work from at least three areas of English Studies. The ad-hoc Committee on English Studies recommended the following elements of the CAP: 1. Annotated Bibliography/Reading List (20-25 items, with book length works counting as 3 items each. These should be annotated.) 2. Paper/Project (This research paper (15-18 pages) should use the annotated bibliography/reading list that synthesizes research/scholarship on a topic that brings together at least three areas of English Studies.)

For further information, please call 252-328-6660 or email the Director of Graduate Studies, Dr. Michelle Eble, at