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Master of Arts in English

The Master of Arts in English is a 33-semester-hour program that offers both a thesis and non-thesis option. The program is unique in the  variety of experiences and opportunities provided to the students.

Each entering student should consult with the Director of Graduate Studies, who will review curriculum requirements and options and will suggest appropriate courses related to available concentrations: English Studies, Literature, Linguistics, TESOL, Technical and Professional Communication (TPC), Rhetoric and Composition, Creative Writing, and Multicultural and Transnational Literatures (MTL).

A minimum of 33 s.h. of course work is required, with a final presentation on the Thesis or Comprehensive Assessment Project. Subject matter from course work may also be a part of the presentation.

Degree Requirements

A research methods course, selected from the following - 3 s.h.

  • ENGL 6009 - Research Methods in Language Study
  • ENGL 6805 - Research: The Writer's Perspective
  • ENGL 7005 - Bibliography and Methods
  • ENGL 7601 - Research Design in Rhetoric and Composition
  • ENGL 7701 - Research Methods in Technical and Professional Writing

Area of Concentration - 18 s.h.

(Choose one of the following)

1. English Studies

An approved, unified program of study including at least 3 hrs. from each of 3 concentrations or areas of study, and an additional 9 hrs. of coursework chosen from ENGL courses.


2. Creative Writing

Select maximum of 12 s.h. from 

  • ENGL 5840 - Advanced Poetry Writing
  • ENGL 5850 - Advanced Fiction Writing
  • ENGL 5860 - Advanced Nonfiction Writing
  • ENGL 5890 - Advanced Script Writing
Select minimum of 6 s.h. from
  • ENGL 6865 - Creative Writing
  • ENGL 6870 - Literature: The Writer's Perspective
  • ENGL 6880 - Directed Readings in Creative Writing


3. Linguistics

  • ENGL 7530 - Descriptive Linguistics
Select 15 s.h. from
  • ENGL 6505 - Linguistic and Cultural History of the English Language
  • ENGL 6526 - The Structure of English: Phonology and Morphology
  • ENGL 6527 - The Structure of English: Syntax and Semantics
  • ENGL 6528 - Teaching English as a Second Language: Theories and Principles
  • ENGL 6529 - Applied Linguistics for ESL Teachers
  • ENGL 6531 - TESL: Methods and Practicum
  • ENGL 7525 - Language and Society
  • ENGL 7535 - Principles of Language Testing
  • ENGL 7565 - Linguistics, Education, and ESL
  • ENGL 7605 - Discourse Analysis
  • ENGL 7680 - Writing Systems of the World 


4. Literature

Select 6 s.h. from

  • ENGL 6116 - Medieval English Literature
  • ENGL 6121 - Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature
  • ENGL 6131 - Milton and Seventeenth-Century Literature
  • ENGL 6151 - Eighteenth-Century British Literature
  • ENGL 6215 - American Literature to 1830
Select 6 s.h. from
  • ENGL 5150 - Topics in the Novel
  • ENGL 5170 - Modern Drama
  • ENGL 5230 - Southern Regional Literature
  • ENGL 5280 - Topics in Poetry
  • ENGL 6155 - Romantic Literature
  • ENGL 6175 - Victorian Literature
  • ENGL 6185 - Twentieth-Century British Literature
  • ENGL 6195 - Topics in Drama
  • ENGL 6220 - The American Renaissance
  • ENGL 6250 - American Realism
  • ENGL 6260 - Twentieth-Century American Literature
  • ENGL 6330 - Studies in Latino/a Literatures
  • ENGL 6350 - Studies in Native American Literature
  • ENGL 6390 - Advanced Studies of Science Fiction and Fantasy
Select 6 s.h. from either of the previous two groups or from
  • ENGL 5330 - Studies in Women's Literature
  • ENGL 6065 - Topics in Literary Theory and Criticism
  • ENGL 6340 - Ethnic American Literature
  • ENGL 6360 - World Literature Written in English
  • ENGL 6370 - Caribbean Literature
  • ENGL 6380 - Studies in African Literature
  • ENGL 6450 - Studies in World Indigenous Literature
  • ENGL 6515 - Advanced Studies in Children's Literature
  • ENGL 6870 - Literature: The Writer's Perspective
  • ENGL 7070 - Literary Theory
  • ENGL 7165 - English Literature
  • ENGL 7265 - American Literature
  • ENGL 7365 - Selected Topics in Multicultural and Transnational Literature

5. Multicultural and Transnational Literatures

Select 18 s.h. from 

  • ENGL 6330 - Studies in Latino/a Literatures
  • ENGL 6340 - Ethnic American Literature
  • ENGL 6345 - Jewish Literature
  • ENGL 6350 - Studies in Native American Literature
  • ENGL 6360 - World Literature Written in English
  • ENGL 6370 - Caribbean Literature
  • ENGL 6375 - Middle Eastern Literature
  • ENGL 6380 - Studies in African Literature
  • ENGL 6420 - Studies in Asian American Literature
  • ENGL 6450 - Studies in World Indigenous Literatures
  • ENGL 6460 - Studies in African American Literature
  • ENGL 7070 - Literary Theory
  • ENGL 7080 - Cultural Studies Theory and Method
  • ENGL 7300 - Directed Reading in Multicultural and Transnational Literature
  • ENGL 7350 - Seminar in Multicultural and Transnational Literature
  • ENGL 7365 - Selected Topics in Multicultural and Transnational Literature
  • ENGL 7465 - Folklore

 

6. Rhetoric and Composition

  • ENGL 6625 - Teaching Composition: Theory and Practice
  • ENGL 7615 - History and Theory of Rhetoric I
  • ENGL 7630 - Cultural Rhetoric and Writing
Select 6 s.h. from
  • ENGL 6000 - Critical Writing in English Studies
  • ENGL 7665 - Rhetoric and Composition
  • ENGL 7950 - Issues in Teaching Composition
  • ENGL 7960 - Methods of Teaching English in the Two-Year College
  • ENGL 7975 - Developmental English in the Two-Year College
Select 3 s.h. from Linguistics, TESOL, or Technical and Professional Communication concentration

 

7. Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

  • ENGL 6528 - Teaching English as a Second Language: Theories and Principles
  • ENGL 6531 - TESL: Methods and Practicum
  • ENGL 7530 - Descriptive Linguistics
Select 9 s.h. from
  • ENGL 6505 - Linguistic and Cultural History of the English Language
  • ENGL 6526 - The Structure of English: Phonology and Morphology
  • ENGL 6527 - The Structure of English: Syntax and Semantics
  • ENGL 6529 - Applied Linguistics for ESL Teachers
  • ENGL 7525 - Language and Society
  • ENGL 7535 - Principles of Language Testing
  • ENGL 7565 - Linguistics, Education, and ESL
  • ENGL 7605 - Discourse Analysis
  • ENGL 7680 - Writing Systems of the World

8. Technical and Professional Communication

  • ENGL 7702 - Research Design in Technical and Professional Communication
Select 15 s.h. from
  • ENGL 6700 - Technical Editing and Production
  • ENGL 6715 - Technical Writing
  • ENGL 6721 - Copyediting in Professional Communication
  • ENGL 6725 - Directed Readings in Technical and Professional Writing
  • ENGL 6740 - Internship in Technical and Professional Communication
  • ENGL 6741 - Internship in Technical and Professional Communication
  • ENGL 7701 - Research Methods in Technical and Professional Writing
  • ENGL 7705 - Ethical Issues in Professional Communication
  • ENGL 7710 - Professional Communication
  • ENGL 7712 - Grant and Proposal Writing
  • ENGL 7716 - Classics in Scientific and Technical Literature
  • ENGL 7721 - Managing Editing and Publication Processes
  • ENGL 7730 - Issues in Technical Communication
  • ENGL 7745 - Teaching Professional Communication
  • ENGL 7746 - Training in Professional Communication
  • ENGL 7750 - Writing Public Science
  • ENGL 7765 - Technical and Professional Communication
  • ENGL 7766 - Special Studies Seminars in Communication and Emerging Technologies
  • ENGL 7780 - Theory of Professional Communication
  • ENGL 7785 - History of Professional Communication
  • ENGL 7790 - Public Interest Writing
Select 6 s.h. of English elective or courses from another department.

Additional Requirements

Thesis Option

  • A Thesis (6 s.h.) that demonstrates the student’s ability to gather, arrange, and interpret material that bears on a particular problem.

Non-Thesis Option

  • Additional 6 s.h. of coursework in English and a Comprehensive Assessment Project (CAP).