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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.

Coursework and Other Degree Requirements

A research methods course, selected 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

Area of Concentration (18 s.h.)

(Choose one of the following)

1. English Studies

An approved, unified program of study from at least two concentrations or areas of study, for a total of 18 hours of coursework chosen from ENGL courses.

 2. Creative Writing

Select up to four workshops from the following (maximum of 12 s.h.)

  • ENGL 6840 Advanced Poetry Writing (Formerly ENGL 5840)
  • ENGL 6850 Advanced Fiction Writing (Formerly ENGL 5850)
  • ENGL 6868 Advanced Nonfiction Writing (Formerly ENGL 5860)
  • ENGL 6898 Advanced Script Writing (Formerly ENGL 5890)
Select at least two Creative Writing electives from the following (minimum of 6 s.h.)
  • ENGL 6865 Creative Writing
  • ENGL 6870 Literature: The Writer's Perspective
  • ENGL 6880 Directed Readings in Creative Writing

3. Linguistics

  • ENGL 7530 Descriptive Linguistics (3 s.h.)
Select five courses from the following (15 s.h.)
  • 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 (Formerly ENGL 5503)
  • 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 two courses from the following (6 s.h.)

  • ENGL 6151  Eighteenth-Century British Literature
  • ENGL 6220  American Literature before 1865
Select two courses from the following (6 s.h.)
  • ENGL 5150 Topics in the Novel
  • ENGL 5170  Modern Drama
  • ENGL 5230  Southern Regional Literature
  • ENGL 5280  Topics in Poetry
  • ENGL 6151  British Literature Before 1800
  • ENGL 6155  British Literature After 1800
  • ENGL 6195  Topics in Drama
  • ENGL 6220  American Literature Before 1865
  • ENGL 6250  American Literature After 1865
  • ENGL 6270  Literature and the Environment
  • ENGL 6330  Studies in Latino/a Literatures
  • ENGL 6350  Studies in Native American Literature
  • ENGL 6390  Advanced Studies of Science Fiction and Fantasy
Select two courses from either of the previous two groups or from the following (6 s.h.)
  • 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 six courses from the following (18 s.h.)

  • 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

Required courses (12 s.h.)
  • ENGL 6625  Teaching Composition: Theory and Practice
  • ENGL 7615  History and Theory of Rhetoric I or ENGL 7620 History and Theory of Rhetoric II
  • ENGL 7630  Cultural Rhetoric and Writing
Select two courses from the following (6 s.h.)
  • 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 one course from (3 s.h.)
Linguistics, TESOL, or Technical and Professional Communication concentration.

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

Required courses
(9 s.h.)

  • ENGL 6528  Teaching English as a Second Language: Theories and Principles
  • ENGL 6531  TESL: Methods and Practicum
  • ENGL 7530  Descriptive Linguistics
Select three courses from the following (9 s.h.)
  • 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

Required course (3 s.h.)

  • ENGL 7702  Research Design in Technical and Professional Communication
Select five courses from the following (15 s.h.)
  • ENGL 6700  Technical Editing and Production
  • ENGL 6702  Research Methods in Technical and Professional Communication
  • 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 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

Additional Requirements (12 s.h.)

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

Thesis or Non-Thesis Option (6 s.h.)

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

Non-Thesis Option (6 s.h.)
A Comprehensive Assessment Project (CAP) with additional coursework in English.