The English MA (Literature specialization) Program of Study Requirements

The MA in English (Specialization in Literature) requires a total of 30 credits of coursework, which can be completed within two academic years of full-time study.

Area of CourseworkCoursesCredits
CORE COURSEWORK

18
Teaching/Criticism/Bibliography
Choose one course from the following:
Engl 521
Engl 522
Engl 546
3
Literature

*Engl 546 can only be used to satisfy the literature requirement below if not used above to meet the Teaching/Criticism/Bibliography requirement.
*Engl 523 can satisfy either the Literature course requirement (British or General) or the specialization requirement, but not both.
*X courses may be used in the following 3 categories depending on the topic.
3 cr. must be in literature before 1865 (523, 532, or 533; and 531, 538, 540, 541, 543, 545, 546 when appropriate)
15
• American Literature
Choose one course:
Engl 532, 534
When appropriate:
531, 538, 539, 540, 541, 543, 545, 546, 562
3
• British Literature

Choose one course:
Engl 523, 533, 535
When appropriate:
531, 538, 539, 540, 541, 545, 546, 562
3
• Graduate Literature Electives

Include pre-1865 requirement in this section if not met above in American or British Literature requirement.
Choose three (3) courses from the following:
Engl 521, 522, 523, 531, 532, 533, 534, 535, 538, 539, 540, 541, 543, 545, 546, 561, 590a, 595a
Engl 521, 522, and 546 can only be used once to satisfy this requirement or the Teaching/Criticism/Bibliography requirement above, but not both.
9
AREA OF SPECIALIZATION
9
Literature
Three appropriate elective courses from English Department graduate offerings in any of the graduate majors.
TAs may count 3 credits of Engl 500 or SpCm 513.
With prior approval as a POS waiver/substitution, 3 credits of appropriate graduate Curriculum and Instruction (C I) coursework may be used.
Courses strongly recommended for students planning to teach include:
Engl 503: Composition Theory
Engl 521: Teaching of Literature and the Literature Curriculum
9
INDEPENDENT RESEARCH
Engl 699: Thesis Research
or
Engl 599: Creative Component
3
TOTAL30 minimum

Language Requirement

There is no language requirement for this program effective Fall 2020. However, students planning to pursue a PhD should be aware that most PhD programs require demonstrable skill in one or two foreign languages.