1.5 Minors and Co-Majors

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1.5.1 Minoring in graduate degree majors

English Department graduate students minoring in programs outside their major

If you wish to earn a graduate minor in a major outside the English Department graduate majors, you will need to find a faculty member from that major who will help you identify the necessary minor courses and who will serve on your POS committee. That professor’s name and approval/signature (when applicable) must appear on all Graduate College forms. In addition, the DOGE in the department of the minor program must approve the minor and coursework.

Graduate students from other majors minoring in English Department graduate majors

If you are a graduate student from another major, you may obtain a graduate minor in any of the English Department graduate majors. To do so, you first need to find an English Department graduate faculty member in the appropriate major to help you identify the required minor courses and to serve on your POS committee. That professor’s name and approval/signature as well as that of the DOGE in the English Department are required when you submit required forms and the Graduate College POSC form in your AccessPlus account.

Once you and your selected English Department professor have determined the courses you will use for the minor in the MA or PhD programs, you must submit to the Graduate Program Staff Assistant the English Department’s Request for Graduate Minor form.

Graduate minor requirements for the MA and PhD programs

  • MA programs in English (literature or literature and the teaching of reading), RCPC, or TESL/AL require 9 credits in English Department courses not counting thesis or creative component credits; 6 of these credits must be at the 500-600 level
  • PhD programs in Applied Linguistics and Technology (ALT) or Rhetoric and Professional Communication (RPC) require 12 credits in English Department courses not counting dissertation credits; 9 of these credits must be at the 500-600 level.

Graduate minor requirements for the MFA program

  • MFA program in (CWE) requires 12 credits in English Department’s creative writing courses at the graduate level not counting thesis credits; 3 of these credits must be Engl 550: Craft and Professional Practice

Once approved for the MFA CWE minor, you will be assigned an adviser who must become a POS committee member representing the minor.

Application requirements for the MFA CWE minor

If you wish to be considered for a minor in the MFA Creative Writing and Environment (CWE) program, you need to submit to the Graduate Program Staff Assistant the following by January 5 for entry the following fall semester:

  • English Department’s Request for Graduate Minor form
  • Statement of intent (2-3 double-spaced pages maximum sent electronically to englgrad@iastate.edu) including information about creative writing projects completed or currently working on as well as any publications, information about any fieldwork experiences and writers that have influenced your work, issues (place, landscape, the natural world, or environment) your work engages, organizations worked with or activities related to environmental issues (if any), and writing projects you want to tackle that have an environmental dimension
  • Creative writing sample (sent electronically to englgrad@iastate.edu) of no more than 25 pages (prose) or 15 pages (poetry) demonstrating exemplary ability in one genre

1.5.2 Co-majoring in graduate degree majors

A co-major is a program of study for a single degree in which the requirements for two separate majors are met. POS committees include co-major professors from each major, one additional committee member representing each major to ensure there are at least two representatives from each of the co-majors. You may co-major only in programs at the same degree level. For example, the MA programs in English and TESL/Applied Linguistics, the MA program in RCPC and the MFA in CWE (for co-majoring, the Graduate College considers the MFA program a degree program at the Master’s level), or the PhD program in RPC and the PhD program in HCI could be co-majors.

English Department graduate students co-majoring in programs outside their major

If you are currently a student in an English Department degree program and you wish to co-major in a graduate degree program outside the English Department, you should consult with your major professor. Then you should contact the Director of Graduate Education or a faculty member from the extra-departmental program to determine that program’s co-major requirements.

Graduate students from other majors co-majoring in English Department graduate majors

If you are a graduate student from an extra-departmental major, you may co-major in any English Department graduate major. You first need to find an English Department professor in the appropriate major to help you select courses and to serve as the co-major professor on your POS committee. That professor’s name and approval/signature as well as that of the DOGE in the English Department are required when you submit required forms and the Graduate College POSC form in your AccessPlus account.

You will need to acquire admission approval from one of the English Department majors by submitting the Co-Major in English Department Graduate Programs Request form as well as other required documents. Co-major students are not eligible for graduate assistantship support from the English Department.

Co-majoring in MA programs

Co-majoring in English Department MA majors requires that all requirements in each of the two majors (including areas of specialization), not counting the thesis credits, be met to complete this single MA degree. This means you will need to take extra hours beyond the 30 credit hours of most master’s students. However, it will not mean that you must take an additional 30 credits, as some courses will work for both majors (and areas of specialization). A co-major will require a minimum of 42 credits (12 extra credits beyond the standard 30 credits, not including thesis or creative component credits) and must include at least 15 credits of specialized courses in each of the two majors, not counting the thesis or creative component. The thesis or creative component must apply to both majors (and areas of specialization).

Co-majoring in the MFA program

The minimum requirements for a co-major in the MFA Creative Writing and Environment (CWE) program are the same as those for a major in the program (54 non-overlapping credits, not including thesis credits). Students in other majors wishing to co-major in Creative Writing and Environment must meet all requirements in each of their two majors, including the completion of a thesis appropriate to the major in Creative Writing and Environment, to complete this single degree.

Co-majoring in PhD programs

To receive a co-major in the Applied Linguistics and Technology doctoral program, you must complete a minimum of 30 credits of additional graduate coursework (15 credits of required coursework and 15 credits of electives; not including dissertation credits) specified by the program and pass a portfolio assessment in the third semester.

To receive a co-major in the Rhetoric and Professional Communication doctoral program, you must complete a minimum of 33 credits of additional graduate coursework (12 credits of required coursework, 15 credits of electives, and 6 credits of linguistics; not including dissertation credits) specified by the program and pass a portfolio assessment in the third semester.