College of Arts and Sciences

Department of English and Linguistics - Graduate Degrees

Masters of Arts with a Major in English

New Requirements Beginning Fall 2014


Beginning in the fall 2014 semester, the new Masters of Arts in English requirements will take effect.  If you are interested in applying to the program, please contact the Department of English and Linguistics.  The new requirements are as follows:


To earn this degree, you must complete at least 36 credits (courses are generally 3 credits each).  You must maintain a GPA of at least 3.0 or better in courses taken to fulfill degree requirements; no course with a grade below B will count towards the degree. 









One professional   scholarship course in the student’s area of concentration:


  •   ENG B501 -   Professional Scholarship in Literature


  •   ENG C517 -   Professional Scholarship in Writing Studies


  •   LING L505 -   Professional Scholarship in Linguistics


ENG B605 – Critical Theory






Five courses from one of   the following:


  •   Literature


  •   Writing Studies


  •   Language and   Linguistics






Enough courses applicable   to the degree to bring the program to a total


of at least 36 credit hours



36 credit hours minimum


Note 1:  At least 9 credit hours of the concentration or electives must be 700 level seminars offered by the Department of English and Linguistics.  Courses in Liberal Studies will not fulfill this requirement.

  • Students may apply one professional scholarship course outside of their area of concentration toward the seminar requirements.
  • Students may substitute a master’s thesis for one of the three required seminars.  ENG B699 Master’s Thesis (3 credit hours) would be counted as elective credit.

Note 2:  It is recommended that a student who plans to pursue a doctorate in literary study demonstrate reading proficiency in an approved foreign language under the auspices of the Department of International Language and Culture Studies by passing:

  • A 300-level literature course in a foreign language with a grade of A or B,
  • A written examination that demonstrates a student’s proficiency in reading and translating a foreign language.

It is also recommended that a student who plans to pursue a doctorate in literary study elect to write a master’s thesis (3 credit hours).


TEACHING ASSISTANTSHIPS:  You may qualify for appointment as a teaching aide. An interview with the Director of Writing and a course in composition theory and practice are required.  Such appointments (with the title graduate aide) carry a stipend as well as partial remission of fees. Aides typically teach one or two sections of freshman or developmental composition.