College of Arts and Sciences

Department of English and Linguistics - Graduate Degrees

Grad students

Master of Arts

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 toward the degree.

You may, with your advisor’s approval, apply courses that satisfy core requirements to your concentration requirements. If you do, you must still complete enough approved elective courses to meet the required minimum of 36 credits.

Admission Requirements

To be regularly admitted to the master's program in English, you must have completed an undergraduate major or minor in English with a cumulative GPA or at least 3.0 (4.0 = A) and 3.0 in all English courses. Letters of recommendation from three academic or professional referees must support your application, and you must submit a written explanation of your reason for seeking the degree. The letters of reference must be accompanied by our recommendation form. You must also earn a satisfactory score on the general aptitude section of the Graduate Record Examination. If you do not meet these requirements, you may be admitted conditionally. Conditions might require you to complete prerequisite courses without credit toward the graduate degree, or to maintain a given GPA over your first 6-12 credits in the program. Please contact the our department to optain an application packet.

Teaching Assistantships

Students in the M.A. program may qualify for appointment as teaching assistants. Such appointments (with the title graduate teaching assistant) carry a stipend as well as partial remission of fees. TAs typically teach one or two sections of freshman or developmental composition. Those intersted should contact the Director of Writing to see if there are any available spots.

Program Requirements

Core (12 credits)

  • ENG B501 - Professional Scholarship in Literature Cr. 3.
  • ENG C517 - Professional Scholarship in Writing Studies Cr. 3.
  • ENG L505 - Professional Scholarship in Linguistics Cr. 3.
  • ENG B605 - Modern Approaches to Literature Cr. 3.

Concentration (12 credits)

  • Four Courses from one of the following:
    • British Literature Before 1700
    • British Literature After 1700
    • American Literature
    • Language and Linguistics
    • Writing Studies

Electives (12 credits)

  • Enough courses applicable to the degree to bring the program to a total of at least 36 credit hours

Minimum (30 credits)

Note 1: At least 6 hours of the concentration or electives must be 700 level seminars
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 (1) a 300-level literature course in a foreign language with a grade of A or B, or (2) a written examination that demonstrates a student's proficiency in reading and translating a foreign language.