English, MA

The Master of Arts degree launches students into the study of literature, writing, and rhetoric at the graduate level. The program offers two years of intensive study in the major fields of British and American literature, covering the debates and approaches that animate the discipline of English. Our MA graduates are fully prepared to proceed to study at the doctoral level, and their training in critical thinking, language skills, and cultural history has also proven to be fruitful preparation for a range of careers outside of academia.

Academic Standing/Progress

To be considered in good academic standing, MA students must be making progress toward their degree requirements, including maintaining a 3.000 minimum cumulative grade-point average (GPA).

General Regulations

Program requirements are described in the CSSH Graduate Programs General Regulations and the Graduate Program in English MA Guide. Both documents are updated annually. 

Milestones

Annual progress review
One language
Comprehensive examination (timed examination and thesis options)

Course Work

Proseminar
ENGL 5103Proseminar3
Theories and Methods
Complete 6 semester hours from the following:6
Contemporary Critical Theory
Topics in Criticism
Topics in Literary Study (selected topics only)
Topics in Literature and other Disciplines (selected topics only)
Topics in Digital Humanities
Ethnography
Theorizing Gender and Sexuality
Directed Study (GCWS Consortium, selected topics only)
Writing and Rhetoric
Complete 6 semester hours from the following:6
Rhetorical Theory
Rhetorical Criticism
Composition Studies
Approaches to Teaching Writing
Topics in Rhetoric
Reading and the Teaching of Reading
Writing and the Teaching of Writing (Master's students may register with permission from the instructor.)
Writing and Learning Across Curriculum
Topics in Writing
Composition Pedagogy
Responding to Learners
Writing and Reading in Content Areas
Medieval and Renaissance
Complete 3 semester hours from the following:3
Medieval Literature
Renaissance Literature
Chaucer
Shakespeare’s Tragedies
Shakespeare’s Comedies
Topics in Shakespeare
Topics in Medieval Literature
Topics in Renaissance Literature
Topics in Criticism (selected topics only)
Topics in Literature and other Disciplines (selected topics only)
Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries
Complete 3 semester hours from the following:3
Topics in Early American Literature
17th-Century Literature
Restoration and Early 18th-Century Literature
Milton
Topics in 17th-Century Literature
Topics in 18th-Century Literature
18th-Century Novel
Topics in Literary Study (selected topics only)
Topics in Genre (selected topics only)
Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries
Complete 3 semester hours from the following:3
Topics in American Literature (selected topics only)
Topics in African-American Literature (selected topics only)
Topics in 19th-Century American Literature
Topics in 20th-Century American Literature
Major American Novelist
Major American Playwright (selected versions of this course)
Major American Poet (selected versions of this course)
Major Figures in African-American Literature
19th-Century American Poetry
African-American Novel
Contemporary American Fiction
Victorian Literature
Topics in Romanticism
Topics in Victorian Literature
Topics in 20th-Century British Literature
Romantic Poetry
Victorian Poetry
Victorian Novel
Topics in Literary Study (selected topics only)
Topics in Poetry (selected topics only)
Topics in Literature and other Disciplines (selected topics only)
Topics in Comparative Literature (selected topics only)
Modern Poetry
Contemporary Poetry

Timed Examination Option

Open Electives
Complete 6 semester hours of ENGL courses or approved non-ENGL course (e.g., INSH 7910, WMNS 7976).6
Exam Preparation
Required for students who must maintain full-time status while completing the comprehensive examination.
ENGL 6960Exam Preparation—Master’s0

Thesis Option

A minimum 3.500 GPA is required to pursue this option.

Open Elective
Complete 3 semester hours of ENGL courses or approved non-ENGL courses (e.g., INSH 7910, WMNS 7976).3
Thesis
ENGL 7990Thesis (minimum 3.500 GPA required)3
Exam Preparation
Required for students who must maintain full-time status while completing the MA Thesis.
ENGL 6960Exam Preparation—Master’s0

Program Credit/GPA Requirements

30 total semester hours required
Minimum 3.000 GPA required