English, MA

The Master of Arts program is designed to give students broad exposure to the current state of English studies. Students in the program have opportunities to take classes in literature, literary studies, linguistics, rhetoric, composition, and digital humanities.

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.

Milestones

  • Comprehensive examination or Thesis
  • Annual review
  • One language

Program Requirements

Complete all courses and requirements listed below unless otherwise indicated.

Proseminar
ENGL 5103Proseminar3
Theories and Methods
Complete 6 semester hours from the following:6
Critical Issues
Rhetorical Theory
Rhetorical Criticism
Linguistics
Syntax
Semantics
Topics in Linguistics
Linguistics and Literature
Linguistics and Writing
History of the English Language
Issues in English Grammar
Gender and Language
Film Studies (selected versions of this course)
Topics in Film (selected versions of this course)
American Film (selected versions of this course)
Contemporary Film (selected versions of this course)
Contemporary Critical Theory
Topics in Criticism
Topics in Literature and other Disciplines
Topics in Digital Humanities
Ethnography
NULab Project Seminar
Theorizing Gender and Sexuality
Directed Study (selected versions of this course)
Rhetoric and Composition
Complete 6 semester hours from the following:6
Key Concepts in Rhetoric and Composition
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
Writing Programs in Schools and Colleges
Topics in Writing
Composition Pedagogy
Responding to Learners
Writing and Reading in Content Areas
Designing Teacher Research
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 Film (selected topics only)
Topics in Criticism (selected topics only)
Topics in Literary Study (selected topics only)
Topics in Genre (selected topics only)
Topics in Fiction (selected topics only)
Topics in Drama (selected topics only)
Topics in Poetry (selected topics only)
Topics in Nonfiction Prose (selected topics only)
Topics in Literary Relations (selected topics only)
Topics in Literature and other Disciplines (selected topics only)
Topics in Comparative Literature (selected topics only)
Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries
Complete 3 semester hours from the following:3
Perspectives on American Literature (selected versions of this course)
African-American Literature (selected versions of this course)
American Literature and Culture 1
Topics in American Literature (selected topics only)
Topics in African-American Literature (selected topics only)
Topics in Early American Literature
Seventeenth-Century Literature
Restoration and Early Eighteenth-Century Literature
Milton
Topics in Seventeenth-Century Literature
Topics in Eighteenth-Century Literature
Eighteenth-Century Novel
Topics in Film (selected topics only)
Topics in Criticism (selected topics only)
Topics in Literary Study (selected topics only)
Topics in Genre (selected topics only)
Topics in Fiction (selected topics only)
Topics in Drama (selected topics only)
Topics in Poetry (selected topics only)
Topics in Nonfiction Prose (selected topics only)
Topics in Literary Relations (selected topics only)
Topics in Literature and other Disciplines (selected topics only)
Topics in Comparative Literature (selected topics only)
Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries
Complete 3 semester hours from the following:3
Perspectives on American Literature (selected versions of this course)
African-American Literature (selected versions of this course)
American Literature and Culture 2
Topics in American Literature (selected topics only)
Topics in African-American Literature (selected topics only)
Topics in Nineteenth-Century American Literature
Topics in Twentieth-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
Individual American Writer (selected versions of this course)
Individual Modern American Novelist (selected versions of this course)
Nineteenth-Century American Prose, 1820–1865
Nineteenth-Century American Prose, 1865–1900
Nineteenth-Century American Poetry
Modern American Prose
Modern American Drama
African-American Novel
Contemporary American Fiction
Victorian Literature
Topics in Romanticism
Topics in Victorian Literature
Topics in Twentieth-Century British Literature
Romantic Poetry
Victorian Poetry
Victorian Novel
Twentieth-Century British Drama
Twentieth-Century British Fiction
Topics in Film
American Film
Contemporary Film
Contemporary Critical Theory
Topics in Criticism (selected topics only)
Topics in Literary Study (selected topics only)
Topics in Genre (selected topics only)
Topics in Fiction (selected topics only)
Topics in Drama (selected topics only)
Topics in Poetry (selected topics only)
Topics in Nonfiction Prose (selected topics only)
Topics in Literary Relations (selected topics only)
Topics in Literature and other Disciplines (selected topics only)
Topics in Comparative Literature (selected topics only)
Modern Poetry
Contemporary Poetry

Open Electives 

ENGL 7990, Thesis, counts as one open elective.

Complete 6 semester hours of ENGL courses. 6

Exam Preparation and Thesis

Exam Preparation
Required for students who must maintain full-time status while completing the MA comprehensive examination or Thesis.
ENGL 6960Exam Preparation—Master’s0
Thesis
ENGL 7990Thesis (minimum 3.500 GPA required)3

Program Credit/GPA Requirements

30 total semester hours required
Minimum 3.000 GPA required