Master of Arts in English

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Program Description

The Master of Arts in English is designed to prepare students for doctoral work, improve the professional competence of public school teachers, ready promising scholars for college teaching, advance the skills of creative and professional writers, and train students whose careers require advanced verbal and analytical abilities.


Admissions

Students seeking admission to the graduate program in English must supply the following materials directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions:

  1. Graduate Application
  2. Application fee
  3. Official transcripts of all college-level work, including one that shows conferral of the undergraduate degree (Note: The student must have completed at least twelve hours of upper-division English courses with a 3.0 GPA or better; students with credentials from foreign universities must have their transcripts reviewed by a transcript evaluation service)
  4. Official scores for the GRE General Test (Note: The subject test in English is not required)
  5. Three letters of recommendation that discuss the applicant’s potential for success in an English graduate program
  6. A scholarly/critical writing sample of a minimum of ten pages (Note: Students wishing to pursue a creative writing emphasis may submit a creative portfolio as a supplement to the scholarly/critical writing sample)
  7. International applicants ONLY: Official TOEFL scores

The English MA Program welcomes qualified international applicants; however, an individual who does not hold American citizenship must be accepted under regular admission status, without qualifications.

A holistic review of each applicant's file will be completed, and admission will be granted on a competitive basis.


Degree Requirements

Establishing Degree Candidacy
Degree candidacy is required before the English MA student is allowed to begin thesis work, sit for the written comprehensive examination, take a directed study, and/or transfer in graduate credit from an accredited university. To establish cadidacy, the student must

  • Satisfy any conditions attached to admission
  • Complete ENGL 5330 Graduate Research: Methods and Theories, earning at least a B.
    (A student should complete ENGL 5330 during the first semester of graduate work, if possible, but in any event must complete the course by the end of the second long-term semester for which he or she is enrolled.)
  • Complete the Block 1 requirement.
  • Complete six additional hours of graduate coursework.
  • Maintain a B average or better for the twelve hours completed.

Completing the Program

  • To earn the MA in English, students must complete a minimum of thirty-six hours of graduate credit in accordance with one of three degree plans.
  • All students working under Plan 1 and Plan 2 must take at least one course from each of five blocks; included among the total classes must be at least one course each in British and American literature. Students working under Plan 3 must take at least one course in Block 1 and at least one course from three of the remaining blocks.
  • All MA students are required to take ENGL 5330 Graduate Research: Methods and Theories at the first opportunity.
  • Thesis students complete a two-semester thesis sequence (ENGL 6398 and
    ENGL 6399).
  • All MA students must pass the English graduate program’s written comprehensive examination (offered in October, February, and June of each year) and an oral defense of a designated portion of their graduate work; the oral defense covers either the areas chosen for the written examination or, in the case of thesis students, the thesis. Students must be enrolled in the University for the terms in which they sit for the written comprehensive and oral examinations.
  • A student may take ENGL 5339 Directed Study of Selected Topics in Literature and Language twice, with pre-approval by the Department Chair. A student may take one 4000-level English course for graduate credit, with pre-approval by the Department Chair and Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. See the Graduate English Handbook for guidelines and restrictions.

English Course Blocks

The English graduate curriculum is organized into five blocks, each comprising courses with shared topics or historical kinship.

  • Block 1: English Language, Early and Middle English Literature
  • Block 2: Theory, Pedagogy, and Writing Disciplines
  • Block 3: Early Literature
  • Block 4: 19th-Century British and American Literature
  • Block 5: 20th- and 21st-Century Literature in English

The student working under Plan 1 or Plan 2 takes at least one class from each block, as designated in the degree schedules for those plans below; the student working under Plan 3 takes at least one course in Block 1 and at least one course from three of the remaining blocks, as designated in the degree schedule for that plan below. 

Students need not take the block classes in sequence.

With the approval of the Chair of the Department, a student may substitute up to six hours of the following special and variable topics courses for block requirements: ENGL 5369 Studies in the NovelENGL 5370 Studies in Multicultural LiteratureENGL 5374 Studies in Women's LiteratureENGL 5388 The Study of Major Figures in American Poetry; ENGL 5391 Major Figures in British Poetry; and ENGL 6330 Special Topics in English. The block requirement for which such a course may be substituted will be announced explicitly in the online course listings before registration and in the instructor's syllabus. 

Degree Plans

A graduate student in English may pursue one of three degree plans. Plan 1 requires a thesis; Plans 2 and 3 do not require a thesis.

Plan 1 – MA in English

This degree plan is designed for prospective community and senior college teachers; for students who plan to continue their studies at a doctoral level; and for teachers of high school English who wish to increase scope, depth, and expertise in their teaching specialties. There is no secondary field under Plan 1, and the student must write a thesis. Under this plan, students take thirty hours of coursework and six hours of thesis. Students may pursue a creative writing emphasis, which requires an internship with the Texas Review Press, two creative writing workshops, and a creative thesis.

Master of Arts (MA) in English - Thesis
Course Name Hours
Specified Course (3 credit hours)
Choose all from:
ENGL 5330 Graduate Research: Methods and Theories 3
Block 1 (3 credit hours)
Choose one from:
ENGL 5377 Early & Middle English Literacture 3
ENGL 5383 English Linguistics 3
ENGL 5389 History and Development of the English Language 3
Block 2 (3 credit hours)
Choose one from:
ENGL 5331 Creative Writing: Fiction 3
ENGL 5332 Creative Writing: Poetry 3
ENGL 5333 Practicum: Editing and Publishing 3
ENGL 5334 Creative Writing: Nonfiction 3
ENGL 5335 Workshop in Teaching Writing 3
ENGL 5336 Narrative Theory 3
ENGL 5337 Poetic Theory and Prosody 3
ENGL 5367 Practicum in Teaching College Composition 3
ENGL 5368 Literary Criticism and Theory 3
ENGL 5384 Rhetoric & Composition Theory 3
ENGL 5390 Technical & Professional Writing 3
Block 3 (3 credit hours)
Choose one from:
ENGL 5372 Early American Literature 3
ENGL 5375 Restoration - 18th Century British Literature 3
ENGL 5376 The Classical Tradition 3
ENGL 5378 Renaissance & Seventeenth-Century British Literature 3
Block 4 (3 credit hours)
Choose one from:
ENGL 5379 Romantic Literature 3
ENGL 5380 Victorian Literature 3
ENGL 5385 American Literature, 1800-1860 3
ENGL 5386 American Literature, 1860-1920 3
Block 5 (3 credit hours)
Choose one from:
ENGL 5371 Modern World Literature 3
ENGL 5381 British Literature, 1900 - the Present 3
ENGL 5387 American Literature, 1920 - the Present 3
Electives (12 credit hours)
Choose four from:
All graduate courses in English, excluding thesis courses 12
Thesis (6 credit hours)
Choose all from:
ENGL 6098 Thesis I 3
ENGL 6099 Thesis II 3
Total 36

Plan 2 – MA in English (Non-thesis)

This degree plan is designed for prospective community and senior college teachers; for students who plan to continue their studies at a doctoral level; and for teachers of high school English who wish to increase scope, depth, and expertise in their teaching specialties. There is no secondary field under Plan 2, and the student may not write a thesis. Under this plan, students take thirty-six hours of coursework.

Master of Arts (MA) in English - Non-Thesis
Course Name Hours
Specified Course (3 credit hours)
Choose all from:
ENGL 5330 Graduate Research: Methods and Theories 3
Block 1 (3 credit hours)
Choose one from:
ENGL 5377 Early & Middle English Literature 3
ENGL 5383 English Linguistics 3
ENGL 5389 History and Development of the English Language 3
Block 2 (3 credit hours)
Choose one from:
ENGL 5331 Creative Writing: Fiction 3
ENGL 5332 Creative Writing: Poetry 3
ENGL 5333 Practicum: Editing and Publishing 3
ENGL 5334 Creative Writing: Nonfiction 3
ENGL 5335 Workshop in Teaching Writing 3
ENGL 5336 Narrative Theory 3
ENGL 5337 Poetic Theory and Prosody 3
ENGL 5367 Practicum in Teaching College Composition 3
ENGL 5368 Literary Criticism and Theory 3
ENGL 5384 Rhetoric & Composition Theory 3
ENGL 5390 Technical & Professional Writing 3
Block 3 (3 credit hours)
Choose one from:
ENGL 5372 Early American Literature 3
ENGL 5375 Restoration - 18th Century British Literature 3
ENGL 5376 The Classical Tradition 3
ENGL 5378 Renaissance & Seventeenth-Century British Literature 3
Block 4 (3 credit hours)
Choose one from:
ENGL 5379 Romantic Literature 3
ENGL 5380 Victorian Literature 3
ENGL 5385 American Literature, 1800-1860 3
ENGL 5386 American Literature, 1860-1920 3
Block 5 (3 credit hours)
Choose one from:
ENGL 5371 Modern World Literature 3
ENGL 5381 British Literature, 1900 - the Present 3
ENGL 5387 American Literature, 1920 - the Present 3
Electives (18 credit hours)
Choose six from:
All graduate courses in English, excluding thesis courses 18
Total 36

Plan 3 – MA in English (Non-thesis)

Designed for teachers who need preparation in two teaching fields, this degree plan requires twenty-four semester hours of English and twelve hours in a second, approved field. The secondary field must logically support the major and must be chosen from departments offering graduate-level courses, such as History, Foreign Languages, or Political Science, or, in the case of public school teachers, from the College of Education.

Notes
1 Courses must be selected from at least three different blocks.
Master of Arts (MA) in English - Non-Thesis
Course Name Hours
Specified Course (3 credit hours)
Choose all from:
ENGL 5330 Graduate Research: Methods and Theories 3
Block 1 (3 credit hours)
Choose one from:
ENGL 5377 Early & Middle English Literacture 3
ENGL 5383 English Linguistics 3
ENGL 5389 History and Development of the English Language 3
Restricted Electives (18 credit hours)
Choose from:
Block 2
ENGL 5331 Creative Writing: Fiction 3
ENGL 5332 Creative Writing: Poetry 3
ENGL 5333 Practicum: Editing and Publishing 3
ENGL 5334 Creative Writing: Nonfiction 3
ENGL 5335 Workshop in Teaching Writing 3
ENGL 5336 Narrative Theory 3
ENGL 5337 Poetic Theory and Prosody 3
ENGL 5367 Practicum in Teaching College Composition 3
ENGL 5368 Literary Criticism and Theory 3
ENGL 5384 Rhetoric & Composition Theory 3
ENGL 5390 Technical & Professional Writing 3
Block 3 
ENGL 5372 Early American Literature 3
ENGL 5375 Restoration - 18th Century British Literature 3
ENGL 5376 The Classical Tradition 3
ENGL 5378 Renaissance & Seventeenth-Century British Literature 3
Block 4 
ENGL 5379 Romantic Literature 3
ENGL 5380 Victorian Literature 3
ENGL 5385 American Literature, 1800-1860 3
ENGL 5386 American Literature, 1860-1920 3
Block 5 
ENGL 5371 Modern World Literature 3
ENGL 5381 British Literature, 1900 - the Present 3
ENGL 5387 American Literature, 1920 - the Present 3
Secondary Field (12 credit hours)
Any graduate courses in a field approved by Graduate Advisor. 12
Total 36

Courses

English (ENGL)

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