Sheila H. Hughes, Department Chairperson
Andrew Slade, Graduate Program Director
The English graduate program leading to the Master of Arts degree allows students to concentrate in one of the following track options:
- English and American literature
The program accommodates both full-time and part-time students, allows them to achieve different goals, and prepares them for a wide variety of careers. The English and American literature track serves prospective Ph.D. students in literature and students generally seeking greater literary understanding or research skills; the writing track prepares students who go on to doctoral programs in rhetoric, composition, and writing as well as those seeking careers in professional, business, technical, or creative writing; the teaching track provides students with advanced work in the content area for teachers of English.
Graduate teaching assistantships are offered to qualified students in the M.A. program. The assistantship is an apprenticeship in teaching first-year composition as part of the undergraduate writing program. Assistants receive pedagogical and curricular instruction in all aspects of the writing process, preparing them to teach expository, argumentative, and researched essays. Students making satisfactory progress toward their degree may renew their contract for a second year.
Teaching assistants can also choose to work in computer-mediated environments or participate in special programs such as the Building Communities for Social Justice Cohort. Occasionally, opportunities arise for writing internships with the Department of Public Relations. Awards provide tuition remission for the 30-hour program, a stipend, and benefits. Applications for assistantships are part of the online admission form.
Master of Arts in English (eng)
Normally 30 semester hours are required. Every student both in the literary track and in the teaching track who has attained a grade point average of at least 3.00, after completing 12 hours of graduate work, will take a Diagnostic Examination. This examination will be reviewed by a faculty committee consisting of the candidate's advisor, the graduate program director, and another member of the graduate faculty or staff.
Every student in the writing track who has attained a grade point average of 3.00, after completing 12 hours of graduate work, will begin a Diagnostic Writing Assignment with the approval of the student's advisor. This assignment will ordinarily be completed during the same term in which it is approved by the advisor, and the finished assignment will be assessed by a faculty committee consisting of the advisor, the graduate program director, and a third member of the graduate faculty or staff. On the basis of the Diagnostic Examination or the completed Diagnostic Writing Assignment as well as other materials pertaining to the student's graduate performance, the evaluating committee will make recommendations to the department chair about the candidate's graduate program. Among these recommendations will be the total number of hours that the candidate needs to complete the degree. Exceptionally well-prepared students may earn the master's degree in fewer than 30 hours; students with deficiencies may be required to take up to 36 semester hours of graduate study.
ENG 601 Grad Studies in ENG is required of applicants for the degree. ENG 588 Studies in Criticism is required of each student in the literature track who has not taken a satisfactory undergraduate course in literary criticism and theory. ENG 596 Composition Theory is required of each applicant in the writing track. Students in the teaching track may select either course to fulfill their theory requirement. In addition, EDT 500 Models of Teaching and EDT 609 Iss,Trnds&Res in Rdg are required of each student in the teaching track.
All students must take at least 12 hours of 600-level courses (including ENG 601 Grad Studies in ENG and EDT 609 Iss,Trnds&Res in Rdg for teachers). Students in the teaching track are required to take two of these 600-level courses in literature or composition pedagogy (ENG 621 St:Teaching of Lit, ENG 625 St:Teach of Compostn or the equivalent). Graduate assistants are required to take the one-credit course, ENG 590 Teaching College Eng during each year of their assistantship.
The Teaching Track is one of three emphases available to students pursuing a Master of Arts in English. Implemented in 2002, the track is designed for licensed secondary teachers who wish to pursue graduate in English. It provides teachers with advanced study in English as a content area to enrich their academic lives and enhance their classroom teaching. Unlike tracks in Literature and Writing, however, the Teaching Track also includes two EDT course requirements- EDT 500 Models of Teaching and EDT 608 The Writing Classrm.
ENG 505. Creative Writing. 3 Hours
- Supervised practice in various literary forms. Both group discussions and individual conferences and critiques. Permission of chair required.
ENG 507. Studies-Writing. 1-6 Hours
STUDIES IN WRITING
- Special topics in composition, argumentation, technical writing, report writing, and the like.
ENG 514. Medieval Literature. 3 Hours
MEDIEVAL ENGLISH LITERATURE
A - study of the dominant types in the literature of England from the beginning to 1500.
ENG 538. Milton. 3 Hours
- Study of the major and minor poems and selected prose of Milton.
ENG 552. English Romanticism. 3 Hours
- Study of the major poets and critics of the Romantic Age.
ENG 556. Studies-19th Cent Lit. 3 Hours
STUDIES IN NINETEENTH-CENTURY LITERATURE
- Study of the literature in England in the nineteenth century.
ENG 560. 20th Cntry Brtsh Lit. 3 Hours
TWENTIETH-CENTURY BRITISH LITERATURE
- Consideration of significant developments in modern British literature.
ENG 580. Am Realism&Naturalsm. 3 Hours
AMERICAN REALISM AND NATURALISM
- Study of representative writers from the post-Civil War period in American literature.
ENG 584. ST:20th Cntry Am Lit. 3 Hours
STUDIES IN TWENTIETH-CENTURY AMERICAN LITERATURE
- Study of significant developments in American literature of the twentieth century.
ENG 587. Contemporay Rhetoric. 3 Hours
- An examination of one or more contemporary forms of argumentation and their application in writing.
ENG 588. Studies in Criticism. 3 Hours
STUDIES IN CRITICISM
- Treatment of significant topics in theoretical and/or practical criticism.
ENG 590. Teaching College Eng. 0.5 Hours
TEACHING OF COLLEGE ENGLISH
- Discussion, instruction, and practice in the methods of teaching composition and literature. Required of and open only to graduate assistants.
ENG 591. Studies-Literature. 1-6 Hours
STUDIES IN LITERATURE
- An analysis of selected literary problems or areas.
ENG 592. History of English. 3 Hours
HISTORY OF ENGLISH
- Study of stages in the development of the English language and of influences shaping its development from the beginning to the present time.
ENG 596. Composition Theory. 3 Hours
- Study of the principal current theories of composition, with application to the teaching and evaluating of writing.
ENG 599. Thesis. 3-6 Hours
ENG 601. Grad Studies in ENG. 3 Hours
INTRODUCTION TO GRADUATE STUDIES IN ENGLISH
- An introduction to the field of English studies. The course provides an overview of bibliographic studies, relevant research methodologies, and current critical trends in scholarship. Required of all degree applicants.
ENG 605. Studies in an Author. 3 Hours
STUDIES IN AN AUTHOR
- Consideration of the body of an author's work and its relationship to the life of the author.
ENG 609. Studies-Genre or Mod. 3 Hours
STUDIES IN A GENRE OR MODE
- An intensive analysis of a significant literary form or mode.
ENG 621. St:Teaching of Lit. 3 Hours
STUDIES IN THE TEACHING OF LITERATURE
- An exploration of ways to teach literature more effectively for particular students.
ENG 624. Tchg ENG in HS&Coll. 3 Hours
TEACHING WRITING IN HIGH SCHOOL AND COLLEGE
- This course introduces students to the pedagogical methods and relevant research which informs contemporary writing instruction at the secondary and post-secondary level. Required of all teaching assistants.
ENG 625. St:Teach of Compostn. 3 Hours
STUDIES IN THE TEACHINGS OF COMPOSITION
- An exploration of ways to teach writing more effectively for particular groups of students.
ENG 627. Professional Writing. 1-3 Hours
- Analysis of and practice in professional writing in different contexts, for example, proposal writing, evaluative report writing, and editing skills.