R. Andrew Slade, Chairperson

Tereza Szeghi, Graduate Program Director

The English graduate program leading to the Master of Arts degree allows students to concentrate in one of the following areas:

  1. Literary & Cultural Studies
  2. Writing & Rhetoric 
  3. Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages 
  4. Teaching 

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. 


Graduate teaching assistantships are offered to a select number of qualified students in the M.A. program. Assistantships provide tuition remission for the 30-hour program, a stipend, and benefits. Applications for assistantships are part of the online admission form. Students making satisfactory progress toward their degree who also have a strong teaching record may renew their contract for a second year. Teaching assistants can expect to assist faculty in teaching or research, work as consultants in the Write Place (the University's writing center), and in the second-year may teach in the department’s composition program. 

Master of Arts, English (ENG) minimum 30 hours

Normally 30 semester hours are required. Every student, after completing 6-9 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.

Major Requirements
ENG 501Introduction to English Studies3
ENG 502Research & Professionalization in English3
Required Concentration (see below) 115-18
Electives 26
Total Hours30
Literary & Cultural Studies Concentration (LCS)
ENG 588Literary Theory 33
Select 4 courses:12
Medieval English Literature
Early Renaisnce Lit
Latr Renasissance Lit
English Romanticism
Studies in Nineteenth-Century Literature
Twentieth-Century British Literature
American Romanticism
Major Amer Writers
American Realism & Naturalism
Studies in Twentieth-Century American Literature
Studies in Literature
Studies in an Author
Teaching Concentration (TCH)
EDT 500Models of Teaching3
EDT 629Cognition, Learning and Technology3
or EDT 650 Professional Development of Teacher Leaders
ENG 588Literary Theory3
or ENG 596 Composition Theory
Select 2 courses:6
Creative Writing
Studies in Writing
Studies in Criticism
Studies in Literature
History of English
Structure of English
Composition Theory
Teaching Writing in High School & College
Studies in the Teachings of Composition
Professional Writing
TESOL Concentration (TSL)
EDT 537Second Language Learning and Teaching 3
ENG 541TESOL Methods3
Select 4 courses:12
Introduction to Linguistics
Structure of English
TESOL Concentration Class
TESOL Concentration Class
Writing & Rhetoric Concentration (WTR)
ENG 596Composition Theory 33
Select 4 courses:12
Studies in Writing
Hist of Rhetoric
Contemporary Rhetoric
Teaching Writing in High School & College
Studies in the Teachings of Composition
Professional Writing

 Students must successfully complete the diagnostic examination.


 Six elective hours may be spent within students' concentration, in another concentration, or outside of the English Department.


 Other theory courses within the concentration may be substituted with program director approval.


ENG 501. Introduction to English Studies. 3 Hours

Introduction to English Studies, with an emphasis on the critical reading and writing skills needed in graduate school. Required of all degree applicants.

ENG 502. Research & Professionalization in English. 3 Hours

Introduction to research methodologies and practices of English Studies, with emphasis on professional presentation of scholarly work. Prerequisite(s): ENG 601.

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 in Writing. 1-6 Hours

Special topics in composition, argumentation, technical writing, report writing, and the like.

ENG 514. Medieval English Literature. 3 Hours

A study of the dominant types in the literature of England from the beginning to 1500.

ENG 515. Chaucer. 3 Hours

ENG 522. Early Renaisnce Lit. 3 Hours

ENG 524. Shakespeare. 3 Hours

ENG 532. Latr Renasissance Lit. 3 Hours

ENG 536. Studies-Drama 1642. 3 Hours

ENG 538. Milton. 3 Hours

Study of the major and minor poems and selected prose of Milton.

ENG 541. TESOL Methods. 3 Hours

Introduction to key concepts, theories, and methods in TESOL. Graduate standing.

ENG 542. St:Neo-Classic Lit. 3 Hours

ENG 552. English Romanticism. 3 Hours

Study of the major poets and critics of the Romantic Age.

ENG 556. Studies in Nineteenth-Century Literature. 3 Hours

Study of the literature in England in the nineteenth century.

ENG 560. Twentieth-Century British Literature. 3 Hours

Consideration of significant developments in modern British literature.

ENG 572. American Romanticism. 3 Hours

ENG 576. Major Amer Writers. 3 Hours

ENG 580. American Realism & Naturalism. 3 Hours

Study of representative writers from the post-Civil War period in American literature.

ENG 584. Studies in Twentieth-Century American Literature. 3 Hours

Study of significant developments in American literature of the twentieth century.

ENG 585. Hist of Rhetoric. 3 Hours

ENG 587. Contemporary Rhetoric. 3 Hours

An examination of one or more contemporary forms of argumentation and their application in writing.

ENG 588. Literary Theory. 3 Hours

A study of significant trends in theoretical and/or practical criticism.

ENG 589. Studies in Criticism. 3 Hours

A treatment of specific topics or approaches within the field of critical theory or applied criticism.

ENG 590. Teaching in College English. 0.5 Hours

Discussion, instruction, and practice in the methods of teaching composition and literature. Required of and open only to graduate assistants.

ENG 591. Studies in Literature. 1-6 Hours

An analysis of selected literary problems or areas.

ENG 592. History of English. 3 Hours

Study of stages in the development of the English language and of influences shaping its development from the beginning to the present time.

ENG 594. Structure of English. 3 Hours

No description available.

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. Introduction to Graduate Studies in English. 3 Hours

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

Consideration of the body of an author's work and its relationship to the life of the author.

ENG 609. Studies in a Genre or Mode. 3 Hours

An intensive analysis of a significant literary form or mode.

ENG 613. St:Literary Movement. 3 Hours

ENG 621. Studies in the Teaching of Literature. 3 Hours

An exploration of ways to teach literature more effectively for particular students.

ENG 624. Teaching Writing in High School & College. 3 Hours

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. Studies in the Teachings of Composition. 3 Hours

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.

ENG 629. Writing Non-Fiction. 3 Hours