English Language and Literature, Master of Arts (M.A.)

Thesis option: 30 credits
Non-thesis option: 30 credits

The M.A. degree program requires 30 credit hours of graduate work distributed to assure coverage of major historical fields. The student either may take 24 hours of coursework and write a thesis for the other six hours, or may take 30 hours of coursework and do a capstone writing project. The department also offers a special M.A. with a Concentration in Composition and Rhetoric; this degree program requires 30 credit hours of graduate work, provides thesis and non-thesis options, and balances courses in literature with courses in the theory of composition and rhetoric.

Literature concentration

Course Title Credits
ENGL601Literary Research and Critical Contexts3
or ENGL602 Critical Theory and Literary Criticism
Select one course in Critical Theory, Genre, or Rhetoric3
Select one course in each of the following areas:12
Medieval and Early Modern
The Long 18th-century
The Long 19th-century
Modern and Contemporary
Thesis or Non-thesis option:12
Thesis:
Master's Thesis Research
Electives
Non-thesis:
Electives
Writing Project
Total Credits30

Writing studies and rhetoric

Course Title Credits
ENGL607Readings in the History of Rhetorical Theory to 19003
ENGL775Seminar in Composition Theory3
or ENGL776 Seminar in Modern Rhetorical Theory
Select four additional ENGL designated courses12
Thesis or Non-thesis option:12
Thesis:
Master's Thesis Research
Electives
Non-thesis:
Electives
Capstone Project
Total Credits30