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Program Requirements

The M.A. in English requires 30 credits of coursework and a thesis (ENG 707 and 708) for six additional credits. Of the 30 credits of coursework, 9 credits are in required courses and the remaining 21 credits are in electives courses distributed among several areas of study: Rhetoric (3 credits required), Classical/Early Literature and Language, Literature of English Renaissance, Literature of the Restoration and Eighteenth Century, Romantic and Victorian British Literature, Seventeenth- to Nineteenth-Century American Literature, Twentieth- and Twentieth-First Century Literature, Ethnic and National Literatures, American and Cultural Studies and Pedagogy.

Course
Credits
Required Courses
ENG 699
Text(s) in Context
3
ENG 706
The Critical Tradition: An Introduction to Literary Theory
 3
ENG 710
Research and Criticism
 3
Thesis Courses
ENG 707
Thesis I: Research
3
ENG 708 Thesis II: Writing  3
Elective Courses
Rhetoric (3 credits required)
One of the following:
ENG 781 Classical Rhetoric  3
ENG 782 Theories of Persuasion: Ancient and Modern  3
ENG 783 Eighteenth-Century Writers on Writing  3
ENG 784 Structure of English
 3
ENG 785 Linguistics of Contemporary English
 3
ENG 786 Stylistics
 3
ENG 787 Introduction to Linguistics
 3
ENG 788 History of the English Language
 3
ENG 789 Historical Linguistics
 3
ENG 790 Sociolinguistics
 3
ENG 791 Language Acquisition  3
ENG 792
Applied Linguistics  3
ENG 793 Language and Gender
 3
ENG 794 Varieties of English
 3
ENG 795 Pragmatics and Discourse
 3
Six courses (18 credits) chosen from any of the following areas of study (maximum of 1 course from any 6 areas):
Classical/Early Literature and Language
One of the following:
ENG 709 Classical Literature in Translation 3
ENG 711 Mythology  3
ENG 712 Geoffrey Chaucer: A Writer and His World  3
Literature of the English Renaissance
One of the following:
ENG 713
Literature of the English Renaissance
 3
ENG 714
Shakespeare
 3
ENG 715
Shakespeare's Late Plays
 3
ENG 716
Jacobean and Caroline Drama
 3
ENG 717
Metaphysical and Cavalier Poetry
 3
ENG 718
Seventeenth-Century Prose Style
 3
ENG 719
Milton
 3
Literature of the Restoration and Eighteenth Century
One of the following:
ENG 720
Eighteenth-Century Literature and Life
3
Romantic and Victorian British Literature
One of the following:
ENG 721
The Romantic Movement
 3
ENG 722
Studies in Victorian Literature
 3
ENG 723
Gerard Manley Hopkins
 3
ENG 724
The Gothic
 3
Seventeenth- to Nineteenth-Century American Literature
One of the following:
ENG 725
American Renaissance
3
ENG 726
Late Nineteenth-Century American Literature
 3
ENG 727
Hawthorne and James: From Romance to Realism
 3
ENG 746
American Slave Narratives
 3
ENG 774
American Colonial Literature
 3
Twentieth- and Twenty-First Century Literature
One of the following:
ENG 729
Modern Poetry
3
ENG 730
The Modern Novel
 3
ENG 731
Modern Drama
 3
ENG 732
Modern British Literature
 3
ENG 733
Twentieth-Century American Literature I: 1900-1945
 3
ENG 734
Twentieth-Century American Literature II: 1945-2000
 3
ENG 735
Contemporary American Drama
 3
ENG 736
Twenty-First Century Literature
 3
ENG 740 The Critical Tradition: Advanced Literary Theory  3
ENG 744 Ibsen, Shaw, Chekhov: Makers of Modern Theatre  3
ENG 745 American Drama  3
ENG 747 African-American Literature in the Twentieth Century  3
Ethnic and National Literatures
One of the following:
ENG 737
Comparative Literature
 3
ENG 746
American Slave Narratives
 3
ENG 747
African-American Literature in the Twentieth Century
 3
ENG 748
Drama in Ireland from the Irish Literary Revival to the Present
 3
ENG 749
Native American Literature
 3
ENG 750
Other Shores: National Identity and Cultural Conflict in Nineteenth-Century Russian Literature
 3
ENG 751
Postcolonial Literature and Theory
 3
American and Cultural Studies
One of the following:
ENG 733
Twentieth-Century American Literature I: 1900-1945
 3
ENG 734
Twentieth-Century American Literature II: 1945-2000
 3
ENG 735
Contemporary American Drama
 3
ENG 745
American Drama
 3
ENG 746
American Slave Narratives
 3
ENG 747
African-American Literature in the Twentieth Century
 3
ENG 749
Native American Literature
 3
ENG 761
The Art of Melancholy
 3
ENG 762
The Poetics of Time and Memory
 3
ENG 763
Gender, Sexuality, and Literature
 3
ENG 764
Magic Realism
 3
ENG 765
Staging Modernism: The Little Theatre Movement and Twentieth-Century American Culture
 3
ENG 766
The Jazz Age: 1920s American Literature and Culture
 3
ENG 767
Sex, Drugs, and Rock 'n' Roll: 1950s American Literature and Culture
 3
ENG 768
The Bloomsbury Group
 3
ENG 769
American Nightmares: Film Noir and the Age of Uncertainty
 3
ENG 770
Bodies on Display: Perspectives on the Body in American Culture from the Nineteenth Century to the Present
 3
ENG 771
In Cold Blood: Understanding Horror in Art and Culture
 3
ENG 772
English Nonsense Literature
 3
ENG 773
Erotica
 3
ENG 774

American Colonial Literature

 3
Pedagogy
One of the following:
ENG 700
Drama in the Classroom
 3
ENG 701
American Literature in the Classroom
 3
ENG 702
Literature in English in the Classroom
 3
ENG 703
Composition and Writing Pedagogy
 3
ENG 704
European, English, and American Literature in the Classroom
 3
Special topics, internship and independent study courses may be used to satisfy any of the above requirements. See the graduate advisor for more information.

Minimum GPA  3.00

Minimum Total Credits in Plan  36

Minimum Number of Courses  12