A minimum of 30 credit hours of approved graduate work as described hereafter is required for the master of arts degree. A minimum of nine credit hours must be taken in courses at the 600 level.
In addition to meeting the requirements for admission to a degree program stated in this catalog, the applicant for enrollment in the program leading to a master’s degree in English should present the following:
At least a B average in undergraduate English courses
At least a B cumulative average for all undergraduate courses
A foreign language is desirable, but the requirement may be met concurrently with graduate study
33 credit hours of undergraduate literature or 27 credit hours of literature and six hours of study in the English language or linguistics
Competency in one modern foreign language or one classical language must be demonstrated before the completion of graduate work, unless this competency is demonstrated prior to admission. Competency in a foreign language is defined as the skill level attained by one year of college‑level study or the equivalent of a language other than English. If this requirement has not already been met, candidates may take language courses concurrently with graduate study.
Requirements for the degree include submission of a master’s thesis. The master’s thesis will be a substantial 30-40 page paper based on one of the approaches to literary analysis and interpretation studied in the course, ENG 672: Seminar in Literary Criticism, but it may originate in any graduate literature course. The paper should present an original thesis and incorporate the most recent research on the topic. Students who do not complete the thesis by the time the course requirements are fulfilled must enroll in ENG 697: Extension of Graduate Culminating Activity each semester until the thesis is completed. This paper must be submitted at least two months prior to the date students expect to receive the degree and may not be submitted before degree candidacy is established.
Other requirements for the awarding of the degree may be determined by the English Department and must be ascertained by students in consultation with a departmental graduate advisor.