The five-year program in English allows students in the English major to complete the requirements of two degrees in five years. With one additional year of coursework, students in the program graduate with a Master's in English.
Students apply to the five-year program in their third year, or in the semester prior to their final year of coursework.
To apply to the program, students must meet the following requirements:
- Junior standing or above in the ENG major
- Overall undergraduate GPA of 3.0
- Overall GPA of 3.0 in ENG major
Advancement to the MA
All program requirements for the ENG major and the undergraduate degree must be completed to advance to the fifth year in the MA program.
500-level courses taken in the fourth year will be paid for at the cost of undergraduate tuition. Courses in the fifth year will be paid for at the cost of graduate tuition.
500-level courses taken for the five-year program cannot count toward requirements for the undergraduate ENG major. (No "double dipping" program requirements).
Up to 12 credits of 500-level courses taken for the five-year program may count towards toward both the undergraduate and graduate degrees.
Students in the Adolescence English Education (AEN) program may not apply for the five-year program because it is not possible to complete the required BA/MA coursework alongside the required AEN coursework, including student teaching, during the senior year.
Student Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the English BA program, students will be able to:
- Demonstrate different strategies of interpretation, applying critical and theoretical terms, concepts, and methods in relation to a variety of textual forms and other media.
- Engage with the work of other critics and writers, collecting, evaluating, and citing such sources effectively.
- Construct a sustained and persuasive interpretive or analytical scholarly argument.
Upon successful completion of the English MA program, students will be able to:
- Investigate key literary and cultural texts, contexts, archives, and critical debates within English
- Demonstrate a mastery of interpretation, reading, writing, and communication
- Develop and compose a Master's thesis within the discipline of English Studies
When you successfully complete the MA in English at SUNY Cortland, you will be well prepared to move into a range of exciting careers in business, marketing, law, politics, education, nonprofit organizations, and the arts. You will also be prepared to pursue a Ph.D. in areas such as Literature, Rhetoric, Composition, Technical Communication, American Studies, Ethnic Studies, and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.