2021-22 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
    Jun 14, 2024  
2021-22 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

English BA/MA 4+1 [ENG]


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.

Application Requirements

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:

  1. Junior standing or above in the ENG major
  2. Overall undergraduate GPA of 3.0
  3. 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.

Cost

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.

Restrictions

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:

  1. Demonstrate different strategies of interpretation, applying critical and theoretical terms, concepts, and methods in relation to a variety of textual forms and other media.
  2. Engage with the work of other critics and writers, collecting, evaluating, and citing such sources effectively.
  3. Construct a sustained and persuasive interpretive or analytical scholarly argument.

Upon successful completion of the English MA program, students will be able to:

  1. Investigate key literary and cultural texts, contexts, archives, and critical debates within English
  2. Demonstrate a mastery of interpretation, reading, writing, and communication
  3. Develop and compose a Master's thesis within the discipline of English Studies 

Career Potential

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.

Undergraduate Requirements


One course in literature before 1800 from the following:


For those who meet eligibility requirements


This requirement may also be met with one of the following 500-level courses:

B. Other English Courses


Fifteen credit hours of ENG courses with at least 12 credit hours at the 400 level. ENG 402 does not count toward this requirement.

Total Credit Hours Required for Graduation: 120


Graduate Requirements


C. Required Courses: 4 credit hours


               ENG 510 Critical Methods in English (3 cr. hr.)
               ENG 686 Culminating Thesis Proseminar (1 cr. hr.)
               ENG 687 Culminating Activity: Thesis (0 cr. hr.)

D. Electives: 27 credit hours


Electives must satisfy the following distribution requirements. A minimum of 12 credit hours must be taken at the 600 level (excluding Proseminar). One course may fulfill two distribution requirements. Students may choose to enroll in one non-English elective.

Distribution Requirements:

  • Theory - emphasis on theoretical approaches to literature and/or rhetoric
  • Diversity - emphasis on literary or rhetorical traditions of marginalized groups
  • Pre-1800 - emphasis on instruction in literacy or rhetorical topics prior to 1800
  • Writing - emphasis on instruction in writing and/or rhetoric (i.e. not literature)

E. Culminating Thesis


Total Credit Hours Required for Graduation: 31


Example of the ENG BA/MA


First Year Fall


Total credit hours for semester: 16


First Year Spring


Total credit hours for semester: 15


Second Year Fall


Total credit hours for semester: 15


Second Year Spring


Total credit hours for semester: 15


Third Year Fall


Total credit hours for semester: 15


Third Year Spring


          ENG 400 level course (3 cr. hr.)
          ENG elective (3 cr. hr.)
          Minor/elective (3 cr. hr.)
          Minor/elective (3 cr. hr.)
          Minor/elective (3 cr. hr.)

Total credit hours for semester: 15


Fourth Year Fall


         ENG 400 level course (3 cr. hr.)*
         ENG 400 level course (3 cr. hr.)
         GE course (3 cr. hr.)
         ENG 510 (3 cr. hr.)
         ENG 500 level course (3 cr. hr.)

         *Apply to 4+1 program

Total credit hours for semester: 15


Fourth Year Spring


         ENG 400 level course (3 cr. hr.)
         Minor/elective (3 cr. hr.)
         Minor/elective (3 cr. hr.)
         ENG 500 level course (3 cr. hr.)
         ENG 500 level course (3 cr. hr.)

Total credit hours for semester: 15


Fifth Year Fall


         ENG 686 Culminating Thesis Proseminar (1 cr. hr.)
         ENG 500 level course (3 cr. hr.)
         ENG 600 level course (3 cr. hr.)
         ENG 600 level course (3 cr. hr.)

Total credit hours for semester: 10


Fifth Year Spring


         ENG 687 Culminating Thesis (0 cr. hr.)
         ENG 500 level course (3 cr. hr.)
         ENG 600 level course (3 cr. hr.)
         ENG 600 level course (3 cr. hr.)

Total credit hours for semester: 9