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Literary History M.A. Requirements

Graduation Requirements for the Literary History Concentration in the M.A. in English

8 Courses—60 Total Credit Hours

In addition to the general M.A. requirements, masters students in literature take one seminar covering literature before 1640, one in British or American literature from 1640-1830, one in British or American literature from 1830-present, and one in multi-ethnic / cross cultural literature. They also take two additional master’s-level courses or one additional course and the thesis option.

Seminars are 4 credit hours. The remaining hours come from professionalization courses, reading hours, and / or electives.

  • ENG 5950: Introduction to English Studies
  • ENG 5890: Teaching College English (required only for teaching assistants)
  • One course in Literature before 1640
  • One course in British or American Literature 1640-1830
  • One course in British or American Literature 1830-present
  • One Multi-ethnic / Cross Cultural Literature course
  • Two additional courses and a Master’s Essay, OR one additional course and a Master’s Thesis
  • ENG 7910: Professional Issue in Teaching College English (1 hour per semester; required only for teaching assistants)
  • Foreign Language: Two years of coursework as an undergraduate or completion of a ML or CLAS 5220 course.

Independent Reading 5930

Finish hours with these classes. These reading hours have not been counted toward the course totals in each degree concentration, but they do count toward the total number of credit hours required per semester to maintain a teaching assistantship.

Minimum Semester Hours

Students with teaching assistantships will complete the program with 60 hours, but the program could be completed by full-time students without teaching assistantships in 33 hours.

Thesis Requirement

Optional for Literature and Rhetoric/Composition concentrations.

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