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2022-2023 Graduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

English, MA (52-308) (30 hours)

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Student Learning Outcomes- The graduate with a Master of Arts degree in English will use the knowledge and skills obtained in the program to:

  • Demonstrate general knowledge of the history and variety of literature and rhetoric written in English.

  • Demonstrate in-depth knowledge of a specific literary and/or rhetorical topic.

  • Demonstrate awareness of underrepresented groups.

  • Demonstrate familiarity with scholarly methodologies (historical and contemporary), literary and rhetorical terminology, use of secondary sources, and principles of documentation.

  • Formulate original research questions, apply appropriate technologies, and incorporate results into formal presentations.

  • Demonstrate increasing ability to write with clarity, style, and originality.

This program is designed for people who wish to pursue the study of language and literature at an advanced and scholarly level for personal enrichment, career advancement, or further graduate study. A three-credit research project OR thesis is required.

For acceptance into this program, students must have a grade point average of 2.75 or above. In addition, international students must score above 575 on the paper version or 90 on the internet based version of the International Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and earn a score of 5 or better on the Test of Written English (TWE). It is strongly recommended that students have completed 18 hours of English language and literature courses at the 2000 level or higher.

Each student seeking admission must send the following materials directly to the Coordinator of the M.A. English program:

  • Two confidential letters of reference. The letters should be written by those most able to address the student’s academic work, written and verbal skills, and promise of achievement at the graduate level.

  • A writing sample. The writing sample is a one-page typewritten statement of purpose in which the student outlines his/her educational background, teaching and/or research experience (if any), and reasons for pursuing an M.A. in English.

Required Graduate Courses: 9 Semester Hours

Minimum Graduate Hour Total: 30 Semester Hours

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