English MA/MS

Students seeking a master’s degree in English may choose either a 30-semester hour program that includes a thesis (ENG 518 Thesis counting for 6 semester hours) or a 36-semester hour program that includes an independent research project (ENG 595 Research Lit/Techniques Non-Thesis counting for 3 semester hours). Both programs of study lead to an MA degree for students who demonstrate foreign language proficiency or to an MS degree for students without a foreign language.

All master’s students should consult with the Director of English Graduate Studies about which program would be most relevant to their future plans. Most coursework for both 30 and 36 semester hour programs is elective, but students will want to select courses that reflect their interests and future needs and that will prepare them to write a final project (ENG 595 Research Lit/Techniques or ENG 518 Thesis ). Final projects may be written on literature, composition, linguistics, children’s literature, or some combination thereof. With agreement of the student’s committee, the project also may focus on creative writing by the student.

  • Course required for all Graduate Teaching Assistants: ENG 675 Colloquium: Teaching College Reading and Writing can be used toward Master's degree in English.

English MA/MS with an emphasis in Film and Media Studies

Students seeking a master’s degree in English with an Emphasis in Film and Media Studies may choose either a 30-semester hour program that includes a thesis (ENG 518 counting for 6 hours) or a 36-hour program that includes an independent research project (ENG 595 counting for 3 hours). Both programs of study lead to an MA degree for students who demonstrate foreign language proficiency or to an MS degree for students without a foreign language.

Foreign Language Requirement for MA

A candidate for the Master of Arts degree must meet the language requirement:

  1. 12 sh of appropriate undergraduate-level classes, or
  2. 6 sh of graduate-level French for Reading, or
  3. Dept. FLPE
  • Students who do not satisfy the foreign language requirement will receive an MS degree rather than an MA

Master of Arts/Master of Science in English - Option I Thesis

Thesis
ENG 518Thesis (6 semester hours required)3-6
Examination: Written and oral proposal of Thesis and final defense
Only 6 semester hours of credit for 518 will be given upon satisfactory completion of the requirement
Required Core Courses
9 semester hours in English to be selected in consultation with advisor.9
Methods of Research
ENG 599Bib & Methods of Research3
Electives
12 semester hours of electives12
Total Hours30

Master of Arts/Master of Science in English with an emphasis in Film and Media Studies - Option I Thesis

Thesis
ENG 518Thesis (6 semester hours required)3-6
Only 6 semester hours of credit for 518 per degree will be given upon satisfactory completion of the requirement
Required Courses
6 semester hours from:
THE 520Film Production Elements3
THE 525Film-Style Production3
THE 530Documentary Production3
6 semester hours from:
ENG 510Introduction to Film Studies3
ENG 530History of Narrative Film3
ENG 610Studies in Film Genres3
Required Support Courses
9 semester hours from:
ENG 620Adaptations to Film3
ENG 710Film Theory & Criticism3
ENG 599Bib & Methods of Research3
3 semester hours from the following:
THE 544Playwriting3
THE 560Acting3
THE 541Seminar Stage Direct3
Total Hours30

Master of Arts/Master of Science in English - Option II Non-Thesis

Required Core Courses
18 semester hours in English to be selected in consultation with advisor18
Methods of Research
ENG 599Bib & Methods of Research3
Research
ENG 595Research Lit/Techniques (3 semester hours required)3
Electives
12 semester hours of electives12
Total Hours36

Master of Arts/Master of Science in English with an emphasis in Film and Media Studies - Option II Non-Thesis

Required Core Courses
ENG 595Research Lit/Techniques (3 semester hours required)3
6 semester hours from:
ENG 510Introduction to Film Studies3
ENG 530History of Narrative Film3
ENG 610Studies in Film Genres3
6 semester hours from:
THE 520Film Production Elements3
THE 525Film-Style Production3
THE 530Documentary Production3
Required Support Courses 15 semester hours
ENG 620Adaptations to Film3
ENG 710Film Theory & Criticism3
THE 544Playwriting3
THE 560Acting3
THE 541Seminar Stage Direct3
Electives
6 semester hours electives (three semester hours must be English)6
Total Hours36

 Minor

Minor
At least 12 semester hours may be selected in an academic field outside of English in consultation with advisor.12
Total Hours12