Master of Arts
The English Department Master of Arts degree is a non-specialized program that offers
advanced studies in American and British literature, popular culture and film, the
English language, rhetoric and composition, and linguistics. Courses are designed
as seminars, and graduate students may expect highly individualized attention from
the graduate faculty. The M.A. is considered the appropriate preparation for doctoral
students. Graduate students demonstrate expertise in special areas and topics by writing
a thesis, for which three hours credit are earned. There is also a non-thesis option,
which requires passing a comprehensive exam. In the thesis program, thirty hours of
English at the graduate level are required, thirty-six in the non-thesis program.
A minor of twelve hours in a related field may be elected if desired. The foreign
language requirement may be met by an undergraduate minor in an appropriate language,
approved language courses in the Foreign Language Department, or a proficiency examination.