Master of Arts in English

Total Semester Credit Hours Required

30 or 36 semester credit hours beyond the baccalaureate depending on option selected.

Options

Thesis

30 semester credit hours, including 24 semester credit hours of course work, 6 semester credit hours for thesis, 2-hour oral exam.

Professional Paper

36 semester credit hours, including 33 semester credit hours of course work, 3 semester credit hours for professional paper, 3-hour written comprehensive examination.

Course work

36 semester credit hours of course work, 3-hour written comprehensive examination.

Major/Emphasis

18-36 semester credit hours.

Minor

6-9 semester credit hours, optional.

Core Course Requirements

ENG 5083Bibliography and Research Methods3
ENG 5103Introduction to Graduate Studies in English3
Theory Requirement3
Literary Criticism and Theory
Studies in Critical Theory
Major Rhetorical Theories
Total SCHs9

Special Requirement

For the M.A. in English competency in one research tool is required.  Students must earn a grade of "B" or higher in all research tool courses.  Students on either track outlined below will meet this requirement; thus no additional course work is required.  No course may be used to meet more than one departmental requirement.

Research Tools

Students select one of the following options:

  1. 12 semester credit hours in the same foreign language at the undergraduate level or 6 semester credit hours at the graduate level (or the equivalent on a proficiency examination)
  2. 6 semester credit hours of graduate-level American Sign Language
  3. 6 semester credit hours of graduate-level computer science
  4. 6 semester credit hours of graduate-level library science (only those concerning collections, information retrieval, and other research courses)
  5. 6 semester credit hours of graduate-level English courses selected from this list:  ENG 5283, ENG 5343, ENG 5353, ENG 6083, and ENG 6913.

Final Examination

For M.A. in English, a two-hour oral examination which covers course work and thesis (thesis option) or a three-hour written comprehensive examination (non-thesis options). The examinations will be taken during the last semester of coursework.

Master of Arts in English Program of Study (30 or 36 semester credit hours)

The MA in English at Texas Woman’s University has two tracks that help students prepare for different career paths.  The literature track prepares students who wish to teach high school or community college literature courses or who wish to pursue additional graduate studies focused on literature.  The Writing and Rhetoric track prepares students for teaching writing, moving into the workforce as writers, or pursing graduate studies focused on writing, composition, and rhetoric.  Each track requires courses from the other to provide the broad foundation typically associated with a master's degree in English while still allowing students to develop focused plans of study.

Literature Track

Required Courses

ENG 5083Bibliography and Research Methods3
ENG 5103Introduction to Graduate Studies in English3
British Literature
ENG 5403Studies in British Literature to 17603
ENG 5413Studies in British Literature After 17603
American Literature (choose one)3
Studies in American Literature
Studies in Fiction (when topic focuses on American literature)
Studies in Ethnic, Multicultural, and Cross Cultural Literature (when topic focuses on American literature)
Studies in Fiction (when topic meets Global Perspectives requirement - see advisor)
Diverse Perspectives (choose one)3
Studies in Ethnic, Multicultural, and Cross Cultural Literature (when topic meets Global Perspectives requirement - see advisor)
Studies in Literature by Women
Studies in Folklore
Theory Course (choose one)3
Literary Criticism and Theory
Studies in Critical Theory
Major Rhetorical Theories
Writing and Rhetoric (choose one)3
Rhetoric and Composition: Theory and Practice
Rhetoric and Composition: Theory and Pedagogy of Electronic Texts
History of Rhetoric I
History of Rhetoric II
History of Rhetoric III
Studies in Feminist Rhetoric
Writing in the Discipline
Major Rhetorical Theories
Studies in Writing and Rhetoric
Total SCHs24

Thesis Option

Thesis
ENG 5993Thesis3
ENG 5983Thesis3
Total SCHs6

Non-Thesis Option

Electives (choose four)12
Professional Paper
Elective (approved in consultation with advisor)
Elective (approved in consultation with advisor)
Elective (approved in consultation with advisor)
Elective (approved in consultation with advisor)
Total SCHs12

Writing and Rhetoric Track

Required Courses

ENG 5083Bibliography and Research Methods3
ENG 5103Introduction to Graduate Studies in English3
Theory Course (choose one)3
Literary Criticism and Theory
Studies in Critical Theory
Major Rhetorical Theories
Composition Theory
ENG 5343Rhetoric and Composition: Theory and Practice3
ENG 5353Rhetoric and Composition: Theory and Pedagogy of Electronic Texts3
Rhetoric (choose one)3
Studies in Writing and Rhetoric
History of Rhetoric I
History of Rhetoric II
History of Rhetoric III
Studies in Feminist Rhetoric
Major Rhetorical Theories
Writing Focused Course (choose one)3
Research Methods in Rhetoric and Composition
Studies in Writing and Rhetoric
Literature (choose one)3
Studies in World Literature
Studies in Ethnic, Multicultural, and Cross Cultural Literature
Studies in American Literature
Studies in Fiction
Studies in British Literature to 1760
Studies in British Literature After 1760
Studies in Literature by Women
Studies in Folklore
Total SCHs24

Thesis Option

ENG 5993Thesis3
ENG 5983Thesis3
Total SCHs6

Non-Thesis Option

Electives (choose four)12
Professional Paper
Elective (approved in consultation with advisor)
Elective (approved in consultation with advisor)
Elective (approved in consultation with advisor)
Elective (approved in consultation with advisor)
Total SCHs12

Research Tool Requirement: includes 6-12 hours depending on option selected; requirement often met through courses already listed above.