Master of Arts in English

Total Semester Credit Hours Required

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

Thesis: 30 semester credit hours, including 24 semester credit hours of course work, 6 semester credit hours for thesis, and 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, and 3-hour written comprehensive examination.

Coursework: 36 semester credit hours and 3-hour written comprehensive examination.

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 Ethnic, Multicultural, and Cross Cultural Literature (when topic focuses on American literature)
Studies in American Literature
Diverse Perspectives (choose one)3
Studies in World Literature
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

Professional Paper Option

ENG 5973Professional Paper3
Electives (approved in consultation with advisor)9
Total SCHs12

Coursework Option

Electives (approved in consultation with advisor)12
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
Rhetoric (choose three)9
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
Major Rhetorical Theories
Studies in Writing and Rhetoric
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 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

Professional Paper Option

ENG 5973Professional Paper3
Electives (approved in consultation with advisor)9
Total SCHs12

Coursework Option

Electives (approved in consultation with advisor)12
Total SCHs12

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 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

Includes 6-12 hours depending on option selected.  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 5083ENG 5283, ENG 5343, ENG 5353, ENG 5363ENG 6083, ENG 6283, ENG 6323, and ENG 6343.

Final Examination

The M.A. in English requires 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.

Graduation Requirement

To allow for program-level assessment, MA students must electronically submit one of the following documents, as appropriate for their program, to the Graduate Program Coordinator: the thesis, the professional paper, or for those on the course work only option, a scholarly paper produced in one of their courses. Submission of the document is a requirement for graduation.

Minor

6-9 semester credit hours, optional.  The minor must be in a field in which TWU offers a graduate degree.