Graduate Catalog 2017-2018
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Program Coordinator: Professor Katharine Goodland
Building 2S, Room 121
The program is designed for those who wish to enlarge their knowledge of literature, improve their critical thinking and writing skills, and/or to improve their skills as high school teachers of English. It is of interest to recent graduates, to students who wish to resume their graduate education, and to teachers with initial certification who wish to deepen their knowledge of English and complete their professional certification requirements.
Two options are offered, one with a concentration in literature and one with a concentration in rhetoric. Students electing the literature option will take at least five of seven total courses in literature (ENG 700-level courses); students electing the rhetoric option will take three courses in linguistics or writing (ENG 600-level courses) and four courses in literature (ENG 700-level courses). In addition all students are required to take the Seminar in Thesis Writing (ENG 690) and the independent study for supervision of their MA thesis (25-30 pages).
In sum, 34 credits are required for the degree: 7 subject matter courses totaling 28 credits, the semester long Seminar in Thesis writing course (ENG 690) for 4 credits, and the 2 credit Supervision of Thesis Writing and Oral Defense (ENG 780).
The Graduate Record Examination is not required for admission.
Students may be admitted conditionally with the approval of the coordinator of the English MA program; their ad-mission will be reviewed after completion of two courses. Prospective applicants with questions concerning the application requirements are encouraged to email the coordinator of the program.
Literature Option: seven courses (28 credits), including at least five courses in literature (700-level courses) that must include at least one course in English literature before 1800.
Rhetoric Option: seven courses (28 credits), including three in linguistics, writing, or the teaching of writing (6XX). Four courses in literature (7XX), at least one course in English literature before 1800.
Note: “Students who have received New York State Initial Teacher Certification and who desire the Professional Teacher Certification as teachers of Adolescent English are encouraged to take EDS 692, Advanced Studies in Teaching Secondary School English (3 Credits) in the School of Education. Please consult with the MA coordinator for help with registering for this course.
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