Master’s and Ph.D. Programs
To qualify for a doctoral degree, the candidate must meet University and Department requirements as to minimum hours of credit (30), residence, foreign language proficiency, and grades (cumulative GPA no less than 3.0). The candidate must also:
- Pass one written preliminary examination
- Demonstrate proficiency in a secondary area by either course work or a second written preliminary examination
- Submit and defend a dissertation prospectus
- Write and defend a dissertation.
To qualify for a master’s degree, the candidate must meet university and departmental requirements as to hours of credit, residence, required courses, foreign language proficiency, and grades (cumulative GPA no less than 3.0). The candidate must also pass the M.A. examination or write a satisfactory thesis.
All students in Literature, English Language and Linguistics, and Rhetoric and Composition must complete two core courses: Methods of English Studies and one course in English Language and Linguistics. All M.A. students also must take at least one 600-level seminar. All students in Literature, Theory, Cultural Studies must complete Methods of English Studies, and are advised to complete one course in English Language and Linguistics.
Students concentrating in Literature, Theory, Cultural Studies must take one course in each of four separate areas of literature listed below.
- Medieval & Early Modern
- Transatlantic and Early Atlantic Studies
- 20th Century and Contemporary
- Theory and Cultural Studies
Students emphasizing Rhetoric and Composition must take one course in at least three separate areas of literature from the four listed above.
The MFA program requires completion of thirty-six credits plus twelve thesis credits and a mid-sized book-quality manuscript written under the supervision of a committee chaired by a member of the creative writing committee.
The creative writing concentration has its own core requirements:
- 12 credits of ENGL 60600 or ENGL 60900 (Writing Poetry or Writing Fiction). It is recommended that all 12 hours be taken in the student’s major genre.
- 3 credits in ENGL 60700 (Craft of Fiction or Craft of Poetry), to be taken in the student’s major genre.
- 15 credits chosen from other English Department Graduate Courses.
- 12 credits in ENGL 69800.
The creative writing concentration requires demonstration of proficiency in a foreign language. It does not require ENGL 50100 or ENGL 50600. It does not require a comprehensive examination, though it does require a thesis defense.
Concentrations (Areas of Study):
Graduate Certificates (Degree or Non-Degree Students):
- English as a Second Language
- Natural Language Processing
- English Language and Linguistics
Regular Graduate Faculty by Rank:
Dino Franco Felluga
Wendy Stallard Flory
Paul Whitfield White
Jennifer Freeman Marshall