The Graduate Program in English
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Composition, Language and Rhetoric Option

The M.A. in English, Composition, Language and Rhetoric Option, requires that the graduate student complete a minimum of thirty-three (33) semester hours (eleven graduate courses).

Required courses for the Composition, Language and Rhetoric Option include:

A. Four Composition and Language courses:

  • ENGL 565 Research in Composition
  • ENGL 566 Current Problems in Composition
  • ENGL 514 Writing Program Issues
  • ENGL 537 Survey of Modern English Grammar

B. Two of these three Rhetoric and Writing courses:

  • ENGL 567 History and Theory of Rhetoric
  • ENGL 564 Rhetorical Criticism
  • ENGL 595 Topics in Writing and Rhetoric

C. Five additional collateral courses and electives:

  • ENGL 508 Methods and Theories for Literary Research
  • One Graduate Seminar in literature (ENGL 500, 501, 502, 503, 504, 505 or 510)
  • Two elective graduate courses, at least one of which should be ENGL 509, 515, 535, 536, 538, 539, 591 or the Rhetoric and Writing course (564, 567, or 595 not taken to fulfill the B requirement above).
  • Either:
  1. one additional 500 level English course and a Comprehensive Examination or
  2. ENGL 530 Directed Research and a Capstone Project.

All courses included in the program must be completed with grades of C or better, and students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0.

Students pursuing the M.A. in English–Composition, Language and Rhetoric who have taken any required courses, such as ENGL 431 Survey of Modern English Grammar, ENGL 465 Research in Composition, or ENGL 466 Current Problems in Composition as undergraduates will, in consultation with the Graduate Program Director, select alternative courses to meet the thirty-three (33) hour requirement.

Capstone Project or Comprehensive Examination:

Students in the Composition, Language and Rhetoric Option are required to either take a Comprehensive Examination or complete a Capstone Research Project before receiving their M.A. in English. Prior to registering for ENGL 530 Directed Research--the Capstone course--students need to complete a form which should remain on file in the Department.

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