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Literature Emphasis

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M.A. English, Literature Emphasis

As a Literature Emphasis student, you will develop a breadth of literary knowledge by taking 15 hours of literature electives, built on a foundation of Practical Literary Criticism and two Readings courses.* Our Thesis Research course, taken under the supervision of your faculty mentor, provides you with the specific background to write your thesis. Recent projects have ranged from theses on canonical writers--such as Jane Austen, Herman Melville, Zora Neale Hurston, Toni Morrison, and Wallace Stevens-- and popular writers--such as Jon Krakauer and C. S. Lewis--to subjects from Old English poetry to the Harlem Renaissance novel.

The Program:

  • ENG 5000 (3 hours)
  • *Two Readings courses from the following (6 hours): 5810, 5820, 5830, 5840
  • 15 hours of elective credit (no more than 3 of which can be writing courses)
  • ENG 6700 - Thesis Research (3 hours)
  • ENG 6800 - Thesis Writing (3 hours)

*Students with more than 9 hours of undergraduate survey courses may petition to replace 3 hours of the Readings requirement with 3 hours of electives.