MA in English (Online)

Master of Arts in English Individualized Track (no specialization)

Offered entirely online or blended. This MA in English is a general degree rather than a specialized one. It is intended for students who are interested in an MA in English but not necessarily interest in one of our existing online MA program specializations in English Teaching or in Professional Writing and Rhetoric. Students enrolled in this program will take the 2 required courses listed below and will work with the Graduate Coordinator to select 3 additional courses that will shape the core of the MA in English degree; those will become the 5 required courses for the degree. In addition, the student will choose 5 elective courses and complete a capstone MA portfolio.

Required Courses (15 credit hours / 5 courses):

  • English 6070: Theory and Methods of Literary Criticism
  • English 6150: Introduction to Linguistics
  • [Course chosen in consultation with the Graduate Coordinator]
  • [Course chosen in consultation with the Graduate Coordinator]
  • [Course chosen in consultation with the Graduate Coordinator]

Electives (15 hours / 5 courses):

Choices of electives must be undertaken in consultation with the Graduate Coordinator. Up to 12 hours of these elective courses, if available online, may be taken from outside the English Department and may count toward the degree; students should meet or correspond with the English Graduate Coordinator to determine options.

Note: Students who are geographically close enough to do so may substitute face-to-face versions of these courses if they choose to do so. Any such substitutions should be cleared with the English Graduate Coordinator before enrolling.

Capstone Experience (1 credit hour):

  • English 6910: Master’s Portfolio

Total for degree: 31 credit hours

 

COURSE ROTATION CHART

We plan to offer certain courses during certain semesters of the year (Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters) for both years of the program. Below you can find our planned course rotation for required and elective courses during the duration of a two-year program (on occasion we might be forced to deviate slightly from this rotation, but we strive to follow it). This should provide you with an idea of how you might structure your time and course load as you make progress through the MA in English Individualized Track. The course rotation below follows a two-year cycle so that 2015-2016 will repeat in 2017-2018, etc.

Individual course offerings from previous and upcoming semesters can be found on our Course Descriptions page.

2016-2017

  FALL SPRING SUMMER
Required courses offered
  • ENG 6070: Theory and Methods of Literary Criticism
  • ENG 6150: Introduction to Linguistics
  • ENG 6910: Master's Portfolio
  • ENG 6910: Master's Portfolio
  • ENG 6150: Introduction to Linguistics
  • ENG 6910: Master's Portfolio
Electives offered
  • 1-2 Special Topic Seminars (such as ENG 6800*; topics vary)
  • ENG 6040: Graduate Writing
  • ENG 6460: Professional/ Technical Communication and Rhetoric
  • ENG 6470: Topics in Professional/ Technical Communication*
  • 1-2 Special Topic Seminars (such as ENG 6800*; topics vary)
  • ENG 6050: Visual Rhetoric & Practices of Writing
  • ENG 6090: Teaching of Literature
  • ENG 6200: Teaching of Writing
  • ENG 6420: Professional/ Technical Editing
  • 1-2 Special Topic Seminars (such as ENG 6800*; topics vary)
  • ENG 6200: Teaching of Writing

 

* Course number can be taken more than once for separate credit as long as topics are different.

Underlined course number: Indicates courses applicable to Graduate Certificate in Technical Writing.

Individual course offerings from previous and upcoming semesters can be found on our Course Descriptions page.

2017-2018

  FALL SPRING SUMMER
Required courses offered
  • ENG 6070: Theory and Methods of Literary Criticism
  • ENG 6150: Introduction to Linguistics
  • ENG 6910: Master's Portfolio

  • ENG 6910: Master's Portfolio
  • ENG 6150: Introduction to Linguistics
  • ENG 6910: Master's Portfolio
Electives offered
  • 1-2 Special Topic Seminars (such as ENG 6800*; topics vary)
  • ENG 6040: Graduate Writing
  • ENG 6400: Professional/ Technical Writing
  • ENG 6430: Ethics in Professional/ Technical Writing
  • 1-2 Special Topic Seminars (such as ENG 6800*; topics vary)
  • ENG 6090: Teaching of Literature
  • ENG 6200: Teaching of Writing
  • ENG 6410: Resources and Research in Professional/ Technical Writing
  • ENG 6450: Science Writing
  • 1-2 Special Topic Seminars (such as ENG 6800*; topics vary)
  • ENG 6200: Teaching of Writing

* Course number can be taken more than once for separate credit as long as topics are different.

Underlined course number: Indicates courses applicable to Graduate Certificate in Technical Writing.

Individual course offerings from previous and upcoming semesters can be found on our Course Descriptions page.

2018-2019

Repeats 2016-2017 chart. See tab for 2016-2017.

2019-2020

Repeats 2017-2018 chart. See tab for 2017-2018.

 
Interested in the fully online MA in English, individualized track? Please visit our application page.