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Degree Requirements

Degree Requirements

Course Requirements​

48 hours of graduate credit in English

Two Professional Development Courses in English, Publishing, Teaching:  8 hours

Course Title Quarter Hours
Any two courses from the following:8
ENG 472
LITERARY THEORY (If desired)
ENG 473
TEACHING CREATIVE WRITING
ENG 474
TEACHING LITERATURE
ENG 477
TOPICS IN PUBLISHING
ENG 478
TOPICS IN TEACHING
ENG 480
INTRODUCTION TO CREATIVE WRITING
ENG 484
WRITING WORKSHOP TOPICS
ENG 487
TRAVEL WRITING
ENG 488
WRITING THE PERSONAL ESSAY
ENG 489
SCREENWRITING
ENG 490
WRITING FOR MAGAZINES
ENG 491
SCIENCE WRITING
ENG 492
WRITING FICTION
ENG 493
WRITING POETRY
ENG 496
TOPICS IN EDITING
ENG 497
WRITING THE LITERATURE OF FACT

Five Courses in English Literature:  20 hours

At least one pre-1800 course:

  • Medieval Literature
  • Renaissance Literature
  • Restoration/Eighteenth-Century British and/or Early American Literature

At least one pre-1900 course:

  • Any of the above
  • Nineteenth-Century British (Romantic and Victorian)
  • Nineteenth-Century American Literature

Five Electives:  20 hours

Students may choose from

  • English and American period courses,
  • Studies in Literature 
  • Language and Style
  • Creative Writing courses in Fiction, Poetry, Creative Nonfiction (including Memoir, Personal Essay, Science and Nature Writing, and Travel Writing)
  • Independent Study (maximum of four hours),
  • Internship (maximum of four hours) 
  • Thesis Research (maximum of four hours; available for students exercising the thesis option)

Good Standing

To achieve good standing in the program, students must:

  1. Complete at least three courses within twelve months of their admission to the program, and
  2. Maintain an overall grade-point average of at least 3.0. Students whose cumulative GPA falls below 3.0 will be placed on probation and given two quarters to raise their average to the minimum 3.0 level. Students on probation are required to consult with the program director before registering for classes. Failure to meet these requirements constitutes grounds for dismissal.

Thesis Option

A thesis option is available to students who have a promising idea for an appropriate project. Proposals must earn the approval of an English Department graduate faculty member, who will serve as project director, and of the Program Director. Credit is earned through ENG 501.  Please see the Program Director for more information on this option.

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