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MA Plans of Study

In perusing your MA in English you select one of three distinct Plans of Study. Click on the links under each plan to see further details.

Thesis Plan: 30 hours of course work, a committee of three faculty members, a thesis (one long paper or two shorter papers), and a foreign language requirement. This plan is usually selected by students who want to continue on with a PHD and/or teach.

Teaching Composition Plan: 36 hours of course work (no committee, no thesis, no foreign language requirement). This plan is for those who may want to go on to a PHD but also for those who opt to teach at a community college. We have a long-standing relationship with GTCC and some students toward the end of their MA degree may apply for an internship through their FIT (Faculty-in-Training) Program.

Minor Field Plan: 36 hours of course work (no committee, no thesis, no foreign language requirement). This plan offers cross-disciplinary opportunities in such subjects as Women’s and Gender Studies, School of Education and the Arts.

Master of Arts Degree Course Work

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Required Courses / 24 hours:

Only three courses may be at the 500 level. ALL OTHER COURSES must be at the 600 or 700 level.

Bibliography and Methods / 3 hours:

English 701: English Studies: Contents, Methods, and Bibliography (3)

Critical Theory / 3 hours, ONE from the following, or a special topics course pre-approved by the Director:

English 531: Feminist Theory and Women Writers (3)
English 549: The Critical Canon and Contemporary Issues (3)
English 650: Modern Literary and Cultural Theory (3)
English 663: Postcolonial Literary and Cultural Theory (3)
English 704: Studies in Contemporary Literary and Cultural Theory (3)
English 705: Cultural Studies (3)

Literature / 9 hours, THREE courses in literature:

One before 1800 (3)
One after 1800 (3)
One in any era (3)

Electives / 9 hours, THREE electives, normally in English or American literature

In the remaining 6-12 hours of coursework, you elect ONE of the following three plans.

Thesis Plan / 6 hours, for a total of 30 hours:

In this option, a FOREIGN LANGUAGE IS REQUIRED. A reading knowledge of one modern foreign language, equivalent to completion of the first semester of the intermediate course (usually 203): by examination OR prior course work pre-approved by the Director. Note: computer courses do not count for this requirement. (The Department of Romance Languages requires a score of 324 on its computerized examination to place out of French 203, and a score of 349 to place out of Spanish 203. Written examination in other foreign languages offered at UNCG will have to be arranged through faculty in those departments, and you may be required to pay a fee.)

English 699: Thesis (6)
The TWO-PAPER THESIS, also 6 hours, is an option for those admitted into the Ph.D. program or those who have permission from the Director and their thesis committee.

Teaching Composition Plan / 12 hours, for a total of 36 hours

English 680: Teaching Internships in English (3)
And THREE electives in rhetoric and composition OR language and linguistics. These may overlap with or be in addition to electives in English or American literature. Special topics courses may be allowed with pre-approval of the Director.
English 522: Teaching Composition: Theories and Applications (3)
English 590: Literacy, Learning, and Fieldwork (3)
English 661: Second Language Writing (3)
English 688: Women's Rhetoric and Feminist Pedagogy (3)
English 689: Institutional History of Composition Studies (3)
English 690: History of Rhetoric: Classical through Renaissance (3)
English 691: History of Rhetoric: Enlightenment through Contemporary (3)
English 693: Classical Rhetoric (3)
English 697: Composing Theories in Reading and Writing (3)
English 742: Studies in Rhetorical Theory and Practice (3)
English 744: Seminar in Composition Studies (3)
English 746: Studies in Contemporary Rhetorical Theory (3)

Minor Field Plan / 12 hours, for a total of 36 hours

English 680: Internship (3)
THREE courses in a minor or collateral field

 

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