The master of arts in English program is designed to provide flexibility in meeting individual student interests while ensuring a broad understanding of the significant areas within the professional study of English. The program builds upon students’ undergraduate work in English by offering the opportunity to study several different areas of concentration in depth. It also serves as an excellent preparatory program for doctoral-level study in English.
1. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (4.0 scale) in English and 2.75 overall.
2. 36 credit hours in English, at least 27 of which must be in English literature, exclusive of basic college writing.
3. Students must demonstrate competency in written English by submitting a writing sample of their best academic work. Students for whom English is an alternate language are required to submit evidence of passing TOEFL scores, as required by the SUNY system for international students.
In addition, all applicants should review the Admission to a Graduate Program
section in this catalog.
Prior to the completion of 18 credit hours, students must demonstrate competence
in one foreign language, as well as in written and oral English.
Advisement: Each student is assigned an academic adviser. All students must apply for candidacy after the completion of 6 credit hours and before the completion of 12 credit hours.
Required Courses * 18 credits
ENG 601 Research in Language and Literature must be taken in student’s first term.
ENG 644 Ideology and Literature
ENG 645 Literature and Social Justice
ENG 652 Literary Criticism
At least 3 credits in British Literature
At least 3 credits in American Literature
At least 3 credits in non-American, non-British literature
At least 3 credits in linguistics or genre study (ENG 670, 641, 642, or 643)
Comprehensive Examination 0 credits
Comprehensive examination required for all students, 0 credits hours, to be taken after the completion of at least 18 credits.
Elective Courses * 12 credits
In English or other academic areas, selected under advisement. Students are not required to do a Master’s Thesis or Master’s Project, but if they choose either option, they must apply for permission from the department the term prior to beginning thesis or project work and be approved to undertake these options.
Total Required Credit Hours 30 credits
* Selected under advisement
All courses are 3 credit hours unless otherwise indicated.