Program: M.A., English
The M.A. in English consists of three options: Literature, Creative Writing, and Rhetoric and Composition Theory. The English department offers a limited number of openings for classified graduate students who wish to be Teaching Associates (TAs). TAs enroll in ENGL 600A (for 3 units credit) and ENGL 600B and normally teach, under guidance, one section of Approaches to University Writing per semester for a stipend. Other teaching opportunities may be available to second-year TAs. For further information concerning choice of option or career opportunities, students should see the graduate advisor. To apply for a Teaching Associateship, students should see the director of composition.
A. Admission Requirements
In addition to the University requirements, the English department requires that students meet one of two conditions before being admitted into the department program:
- Students with a B.A. in English must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 in Upper Division English courses. This GPA is determined by the cumulative GPA of all approved Upper Division English courses.
- Students with a B.A. in a subject other than English must have a minimum of 24 semester units of approved Upper Division English courses with a minimum 3.0 GPA in these courses. This GPA is determined by the cumulative GPA of all approved Upper Division English courses.
One of these two conditions must be met before a student may be admitted into the English department M.A. program in either conditionally classified or classified status. Applicants who, upon departmental evaluation, do not possess enough qualifying units or the required GPA need to take additional undergraduate Upper Division English courses to make up any deficits before admission into the program.
Once students have met the above requirements, they may be admitted into the program. However, there are further conditions that must be met before students can be fully admitted. Therefore, there are two types of admission: classified and conditionally classified.
B. Classified Status
A classified student has fulfilled the following three criteria:
- A B.A. in English or has already completed 24 Upper Division-approved English semester units (UD English GPA minimum required: 3.0).
- A passing score on the Writing Proficiency Exam (UDWPE).
- A GPA of 3.6 or greater in Upper Division English and a 3.0 in his or her last 60 units or score in the 80th percentile in the verbal portion of the general test of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE).
C. Conditionally Classified Status
A conditionally classified student has a B.A. in English or has already completed 24 Upper Division-approved English semester units with a minimum 3.0 GPA and needs to fulfill one or more of the following criteria:
- A passing score on the Writing Proficiency Exam (UDWPE).
- A GPA of 3.6 or higher in the first 12 units of approved English M.A. coursework.
- A GPA between 3.0-3.59 and the corresponding score on the verbal portion of the general test of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) as per the chart below:
(first 12 units)
|GRE Verbal Score|
D. Denied Students
Denied students fall into one or more of these categories:
- Do not have a B.A. in English.
- Do not have 24 Upper Division-approved English semester units.
- Do not have the required minimum GPA of 3.0 in Upper Division English units.
Denied students may not take any graduate level courses (500- to 600-level).
Conditionally classified students may take graduate classes as they work on fulfilling the GRE and UDWPE conditions required for classified status. However, students cannot go beyond 12 units of coursework until classified status is achieved. Note that the English department’s requirements for classification are more stringent than the University’s requirements.
The UDWPE cannot be waived, but if a student passed this test or its equivalent as an undergraduate, he or she need not take it again. The GRE requirement will be waived if, at the time of entrance into the program, a student has a 3.6 GPA in Upper Division English and a 3.0 in the last 60 units or if the conditionally classified student earns a GPA of 3.6 or higher in the first 12 units of approved English M.A. coursework.
E. Degree Requirements
1. Core Requirements (12 units)
ENGL 604 Seminar in Language and Linguistics (3)
ENGL 638 Seminar in Critical Approaches to Literature (3)
Two courses in Literature at the 500- or 600-level (6)
2. Literature Option Requirements (18-21 units)
ENGL 601 Seminar in Scholarly Methods and Bibliography (3)
Three courses in Literature (9)
Two courses, selected with the approval of the graduate advisor (6). One of these courses may be ENGL 698D Graduate Project.
The department may not offer ENGL 698D every term.
Students who choose not to take ENGL 698D will instead take ENGL 697C, the comprehensive examination.
The comprehensive examination does not carry unit weight toward the degree in the M.A. program. Therefore, students taking the exam must complete 30 units of coursework in addition to the exam. For regulations governing required registration for the examination, see the Graduate Programs section of this Catalog.
1. In all options, students may choose, with consent of the graduate advisor, two 400-level courses in English or outside the English department that have been approved for graduate credit.
2. Students may repeat the following courses once for credit:
ENGL 512 Writing for Performance (3-3)
ENGL 608 Seminar in Narrative Writing (3-3)
ENGL 609 Seminar in Poetry Writing (3-3)
ENGL 622 Seminar on Aspects of Poetry (3-3)
ENGL 623 Seminar in Studies in Prose Fiction (3-3)
3. Students may repeat the following courses twice for credit:
ENGL 525A-Z Topics in English and Cultural Studies (3-3-3)
ENGL 620A-Z Seminar in Individual Authors (3-3-3)
ENGL 630A-M Seminar in Literary Periods (3-3-3)
Total Units Required for the M.A. Degree: 30-33
Acting Chair: Kent Baxter
Sierra Tower (ST) 708
Graduate Coordinator: Danielle Spratt
Student Learning Outcomes
- Demonstrate knowledge of creative, cultural, linguistic, literary, performative and/or rhetorical theories.
- Conduct research and/or produce creative work appropriate to their option.
- Produce advanced analyses that take into account current schools of aesthetic, critical and historical methodology and are informed by disciplinary standards appropriate to their option.