Curriculum & Requirements
- All graduate students must complete a minimum of 30 semester hours of graduate coursework.
- Only graduate courses completed with a grade of A or B (or Pass, for P/ NC courses) will count towards the degree.
- MA Literature & Language and MS students must take 601 in their first semester, 613 in their second semester, and 695 in their final semester. They must also complete at least three 600-level seminars.
- MA Literature & Language students must take at least 24 of their graduate credits in English.
- MS students must take at least 18 of their graduate credits in English courses and must take 6 credits in graduate Education courses, and they may take the remaining 6 credits in either or another field.
- MA TESOL students must complete 17 semester hours of required graduate English TESOL courses (Eng. 580, 581, 582, 583, 584, 614), and at least 6 additional semester hours from other graduate courses (not including English 699) in the English Department. The remaining 7 semester hours may be graduate courses in the English or Education Departments.
Admission to Candidacy
All graduate students must complete a portfolio and the portfolio course (695). The portfolio is designed to be a final presentation of both breadth and depth of mastery in the discipline. Final portfolios include the following materials:
The introductory statement is a critical reflection that articulates a vision of how a student’s graduate coursework relates to his/her future goals. The statement could articulate professional objectives, explore artistic vision, situate a body of work within a scholarly framework, etc. The statement ought to point towards professional plans and articulate how the collection of work shows mastery in the discipline.
- Curriculum Vitae
- A Publishable Work that is a significant contribution to the field related to the student’s professional aspirations. A traditional scholarly article is not the only option. Publishable work may also include pedagogical tools/texts/electronic materials that have been reviewed and vetted. This may be a selection or chapter from a Master’s thesis.
- An Annotated Bibliography with 20-25 scholarly works that support the introductory statement. [A precise description is forthcoming and will be included in the course materials for the Portfolio class]
- One additional supporting piece (TAs must submit a teaching philosophy. All other graduate students may select from the following: a teaching philosophy, a pedagogical tool, another substantial revised seminar paper or research work, a creative work, or another piece at the discretion of the Graduate Studies Committee.)
Presentation of a paper at the Life and Work of the Scholar Graduate Symposium. The paper presented can be based on the publishable work included in the portfolio.