Course Requirements​

48 hours of graduate credit in English

  •  Three core courses:
  • Five courses in Topics, Authors, and Genres in English, one each from these periods:
    • Medieval Literature
    • Renaissance Literature
    • Restoration/Eighteenth-Century British and/or Early American Literature
    • Nineteenth-Century British (Romantic and Victorian) and/or Nineteenth-Century American Literature
    • Twentieth/Twenty-first century British and/or American Literature
  • Four electives drawn from English and American period courses, Language and Rhetoric, Studies in Literature, Studies in Writing, Independent Study (maximum of four hours), Internship (maximum of four hours), or Thesis Research (maximum of four hours; available for students exercising the thesis option).
  • A passing grade on the Capstone Portfolio. In the final quarter of coursework, or soon after completion of all other degree requirements, a student will turn in a Capstone Portfolio to be evaluated by a faculty committee. A Portfolio that does not initially earn a score of "pass" must be revised until it does so.  

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 (one of  these courses must be ENG 471), and
  2. maintain an overall grade-point average of at least 3.0 in their course work. 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 a scholarly or creative project. Proposals must earn the approval of an English Department graduate faculty member, who will serve as project director. Credit is earned through ENG 501 THESIS RESEARCH.

ENG 471

BIBLIOGRAPHY AND LITERARY RESEARCH

Principles and methods of literary research.

ENG 472

STUDIES IN LITERARY CRITICISM

Study of the theoretical foundations of literary criticism, exemplified by major texts from ancient Greece to the present.

ENG 400

STRUCTURE OF MODERN ENGLISH

A systematic outline of modern English from both traditional and contemporary linguistic perspectives. Examines descriptive grammars, word and phrase structure, syntax and semantics, and formal issues of style and rhetoric. Formerly ENG 416.

ENG 401

HISTORY OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE

A systematic study of the nature, history and usage of the English language. The course traces the language from its origin to its present status in England and America.

ENG 402

HISTORY OF ENGLISH PROSE STYLE

A survey of alternative theoretical approaches to the study of style, followed by intensive study of changes in the conventions of English prose from the Renaissance to the present.

ENG 407

LANGUAGE AND STYLE FOR WRITERS

A comprehensive examination of structural elements and stylistic devices that experienced writers use across a number of creative and professional genres. Topics include components of style, sentence rhythm and prosody, diction choices, rhetorical punctuation, and the development of one's personal writing voice.

ENG 408

STYLISTICS

Theory and practice in examining features of prose style, including linguistic, rhetorical and literary perspectives on style.

ENG 501

THESIS RESEARCH

Written permission of supervising faculty member and of the program director is necessary before registration. Limited to four credits.