M.A. English

https://www.tamuct.edu/degrees/graduate/english.html

OVERVIEW

The Master of Arts in English at A&M-Central Texas is a flexible, 36-credit hour program designed to help students cultivate a unique professional identity. Through seminars boasting small class sizes and strong faculty mentorship, students can expect to develop expertise in English Studies both in and out of the classroom. Our faculty focuses on helping you contribute to ongoing scholarly conversations and working with you to find relevant conference and publishing opportunities.

Program Level Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Synthesize original contributions to the discipline by conducting research
    1. Demonstrate a scholarship-based understanding of texts (of all kinds) in their appropriate cultural, aesthetic, and historical contexts.
    2. Apply appropriate critical approaches in English studies.
  2. Analyze texts using critical thinking skills
    1. Identify and explain what lenses are appropriate for analyzing texts.
    2. Perform analyses that add to scholarly understanding and provide challenging perspectives.
  3. Apply clear and effective written and oral communication skills
    1. Produce written arguments and/or analyses that contribute to ongoing disciplinary scholarly conversations.
    2. Craft spoken arguments and/or analyses that contribute to ongoing disciplinary scholarly conversations.

Entry Requirements

Students will be admitted into the MA English major by the faculty once the following application criteria are met:
  • Successful admission to graduate school.

Master of Arts - English With Thesis Program Requirements

All courses applicable to the program must be attained, at least 36 hours are required for the degree. 

ENGL 5320Studies in English Language3
or ENGL 5330 Studies in Rhetoric
ENGL 5374Methods of Bib & Res Analysis3
ENGL 5380Studies in Teaching of Comp3
Approved graduate-level electives 121
ENGL 5398Thesis6
Total Credit Hours36

Master of Arts - English Without Thesis Program Requirements

All courses applicable to the program must be attained, at least 36 hours are required for the degree. 

ENGL 5320Studies in English Language3
or ENGL 5330 Studies in Rhetoric
ENGL 5374Methods of Bib & Res Analysis3
ENGL 5380Studies in Teaching of Comp3
Approved graduate-level electives 127
ENGL 5090English Comprehensive Exam0
Total Credit Hours36

Courses

ENGL 1301. Composition I. 3 Credit Hours.

(010) Intensive study of and practice in writing processes, from invention and researching to drafting, revising, and editing, both individually and collaboratively. Emphasis on effective rhetorical choices, including audience, purpose, arrangement, and style. Focus on writing the academic essay as a vehicle for learning, communicating, and critical analysis.

ENGL 1302. Composition II. 3 Credit Hours.

(010) Intensive study of and practice in the strategies and techniques for developing research-based expository and persuasive texts. Emphasis on effective and ethical rhetorical inquiry, including primary and secondary research methods; critical reading of verbal, visual, and multimedia texts; systematic evaluation, synthesis, and documentation of information sources; and critical thinking about evidence and conclusions.

ENGL 2311. Technical & Business Writing. 3 Credit Hours.

(010) Intensive study of and practice in professional settings. Focus on the types of documents necessary to make decisions and take action on the job, such as proposals, reports, instructions, policies and procedures, e-mail messages, letters, and descriptions of products and services. Practice individual and collaborative processes involved in the creation of ethical and efficient documents.

ENGL 2321. British Literature (single-semester course). 3 Credit Hours.

(040) (050) A survey of the development of British literature from the Anglo-Saxon period to the present. Students will study works of prose, poetry, drama, and fiction in relation to their historical, linguistic, and cultural contexts. Texts will be selected from a diverse group of authors and traditions.

ENGL 2322. British Literature I. 3 Credit Hours.

(040) A survey of the development of British literature from the Anglo-Saxon period to the Eighteenth Century. Students will study works of prose, poetry, drama, and fiction in relation to their historical, linguistic, and cultural contexts. Texts will be selected from a diverse group of authors and traditions. Prerequisite(s): ENGL 1301.

ENGL 2323. British Literature II. 3 Credit Hours.

(040) A survey of the development of British literature from the Romantic period to the present. Students will study works of prose, poetry, drama, and fiction in relation to their historical and cultural contexts. Texts will be selected from a diverse group of authors and traditions.

ENGL 2326. American Literature (single-semester course). 3 Credit Hours.

(040) (050) A survey of American literature from the period of exploration and settlement to the present. Students will study works of prose, poetry, drama, and fiction in relation to their historical and cultural contexts. Texts will be selected from among a diverse group of authors for what they reflect and reveal about the evolving American experience and character.

ENGL 2327. American Literature I. 3 Credit Hours.

(040) A survey of American literature from the period of exploration and settlement through the Civil War. Students will study works of prose, poetry, drama, and fiction in relation to their historical and cultural contexts. Texts will be selected from among a diverse group of authors for what they reflect and reveal about the evolving American experience and character. Prerequisite(s): ENGL 1301.

ENGL 2328. American Literature II. 3 Credit Hours.

(040) A survey of American literature from the Civil War to the present. Students will study works of prose, poetry, drama, and fiction in relation to their historical and cultural contexts. Texts will be selected from among a diverse group of authors for what they reflect and reveal about the evolving American experience and character. Prerequisite(s): ENGL 1301.

ENGL 2331. World Literature (single-semester course). 3 Credit Hours.

(040) (050) A survey of world literature from the ancient world to the present. Students will study works of prose, poetry, drama, and fiction in relation to their historical and cultural contexts. Texts will be selected from a diverse group of authors and traditions.

ENGL 2332. World Literature I. 3 Credit Hours.

(040) A survey of world literature from the ancient world through the sixteenth century. Students will study works of prose, poetry, drama, and fiction in relation to their historical and cultural contexts. Texts will be selected from a diverse group of authors and traditions. Prerequisite(s): ENGL 1301.

ENGL 2333. World Literature II. 3 Credit Hours.

(040) A survey of world literature from the seventeenth century to the present. Students will study works of prose, poetry, drama, and fiction in relation to their historical and cultural contexts. Texts will be selected from a diverse group of authors and traditions.

ENGL 2341. Forms of Literature. 3 Credit Hours.

(040) The study of one or more literary genres including, but not limited to, poetry, fiction, drama, and film.

ENGL 2351. Mexican American Literature. 3 Credit Hours.

(040) A survey of Mexican American/Chicanx literature from Mesoamerica to the present. Students will study literary works of fiction, poetry, drama, essays, and memoirs in relation to their historical, linguistic, political, regional, gendered, and cultural contexts. Texts will be selected from a diverse group of authors, literary movements, and media forms. Topics and themes may include the literary performance of identity and culture, aesthetic mediation of racialization, struggle and protest, and artistic activism. Prerequisite(s): ENGL 1301.

ENGL 3100. Discourse Theory & Application. 1 Credit Hour.

Students will receive instruction and training in written discourse theory and practice as appropriate and necessary preparation for tutoring in the University Writing Center and/or the English and Languages Department Language Arts Lab. Students must receive prior permission to enroll. Prerequisite(s): ENGL 1301.

ENGL 3303. Western Literature I. 3 Credit Hours.

A survey of Western Literature from ancient times through the Renaissance. Prerequisite(s): ENGL 1301.

ENGL 3304. Western Literature II. 3 Credit Hours.

A survey of Western Literature from the Enlightenment to the Present. Prerequisite(s): ENGL 1301.

ENGL 3305. Critical Analysis of Lit. 3 Credit Hours.

(WI) A study of contemporary criticism as it relates to the study of form, theory, and content of fiction, nonfiction, drama, poetry, and other artistic expression. Prerequisite(s): ENGL 1301.

ENGL 3306. Readings in Adolescent Lit. 3 Credit Hours.

A survey of literature with a focus on teenage audiences. Readings include both the classics and contemporary selections. Study is concerned with increasing student understanding of unique aspects of adolescent literature and its application in public school curricula. Prerequisite(s): ENGL 1301.

ENGL 3309. Tech Writing & Document Design. 3 Credit Hours.

(WI) The process of developing technical information, including researching, drafting, editing, revising, and designing technical reports, proposals, manuals, job application documents and professional correspondence for specific audiences, using word processing and graphic applications. Prerequisite(s): ENGL 1301.

ENGL 3310. Technical Writing & Editing. 3 Credit Hours.

(WI) Study of advanced technical communication situations such as formal reports, grant proposals, and professional articles, and extensive discipline-specific professional-level practice in these forms. Study of general editorial techniques in formats, graphics, and layout and design methods in technical publications. Prerequisite(s): ENGL 1301.

ENGL 3312. Graphics & Technical Writing. 3 Credit Hours.

This course examines the integration of graphic components in printed and electronic mediums. Students use computer applications to compose and design graphics such as bar graphs, organizational charts, flow charts, diagrams, and drawings. Prerequisite(s): ENGL 1301.

ENGL 3320. Advanced Grammars. 3 Credit Hours.

An introduction to the grammatical structure of modern English at the level of word, clause, and discourse presented through the application of the principles of descriptive grammars accompanied by a review of current prescriptive grammars. Prerequisite(s): ENGL 1301.

ENGL 3330. Advanced Composition. 3 Credit Hours.

(WI) Advanced Composition enhances students’ proficiency in critical reading and thinking, rhetorical concepts/awareness, the writing process, academic argument, scholarly research, and productive revision practices. Through intensive writing workshops and critical engagement with a variety of interdisciplinary texts, students hone their writing abilities to meet the demands and expectations for different writing contexts with a particular focus on writing for academic audiences. Prerequisite(s): ENGL 1301.

ENGL 3335. Film Studies. 3 Credit Hours.

(WI) A study of movies as dramas involving narrative plot, characterizations, theme, etc. and as artistic productions involving shots, cuts, and other film techniques. Prerequisite(s): ENGL 1301.

ENGL 3339. Literature & Film. 3 Credit Hours.

This course introduces students to the relationship between literature and film and the practice of cinematic adaptation. Prerequisite(s): ENGL 1301.

ENGL 3343. Creative Writing. 3 Credit Hours.

Focuses on the craft and art of creative expression within one genre or a set of related genres. Attention to the conception, design, and execution of the whole work and of elements of figurative language, characterization, dialogue, point of view, and poetic structure, as well as other elements of the craft. Prerequisite(s): ENGL 1301.

ENGL 3350. Children's Literature. 3 Credit Hours.

A general survey of literature for children. Includes a study of types of literature for children and of the development of criteria for the selection and evaluation of children's books. This course may be counted as an elective but not towards the 24-hour advanced English requirement for an English major. Prerequisite(s): ENGL 1301.

ENGL 3356. Literary Authors. 3 Credit Hours.

(WI) An in-depth study of a single author or a single group of closely related authors. Topics vary and the course can be repeated for credit if taken under a different emphasis. Prerequisite(s): ENGL 1301.

ENGL 3357. Literary Themes. 3 Credit Hours.

(WI) An in-depth study of one major theme in literary history. Topics vary and the course can be repeated for credit if taken under a different emphasis. Prerequisite(s): ENGL 1301.

ENGL 3358. Literary Period. 3 Credit Hours.

(WI) An in-depth study of one major literary period in literary history. Topics vary and the course can be repeated for credit if taken under a different emphasis. Prerequisite(s): ENGL 3358.

ENGL 3359. Literary Genres. 3 Credit Hours.

(WI) An in-depth study of one major literary genre. Topics will vary and the course can be repeated for credit if taken under different emphasis. Prerequisite(s): ENGL 1301.

ENGL 3370. Introduction to Linguistics. 3 Credit Hours.

A study of descriptive linguistics revealing the nature and scope of the characteristics and complexities of human language. Much of the course consists of learning the phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, and pragmatics of modern English. Attention also focuses on the nature and diversity of the rule-bound creativity underlying the tacit systematic use of human language. Prerequisite(s): ENGL 1301.

ENGL 3372. Sociolinguistics. 3 Credit Hours.

Study of the relationship of language and society as shown in the following areas: language change, language variation and social class, pidgin and Creole languages, and language policy and planning. Prerequisite(s): ENGL 1301.

ENGL 3374. Psycholinguistics. 3 Credit Hours.

Deals with a variety of formal cognitive mechanisms that are relevant to the knowledge and use of natural languages. Prerequisite(s): ENGL 1301.

ENGL 3376. Discourse Analysis. 3 Credit Hours.

Investigates the structure of spoken communication from a linguistic perspective to enable students to understand narrative and conversation. Students study the principles of pragmatic theory, speech act theory and critical discourse analysis. Prerequisite(s): ENGL 1301.

ENGL 4300. Shakespeare. 3 Credit Hours.

An in depth study of representative types of Shakespeare's drama and poetry. Prerequisite(s): ENGL 1301.

ENGL 4311. History of Rhetoric. 3 Credit Hours.

This course provides students with a foundation in the history of rhetoric, paying particular attention to what many have labeled as the origin of rhetorical studies in classical Greece. Prerequisite(s): ENGL 1301.

ENGL 4312. Rhetorical Criticism. 3 Credit Hours.

(WI) This course introduces students to rhetorical criticism. Through a survey approach, students will be introduced to a wide range of analytical tools and strategies to effectively describe, analyze, and interpret a wide range of discourse. Prerequisite(s): ENGL 1301.

ENGL 4313. Visual Rhetoric. 3 Credit Hours.

(WI) Introduces students to a variety of lenses that can be used to study visual texts, including (but not limited to) Content Analysis, Compositional Interpretation, Semiology, Psychoanalysis, Discourse Analysis, and Audience Studies. Emphasizes the importance of visual rhetoric in communication and argument. Prerequisite(s): ENGL 1301.

ENGL 4314. Multicultural Rhetorics. 3 Credit Hours.

(WI) This course introduces students to multicultural rhetorics. Students will read texts examining the theory/practice of Asian, African, Latino/a, and African American Rhetorics. Special attention will be given to traditionally underrepresented voices in the rhetorical tradition. Prerequisite(s): ENGL 1301.

ENGL 4320. Writing for Electronic Media. 3 Credit Hours.

The advanced study of and practice in writing for electronic mediums with a primary focus on planning, designing, and composing professional pages for the World Wide Web. Prerequisite(s): ENGL 1301.

ENGL 4330. Grant & Proposal Writing. 3 Credit Hours.

This course offers advances practice in analyzing and writing proposals for businesses, governmental agencies, and/or private foundations. Prerequisite(s): ENGL 1301.

ENGL 4336. Film History. 3 Credit Hours.

This course examines the historical development of film as an industry and major modern art form. Attention given to important movements, periods, and nationalities. Prerequisite(s): ENGL 1301.

ENGL 4337. Film Auteurs. 3 Credit Hours.

This course examines the work of one or more film director. Attention given to critical analysis of representative films and comprehension of critical literature. Prerequisite(s): ENGL 1301.

ENGL 4338. Film Genres. 3 Credit Hours.

This course examines genre as a means of production and reception. Attention given to the recurring characters, actions, and values in films and the cultural role of these stories. Prerequisite(s): ENGL 1301.

ENGL 4339. Film Theory & Criticism. 3 Credit Hours.

This course examines the theoretical and critical approaches common to film. Attention given to the major approaches to understanding film from the spectator's side of the camera. Prerequisite(s): ENGL 1301.

ENGL 4360. Adv Studies in Secondary Engl. 3 Credit Hours.

This course applies the standards of the National Council of Teachers of English to the curriculum of secondary English. It provides an intensive review of composition principles, language conventions, literary genres, and computer instructional technology. Prerequisite(s): ENGL 1301.

ENGL 4378. History of the English Language. 3 Credit Hours.

Diachronic study of the English language with focus on the Old English, Middle English, and Modern English periods. Topics include phonological, morphological, syntactic, and lexical change in English along with the cultural and historical events and contact situations, which accompany language development. Prerequisite(s): ENGL 1301.

ENGL 4388. English Problems. 1-3 Credit Hours.

A course featuring independent reading, research, and discussion under personal direction of instructor, topics to vary according to student need. Open to students of Senior classification with permission of department chair. Prerequisite(s): ENGL 1301.

ENGL 4390. Writing Center Pedagogy. 3 Credit Hours.

This class introduces students to the theory, research, and practices of tutoring writing by engaging them with the prominent scholarship on writing centers while providing practical experience through observations, co-tutoring, and live tutoring hours in the University Writing Center. Prerequisite(s): ENGL 1301.

ENGL 5090. English Comprehensive Exam. 0 Credit Hours.

Comprehensive Examination for non-thesis students in the field of English. The Comprehensive Examination should be completed during the final semester of graduate coursework, or upon permission of advisor. All comprehensive examinations will be written, but an oral component may also be required. A maximum of three attempts will be allowed. Thesis students do not take this examination.

ENGL 5300. Shakespeare. 3 Credit Hours.

A close study of Shakespeare's literature and language with selections from representative texts including the histories, comedies, tragedies, and/or sonnets.

ENGL 5310. Studies in American Literature. 3 Credit Hours.

Focuses on restricted periods in American literary history. Examples include colonial American literature, the American Renaissance, American literary naturalism, post-World War II American literature, and minority literature in America. May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

ENGL 5320. Studies in English Language. 3 Credit Hours.

Focuses on historical and/or linguistic study of the English language. Topics will vary. Examples include history of the English language and the English language in America. May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

ENGL 5321. Psycholinguistics. 3 Credit Hours.

Deals with a variety of formal cognitive mechanisms that are relevant to the knowledge and use of natural languages. Primary emphasis is on the modular view of the mind and its consequences for both L1 and L2 language acquisition.

ENGL 5330. Studies in Rhetoric. 3 Credit Hours.

A study of written language theories. Course contents include readings from a wide spectrum including classical Greece and Rome, the European enlightenment, nineteenth century America, and modern and post-modern periods. May be retaken for credit when topics vary.

ENGL 5340. Studies in Modern Fiction. 3 Credit Hours.

An evaluation of English and American short stories, novels, and related criticism. Topics will vary and will include study of themes and development of the genre. May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

ENGL 5342. Adaptation. 3 Credit Hours.

This course introduces students to the concept of adaptation and to one account for how this concept has evolved. The focus is, admittedly, more on the notion of adaptation as a way to engage a text critically than it is on specific adaptations. All assignments, even those that ask students to evaluate a particular adaptation, should reflect this conceptual focus.

ENGL 5350. Studies in Lit before 1500. 3 Credit Hours.

A study of representative types of pre-1500 literature in English. Topics may vary. May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

ENGL 5352. Chaucer. 3 Credit Hours.

An in-depth study of the language and literature of Geoffrey Chaucer, including his minor poetry and dream visions, Troilus and Criseyde, and the Canterbury Tales.

ENGL 5360. Modern American & Brit Poetry. 3 Credit Hours.

A study of representative themes in the development of American and English poetry. Related critical readings will be studied. Topics will vary. May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

ENGL 5370. Studies in Comparative Lit. 3 Credit Hours.

A comparative study of great literature in the world in translation. Topics may vary and may include examination of theme, technique, and type. May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

ENGL 5372. English Seminar. 1-3 Credit Hours.

ENGL 5374. Methods of Bib & Res Analysis. 3 Credit Hours.

An introduction to methods of research and effective utilization of library resources. May include analytical bibliography, enumerative bibliography, and textual criticism.

ENGL 5380. Studies in Teaching of Comp. 3 Credit Hours.

The course is devoted to the study of the aims, skills, materials, and practices of composition teaching at college and junior college levels. May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

ENGL 5382. Composition Assessment. 3 Credit Hours.

This class introduces students to the scholarship, theory, and methods for assessing writing with a particular focus on assessment theory and history (especially non-psychometric understandings of validity and reliability) and classroom assessment (e.g. grading and response) with some discussion of large-scale assessments (e.g. program assessment, placement, standardized testing, etc.).

ENGL 5384. English Internship. 3 Credit Hours.

Supervised professional activities in the college composition classroom including presentations, evaluation, and conferences. May be repeated once for credit. Field experience fee $75.

ENGL 5385. Writing Program Administration. 3 Credit Hours.

Investigates the work of writing program administrators, including FYC Coordinators, WAC Coordinators, WID Coordinators, and Writing Center Coordinators. Students can anticipate learning from current writing program administrators.

ENGL 5386. Computer Mediated Composition. 3 Credit Hours.

Explores notions of 21st century writing, paying particular attention to digital and multimodal composition; particular attention is given to teaching these text-types.

ENGL 5387. Studies in Literacy. 3 Credit Hours.

Examines the evolution of literacy and the expectations of literate students; approaches for conducting research in literacy studies is also addressed.

ENGL 5388. Special Problems. 1-3 Credit Hours.

Conference course. Directed independent study under supervision of a senior faculty member.

ENGL 5398. Thesis. 1-6 Credit Hours.

Scheduled when student is ready to begin thesis. No credit until thesis is accepted. Prerequisite(s): ENGL 5374, 24 hours of graduate credit and permission of department chair.