Requirements for the Master of Arts degree in English and American literature include the completion of 32 points, 24 of which must be earned through course work taken within the English department, including the following specific course requirements: A mandatory 3-point seminar, Introduction to Advanced Literary Study for M.A. Students, ENGL-GA 2980, to be taken in the first term of matriculation and one literature course focused in each of the following three historical periods: pre-1700, 1700-1900, and post 1900. Students must also submit a special project totaling about 9,000 words (i.e., 30 to 35 pages), written under the supervision of a department faculty member within the context of a required 1-point course Guided Research, ENGL-GA 3001, for which the student is registered in an appropriate semester during the student’s period of matriculation. The special project may be a revision of a paper written at an earlier point in the student’s M.A. career or prior to its commencement, or an entirely new undertaking, as deemed appropriate by the student’s faculty adviser and the director of graduate studies.
To qualify for the degree, a student must have a GPA of at least 3.0, must complete a minimum of 24 points with a grade of B or better, and may offer no more than 8 points with a grade of C. A student may take no more than 36 points toward the degree.