English
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Concentrations

MA in English

An accelerated master's option with a concentration in linguistics is available to students in any bachelor's program.  See Bachelor's Degree (any)/English, Accelerated MA (Linguistics Concentration) for specific requirements.

Satisfactory Progress

Students have six years to complete the MA. Students writing a thesis must have an approved proposal by the end of their fifth year as an MA candidate in English and may not make significant changes to that proposal during their sixth year. By the end of the first semester of their sixth year, thesis students need to demonstrate that they have completed their research and are well advanced in developing their analysis and argument, generally by submitting to their advisors a completed rough draft of the thesis or evidence that they have completed their fieldwork and analysis.  A student may be dropped from the program if, in the judgment of the thesis advisor and graduate director, evidence of satisfactory progress on the thesis has not been provided by the end of the first semester of a student’s sixth year.

The University Catalog is the authoritative source for information on program requirements and courses. The Schedule of Classes is the authoritative source for information on classes scheduled for this semester. See the Schedule for the most up-to-date information and see Patriot web to register for classes. Requirements may be different for earlier catalog years. See the University Catalog archives.

Degree Requirements (Catalog Year 2016-2017)

Students pursuing this degree must successfully complete 30 to 33 credits in one of the following concentrations and demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language. 

Foreign Language Proficiency

Students in all concentrations must demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language by completing a Mason foreign language course numbered 210 or higher, or by passing a translation test administered by the department.

◊ Concentration in Cultural Studies (CULT)

Three required courses (9 credits)

ENGH 676 - Introduction to Cultural Studies Credits: 3

ENGH 701 - Research in English Studies Credits: 3

CULT 802 - Histories of Cultural Studies Credits: 3

Two courses (6 credits) chosen from:

ENGH 685, 705, and 740 may be repeated once with permission of the director of graduate studies.

ENGH 551 - Introduction to Literary Theory Credits: 3

ENGH 555 - Introduction to Cinema Studies Credits: 3

ENGH 665 - Seminar in Global Culture Credits: 3

ENGH 670 - Seminar in Film and Media Studies Credits: 3

ENGH 675 - Feminist Theory and Criticism Credits: 3

ENGH 685 - Selected Topics, Movements, or Genres of Literature in English Credits: 3

ENGH 705 - Literary Theory and Criticism Credits: 3

ENGH 740 - Seminar in English/Cultural Studies Credits: 3

Three to five courses (9-15 credits) of literature chosen from:

ENGH 511 - Graduate Literature Survey Credits: 3

ENGH 513 - Topics in Literary and Cultural Studies Credits: 3

ENGH 514 - Theories of Comparative Literature Credits: 3

ENGH 526 - Special Topics in the History and Criticism of Children's Literature Credits: 3

ENGH 530 - Graduate Survey in African American Literature Credits: 3

 ENGH 555 - Introduction to Cinema Studies Credits: 3

ENGH 590 - Topics in Folk Narrative Credits: 3

ENGH 591 - Topics in Folklore Studies Credits: 3

ENGH 642 - Seminar in British Literature Credits: 3

ENGH 644 - Seminar in American Literature Credits: 3

ENGH 646 - Seminar in Advanced Research Credits: 3

ENGH 661 - Seminar in African-American Literature Credits: 3

ENGH 662 - Seminar in Literary Studies Credits: 3

ENGH 665 - Seminar in Global Culture Credits: 3

ENGH 670 - Seminar in Film and Media Studies Credits: 3

ENGH 681 - Advanced Topics in Folklore Studies Credits: 3

ENGH 685 - Selected Topics, Movements, or Genres of Literature in English Credits: 3

ENGH 705 - Literary Theory and Criticism Credits: 3

ENGH 790 - Projects in Literary Studies Credits: 3

Optional Project or Thesis (3 or 6 credits)

Project (3 credits)

 Students who choose a project take 3 fewer credits of literature.

ENGH 790 - Projects in Literary Studies Credits: 3

Thesis (6 credits)

Students who choose a thesis take 6 fewer credits of literature.

ENGH 799 - Thesis Credits: 1-6

Total: 30 credits

◊ Concentration in Linguistics (LING)

The linguistics concentration of the MA in English combines courses in linguistics with courses in some related area of language study, such as teaching English as a second language, bilingual education, or foreign language teaching. This course of study is designed to prepare students for teaching in one of these fields or for doctoral work. The certificate in teaching English as a second language (TESL) can be earned concurrently.

Six core courses (18 credits)

LING 580 - First Language Acquisition Credits: 3

LING 690 - Generative Phonology Credits: 3

LING 692 - Phonology II Credits: 3

LING 785 - Semantics and Pragmatics Credits: 3

LING 786 - Syntax I Credits: 3

LING 787 - Syntax II Credits: 3

Four elective courses (12 credits)

In consultation with an advisor, chosen from courses that reflect one or more areas of language study.  Electives can be in such areas as linguistics, the teaching of reading or writing, literary criticism, bilingual education, or a foreign language, and may include 6 credits of thesis.

Total: 30 credits

◊ Concentration in Literature (LIT)

Two required courses (6 credits)

Must be taken in the first 12 credits of the degree. Another course in literary theory and criticism may substitute for ENGH 551 with prior written approval of the graduate director.

ENGH 551 - Introduction to Literary Theory Credits: 3

ENGH 701 - Research in English Studies Credits: 3

Six courses (18 credits) of literature chosen from:

Courses fulfilling this requirement must include at least three 600-level ENGH seminars. Graduate seminars involve focused study of a topic with significant attention to scholarship in the field.

ENGH 511 - Graduate Literature Survey Credits: 3

ENGH 513 - Topics in Literary and Cultural Studies Credits: 3

ENGH 514 - Theories of Comparative Literature Credits: 3

ENGH 526 - Special Topics in the History and Criticism of Children's Literature Credits: 3

ENGH 530 - Graduate Survey in African American Literature Credits: 3

ENGH 555 - Introduction to Cinema Studies Credits: 3

ENGH 590 - Topics in Folk Narrative Credits: 3

ENGH 591 - Topics in Folklore Studies Credits: 3

ENGH 642 - Seminar in British Literature Credits: 3

ENGH 644 - Seminar in American Literature Credits: 3

ENGH 646 - Seminar in Advanced Research Credits: 3

ENGH 661 - Seminar in African-American Literature Credits: 3

ENGH 662 - Seminar in Literary Studies Credits: 3

ENGH 665 - Seminar in Global Culture Credits: 3

ENGH 670 - Seminar in Film and Media Studies Credits: 3

ENGH 681 - Advanced Topics in Folklore Studies Credits: 3

ENGH 685 - Selected Topics, Movements, or Genres of Literature in English Credits: 3

ENGH 705 - Literary Theory and Criticism Credits: 3

ENGH 790 - Projects in Literary Studies Credits: 3

Two elective courses or thesis (6 credits)

Elective courses taught within the English department may be taken without permission of the graduate director. A maximum of six credits of related study outside the department may substitute for the equivalent number of elective credits, with permission of the graduate director.

Optional Thesis (6 credits)

Students who choose a thesis take 6 fewer credits of literature or electives.

ENGH 799 - Thesis Credits: 1-6

Total: 30 credits

◊ Concentration in Professional Writing and Rhetoric (PWR)

Four required courses (12 credits)

ENGH 501 should be taken in the first semester of study, if possible.

ENGH 501 - Introduction to Professional Writing and Rhetoric Credits: 3

ENGH 502 - Research Methods in Rhetoric and Professional Writing Credits: 3

ENGH 503 - Theory and Practice of Editing Credits: 3

ENGH 505 - Document Design Credits: 3

Three courses (9 credits) in professional writing chosen from:

ENGH 504 - Internship Credits: 1-3

ENGH 506 - Research for Narrative Writing Credits: 3

ENGH 507 - Web Authoring and Design Credits: 3

ENGH 508 - Digital Rhetoric Credits: 3

ENGH 509 - Proposal Writing and Development Credits: 3

ENGH 609 - Online Writing Credits: 3

ENGH 611 - Studies in Rhetoric Credits: 3

ENGH 612 - Cultures of Professional Writing Credits: 3

ENGH 613 - Technical Communication Credits: 3

ENGH 615 - Proseminar in Composition Instruction Credits: 3

ENGH 689 - Advanced Proposal Writing Credits: 3

ENGH 690 - Special Topics in Writing and Rhetoric Credits: 3

ENGH 696 - Northern Virginia Writing Project Teacher/Research Seminar Credits: 3

ENGH 697 - Composition Theory Credits: 3

One course (3 credits) in theory chosen from:

ENGH 551 - Introduction to Literary Theory Credits: 3

ENGH 611 - Studies in Rhetoric Credits: 3

ENGH 675 - Feminist Theory and Criticism Credits: 3

ENGH 676 - Introduction to Cultural Studies Credits: 3

One or two elective courses in English (3-6 credits)

Project or Thesis (3 or 6 credits)

3 credits of project

Students who choose a project take one additional elective course of 3 credits.

ENGH 797 - Projects in Professional Writing and Rhetoric Credits: 3

6 credits of thesis

ENGH 799 - Thesis Credits: 1-6

Total: 30 credits

◊ Concentration in the Teaching of Writing and Literature (TWL)

One required course (3 credits)

ENGH 701 - Research in English Studies Credits: 3

Two courses (6 credits) in writing chosen from:

ENGH 505 - Document Design Credits: 3

ENGH 564 - Form of Poetry Credits: 3

ENGH 565 - Forms of Nonfiction Credits: 3

ENGH 566 - Forms of Fiction Credits: 3

ENGH 611 - Studies in Rhetoric Credits: 3

ENGH 612 - Cultures of Professional Writing Credits: 3

ENGH 613 - Technical Communication Credits: 3

ENGH 616 - Nonfiction Writing Workshop Credits: 1-6

ENGH 617 - Poetry Writing Workshop Credits: 1-6

ENGH 618 - Fiction Writing Workshop Credits: 1-6

ENGH 619 - Special Topics in Writing Credits: 3

ENGH 699 - Workshop in English Credits: 1-3

Two courses (6 credits) in literature chosen from:

ENGH 511 - Graduate Literature Survey Credits: 3

ENGH 513 - Topics in Literary and Cultural Studies Credits: 3

ENGH 514 - Theories of Comparative Literature Credits: 3

ENGH 526 - Special Topics in the History and Criticism of Children's Literature Credits: 3

ENGH 530 - Graduate Survey in African American Literature Credits: 3

ENGH 555 - Introduction to Cinema Studies Credits: 3

ENGH 590 - Topics in Folk Narrative Credits: 3

ENGH 591 - Topics in Folklore Studies Credits: 3

ENGH 642 - Seminar in British Literature Credits: 3

ENGH 644 - Seminar in American Literature Credits: 3

ENGH 646 - Seminar in Advanced Research Credits: 3

ENGH 661 - Seminar in African-American Literature Credits: 3

ENGH 662 - Seminar in Literary Studies Credits: 3

ENGH 665 - Seminar in Global Culture Credits: 3

ENGH 670 - Seminar in Film and Media Studies Credits: 3

ENGH 681 - Advanced Topics in Folklore Studies Credits: 3

ENGH 685 - Selected Topics, Movements, or Genres of Literature in English Credits: 3

ENGH 705 - Literary Theory and Criticism Credits: 3

ENGH 790 - Projects in Literary Studies Credits: 3

One course (3 credits) in linguistics chosen from:

Students usually fulfill this requirement with LING 520. The other courses listed have prerequisites.

LING 507 - Field Work in Applied Linguistics Credits: 3

LING 520 - Introduction to Linguistics Credits: 3

LING 521 - Applied Linguistics: Teaching English as a Second Language Credits: 3

LING 522 - Modern English Grammar Credits: 3

LING 581 - Psycholinguistics Credits: 3

EDCI 519 - Methods of Teaching Culturally & Linguistically Diverse Learners

One course (3 credits) in the teaching of writing chosen from:

ENGH 615 - Proseminar in Composition Instruction Credits: 3

ENGH 695 - Northern Virginia Writing Project Inservice Program  Credits: 1-3(offered only to full-time teachers through school district contracts)

ENGH 699 - Workshop in English Credits: 1-3(NVWP Summer Institute, open to full-time teachers on an invitation basis)

One course (3 credits) in teaching of literature chosen from:

ENGH 610 - Proseminar in Teaching the Reading of Literature Credits: 3

ENGH 695 - Northern Virginia Writing Project Inservice Program  Credits: 1-3(offered only to full-time teachers through school district contracts)

One course (3 credits) in composition theory

ENGH 697 - Composition Theory Credits: 3

or an appropriate section of
ENGH 611 - Studies in Rhetoric Credits: 3

Up to one elective course (3 credits) in literature or writing

Students who choose to complete project or thesis credits below will do so in place of this requirement.

Optional Project or Thesis (3-6 credits)

Project (3 credits)

Students who choose a project take 3 fewer elective credits in literature or writing.

ENGH 790 - Projects in Literary Studies Credits: 3

Thesis (6 credits)

Students may arrange to do a thesis working with an advisor and the director of graduate studies in English. Students who pursue this option take 3 fewer elective credits in literature or writing. They must complete 33 (rather than 30) credits to receive their degree.

ENGH 799 - Thesis Credits: 1-6

Total: 30-33 credits

Total: 30-33 credits

Most students complete 30 credits. Students in the concentration in the teaching of writing and literature who chose to do a thesis complete 33 credits.

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