This graduate program in English is designed to provide advanced study in Composition Studies. It provides for personal and professional advancement, particularly in teaching, research, writing, journalism, publishing and editorial work. The program also prepares students for studies at the Ph.D. level.
Two Major Options:
- Concentration in Composition, MA
- Concentration in Literature, MA
Courses in this program will help students achieve substantial preparation in a variety of areas, including writing theories, writing pedagogies, alternative literacies and the relationship between composition and literature. It will be up to each student to determine his or her personal and professional needs and, with the graduate advisor, to create a program that will address both program requirements and individual needs.
Requirements for Admission to the Program
Note: Applications for this program are accepted three times a year.
- Fall admission – July 1
- Summer admission – April 1
- Fall admission – November 1
Students must fulfill the general requirements for admission to the College of Graduate Studies and Research. In addition:
- Applications must indicate a degree concentration: Literature or Composition.
- In their personal Statement of Goals and Objectives, applicants to the Program in English should specify their reasons for pursuing graduate-level studies in Literature or Composition, and they should identify the background, strengths, and academic skills that they feel will ensure their success as an MA student.
- All applicants must submit a representative sample of academic or professional writing that demonstrates their critical thinking and/or research strengths and indicates their ability to do well in advanced study in English Literature or Composition. The writing sample should not exceed 15 pages in length, and should preferably be work completed for an upper-division undergraduate course in English or for a graduate-level English course. (Those who cannot meet this requirement may petition the Graduate Coordinator for admission in a written statement.)
- GRE scores are not required for admission, but they may be submitted to supplement an application.
As the Master’s degree is understood to build upon an already solid foundation of literary study, applicants seeking admission to the MA program in English, Literature concentration, must have a BA in English (or a minimum of 30 credit hours of undergraduate work in literature and composition), including reasonable coverage of British and American literature and at least one course in Literary Criticism. Students who do not meet these requirements may be offered a provisional admission and allowed to complete their undergraduate training at NEIU prior to taking courses toward the MA degree.
As the Master’s degree is understood to build upon an already solid foundation of study, applicants seeking admission to the MA program in English, Composition concentration, must have a BA in English, English Education, or a related field subject to the approval of the Graduate Committee in Composition. Students who do not meet these requirements may be offered a provisional admission and allowed to complete their undergraduate training at NEIU prior to taking courses toward the MA degree.
NOTE: All petitions to transfer between degree concentrations are subject to the admissions requirements of the track into which a student is transferring.
Requirements for the Degree
All graduate credits must be at the 400 level, except for a maximum of two 300-level courses specifically approved for graduate degree credits in English (see list below). Be sure to consult with your program advisor before registering for any 300-level course.
|ENGL-300 Russian Literature: From Gogol To Chekhov||3|
|ENGL-307 Medieval Studies- The Development Of The Arthurian Legend||3|
|ENGL-308 English Literature From Beowulf To Malory||3|
|ENGL-314 Chaucer And His Age||3|
|ENGL-316 Forms Of Poetry||3|
|ENGL-368 American Realism||3|
|ENGL-376 Advanced Composition||3|
|ENGL-377 Argumentative Prose||3|
|ENGL-381 African-American Literature||3|
|ENGL-410 Literary Methods And Practice||3|
|ENGL-430 Studies In Literary Criticism||3|
|Two American literature courses at the 400 level||6|
|Three British literature courses at the 400 level||9|
|Two electives chosen from 300-level (only those approved for graduate degree credit) and/or 400-level courses||6|
|Thesis Hours - (or Two additional 400-level courses)||6|
|ENGL-433 Seminar In Composition Theory||3|
|ENGL-435 Writing Assessment: Theory And Practice||3|
|Core Electives 1||18|
|Select six of the following:|
|ENGL-410 Literary Methods And Practice|
|ENGL-430 Studies In Literary Criticism|
|ENGL-431 Bibliography And Research In English|
|ENGL-432 Alternative Literacies|
|ENGL-434 Seminar In Basic Writing Theory|
|ENGL-436 Rhetorics Of Composition|
|ENGL-437 English Studies And Technology|
|ENGL-438 Research In Composition|
|Literature: any 400-level or graduate approved 300-level course|
|ENGL-316 Forms Of Poetry|
|ENGL-376 Advanced Composition|
|ENGL-377 Argumentative Prose|
|ENGL-482 Contemporary Poetic Forms|
|See advisor to choose TESL or LING courses relevant to your career goals.|
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Last updated July 10, 2017