University of Vermont

2012-2013 Catalogue

English (Master of Arts)

Overview

The degree combines the history of literatures in English, from the Medieval period to the 21st century, with literary theory and cultural criticism. The department also has graduate faculty who specialize in Film and Television Studies and Rhetoric and Composition.

General Requirements

Specific Requirements

Requirements for Admission to Graduate Studies for the Degree of Master of Arts

An undergraduate major in English or its equivalent with evidence (in the form of transcripts, letters of recommendation, and writing sample) that the applicant’s undergraduate career has adequately prepared him or her for the particular demands of graduate study (please contact the director of Graduate Studies if you have questions regarding your preparedness for graduate-level study of English); satisfactory scores on the Graduate Record Examination (General test only); and demonstration of proficiency in writing (both by a statement of purpose detailing the applicant’s reasons for pursuing graduate study in English and by the writing sample).

Minimum Degree Requirements for the Degree of Master of Arts

Option A (Thesis): Completion of twenty-four credits of course work (normally eight courses), including ENGS 350 (Survey of Literary Theory and Criticism); ONE course from ENGS 320 (Studies in Literature to 1900); ONE course from ENGS 330 (Studies in 20th and 21st Century Literature); and ONE course from any of the other categories: ENGS 340 (Writing, Rhetoric and Composition), ENGS 360 (Advanced Theory), ENGS 370 (Film and Television Studies); and four additional courses. Students may take ONE 100- or 200-level course for graduate credit with approval of the course instructor, the director of Graduate Studies, and the Graduate College. (Please note that most English department Senior Seminars—course numbers 201-282—are pre-approved for graduate credit and are exempted from this restriction.) Candidates must also submit a relevant reading list, pass a four-hour written comprehensive exam based on it (GRAD 397), complete six additional credits by writing an acceptable thesis (ENGS 391), and defend the thesis successfully in a one-hour oral exam (GRAD 399).

Option B - Comprehensive (Non-Thesis): Completion of thirty credits of course work (normally ten courses), including ENGS 350 (Survey of Literary Theory and Criticism); ONE course from ENGS 320 (Studies in Literature to 1900); ONE course from ENGS 330 (Studies in 20th and 21st Century Literature); TWO courses from the other categories: ENGS 340 (Writing, Rhetoric and Composition), ENGS 360 (Advanced Theory), ENGS 370 (Film and Television Studies); and at least five additional courses. Students may take ONE 100- or 200-level course for graduate credit with approval of the course instructor, the director of Graduate Studies, and the Graduate College. (Please note that most English department Senior Seminars—course numbers 201-282—are pre-approved for graduate credit and are exempted from this restriction.) Candidates must submit three reading lists (covering three different areas of the discipline) and pass a four-hour written comprehensive exam based on them (GRAD 397).

Please note:

  1. All incoming Teaching Assistants are required to take ENGS 345 (Practicum in the Teaching of Writing). This three-credit course does count toward the requisite number of credits for course work (for both options), but it does not count for distribution requirements.
  2. The foreign language examination (GRAD 385) is NOT a degree requirement, but it is recommended, especially for students who might want to pursue a Ph.D.; students can also complete GRAD 385 through approved course work.

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