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Program Requirements

  • The courses offered in the Composition and Literature MA at IUP prepare students to excel in a variety of career choices, particularly teaching at the community-college level, or doctoral work. All classes in the Composition and Literature MA are offered in a traditional course format.

    Total Credit Hours: 30

    Below are the required courses for the Composition and Literature MA:  

    Theory and Methods Courses (9cr)

    ENGL 632: Composition Theory and Practice
    ENGL 674: Research Trends in English
    ENGL 676: Critical Approaches to Literature

    Pedagogy and Praxis Courses (6cr)

    Choose two

    ENGL 518: Adolescent Literature
    ENGL 614: Critical Pedagogy
    ENGL 730: Teaching Writing
    ENGL 757: Digital Composition, Literature, and Pedagogy
    ENGL 760: Teaching College Literature

    Literature Electives (6cr)

    Choose Two

    ENGL 757: Digital Composition, Literature, and Pedagogy
    ENGL 760: Teaching College Literature
    ENGL 761: Topics in American Literature Before 1870
    ENGL 762: Topics in American Literature After 1870
    ENGL 763: Topics in British Literature Before 1660
    ENGL 764: Topics in British Literature After 1660
    ENGL 765: Topics in Literature as Genre
    ENGL 766: Topics in Comparative Literature
    ENGL 771: Topics in Postmodern Literature
    ENGL 772: Topics in Women’s Literature
    ENGL 773: Topics in American or British Minority Literature

    Composition Electives (6cr)

    Choose Two

    ENGL 614: Critical Pedagogy
    ENGL 705: Language and Social Context
    ENGL 730: Teaching Writing
    ENGL 705: Language and Social Context
    ENGL 734: Linguistics and the English Teacher
    ENGL 742: Cross-Cultural Communication
    ENGL 754: World Englishes in Composition and Applied Linguistics
    ENGL 767: Research on Writing Centers and Writing Program Administration

    Capstone (3cr)

    ENGL 753: Literature as a Profession 
    OR
    ENGL 698: Internship (for Ed option)

    Additional Optional Credits (3cr)

    ENGL 795: Thesis

    Noncredit Requirements:

    • Proof of attendance at six professionalizing events
    • Minimum TOEFL (or equivalent) score of 560

    For general English course descriptions, please review the Graduate Catalog. For other related program information, please consult the Composition and Literature MA Handbook.

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