A minimum of thirty hours of coursework (excluding the dissertation and, for certain students, the prerequisite Bibliographical Methods in English) is required beyond the M.A. Academic good standing is maintained with a 3.5 average in the coursework. Fulltime enrollment is normally three or four courses per semester. In summers, students may enroll for one or two courses for each of the two five week summer sessions. The thirty hours (normally ten courses each, carrying three semester hours of credit) includes a number of requirements, discussed in detail below.
ENGL 674 Bibliographical Methods may be required of students whose backgrounds indicate that they will need additional preparation in order to perform satisfactorily in doctoral level courses. Bibliographical Methods is usually required for students who have not had such a course at the Masters level. This course is taken in addition to the 30 semester hours required by the program.
A. Core Courses (6 s.h.) — both courses required
These courses form the basis of much later work. While not prerequisites for other courses, they should be taken early in the program.
ENGL 751 The History and Theory of Criticism
ENGL 752 Literary Theory for the Teacher and Scholarly Writer
The aims of the core courses are:
B. Elective Courses (9 s.h.)
These courses in Traditional and Special Literatures focus on specific areas, topics, and theoretical approaches. Students can expect to take major roles in preparing materials for the class. Research papers are also expected. There are requirements in both categories of courses.
I. Courses in Traditional Literature (6 s.h.) - choose two courses
ENGL 761 Topics in American Literature before 1870
ENGL 762 Topics in American Literature since 1870
ENGL 763 Topics in British Literature before 1660
ENGL 764 Topics in British Literature since 1660
ENGL 765 Topics in Literature as Genre
ENGL 766 Topics in Comparative Literature
These courses have several objectives:
II. Courses in Special Literatures (3 s.h.) — choose one course
ENGL 771 Topics in Postmodern Literature
ENGL 772 Topics in Women's Literature
ENGL 773 Topics in Minority Literatures
The aims of these courses are:
C. Seminars (6 s.h.) — choose two courses
The seminars incorporate literary approaches and scholarly techniques learned in earlier courses. They are designed to be taken at the end of the student's program. The development of a research project resulting in a paper suitable for publication or presentation is an element of all seminars.
ENGL 783 Literary Theory Applied to a Major American Author or Theme
ENGL 784 Literary Theory Applied to a Major British Author or Theme
ENGL 785 Comparative Literary Theory Applied to Traditional and Special Literatures
The aims of these seminars are:
D. Open Electives (6 s.h.) — choose three courses
In addition to the above requirements of seven courses (21 semester hours of credit), three additional courses offered by the Program (for 9 semester hours of credit) may be selected as electives.
Total Course Credit Hours: 30
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