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Program Requirements

The courses offered in the Composition and Literature M.A. 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 M.A. are offered in a traditional course format.

Below are the required courses for the Composition and Literature M.A.:

Core Courses (15 credits)

All five courses are required:

ENGL 630: Research in Teaching Literacy and Literature
ENGL 632: Composition Theory and Practice
ENGL 674: Research Trends in English
ENGL 676:  Critical Approaches to Literature
ENGL 757: Digital Composition, Literature, and Pedagogy

Literature Required and Elective Courses (9 credits)


ENGL 760: Teaching College Literature

Choose one course:

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

Choose one course:

ENGL 765: Topics in Literature as a 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 Required and Elective Courses (9 credits)


ENGL 730: Teaching Writing

Choose two courses:

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

Open Electives (3 credits):

Choose one course:

Electives include three additional semester hours of electives approved by the M.A. program coordinator. Any M.A.-level course offered in composition or literature not already applied to a program requirement may be taken.  Up to three credit hours may be taken outside of the English Department.

Total Credit Hours: 36

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

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