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Program Requirements

  • The courses offered in the English in 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 English in Literature MA are offered in a traditional course format.

    Literature MA Checklist  

    Total Credit Hours: 30

    Below are the required courses for the English in Literature MA:

    Core Courses (9cr)

    ENGL 674: Research Trends in English
    ENGL 676: Critical Approaches to Literature
    ENGL 753: Literature as a Profession
    OR
    ENGL 698: Internship 

    Period Courses (total 9cr)

    Choose three courses

    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

    Courses in Approaches to the Literary Canon (3cr)

    Choose One Course

    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

    Literature Electives Choose (6cr)

    Choose Two Courses

    ENGL 518: Young Adult Literature
    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 After1660
    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

    Electives (total 3cr)

    Three semester hours approved by the MA in English Literature program director from other graduate offerings in Literature, courses in Composition and TESOL, or courses outside of the department in a related and appropriate field.

    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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