The Master of Arts Program
THE GRADUATE FACULTY OF THE DEPARTMENT OF ENGLISH
Dr. Nancy Atkinson, Dr. Cynthia Burkhead (Chair), Dr. Vince Brewton, Mr. Daryl Brown, Dr. Matthew Duques, Ms. Anita Garner, Dr. Kelli Latchaw, , Dr. Nick Mauriello, Dr. Lisa Minor, Dr. Lesley Peterson, Dr. Katie Owens-Murphy, Dr. Cheryl Price, Dr. Brenna Wardell, Dr. Tammy Winner
In addition to the general requirements for admission to graduate studies, admission to the Master of Arts in English degree program also requires:
1. Preparation: Applicants must hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution and have at least 24 semester hours in English above the 200 level. A Graduate Admission Committee will review each application; consequently, all applications and supporting documents must be submitted to the Office of Admissions of the University in accordance with submission deadlines established by that office.
2. Scholastic Achievement: A minimum of 2.75 GPA on a 4.0 scale in all previous undergraduate and graduate coursework.
3. Test Scores: Submission of satisfactory scores on either the GRADUATE RECORD EXAM (General Test) or the MILLER ANALOGIES TEST. Students who seek admission to the program must receive a minimum of 286 on the combined Verbal and Quantitative portions of the GRE or a minimum 388 on the MAT.
4. Letters of Recommendation: Three letters of recommendation to be sent to Graduate Admissions and Services, University of North Alabama.
1. Applicants who satisfy all requirements for unconditional admission except for the minimum scholastic (grade) requirement but who have an overall grade point average of 2.0 or better (4.0) may be admitted on conditional status subject to attainment of grades which include no more that three semester hours of C and no grades lower than C on the first three graduate courses (nine semester hours) for which enrolled.
Important Dates and Deadlines
Application for Candidacy: immediately after the completion of twelve hours, the student must complete and submit the Application for Candidacy form.
Master of Arts in English Program of Study Checksheet. The student must complete the checksheet at the same time at the Application for Candidacy.
Comprehensive Examinations will be given no later than one month prior to the beginning of final examinations. (Comprehensive Examinations are generally not given in the summer term.) Students must enroll in EN 696 Comprehensive Examination for the term in which the exam is to be taken.
Proposal for the Thesis: the thesis proposal must be submitted by midterm of the semester prior to enrolling in EN 690: Thesis. See the schedule of classes for the specific date for that semester.
The final approved thesis must be submitted two weeks prior to the first day of final examinations. The thesis must be completed within two calendar years of enrollment in EN 690: Thesis.
Independent Study: Students must complete and submit an Independent Study Request Form during the semester before which they plan to enroll in Independent Study. Permission of the department chair required.
Application for Graduation: consult the current catalog and schedule of classes for university deadlines.
Students should meet regularly with their assigned advisor. When the Application for Admission for Candidacy is complete and submitted, the Director of Graduate Studies will assign the student a major academic advisor.
DEGREE AND PROGRAM PLANS
Master of Arts in English Degree a minimum of 36 semester hours of credit, to include the following core and options:
Core Courses of Study . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
EN 601 Introduction to Graduate Studies: Bibliography and Research (3)
EN 655 Literary Criticism (3)
Students should take the core courses as early as possible in their program, but must complete them by the time they have taken 18 hours of coursework.
Students must take a minimum of 18 semester hours of literature courses, not including the core classes. At least 15 of those hours must be in the student's area of concentration, e.g. British or American literature.
Elective Courses of Study.......................12
THESIS OPTION: Students choosing the Thesis Option must complete EN 690 Thesis (6) in addition to the core and 24 additional semester hours
from among courses of instruction listed below.
Thesis Proposal: Students choosing this option must submit a thesis proposal no later than mid-term of the semester prior to enrolling in EN 690 Thesis.
Thesis Defense: Students choosing the Thesis Option must enroll in EN 695 Thesis Defense during the term in which they complete the thesis.
NON-THESIS OPTION: Students choosing the Non-Thesis Option must complete 30 hours from among courses of instruction listed below
in addition to the core, excluding EN 690.
Comprehensive Examination: Students choosing Non-Thesis Option must enroll in EN 696 Comprehensive Examination, at the appropriate time
and must successfully complete a comprehensive examination.
At least 50% of the coursework required to complete the selected option must be earned at the 600 level.
NON-THESIS AND THESIS OPTIONS
Directed Readings (EN 699): This course of study is not required but may be taken as
an elective in preparation for the Comprehensive Examination. Not available to student choosing the Thesis Option.
Prerequisites: 1. Completion of at least 27 hours at the graduate level in English. 2. Department approval
1. Directed Readings must be taken at least one semester prior to taking the
Comprehensive Exam. The Comprehensive Exam cannot be taken during the same semester as Directed Readings.
2. Directed Readings will not be offered during the summer term.
3. Students must choose one of four time periods: American Literature to 1865; American Literature, 1865 to the present;
British Literature to the Restoration; British Literature, the Restoration to the present.
4. The reading list should cover twenty to twenty-five works with no more than half of those works in a particular concentration.
5. A student cannot concentrate on a particular genre or author.
6. Suggested evaluation: The student will be required to write a minimum of twenty detailed analytical summaries
of the materials read and, at the end of the course of study, submit an 8-10 page paper providing an overview
of the reading. Other means of evaluation may be decided upon through consultation with the instructor.
The Comprehensive Examinations will be scheduled no later than one month prior to the beginning of final examinations. Students should check with the departmental secretary for the specific date and time for the examination. (Comprehensive Exams are not given during the summer term.)
1. A thesis proposal must be submitted and approved prior to enrolling in EN 690 Thesis.
2. The thesis must be completed and submitted at least two weeks prior to the beginning of final examinations. Students should check with the departmental
secretary for the specific date.
3. The thesis committee will consist of the director and a second reader selected by the thesis director in consultation with the student.
4. Two bound copies of the approved thesis will be required, one for Collier Library and one for the department.
5. The final approved thesis must be submitted two weeks prior to the first day of final examinations.
6. The student must enroll in EN 695 Thesis Defense during the term in which the thesis is completed.
1. A thesis should reflect original, substantive research in the student's area of interest. Since a thesis will reflect the professional interests of the student, it may vary in the approach it takes, but it should be a minimum of sixty pages.
2. A thesis counts for six graduate credits.
3. The student's advisor will supervise the thesis; and in consultation with the student, will select the Second Reader for the thesis.
4. The proposal (2-3 pages, typewritten, double-spaced) must be approved by the advisor and the second reader. It should contain the following:
- a review of literature relative to the proposed thesis topic,
- a description of projected work, to include a chapter-by-chapter layout
- a statement of purpose focusing the student's idea and explaining what he / she expects to accomplish,
5. After the proposal is approved, the student should establish a schedule of meetings with the advisor.
6. Two copies of the approved thesis must be submitted to the Chair, Department of English, 113 Willingham Hall.
All pages 8 1/2 X 11 inches, archival paper
Type used must be consistent, Times New Roman 12 pitch
Double-spaced throughout the entire document
One and one-half inch left margin, one inch for all other margins. All text, including page numbers, must fit within margins.
Abstract, no longer than 600 words, containing a chapter by chapter summary of the thesis.
Table of Contents, including a comprehensive listing of chapter headings and sub-headings.
Body of thesis
Citations, references, and grammar in accordance with guidelines in the MLA Handbook (current edition).
Cover page; ( Sample title page)
COURSES OF INSTRUCTION
EN 501. Chaucer. 3 semester hours.
The major and minor works of Chaucer, including The Canterbury Tales and Troilus and Creseyde. (Fall, even-numbered years)
EN 502. Milton. 3 semester hours.
Although some prose works are studied, the emphasis is on John Milton as a poet, with special attention to Paradise Lost. (Fall, 0dd-numbered years)
EN 505. African-American Literature. 3 semester hours.
An investigation of the development of African-American literature from the earliest works to the present. Critical examination of selected writers of poetry, drama, fiction, and non-fiction. (Fall, odd-numbered years)
EN 541. History of the English Language. 3 semester hours.
Development of the English language and of modern English usage. (Fall; Summer, odd-numbered years)
EN 542. Survey of Grammar. 3 semester hours.
A survey of approaches to English grammar based on approaches now used in most school texts. Prerequisite: EN 441
or written permission of department chair. (Spring, odd-numbered years; Summer, even-numbered years)
EN 543. Instruction of Composition. 3 semester hours.
Approaches to and practice in the instruction of English composition. (Fall, odd-numbered years; Spring)
EN 550. Studies in American Folklore. 3 semester hours.
Sources, backgrounds, and morphology of American folklore. Emphasis is given to research methods and to fieldwork. (Spring, even-numbered years)
EN 551. The American Novel. 3 semester hours
From the beginning of the American novel to the twentieth century. (Spring, even numbered years)
EN 552. The American Novel. 3 semester hours
Intensive study of the works of selected American authors. (Offered on sufficient demand)
EN 553. The English Novel. 3 semester hours.
Representative works in the development of the English novel.(Spring, even-numbered years)
EN 554. The English Novel. 3 semester hours
Intense study of selected English authors.(Offered on sufficient demand)
EN 556. Advanced Creative Writing. 3 semester hours
A practical approach to literary techniques and writing for publication with special emphasis on structure, theme, and characterization. Class discussion with be supplemented by conferences with the instructor. Prerequisite: EN 455. (Spring, even-numbered years)
EN 560. Literature of the American Frontier 3 semester hours
An examination of the literature of the American frontier, beginning with authors such as James Fenimore Cooper and moving forward to modern writers such as Cormac McCarthy. Emphasis is on the changing perspective of the frontier as it progressed from the East coast to the West.
EN 565. Contemporary Poetry. 3 semester hours.
Extensive reading in the works of the contemporary British and American poets, with emphasis on their relation to the literary traditions of the past and their innovations and experiments in matter and form. (Spring, even-numbered years)
EN 572W. Rhetoric: Argument and Style. 3 semester hours.
Examination of the ideas in writing and speech from classical Greek origins to modern times, with a focus on composition and on analysis of essays and speeches. Also listed as COM 572W, but creditable only in the field for which registered. (Spring, odd-numbered years)
EN 594. Selected Topics in Film Studies. 3 semester hours.
A study of a selected period or subject in film. Topics might include censorship in cinema; women in film; avant-garde cinema; national cinemas; film movements, spirituality in film; race and cinema; film rhetoric; or adaptation. (Spring, odd-numbered years or on sufficient demand)
EN 595. Selected Topics in Writing. 3 semester hours.
Concentrated study in specific areas of written composition. (Offered on sufficient demand)
EN 596. Selected Topics in English Literature. 3 semester hours.
Concentrated study in specific narrow areas of English literature. (Spring, odd-numbered years, if sufficient demand)
EN 597. Selected Topics in American Literature. 3 semester hours.
Concentrated study in narrow areas of American literature. (Fall, even-numbered years, if sufficient demand)
EN 598. Selected Topics in Literature. 3 semester hours.
Concentrated study in specific narrow areas of world literature. (Spring, even-numbered years, if sufficient demand)
EN 601. Introduction to Graduate Studies: Bibliography and Research. 3 semester hours.
Emphasis on contemporary methods and aims of literary research; special readings designed to familiarize students with a wide range of available source materials and research techniques. Required of students seeking a Master's degree in English. (Fall)
EN 611. Studies in American Literature to 1855. 3 semester hours.
Selected major authors in American literature, including Emerson, Thoreau, Whitman, Poe, Hawthorne, and Melville.
EN 612. Studies in American Literature 1855 to 1910. 3 semester hours.
Selected major authors in American literature between 1855 and the advent of World War I, including such writers as Twain, Crane, Norris, Wharton, and DuBois.
EN 613. Studies in American Literature 1910 to 1950. 3 semester hours.
Selected major authors in American literature from World War I to the beginning of the Post-World-War II era, including such writers as Faulkner, Hemingway, Eliot, and Wright.
EN 614. Studies in American Literature 1950 to present. 3 semester hours.
Selected major authors in American literature from 1950 through the contemporary period.
EN 620. English Literature Before 1500. 3 semester hours.
The political, social, and intellectual aspects of the Medieval period as reflected in the major literary works.
EN 621. English Literature: Renaissance to Restoration. 3 semester hours.
The political, social, and intellectual aspects of seventeenth-century England as reflected in the major literary works.
EN 622. Early Modern Drama Excluding Shakespeare. 3 semester hours.
Selected major authors in Early Modern drama, excluding Shakespeare, form 1540-1800.
EN 623. Shakespeare. 3 semester hours.
Intense study of selected poetry and plays of William Shakespeare approached from a variety
of perspectives, including but not limited to historical, theoretical, critical, or generic
EN 630. Jane Austen and the Romantic Novel. 3 semester hours.
Study of the novels of Jane Austen and her contemporaries.
EN 631. English Literature: Restoration and Eighteenth Century. 3 semester hours.
The political, social, and intellectual aspects of England from the Restoration to the publication of Lyrical Ballads, as reflected in the major literary works.
EN 632. Romantic Poetry and Prose. 3 semester hours.
An overview of Romanticism in English with readings from the expanding Romantic canon and an introduction to recent scholarship and disputes.
EN 633. Modern and Contemporary English Literature. 3 semester hours.
Intensive study of major English writers since World War I.
EN 634. Victorian Poetry and Prose. 3 semester hours
Examination of Victorian novels, essays, and poems.
EN 641. English Linguistics. 3 semester hours.
Analysis of contemporary American English: syntax, phonology, morphology. Traditional, structural, and transformational approaches.
EN 642. Cross-Linguistic Pragmatics. 3 semester hours.
A study in the analysis of similarities and differences in linguistic forms and patterns across diverse cultures.
EN 653. Studies in the Novel. 3 semester hours.
The novel as a literary genre approached from a variety of perspectives, including but not limited to generic, historical, theoretical, and single-author approaches. Course content varies.
EN 655. Literary Criticism. 3 semester hours.
Major critical trends in literary theory, with emphasis on criticism since 1945, including structuralist, cultural materialist, deconstructive, and feminist approaches to literature. Exploration of these theories and analysis of selected works of literature. Required of students seeking a Master's degree in English. (Spring)
EN 690. Thesis. 6 semester hours.
Selection of a research problem, review of pertinent literature, collection and analysis of data, and composition of a defensible thesis. Prerequisite: permission of the Director of Graduate Studies. (Fall, Spring, Summer)
EN 695.Thesis Defense. 0 Credit Hours
Orientation to and administration of a thesis defense for the MA in English program. A non-credit course required of all candidates for the thesis option. The course is to be taken in the last term in which the student is expected to complete all other program requirements. A grade of 'S' indicating satisfactory performance or a grade of 'U' for unsatisfactory performance will be recorded on the transcript. A grade of 'S' is required for graduation; the course may be repeated once. Prerequisite: student must have completed all other program requirements or be enrolled in the last course for program completion.
EN 696. Comprehensive Examination. 0 semester hours
Orientation to and administration of a written comprehensive examination for the M. A. in English program. A non-credit course required of all candidates for the Non-Thesis option. The course is to be taken the term in which the student expects to complete all other program requirements, or the term immediately thereafter. A grade of "S" indicating satisfactory performance or a grade of "U" for unsatisfactory will be recorded on the transcript. A grade of "S" is required for graduation; the course may be repeated once. Prerequisite: student must have completed all other program requirements or be enrolled in the last course(s) for program completion. (Offered: Fall, Spring).
EN 697. Independent Study. 3 semester hours
Independent study or research under departmental determination, supervision, and evaluation. A student may take no more that two independent study courses. Prerequisite: permission of chair of the department. (Fall, Spring, Summer)
EN 698. Selected Topics in Literature. 3 semester hours.
Study in a specific author, genre, or time period. Focus may be English literature, American literature, literature of the western world, or other areas of world literature.
EN 699. Directed Readings and Research. 3 semester hours.
Individually supervised reading and research in a literary period, genre, or author. Prerequisite: permission of the Director of Graduate Studies.(Fall, Spring)
READING LISTS FOR COMPREHENSIVE EXAMS
The reading lists provided are not exhaustive or absolute. Rather, they are designed as the basis for assigning readings and may be amended to fit the particular needs of the individual student. Students should consult closely with their advisor to determine the specific reading assignments and means of assessing the readings.
Areas of Concentration
American Literature to 1865
Of Plymouth Plantation
The History of New England
A Narrative of the Captivity andRestoration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson
Sinner in the Hands of an Angry God
The Declaration of Independence
Notes on the State of Virginia
The Age of Reason
St. Jean de Crevecoeur
Letters from an America Farmer
"House of Night"
Charles Brockden Brown
The Sketch Book
A Tour on the Prairies
James Fenimore Cooper
The Last of the Mohicans
William Cullen Bryant
Ralph Waldo Emerson
The Great Lawsuit
The Scarlet Letter
The House of Seven Gables
Selected short fiction
Edgar Allan Poe
Selected short stories
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Henry David Thoreau
Resistance to Civil Government
Harriett Beecher Stowe
Uncle Tom's Cabin
Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
Narrative of the Life of Frederick
Leaves of Grass
"Bartleby, The Scrivener"
Rebecca Harding David
Live in the Iron Mills
American Literature 1865 to Present
William Dean Howells
The Rise of Silas Lapham
A Traveler from Altruria
Criticism and Fiction
The Celebrated Jumping Frog
of Calaveras County
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court
Puddn head Wilson
A Turn of the Screw
The Real Thing and Other Tales
The Portrait of a Lady
"The Art of Fiction"*
Regionalists / Local Color Writers
(Selected pieces from the following)
George Washing Cable
Sarah Orne Jewett
Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
Joel Chandler Harris
Boy Life on the Prairie
The Education of Henry Adams
The Souls of Black Folks
Vandover and the Brute
"A Plea for Romantic Fiction"*
Maggie: A Girl of the Streets
The Red Badge of Courage*
War Is Kind (poetry)
Selected short stories
The Call of the Wild
The Song of the Lark
The Hairy Ape
Desire Under the Elms*
The Iceman Cometh
Long Day's Journey into Night*
F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Great Gatsby
Tender Is the Night
The Sound and the Fury
Intruder in the Dust
The Sun Also Rises
In Our Time
Old Man and the Sea
A Farewell to Arms
For Whom the Bell Tolls
Hemingway Collected Stories
The Grapes of Wrath*
To a God Unknown
Of Mice and Men
The Long Valley*
Uncle Tom's Children
The Optimist's Daughter
Selected short fiction
The Glass Menagerie
A Streetcar Named Desire
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Death of a Salesman
Katherine Anne Porter
A Good Man Is Hard to Find
The Violent Bear It Away
Song of Solomon
The Color Purple
Zora Neale Hurston
Their Eyes Were Watching God
(Be familiar with a wide variety of poems for the following authors)
William Carlos Williams
E. E. Cummings
From the beginning to the Restoration
The Ecclesiastical History of the
The Dream of the Rood
The Battle of Maldon
Late Medieval Period:
Geoffrey of Monmouth
History of the Kings of Britain
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
The Morte Darthur
Selections from English Mystery Plays (York, N-town, and Chester cycles)
Robin Hood and Other Outlaw Tales
The Book of Margery Kempe
Julian of Norwich
Selections from Showings
The Canterbury Tales
Vision of Piers Plowman (B)
Selected plays and sonnets (those not
covered in the Shakespeare course)
The Poems of Mary Wroth
The Defense of Poesie
Astrophil and Stella
The Reason of Church Government
Urged Against Prelaty
The Rover, and selected poems
The Blazing World and Other
The Faerie Queene (select books)
Stallybrass and White The Politics and Poetics of Transgression,
Greenblatt Shakespearean negotiations
Kastan and Stallybrass
Staging the Renaissance
Ferguson, Quilligan and Vickers
Rewriting the Renaissance
Wilcox Women and Literature in Britain: 1500-1700
Lee Patterson Negotiating the Past: The Historical Understanding of Medieval Literature
Stephen Knight Arthurian Literature and Society
Gabrielle Spiegel The Past as Text: The Theory and Practice of Medieval Historiography
Paul Strohm Social Chaucer
David Aers and Lynn Staley The Powers of the Holy: Religion, Politics, and Gender in Late Medieval English Culture
From Restoration to Present
The Country Wife
A Vindication of the Rights of
Woman (Norton Critical Edition)
Oroonoko and The Rover
Complete Poems of John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester
Turkish Embassy Letters
The Rape of the Lock
(Bedford Cultural Edition)
An Essay on Man
The Writings of Jonathan Swift
The Way of the World
Addison and Steele Selections
from The Spectator and The Tatler
Songs of Innocence and Experience
The Book of Thel
The Marriage of Heaven and Hell
The Four Zoas and Jerusalem
The Ring and the Book and representative poems
Childe Harold's Pilgrimage
Don Juan, and representative poems
selections from Biographia Literaria
TheRime of the Ancient Mariner, Christabel and representative poems
The six major odes, four narrative poems and selections from the letters
A Defense of Poetry
and representative poems
In Memoriam and representative poems
The Prelude and representative poems
Jude the Obscure
Arnold, Carlyle, Hazlitt, Mill, Ruskin, and Pater - representative essays
The Twentieth Century
Heart of Darkness
To the Lighthouse
A Room of One's Own
D. H. Lawrence
Sons and Lovers
Women in Love
one novel from Children of Violence sequence
Things Fall Apart
George Bernard Shaw
Mrs. Warren's Profession
Or another selection
Waiting for Godot
The Dumb Waiter
The Birthday Party
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead
W. B. Yeats
T. S. Eliot
The Waste Land
"The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock"
W. H. Auden
The Pound Era
The Struggle of the Modern
The Old Moderns
NAMES, NUMBERS, AND NOTES
English Department: 256.765.4238
English Department Fax: 256.765.4239
English Department E-mail: English@una.edu
English Department Webpage: http://www.una.edu/english/
Director of Graduate Studies: Dr. Kelly Latchaw