MA Literature Requirements

Plan A: 32 credits (Thesis)*

Fall, year one   (9 credits) **
E600A
E615
E 5XXX or E 6XX

 

Spring, year one (9 credits)
E 635
E 5XX or E 6XX
3 credit extra-departmental class in field of interest at 300-600 level***
Fall, year two  (9 credits)
E 5XX or E 6XX  (pre 20th c.)
E 5XX or E 6XX
3 credits of 695 (thesis)
Spring, year two  (6 credits)
E 5XX or E 6XX
3 credits of 695 (thesis)Defend thesis by late March

 

*This schedule gives you 33 credits

** If you are a GTA, you must register for E607A in the fall of your first year and E684 in the spring. In the fall of your first year, E607 will count as your E5XX or E6XX course. E 684 is not a formal class. A maximum of six credits of E607A, E684 and E687 [internship] combined can count toward an MA degree.

***If your undergraduate major was something other than English, this requirement can be waived.

 


 

Plan B: 35 credits (Project)

Fall, year one   (9 credits) **
E 600A
E 615
E 5XX or E 6XX

 

Spring, year one (9 credits)
E 635
E 5XX or E 6XX
3 credit extra-departmental class in field of interest at 300-600 level***
Fall, year two  (9 credits)
E 5XX or E 6XX  (pre 20th c.)
E 5XX or E 6XX
E 5XX or E 6XX
Spring, year two  (8 credits)
E 5XX or E 6XX
E 5XX or E 6XX
2 credits of 698 (project)Defend project by late March

 

** If you are a GTA, you must register for E607A in the fall of your first year and E684 in the spring. In the fall of your first year, E607 will count as your E5XX or E6XX course. E 684 is not a formal class. A maximum of six credits of E607A, E684 and E687 [internship] combined can count toward an MA degree.

***If your undergraduate major was something other than English, this requirement can be waived.

 


 

Important Notes:

  • E 600A and E 615 are only offered in the fall; we recommend that you take these in the first semester of the program.
  • E 635 is only offered in the spring and has E 615 as a prerequisite.
  • For detailed timelines, please see “Guidelines for the Research and Writing of the M.A. Thesis in Literature” and “Guidelines for the Research and Writing of the M.A. Project in Literature”
  • The following courses are focused on literary criticism:

 

 E 505 A-C: Major Authors  E 630 A-D: Special Topics in Literature
 E 506 A-C: Literature Survey  E 631: Crossing Boundaries

 

Literature Graduate Faculty: