LIBERAL & FINE ARTS

MASTER OF SCIENCE IN LIBERAL STUDIES

        The Master of Science degree with a major in Liberal Studies requires 36 semester hours of graduate study consisting of 12 courses. The student must meet academic requirements set by the University for a master of science degree and complete one area of emphasis, one course in research, and elective courses. The area of emphasis will be noted on the transcript. Eighteen hours constitute an area of emphasis. Departments may require some prerequisite courses for the area of emphasis. Selected courses in some disciplines may not be available for this degree for reasons of licensure or certification. The student should consult his/her academic advisor in developing the area of emphasis.

        Degree program requirements:

Graduate hours in the field of emphasis   18

Research course at the graduate level (must be approved by department offering emphasis) 

3
Electives (graduate hours outside the emphasis area) 15
Total  
36 hours

       A student pursuing the Master of Science in Liberal Studies must successfully complete the comprehensive exam in the field of emphasis. The field of emphasis may be business, criminal justice, or psychology.

Department of English & Languages

MASTER OF ARTS IN ENGLISH

        Graduate studies in English are designed to continue, enrich, and enhance education in literature, rhetoric, and language. The Department of English and Languages offers the Master of Arts with a thesis and non-thesis track. The thesis track is designed primarily for students planning a career in college teaching; this track also prepares students to continue graduate studies toward the doctorate in English. The non-thesis track is designed primarily for students planning to continue their teaching careers at the secondary level. Students should choose between these two tracks according to their individual needs and goals.

        To gain full admission to a master's program in English, students should have an undergraduate major in English and a minimum of 14 undergraduate hours (or the equivalent) in one foreign language. Those who lack the necessary background will be required to complete appropriate undergraduate leveling work. The departmental graduate admissions committee reviews transcripts and determines the nature and amount of leveling required. Students should take no more than six hours of graduate classes before completing leveling requirements.

        The department head will assist students in selecting courses, establishing a graduate committee, and deciding between the thesis and non-thesis tracks. Once the student has selected a committee made up of three departmental graduate faculty members, the committee head will serve as the student's graduate advisor. The advisor will assist the student in developing a degree plan and will oversee the thesis (for thesis track) or directed reading (for non-thesis track). Students choosing the thesis track must also receive approval from the graduate admissions committee.

MASTER OF ARTS DEGREE IN ENGLISH - THESIS TRACK

      The MA in English with thesis requires 36 semester hours of graduate English credit. All students must complete English 5983 (Methods of Bibliography and Research Analysis). Students also complete departmental courses in the four following categories: 1) American literature, 2) British literature, 3) rhetoric or composition, 4) other. Students may take one English 5863 (Special Problems) course; typically this course is taken the semester before the thesis and used to develop the thesis subject.

        A written comprehensive examination (see below) must be taken and passed before students begin formal work on the thesis. When other requirements are completed, students enroll in 6 hours of English 5883 (Thesis) and complete the thesis according to the standards and policies determined by the English department and the College of Graduate Studies. An oral defense of the thesis is required.

MASTER OF ARTS DEGREE IN ENGLISH - NON-THESIS TRACK

      The MA in English without thesis requires 36 semester hours of graduate credit. All students must complete English 5983 (Methods of Bibliography and Research Analysis) and 5803 (Studies in the Teaching of Composition). Students also complete departmental courses in the three following categories: 1) American literature, 2) British literature, 3) other (courses in areas other than American and British literature or Rhetoric and Composition). Students also complete one research-based course in directed readings (English 5863 Special Problems) as the culmination of the graduate course work.

        Students on the non-thesis track may select up to six hours of graduate courses in an outside area (such as history or education) with the guidance and approval of the graduate advisor and the department head.

COMPREHENSIVE EXAMINATION

      The written comprehensive examination is required of all students. This examination will be constructed, administered, and evaluated by the student's graduate committee. The committee consists of three members of the graduate English faculty. Non-thesis track students who choose to complete six hours of their course work in a field other than English must include on the committee an additional graduate faculty member from the outside area. An additional question pertaining to the outside specialization will be included on the examination.

        If the student's performance is judged to be unsatisfactory, the committee may require the student to retake the examination. The committee may also stipulate additional course work in areas of perceived weakness as a prerequisite.

Department of Social Sciences

MASTER OF ARTS DEGREE IN HISTORY

        The Master of Arts (MA) in History is offered through the Department of Social Sciences. Two tracks are available to students: 1) thesis, and 2) non-thesis. This degree is designed to expand and enrich a student's knowledge of history and to develop research, writing, and analytical abilities in United States, European, and world history. This degree will help to prepare students who wish to pursue further graduate study for a PhD degree or to improve their teaching abilities.

        To gain full admission to the MA program, students must first meet the general requirements for admission to the College of Graduate Studies and hold an under-graduate degree with a history major or 24 hours in history. Those students who lack the necessary undergraduate preparation will be required to complete up to 24 hours of appropriate leveling work. The department head in consultation with the graduate history advisor will review the student's transcript to determine the nature and amount of leveling work and will assist the student in establishing a graduate advisory committee. The graduate history advisor will also assist the student in selecting either the thesis or non-thesis track. Students must have the approval of the department head to change tracks once they have completed 24 hours of course work.

MASTER OF ARTS DEGREE IN HISTORY – THESIS TRACK

      The MA in History (thesis track) requires 36 hours of approved course work, including HIST 5983 (Historiography and Historical Method), one research course (HIST 5203, 5323, or 5423), and 6 hours of HIST 5883 (Thesis). In consultation with the graduate history advisor and the student's thesis advisor, a student may take 12 hours in an appropriate supporting field. The student must take course work in United States and non-United States history.

        Each thesis track student in history must demonstrate proficiency in at least one foreign language prior to the awarding of the MA Degree. Proficiency will be measured either by the successful completion (with a C or better) of 14 hours in a single foreign language (either on the undergraduate or graduate level) or by obtaining a passing score on a standardized foreign language exam.

        Each thesis track student will take a written comprehensive examination after completing 24 hours of course work and before registering for HIST 5883 (Thesis). The examination, based on course work submitted for the MA degree, will be constructed, administered, and evaluated by the student's graduate advisory committee. If the examination result is unsatisfactory, the student will be allowed to retake the comprehensive examination one additional time. Additional course work in areas of weakness may be required.

        Each thesis track student will complete a thesis under the direction of a thesis advisor, who will chair the student's graduate advisory committee. The student will not begin work on the thesis prior to completion of 24 hours of course work and will enroll in Thesis (HIST 5883) only with prior approval of the department head and graduate history advisor. The thesis will be prepared in accordance with the general procedures specified by the College of Graduate Studies. Upon completion of the thesis, the student will sit for an oral defense before a committee composed of her/his graduate advisory committee and a representative from the Graduate College. Under special circumstances, the thesis advisor, in consultation with the graduate history advisor and the Dean of the College of Graduate Studies, may modify this requirement.

MASTER OF ARTS DEGREE IN HISTORY – NON-THESIS TRACK

      The MA degree in History (non-thesis track) requires a minimum of 36 hours of approved course work, including HIST 5983 (Historiography and Historical Method) and one research course (HIST 5203, 5323, or 5423). In consultation with the graduate history advisor, a student may take 12 hours in an appropriate supporting field. The student must take course work in United States and non-United States history.

        Each non-thesis track student in history must demonstrate proficiency in at least one foreign language prior to the awarding of the MA Degree. Proficiency will be measured either by the successful completion (with a C or better) of 14 hours in a single foreign language (either on the undergraduate or graduate level) or by obtaining a passing score on a standardized foreign language exam.

        A written comprehensive examination will be administered after the student has completed course work, or during the semester of anticipated graduation. The examination, based on course work submitted for the MA degree plan, will be constructed, administered, and evaluated by the student's graduate advisory committee. If the result of the examination is unsatisfactory, the student will be allowed to retake the comprehensive examination one additional time. Additional course work in areas of weakness may be required.

MASTER OF ARTS DEGREE IN POLITICAL SCIENCE

      The Master of Arts (MA) in Political Science is offered through the Department of Social Sciences. Two tracks are available for students: thesis and non-thesis. This degree strongly emphasizes research and analysis in political science, administrative theory, and governmental institutions as preparation for those students planning additional graduate study at the doctoral level.

        To gain full admission to the MA program, students must first meet the general requirements for admission to the College of Graduate Studies and hold an undergraduate degree in political science (government). Those who lack the necessary undergraduate preparation will be required to complete appropriate leveling work. The department head in consultation with the graduate political science advisor will review the student's transcript to determine the nature and amount of leveling work and will assist students in establishing a graduate advisory committee.

MASTER OF ARTS DEGREE IN POLITICAL SCIENCE – THESIS TRACK

      The MA in Political Science requires 36 hours of approved course work. Each student may choose up to 12 hours in appropriate supporting work, which, if in a single specific field, may be declared a minor. Flexibility according to student need and interest will be permitted in the selection of specific course work.

        Each thesis track student must demonstrate proficiency in at least one foreign language prior to the awarding of the MA degree. Proficiency will be measured either by the successful completion (with a C or better) of 14 hours in a single foreign language (either as an undergraduate or graduate student) or by obtaining a passing score on a standardized foreign language exam.

        Each thesis track student will take a written comprehensive examination after completing 24 hours of course work and before registering for POLS 5883 (Thesis). The examination, based on course work submitted for the MA degree plan, will be constructed, administered, and evaluated by the student’s graduate advisory committee. If the examination result is unsatisfactory, the student will be allowed to retake the comprehensive examination one additional time. Additional course work in areas of weakness may be required.

        Each thesis track student will complete a thesis under the direction of a thesis advisor, who will chair the student’s graduate advisory committee. The student will not begin work on the thesis prior to completion of 24 hours of course work and will enroll in Thesis (POLS 5883) only with prior approval of the department head and graduate political science advisor. The thesis will be prepared in accordance with the general procedures specified by the College of Graduate Studies. Upon completion of the thesis, the student will sit for an oral defense before a committee composed of his/her graduate advisory committee and a representative for the Graduate College. Under special circumstances, the thesis advisor, in consultation with the graduate political science advisor and the Dean of the College of Graduate Studies, may modify these requirements.

MASTER OF ARTS DEGREE IN POLITICAL SCIENCE – NON-THESIS

      The Master of Arts Degree (non-thesis track) requires a minimum of 36 hours of approved course work. In consultation with the graduate political science advisor, a student may take 12 hours in an appropriate supporting field.

        Each non-thesis track student will demonstrate proficiency in at least one foreign language prior to the awarding of the MA degree. Proficiency will be measured either by the successful completion (with a C or better) of 14 hours in a single foreign language (either as an undergraduate or graduate student) or by obtaining a passing score on a standardized foreign language exam.

        A written comprehensive examination will be administered after the student has completed course work, or during the semester of anticipated graduation. The examination, based on course work submitted for the MA degree plan, will be constructed, administered, and evaluated by the student's graduate advisory committee. If the result of the examination is unsatisfactory, the student will be allowed to retake the comprehensive examination one additional time. Additional course work in areas of weakness may be required.

Department of Social Work, Sociology, & Criminal Justice

MASTER OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE

      The Master of Criminal Justice with an emphasis in Criminal Justice Administration prepares personnel for administrative positions in the police, corrections, juvenile, and judicial systems. The objectives of the program are based upon the assumption that criminal justice decision and policy making in society require broad academic experience, innovative thinking, understanding of the theoretical foundations of the field, knowledge of appropriate research methods, and principles of administration. The major focus is to demonstrate that criminal justice in the United States and the problems associated with crime and delinquency must be viewed within the context of the larger society rather than as an isolated system. The program includes analysis of the major elements within criminal justice as related elements in a system in which decisions regarding crime and justice in one sphere may have consequences in other spheres.

        Graduates are expected to be

  1. conversant with the theoretical and legal principles implicit in criminal justice administration;
  2. knowledgeable about essential research contributions in the field;
  3. capable of research analysis appropriate to the field; and
  4. competent to assume administrative responsibilities involving decision making in one of the areas of criminal justice administration.
Core Courses:   Hours

C J 5003 or PSY 5003 

3

C J 5013, 5103, 5403, 5983, 5993 

15

From C J 5043, 5083, 5093, 5203 

3
Concentration Courses  

From C J 5043, 5053, 5083, 5093, 5143, 5153, 5203, 5213, 5223, 5863*  

6

Electives, as advised  

9

* No more than 6 hours credit allowed for C J 5863.

COMPREHENSIVE EXAMS

      All students must successfully complete comprehensive exams in the areas of criminological theory, research methods, and one specialty area. The student must complete the 18 hours of core requirements and at least nine hours of concentration courses, including electives, to be eligible to take comps. To sit for the comprehensive examinations, students must apply through their advisor and receive approval from the program area chair and department head at least one month prior to taking the exams. Comprehensive exams will be offered the last Friday in the months of October, February, and June each year.

        Students who fail the comprehensive exams must retake only the section or sections failed. Students may retake the exam for the failed area the next time the exams are offered, or sooner by special arrangement made through their academic advisor. Students who fail the exam the second time will not be allowed a third attempt except by appeal to the department head. No student may take the failed portion more than three times. Students who are unable to satisfactorily complete the required comprehensive exams will be dropped from the program.

        Additional information about procedures for the comprehensive examinations is available from the academic advisor or program area chair.