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M.A. Thesis and non-Thesis Tracks

The M.A. thesis track is encouraged for students who intend to pursue a PhD to teach at the college/university level and who intend to engage in scholarship beyond the M.A.  In addition to the general M.A. requirements and the courses outlined below for the non-thesis track, students take 3 hours of Thesis, during which time they write up the work begun during the directed readings course.  When the thesis is completed, the student  must pass a thesis defense.

The M.A. non-thesis track is designed primarily for students planning to continue their teaching careers at the secondary level. In addition to general M.A. requirements, students also complete departmental courses in the following categories: (1) American literature, (2) British literature, (3) rhetoric and composition, and (4) other. Students also complete one research-based course in directed readings (English 586). 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.

All students in both tracks must pass comprehensive exams as a requirement for graduation.