Additional Courses, 21-51 Credits Students select, in consultation with their advisor, additional courses inside the English department that match their research and deepen their understanding of the field. A group study of the known and established literature of a field, or other evidence, for purposes of scholarly development.
Three additional methods, pedagogy, or theory courses may be taken from outside the English department, as approved by advisor and graduate director. Note that 700-level can be taken by both MA and Ph D students; while 800-level courses are reserved for Ph D students only and typically indicate independent study and dissertation research.
The prospectus is a brief overview of the master’s project that provides the committee with (in this order) the proposed problem and topic, the anticipated research method, a review of extant literature, a description of the study, the projected results and impact on the existing body of knowledge on the topic, and an anticipated timeline for completion.
The MA Paper, 3 credits The Master’s Paper will demonstrate a thorough understanding of existing knowledge and the ability to apply that existing knowledge to a problem of interest.
Note that students need to be enrolled continuously for a minimum of 1 credit while working on their Master’s Paper. Study of designs and basic statistics for writing research; analysis of current research; and a research project in composition.
For more information, consult the MA Planning Worksheet, speak to your advisor, or contact the Director of Graduate Studies. Ph D Core, 12 Credits English 760: Graduate Scholarship English 755: Composition Theory English 762: Critical Theory English 756: Composition Research B. Students work in administrative, editing, consulting, or writing roles. Students submit, in consultation with their advisor and the graduate director, a portfolio that reflects their professional experience prior to enrolling in the program. Comprehensive Exams (see guidelines below)Comprehensive exams are taken after the successful completion of 72 credits (grade B or higher) and are administered by the student’s supervisory committee, which is comprised of a committee chair and two readers from within the department. Flexible Topics Courses The following courses can be offered in Rhetoric, Writing Studies, Linguistics, and/or Literature. A group of students engaged, under a professor or professors, in research or criticism and in presentation of reports pertaining thereto. Students develop a writing plan, obtain approval from their advisors, and write intensively, receiving regular individualized assistance from a graduate writing consultant. The exams consist of two timed, written exams and conclude with the defense of the dissertation proposal. Proficiency in Language or Research Skill (see guidelines below)Students are required to demonstrate foreign language or research skill competency by the time they begin to write the dissertation H. Study of major writers: Dryden, Pope, Swift, and Johnson, with occasional excursions into the fictional territory of Richardson, Fielding, Sterne, and Smollett. Their content is dependent upon the instructor's area of expertise or the students's needs. Perhaps most important, experiential learning allows you to bring experiences from outside the regular degree curriculum into your program of study. British poetry and prose from the beginning of the Middle Ages to 1500, excluding Chaucer. It may help you practice and apply skills you learned in a practical work environment; it may help you network with professionals in the field; and it may help you reach decisions about the type of work you would like to pursue. Pedagogy, 3 Credits Students select, in consultation with their advisor, at least one of the following pedagogy courses. English 764: Classroom strategies for TAs*English 765: UDW - Pedagogy, Practice, and Technology English 766: Teaching Literature D. The study and critique of the rhetorics of science and technology, informed by rhetorical theory and by the philosophy of and the social studies of science and technology. NOTE: Courses may be at the 600- or 700-level; additional courses, from outside the department, may be recommended by the student’s academic advisor if they clearly match the student’s research and deepen his/her understanding of the field. Exploration of the use of rhetorical canon in writing, spanning a period from the Aristotelian concept of invention to the contemporary manifestation of innovation. Discussion will include a number of writing studies topics, including Writing across Curriculum (WAC), Writing in the Disciplines (WID), and writing program administration. Literature/Cultural Studies All information is tentative, subject to revision, and dependent upon faculty availability, funding, and enrollment. This course focuses on literary genres, cultures, and theories in the context of pedagogy. A request for substitution needs to be submitted prior to course enrollment and be approved by the graduate director. See above for degree requirements and follow this link for semester specific offerings. Experiential learning is a way to gain valuable practical experience that may lead to a job offer after graduation. Available Courses and Credits Hours Ph D students in Rhetoric, Writing, and Culture are required to complete 6 credits of Experiential Learning during the course of their degree program (see Ph D Planning Worksheet, section E). Intensive study of a special theme, form, period, or group of writers central to the formation and development of American literature.