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Department of English

Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies with Concentration in English

In addition to the general requirements stated for the graduate programs, the following specific requirements must be met:

  1. Applicants who wish to concentrate in English must have completed at least 18 undergraduate hours in English, 6 of which must be advanced.
  2. The choice of courses in the concentration and other fields will be determined through consultation between the student and the departmental graduate advisor.
  3. Each student must pass a comprehensive examination. A subject area determined in consultation with the departmental advisor will be the major focus of this exam, along with questions taken from two other areas of the Literary Reading List. Specific works will be selected by the student in consultation with the departmental graduate advisor and the examination committee (selected by the student in consultation with the graduate advisor). A passing grade on this exam will be a majority determination of "Pass" by the examination committee. The graduate advisor may also grade the comprehensive exam if requested by the examination committee or to break a tie vote. The candidate is allowed to take the exam up to three times during work on the MA degree.
  4. In addition, students seeking any graduate degree in English must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 in the graduate hours taken in the Department of English of UT Pan American.

Master of Arts Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies, Literature Focus, Non-Thesis

Requirements
Thirty-six credit hours in addition to the English department’s comprehensive exam are required. Eighteen semester hours in English and 18 semester hours in other fields are chosen in consultation with the graduate director.

A. Eighteen semester hours in the English department selected from the following:

ENG 6310 Studies in Genre
ENG 6316 Studies in Mexican-American Literature
ENG 6318 Studies in Ethnic Literature
ENG 6319 Studies in Gender and Literature
ENG 6347 Studies in Literary Theory
ENG 6360 Studies in British Literature
ENG 6362 Studies in Single Author
ENG 6365 Topics in Literary History
ENG 6370 Studies in American Literature
ENG 6380 Studies in Comparative Literature
ENG 6383 Topics in Postcolonial Studies
ENG 6385 Topics in Cultural Studies
ENG 6390 Studies in Special Topics

B. Exam (0 Credits)

All students pursuing an MA in English with the non-thesis option must pass a comprehensive examination. Candidates are allowed to take this exam up to three times during work on the MA.

Master of Arts Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with a Concentration in English: Writing Focus

The choice of courses in the concentration and other fields will be determined through consultation between the student and the departmental graduate advisor. A course of study will be designed by the student, the graduate advisor and the student’s graduate faculty mentor to include courses that meet individual needs. This focus is available for students working in education, the sciences, business, arts and humanities, engineering and other fields who wish to pursue graduate study in writing to augment studies in other professional areas. Some of the Department of English courses from which students can choose include the following:

ENG 6320 Introduction to Graduate Study in Rhetoric, Composition and Literacy
ENG 6322 Theory in Rhetoric, Composition and Literacy
ENG 6323 History in Rhetoric, Composition and Literacy
ENG 6324 Pedagogy in Rhetoric, Composition and Literacy
ENG 6325 Studies in Composition Techniques
ENG 6326 Professional Writing
ENG 6327 Writing Academic Discourse

In addition, courses from disciplines other than English will be included in the student’s degree plan with the consent of the graduate advisor. These include courses from the College of Arts and Humanities, the College of Business Administration, the College of Education, the College of Health Sciences and Human Services, the College of Science and Engineering and the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences.

The Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies with a Writing Focus, Thesis Option

Requirements
New Degree Plan for MAIS-Non-Thesis Option
Thirty-three credit hours including six hours of thesis (ENG 7300, ENG 7301) are required; an oral defense of the thesis prospectus and an oral defense of the thesis is required. Eighteen semester hours in English (including thesis) and 15 semester hours in other fields are chosen in consultation with the graduate advisor.

The Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies with a Writing Focus, Non-Thesis Option

Requirements
New Degree Plan for MAIS-Thesis Option
Thirty-six credit hours in addition to the English department’s comprehensive exam are required. Eighteen semester hours in English and 18 semester hours in other fields are chosen in consultation with the graduate advisor.

Required Comprehensive Exam (0 Credits)
All students pursuing an MA in English with the non-thesis option must pass a comprehensive examination.
Candidates are allowed to take this exam up to three times during the work on the MA.

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