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M.A. in English

* This site offers basic guidelines for Degree completion. The department may have additional restrictions in addition to the information below. Please see the Graduate Course Catalog for more information.

Please note additional program requirements. For general admission requirements, please see the Application Procedures.

English Department Program Goals/Objectives
The Department of English has structured its graduate programs to provide students with opportunities to develop critical reading, writing and thinking strategies. In accordance with principles articulated by the Modern Language Association (MLA) and other professional organizations, English majors will:

  1. read attentively, closely, and critically;
  2. write thoughtfully, coherently, and persuasively;
  3. develop and challenge their own thinking through scholarly research.

Candidates seeking permanent/professional certification will also meet NCTE standards for the preparation of teachers of English Language Arts.

Graduate Course Entrance Policy

  1. Priority will be given to students who:
    1. Have already been admitted to graduate study in English at Fredonia.
    2. Are already enrolled in a graduate English course at Fredonia.

  2. All others will be admitted to graduate courses depending on their preparation and space available.
  3. With permission of the instructor, and the approval of the English Chairperson and the Dean of Graduate Studies, qualified undergraduates may take 500-level graduate courses in accordance with the stated rules provided in the college catalog.
Program Requirements Hours
I. A minimum of 30 hours of graduate level courses, including:
A. ENGL 500, 510, 512, 514, either 516 or 518, and 600 15
B. Nine additional credit hours of course work in English chosen in consultation with the student's faculty advisor. For candidates holding provisional/initial certification seeking permanent/professional certification, six hours must be in ENGL 554 and ENGL 665. No more than 6 hours in ENGL 580 and no more than 6 hours in ENGL 605 can be counted toward the degree. 9
C. Either 1 or 2
1. Six additional credit hours chosen from English courses numbered 510, 512, 514, 516, 518 or 520.
2. ENGL 690 and 691 (Thesis Research I and II) and an oral defense of the thesis. ENGL 691 must be the final 3 credit hours taken among the 30 hours required.
II. Portfolio Requirement:
A completed portfolio must be approved by the English advisor prior to approval of degree. A description of portfolio requirements is available in the English department office.

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