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Ann Hayward

Degree Tracks and Courses

The degree offers two tracks - one requiring 33 hours of course work followed by qualifying examinations, and the other requiring 27 hours of course work followed by a 6-credit-hour thesis project. Students must take courses in an author or topic, a literary period, and a genre. These are all variable-content courses and may be taken more than once. The curriculum also requires a course that introduces students to the history of literary studies and provides them with the conceptual and critical vocabulary of the discipline, as well as instruction in research methods.

Track 1: 33 credit hours of coursework plus qualifying examinations.
Track 2: 27 credit hours of coursework plus a 6-credit-hour thesis.

Core Requirements

12 credit hours

  • ENG 600: Graduate Literary Studies Seminar
  • ENG 624: Genre Studies
  • ENG 651: Literary Period Seminar
  • ENG 661 or 663: Author or Topic Seminar/ Shakespeare Seminar

Note: Degree-seeking students must take ENG 600, Graduate Literary Studies Seminar, before completion of more than 9 credit hours in the program.

Electives

Track 1:  21 credit hours
Track 2:  15 credit hours  

  • ENG 600: Graduate Literary Studies
  • ENG 603: Seminar in British Literature
  • ENG 605: Seminar in American Literature
  • ENG 612: Women Writers
  • ENG 614: Literature of American Ethnic Minorities
  • ENG 616: World Literature in English
  • ENG 624: Genre Studies
  • ENG 651: Literary Period Seminar
  • ENG 655: History of Literary Criticism and Theory
  • ENG 661: Author or Topic Seminar
  • ENG 663: Shakespeare
  • ENG 680: Special Topics
  • ENG 695: Master's Thesis
  • ENG 699: Independent Study

Admission Requirements for GVSU and the MA in English Program

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