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 Graduate College

English (MA)

Department of Languages and Literatures

www.uni.edu/chas/academics/languages-literatures
1001 Bartlett Hall
Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0502

Head: Dr. Julie Husband
Phone: (319) 273-2855
E-mail: julie.husband@uni.edu

Graduate Coordinator: Dr. Anne Myles
Phone: (319) 273-6911
E-mail: anne.myles@uni.edu


Read the UNI Catalog description:

Students interested in this program must submit a completed Application for Admission to Graduate Study and should contact the Department of Languages and Literatures for other admission requirements. Graduate information and application for graduate admission can be found at www.grad.uni.edu/admission.

The Graduate Record Examination (General Test) is not required for admission to the program.

Only graduate courses (course numbers 5000 or above) will apply to a graduate degree, even if the undergraduate course number (4999 or less) is listed. No exceptions will be made.

This major in English is available on the thesis and non-thesis options, and degree applicants choose one of three emphases (see below). Both the thesis and the non-thesis options require a minimum of 30-36 semester hours, depending on the emphasis chosen. A minimum of 15 hours of 200/6000-level course work is required for each option.

The three emphases are the following:

  1. Literature Emphasis, minimum 30 semester hours - available on both thesis and non-thesis options;
  2. English Studies Emphasis, minimum 30 semester hours - available on both thesis and non-thesis options; and
  3. Creative Writing Emphasis, minimum 36 semester hours - available on thesis option only.

Graduate students are required to meet with the English Graduate Coordinator each semester for planning and approval of the courses within one's Program of Study. The department may require an applicant to complete course work in addition to the minimum hours specified for the selected option and emphasis. More information about this program approval process is available from the English Graduate Coordinator.

Successful completion of a final written and oral comprehensive examination is required for both the thesis and non-thesis options. In addition, students pursuing the non-thesis option are required to submit a Graduate Student Portfolio and complete an approved research paper. See the English Graduate Coordinator for details.

Native speakers of English must demonstrate proficiency in another language by earning at least a C grade in a second-semester, college-level course or by passing a specially designed examination. Course work taken to satisfy this foreign language requirement does not count toward the number of hours required for completion of the degree major.

For full admission, non-native English speakers must have achieved a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 600 (paper-based)/250 (computer-based), or the equivalent, in order to demonstrate their proficiency in English. A student may be required to take additional English language improvement courses at the discretion of the English Graduate Faculty. Work taken to satisfy the language proficiency requirement does not count toward the minimum of 30 to 36 semester hours required to complete the selected emphasis.

Individuals teaching in Iowa community colleges are not required to hold state issued teaching licenses. However, graduate course work in postsecondary education may strengthen one’s qualifications for teaching at a community college. Contact individual colleges to determine the requirements for teaching appointments at each institution.

Literature Emphasis: Available on both the thesis and non-thesis options.

Required:

Languages and Literatures:

ENGLISH 6100 (620:201)

Introduction to Graduate Study in English

3

English Literature electives selected from the following:

21

Electives, including the required literature electives, are planned with the English Graduate Coordinator; they must include 12 hours of 200/6000-level courses in addition to ENGLISH 6100 (620:201) (including 6 hours of ENGLISH 6299 (620:299) required for thesis option; no more than 3 hours of ENGLISH 6299 (620:299) may be used for the non-thesis option)

ENGLISH 4120/5120 (620:128g)

Images of Women in Literature

ENGLISH 4140/5140 (620:161g)

Literary Criticism

ENGLISH 4188/5188 (620:150g)

Author Seminar: __________________

ENGLISH 4190/5190 (620:188g)

Seminar in Literature: ______________

ENGLISH 4310/5310 (620:110g)

Old English Language, Literature, and Culture

ENGLISH 4315/5315 (620:113g)

Early Modern Drama

ENGLISH 4320/5320 (620:116g)

English Renaissance

ENGLISH 4325/5325 (620:117g)

18th-Century British Literature

ENGLISH 4330/5330 (620:118g)

British Romantic Writers

ENGLISH 4335/5335 (620:119g)

British Victorian Writers

ENGLISH 4340/5340 (620:156g)

British Novel to 1900

ENGLISH 4345/5345 (620:120g)

20th-Century British Novel

ENGLISH 4370/5370 (620:144g)

Chaucer

ENGLISH 4375/5375 (620:148g)

Shakespeare

ENGLISH 4380/5380 (620:147g)

Milton

ENGLISH 4410/5410 (620:151g)

Early American Literature

ENGLISH 4420/5420 (620:121g)

The American Renaissance

ENGLISH 4425/5425 (620:123g)

American Realism and Naturalism to WWI

ENGLISH 4430/5430 (620:153g)

American Poetry to 1914

ENGLISH 4445/5445 (620:124g)

20th-Century American Novel

ENGLISH 4540/5540 (620:157g)

African American Literature

ENGLISH 4560/5560 (620:158g)

Asian American Literature

ENGLISH 4602/5602 (620:134g)

Modern/Postmodern Poetry

ENGLISH 4615/5615 (620:115g)

Modern Drama

ENGLISH 4632/5632 (620:172g)

Literary Nonfiction

ENGLISH 4652/5652 (620:139g)

Film and Literature

ENGLISH 4660/5660 (620:142g)

Film History

ENGLISH 4664/5664 (620:182g)

Film Theory and Criticism

ENGLISH 4672/5672 (620:170g)

Electronic Literature

ENGLISH 4688/5688 (620:126g)

Genre Seminar:______________

ENGLISH 6110 (620:204)

Topics in Literary Criticism

ENGLISH 6120 (620:206)

Feminist Literary Theories and Practice

ENGLISH 6140 (620:208)

Contemporary Literary Theory

ENGLISH 6188 (620:284)

Seminar in Literature

ENGLISH 6310 (620:220)

Medieval English Literature

ENGLISH 6320 (620:221)

English Renaissance Literature

ENGLISH 6330 (620:223)

Restoration and 18th Century English Literature

ENGLISH 6340

19th Century English Literature

ENGLISH 6350 (620:226)

Modern English Literature

ENGLISH 6420 (620:231)

American Romantic Literature

ENGLISH 6430 (620:232)

Issues in American Literature, 1865-1914

ENGLISH 6450 (620:234)

Modern American Literature

ENGLISH 6540 (620:260)

Contemporary Literature

English electives selected from the following:

6

ENGLISH 4025/5025 (620:163g)

Theory and Practice of Writing

ENGLISH 4040/5040 (620:164g)

Digital Writing: Theory and Practice

ENGLISH 4120/5120 (620:128g)

Images of Women in Literature

ENGLISH 4140/5140 (620:161g)

Literary Criticism

ENGLISH 4188/5188 (620:150g)

Author Seminar: __________________

ENGLISH 4190/5190 (620:188g)

Seminar in Literature: ______________

ENGLISH 4310/5310 (620:110g)

Old English Language, Literature, and Culture

ENGLISH 4315/5315 (620:113g)

Early Modern Drama

ENGLISH 4320/5320 (620:116g)

English Renaissance

ENGLISH 4325/5325 (620:117g)

18th-Century British Literature

ENGLISH 4330/5330 (620:118g)

British Romantic Writers

ENGLISH 4335/5335 (620:119g)

British Victorian Writers

ENGLISH 4340/5340 (620:156g)

British Novel to 1900

ENGLISH 4345/5345 (620:120g)

20th-Century British Novel

ENGLISH 4370/5370 (620:144g)

Chaucer

ENGLISH 4375/5375 (620:148g)

Shakespeare

ENGLISH 4380/5380 (620:147g)

Milton

ENGLISH 4410/5410 (620:151g)

Early American Literature

ENGLISH 4420/5420 (620:121g)

The American Renaissance

ENGLISH 4425/5425 (620:123g)

American Realism and Naturalism to WWI

ENGLISH 4430/5430 (620:153g)

American Poetry to 1914

ENGLISH 4445/5445 (620:124g)

20th-Century American Novel

ENGLISH 4540/5540 (620:157g)

African American Literature

ENGLISH 4560/5560 (620:158g)

Asian American Literature

ENGLISH 4602/5602 (620:134g)

Modern/Postmodern Poetry

ENGLISH 4615/5615 (620:115g)

Modern Drama

ENGLISH 4632/5632 (620:172g)

Literary Nonfiction

ENGLISH 4652/5652 (620:139g)

Film and Literature

ENGLISH 4660/5660 (620:142g)

Film History

ENGLISH 4664/5664 (620:182g)

Film Theory and Criticism

ENGLISH 4672/5672 (620:170g)

Electronic Literature

ENGLISH 4688/5688 (620:126g)

Genre Seminar:______________

ENGLISH 4715/5715 (620:108g)

Craft of Poetry

ENGLISH 4725/5725 (620:109g)

Craft of Fiction

ENGLISH 4740/5740 (620:174g)

Poetry Workshop

ENGLISH 4750/5750 (620:175g)

Fiction Workshop

ENGLISH 4765/5765 (620:102g)

Applied Writing: Workplace Communication

ENGLISH 4770/5770 (620:104g)

Applied Writing: Proposals and Grants

ENGLISH 4775/5775 (620:105g)

Applied Writing: Technical Communication

ENGLISH 4780/5780 (620:107g)

Professional Editing

ENGLISH 4785/5785 (620:177g)

Applied Writing: Projects and Careers

ENGLISH 4790/5790 (620:197g)

Professional Writing Practicum

ENGLISH 4990/5990 (620:195g)

Seminar in Teaching College Writing

ENGLISH 6110 (620:204)

Topics in Literary Criticism

ENGLISH 6120 (620:206)

Feminist Literary Theories and Practice

ENGLISH 6140 (620:208)

Contemporary Literary Theory

ENGLISH 6188 (620:284)

Seminar in Literature

ENGLISH 6310 (620:220)

Medieval English Literature

ENGLISH 6320 (620:221)

English Renaissance Literature

ENGLISH 6330 (620:223)

Restoration and 18th Century English Literature

ENGLISH 6340

19th Century English Literature

ENGLISH 6350 (620:226)

Modern English Literature

ENGLISH 6420 (620:231)

American Romantic Literature

ENGLISH 6430 (620:232)

Issues in American Literature, 1865-1914

ENGLISH 6450 (620:234)

Modern American Literature

ENGLISH 6540 (620:260)

Contemporary Literature

ENGLISH 6720 (620:270)

Graduate Creative Writing Workshop

ENGLISH 6980 (620:291)

Seminar in the Teaching of English

Total hours, thesis or non-thesis option

30

Optional: up to 6 additional hours to complete a specialty area or a program certificate, subject to the approval of the student's advisor and the English Graduate Coordinator

English Studies Emphasis: Available on both the thesis and non-thesis options.

Required:

ENGLISH 6100 (620:201)

Introduction to Graduate Study in English

3

English electives:

27

These electives are planned with the English Graduate Coordinator: must include 12 hours of 200/6000-level courses in addition to ENGLISH 6100 (620:201) (including 6 hours of ENGLISH 6299 (620:299) required for the thesis option; no more than 3 hours of ENGLISH 6299 (620:299) may be used for the non-thesis option).

ENGLISH 4025/5025 (620:163g)

Theory and Practice of Writing

ENGLISH 4040/5040 (620:164g)

Digital Writing: Theory and Practice

ENGLISH 4120/5120 (620:128g)

Images of Women in Literature

ENGLISH 4140/5140 (620:161g)

Literary Criticism

ENGLISH 4188/5188 (620:150g)

Author Seminar: __________________

ENGLISH 4190/5190 (620:188g)

Seminar in Literature: ______________

ENGLISH 4310/5310 (620:110g)

Old English Language, Literature, and Culture

ENGLISH 4315/5315 (620:113g)

Early Modern Drama

ENGLISH 4320/5320 (620:116g)

English Renaissance

ENGLISH 4325/5325 (620:117g)

18th-Century British Literature

ENGLISH 4330/5330 (620:118g)

British Romantic Writers

ENGLISH 4335/5335 (620:119g)

British Victorian Writers

ENGLISH 4340/5340 (620:156g)

British Novel to 1900

ENGLISH 4345/5345 (620:120g)

20th-Century British Novel

ENGLISH 4370/5370 (620:144g)

Chaucer

ENGLISH 4375/5375 (620:148g)

Shakespeare

ENGLISH 4380/5380 (620:147g)

Milton

ENGLISH 4410/5410 (620:151g)

Early American Literature

ENGLISH 4420/5420 (620:121g)

The American Renaissance

ENGLISH 4425/5425 (620:123g)

American Realism and Naturalism to WWI

ENGLISH 4430/5430 (620:153g)

American Poetry to 1914

ENGLISH 4445/5445 (620:124g)

20th-Century American Novel

ENGLISH 4540/5540 (620:157g)

African American Literature

ENGLISH 4560/5560 (620:158g)

Asian American Literature

ENGLISH 4602/5602 (620:134g)

Modern/Postmodern Poetry

ENGLISH 4615/5615 (620:115g)

Modern Drama

ENGLISH 4632/5632 (620:172g)

Literary Nonfiction

ENGLISH 4652/5652 (620:139g)

Film and Literature

ENGLISH 4660/5660 (620:142g)

Film History

ENGLISH 4664/5664 (620:182g)

Film Theory and Criticism

ENGLISH 4672/5672 (620:170g)

Electronic Literature

ENGLISH 4688/5688 (620:126g)

Genre Seminar:______________

ENGLISH 4715/5715 (620:108g)

Craft of Poetry

ENGLISH 4725/5725 (620:109g)

Craft of Fiction

ENGLISH 4740/5740 (620:174g)

Poetry Workshop

ENGLISH 4750/5750 (620:175g)

Fiction Workshop

ENGLISH 4765/5765 (620:102g)

Applied Writing: Workplace Communication

ENGLISH 4770/5770 (620:104g)

Applied Writing: Proposals and Grants

ENGLISH 4775/5775 (620:105g)

Applied Writing: Technical Communication

ENGLISH 4780/5780 (620:107g)

Professional Editing

ENGLISH 4785/5785 (620:177g)

Applied Writing: Projects and Careers

ENGLISH 4790/5790 (620:197g)

Professional Writing Practicum

ENGLISH 4990/5990 (620:195g)

Seminar in Teaching College Writing

ENGLISH 6110 (620:204)

Topics in Literary Criticism

ENGLISH 6120 (620:206)

Feminist Literary Theories and Practice

ENGLISH 6140 (620:208)

Contemporary Literary Theory

ENGLISH 6188 (620:284)

Seminar in Literature

ENGLISH 6310 (620:220)

Medieval English Literature

ENGLISH 6320 (620:221)

English Renaissance Literature

ENGLISH 6330 (620:223)

Restoration and 18th Century English Literature

ENGLISH 6340

19th Century English Literature

ENGLISH 6350 (620:226)

Modern English Literature

ENGLISH 6420 (620:231)

American Romantic Literature

ENGLISH 6430 (620:232)

Issues in American Literature, 1865-1914

ENGLISH 6450 (620:234)

Modern American Literature

ENGLISH 6540 (620:260)

Contemporary Literature

ENGLISH 6720 (620:270)

Graduate Creative Writing Workshop

ENGLISH 6980 (620:291)

Seminar in the Teaching of English

Total hours, thesis or non-thesis option

30

Optional: up to 6 additional hours to complete a specialty area or a program certificate, subject to the approval of the student's advisor and the English Graduate Coordinator.

Creative Writing Emphasis: Available on the thesis option only.

Required:

Languages and Literatures:

ENGLISH 6100 (620:201)

Introduction to Graduate Study in English

3

ENGLISH 4715/5715 (620:108g)

Craft of Poetry *

3-6

or ENGLISH 4725/5725 (620:109g)

Craft of Fiction

ENGLISH 4740/5740 (620:174g)

Poetry Workshop *

6-12

or ENGLISH 4750/5750 (620:175g)

Fiction Workshop

and/or

ENGLISH 6720 (620:270)

Graduate Creative Writing Workshop

Research:

ENGLISH 6299 (620:299)

Research

6

Electives (planned with English Graduate Coordinator):

English Literature electives must include 6 hours of 200/6000-level courses

12-15

Elective in literature, writing, or culture from a department other than English or a non-literature course from English

0-3

Total hours

36

*

A total of at least 12 hours is required from ENGLISH 4715/5715 (620:108g), ENGLISH 4725/5725 (620:109g), ENGLISH 4740/5740 (620:174g), ENGLISH 4750/5750 (620:175g), and ENGLISH 6720 (620:270).

 

 

The required thesis shall consist of a collection of short stories, a novel or novel excerpt, a collection of poems, a book-length poem, or a combination of fiction and poetry. Critical apparatuses - such as prologue, introduction, epilogue, notes, bibliography - are not required within the thesis. A formal oral defense of the thesis is required, and a public reading of selected portions of the thesis is recommended.