|Master of Arts in English, Literature|
|Course Number and Title||Credits|
|The Master of Arts in English, Literature ofers two options for completion of the degree. The first is a 33-hour thesis/project option, which requires 15 hours of core courses and 15 hours of general electives plus a 3-credit thesis, project, or portfolio. This option is designed particularly for students who plan to continue their studies in a doctoral program, and others who wish to engage in an intensive research and writing experience.|
The other is a 36-hour course work degree, which includes 15 hours of core requirements and 21 hours of general electives. This degree is designed for students who wish to study a wide range of literature, rhetoric and composition, linguistics, English Education and/or Technical Communication courses.
|ENGL 500 Research Methods in Literary Studies||3|
|ENGL 510 Seminar in Major American or English Writer||3|
|ENGL 530 Studies in a Literary Period|
Candidates must take at least two period courses. One of
these must be in literature up to 1800, and the other in
literature after 1800.
|ENGL 588 Survey of Critical Theory||3|
To be selected from other graduate Oferings in Literature, Linguistics, English Education, Rhetoric and Composition, Creative Writing, and Technical communication. The electives may include ENGL 598 Seminar (Teaching Assistants), a maximum of six credits of ENGL 400G courses, and a maximum of three credits of independent work in ENGL 590, ENGL 595, and/or ENGL 596.
|Thesis, Portfolio, or Project|
Students take 3 credits of ENGL 591 Project, ENGL 592 Portfolio or ENGL 593 Thesis in their final semester. With the help of an advisor, the student selects a thesis or project topic or develops material for inclusion in a portfolio and prepares a prospectus before the student’s final semester. After completion of the thesis, portfolio, or project, the student must pass an oral defense.
Students take six additional hours of electives as described above, for a total of 21 hours of electives.
The MA in English program at Boise State University is large enough to provide variety, yet small enough for flexibility in planning a course of study and for a collegial atmosphere. The department’s graduate faculty teach on all levels in addition to pursuing interests in scholarship, writing, editing, publishing, and related activities.
The Master of Arts in English program has two emphases:
- The Master of Arts in English, Literature has a 15-hour core of required literature courses, but also includes 15-21 hours of electives that may be drawn from other areas of the English program. It serves students interested in future doctoral work in Literature or any career where reading, writing, and analytical skills are needed;
- The Master of Arts in English, Rhetoric and Composition provides students with a strong foundation in both rhetorical theory and composition pedagogy. It prepares students for doctoral work in rhetoric and composition, as well as careers where reading, writing, and analytical skills are needed, including teaching writing at the community college level.
Students should consult with the director of the MA in English to help determine which emphasis meets their career goals.
The Department of English provides excellent computer labs, including three administered by the department itself, for word processing, desktop publishing, and network access to online resources and information about library holdings in the United States and abroad.
The Hemingway Center, administered by the Department of English, is another campus resource. It is the home of the Idaho Center for the Book, affiliated with the Library of Congress. The Center also oversees the Idaho Writers’ Archive.
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