Office: Radford Hall 221
Web Site: www.english.uwosh.edu/MAinEnglish/
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The Master of Arts in English Program is designed to fill the needs of individuals seeking a graduate degree primarily on a part-time basis. Many classes are offered in late-afternoon or evening hours throughout the normal school year. Pending sufficient enrollment, hybrid and traditional summer courses also may be offered. It is possible to enroll on a full-time basis as well. Completion of the terminal degree of Master of Arts in English may enable persons in such professional areas as education, law, government and business to reaffirm and extend their commitment to such work activities or to make a career change. In addition to providing a sense of personal satisfaction, the Master of Arts in English degree also may provide a foundation for continued studies elsewhere toward a doctor of philosophy in English or other closely related field in the humanities.
Completion of the program will lead to the degree: Master of Arts (M.A.).
In addition to the requirements of the Office of Graduate Studies specified in the first section of this bulletin, the program has established the following policies and procedures for admission:
March 15 for fall semester, September 15 for spring semester.
Admission with full standing to the Master of Arts in English Program requires that applicants have the following:
1. A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution.
2. Official undergraduate transcript(s), documenting an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 (4.0 scale).
3. Proficiency in reading, writing and speaking in standard English form(s).
Applicants who show promise but lack adequate under-graduate preparation may, at the discretion of the Master of Arts Committee, be admitted on probationary status and will be expected to take graduate-level course(s) specified by the program. If, at the end of one academic year following probationary admission, a student does not successfully complete such courses, then he or she is no longer considered a Master of Arts in English student and must reapply to the English Program in order to be considered for reentry. Contact the Graduate Studies Office for information about reapplication.
Applicants who meet Graduate Studies full standing criteria but have not taken the required Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general test may be admitted conditionally. If, at the end of one academic year following conditional admission, a student does not complete the GRE general test, then he or she is no longer considered a Master of Arts in English student and must reapply in order to be considered for reentry to the program.
Official undergraduate transcript(s), documenting an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 (4.0 scale), are required.
References and Standardized Test Scores
Three professional and/or academic reference letters and official scores for the general Graduate Record Examination (GRE) are required.
In addition to completing the Graduate Studies application packet, those wishing to be considered for admission to the Master of Arts in English Program must submit an essay of 1,250 words, which will enable the Master of Arts Committee to determine if candidates have the requisite writing skills to successfully complete the program. Check the program web site (www.english.uwosh.edu/MAinEnglish/) for the required essay theme.
Normally, the baccalaureate will have been taken in English or other English-language-based studies in the humanities (e.g., history, sociology, psychology, education, government). Regardless of undergraduate major, proficiency in speaking, reading and writing in standard English form(s) is required.
The program is comprised of required and elective courses, culminating in either a creative writing or critical thesis. Students may arrange their own programs within scheduling options to emphasize literature, rhetoric and composition, creative writing or linguistics; however, it will not be possible to work exclusively in any one area.
English is the description for the English plan of study.
Thirty-six (36) graduate-level credits, including required English Department courses and elective courses (which can be taken within and outside the English Department for an interdisciplinary experience); and a thesis. At least 18 credits must be at the 700 level. Contact the UW Oshkosh Master of Arts in English Program for more details on required and elective graduate-level credit distribution.
Students must be admitted to candidacy before beginning thesis work. Admission to candidacy requires that the student be in full standing, have completed all deficiencies (if applicable), and have filed an Application for Admission to Candidacy Form (formal plan of study). Students are expected to submit a prospectus for the M.A. in English thesis (creative writing thesis or critical thesis) within one semester after reaching the stage of candidacy.
Completion of a thesis in addition to all other required degree courses as determined by the program. Also must satisfy all program and Office of Graduate Studies academic, culminating and degree requirements.
Eighteen (18) credits of 700-level courses and a maximum of 18 credits from English Department dual-level graduate courses (500 or 600 level) including:
||Foundations of Literary Criticism
Students may take up to six (6) credits at the graduate level from other departments at UW Oshkosh. Only three (3) of these non-English graduate credits will be applied at the 700 level. Other non-English credits will be applied at the 500/600 level. With the exception of three required courses, all English 500-, 600- and 700-level courses are available as electives to fulfill the program requirements. Optional content classes, with different subtitles and the signature of the department chair, may be taken twice.
The Thesis Project
Each degree candidate will write a thesis of approximately 60 to 80 pages; it will be a substantial work of original research or empirical study in areas, such as literature, linguistics, rhetoric or creative writing.
Students are expected to consult first with the program coordinator and later with their thesis adviser and Admission to Candidacy Committee to select electives from among any of the English courses offered at the 500 level or above, excluding 581, 704 and 795.
- VII. Course Descriptions
- ENGLISH 501: Modern Grammars
- ENGLISH 503: Creative Writing: Fiction I
- ENGLISH 504: Advanced Fiction Writing
- ENGLISH 505: Creative Writing: Poetry I
- ENGLISH 506: Advanced Poetry Writing
- ENGLISH 508: Autobiography: Theory and Practice
- ENGLISH 514: 19th Century American Novel
- ENGLISH 517: Technical Writing
- ENGLISH 519: African American Literature II: Optional Content (ES)
- ENGLISH 520: Psycholinguistics
- ENGLISH 522: Theories of Rhetoric and Writing
- ENGLISH 524: Gender in Literature: Optional Content
- ENGLISH 526: Studies in Classical Mythology
- ENGLISH 527: Detective Fiction
- ENGLISH 529: Creative Writing: Playwriting I
- ENGLISH 530: Creative Writing: Playwriting II
- ENGLISH 531: Contemporary Literature: Optional Content
- ENGLISH 532: Early Women Writers Optional Content
- ENGLISH 533: British Poetry: Optional Content
- ENGLISH 534: Wisconsin in Literature
- ENGLISH 535: Personal Narratives: Optional Content
- ENGLISH 536: The Bible as Literature
- ENGLISH 540: Arthurian Legend and Romance
- ENGLISH 541: History of the English Language
- ENGLISH 542: Literature of the Romantic Era: Optional Content
- ENGLISH 543: Nature Writing: Optional Content
- ENGLISH 544: Milton
- ENGLISH 545: 20th Century Women Writers Optional Content
- ENGLISH 546: Chaucer and His Age
- ENGLISH 547: Shakespeare I
- ENGLISH 550: Literary Study Tour: Optional Content
- ENGLISH 551: Medieval Literature: Optional Content
- ENGLISH 553: Early Modern British Literature 1485-1660: Optional Content
- ENGLISH 554: Studies in Travel, Literature and Culture: Optional Content
- ENGLISH 556: Special Topics in Early British Drama: Optional Content
- ENGLISH 557: Literature and Other Arts: Optional Content
- ENGLISH 558: Postcolonial African Literature: Optional Content
- ENGLISH 561: Asian American Literature: Optional Content
- ENGLISH 562: British Literature of the Long 18th Century: Optional Content
- ENGLISH 563: 18th Century English Novel
- ENGLISH 564: 19th Century British Novel: Optional Content
- ENGLISH 565: Modern British Fiction: Optional Content
- ENGLISH 566: Science Fiction
- ENGLISH 567: African Literature
- ENGLISH 569: Literature of the Victorian Period: Optional Content
- ENGLISH 570: Native American Literature II: Optional Content
- ENGLISH 571: African-American Women Writers: Optional Content
- ENGLISH 572: American Short Story: Optional Content
- ENGLISH 573: Colonial and Federalist Literature
- ENGLISH 574: American Romanticism
- ENGLISH 575: American Realism and Naturalism
- ENGLISH 576: 20th Century Literature: Optional Content
- ENGLISH 577: Major Figures of American Literature: Optional Content
- ENGLISH 578: Modern American Novel: Optional Content
- ENGLISH 579: American Poetry: Optional Content
- ENGLISH 580: Modern Drama: Optional Content
- ENGLISH 581: Foundations of Literary Criticism
- ENGLISH 582: Contemporary Cultural Mythology: Optional Content
- ENGLISH 583: Introduction to English Linguistics
- ENGLISH 584: Sociolinguistics
- ENGLISH 585: Computers and Writing
- ENGLISH 586: The Rhetoric of Literature
- ENGLISH 587: Special Topics in Rhetoric and Composition: Optional Content
- ENGLISH 590: Film and Literary Studies: Optional Content
- ENGLISH 591: Gay and Lesbian Literature: Optional Content
- ENGLISH 592: Special Topics in Literature: Optional Content
- ENGLISH 593: Latina/o Literature: Optional Content
- ENGLISH 594: Multi-ethnic Literatures: Optional Content
- ENGLISH 595: Caribbean Literature: Optional Content
- ENGLISH 596: Literature and History: Optional Content
- ENGLISH 605: Creative Writing: Optional Content
- ENGLISH 648: Shakespeare II: Optional Content
- ENGLISH 652: Applied Linguistics
- ENGLISH 682: Recent Literary Criticism: Optional Content
- ENGLISH 701: Seminar in Literature: Optional Content
- ENGLISH 702: Language in Society: Optional Content
- ENGLISH 703: Seminar in Criticism: Optional Content
- ENGLISH 704: Methods of Research
- ENGLISH 708: American Poetry: Technique and Practice
- ENGLISH 709: Special Topics in Creative Writing: Optional Content
- ENGLISH 710: Seminar in Cultural Studies: Optional Content
- ENGLISH 711: Seminar in American Ethnic Writers: Optional Content
- ENGLISH 712: Seminar in Women Writers: Optional Content
- ENGLISH 714: Studying Rhetoric and Writing: Optional Content
- ENGLISH 795: English Thesis
- ENGLISH 796: Independent Study
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