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Degree Outline


Upon admission into the program, students should plan to meet with the Director of Graduate Studies in the English and Communication department for advising.


The courses in the MA program are taught from a variety of disciplinary perspectives: literary history and theory, rhetoric, speech communication, linguistics, and composition studies. What unites these courses is the notion that all texts and utterances exist as part of discursive systems. Students? experience is also united by taking four core courses that develop the critical skills necessary to complete a Master?s thesis.

Course Requirements

A minimum of 36 credit hours with an overall grade point average of 3.0 or higher is required for the granting of the Master of Arts in English and Communication. At least 27 of the 36 credit hours must be taken at the 600 level. The 36 credit hours are divided as follows:

Required Courses
6 Credits

GECD 601 Introduction to Graduate Studies (3)

GECD 606 Thesis Workshop (3)

English and Communication Electives 21 Credits

Students will select, with prior advisor approval, seven graduate English and Communication courses, at least twelve hours must be completed at the 600 level. Nine hours may be taken at the 500 level in any courses with LITR, COMP, or COMM designators.

No more than six credit hours of transfer credit may be used to satisfy the Master of Arts degree requirements. No Winterim or three-week summer course can count toward the graduate course requirements.

Thesis 9 Credits

GECD 690 Thesis Credits (9)

Total required credit hours: 36

The Master?s Thesis

Each candidate must show evidence of his or her ability to research a discursive problem and write the findings clearly and correctly. To meet this requirement, the student prepares a Master?s thesis (50-100 pages), which should demonstrate the student?s ability to interpret closely and critically, on a subject agreeable to the student and the advisor of his or her Master?s thesis.

Master?s Committee

The Master?s Committee consists of an advisor and one reader. They both must be active members of the department.