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Degree Programs


MASTERS DEGREES

Master of Arts Degree with Concentration in Literature

Current Degree Requirements

(Students entering the MA or PhD programs prior to 2010 will find degree requirements here.)

Course Requirements. A minimum of 30 hours of course work, including:

  • 1 (one) 700-level seminar.
  • At least two courses in fields of literature and culture before 1800.
  • At least two courses in fields of literature and culture after 1800.

Up to eight credit hours in graduate courses outside the department may, with the prior approval of the Director of Graduate Studies, be counted toward the degree.

Foreign Language: one, reading proficiency; language competency will be verified by the relevant foreign language department or program at IUB.

Thesis. Optional; if elected, 4 hours of credit.

Final Examination. None.

Note. While readings courses (focused on particular historical and geographic areas of study) will transparently fulfill the historical distribution requirements, some seminar courses may fulfill these as well, depending on their content; see the Director of Graduate Studies for approval. Students intending to apply for the Ph.D. program should take two 700-level seminars as part of their M.A. programs.

Master of Arts Degree with Special Field Concentration

Course Requirements. A minimum of 30 credit hours, including:

  • 1 (one) 700-level seminar.
  • At least three courses in a single area of concentration to be chosen in consultation with the Director of Graduate Studies (for example, a genre such as the novel, a period such as the Middle Ages, a specialty such as postcolonial studies, American literature and culture, feminist theory, or composition, rhetoric and literacy).

Up to eight credit hours in graduate courses outside the department may, with the prior approval of the Director of Graduate Studies, be counted toward the degree.

Foreign Language. One, reading proficiency; language competency will be verified by the relevant foreign language department or program at IUB.

Thesis. Optional; if elected, 4 hours of credit.

Final Examination. None.

Note. Students wishing to enter the doctoral program on completion of this M.A. must apply for admission. For admission to the Ph.D. program with concentration in literature, candidates must have satisfied the distribution requirements for the M.A. in Literature.

Master of Arts Degree with Concentration in Language

Course Requirements. A minimum of 30 hours of course work, including:

  • G500 and G780.
  • At least 12 further hours in English language courses, of which at least one course must be selected from among G601, G602, G651, and G655.

Foreign Language: One, reading proficiency; language competency will be verified by the relevant foreign language department or program at IUB.

Thesis. Optional; if elected, 4 hours of credit.

Final Examination. A four-hour written examination (see Director of Graduate Studies for details).

Master of Fine Arts Degree in Creative Writing

Course Requirements. A minimum of 60 credit hours, including:

  • 16 hours of writing workshops in the candidate's genre.
  • W611-W612 or W613-W614.
  • 16 hours from among the department's literature and language courses.
  • At least eight hours of which must be at the 600 level or above; either W664 or W680.

Those teaching in W103 are required to take W554 in their first semester of teaching. Students can take up to 12 credit hours in W699. The remaining credit hours are elective. At least 48 hours of the degree requirements must be completed in residence. For further information, consult the Web site of the Program in Creative Writing.

Thesis. Required; the student must submit a book-length manuscript for 4-12 hours of credit.

Final Examination. None required.

Time Necessary to Complete Degrees

The M.A. degree in literature and language can be completed in two semesters and two summers of full-time work. The M.F.A. in Creative Writing requires two full years (including summers), and students who have Creative Writing Associate Instructorships generally take three years.


DOCTORAL DEGREES

Admission Requirements

Upon completion of the MA, currently enrolled degree students may apply directly for admission to the Ph.D., by contacting the DGS in writing with their desire to enter the doctoral program. Those interested in continuing in the Ph.D. program in Literature must have completed at least two 700-level seminars, and have a grade point average of 3.7 in Masters-level course work. Students with grade point averages below 3.5 will not be admitted for further study. Students with averages between 3.5 and 3.7, depending on faculty recommendations, may be permitted to demonstrate further their capacity for Ph.D. work at the discretion of the DGS.

Students interested in applying to the doctoral program upon completion of an MA at another institution should consult English departmentís general application procedures.

Course and Language Requirements

A total of 90 credit hours overall is required for the PhD (including 30 credit hours for MA coursework; 16 credit hours of doctoral course work; and 44 credit hours of continuing degree/research credit).

Language Requirement: An additional foreign language at the level of basic reading proficiency, or advanced proficiency in the language studied at the MA-level. Language competency will be verified by the relevant foreign language department or program at IUB.

Ph.D. with Concentration in Literature - A minimum of 16 hours (four courses) beyond the 30 required for the M.A. degree, to include at least four 700- level departmental seminars. In addition to satisfying all requirements for the MA in Literature (see above) student must satisfy the requirements for a doctoral minor (internal, external, or interdisciplinary). Students transferring into the department with M.A. degrees from other universities may be required to take several more courses than the minimum.

Ph.D. with Concentration in Composition, Literacy, and Culture - A minimum of 16 credit hours (four courses) beyond the 30 credit hours required for the M.A. degree, to include at least three 700-level departmental seminars. The total must include the following:

  • L502: Introduction to Literacy Studies.
  • W601: Development of Rhetoric and Composition, or one course that brings a strong historical dimension to the study of writing.
  • W602: Contemporary Theories of Rhetoric and Composition.
  • L705: Problems in Composition, Literacy, and Culture.
  • One course in language/discourse analysis.

Whatever concentration, the student must also satisfy course requirements for the minor (internal, external or interdisciplinary) and the distributional requirements for an M.A. in either Literature or English language as well as complete the required number of departmental seminars. Students transferring into the department with M.A. degrees from other universities may be required to take several more courses than the minimum.

Upon completion of course work and language requirements, students will prepare to take their Qualifying Exams, and write a prospectus for the dissertation.