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M.A. Curriculum

Curriculum

Requirements

The Master of Arts in English degree requires the completion of 30 credits:

  • 27 credits of course work including ENG 510/511 and ENG 514
  • 3 credits research

All courses taken for program credit must be at the 500 and 600 level. The curriculum is organized around three distinct groups of courses:

  • Core courses in professional study and studies in critical theories
  • Coursework that reflects a balance of graduate seminars in a range of period and national literatures, film, and creative writing. In addition, the program offers one to two “Special Topics” courses each semester designed to showcase the instructor’s current research and scholarship.
  • Masters research to develop a thesis or non-thesis portfolio.

Core Courses

  • ENG 510 Introduction to Professional Study I (1.5 crs.)
    Orientation to the major discourses, critical frameworks, and databases constituting graduate researching language and literary studies, including computer-assisted research methodologies.
  • ENG 511 Introduction to Professional Study II (1.5 cr.)
    Orientation to the major discourses, critical frameworks, and databases constituting graduate researching language and literary studies, including computer-assisted research methodologies. Pre: ENG 510
  • ENG 514 History of Critical Theories (3 crs.)
    Historical survey of critical theory from antiquity to the present.
  • ENG 595 Master’s Project PRO (3 crs.)
    Student produces MA portfolio in consultation with major professor and committee.
  • ENG 599 Master’s Thesis Research (3 crs.)
    Student produces MA thesis in consultation with major professor and committee.

Graduate Courses

  • Current Graduate Course Offerings
  • URI Catalog: All English Courses 
  • Additional Courses: We offer graduate seminars in a range of period and national literatures, film, and creative writing. In addition to the required courses and courses in areas of concentration, the Graduate Program offers two “Special Topics” courses each semester. Each “Special Topics” course is designed to showcase the instructor’s current research and scholarship.

 

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