Oct 16, 2019  
2010-2011 Denver Campus Catalog 
    
2010-2011 Denver Campus Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

English MA


►  Graduate School Rules  apply to this program

 

Program Director: Michelle Comstock
Telephone: 303-556-8479
E-mail: Michelle.Comstock@ucdenver.edu

 

The department offers three programs in the English MA degree: 1) the literature program increases students’ knowledge of English and American literature and also their familiarity with a variety of critical methodologies; 2) the rhetoric and teaching of writing program introduces students to the theory, research and pedagogy underlying contemporary instruction in secondary and college composition; 3) the applied linguistics program introduces students to the principles, practices and concerns of teaching English to adults whose first language is not English.

Students concurrently pursuing a master’s in education can count up to 6 hours of education courses toward their MA in English with their English advisor’s permission.

Contact the graduate program director for more information on these programs.

Requirements for Admission

Applicants for any of the programs described above must submit all application materials by either the spring, summer or fall deadline. The deadline for fall enrollment is April 1; the deadline for spring and summer enrollment is October 1. Complete applications for all three programs must include the following:

  • a completed University of Colorado graduate application
  • two copies of all graduate and undergraduate transcripts, and for any nondegree courses previously taken
  • three letters of recommendation in which the recommender specifically addresses the candidate’s ability to pursue successfully the program chosen
  • recent scores on the GRE, including the analytical, verbal and quantitative portions. GRE score average should be 600 or higher. Analytical writing score should be 4 or higher.
  • evidence of a 3.0 GPA in previous courses
  • statement of purpose
  • 10-page critical writing sample

In addition to these requirements, applicants for the MA in literature must have successfully completed 24 semester hours in English courses (graduate or undergraduate), excluding courses in composition, creative writing or speech. At least 15 of these semester hours must be at the upper-division level.

Transfer of Credits from Other CU Campuses

Students admitted to graduate study in English may complete all of their course requirements for the MA degree at UC Denver. Up to 12 semester hours (total) may be transferred from the University of Colorado-Boulder, University of Colorado-Colorado Springs or other graduate program; however, such transfer requires the written approval of the specific program coordinator. Only 12 semester hours of courses taken at UC Denver before acceptance into the program can be counted toward the degree. Further, work already applied toward a graduate degree received at the University of Colorado or at another institution cannot be transferred toward another graduate degree of the same level at UC Denver. (For other rules concerning transfer of graduate credits, see the Graduate School Rules .) For more information, contact the graduate program director at 303-556-4648.

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Degree Requirements


The literature program requires 33 semester hours; the rhetoric and teaching of writing program requires 30 hours; the applied linguistics program requires 30 hours. Students must receive a B- or above in all courses counted toward the MA degree.

Literature Program


This program provides a general knowledge of English and American literature, a familiarity with the range of theoretical approaches and critical methodologies, and an opportunity to take courses in film studies, creative writing, and ethnic and world literature.

GENERAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Satisfactory completion of all required course work
  • Satisfactory completion of the MA comprehensive exam OR thesis submission and defense
  • Demonstrated fourth-semester proficiency in a foreign language. Old English or Latin will also satisfy this requirement
  • Compliance with all graduate school policies and requirements

COURSE REQUIREMENTS (33 SEMESTER HOURS MINIMUM)

All courses are 3 credit hours unless otherwise noted. A minimum of 9 semester hours must be taken at the 6000 level.

REQUIRED COURSES


Total: 6 Hours

AREA REQUIREMENTS


Choose seven courses at the 5000/6000 level which fulfill seven different areas from the following 9 areas:

  1. Classics
  2. Medieval literature
  3. Renaissance literature
  4. Restoration and 18th-century literature
  5. Romanticism
  6. American literature, pre-1900
  7. Victorian literature
  8. American literature or film, post-1900
  9. British modernism/ 20th century British literature or film

Any graduate literature/film course will fulfill at least one of these areas. Each area can be satisfied by several different courses periodically offered. Historical surveys count within the most appropriate area based on the syllabus. Courses in film, world literature, ethnic literature and women’s literature generally fulfill one of the 20th-century areas.

Total: 21 Hours

ELECTIVES


Choose one of the following:

Total: 3 Hours

THESIS OR NON-THESIS OPTIONS


Non-Thesis Option

Students not writing a thesis must take the MA comprehensive exam. Prior to the exam, students may take

  

for 1-3 semester hours to help them prepare for the exam, but this is not required. However, the 33-hour course requirement must be met through electives if directed readings or project/independent study credits are not taken.

Students must be registered during the semester in which they take the MA comprehensive exam, which can be be met by signing up for candidate for degree (CAND 5940-900) if all course work is completed.

Thesis Option

Students must submit a proposal for a thesis to the graduate program director for permission to proceed to the thesis.

Total: 3-6 Hours

LANGUAGE REQUIREMENT


Students must demonstrate fourth-semester proficiency in a foreign language. Old English or Latin also satisfies this requirement.

Total Literature Program: 33 Hours

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Rhetoric and Teaching of Writing Program


In this program, you’ll study rhetorical and language traditions and apply that knowledge to the teaching of writing. Knowledge of multicultural dimensions of literacy will help you understand the rich cultural complexity of the modern classroom. This program also focuses on developing your own writing and editing skills to fulfill your professional role as a teacher-writer.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS (30 SEMESTER HOURS MINIMUM)

All courses are 3 credit hours unless otherwise noted.

REQUIRED COURSES


Total:18 Hours

AREA OF CONCENTRATION


Chosen by the student and approved by the student’s advisor, the area of concentration may be in virtually any field that complements the required core and that meets the student’s goals in the program. Representative areas include but are not limited to literature, technical communication, reading, English as a second language and communication.

  may be included among these nine hours.

Total: 9 Hours

THESIS OR PROJECT OPTIONS


Thesis

 
For details about writing, submitting and defending a thesis, see the current thesis guidelines .

Total: 4-6 Hours

Project

 

Total: 3-6 Hours

Rhetoric and Teaching of Writing Total: 30 Hours


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Applied Linguistics Program


If you want a thorough grounding in the principles and practice of teaching English to non-native adult users of English with a special focus on the discourses of the classroom and on teaching second-language writers, this program is a good choice.

GENERAL REQUIREMENTS

Students must demonstrate fourth semester proficiency in a foreign language prior to graduation; assessment of proficiency depends on the language to be demonstrated.

Those students who are not teaching adult ESL students at the time of their course work will be required to take a 3–6 credit internship in an area language school, workplace or high school/college ESL program, either through the Experiential Learning Center or by arrangement with the program coordinator.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS (30 SEMESTER HOURS MINIMUM)

All courses are 3 credit hours unless otherwise noted.

REQUIRED CORE COURSES


Total: 18 Hours

ELECTIVE LANGUAGE OR RHETORIC COURSES


Total: 6 Hours

SYNTHESIS OPTIONS


Students may choose from the following three options:

Comprehensive Exam or Portfolio Exam

Students will take a comprehensive exam or portfolio exam in their last semester. Students selecting this option must take two elective courses (6 hours) approved by their advisor.

Thesis

  (3 hours)

  (4-6 hours)

For details about writing, submitting and defending a thesis, see the current thesis guidelines .

Project:

  (3 hours) or an internship* (3 hours) — with advisor’s approval

 

* INTERNSHIPS


Those students who are not teaching adult ESL students at the time of their course work will be required to take a 3-6 credit hour internship in a local area language school, workplace or high school/college ESL program, either through the Experiential Learning Center or by arrangement with the program coordinator.

Total: 6 Hours

 

Applied Linguistics Total: 30 Hours

 

Additional Information


Candidate for Degree: Graduate students must be registered for at least one credit hour during the semester in which they graduate. Those who have completed all required courses and requirements may register for candidate for degree: CAND 5940, section 900. CAND 5940 carries no course credit, but you are billed for one credit of tuition and $10 in fees.

Teaching Assistantships: Graduate students who receive a teaching assistantship must take the following course in the fall during their first semester as a teaching assistant.

  

Dual Degrees: Students concurrently pursuing a MA in education can count up to six hours of education courses toward their MA in English, with their English graduate advisor’s permission.

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