Degree Requirements: 36 Credit Hours
- Completed requirements for the Bachelor’s degree in a college accredited by the appropriate regional accrediting associations.
- A 3.0 (4.0 scale) cumulative grade point average or higher on all undergraduate work.
- Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores.
- An undergraduate major or the equivalent in the proposed field of study.
- Two letters of recommendation by persons familiar with the applicant’s academic experience.
- A sample of the applicant’s scholarly writing of at least 12-15 pages, to be sent directly to the department, c/o the Director of Graduate Studies.
- Statement of Purpose (250-500) words. This statement should address the applicant’s academic achievements and major accomplishments, contributions to or experiences in this field of study, pertinent extra-curricular activities, and the reasons why he or she wishes to attend Georgia Southern. While the personal statement is only one of many factors the graduate admissions committee considers when making admission decisions, it helps provide context for the rest of the application.
Provisional admission is sometimes possible if a candidate has better than a 2.75 (4.0 scale) cumulative grade point average on undergraduate college work. Students who do not meet provisional requirements may appeal to a departmental committee of graduate faculty members for admission.
Program of Study
|ENGL 7111||Seminar in College English||1|
|ENGL 7121||Methods of Research||2|
|ENGL 7618||Thesis Preparation||1|
|ENGL - Six seminars at the 6000 or 7000 level||18|
|Electives (courses at the ENGL 5000 level or additional ENGL seminars)|
|Select 9 credit hours of Electives||9|
Up to six credit hours may be taken in other disciplines (no more than one course per department) upon approval of the Director.
|(See below and for more information consult the M.A. English web page at http://class.georgiasouthern.edu/litphi/literature/graduate/#thesis)|
|Total Credit Hours||36|
In cooperation with a thesis advisor and committee, the student will write an M.A. thesis of 10,000-12,000 words, not counting Notes and Works Cited. (With the approval of the thesis director, the student may write a longer thesis.) The student must pass an oral examination consisting of a discussion of the thesis and of questions related to it. In depth and scope, the thesis must demonstrate originality in research as well as independent and critical judgment in interpreting materials. The major professor shall supervise the research, direct the writing of the thesis, and, in consultation with the second and third readers, approve the thesis in its final form. See the Graduate Student Manual for additional Thesis information. Prior to beginning the thesis, the student should have the supervisor complete a thesis Prospectus Form to be approved by the department and the Graduate College.
Other Program Requirements
All degree programs leading to the Master of Arts degree require a reading knowledge of a foreign language. French, German, or Spanish is generally required, but another language may be specified by the major professor when the latter is appropriate to the area of research proposed by the student in the thesis prospectus. A foreign national may not use English or his or her native language to satisfy the language requirements.
Georgia Southern University offers the following two options for graduate students who need to complete a foreign language requirement:
- The language requirement may be satisfied by a minimum grade of “C” in the fourth course of a college-level foreign language that is approved by the student’s advisor.
- A student primarily interested in reading research in his or her field should prepare to take the Foreign Language Graduate Reading Exam administered by the Department of Foreign Languages. The student must arrange with the Department of Foreign Languages to take the test in the first half of any semester.
|ENGL 6630||Seminar in Medieval Literature||3|
|ENGL 6631||Shakespeare Seminar||3|
|ENGL 6632||Seminar in Literature of the English Renaissance||3|
|ENGL 6633||Seminar in Restoration and Eighteen Century British Literature||3|
|ENGL 6634||Seminar in Major Authors||3|
|ENGL 6635||Women's and Gender Issues||3|
|ENGL 6636||African-American Literature||3|
|ENGL 6637||Criticism and Theory||3|
|ENGL 7630||Seminar in World and Comparative Literature||3|
|ENGL 7631||Seminar in the British Novel||3|
|ENGL 7632||Seminar in the American Novel||3|
|ENGL 7633||Seminar in Nineteenth-Century British Literature||3|
|ENGL 7634||Seminar in Twentieth-Century British Literature||3|
|ENGL 7635||Seminar in Nineteenth-Century American Literature||3|
|ENGL 7637||Seminar in Twentieth-Century American Literature||3|
|ENGL 7638||Seminar in Twentieth-Century Poetry||3|
|ENGL 7639||Seminar in Selected Topics||3|
A student may repeat a seminar once when it is taught with a different subtitle.
College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department of Literature and Philosophy
Graduate Program Director
Dr. Dustin Anderson
Newton Building, Room 3302B
Phone: (912) 478-1354
Georgia Southern University
P.O. Box 8023
Statesboro, GA 30460
phone (912) 478-5471
fax (912) 478-0653