English and Languages

Master of Arts in English

Graduate studies in English are designed to continue, enrich, and enhance education in literature, rhetoric, and language. The Department of English and Languages offers the Master of Arts with a thesis and non-thesis track. The thesis track is designed primarily for students planning a career in college teaching; this track also prepares students to continue graduate studies toward the doctorate in English. The non-thesis track is designed primarily for students planning to continue their teaching careers at the secondary level. Students should choose between these two tracks according to their individual needs and goals.

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To gain full admission to a master's program in English, students should have an undergraduate major in English and a minimum of 14 undergraduate hours (or the equivalent) in one foreign language. Those who lack the necessary background will be required to complete appropriate undergraduate leveling work. The departmental graduate admissions committee reviews transcripts and determines the nature and amount of leveling required. Students should take no more than six hours of graduate classes before completing leveling requirements.

Prospective students entering the Masters Program in English must submit (at the time of their general application to the Graduate College) to the English Department the following: a 10-15-page MLA, APA, or LSA scholarly research paper and three letters of recommendation. A minimum GPA of 3.0 during the student's last 60 hours of undergraduate course work is required for admission to the program.

The department head will assist students in selecting courses, establishing a graduate committee, and deciding between the thesis and non-thesis tracks. Once the student has selected a committee made up of three departmental graduate faculty members, the committee head will serve as the student's graduate advisor. The advisor will assist the student in developing a degree plan and will oversee the thesis (for thesis track) or directed reading (for non-thesis track). Students choosing the thesis track must also receive approval from the graduate admissions committee.

English Courses

ENGL 510. Studies in Amer Lit. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Focuses on restricted periods in American literary history. Examples include colonial American literature, the American Renaissance, American literary naturalism, post-World War II American literature, and minority literature in America. May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

ENGL 520. Studies in Engl Language. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Focuses on historical and/or linguistic study of the English language. Topics will vary. Examples include history of the English language and the English language in America. May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

ENGL 521. Psycholinguistics. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Deals with a variety of formal cognitive mechanisms that are relevant to the knowledge and use of natural languages. Primary emphasis is on the modular view of the mind and its consequences for both L1 and L2 language acquisition.

ENGL 530. Studies in Rhetoric. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A study of written language theories. Course contents include readings from a wide spectrum including classical Greece and Rome, the European enlightenment, nineteenth century America, and modern and post-modern periods. May be retaken for credit when topics vary.

ENGL 540. Studies in Modern Fiction. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

An evaluation of English and American short stories, novels, and related criticism. Topics will vary and will include study of themes and development of the genre. May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

ENGL 550. Studies in Lit Before 1500. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A study of representative types of pre-1500 literature in English. Topics may vary. May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

ENGL 560. Modern Amer and Brit Poetry. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A study of representative themes in the development of American and English poetry. Related critical readings will be studied. Topics will vary. May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

ENGL 570. Studies in Comparative Lit. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A comparative study of great literature in the world in translation. Topics may vary and may include examination of theme, technique, and type. May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

ENGL 580. Studies in Teaching of Comp. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

The course is devoted to the study of the aims, skills, materials, and practices of composition teaching at college and junior college levels. May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

ENGL 585. Engl Seminar. 1-3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Content varies according to the needs and desires of the students. When topic varies, course may be taken for credit more than once. Open to students of graduate classification.

ENGL 586. Special Problems. 1-3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Conference course. Directed independent study under supervision of a senior faculty member.

ENGL 588. Thesis. 1-6 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Scheduled when student is ready to begin thesis. No credit until thesis is accepted. Prerequisites: 24 hours of graduate credit, including ENGL 598, and prior approval of department head.

ENGL 597. Engl Internship. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Supervised professional activities in the college composition classroom including presentations, evaluation, and conferences. May be repeated once for credit. Field experience fee $50.

ENGL 598. Methods of Bib and Res Analys. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

An introduction to methods of research and effective utilization of library resources. May include analytical bibliography, enumerative bibliography, and textual criticism.

Foreign Language Courses

French Courses

German Courses

Spanish Courses

Dr. Samuel Fisher Dodson
Department of English & Languages
O.A. Grant Building, Room 315
Box T-0300
Stephenville, Texas 76402
(254) 968-9034
dodson@tarleton.edu
http://www.tarleton.edu/COLFAWEB/english/graduate/index.html