Graduate Program

TAMUCC Department of English

Our MA in English offers students an innovative curriculum, a dynamic faculty, and many opportunities for professional development. Our graduates continue into Ph.D. programs, become faculty at two year colleges, work in industry or in government service, and serve as highly successful teachers in the public schools. Our combination of a challenging curriculum and personalized attention ensures that our graduates are ready for a wide variety of careers.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must comply with university procedures in applying for admission to the English Graduate Program. Application is made through the Office of Graduate Studies and Research, with duplicate materials submitted to the Coordinator of the English Graduate Program. Visit the TAMUCC College of Graduate Studies  for complete details.

In addition to these requirements, applicants must submit a portfolio that includes:

  • A letter (2-4 pages long) from the candidate addressed to the English Graduate Committee. This letter should introduce the candidate, describing
    • academic background
    • short and long-term professional goals
    • how graduate study in English at TAMU-CC may meet your personal or professional goals.
    • The candidate may also include details about background, language proficiency, and other personal information that may have influenced the decision to pursue graduate study or that relates to individual/career goals
  • A recent academic writing sample of at least 2000 words, which the applicant believes displays exemplary analytic and stylistic features.
  • Three letters of recommendation.

Admission to the program will be granted based upon undergraduate performance, writing ability, demonstrated commitment to professional goals, and other favorable indicators presented in the portfolio.

At the discretion of the English Graduate Committee, applicants lacking the English undergraduate major may be required to complete upper level undergraduate English credit before being admitted.

A limited number of scholarships and research assistantships are available to first-year students. Application should be made directly to the Coordinator of English Graduate Studies in the form of a short letter that accompanies the candidate's admission portfolio.

Application Deadlines
Applying for U.S. Applicants International Applicants
Fall Semester April 1 April 1
Spring Semester November 1

September 1

Summer I April 15

February 1

Summer II May 15

February 1

Degree Plan

The candidate for the MA degree in English must complete 36 graduate hours in English with a "B" average, and must pass the master's comprehensive examination.  Credit for nomore than one "C" earned at this university may be applied to the degree.  

All English MA students are required to complete 12 hours of core courses.  Students can choose from three "tracks": Rhetoric and Composition, Literary Studies, and Borderlands Studies. Our curriculum provides students with a broad background in English Studies as well as the chance to specialize in one of these three areas.  In addition to the core, students choosing the non-thesis option will take 9 hours in their chosen track, 9 hours of English electives, and the 3 hour capstone course. Students choosing the thesis option will take the core, 9 hours in their chosen track, 6 hours of English electives, and 6 Thesis hours, 3 hours in two separate semesters.

PART ONE
Core Requirements (12 semester hours):

  • ENGL 5302 - Bibliography and Research
  • ENGL 5310 - Literary Criticism and Theory
  • ENGL 5372 - Composition Theory and Pedagogy
  • ENGL 5381 - Introduction to Linguistics

PART TWO
Track Requirements (12 semester hours)

Rhetoric and Composition Track: Studies the power of language, the history of rhetoric, and the various applications of technical and professional communication within a global context.  

British/American Literature/Borderlands
Students will be required to choose one course (3 semester hours) from the following list:

  • ENGL 5340 - Renaissance Literature
  • ENGL 5341 - Shakespeare
  • ENGL 5342 - British Poetry and Prose 1790-1830
  • ENGL 5343 - British Poetry and Fiction 1900-Present
  • ENGL 5344 - Studies in Victorian Literature and Culture
  • ENGL 5346 - American Literature to 1865
  • ENGL 5347 - American Literature 1865-1940
  • ENGL 5348 - American Literature 1945-Present
  • ENGL 5349 - Topics and Genres in Literature

Composition/Rhetoric/Linguistics
Students will be required to choose 3 courses (9 semester hours) from the following list:

  • ENGL 5360 - Evaluation and Diagnosis of Writing
  • ENGL 5361 - Basic Writing Theory and Pedagogy
  • ENGL 5362 - Computers and Writing
  • ENGL 5363 - History of Rhetoric
  • ENGL 5364 - Technical Writing Theory and Pedagogy
  • ENGL 5365 - Community Literacy Theory and Pedagogy
  • ENGL 5369 - Topics and Genres in Rhetoric and Composition
  • ENGL 5380 - Seminar in Grammer and Linguistics
  • ENGL 5385 - Seminar in Applied Linguistics
  • ENGL 5392 - Practicum for Composition Instructors

Literary Studies Track: Studies American and British literatures, both canonical and non-canonical, from a range of political, social, and historical contexts.

Composition/Rhetoric
Students will be required to choose 1 course (3 semester hours) from the following list:

  • ENGL 5360 - Evaluation and Diagnosis of Writing
  • ENGL 5361 - Basic Writing Theory and Pedagogy
  • ENGL 5362 - Computers and Writing
  • ENGL 5363 - History of Rhetoric
  • ENGL 5364 - Technical Writing Theory and Pedagogy
  • ENGL 5365 - Community Literacy Theory and Pedagogy
  • ENGL 5369 - Topics and Genres in Rhetoric and Composition

British/American Literature/Borderlands
Students will be required to choose three courses (9 semester hours) from the following list:

  • ENGL 5340 - Renaissance Literature
  • ENGL 5341 - Shakespeare
  • ENGL 5342 - British Poetry and Prose 1790-1830
  • ENGL 5343 - British Poetry and Fiction 1900-Present
  • ENGL 5344 - Studies in Victorian Literature and Culture
  • ENGL 5346 - American Literature to 1865
  • ENGL 5347 - American Literature 1865-1940
  • ENGL 5348 - American Literature 1945-Present
  • ENGL 5349 - Topics and Genres in Literature
  • ENGL 5393 - General Studies Literature Instructors Practicum

Borderlands Track: Studies the historical and cultural mixture associated with the US-Mexico border as a means of exploring national and transnational concerns over identity, movement and belonging.

Composition/Rhetoric
Students will be required to choose 1 course (3 semester hours) from the following list:

  • ENGL 5360 - Evaluation and Diagnosis of Writing
  • ENGL 5361 - Basic Writing Theory and Pedagogy
  • ENGL 5362 - Computers and Writing
  • ENGL 5363 - History of Rhetoric
  • ENGL 5364 - Technical Writing Theory and Pedagogy
  • ENGL 5365 - Community Literacy Theory and Pedagogy
  • ENGL 5369 - Topics and Genres in Rhetoric and Composition

Borderlands
Students will be required to choose three courses (9 semester hours) from the following list:

  • ENGL 5343 - British Poetry and Fiction 1900-Present
  • ENGL 5346 - American Literature to 1865
  • ENGL 5348 - American Literature 1945-Present
  • ENGL 5349 - Topics and Genres in Literature
  • ENGL 5369 - Topics and Genres in Rhetoric and Composition
  • ENGL 5385 - Seminar in Applied Linguistics

PART THREE
Thesis or Capstone Requirements (12 semester hours)

Thesis Option

  • ENGL 5390 - Thesis (6 semester hours)
  • Electives (6 semester hours)
  • Oral Defense of Thesis 

Capstone Option

  • ENGL 5395 - Capstone (3 semester hours)
  • Electives (9 semester hours)

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS
Written Comprehensive Exam

  • All students must pass both parts of the written comprehensive exam to earn the MA in English

Financial support is available in the form of scholarships and assistantships for English related jobs that provide students with a means of supporting themselves while gaining valuable work experience.  Each incoming student also is assigned to a faculty mentor who works closely with that student to develop a program that will meet the student’s needs and interest.

Our program is big enough to provide variety and small enough to provide personal attention for each graduate student.  In the English MA program at TAMUCC, you’ll grow intellectually and creatively through the advanced study of language and literature.