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Graduate Program Plans of Study

English Graduate Program

MA

Ten courses, 30 credits:

  • ENG500 English Proseminar

One course in Literary Criticism

  • ENG550 Literary Criticism
  • ENG555 Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism
  • ENG585 Studies in Contemporary Criticism

Three courses in literature before 1800, including at least one in the pre-Early Modern period and at least one in Shakespeare

  • ENG501 Introduction to Old English
  • ENG502 Introduction to Middle English
  • ENG503 Chaucer
  • ENG504 English Literature of the Sixteenth
  • ENG505 Shakespeare
  • ENG506 English Drama through the Jacobean Period
  • ENG507 English Literature of the Seventeenth Century
  • ENG508 Milton
  • ENG509 Eighteenth Century English Literature
  • ENG510 Early English Novels
  • ENG511 Restoration and Eighteenth Century English Drama
  • ENG527 Development of Modern English
  • ENG572 Studies in Middle English Literature
  • ENG573 Studies in Sixteenth Century English Literature
  • ENG574 Studies in Shakespeare
  • ENG575 Studies in Seventeenth Century English Literature
  • ENG576 Studies in Eighteenth Century English Literature

Three courses in literature after 1800

  • ENG517 English Romantic Literature
  • ENG518 The English Novel of the Nineteenth Century
  • ENG519 English Literature of the Victorian Period
  • ENG521 Modern British Drama
  • ENG522 British Literature of the Twentieth Century to 1945
  • ENG523 Joyce
  • ENG524 Virginia Woolf
  • ENG525 Contemporary British and American Literature Since 1945
  • ENG527 The Development of Modern English
  • ENG529 Ballad Revivals
  • ENG532 The American Renaissance
  • ENG533 American Fiction in the Nineteenth Century
  • ENG534 American Poetry in the Nineteenth Century
  • ENG535 Realism and Naturalism in American
  • ENG536 American Fiction in the Twentieth Century to 1945
  • ENG537 American Poetry in the Twentieth Century to 1945
  • ENG538 Modern American Drama
  • ENG539 American Fiction After 1945
  • ENG541 Seminar in Creative Writing
  • ENG556 Literature and Lore of the Catskill Mountains and the Hudson Valley
  • ENG560 Forms of Autobiography
  • ENG576 Studies in Eighteenth Century English Literature
  • ENG577 Studies in English Romanticism
  • ENG578 Studies in Victorian Literature
  • ENG579 Studies in Nineteenth Century American Literature
  • ENG580 Studies in Twentieth Century American Poetry to 1945
  • ENG581 Studies in Twentieth Century American Fiction to 1945
  • ENG582 Studies in Twentieth Century British Poetry to 1945
  • ENG583 Studies in Twentieth Century British Fiction
  • ENG584 Studies in Contemporary British Literature
  • ENG585 Studies in Contemporary Criticism
  • ENG586 Studies in Contemporary American Literature
  • ENG587 Studies in Contemporary British and American Drama
  • ENG588 Studies in Comparative Literature

Two electives to be chosen from all the courses listed above plus

  • ENG515 Modern Theories of Writing
  • ENG590 Thesis in English
  • ENG593 Special Topics
  • ENG595 Independent Study English

Foreign language requirement: Intermediate-level competence as demonstrated by three undergraduate credits at the intermediate level, or nine undergraduate credits at the beginning and intermediate levels, or passing grade on a translation exam. The foreign language requirement must be fulfilled within three semesters after matriculation.

Comprehensive exam: Satisfactory performance on a comprehensive exam taken after completion of no fewer than 24 credits.

 

MAT

Four English courses, 12 credits:

  • ENG500 English Proseminar
  • One courses in literature before 1800 (see list above)
  • One course in literature after 1800 (see list above)
  • ENG590 is not available to MAT students

Comprehensive exam: Satisfactory performance on a comprehensive exam taken in the semester before student teaching.

 

MSEd

Five English courses, 15 credits:

  • ENG500 English Proseminar
  • One course in literature before 1800 (see list above)
  • One course in literature after 1800 (see list above)
  • ENG590 is not available to MSEd students

Comprehensive exam: Satisfactory performance on a comprehensive exam taken after completion of no fewer than 12 credits.