College of Arts and Sciences

1999-2000 Bulletin Information

DEPARTMENT OF ENGLISH

Chair: Sue B. Walker (460-6146)
Professors: McDonald (Emeritus), Walker, White, Wilson (Emeritus)
Associate Professors: Beason, Dorrill, McIver, Payne
Assistant Professors: Cohen, Coleman, Comstock, Guzy, Hotchkiss, Juengel, Matheson, McLaughlin, Wellington, West Instructors: Leatherwood, Nowlin, Spain

The curriculum in the Department of English is designed to serve two main purposes: first, to provide for all students those basic disciplines in composition and rhetoric, in written communication, and in literature, which are essential to a familiarity with the cultural past and to some understanding of the ferment in the cultural present; second, to provide for those majoring in English a broad and intensive study of important American and British authors, identifying them with the mainstream of literary movements and the historical background from which such movements grew.

The curriculum ensures the student a familiarity with the tools and methods of scholarly endeavor. For the student interested in graduate study in the field, it establishes a background adequate for continuing work and specialization. It offers training for students who plan to teach English in the secondary schools or 2-year colleges.

REQUIREMENTS FOR A MAJOR IN ENGLISH
A minimum of 36 semester hours, exclusive of freshman English. The British survey courses (EH 215-216) are required of all majors. The two American Literature Survey courses (EH 225 and 226) and the two World Literature courses (EH 235-236) may be used in fulfilling the 36 hour minimum. Remaining hours must come from courses at the 300 level or above and must include:

1. Two courses in literature prior to 1660.
2. Two courses in British or American literature from 1660-1900.
3. Two courses in twentieth-century literature.
4. One literary criticism course, EH 421 or 422.
5. A minimum of three courses at the 400-level, which may include courses also used to satisfy requirements 1-3, but not requirement 4. Appropriate seminar and “Studies in” courses can serve to fulfill these period requirements.

PACE DEGREE PROGRAM

01-05 General Education Requirements

See General Education Requirements for the College of Arts and Sciences.

06 Sequence Requirement (6 HRS)

Satisfied with major requirements.

07-10 General Education Requirements

See General Education Requirements for the College of Arts and Sciences.

11 Major (36 HRS excluding EH 101 & EH 102)

EH 215 EH 216 Select one: EH 421, EH 422
Select two: EH 311, EH 321, EH 322, EH 323, EH 324, EH 460, EH 461, EH 465, EH 467, EH 470, EH 471, EH 472
Select two: EH 331, EH 332, EH 334, EH 340, EH 342, EH 343, EH 351, EH 352, EH 353, EH 354, EH 462, EH 474, EH 475
Select two: EH 360, EH 361, EH 367, EH 368, EH 463, EH 468, EH 476, EH 478, EH 479
Select three electives: EH 225, EH 226, EH 235, EH 236, EH 300 - EH 499

Four of the above courses must be at the EH 400 level

12 Major Residency/GPA

Complete at least 15 semester hours in residence in major at the 300 and/or 400 level. A minimum GPA of 2.0 is required in major.

13 Minor

See specific department.

15 University Residency Requirement/GPA

Complete at least 32 semester hours in residence at the 300 and/or 400 level. An overall GPA of 2.0 is required for graduation.

REQUIREMENTS FOR A MAJOR IN ENGLISH WITH A CONCENTRATION IN CREATIVE WRITING
A minimum of 36 semester hours in English, exclusive of freshman English. The two British survey courses (215-216) are required. Remaining hours must include:

  1. Five creative writing courses.
  2. Five literature courses at the 300 level or above, including an American novel course and a Shakespeare course. Appropriate seminar and "Studies in" courses can serve to fulfill these requirements.

PACE DEGREE PROGRAM

01-05 General Education Requirements

See Page 45.

06 Sequence Requirement (6 HRS)

Satisfied with major requirements.

07-10 General Education Requirements

See Page 46.

11 Major (36 HRS excluding EH 101 & EH 102)

EH 215 EH 216
Select one: EH 331, EH 361
Select one: EH 322, EH 323, EH 472
Select five: EH 391, EH 392, EH 395, EH 396, EH 483-EH 488
Select three: EH 300 and/or EH 400 level (except EH 391, EH 392, EH 395, EH 396, EH 483-EH 488)

12 Major Residency/GPA

Complete at least 15 semester hours in residence in major at the 300 and/or 400 level. A minimum GPA of 2.0 is required in major.

13 Minor

See specific department.

15 University Residency Requirement/GPA

Complete at least 32 semester hours in residence at the 300 and/or 400 level. An overall GPA of 2.0 is required for graduation.

REQUIREMENTS FOR A MINOR IN ENGLISH
A minimum of 21 semester hours in English, exclusive of freshman English. The minor requires at least four courses at the 300 level or above.

GRADUATE STUDIES
The Master of Arts degree program in English is designed to meet the needs both of students pursuing a terminal M.A. and those planning to work toward the Ph.D. and a career in university teaching. The terminal M.A. serves such career tracks as junior college or secondary-school teaching and writing or editing in the business or corporate community. Creative writers find the degree meaningful in careers both in and out of the academic community.

REQUIREMENTS FOR ADMISSION
Students are admitted each semester. The following criteria supplement the Graduate School criteria (see Categories of Admission):

REGULAR ADMISSION

  1. For the Literature Concentration, an undergraduate major in English or at least 30 semester hours of course work in English beyond the freshman level. For the Creative Writing Concentration, at least 15 semester hours of course work in English beyond the freshman level.*
  2. A minimum GPA of 3.0 in junior- and senior-level courses presented in fulfillment of requirement 1.
  3. A score of at least 500 on the Verbal subtest of the GRE General Test.
  4. For applicants for whom English is a second language, a TOEFL score of at least 535 and a personal statement of no more than 500 words in their own handwriting outlining their interest in and goals for pursuing a master’s degree in English, an exercise that must be acceptable to the English Department’s Graduate Committee.

PROVISIONAL ADMISSION

  1. For the Literature Concentration, a minor in English or at least 21 semester hours of course work in English beyond the freshman level, at least 12 of these hours in upper-division literature courses. Students lacking the literature component can qualify by completing additional upper-division courses in literature. For the Creative Writing Concentration, 15 semester hours of course work in English beyond the freshman level.* Provisional Admission with fewer semesters hours than those stipulated requires specific approval of the Department’s Graduate Committee.
  2. A minimum GPA of 2.50 in junior- and senior- level courses presented in fulfillment of requirement 1.
  3. Applicants presenting a score of less than 500 on the Verbal subtest of the GRE General Test must enter in the Provisional category. Applicants may also be admitted provisionally without submitting a score, but one must be submitted before the student can advance to Regular Status.
  4. Same as requirement 4 for Regular Admission. Students admitted provisionally may be required to make up deficiencies in their undergraduate course work in addition to the normal degree requirements listed below.

*Students must specify their concentration at the time of application and may not thereafter change concentrations without the specific approval of the English Department’s Graduate Committee. Students admitted provisionally may be required to make up deficiencies in their undergraduate course work in addition to the normal degree requirements listed below.

NON-DEGREE ADMISSION
Applicants for non-degree status in English will normally be admitted only if they meet regular admission standards for provisional admission. That is, they must have a 2.5 GPA overall and in junior- and senior-level courses presented to meet the 21 hour (15 hours for creative writing) course work in English requirement. Following admission, non-degree students must have the permission of the department chair and the director of graduate studies of the College for each course in which they wish to enroll. Enrollment will be on a space available basis with preference being given to degree students. Non-degree students must satisfy the same prerequisites as degree students to enroll in a course. Non-degree students may not enroll in directed studies courses.

GRADUATE ASSISTANTSHIPS
The English Dept. awards both teaching assistantships and research assistantships. Teaching assistantships involve responsibility for freshman composition classes. Graduate students holding research assistantships are usually assigned tasks involving research, editing, administrative/clerical tasks, or tutoring. Awards are normally made for the academic year; occasionally, assistantships become available for Spring Semester. Applications are taken continuously; competition for appointments begins in May for the following year. See Coordinator for information and application. (See also Bulletin section on Graduate School, “Assistantships and Fellowships.”)

REQUIREMENTS FOR DEGREE
During the second semester in the program, each student must submit an individual plan of study with regard to adequate coverage of British and American literature, literary theory, language, development of writing skills, and the student’s individual needs and objectives. The plan must be approved by the Coordinator of Graduate Studies in English.

  1. Concentration in British and American Literature
    1. A minimum of thirty-six semester hours of credit is required beyond the bachelor’s degree with a grade of “A” or “B”. At least twenty-seven of these hours must be in literature, to include EH 501, Intro to Literary Theory, in the first year of course work. No more than twelve semester hours selected from the 400-level English courses may be used to meet the requirement of a minimum of thirty-six hours.
    2. Students may take a non-thesis degree or, upon departmental approval, six semester hours of credit of the required thirty-six will be granted upon successful completion and defense of the thesis, thus leaving a minimum of thirty hours of credit to be accomplished in course work.
    3. An oral defense of the thesis will be required at least four weeks prior to the anticipated graduation date. (For final submission of the thesis to the Graduate School, see the Bulletin section on General Information.)
    4. At least one semester before graduation, both thesis and non-thesis students must pass a written comprehensive examination, normally offered between semesters, based on a uniform study guide suggesting representative works in the field of literature and literary criticism. The study guide should be obtained from the English Graduate Coordinator as soon as the student enrolls in the M.A. program. A student who fails the examination may retake the failed sections after six months have elapsed from the date of the first examination. The comprehensive examination may be taken only twice and must be passed in its entirety.
    5. Demonstrated proficiency in a foreign language is required (see 4 below).
  2. Concentration in Creative Writing
    1. Thesis as exam option: A minimum of thirty-six hours credit in English course work, to include twenty-one hours of courses in literature, and fifteen hours of courses in writing, is required beyond the bachelor’s degree with a grade of A or B. No more than twelve semester hours selected from 400-level English courses may be used to meet the requirement of thirty-six hours minimum. The required thesis (six hours thesis credit to be granted on successful completion and oral defense of the thesis) will serve as the student’s exit evaluation and no written comprehensive examination is required. Exam and Thesis option: A minimum of thirty hours credit in English course work, to include eighteen hours of courses in literature and twelve hours of courses in writing, along with six hours of thesis credits to be granted on the successful completion and defense of the thesis, are required beyond the bachelor’s degree with a grade of A or B. No more than twelve semester hours selected from 400-level English courses may be used to meet the requirement of thirty hours minimum. At least one semester before graduation, students pursuing this option must pass one-half of the written comprehensive examination as described under the literature concentration.
    2. Students may concentrate on fiction, non-fiction, or poetry writing.
    3. This concentration is offered only as a thesis degree. For the thesis, a book-length work of fiction, non-fiction, or poetry is required.
    4. An oral defense of the thesis will be required at least four weeks prior to the anticipated graduation date. (For final submission of the thesis to the Graduate School, see the Bulletin section on General Information.)
    5. At least one semester before graduation, students must pass a written comprehensive examination, normally offered between semesters, based on a uniform study guide suggesting representative works in the field of literature and literary criticism. The study guide should be obtained from the English Graduate Coordinator as soon as the student enrolls in the M.A. program. A student who fails the examination may retake the failed sections after six months have elapsed from the date of the first examination. The comprehensive examination may be taken only twice and must be passed in its entirety.
    6. Demonstrated proficiency in a foreign language is required (see 4 on the next page).

  3. M.A. in English with Alabama Class-A Professional Teaching Certification.
      Students holding Class-B Professional Teaching Certification may, in many cases, complete the regular graduate program in English with the literature emphasis in order to qualify for Class-A certification. Most students with an undergraduate degree in education will already have taken those education courses required for certification.   
    Upon admission, however, all students planning to pursue this certification must have their transcripts reviewed by the records specialist in education in order to ascertain whether the education requirements have been met or will require further course work in education. Up to nine semester hours in education at the graduate level may be incorporated into the literature emphasis as electives.
  4. Foreign Language Proficiency Requirement   
    All students pursuing the M.A. in English must demonstrate a reading proficiency in one foreign language before registering for the comprehensive exam. Those concentrating in literature may offer French, German, or Latin, and those concentrating in creative writing may offer Spanish, French, German, or Latin. Foreign nationals for whom English is not native may offer their native language. Credit in reading courses in acceptable languages may not count toward the 36 hour credit requirement for the M.A. in English.

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