2018-2019 Catalog

Master of Arts in English

Admission Requirements

All applicants to the M.A. in English must follow all application and admission procedures outlined in the university graduate application booklet. To be admitted to the program, the applicant must have earned a baccalaureate degree from an accredited university or college and a grade point average of 3.00 or better in the last 60 semester units of upper division course work attempted (not including extension units). Applicants with majors other than English may be accepted into the program, but should expect to do additional work to gain the background necessary for success in their graduate courses.

Program Requirements

A. Prerequisites and Admission to Classified Standing

  1. Graduate standing and the consent of the department chair are prerequisites to enrollment in graduate English classes.
  2. Graduate students in Literature must take the Graduate Exercise, a diagnostic test designed to assess their strengths and weaknesses, in the first semester of their graduate program so that ways to remove the deficiencies may be prescribed in time to benefit the students.
  3. For admission to classified standing, students must have completed nine units of graduate English (500-level) courses at CSU Dominguez Hills with an average of "B" or better. For advancement to candidacy, students must have attained classified standing and have completed nine additional graduate units in English with an average of "B" or better, in addition to having passed the Graduate Exercise.

B. Graduation Requirements

  1. Each student's program must be approved by the graduate coordinator. No more than nine units selected from upper division undergraduate offerings in English may count toward the master's degree in English.
  2. Graduate students who pass the Graduate Exercise in literature will have satisfied the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement. Students in the MA TESL program must earn a score of eight or better on the Graduation Writing Examination (GWE) or earn a grade of "B" or better in one of the certifying writing courses at CSU Dominguez Hills.
  3. To complete assessment of subject matter competence, Literature and Rhetoric/Composition program graduate students who have earned 15-21 units must: (i) revise their passing Graduate Exercises, lengthening them with writing that shows learning gains; and (ii) participate in an interview with members of the Graduate Committee who will communicate their assessment of the revisions and consult with the student about subsequent work in the program.
  4. In addition to successful completion of required coursework, all Literature and Literature & Rhetoric/Composition candidates must achieve a passing score on a Comprehensive Examination. Students who have earned a 3.75 GPA may elect to undertake a Thesis, provided that they can form a thesis committee with the relevant specialization and have their proposal approved by the graduate committee.
  5. Students must complete all requirements for the M.A. within seven years.
  6. In addition to the major requirements, students must meet all university requirements for the master's degree. Students should consult the section of the catalog entitled "Requirements for the Master's Degree."
  7. A reading knowledge of at least one foreign language is a valuable research and teaching tool. While a formal foreign language requirement is not part of this program, those planning to pursue a Ph.D. in English should prepare themselves to meet the doctoral requirement calling for reading ability in two foreign languages.

Literature Option (30 units)

The Master of Arts in English is a degree in literature, the heart of the discipline. The program provides for both breadth and depth in the study of literature.
Students may choose to do all of their work in literature or may elect an emphasis in Rhetoric and Composition.

Requirements

A. Prerequisites:

ENG 307 Practice in Literary Criticism

3

ENG 490Seminar In Literature

3

or

Any single-author course

2.  Select three courses from the following:

ENG 302English Literature to 1642

3

ENG 303English Literature: 1642-1832

3

ENG 304English Literature: 1832-Present

3

ENG 340American Literature to 1865

3

ENG 341American Literature: 1865-Present

3

B.  Required Courses (6 units):

ENG 501Advanced Studies in Literature

3

ENG 545Literary Criticism

3

C. Select one course from the following (3 units):

ENG 530Seminar: Studies in Medieval Literature

3

ENG 535Seminar: Studies in Renaissance Literature

3

D. Select one course from the following (3 units):

ENG 540Seminar: Studies in Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Literature (1660-1798)

3

ENG 543Seminar: Studies in Romantic Literature (1798-1832)

3

ENG 546Seminar: Studies in Victorian Literature (1832-1901)

3

ENG 552 Seminar: Studies in American Literature to 1900

3

E.  Select one course from the following (3 units):

ENG 549Seminar: Studies in Modern British Literature

3

ENG 555Seminar: Studies in American Literature after 1900

3

F.  Select five additional courses in English (15 units).

G. Comprehensive Examination or Thesis.

Literature Option with Rhetoric and Composition Emphasis

The emphasis in Rhetoric and Composition is a specially designed program for students who plan to teach writing at the secondary or community college level. Students may be offered the opportunity to gain practical experience by working as tutors in the writing program. Students who choose this emphasis are required to take the "Required Courses" listed below to satisfy Section F in the Literature Option.

A.  Required Courses (15 units):

ENG 570Seminar in Writing

3

ENG 571Discourse Analysis

3

ENG 575Teaching Of Composition

3

ENG 576History and Theories of Rhetoric

3

ENG 577Current Issues in Rhetoric and Composition

3