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DEGREE REQUIREMENTS (30 Units)

For the Master of Arts degree, a minimum of 30 units of approved graduate work is required.


CHOOSE ONE OF THE FOLLOWING OPTIONS 

OPTION I. LITERATURE

Option-Specific Requirements: 

Two core requirements: 

Engl 604 Studies in the English Language

Engl 638 Critical Approaches to Literature

Two graduate-level courses in literature (400 level courses MAY NOT be used)

Engl__(500-600)level course in literature

Engl__(500-600)level course in literature

One core Lit requirement

Engl. 601 Seminar in Scholarly Methods &  Bibliography

Three courses in literature

Engl___ Lit Course

Engl___ Lit Course

Engl___ Lit Course

 Culminating Experience:

Engl 697C LIT EXAM +

Engl______ (One elective English course)

Engl______ (One elective English course)              

(Two electives because exam carries no unit weight)

OR:

Engl 698D GRADUATE PROJECT +

Engl______ (One elective English course) 

Culminating info sessions are mandatory. Please check calendar for dates

 

OPTION II. CREATIVE WRITING

Applicants interested in the creative writing option must first be admitted into the MA Program in English and must submit a qualifying creative writing sample to the Creative Writing Committee during their first or second semester as a graduate student in English (and/or when they are ready). Consult the English Department M.A. Program Calendar of Important Dates for submission deadlines.

CW students are allowed to take two 512’s, 608’s and 609’s as long as the individual class topics are not repeated.  

CW students must take 2 workshops in their primary genre.

Option-Specific Requirements: 

Engl 604 Studies in the English Language

Engl ­638 Critical Approaches to Literature

Two graduate-level courses in literature (400 level courses MAY NOT be used)

Engl___(500-600) level course in lit

Engl___(500-600) level course in lit

One core CW requirement

Engl 652 Creative Writing Studies

 Three courses in creative writing

Engl___   CW Course

Engl___   CW Course

Engl___   CW Course

Culminating Experience:

Engl 698D GRADUATE PROJECT +

Engl______ (One elective English course)+ 

Engl _____ CW Workshop course in student’s genre taken concurrently with 698D (400,500 or 600 level permitted)                  

 For more information, see the Guidelines for the Graduate Creative Writing Option.

OPTION III. RHETORIC AND COMPOSITION THEORY

Applicants interested in the rhetoric and composition theory option must first be admitted into the MA program in English and must submit a qualifying non-fiction writing sample during their first or second semester as a graduate student in English (and/or when they are ready). Consult the English Department M.A. Program Calendar of Important Dates for submission deadlines.

Option-Specific Requirements: 

Engl 604 Studies in the English Language

Engl 638 Critical Approaches to Literature

Two graduate-level courses in literature (400 level courses MAY NOT be used)

Engl___(500-600) level course in literature

Engl___(500-600) level course in literature

One core RC requirement

Engl 651 Rhetoric and Composition Theory

Three courses in rhetoric, composition or study of language

Engl___ RC Course

Engl___ RC Course

Engl___ RC Course 

Culminating Experience:

Engl 697C RC EXAM +

Engl______ (One elective English course)

Engl______ (One elective English course)              

(Two electives because exam carries no unit weight)

OR:

Engl 698D GRADUATE PROJECT +

Engl______ (One elective English course)  

Culminating info sessions are mandatory. Please check calendar for dates

For more information, see the Guidelines for the Graduate Rhetoric and Composition Option.


Notes:

  1. ***Policy on GPA Requirements for Graduate Programs- Approved on June 1, 2006
    Students pursuing a Graduate Degree must maintain a minimum 3.0 (B) average in the formal program. No grade below a "C" can be counted in the formal program. Any grade of "C-" or below in the formal program must be repeated after an approved course repeat form has been filed. If the student does not receive a "C" or better on the 2nd attempt, the student will be disqualifed from the program. A maximum of 6 units in the formal program may be repeated at the graduate level. The repeat grade will appear on the transcript. Departments may have higher standards that take precedence over the university policy.
  2. In all options, with consent of the Graduate Advisor, two courses from the 400 level in the English Department that have been approved for graduate credit may be chosen. (Note:400 level courses cannot be used for the graduate level (500-600)  literature requirement)
  3. Students may receive credit for only two 512s (Writing for Performance), two 608s (Seminar in Narrative Writing), two 609s (Seminar in Poetry Writing), two 622s (Aspects of Poetry), two 623s (Studies in Prose Fiction), three 620s (Seminar in Individual Authors), three 630s (Seminar in Literary periods)--as long as the individual class topics are not repeated.
  4. Please send official sealed transcripts to: CSUN, Department of English 18111 Nordhoff Street  Northridge, CA 91330-8248 Attention: Marjie Seagoe
    Note: Do not send junior college transcripts, only 4 year institutions to English Dept.  Do not send CSUN transcripts to Department of English.
  5. and another set to Admissions and Records. It takes approximately 8-12 weeks for applications to be sent to the English Dept once all transcripts are in to Admissions.
    Note: Send transcripts of all institutions attended to A and R
  6. Plan Ahead
  7. For more information please contact: Graduate Secretary marjie.seagoe@csun.edu 818-677-3433
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