English Language and Literatures
IntroductionThe Department of English Language and Literatures offers a flexible M.A. program designed to meet various needs, including those of prospective or practicing high school or college English teachers, ESL specialists, professional writers, and predoctoral students. The program is structured around work in language, literature, and writing. Courses are regularly available in the standard areas of literature, linguistics, composition/rhetoric, professional writing, and gender studies, as well as in nontraditional and interdisciplinary studies. Elective options allow students to design programs to meet their educational goals. In addition to the course and thesis options, special options allow students to combine courses in literature or language with work in creative writing, professional writing, technical writing, womens studies, or the teaching of writing and literature, among others. The program in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages), which includes linguistics and which may be pursued as an elective option, as an endorsement for certified public school teachers, or as a concentration in itself, prepares students to teach English to nonnative speakers. Details about the different offerings in the TESOL program are available in the departmental office. Interdisciplinary options allow work in programs like reading, communications, religion studies, or history. Internships within the various options prepare students for professional writing careers, for college teaching, or for positions in special collections, archives, and private and rare book libraries by offering on-the-job experience at appropriate sites. Full-time or part-time study is possible.
In addition to meeting the admission requirements of the School of Graduate Studies, applicants for regular standing in the M.A. program in English must present either an undergraduate major in English from an accredited college or university with a major average of 3.2 or better (on a 4.0 scale), or five appropriate upper-division courses in English with an average of 3.5 or better in those classes. Applicants must also present an academic paper on a subject in English using secondary sources and an overall undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 or better. Applicants with deficiencies in their undergraduate preparation may be required to take additional courses.
Applicants whose overall grade point average is between 3.0 and 2.7 will be admitted to conditional standing by action of the English department graduate committee if they meet the other requirements above. To attain regular standing, students must be reviewed by the graduate committee and must earn a grade of B or better in each of the first three graduate courses (12 credit hours) taken.
Upon petition of the student seeking admission, reasonable exceptions to these requirements may be made for sufficient cause.
It is essential that applicants for an M.A. in English be able to demonstrate their proficiency in written and spoken English. Nonnative speakers of English must obtain a TOEFL score of IBT 100/CBT 250/PBT 600, or for conditional admission, 80/213/550. Students will be tested upon beginning the program and may be required to take ESL courses to improve their English skills.
Nondegree students enrolled in English graduate courses are subject to review and approval by the English department graduate committee.
AdvisingNo student should take graduate work without departmental advisement. Both full- and part-time students should consult regularly each quarter with the director of graduate studies in English, the departments graduate advisor. Students taking graduate English courses who are not enrolled in the M.A. program should also consult the director of graduate studies to determine the courses that will best meet their needs.
Degree RequirementsThe masters program in English comprises three concentrations. The concentration in literature enables students to increase their knowledge of English and American literature and to improve their critical skills and their grasp of scholarly method. The concentration in composition and rhetoric provides training in writing theory and pedagogy. The concentration in TESOL provides those who wish to teach ESL with thorough grounding in linguistics, language acquisition theory, and classroom practice. To meet these goals, the program uses three groups of courses:
The 600-level courses offer widely varied topics in literature and language and are especially suitable for students wishing to extend their knowledge of English and American literature, critical theory, writing pedagogy, and linguistics.
The 700-level core courses provide students with the necessary scholarly and critical skills for graduate-level work. All students in the concentration in literature are required to take both ENG 701 and 702; students in the concentration in composition and rhetoric are required to take both ENG 700 and 711; students in the concentration in TESOL are required to take both ENG 700 and 714.
The 700-level seminar courses offer opportunities for intensive and specialized scholarly and critical study on a broad range of specific literary and linguistic topics; three seminars are required of all students in the program.
Additional elective courses are available in literature, language, and writing.
All students are required to submit a graduate portfolio.
During the last quarter in the program, a candidate for a degree must submit a portfolio that includes a cover essay and an independent paper. Every Candidate must pass the graduate portfolio in order to receive a degree.
Details concerning the portfolio are available from the Department of English Language and Literatures.
Students who elect the thesis option or the creative writing thesis option are required to enroll for 8 quarter hours of credit under ENG 799 and prepare a thesis or, in the case of creative writing students, a work of imaginative literature, under the supervision of an advisor approved by the director of graduate studies in English. This thesis will be read and approved by the candidates committee, which will be chaired by the candidates thesis advisor.
Certificate Programs in English
Wright State University offers graduate certificate programs in professional writing, technical writing, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), and Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL). For more information about these certificates, contact the Department of English Language and Literatures, or visit http://cola.wright.edu/Dept/ENG/
Graduate Endorsement in TESOL
For information about the endorsement in TESOL, which enables the recipient to teach English as a second language to students in grades pre-K-12 in conjunction with state of Ohio licensure, students should contact the director of TESOL, the College of Education and Human Services, or visit http://www.wright.edu/cola/Dept/eng/tesol/.
A reading knowledge of a modern foreign language is not required of any student but is strongly recommended for students contemplating additional graduate work at the doctoral level. An adequate reading knowledge can be demonstrated either by course work or an examination that certifies competence at the third year level.
Peter S. Bracher (Emeritus), Victorian literature, English novel
Richard H. Bullock, Director of writing programs
Norman R. Cary (Emeritus), world literature in English, non-Western literature
Robert M. Correale (Emeritus), Chaucer, Middle English literature
John F. Fleischauer (Emeritus), Renaissance literature, classical rhetoric
James R. Guthrie, American literature
O. Elizabeth Harden (Emerita), English Romantic literature, English novel
Lillie P. Howard, African American literature, eighteenth-century novel, Jane Austen
James M. Hughes (Emeritus), American literature, American studies, popular culture
Lawrence E. Hussman (Emeritus), American literature, naturalism
Joe Law, composition and rhetorical theory, Victorian literature
Martin Maner, eighteenth-century English literature
Barry Milligan, nineteenth-century British literature, Romantic literature
Gary B. Pacernick, creative writing, modern poetry
Mary Beth Pringle, modern novel; womens literary studies; professional, business, and technical writing
Martha C. Sammons, technical writing, fantasy literature
Donald R. Swanson (Emeritus), nineteenth- and twentieth-century English literature, English novel
Thomas R. Whissen (Emeritus), modern British literature, comparative literature, English novel
Angela Beumer Johnson, English education, integrated language arts
Cecile W. Cary (Emerita), Shakespeare, Renaissance studies
Deborah Crusan, Director of ESL, TESOL, ESL, assessment, applied linguistics
Chris Hall, Director of ESL, ESL composition, computers and writing
S. Lynette Jones, African American literature, American literature, women writers
Henry S. Limouze (chair), Milton, seventeenth-century literature, linguistics
Carol S. Loranger, Director of Graduate Studies in English, American literature, critical theory
Marguerite G. MacDonald, Director of TESOL
Nancy Mack, English education, writing theory
Annette Oxindine, twentieth-century British literature, feminist criticism
David Seitz, composition studies, rhetorical theory
Alpana Sharma, postcolonial literature and theory, feminist literature and theory, critical theory, U.S. multi-ethnic literature
Heidi J. Breuer, Medieval literature, Arthurian literature, women in literature
Erin Flanagan, Creative Writing
John Haught, TESOL, education
Sally Lamping, English Education, Integrated Language Arts, Urban Education
Alex Mcleod, Shakespeare, sixteenth-century literature, early modern drama
Financial AssistanceThe Department of English Language and Literatures awards a limited number of graduate assistantships annually to qualified students. Assistants are usually assigned teaching responsibilities. Assistantships may be renewed for a second year, and assistants can complete the requirements for a degree in two academic years.
International students who wish to apply for teaching assistantships must demonstrate near-native proficiency in English by obtaining a TOEFL score of IBT 100/CBT 250/PBT 600. Nonnative speakers of English will also have to demonstrate oral proficiency through a departmental test.
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