Students in the MA in Literature, Criticism, and Textual Studies choose either the Thesis or the Non-Thesis option. Both options include the following requirements:
- Six hours of coursework in English at the 600 level.
- Twelve additional hours of coursework in English at the 500 to 600 level. A student may apply only three hours of English 593—Independent Study—toward the MA in English.
- Six hours for graduate credit in English at any level, including the 400 level.
- Evidence of proficiency in one foreign language, to be fulfilled in one of the following ways:
- Completion of a second year of a language at college level with a grade of C or better. (Note: This method does not fulfill part of the PhD language requirement. The following two methods do.)
- Completion of French 302 or German 332 at UT with a grade of B or better.
- Passing the regular PhD foreign language examination as administered at UT.
Additional Requirements for the Thesis Option
- Six hours of English 500 (Thesis hours.) The thesis will be written under the direction of a professor in the department and approved by him or her and two other members. It should normally be between sixty to one hundred pages in length.
- A candidate presenting a thesis must pass a ninety-minute oral examination, focusing in part on the thesis, but consisting chiefly of questions covering the general history of English and American literature, not merely the courses he or she has taken. A reading list of primary works designed to help the student prepare for this examination may be found here; hard copies of this list are also available in the Office of Graduate Studies in English.
Additional Requirements for the Non-Thesis Option
- Six additional hours of graduate coursework in English at the 500 or 600 level.
- A written examination, followed by a one-hour oral examination, consisting chiefly of questions covering the general history of English and American literature, not merely the course he or she has taken. A reading list of primary works designed to help the student prepare for this examination may be found here; hard copies of this list are also available in the Office of Graduate Studies in English. An MA student who fails the written examination twice must leave the program.
There is no residency requirement for the MA degree, but students should attempt to pursue a full-time program whenever possible.