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MA in Rhetoric, Writing, and Linguistics

The MA in Rhetoric, Writing, and Linguistics has the following degree requirements:

  1. Six hours of coursework in English at the 600 level (this may include the required RWL elective mentioned below).
  2. Twelve additional hours of coursework in English at the 500 to 600 level, to be divided as follows:
      • Three hours of English 585.
      • Three hours of English 586.
      • Three hours of an elective course from the Rhetoric, Writing, and Linguistics curriculum.
      • Three hours of any elective course in English
      • Six hours for graduate credit in English, including the 400 level

Students must take at least nine hours (see first three items above) in Rhetoric, Writing, and Linguistics. The remaining 15 credit hours may be selected from any English courses at the proper level. A student may apply only three hours of English 593—Independent Study—toward the MA in English.

3. Six hours of English 500 (Thesis Hours). The thesis will analyze some aspect of writing or rhetorical theory, for which six semester   hours of credit are given. In addition to the project director, two other English department faculty members will supervise and approve the project.

 4. Evidence of proficiency in one foreign language, to be fulfilled in one of the following ways:

      • Completion of a second year (or demonstration of competence on a waiver or proficiency examination) of a language at the college level with a grade of C or better.

(NOTE: This method does not satisfy a PhD language requirement. The following two do.)

      • Completion of French 302 or German 332 at UT with a grade of B or better.
      • Passing UT’s regular PhD foreign language examination as currently administered.

Note: non-native-English speakers may offer a native language for completion of the language requirement for the MA.  A master’s student who cannot demonstrate proficiency in any approved language under any of the available options within three attempts must leave the program without a degree.

5.  A ninety-minute oral examination. Thirty minutes of the exam will consist of questions about the thesis, and sixty minutes will consist of questions covering the texts on the MA Reading List for Rhetoric, Writing, and Linguistics. The reading list for this examination may be found here; hard copies of this list are available in the Office of Graduate Studies in English.

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