To ensure that students build a sound graduate-level foundation of knowledge with a broad range of interests in literature and language, the English MA Program requires that they take at least one course from each of five blocks, which comprise classes with shared disciplinary interests and methods or with historical kinship.
The student need not complete the block classes in any particular order, but ideally he or she will take a Block I course within the first twelve hours, to establish a foundation in English language.
VARIABLE AND SPECIAL TOPICS COURSES
The following courses feature special and variable topics, depending upon professors’ interests and emphases. With the approval of the Chair of the Department of English, a student may substitute up to six hours of special and variable topics classes for block requirements. The block requirement for which a course may be substituted will be announced clearly in the online class listings before registration and in the instructor’s syllabus.
In such cases in which the variable or special topics course does not fit into a block, it may be used only as an elective. This designation will be announced clearly in the online class listings before registration and in the instructor’s syllabus.
Students should understand that the block classes are designed to give them broad, “generalist” preparation for teaching, future graduate work, and comprehensive examinations; variable and special topics courses are obviously narrower. We advise students to avoid class substitutions unless necessary.
Every student takes ENGL 5330, Graduate Research: Methods and Theories, during her or his first long term, as it is available.