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English (M.A.) 2013-2014 Catalog Year

College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Language and Literature
(239) 590-7171
Program Admission Requirements

Admission to the English (MA) program is competitive and selective. Applicants who meet the minimum requirements for consideration may not necessarily be admitted into the program. Successful applicants generally can demonstrate sophisticated achievement in composing literary analysis, and thus the writing sample is perhaps the most significant part of the application package.

Minimum Requirements

  • A baccalaureate degree in English or a related field from a regionally accredited college or university;
  • A cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0
  • A combined score of at least 1000 on the GRE
  • A minimum TOEFL score of 550 (paper-based) or 213 (computer-based) for international students from countries where English is not the primary language.
  • The names (include contact information) of two college or university faculty members who will serve as references in support of your application;
  • A statement of personal goals (indicate whether you are interested in a teaching assistantship);
  • A writing sample of 8-10 pages.
Program Requirements
  1. Required Courses in the Major (3 hrs)

    Complete the following:
    • ENG 6058 Literature, Language, and Society (3)
    • ENG 6966 Master's Comprehensive Exam (0)

  2. Electives in the Major (30 hrs)
    At least one of these electives must cover a period of literature or literary studies prior to 1900 (*), and at least one must cover a period of literature or literary studies after 1900 (**).

    Complete 6 hours of the following:
    • AML 6017 Studies in the Literature of the US before 1900* (3)
    • AML 6027 Studies in the Literature of the US after 1900** (3)
    • AML 6268 Regional US Literature (3)
    • AML 6305 Major US Authors (3)
    • AML 6930 Special Topics in the Literature and Culture of the US (3)

    Complete 6 hours of the following:
    • ENL 6305 Major British Authors (3)
    • ENL 6335 Studies in Shakespeare (3)
    • ENL 6507 Studies in British Literature before 1900* (3)
    • ENL 6508 Studies in British Literature after 1900** (3)
    • ENL 6930 Special Topics in British Literature (3)

    Complete 6 hours of the following:
    • LIT 6066 Studies in Comparative Literature (3)
    • LIT 6096 Studies in Contemporary Literature** (3)
    • LIT 6406 Seminar in Interdisciplinary Literature (3)
    • LIT 6411 Seminar in Environmental Philosophy (3)
    • LIT 6436 Seminar in Environmental Literature (3)
    • LIT 6806 Literature as Cultural Study (3)
    • LIT 6930 Special Topics in Literary Study (3)

    Complete 12 hours of the following:
    • AML 6907 Directed Individual Study (3)
    • AML 6910 Directed Research (3)
    • CRW 6907 Directed Individual Study (3)
    • CRW 6910 Directed Research (3)
    • CRW 6930 Special Topics in Creative Writing (3)
    • ENC 6317 Article and Essay Workshop (3)
    • ENC 6930 Special Topics in Expository Writing (3)
    • ENG 6745 Seminar in Composition Pedagogy+ (3)
    • ENG 6971 Thesis (1-3)
    • ENG 6940 English Masters Internship (1-6)
    • ENL 6907 Directed Individual Study (3)
    • ENL 6910 Directed Research (3)
    • LIT 6907 Directed Individual Study (3)
    • LIT 6910 Directed Research (3)
    • Any additional AML, ENL, or LIT course numbered 5000 or higher not being used to fulfill the Electives in the Major above.
    • Up to six credits chosen from other departments with written approval of the English Graduate Studies Coordinator.

      +Composition Teaching Assistants must complete this course prior to receiving a teaching assignment.


Additional Graduation Requirements
  • All students must pass the comprehensive examination to complete program requirements. A master’s thesis is optional.
  • A minimum of 33 credit hours.
  • A cumulative GPA of 3.0 for all coursework in program.
  • Each course for this program must be completed with a grade of C or better.
  • Successful completion of all policies and procedures outlined in the English Program Graduate Student Handbook.
  • Submit an application to graduate to CAS Advising by the deadline listed in the FGCU Academic Calendar
Transfer Notes and Acceptable Substitutes

A maximum of 9 credits of course work may be transferred from other institutions, subject to approval of the English Graduate Studies Coordinator.

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