The Master of Arts in English
Course Requirements for the Masters Degree: 30 units
Continuous enrollment is required. A maximum of 6 semester units of transfer
credit may be applied toward the degree.
Graduate Time Limit: All requirements
for the degree are to be completed within five years of the end of the
semester of enrollment in the oldest course applied toward the degree.
See Graduate Education in The University Catalog for complete details
on general degree requirements.
The Masters program in English is available to students whose undergraduate
record qualifies them according to the standards set forth by the Office
of Graduate Programs and the Department of English. Students who dont
have the equivalent of a major in English must complete the equivalent
of a general English minor:
ENGL 100 or equivalent
ENGL 156AB, unless student has had a good survey
of British and American literature in the last two years.
One course selected from each of the following areas:
Language: ENGL 121,
ENGL 124, ENGL 225, or ENGL 227
Major Figures: ENGL 200, ENGL 210, or ENGL
Composition and Rhetoric: ENGL 175
Periods: ENGL 205, ENGL 216, ENGL
217, ENGL 218, ENGL 219A, ENGL 219B, ENGL 257A, or ENGL 257B
238, ENGL 245, ENGL 248, ENGL 255A, ENGL 255B, ENGL 256, or ENGL 258
The Master of Arts degree in English offers patterns in British and American
Literature, Creative Writing, and Language/Literacy. Students consult with
the Graduate Coordinator in formulating a program most suitable to their
academic and professional goals.
Prerequisites for Admission to Conditionally Classified Status:
1. Satisfactory grade point average as specified in Admission to Masters Degree Programs in The University Catalog.
2. Approval by the department and the Office of Graduate Programs.
3. An acceptable baccalaureate from an accredited institution, or an equivalent
approved by the Office of Graduate Programs.
4. Completion of the Graduate Record Examination, General Test and Subject
Test covering Literature in English, with a minimum score of 500 on the
verbal portion of the General Test (native English speakers only) and a
minimum score of 500 on the Subject Test (all students).
If the minimum score of 500 was met in either the GRE General Test or the
GRE Subject Test, but not in both, the students admission will be determined
on individual merits by the Graduate Committee.
If the minimum score of 500 on the GRE Subject Test was not met for admission
to the MA Program, it must be met prior to advancement to candidacy.
5. Completion of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with
a minimum score of 580 (237 on the computer-based TOEFL) by all applicants
who have not attended postsecondary educational institutions for at least
three years where English is the principal language of instruction. Further,
a score below 50 (18 on the computer-based TOEFL) on any of the three parts
of the TOEFL will require that a student enroll in remedial courses appropriate
to the area of weakness; the Graduate Adviser will specify the number of
semesters of remedial work.
6. Submission, with the application, of a writing sample demonstrating
critical and analytical skills.
Prerequisites for Admission to Classified Status:
In addition to any requirements listed above:
1. Completion of a departmentally administered essay assignment, by those
required to take TOEFL, during registration week of the first semester.
Remedial work in composition will be required for those whose writing is
judged inadequate by essay readers, and a student may not be advanced to
classified status until an acceptable level of proficiency is reached.
2. Two letters of recommendation, preferably from English department faculty
who know the students work, to the departmental Graduate Coordinator.
3. Completion of ENGL 156A and ENGL 156B, Survey of British Literature,
or its equivalent. Students coming to Chico from undergraduate institutions
that offer an undergraduate comprehensive examination in literature or
a course of the same kind as the Survey of British Literature are requested
to submit, when possible, as one of their letters of recommendation, a
statement from a faculty member directly involved with that examination
4. A postbaccalaureate grade point average of at least 3.0 in a minimum
of 12 departmentally specified units of letter- graded, graduate-level
5. Completion of departmental literacy requirement.
Advancement to Candidacy:
In addition to any requirements listed above:
1. Classified graduate standing and completion at the university of at
least 9 units of the proposed program.
2. Fulfillment of the foreign language requirement (see below).
3. Formation of the graduate advisory (thesis) committee in consultation
with the Graduate Coordinator.
4. Development of an approved program in consultation with the Graduate
Coordinator. Such a program will include:
(a) A statement of aims.
outline of course units to be earned in pursuit of these aims.
(c) A description
of the nature of the culminating activity.
Requirements for the MA Degree in English:
Completion of all requirements as established by the department graduate
committee, the graduate advisory (thesis) committee, and the Office of
Graduate Programs, to include:
1. Completion of an approved program consisting of 30 units of 200/300-level
courses as follows:
(a) At least 24 units of 300-level courses in the discipline
of English, including
ENGL 301 Intro to Graduate Research 3.0 FS
ENGL 375 Contemp Theory & Textual Crit 3.0 FS
Six units of literature prior to 1900.
ENGL 398 Independent Study 1.0-3.0 FS
ENGL 399 Masters Study 1.0-6.0 FS
Students who plan to do a creative project (ENGL 399) must have permission
to do so from the creative writing coordinator and must have completed
the requirements for the Creative Writing Pattern.
(b) Twelve units selected
from one of the following patterns (specific courses for each pattern will
be chosen in consultation with the Graduate Coordinator):
ENGL 372 Seminar in Literary Criticism 3.0 FS
ENGL 392 Special Topics in English 3.0 FS
The remaining electives may be selected from any 300-level literature courses.
LANGUAGE AND LITERACY PATTERN
1 course required:
ENGL 352 Theories of Literacy 3.0 SP
3 courses selected from:
ENGL 322 Writing in the Profession 3.0 FA
ENGL 326 Topics Contemporary Linguistics 3.0 FS
ENGL 332 Adv Theory 2nd Lang Acquisition 3.0 Inq
Prerequisites: ENGL 232.
ENGL 380 Teaching Composition 3.0 SP
Prerequisites: ENGL 231.
ENGL 391 Comp Prog Design/Development 3.0 F1
ENGL 392 Special Topics in English 3.0 FS
NOTE: ENGL 290, Northern California Writing Project, may be substituted
for 6 units from among ENGL 322, ENGL 326, ENGL 332, ENGL 380, ENGL 391,
and ENGL 392.
CREATIVE WRITING PATTERN
ENGL 220A Advanced Poetry Writing 4.0 FA
Prerequisites: ENGL 120A.
ENGL 220B Advanced Fiction Writing 4.0 FS
Prerequisites: ENGL 120B.
ENGL 220C Advanced Play Writing 4.0 Inq
Prerequisites: ENGL 120C.
ENGL 220D From Page to Stage 3.0 FA
Prerequisites: ENGL 120A, ENGL 120B, or ENGL 120C.
ENGL 320 Writers Workshop 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: Equivalent of the Minor in Creative Writing or approval
of the instructor; submission of a portfolio of original writing to the
instructor at least one week prior to the beginning of the semester for
evaluation by the creative writing committee.
ENGL 321 Form and Creative Process 3.0 SP
Prerequisites: ENGL 220A, ENGL 220B, or ENGL 220C.
ENGL 389 Internship in Literary Arts 1.0-4.0 FS
Prerequisites: Undergraduate Creative Writing minor, ENGL 320, or submission
of portfolio of recent writing and permission of the creative writing faculty.
3 units selected from:
A graduate-level course in modern or contemporary literature.
ENGL 238 Modern Poetry 3.0 FS
ENGL 248 Modern Drama 3.0 FS
ENGL 258 Modern Novel 3.0 FS
(c) No 200-level course that is a prerequisite for a 300-level course
ENGL 231 or ENGL 232) can be used as part of the 30-unit graduate program.
Not more than 6 semester units of transfer and/or extension credit (correspondence
courses and U.C. extension course work are not acceptable).
(e) Not more
than 15 units taken before admission to classified status.
(f) ENGL 389T
(Internship in Teaching College English) may also be used as an elective
in the MA program. Permission of program coordinator and instructor of
(g) Normally not more than a total of 6 units of Independent
Study (398) and Masters Thesis (399) or Masters Project (399).
NOTE: ENGL 398 must be taken for a letter grade.
2. Completion and approval by the Graduate Coordinator of an acceptable
culminating activity. The English Department graduate committee will recommend
granting the masters degree to candidates who have satisfactorily completed
one of the following:
(a) A written thesis prepared according to the standards
established in A Guide to Graduate Studies: Policies, Procedures, and Format,
available from the Office of Graduate Programs. The thesis will present
a scholarly/critical study or a sustained creative effort.
(b) A terminal
project equivalent in scope to the thesis or seminar papers options and
appropriate to the candidates focus of study or special competence.
3. Approval by the departmental graduate committee and the Graduate Coordinators
Committee on behalf of the faculty of the university.
Graduate Literacy Requirement:
Writing proficiency is a graduation requirement.
English degree candidates will demonstrate writing competence through two
examples of their writing which have been submitted as assigned work. These
must be presented to the Graduate Coordinator by the instructor(s) who
assigned them, together with a written statement of his/her opinion of
the papers authenticity. The papers may not represent work done in connection
with the thesis or terminal project, and at least one sample must demonstrate
documentation of research according to the latest edition of the MLA Handbook
style standards. This requirement must be met before the student is advanced
to classified status.
Foreign Language Requirement:
Prior to advancement to candidacy, students must fulfill a foreign language
requirement in one of the following ways:
1. Show evidence of completion, within the last five years, of the equivalent
of two years of foreign language study at the college/university level
with a grade of B or better; or
2. Show evidence of completion, within the last five years, of an upper-division
foreign language literature course taught in the language with a grade
of B or better; or
3. Demonstrate a reading knowledge of a foreign language through a departmentally
NOTE: Appropriate accommodations will be made for the deaf or hearing impaired.
Units earned in language courses will not be counted toward the 30 units
required for the Master of Arts in English. The language taken must be
a major literary language. International students from non-English-
countries will be exempt from this language requirement.
Graduate Grading Requirements:
All courses in the major (with the exceptions of Independent Study-398
and Masters Study-399) must be taken for a letter grade, except those
courses specified by the department as ABC/No Credit (200-level courses),
AB/No Credit (300-level courses), or Credit/No Credit grading only. A maximum
of 10 units combined of ABC/No Credit, AB/No Credit, and Credit/No Credit
grades may be used on the approved program (including 398, 399, and courses
outside the major). While grading standards are determined by individual
programs and instructors, it is also the policy of the university that
unsatisfactory grades may be given when work fails to reflect achievement
of the high standards, including high writing standards, expected of students
pursuing graduate study.
Students must maintain a 3.0 grade point average in all course work on
the approved masters degree program as well as in all course work taken
subsequent to admission to conditionally classified status.
Graduate Advising Requirement:
Advising is mandatory each semester for all English majors.
Graduate Coordinator for specifics.