Graduate Program Advisor:Dylan GaunttHumanities 267505-277-4437englishgrad@unm.edu
Department of English Language and Literature

MSC03 2170
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001

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Master of Arts Programs

MA in Literature

The degree requires 32 hours of coursework, competence in a language other than English, and a substantial portfolio of scholarly work with a reflective preface situating the work in a critical and/or historical context. All students work under Plan II (no thesis), as described below.

Course Requirements (32 hrs)

Core Courses (9 hrs):
Nine hours of courses including the introduction to professional studies in English, pedagogy, and theory.

Engl. 500: Introduction to the Professional Study of English (3 hrs)
Engl. 537, 538, 539 or 592: Pedagogy (3 hrs)
Engl. 510, 511, 610: Theory (3 hrs)

Area Elective Courses (20 hrs):
Twenty hours of area electives, including two four-hour seminars, with at least one course from each of the following four areas.

1. Middle Ages (English literatures and language to 1485)
2. Early Modern/Contact Period (Literatures in English 1485-1720)
3. Eighteenth & Nineteenth Centuries (Literatures in English 1720-1900)
4. Modern and Contemporary (Literatures in English 1900-Present)

Portfolio (3 hrs)
See below for guidelines on completing the portfolio

Engl. 596: Portfolio (3 hrs)

Foreign Language Requirement
All MA students in language and literature must demonstrate competence with a grade of B or better through the second semester, second-year level or through a graduate-level reading course in a language other than English. Course work from previous institutions, course work at UNM, and CLEP or UNM-administered tests may be used to fulfill the language requirement. Students may use English 547 (Introduction to Old English) and 548 (Advanced Old English) to fulfill competency. Language course credits cannot be used as part of the 32-hour degree requirement.

The Committee on Studies (COS)
The Associate Chair of Graduate Studies (ACGS) is the default advisor for MA students in Language and Literature until MA student form a Committee on Studies (COS) no later than the end of their third semester; the COS advises the students on course selection and on portfolio preparation. The committee shall consist of three faculty members: two faculty members, at least one of whom is from the English Department, plus the ACGS.

Portfolio Guidelines
MA students in Language and Literature must complete a portfolio and defense as the equivalent of the Master’s Examination. Students must assemble a portfolio for formal evaluation by the COS no later than the ninth week of the final semester of enrollment. Portfolios may contain two article-length essays from separate periods (25 pages each); or one long essay or project (45-50 pages); or other equivalent combinations of COS-approved scholarly, critical, and academic works from a variety of genres (annotated bibliographies, textual studies, scholarly book reviews, etc.) including written examination essays. All portfolios must also include a twelve- to fifteen-page preface situating the portfolio selections in a critical, theoretical, historical, or professional context. The reflective preface, which cites academic and other sources to demonstrate that the materials in the portfolio engage in the most pertinent theoretical and critical practices in their field(s), is important to evaluating the success of the portfolio.

MA in Medieval Studies

This concentration requires 34 hours of interdisciplinary work (22 of which must be completed in English), competency in Latin, an MA examination, and a substantial portfolio of scholarly work. For complete requirements, see the Graduate Handbook.

Course Requirements (34 hrs)

Core Courses (15 hrs)

Engl. 500: Introduction to the Professional Study of English (3 hrs) (Must be taken in the first semester of graduate study)
Engl. 551: Topics in Medieval Studies: Bibliographical and Research Methods (3 hrs)
Engl. 547: Introduction to Old English (3 hrs)
Engl. 581: Chaucer (3 hrs)
History 503 or 504: Early or High Middle Ages (3 hrs)

Distribution Requirements (9 hrs)
Students must take three courses chosen from at least two of the following groups. The four-hour seminar requirement and other courses in Old or Middle English do not count toward the distribution requirements.

A. British literature to 1660
B. British literature from 1660 to 1900
C. American literature to 1900
D. Literatures in English since 1900
E. Literary criticism and theory, rhetoric and writing.

Seminar Requirement (4 hrs) Any 600-level seminar course in Old or Middle English literature or language.

Multidisciplinary Courses (6 hrs) Students must take two courses from two of the following disciplines: Art History, History, Music, Philosophy, Religious Studies, Spanish, German, Greek, Italian, or Latin.

Foreign Language Requirement:
Students in this concentration must choose Latin as their foreign language and pass Latin 202 (Intermediate Latin) or Latin 352 (Accelerated Latin—Reading) with a grade of B or better. Course work from previous institutions, course work at UNM, and CLEP or UNM-administered tests may be used to fulfill the language requirement. Language course credits cannot be used as part of the 34-hour degree requirement. 

See MA Concentration in Medieval Studies Advisement Sheet (pdf)

Master's Examination:
This examination is generally taken after completing 24 hours of graduate credit and the foreign language requirement. The examination is given twice per year, on the third Monday in February and the third Monday in September.

The exam is a four-hour, closed-book test consisting of a 60-item list of multidisciplinary medieval works generally covering Old English, Middle English, and History. Students receive a basic list when they enter the Master’s program but are encouraged to work with the members of their COS to arrive at their specific 60-item list. 

Students are highly encouraged to consult the Recommended Secondary Sources Reading List (pdf)

MA in Medieval Studies Portfolio

The portfolio consists of two article-length essays (25 pages each) showing a high level of scholarship, critical thinking, and writing. The essays must either represent two different medieval periods, combine two different cultures within one period, combine a medieval period with a later historical period, or combine an historical topic with one in literature (or another discipline).

Learn more about Medieval Studies here.

MA in Rhetoric & Writing

This degree requires 32 hours of coursework. Students may choose an emphasis in Writing or Teaching; all students work under Plan II (no thesis); a portfolio (Engl. 596) is required. For complete requirements, see the Graduate Handbook.

Course Requirements (32 hrs)

Core Courses (9 hrs)

Engl. 542: Major Texts in Rhetoric (3 hrs)
Engl. 543: Contemporary Texts in Rhetoric (3 hrs)
Engl. 537, 538 or 539: Teaching Composition, Writing Theory for Teachers or Teaching Professional Writing (3 hrs)

Distribution and Seminar Requirements (10 hrs) Students must take at least three courses, including one four-hour seminar, chosen from no fewer than two of the following groups:

A. British literature to 1660
B. British literature from 1660 to 1900
C. American literature to 1900
D. Literatures in English since 1900
E. Literary criticism and theory, rhetoric and writing.

General Electives: (12 hrs) Four courses from among 538-545, 513-520, 587, or other courses in English as approved by their Committee on Studies (COS) and the Associate Chair for Graduate Studies (ACGS); students may offer up to six hours of courses from departments outside of English as electives approved by their COS and the ACGS; students may offer up to six hours of English 597 (Problems) for work related to teacher training or professional writing experience, as approved by their COS and the ACGS.

MA Portfolio, Engl. 596 (at least 1 hour) In the semester before graduation, students prepare a portfolio of work under the direction of their COS which is presented for evaluation in the ninth week of the student’s final semester of attendance.

Emphasis in Teaching Within the 32 hours of required coursework, Teaching Emphasis students take 537, 538 or 539 (depending on what they take for the Core Requirement above) plus nine hours in other pedagogy-based courses offered in English, the College of Education, or other departments as approved by their COS and the ACGS; up to six hours may be offered as Teaching Practicum (Engl. 597, Problems). 

Emphasis in Professional Writing Within the 32 hours of required coursework, Professional Writing Emphasis students must take 539, either in the Core Requirement or as an elective, plus nine or twelve hours (depending on where they count 539) from 513-520, 587. Professional Writing Emphasis students may take up to six hours of courses in other departments as approved by their COS and the ACGS; up to six hours may be offered as Professional Writing Internship (Engl. 598, Internship, CR/NC) as approved by their COS and the ACGS.

Foreign Language Requirement
All MA students in Rhetoric and Writing must demonstrate competency with a grade of B or better through a second semester, second-year level undergraduate course or through a graduate-level reading course in a language other than English. Course work from previous institutions, course work at UNM, and CLEP or UNM-administered tests may be used to fulfill the language requirement. Student may use English 547 (Introduction to Old English) and 548 (Advanced Old English) to fulfill competency. With the approval of the major advisor and the ACGS, students in the MA program in Rhetoric and Writing may substitute competency with a research skill such as a computer-programming language or Statistics for their one required foreign language. Language course credits cannot be used as part of the 32-hour degree requirement.