English (MA; Rhetoric and Composition Certificate; Minor)

Master of Arts in English
Graduate Certificate in Rhetoric and Composition
Graduate Minor in English

Department of English
College of Arts and Sciences

english.appstate.edu

Carl Eby, Chair and Professor
ebycp@appstate.edu

Susan Staub, Graduate Program Director and Professor
staubsc@appstate.edu

Elizabeth Carroll, Director of Graduate Certificate and Associate Professor
carrollel@appstate.edu

Jessie Blackburn, Advisor of Graduate Certificate and Associate Professor
blackburnjb@appstate.edu

The Department of English offers the following graduate programs:

  • Master of Arts in English (Major Code: 232*/23.0101) with concentrations in
    • College Teaching (232B)
    • General English (232C)
  • Graduate Certificate in Rhetoric and Composition (132A/23.0101)
  • Graduate minor in English (235/23.0101)

NOTE: For every master's program, students should plan a Program of Study with the Graduate Advisor in English during the first semester after enrollment. In all cases, a student must complete 24 hours in English on their program of study.

PROGRAM OF STUDY FOR THE GRADUATE MINOR IN ENGLISH (Code: 235)

A graduate minor in English consists of 8-12 semester hours selected from graduate English offerings, except ENG 5989.

PROGRAM OF STUDY FOR THE GRADUATE CERTIFICATE IN RHETORIC AND COMPOSITION

Admission Requirements: Master's degree from an accredited college or university or currently enrolled in a graduate program at Appalachian; complete application to the Graduate School; writing sample; letter of intent. Applicants with a bachelor's degree may apply, but must submit official GRE general exam scores as well.

Location: On Campus

 Course Requirements for the Graduate Certificate in Rhetoric and Composition (Code: 132A)
Semester Hours Required (minimum): 12
 
Required Courses
  • RC 5300: Studies in Rhetoric and Composition (3)
  • Choose one of the following courses
    • RC 5100: Composition Theory, Practice, and Pedagogy (3)
    • ENG 5400: Appalachian Writing Project (6)
  • Choose one of the following options
    • RC 5990: Capstone in Rhetoric and Composition (3)
    • ENG 5999: Thesis (6)
  • 3 s.h. of approved graduate elective credit related to the Capstone Project
12 or 15

PROGRAM OF STUDY FOR THE MASTER OF ARTS IN ENGLISH

Admission Requirements: Baccalaureate degree* from an accredited college or university; complete application to the Graduate School; official general GRE exam scores; statement of intent; writing sample.

*An applicant who does not have an undergraduate degree in English but who has exceptional qualifications should contact the Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of English.

To be considered for admission, applicants must meet the criteria for admission to the Graduate School. Meeting this condition does not guarantee admission.

Location: On Campus

 Course Requirements for the Master of Arts in English (Code: 232*)
Semester Hours Required (minimum): 36
 
Required Courses
  • ENG 5000: Bibliography and Research (3)
  • 15 s.h. of approved ENG graduate courses (9 s.h. in British Literature and 6 s.h. in American Literature)
18
Concentration (CHOOSE ONE)

General English Concentration (Code: 232C)

  • ENG 5998: Thesis Preparation (3)
  • ENG 5999: Thesis (3)
  • 12 s.h. of additional graduate ENG electives chosen with approval of the graduate advisor; courses from other disciplines must be approved in advance.

OR
College Teaching Concentration (Code: 232B)

  • ENG 5150: Teaching Literature (3)
  • ENG 5160: Teaching Apprenticeship (1+1=2)
  • ENG 5200: Issues in Teaching English (3)
  • RC 5100: Composition Theory, Practice and Pedagogy (3)
  • 7 s.h. chosen from the following; other courses related to writing, literature or teaching may be selected with approval of the graduate advisor.
    • RC 5120: Teaching in the Writing Center (1)
    • RC 5121: Teaching Basic Writing (1)
    • RC 5122: Teaching Expository Writing (1)
    • RC 5124: Teaching Writing Across the Curriculum (1)
    • RC 5300: Studies in Rhetoric and Composition (3)
    • HE 5635: Adult Development and Learning Theories (3)
    • HE 5050: Designing Adult Learning Experiences Using Technology (3)
    • ENG 5998: Thesis Preparation (3) – counts only if thesis is also completed
    • ENG 5999: Thesis (3)
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Other Requirements for the MA in English:

  • Thesis: Required for the General English Concentration; optional elective for the College Teaching Concentration.
  • Proficiency: Required for the General English Concentration; reading knowledge of a foreign language demonstrated by transcript evidence of two years undergraduate study of a foreign language or by examination arranged in the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.
  • Candidacy: Required; see the program director for specific timeline and requirements
  • Comprehensive: Presentation of teaching portfolio required for the College Teaching Concentration. See the program director regarding portfolio requirements.
  • Product of Learning: Not required

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