"My English degree is the foundation of my career. If you can write, you can do anything."
~ Jimmy Daly
"My professors taught me how to think creatively, read analytically and write persuasively. "
~ Michael A. Iannucci
"My studies provided a solid background in literature and honed my critical skills for my own writing."
~ Catherine Carter
"I made lifelong friends and I got my butt kicked intellectually. I’m eternally grateful for both."
~ Alexander Long
"The friendship and support of my mentors helped me to grow tremendously as a writer."
~ Erinn Batykefer
"I became an Assistant Editor in less than two years with my English degree."
~ Rachel A. Gearhart
"I use my English degree to advocate for my clients. The program helped me become a better writer & thinker."
~ Mary Akhimien
"I honed my writing & research on diverse issues of the human condition, focusing on ethics and civic justice."
~ Brian Byrd
"An education in the humanities helps to render the world into a language that is profound, mysterious & complex."
~ Rachel Eliza Griffiths
"My internships & editorial work at UD prepared me for a challenging but ever-rewarding career as a reporter."
~ Wallace McKelvey
"My job demands perfection when it comes to grammar, accuracy and objectivity, and it needs to happen fast."
~ Matt O'Donnell
"I found my passion for counseling students and helping them stay on track to attend college."
~ Sara Linton
"I got a great job teaching 9th grade English and film studies and will soon pursue my master's degree."
~ Kelly Emery
"Taking a variety of English courses allowed me to master and teach the modes of discourse to my own students."
~ Danielle Allen
"I secured my job prior to graduation at a UD teacher job fair. "
~ Melissa Paparozzi
The MA program is designed to introduce students to literary research, to extend their knowledge of British and American literature and culture, to offer training in literary theory and criticism, and to broaden the professional opportunities available.
The MA requires ten courses
and a one-credit colloquium (31 credit hours) or eight courses (24 credit hours)
plus thesis (6 credit hours) of ENGL 869, and the one-credit colloquium. All MA students must take the following
required courses in the first year of study:
All MA students must take the
following required course in the second year of study:
All MA students must also
satisfy the following distribution requirements:
At least one of these courses
must be in British and one in American literature. A reasonable balance between 600- and
800-level courses should be maintained. Courses numbered below 600 do not count
toward the degree.
Students must be able to
demonstrate their comprehension of a language other than English. Students may fulfill the language requirement
in one of the following ways:
students will take a written comprehensive exam that is designed to ensure that
they have the broad knowledge of the discipline that provides the most effective
base for a career in teaching or publishing, as well as for specialized study in
the doctoral program. The exam will be based on a list of sixty-seven items,
covering British, American, and Anglophone literature. See Appendix B for a description of the exam
format and Appendix C for the reading list.
will be administered just prior to the start of the second year of the MA
program and will be graded as High Pass, Pass, Low Pass, or Fail. Failure on the exam will preclude admission to
the PhD program. Any students who fail
have the opportunity to retake the exam (with new questions) before January
30 in order to pass and be eligible for admission into the PhD
program. A student who fails the exam a second time may submit a portfolio of
materials, including seminar papers and letters of support from faculty,
demonstrating the acquisition of the necessary skills and critical knowledge to
satisfy the requirements for the MA. See Appendix D for a description of the
thesis is optional. If a student chooses
to write a thesis, then the student selects a thesis topic approved by the
advisor and works under the direction of that advisor. The advisor, in consultation with the Director
of Graduate Studies, appoints a second reader.
Before any work is begun, a brief statement of the nature and
significance of the thesis topic (250-400 words) must first be approved by the
advisor and second reader and then submitted to the Graduate Committee for its
approval by April 15 of the first
year in the program. Submission of the
thesis is in accordance with the regulations outlined by the Office of Graduate
Studies. All theses must conform to the
University of Delaware "Thesis and Dissertation Manual," available online from
the Office of Graduate Studies.
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