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    Mississippi College
   
 
  Aug 21, 2019
 
GRADUATE CATALOG 2017-2018 
    
GRADUATE CATALOG 2017-2018 [Archived Catalog]

English, M.A.


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The Master of Arts in English, through the cultivation of professional research and scholarship, prepares students to pursue advanced education in literary studies on the doctoral level; it also further equips educators on both the secondary and community college levels to be effective instructors of literature and language arts.

Admission to the M.A. Program (Applies to Options A, B, and C)

A minimum of 30 semester hours of graduate work is required for the M.A. degree. All candidates for the M.A. must:

1.    Meet the undergraduate course requirements for admission to the graduate program (in respective programs).

English - 18 semester hours in English; submit critical writing sample with application for admission. The total of 18 hours must be composed of courses beyond the core curriculum of literature surveys and freshman composition courses.

History - 15 semester hours in History

2.    Students seeking Class AA Educator License must have: (1) satisfactory scores on the PRAXIS I Core CASE (Core Academic Skills for Educators) Reading-5712 (passing score 156); Writing-5722 (passing score 162); Math-5732 (passing score 150); and (2) PRAXIS II (Content Area Exam**)            

**Approved content area tests and passing scores are determined by MDE, are subject to change pending MDE approval, and are listed at the State Dept of Education website, http://www.mde.k12.ms.us.

3.    Have 12 semester hours (or 2 high school credits plus Intermediate Level at university level) of course work or the reading knowledge of one foreign language before admission to candidacy.

4.    TOEFL Requirement for International Students: A cumulative score of 84+ is required.

Foreign Language Equivalency

The student must have 12 semester hours of undergraduate course work in one modern foreign language (or the equivalent of the intermediate level). Another option available to satisfy the language requirement is submitting acceptable score-levels showing second-year proficiency on the CLEP (College-Level Examination Program) in French, German, or Spanish. Contact the Counseling and Testing Center for CLEP information and registration material.

A student may attempt the CLEP twice; and if after two testings, a satisfactory score has not been made, a locally-administered test may be arranged. If a satisfactory score has not been made after the locally-administered exam, the foreign language requirement must be met by passing the intermediate-level language course(s). Cost of the departmentally administered exam is $30.00.

The language requirement must be met before a student accumulates twelve semester hours of graduate course work toward the Master of Arts degree.

English

Prerequisites: Graduate standing with sufficient background in subject area is a prerequisite for all graduate courses.

Unless otherwise specified all three-semester-hour courses have lecture 3 hours per week. The student is reminded that one-half of the course work to be applied toward a Master's degree must be at the 6000-level. (See semester or term schedule for laboratory fees.)

*Note: A 400-level course taken for undergraduate credit cannot subsequently be changed to graduate credit nor repeated for graduate credit on the 5000-level.

Option A


A minimum of 30 semester hours of graduate work, including 6 hours of thesis, is required.


2. Nine semester hours of graduate electives in English chosen in consultation with advisor.


(Graduate Teaching Assistants are required to take ENG 6580 - Composition Teaching Practicum .)

3. Six hours of Thesis credit, consisting of:


4. In their last semester of enrollment, candidates for the MA in English must take


Written and oral comprehensive examinations based upon both course work and a departmental reading list. The oral exam will also include a defense of the thesis. If judged unsatisfactory, all or part of the written and/or oral examination may be retaken once in the following semester or summer term.

Option B (Teaching Track)


A MINIMUM OF 36 SEMESTER HOURS OF GRADUATE WORK, INCLUDING 6 HOURS OF GRADUATE PROJECT, IS REQUIRED.


1. Fifteen semester hours of English graduate work to be composed of:


Plus an additional 9 hours chosen from:


2. Six semester hours of graduate electives in English chosen in consultation with advisor.


3. Nine semester hours of graduate electives in Education or English chosen in consultation with advisor.


(Graduate Teaching Assistants are required to take ENG 6580 Composition Teaching Practicum .)

4. Six hours of Graduate Project, consisting of:


5. In their last semester of enrollment, candidates for the MA Teaching Track in English must take:


Written and oral comprehensive examinations based upon both course work and a departmental reading list focused on pedagogy.  The oral exam will also include a defense of the project.  If judged unsatisfactory, all or part of the written and/or oral examination may be retaken once in the following semester or summer term.

Option C (Non-Thesis)


A MINIMUM OF 36 SEMESTER HOURS OF GRADUATE WORK IS REQUIRED.


1. Fifteen semester hours of English graduate work to be composed of:


Plus an additional 9 hours chosen from:


2. Twenty-one semester hours of graduate electives in English chosen in consultation with advisor.


At least 3 hours of these electives must be from the 6500-level.

(Graduate Teaching Assistants are required to take ENG 6580 Composition Teaching Practicum .)

3. In their last semester of enrollment, candidates for the MA Non-thesis option in English must take:


Written and oral comprehensive examinations based upon both course work and a departmental reading list.  If judged unsatisfactory, all or part of the written and/or oral examination may be retaken once in the following semester or summer term.

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