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Graduate Catalog 2016-2017

English (M.A.)

Master of Arts Program

Program Code: MA-AH

Major Code: ENG

HEGIS 1501

English Department

Lisa Berglund, Chair

Ketchum Hall 326, (716) 878-5417


The master of arts in English program is designed to provide flexibility in meeting individual student interests while ensuring a broad understanding of the significant areas within the professional study of English. The program builds upon students’ undergraduate work in English by offering the opportunity to study several different areas of concentration in depth. It also serves as an excellent preparatory program for doctoral-level study in English.

Admission Requirements:

  1. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (4.0 scale) in English and 2.75 overall.
  2. 36 credit hours in English, at least 27 of which must be in English literature, exclusive of basic college writing.
  3. Students must demonstrate competency in written English by submitting a writing sample of their best academic work. Students for whom English is an alternate language are required to submit evidence of passing TOEFL scores, as required by the SUNY system for international students.

In addition, all applicants should review the Admission to a Graduate Program section in this catalog.

Language Requirement:

Prior to the completion of 18 credit hours, students must demonstrate competence in one foreign language, as well as in written and oral English.

Advisement: Each student is assigned an academic adviser. All students must apply for candidacy after the completion of 6 credit hours and before the completion of 12 credit hours.

Program Requirements

Required Courses1

18 cr

ENG 601

Research in Language and Literature must be taken in student’s first term.

ENG 644

Ideology and Literature



ENG 645

Literature and Social Justice



ENG 652

Literary Criticism

At least 3 credits in British Literature

At least 3 credits in American Literature

At least 3 credits in non-American, non-British literature

At least 3 credits in linguistics or genre study (ENG 670, 641, 642, or 643)

Comprehensive Examination

0 cr

Comprehensive examination required for all students, 0 credits hours, to be taken after the completion of at least 24 credits.

Elective Courses1

12 cr

In English or other academic areas, selected under advisement. Students are not required to produce a Master’s Thesis or Master’s Project, but if they choose either option, they must apply for permission from the department the term prior to beginning thesis or project work and be approved to undertake these options.

Total Required Credit Hours

30 cr

1Selected under advisement

All courses are 3 credit hours unless otherwise indicated.

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