English with a Concentration in English Studies (MA)

CIP Code

23.0101.00

Admission Requirements

To be admitted to the graduate program in English, prospective candidates must first meet all requirements for graduate admission to UT Rio Grande Valley, as well as the other requirements listed below:

  1. Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution in the United States or a recognized international equivalent in English or a minimum of 12 upper‐level undergraduate hours in English or related field.
  2. Undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 in the last 60 semester credit hours.
  3. GRE General Test. GRE test scores are valid for 5 years. A waiver of the GRE requirement will be granted to applicants who show proof of completing a graduate degree (master’s or doctoral).
  4. Writing sample, a written academic paper suitable for an upper-division course

Application for admission must be submitted prior to the published deadline. The application is available at www.utrgv.edu/gradapply.

After being admitted to the MA program, students must consult with the graduate advisor of the program they wish to pursue in order to formulate and sign a degree plan. This certifies that the student is enrolling in courses appropriate to that program.

Academic Standing

Students seeking any graduate degree in English must maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 in the graduate hours taken from the program in English at UTRGV. If a student’s GPA falls below 3.0 in a given semester, the student will be placed on probation. If an overall 3.0 GPA is not recuperated during the following semester, the student will be placed on suspension.

Program Requirements

Required Courses - 18 Hours

Students must take one introduction/research methods course from any of the three disciplines within the first 9 hours of graduate study. The introduction/research methods course options are ENGL 6300, ENGL 6320, ENGL 6321, or ENLG 6361

Students must take one theory course from any of the three disciplines within the first 18 hours of graduate study. The theory course options are ENGL 6300, ENGL 6301, ENGL 6315, ENGL 6322, ENGL 6360, ENGL 6362, or ENGL 6363

Choose two from Literature and Cultural Studies Graduate Courses:

ENGL 6300Introduction to Literary Studies

3

ENGL 6301Studies in Literary Theory

3

ENGL 6302Studies in Literary History

3

ENGL 6303Studies in Genre

3

ENGL 6304Studies in British Literature

3

ENGL 6305Studies in American Literature

3

ENGL 6306Studies in Comparative Literature

3

ENGL 6307Studies in European Literature

3

ENGL 6308Studies in Mexican American Literature

3

ENGL 6309Studies in the Literatures of the Americas

3

ENGL 6310Studies in Ethnic Literature

3

ENGL 6311Studies in Gender and Literature

3

ENGL 6312Studies in Single Author

3

ENGL 6313Studies in Post-Colonial Studies

3

ENGL 6315Studies in Cultural Studies

3

ENGL 6316Special Topics in Literature

3

ENGL 6355Literature for Secondary School Teachers

3

ENGL 6356Children's Literature

3

ENGL 6357Young Adult Literature

3

Choose two from Rhetoric, Composition and Literary Graduate Courses:

ENGL 6320Introduction to Rhetoric, Composition and Literacy

3

ENGL 6321Research Methods in Rhetoric, Composition and Literacy

3

ENGL 6322Theory in Rhetoric, Composition and Literacy

3

ENGL 6323History of Rhetoric, Composition and Literacy Studies

3

ENGL 6324Pedagogy in Rhetoric, Composition and Literacy

3

ENGL 6325Studies in Composition Techniques

3

ENGL 6327Writing Academic Discourse

3

ENGL 6328Special Topics in Rhetoric, Composition and Literacy Studies

3

Choose two from Linguistics Graduate Courses:

ENGL 6360Introduction to Descriptive Linguistics for Teachers

3

ENGL 6361Problems in Linguistics

3

ENGL 6362Modern English Syntax

3

ENGL 6363Studies in English Phonology

3

ENGL 6364Problems in Grammar, Dialect, and Language Performance

3

ENGL 6365History of the English Language

3

ENGL 6366Special Topics in Linguistics

3

ENGL 6370Introduction to English as a Second Language

3

ENGL 6371Problems in English as a Second Language

3

ENGL 6372Practicum in English as a Second Language

3

ENGL 6373ESL Testing

3

ENGL 6374Studies in Second Language Acquisition

3

ENGL 6375Studies in Language and Culture

3

ENGL 6376Varieties of Present Day English

3

ENGL 6377Special Topics in Applied Linguistics

3

Thesis Option

Concentration Courses - 12 Hours

Choose four from the English graduate courses with advisor approval. 

Thesis – 6 Hours

ENGL 7300Thesis I

3

ENGL 7301Thesis II

3

Non-thesis Option

Concentration Courses - 18 Hours

Choose from among the English graduate courses with advisor approval

Capstone Requirement

Written Comprehensive Exam

Total Credit Hours: 36