Interdisciplinary Studies with a Concentration in English (MAIS)

Admission Requirements

To be admitted to the MAIS 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.

Program Requirements

Choose one of the following options:

Thesis Option

  • 18 hours in Discipline One (concentration area)
  • 6 hours in Discipline Two
  • 6 hours in Discipline Three

Selected from one sub-discipline within the English department

 (Literature, Linguistics, or Rhetoric, Composition and Literacy)

Literature 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

Linguistics 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

ENGL 6361: any scheduled topic is acceptable

Rhetoric, Composition, and Literacy 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

Capstone Requirement - 6 Hours

Thesis
ENGL 7300Thesis I

3

ENGL 7301Thesis II

3

Non-Thesis Option

  • 18 hours in Discipline One (concentration area)
  • 9 hours in Discipline Two
  • 9 hours in Discipline Three

Selected from one sub-discipline within the English department

(Literature, Linguistics, or Rhetoric, Composition and Literacy).

Literature 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

Linguistics 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 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

Rhetoric, Composition, and Literacy 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

Capstone Requirement

Written Comprehensive Exam

Total Credit Hours: 36