To receive the M.A. in English and Media Studies degree, each student must complete:
- 30 credits, including:
- 1 Professional Seminar in English Studies – 3 credits
- 1 Seminar in Theory and Criticism – 3 credits
- A minimum of 7 electives, one of which must have a “DIV” designation – 21 credits
- 1 Independent Study: Capstone Project – 3 credits
- a Capstone Project
- Professional Seminar in English – 3 credits
This course introduces students to graduate-level research methods and writing skills. Students will learn how these skills can be applied to a variety of academic and professional careers in digital studies, pedagogy, library science, and scholarly editing among others. Students should begin to think about their capstone project and plan their elective study during this seminar. This class will be offered each academic year and should be taken within the first year of study.
- Theory and Criticism – 3 credits
This course introduces students to a wide-range of theoretical frameworks and schools of cultural criticism (literary, textual, pedagogical) that will be central to their academic research and writing. This strong foundation in theory will help students approach further work in media studies, literary studies, and writing studies. This class will be offered each academic year and should be taken within the first year of study.
- Electives – 21 credits
Students will take 7 additional elective classes (21 credits). One of these classes must have a Diversity “DIV” Designation (see below). Each student should plan carefully how these electives will be distributed to best meet his/her professional goals.
- Independent Study: Capstone Project – 3 credits
In their final semester, students should register for this credit-bearing course while they conduct the research, production and/or writing necessary to complete their capstone project. While the bulk of the project will be completed in the final semester, students should begin to think about these projects and to seek a faculty adviser early in their study. Course selection should be made in preparation for the project’s execution as well. The project’s form will be determined in consultation with the faculty adviser.
Each student must take at least 1 elective course (3 credits) with a “DIV” for Diversity Designation. These courses will cover a wide variety of issues related to race, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, physical and mental ability, and aging.