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Graduate Program in English
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The Master's in English Program at CSUB: Frequently Asked Questions
How do I apply? There is a two-step application process. A CSU system-wide application form is available from the Admissions Office. You may also file your application on-line at http://www.calstate.edu. When your application is accepted by CSUB, it is forwarded to the Department of English. You must also fill out and submit the department's application form.
What are the admissions requirements? Students are admitted to the university with a 2.5 average in the last ninety units of work at an accredited college or university. If you have an overall undergraduate GPA of 3.0 and the same in the major, the English Department will admit you as a Classified Graduate Student and you will be exempt from the Graduate Record Exam requirement. Students without a GPA of at least 3.0 will need to score a total of 1,000 points on the GRE verbal measure and the Literature in English examinations.
What if I didn't major in English in college? Before beginning graduate classes, you will be asked to complete the equivalent of an undergraduate major in English, including one course each in criticism and linguistics. Generally, upper-division courses in English that you have taken elsewhere count towards this equivalent.
Do you offer graduate courses in the evening after work? Yes. Graduate classes are offered only in the evening, on Monday and Wednesday or Tuesday and Thursday. Our class times are 6:00 to 8:00 and 8:00 tp 10:00 PM.
What is the normal course load for graduate students? Ten quarter units or two courses per quarter.
Do you have a summer program? Summer classes operate independently of the regular academic program; since courses "make" only with sufficient enrollment, summer offerings in graduate courses in English have been infrequent.
How long will it take me to get my M.A.? Ten graduate courses are required to complete the MA: two classes per quarter completes the job in five quarters. Students usually devote one quarter to the final requirement--a thesis or a comprehensive examination. So that totals six quarters or two years.
How large are classes? Most graduate classes enroll from 12-20 students; the ratio of faculty to students is high, allowing students to get individual attention and help on their classes and research interests.
Do you offer graduate work in creative writing? Unfortunately, our department is not large enough to offer separate tracks such as creative writing, linguistics, or writing. However, we do offer a Certificate in Writing designed to help students in the teaching of composition and thus make them more marketable for jobs.
Do I have to take a comprehensive examination? After finishing their course work, students either write a thesis, a prospectus of which must be approved by the Graduate Committee or take a written comprehensive exam.
Is there financial aid for graduate students? Federally backed loans are available from the Office of Financial Aid (654-3016).
Documentary "At Berkeley"
ENGL 500. Methods of Scholarly Research (3)
ENGL 504. Approaches to the Analysis of Writing (5)
ENGL 505. Rhetorical Theory (5)
ENGL 506. Problems in the Instruction of Composition Skills (5)
ENGL 507. Writing in a Second Language (5)
ENGL 508. Teaching Basic Writers(5)
ENGL 515. Theories of English Grammar (5)
ENGL 518. History of the English Language (5)
ENGL 525. Chaucer (5)
ENGL 533. Seventeenth Century British Literature (5)
ENGL 535. Shakespeare (5)
ENGL 541. Eighteenth Century British Literature (5)
ENGL 552. Nineteenth Century British Literature (5)
ENGL 564. Twentieth Century Poetry (5)
ENGL 565. Postcolonial Literature (5)
ENGL 568. Modern British Novel (5)
ENGL 570. Criticism (5)
ENGL 572. Poetry and Poetics (5)
ENGL 576. Development of the English Novel (5)
ENGL 578. Special Methods in the Instruction of Literature (5)
ENGL 580. Ethnic Literature (5)
ENGL 582. Early American Literature (5)
ENGL 583. Later 19th Century American Literature (5)
ENGL 584. Modern American Literature (5)
ENGL 585. Contemporary American Literature (5)
ENGL 591. Theories of Second Language Acquisition (5)
ENGL 600. English Practicum (3)
ENGL 690. Comprehensive Examination (3)
ENGL 691. Thesis (3)
ENGL 698. Directed Study in the Instruction of English (variable units)
ENGL 699. Individual Study (variable units)
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