Faculty Towers, 202AThe English graduate program provides a carefully planned and integrated program ensuring a foundation of professional skills through a common core of courses; some uniform degree of coverage in the areas of English and American literature; intensive training in reading, critical analysis research, and writing; and breadth through an emphasis on the fields of literature, language, and composition. The MA qualifies students to teach in the California community college system or secondary schools as well as prepares them for careers in editing, advertising, and public information.
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The Master of Arts in English provides: (1) a carefully planned and integrated program ensuring a foundation of professional skills through a common core of courses; (2) some uniform degree of coverage in the areas of English and American literature; (3) more intensive training in reading, critical analysis, research, and writing than is possible in undergraduate work, and (4) breadth through an emphasis on the fields of literature, language, and composition.
To meet these objectives, our program has
been designed primarily to provide: (1) a well-balanced program for those
who wish to terminate their studies at the masterís level and whose primary
aim is to teach in a community college; (2) advanced training for teachers
who wish to improve their professional skills and status; (3) a variety
of courses for students who plan to continue towards the Ph.D. degree at
another institution, and (4) continuing education for those who wish to
extend their knowledge as an end in itself through an interesting and stimulating
series of classes in literature, criticism, language, as well as the teaching
of composition and English as a Second Language.
REQUIREMENTS FOR ADMISSION
Admissions Standing -- Students with a bachelorís degree in English from an accredited college or university, including the equivalent of ENGL 300, ENGL/LING 319, and two period courses, may apply to the University for post-baccalaureate status and simultaneously to the Department of English for admission to the masterís degree program in English. Admission to the graduate program leading to the Master of Arts in English requires the following:
CORE COURSE REQUIREMENTS
Students who have a baccalaureate degree in a subject other than English must complete the eight-course (41 unit) undergraduate core requirements for English with a GPA of 3.00 before being considered for admission to the masterís degree program in English. The undergraduate core requirements are:
PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MASTER OF ARTS IN ENGLISH
Note: Students who wish to pursue the doctorate in English are strongly encouraged to begin or continue the study of one or more foreign languages. Courses in French and Spanish are available at CSUB in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures.Each masterís candidate must complete a minimum of ten English graduate courses of five units each plus two three-unit courses (ENGL 500 Methods of Scholarly Research and either ENGL 690 Comprehensive Examination or ENGL 691 Thesis). Students must earn a GPA of 3.0 (B) or better. (No course in which the student receives less than a B- will count toward the degree.) The ten courses will include:
Note: These ten courses will ordinarily
be selected from those courses numbered in the 500-600 level series but
as many as two 400-level classes (supplemented by additional graduate-level
work) may be substituted with the permission of the instructor and the
Graduate Committee. With the approval of the studentís advisor and the
Graduate Coordinator, up to two courses may be taken by independent study;
however, ENGL 500, 515, 518, and 570 are not available through independent
Writing Competency Requirement -- All graduate students must satisfy the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement as soon as possible, unless they have already done so as undergraduates or graduates at CSUB or at another California State University. This requirement may be met by passing the regularly scheduled examination or by successfully completing ENGL 304, 305 or 310; this requirement must be satisfied before the student may take the final comprehensive examination.
Time Limitation on Course Requirements -- State law mandates a seven-year limitation on course credits. Students who fail to complete their degree programs within the seven-year limit may petition the Departmentís Graduate Committee to permit the revalidating of outdated courses. If granted, such revalidation will normally require an oral or written examination on the course content supervised by a specialist in the field.
Teaching Assistant Program in Writing
-- The Teaching Assistant Program begins with a one-quarter apprenticeship
in a composition course or courses in the department. If the faculty mentorís
evaluations are positive and enrollment is sufficient, the student will
be assigned to his or her own class for a maximum of three quarters. Students
are required to take ENGL 600: English Practicum (3 units) in conjunction
with their apprenticeship. Prerequisites for the Teaching Assistant Program
are: (1) completion of ENGL 506 with a grade of B+ or better, and (2) completion
of 20 hours of tutoring.
ENGL 500 Methods of Scholarly Research (3)
The study of the nature and function of imaginative, expository, and argumentative writing. The resources for scholarship in composition and in literature and the problems of method in the major areas of research in English. Must be taken as one of the studentís first three graduate English courses.
ENGL 504 Approaches to the Analysis of Writing (5)
A study of various linguistics approaches for analyzing the structure of written texts.
ENGL 505 Rhetorical Theory (5)
An introduction to recent research on written composition, the most current theories of rhetoric, and the implications of these theories for the teaching of writing.
ENGL 506 Composition Theory and Practice (5)
Emphasis on the understanding of grammar, syntax, structure, and form, in principle, as well as of the problems in communicating effective and acceptable language usage in a classroom situation.
ENGL 507 Writing in a Second Language (5)
The writing process and the written products of people composing in English as a foreign language. Topics of discussion include contrastive rhetoric, error analysis, and evaluation. Special attention will be given to the writing problems of international students learning English and to appropriate instructional procedures helpful to such students.
ENGL 508 Teaching Basic Writers (5)
This course includes both the traditional underpinnings and the practical applications for teaching developmental writers and addresses the diverse cultural, emotional, and academic needs of these students.
ENGL 515 Theories of English Grammar (5)
Study of the assumptions, systems, and applications of one or more modern approaches to the English language.
ENGL 518 History of the English Language (5)
Studies in the development of English phonology, morphology, and syntax from the Old English period to the present.
ENGL 525 Chaucer (5)
Studies in The Canterbury Tales and/or Troilus and Criseyde, and a selection of Chaucerís shorter poems.
ENGL 533 Seventeenth-Century British Literature (5)
Study of seventeenth-century poetry, prose, and/or drama. (Note: May be repeated with permission of advisor if different course content.)
ENGL 535 Shakespeare (5)
Study of selected plays. Prerequisite: ENGL 335 or consent of the instructor.
ENGL 541 Eighteenth-Century British Literature (5)
Study of eighteenth-century poetry, prose, and/or drama. (Note: May be repeated with permission of advisor if different course content.)
ENGL 552 Nineteenth-Century British Literature (5)
Study of nineteenth-century poetry, non-fiction prose, fiction, and/or drama. (Note: May be repeated with permission of advisor if different course content.)
ENGL 564 Twentieth-Century Poetry (5)
Survey of major British and American poets from about 1914 to the present. (Note: May be repeated with permission of advisor if different course content.)
ENGL 568 Modern British Novel
Survey of major British novelists from 1900. (Note: May be repeated with permission of advisor if different course content.)
ENGL 570 Criticism (5)
Problems in the application of critical methods in both literature and language studies, with emphasis on the formation and development of major trends in critical theory.
ENGL 572 Poetry and Poetics (5)
Study of selected poets, their works, and their poetics. (Note: May be repeated with permission of advisor if different course content.)
ENGL 576 Development of the English Novel (5)
Study of continuity and change in the structure and style of the English novel and novella.
ENGL 578 Special Methods in the Instruction of Literature (5)
An introduction for graduate students intending to teach high school or community college English, this course explores the implications of modern literary theory for classroom instruction of the literary text.
ENGL 580 Ethnic Literature (5)
Study of American ethnic writers, their viewpoints, and their aesthetics. The social and cultural contexts of the literature will also be studied. May be repeated with permission of advisor when course content changes, as in African-American Literature, Chicano Literature, Asian-American Literature, etc.
ENGL 582 Early American Literature (5)
Studies in American literature from the Colonial Period to the Civil War. (Note: May be repeated with permission of advisor if different course content.)
ENGL 583 Later Nineteenth-Century American Literature (5)
Studies in American Literature from the Civil War to 1900. (Note: May be repeated with permission of advisor if different course content.)
ENGL 584 Modern American Literature (5)
Studies in Twentieth-Century American Literature to WWII. (Note: May be repeated with permission of advisor if different course content.)
ENGL 585 Contemporary American Literature (5)
American Literature since WWII. (Note: May be repeated with permission of advisor if different course content.)
ENGL 591 Theories of Second Language Acquisition (5)
This class examines and compares the most recent and influential theories of second language acquisition including the monitor model, interlanguage theory, linguistic universals, cognitive theory, and acculturation/pidginization theory. The class applies towards the TESL Certificate, not towards the MA in English. Prerequisite: ENGL/LING 391 or 415 or 420 or ENGL 514 .
ENGL 600 English Practicum (3)
A requirement for participation in the Teaching Assistant Program in English, this course allows students to observe and participate in the design and daily work of a college-level writing class (at BC or at CSUB). Students will work with a master teacher in and outside of class (inasmuch as we can accommodate specific requests) and be responsible for some independent work outside of class that is directly relevant to the assigned course. Can be repeated for different course content.
ENGL 690 Comprehensive Examination (3)
A comprehensive written examination on a reading list covering major works of English and American Literature. Readings selected in consultation with the studentís graduate committee. The examination must be passed with a grade of B- or better, and it may be taken no more than two times. Prerequisite: Successful completion of the graduate course work.
ENGL 691 Thesis (3)
A carefully designed study of a selected topic or area in English or American literature. Emphasis placed on original insights as contributions to graduate scholarship. Prerequisites: Classified Status and approval of the departmentís Graduate Committee.
ENGL 698 Directed Study in the Instruction of English (variable units)
A class in the theory and methods in undergraduate and graduate instruction in English. Weekly meetings with faculty sponsor and supervised experience which may include developing, administering, and scoring examinations; leading small group discussions; tutoring; and directing students in researching term papers. Offered on a credit, no-credit basis only. Prerequisites: Consent of instructor who will serve as the sponsor and approval by chair of the Department of English.
ENGL 699 Individual Study (variable units)
Admission with consent of department chair.