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2009-2010 Graduate Catalog 
2009-2010 Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]


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English (30 cr)

B. Electives (15 cr)

At least three hours must be taken from categories 1 and 2 below:

  1. Courses based upon an HISTORICAL approach to literary study
  2. Courses based upon a GENRE approach to literary study
  3. Linguistic Studies (recommended for those who plan to teach English)
  • One free elective to be chosen from graduate English courses or (with permission of the English Graduate Committee) from graduate courses taught by another department.

C. Culminating Tracks (6 cr)

Candidates choose one of the following three tracks:

  1. Two three-hour teaching internships, each in a different undergraduate English course; each requiring a researched written commentary on the work of the semester.
  2. Six hours combining course work and independent study, chosen under advisement to strengthen the student’s knowledge of literature and language, followed by a culminating examination.
  3. MA Thesis

Additional Requirements

Upon starting course work, each student should make an appointment to meet with the English Department Director of Graduate Studies for the purpose of orientation and advising, etc. The student must maintain a “B” average in course work. Students may not begin their culminating track (Part C) without a “B” average or better.

Foreign Languages: There is no longer a foreign language requirement for the MA at Oswego. However, students interested in post-secondary teaching and others who are contemplating further study of literature, language, and theory at PhD-granting institutions are encouraged to continue acquiring skills in at least one foreign language.

Students should begin the process of choosing their culminating tracks no later than the completion of 12 hours of credit, in order to make satisfactory arrangements with faculty members and to receive adequate advice from the graduate faculty as well as the graduate director.

Arrangements for teaching internships, including a draft course contract signed by student and prospective faculty member, should be filed with the English Department Graduate Director by the middle of the semester preceding that in which the internship will take place.

Those electing the option to strengthen their knowledge will need to describe and justify their plans at least two semesters before their scheduled examination takes place, in order that reading lists, course work, and examination topics can be prepared.

Students electing to write a thesis will need to file an application with the English Department Graduate Director, with topic, preliminary bibliography, and requested readers at least two semesters before anticipated completion. Each thesis will have a faculty director and two outside readers, one of whom may (with agreement by the Graduate Committee) be a member of the graduate faculty outside the English Department.

Note: English graduate courses will normally be offered during Fall and Spring semesters in evenings or very late afternoons. Summer offerings may be presented during the day or in the evening. It is anticipated that most students will take 12 hours of credit each academic year because of pressures of their employment elsewhere. Normal progress toward the degree will, then, take a little more than two years, with one course taken each semester and two during the summer sessions, but individual variations from this pattern are, of course, to be expected.

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