MA in Literary Studies

Requirements:

  • Eight semester-long courses—a total of 32 hours of graduate credit—that aim to provide students with a general introduction to a variety of fields. (equivalent of 8 graduate seminars at 4 credits each). At least 24 of the 32 credit hours must be taken in the Department of English; at least 16 of the 32 must be in 500-level courses and 12 of these in the Department of English.
  • Of those eight courses, students should take six of the following ten areas. At least four of the ten courses must be in 500-level graduate seminars. The others may (but need not) be in 400-level courses in which graduate students complete work beyond that expected of undergraduates:
    • Medieval British Literature (beginning to 1485)
    • Renaissance British Literature (1485-1660)
    • Restoration/Eighteenth-Century British Literature (1660-1800)
    • Nineteenth-Century British Literature (1800-1900)
    • Twentieth-Century British Literature (1900-2000)
    • Early American Literature (beginning to Civil War)
    • Later American Literature (Civil War to present)
    • Anglophone Literature (other than British and American)
    • Critical Theory
    • Cinema and New Media Studies
  • Master’s students also typically take the Professional Seminar in the Teaching of Rhetoric (593)
  • Demonstrated reading knowledge of a foreign language. This requirement may be satisfied in one of the following three ways:
    • Completing the equivalent of three full years of undergraduate work;
    • Passing a proficiency exam administered by a UIUC foreign language department
    • Passing a non-credit 501 language course with a grade of B or better
  • Application to Stage II: This application, typically submitted in the fourth semester of the master’s coursework, consists of a statement of purpose, a polished writing sample that is seminar-paper length, and two letters of recommendation from Illinois faculty
    • To pass to Stage II, students must have their foreign language requirement finished