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)
  • The language requirement by demonstrating reading knowledge of another language. This requirement may be satisfied in one of the following five 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 higher;
    • Fulfilling the Old English course sequence of ENGL 407 and ENGL 514 (on an Old English topic) with a B or higher; or
    • In consultation with the DGS, pursuing a plan of study to fulfill an alternative competency in a language such as Tagalog, Hmong, ASL, or computer programming (this list is not meant to be exhaustive).
  • Application to Stage II: The Stage II application has two goals: first, to demonstrate a student’s readiness to pursue doctoral work (in Stage II of the program); and second, to acquaint students with the faculty in their fields of study, the intellectual questions animating those fields, and the career trajectories of current graduates in the field. Students begin the process of the application in the Fall of their second years, during which they will: