The MA in Writing Studies requires 30 credits of graduate work. Six credits will come from a thesis project (either an analytical study or a collection of original creative material, 700 level). The remaining credits involve courses at the 500 and 600 level. The program includes provisions for internships and directed individual projects of various kinds.
All students in the program will take two core courses: ENG 550 - The Practice of Writing and ENG 560 - Rhetoric Then and Now. These courses provide breadth of perspective on all of the general issues and circumstances faced by writers in the process of engaging an audience and making a living through the craft of language. Other courses in the program are organized in three complementary areas:
AREA I: Writing and Culture (600-629)
All graduates of the program are required to have at least one course from each area; two courses in an area would create a concentration. All of the courses are designed to have writing as the center of concern, and many of the courses will emphasize getting pieces of writing for publication, from blogs to print.
Nota Bene: Some courses may count in two different areas, but no single course can fulfill two areas in a student's program. For example, ENG 614, "The Short Story," can count as either an Area I, Literature and Culture, or an Area III, Professional Writing. Detailed course descriptions, available prior to registration, list which courses may count in different areas. In addition, some courses can be repeated when the content of the course varies. For example, ENG 670, Fiction Writing, can be repeated. Please direct any advising questions to the graduate director.
Degree Time Limitation
After the establishing of degree candidacy, a maximum of five years will be allowed for the completion of the degree requirements. Under extenuating circumstances, a student may request an extension of this time frame.
ENG 550 The Practice of Writing
AREA I — WRITING AND CULTURE
ENG 617 Writing and Other Arts
AREA II — RHETORIC AND COMPOSITION: STUDY THEORY AND PRACTICE
AREA III — PROFESSIONAL WRITING