The combined Bachelor of Art's and Master of Art's degree follows the same requirements as the regular programs. Below you will find requirements for both programs. Click here to view a sample schedule of the five year program.

B.A. in English

The Major in English provides you with broad exposure to literature in historical contexts, within national traditions and theoretical frameworks, and in relation to other intellectural and artistic disciplines, along with writing for scholarly and professional purposes in both traditional and digital forms.

Core Literature and Writing Requirement

Under this sequence, students enroll in two 4-credit courses:

First Course

ENGL 121 Critical Thinking: Literature and Writing (4 credits)

Second Course (choose one of the following courses)

ENGL 201 Texts in Conversation: Perspectives on Genre and Craft (4 credits)
ENGL 202 Texts in Conversation: Interdisciplinary Perspectives (4 credits)
ENGL 203 Texts in Conversation: Thematic and Intertextual Perspectives (4 credits)
ENGL 204 Texts in Conversation: Perspectives on Language, Culture, and Literacy (4 credits)

Students with qualifying ACT scores can complete the core requirement in literature and writing by taking the following sequence: 

One ENGL 201-204 Texts in Conversation course (4 credits) 

plus

One of the following literature courses in English: ENGL 211, 212, 214, 215, 217, 218, 220, 221, 222, 255, 297, 324, 325, 334, 337, 341, 361, 362, 364, 365, 366, 367, 370, 371, 372, 373, 390, and 395.


Required Courses

ENGL 280: Introduction to English Studies (4 credits)

ENGL 481 or ENGL 482: Senior Capstone (4 credits)

In addition to the above core curriculum and required courses, students must also select courses that fulfill the following Approaches and Methods and Area Literature requirements:

Approaches and Methods

Four credits of Historical Perspectives

  • ENGL 211 British Authors I (4 credits, fall)
  • ENGL 212 British Authors II (4 credits, spring)
  • ENGL 214 American Authors I (4 credits, spring)
  • ENGL 215 American Authors II (4 credits, fall)
  • ENGL 217 Multicultural Literature (4 credits, fall)
  • ENGL 218 Women in Literature: Critical History (4 credits, spring)
  • ENGL 220 The Classical Tradition (4 credits, fall)
  • ENGL 221 The Modern Tradition (4 credits, spring)
  • ENGL 222 The Catholic Tradition in Literature (4 credits)

Four credits of Contexts and Convergences

  • ENGL 325 Special Studies in Genre, Region, or Theme [some sections/topics only] (4 credits)
  • ENGL 334 Literature from a Christian Perspective (4 credits)
  • ENGL 337 The Literature of Human Diversity (4 credits, fall)
  • ENGL 341 Literature by Women: Critical Questions (4 credits, spring)
  • ENGL 360 Chaucer and the Medieval Period (4 credits)
  • ENGL 361 Shakespeare and the Early Modern Period (4 credits, spring)
  • ENGL 362 Milton and Seventeenth-Century British Literature (4 credits)
  • ENGL 364 Eighteenth-Century British Literature (4 credits)
  • ENGL 365 The Romantic Age in Britain (4 credits)
  • ENGL 366 The Victorian Age in Britain (4 credits)
  • ENGL 367 Twentieth-Century British Literature (4 credits)
  • ENGL 370 Colonial and Early-American Literature (4 credits)
  • ENGL 371 Nineteenth-Century American Literature (4 credits)
  • ENGL 372 Modern American Literature (4 credits)
  • ENGL 373 Contemporary American Literature (4 credits)
  • ENGL 390 Major Literary Figures [some sections/topics only] (4 credits)
  • ENGL 395 Issues in Literature and Culture [some sections/topics only] (4 credits)

Four credits in Genre Study

  • ENGL 255 Introduction to Imaginative Writing (4 credits, fall/spring)
  • ENGL 321 Writing Poetry (4 credits, spring)
  • ENGL 322 Writing Fiction (4 credits, fall)
  • ENGL 323 Writing Creative Nonfiction (4 credits)
  • ENGL 324 Genre Studies (4 credits)
  • ENGL 325 Special Studies in Genre, Region, or Theme [some sections/topics only] (4 credits)
  • ENGL 326 Topics in Creative Writing (4 credits)
  • ENGL 390 Major Literary Figures [some sections/topics only] (4 credits)
  • ENGL 395 Issues in Literature and Culture [some sections/topics only] (4 credits)

Four credits in Theory and Practice

  • ENGL 300 Theory and Practice of Writing (4 credits, spring)
  • ENGL 304 Analytical and Persuasive Writing (4 credits, spring)
  • ENGL 305 Linguistics: The English Language (4 credits, fall)
  • ENGL 311 Criticism of Literature (4 credits)
  • ENGL 315 Topics in Professional Writing (4 credits) [Starts in 2017-18]

Area Literature Requirements

Four credits in Early American Literature

  • ENGL 214 American Authors I (4 credits, spring)
  • ENGL 370 Colonial and Early-American Literature (4 credits)
  • ENGL 371 Nineteenth-Century American Literature (4 credits)
  • ENGL 390 Major Literary Figures [some sections/topics only] (4 credits)
  • ENGL 395 Issues in Literature and Culture [some sections/topics only] (4 credits)

Four credits in Early British Literature

  • ENGL 211 British Authors I (4 credits, fall)
  • ENGL 360 Chaucer and the Medieval Period (4 credits)
  • ENGL 361 Shakespeare and the Early Modern Period (4 credits, spring)
  • ENGL 362 Milton and Seventeenth-Century British Literature (4 credits)
  • ENGL 364 Eighteenth-Century British Literature (4 credits)
  • ENGL 365 The Romantic Age in Britain (4 credits)
  • ENGL 390 Major Literary Figures [some sections/topics only] (4 credits)
  • ENGL 395 Issues in Literature and Culture [some sections/topics only] (4 credits)

Four credits in Diversity Literature

  • ENGL 217 Multicultural Literature (4 credits, fall)
  • ENGL 218 Literature by Women (4 credits, spring)
  • ENGL 337 The Literature of Human Diversity (4 credits)
  • ENGL 341 Literature by Women: Critical Questions (4 credits)

All English majors should complete 44 credits in English and maintain a GPA of 2.0 in English. Students should take 16 credits in literature, chosen from among the following: 211, 212, 214, 215, 217, 218, 220, 221, 222, 297, 298, 324, 325, 334, 341, 360, 361, 362, 364, 365, 366, 367, 370, 371, 372, 373, 390, 395. A minimum of 16 credits in English at or above ENGL 211 must be taken at St. Thomas.

 

M.A. In English

The Master of Arts in English program consists of ten three-credit courses -- five required and five electives. Three of these courses will be taken during the Spring of a student's fourth year of study and will count towards both the B.A. and M.A. degrees.

Five Required Courses

GENG 513 Issues in Criticism
GENG 699 Master's Essay
One course in pre-1830 British literature (GENG 521, 522, 523, 528, 529, 621, 622, 623, 628, or 629)
One course in pre-1900 American literature (GENG 542, 547, 642, 647)
One course in multicultural literature (GENG 558, 559, 560, 658, 659, 660)

Five Elective Courses

Students may choose from a selection of elective courses, and may personally design up to two of their own Independent Studies (GENG 698). Effort is made to offer both required courses and electives each semester. Click here to see our full catalog of courses and click here to see our upcoming scheduled courses.

Course Level Requirement

Of the ten courses required, at least two must be 600-level seminar courses (3 credits each). This does not include GENG 698 Independent Study or the GENG 699 Master's Essay courses.