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Graduate Catalog 2016/2017

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Master of Arts (M.A.)
CIP Code: 23.0101
College of Arts and Sciences (AS)
Total Minimum Program Hours Required (Post Bachelor's Degree): 33

Contact Information:
College of Arts and Sciences
English Department (ENG)
4202 E. Fowler Avenue CPR107
Tampa FL  33620

Program Director or Coordinator:
John Lennon
Phone: 813-974-9467


Faculty Search: Arts and Sciences Faculty List

Program Information

The M.A. in English with a concentration in Literature is a continuation of the BA with greater depth in literary knowledge and an introduction and implementation of methods, standards, and conventions of scholarship on literature. It is a generalist degree with broad-based distribution requirements, but it has the flexibility to study cutting-edge theories and newly emerging fields of interests (including cultural and comparative studies, ethnic literatures, and genre studies such as film). The program will conclude with a portfolio of two essays of 5000-6000 words each and an oral defense.


Accreditation Information:

Accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of College and Schools.


Admissions Information

Admission Deadlines

There is an established University deadline for the submission of admission application materials. Programs may have earlier deadlines than the University deadline. The deadlines reflected below are the earliest of the two deadlines. Graduate Programs may continue to accept and process applications after the published deadline if space exists within the program. Check with the Program for availability.

Application Deadline (domestic application)

Fall: January 1
Spring: ---
Summer: ---

International Students

Foreign applicants who are outside the U.S. are required to apply for a visa. Depending on the country of origin, this may take a few months. So the deadlines for these international applicants may be earlier than the Program deadline and these applicants must apply prior to both deadlines. They are strongly encouraged to apply as early as possible. Foreign applicants who are in the U.S. and are currently on a visa may use the domestic application deadline dates. In addition to meeting the published application deadline for the Program of interest, all immigration documents should be submitted as soon as possible, but must be on file at USF no later than the following processing deadlines:

Fall: January 1
Spring: ---
Summer: ---

Admission Requirements

You must comply with general University policies and meet general University Admission requirements in addition to those listed below.

Must meet University requirements (see Graduate Admissions) as well as requirements listed below.

Program Admission Requirements

  • BA in English
  • A competitive Verbal aptitude score on the GRE general test, with a target Analytical Writing score of 4.0 (while the Quantitative score is not a determining factor in our admission decisions, both the Verbal and Quantitative score are factors in some university scholarships and fellowships)
  • undergraduate GPA 3.50
  • three (3) letters of recommendation
  • scholarly writing sample of approximately 2500 words (ten double-spaced pages) excluding bibliography or works cited; applicants may excerpt from a longer essay. Generally the committee seeks to review academic writing from an English course
  • a two-to-three page personal statement describing the student's background, purpose for attending graduate school, and career goals
  • a writing sample of no more than ten pages that demonstrates academic or disciplinary writing
All supplementary application materials (i.e. statement, writing sample, and letters), may be submitted electronically through the online application or may be submitted directly to the department at the following address:

     Graduate Director
     Department of English
     University of South Florida
     4202 E. Fowler Ave., CPR 107
     Tampa, FL 33620-5550

All materials, including GRE scores and transcripts, must be received by the application deadline in order for students to be considered for admission. Graduates of USF do not need to order official transcripts. Applications are reviewed by an admissions committee after the deadline. Students will be notified by mail of the admissions decision within four to six weeks after the deadline.

Admissions Status: Apply


Program Degree Requirements

Minimum Program Hours: 33 Credit Hours

Core Requirements 3 hours
Literature Concentration 27 hours OR Rhetoric Concentration 36 hours

ENG 6009       3      Introduction to Graduate Studies (this should be taken in the first semester of coursework)

In addition to the core requirements, students must complete the requirements below for the selected concentration:

Literature Concentration - 27 hours
Requirements - 3 credits
ENG 6018       3      Studies in Criticism and Theory I
ENG 6019       3      Studies in Criticism and Theory II

Historical Distribution*- 12 credits
Four courses chosen from the following:
1 Medieval or Renaissance (including 17th Century)
ENL 6206      3      Studies in Old English
ENL 6216      3      Studies in Middle English
ENL 6226      3      Studies in Sixteenth-Century British Literature
ENL 6228      3      Studies in Seventeenth-Century British Literature

1 18th Century (Either British tradition or Literature of the Americas)
AML 6017      3      Studies in American Literature to 1860
ENL 6236      3      Studies in Restoration and Eighteenth-Century British Literature

1 19th Century (Either British tradition or Literature of the Americas):
AML 6017      3      Studies in American Literature to 1860
AML 6018      3      Studies in American Literature to 1860 to 1920
ENL 6246      3      Studies of the English Romantic Period
ENL 6256      3      Studies in Victorian Literature

1 20th Century (Either British traditions or Literature of the Americas):
AML 6027      3      Studies in Modern American Literature
ENL 6276      3      Studies in Modern British Literature
LIT 6096      3      Studies in Contemporary Literature

Cultural & Critical Studies* - 6 credits
Two courses in ethnic literature (including African-American, Latino/a, post-colonial), world literature, women’s literature or gender studies, critical theory, film, or genre
AML 6608      3      Studies in African American Literature
ENG 6018      3      Studies in Criticism and Theory I
ENG 6019      3      Studies in Criticism and Theory II
ENG 6067      3      History of the English Language
LIT 6934      1-6      Selected Topics in English Studies
Or other courses as approved by the Graduate Director

*Of the six courses in Historical Distribution and Cultural-Critical Studies, two must be from British traditions and two from American Traditions.

Electives - 6 credits
Students taking ENC 6745 Teaching Practicum must use this as an elective if they count it toward the 33 credits in the degree. No CRW courses will be allowed in the literature track. Only one practicum will be allowed to satisfy degree requirements (including ENC 6745). One Directed Study may be used to substitute for degree requirement with the approval of the Graduate Director.

Portfolio and Defense - 3 credits
Three directed study hours to prepare portfolio. In their fourth and final semester (excluding summer terms), MA students will submit a portfolio for review to a two-member faculty committee six weeks prior to the Office of Graduate Studies deadline for thesis/dissertation submission. Upon submission, the student and chair of the committee will establish a defense date with the Graduate Program Specialist.

The portfolio will contain the following:

  • An introductory first-person essay in which the student offers a self-evaluation of the contents of the portfolio and how it reflects his or her own process of revision, intellectual growth, plans for publication/dissemination, and professional development (minimum five pages, not to exceed fifteen).
  • Two revised seminar papers 5000-6000 words in length, including appropriate MLA or Chicago Style documentation.
    • Papers should be developed under the direction of two different faculty members from the English Department, who then will form the committee for the defense. One member of the committee will serve as the chair, who will coordinate the circulation of the portfolio, the scheduling of the defense, and the submission of evaluation forms to the graduate director within specified deadlines.

The portfolio will be reviewed and evaluated by this two-member faculty committee using the published assessment rubric.

Members of the portfolio committee will be asked to work with the student to revise the papers she/he wrote for class. The goal is to get the papers into a form that might reasonably be published.

Because this option is not a thesis, it does not have to be submitted to the Office of Graduate Studies, and so it does not need to adhere to the Office of Graduate Studies deadlines. Defenses should be concluded two weeks before the end of classes. The whole portfolio, along with the revised papers and the introductory essay, should be circulated two weeks prior to the defense, to give committee members an opportunity to read it through.

Oral Defense
The committee chair convenes a meeting with the committee and student for 30 minutes; this oral examination provides the opportunity for faculty to question the student on various aspects of the portfolio, and it gives the student the opportunity to expand upon and refine ideas represented in writing. The defense also provides an opportunity for further suggestions on publication and revision. After 30 minutes, the committee will convene without the student to discuss a final assessment for the portfolio using the published rubric.


Rhetoric and Composition Concentration -33 hours

Requirements - 12 credits
ENC 6700      3      Studies in Composition Theory
ENC 6720      3      Studies in Composition Research
ENC 6421      3      Studies in Rhetoric and Technology
ENC 6336      3      Studies in the History of Rhetoric

Electives - 15 credits
Three (3) electives within Literature or Rhetoric and Composition from the following (9 credit hours):
ENC      3      Advanced Technical Writing
ENC 6261      3      Professional and Technical Communication
ENC 6333      3      Contemporary Rhetorics
ENC 6422      3      New Media Production
ENC 6740      3      Theory and Development of Writing Programs
LAE 6375      3      Contemporary Composition Studies

Two additional electives in English or outside department, related to course of study (6 credit hours)

Thesis - 6 credits minimum
ENG 6971      6      Thesis or Portfolio: Master’s

MA Thesis or Portfolio on a Rhetoric and Composition subject plus an oral defense

The M.A. thesis 40-50 pages, typed body in 12 point Times New Roman font, double-spaced should be based on student’s specialization in Rhetoric and Composition. This manuscript can be a revision and extension of a course paper or conference paper. It must contribute to the discipline by advancing scholarly discussions in Rhetoric and Composition studies and offering new knowledge.

MA students may submit portfolios in lieu of traditional theses. Variable portfolio contents will be determined in concert with candidates’ professional goals. Portfolio contents will range from 40-50 pages or equivalent (excluding works cited).

Comprehensive Exam
Students in the Literature Concentration complete a capstone requirement/portfolio, including an oral defense, in lieu of a comprehensive exam. For students in the Rhetoric and Composition Concentration, the thesis defense serves in lieu of a comprehensive exam.

Graduate Certificate Program
For information on Graduate Certificates please visit

English Graduate Certificates Offered:
Creative Writing Contact Professor Rita Ciresi at
Comparative and Interdisciplinary Literary Studies Contact Dr. Susan Mooney at
Teaching Composition Contact Dr. Debra Jacobs at
Professional & Technical Communication Contact Dr. Meredith Zoetewey at


This program allows B.A. majors in Literary Studies to take graduate course in the M.A. degree in English with a Concentration in Literature during their senior year. These shared credits will be applicable to the M.A. degree, thus accelerating the time to completion, with successful students able to earn the M.A. degree in two additional semesters beyond the completion of the B.A. Degree. This accelerated program shares 12 credits between already existing degrees:

B.A. in Literary Studies
M.A. in English with a Concentration in Literature

Target students and expected outcomes
This program builds on the department’s B.A. and M.A. degrees. It will give talented Literary Studies majors the opportunity to take graduate courses and apply them to an M.A. in Literary Studies. If successful, students will be able to complete an M.A. two semesters after the B.A. requirements have been met. This will allow them to more expeditiously pursue career opportunities requiring a graduate degree in Literary Studies or pursue Ph.D. studies.

Description and Requirements
For admission to the Accelerated Program, a student must:
1. have completed at least 15 hours in the Literary Studies undergraduate major, including ENG 3014.
2. have a minimum undergraduate 3.33 GPA overall; and
3. have a minimum undergraduate 3.5 GPA in the major.
Application to the program may be made by any student who has satisfied the minimum requirements. Applications should be addressed to the Department Undergraduate and Graduate Directors and should include a statement by the student affirming satisfaction of minimum requirements (with supporting documentation) and a letter of recommendation from a Literary Studies faculty member familiar with the student’s academic performance.

Policy for where a student earns less than a “B” in a graduate course:
No grade lower than a B will be accepted in a graduate course in this program. Students earning less than a B in a graduate course must retake the course and earn a B or higher, to apply it to their graduate degree.

List of courses to be shared
Twelve (12) hours of graduate credit may be shared as follows:
ENG 6018 or ENG 6019 Studies in Criticism and Theory I & II will satisfy the ENG 4013 Literary Criticism requirement.
9 hours at the 4000 level are satisfied by 9 hours at the 6000 level in the English Literature Concentration as approved by the Graduate Program Director. Please see Advising list.

Refer to Undergraduate Catalog B.A. in Literary Studies for undergraduate requirements
Refer to the M.A. in English with a Concentration in Literature requirements, posted above, for graduate requirements.

College Degree Requirements

Refer to the College Section of theGraduate Catalog for College requirements and information.


USF Degree Requirements

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Financial Assistance

Financial Aid

Fellowships & Scholarships

Graduate Assistantships


Registration Process

First, contact your graduate program advisor for guidance courses to register for. Obtain any electronic course permit if necessary. Register for the new student orientation online at Then go to the link to OASIS, USF's on-line registration system to register for your classes. Follow the directions given on-line.

To access online course materials, students must have a USF NetID (e-mail account). Please visit: to obtain your NetID.

New students, including those studying online, may obtain a USFCard. Please visit: to obtain your USFCard.

Tuition and fees: Fees are determined by the level of the course. Please visit Cash Accounting, Controller's Office, for information on tuition and fees.


Graduate Course Information

Use the list below to lookup graduate courses related to this program in the USF Course Inventory:

ENG6009, ENG6018, ENG6019, ENL6206, ENL6216, ENL6226, ENL6228, AML6017, ENL6236, AML6017, AML6018, ENL6246, ENL6256, AML6027, ENL6276, LIT6096, AML6608, ENG6018, ENG6019, ENG6067, LIT6934, ENG6018, ENG6019, ENL6206, ENL6216, ENL6226, ENL6228, AML6017, ENL6236, AML6017, AML6018, ENL6246,