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Graduate Catalog 2016/2017


English (ENG)
with a Concentration in Rhetoric and Composition (RAC)

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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
Email: jflennon@usf.edu

Website: http://www.cas.usf.edu/english


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 option for Ph.D. preparation will conclude with a portfolio of three 15-20 page essays and an oral defense; the option for teacher preparation will have two additional courses required, including one with pedagogical emphasis and a comprehensive examination.

 

Accreditation Information:

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

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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
  • For students pursuing the MA in English with a Concentration in Literature, declaration of which MA Literature option the applicant would like to be considered for, and an explanation of why the applicant would prefer that option. Declare either Option1: Ph.D. preparation or Option 2: Teaching Enhancement (generally option 2 is for teaching professionals who wish to pursue the master's degree part-time)
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

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Program Degree Requirements

A student may transfer up to six (6) hours of credit from another university; up to 12 hours taken as a non-degree seeking student. Up to six (6) hours may be taken in another department (the courses to be approved in advance by the Department of English Graduate Committee).

A student receiving one grade of “C” or lower in a graduate course will be placed on academic probation. A student receiving two grades of “C” or lower will be dismissed from the program, subject to a review by the departmental Graduate Committee.

REQUIRED COURSES

 

Credits

CORE REQUIREMENTS

3

ENG6009

Introduction to Graduate Studies

3

This course should be taken in the first semester of coursework.

 

CONCENTRATION REQUIREMENTS

 

Literature - Option I - Ph.D. Preparation (LIT)
Literature - Option II - Teacher Enrichment (LIT)
Rhetoric and Composition (RAC)

Literature - Option I - Ph.D. Preparation (LIT)

ENG6018 or ENG6019

Studies in Criticism and Theory I or II

3

Historical Distribution*

12

1 Medieval or Renaissance course (including 17th Century)

ENL6206
ENL6216
ENL6226
ENL6228

Studies in Old English
Studies in Middle English
Studies in Sixteenth-Century British Literature
Studies in Seventeenth-Century British Literature

3
3
3
3

1 18th Century course (either British tradition or Literature of the Americas)

AML6017
ENL6236

Studies in American Literature to 1860
Studies in Restoration and Eighteenth-Century British Literature

3
3

1 19th Century course (either British tradition or Literature of the Americas)

AML6017
AML6018
ENL6246
ENL6256

Studies in American Literature to 1860
Studies in American Literature 1860 to 1920
Studies of the English Romantic Period
Studies in Victorian Literature

3
3
3
3

1 20th Century course (either British traditions or Literature of the Americas)

AML6027
ENL6276
LIT6096

Studies in Modern American Literature
Studies in Modern British Literature
Studies in Contemporary Literature

3
3
3

Cultural & Critical Studies

6

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.

AML6608
ENG6018
ENG6019
ENG6067
LIT6934

Studies in African American Literature
Studies in Criticism and Theory I
Studies in Criticism and Theory II
History of the English Language
Selected Topics in English Studies

3
3
3
3
3

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.

Elective Requirements

6

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 LAE 6392) in Option I.

One Directed Study may be used to substitute for degree requirement with the approval of the Graduate Director.

Portfolio and Defense

3

Three credit thesis hours to prepare portfolio. In their fourth and final semester (excluding summer terms), M.A. students will submit a portfolio for review to a three-member faculty committee six weeks prior to the Graduate School 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:

  • 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).
  • Three revised seminar papers 15-20 pages in length, including appropriate MLA or Chicago Style documentation.
    • Papers should represent three distinct literary periods, including at least one prior to 1800 and one after 1800. In addition, the contents of the portfolio should represent diversity on a national level, with at least one paper focusing on literature of the Americas and the other on literature from Britain (broadly construed) or its colonies.
    • Papers should be developed under the direction of three 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 three-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 Graduate School, and so it does not need to adhere to the Graduate School 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.

Each portfolio paper will be scored on a scale from 1 to 4 overall using the rubric at the end of the handbook. To pass, a portfolio requires a total score of 9 with no papers earning a 1.

Each portfolio paper will also be scored on a scale from 1 to 4 on content using the rubric at the end of the handbook. To pass, a portfolio requires a minimum score of 9 in content.

Pass with Distinction: portfolios scoring between 11 and 12 will merit distinction; this will be noted in the student's file and can be referenced on a student's CV.

Deficiency: portfolios scoring between 7 and 8 or with one paper earning a 1 will be deficient. Any paper scoring less than 3 will require revision. Individual faculty need to specify in writing what the essay requires for revision in order to pass. Students will have the opportunity to revise during the remaining time of the semester; revised paper(s) need to be submitted to all committee members for approval no later than the last day of class for the semester. No second defense is required. Students who fail to revise appropriately before the end of the semester will be put on academic probation and will be required to finalize their papers the following semester (excluding summer unless faculty agree to serve during the summer).

Failure: portfolios that score a 6 or less or portfolios that score less than 9 in overall content fail. Students who fail will automatically be put on academic probation and given the opportunity to revise papers so that the portfolio reaches a minimum score of 9 the following semester (excluding summer unless faculty agree to serve during the summer). A failed portfolio requires a second defense after revision, and the committee will determine if it passes or fails (no deficiencies or distinctions may be awarded). If the portfolio fails after the second defense the student will be academically dismissed from the program.

Graduate Assistants on probation in the initial term maintain eligibility for an assistantship. If probationary status is not removed, the student can be removed from assistantship and academically dismissed from the program.

The committee will also evaluate the introductory essay using the appropriate rubric; this grade will be recorded for purposes of program assessment.

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 thirty minutes, the committee will convene without the student to discuss a final assessment for the portfolio using the published rubric.


Literature - Option II - Teacher Enrichment (LIT) (30 hours)

ENG6018 or ENG6019

Studies in Criticism and Theory I or II

3

Historical Distribution*

18

1 Medieval or Renaissance course (including 17th Century)

ENL6206
ENL6216
ENL6226
ENL6228

Studies in Old English
Studies in Middle English
Studies in Sixteenth-Century British Literature
Studies in Seventeenth-Century British Literature

3
3
3
3

1 18th Century course (either British tradition or Literature of the Americas)

AML6017
ENL6236

Studies in American Literature to 1860
Studies in Restoration and Eighteenth-Century British Literature

3
3

1 19th Century course (either British tradition or Literature of the Americas)

AML6017
AML6018
ENL6246
ENL6256

Studies in American Literature to 1860
Studies in American Literature 1860 to 1920
Studies of the English Romantic Period
Studies in Victorian Literature

3
3
3
3

1 20th Century course (either British traditions or Literature of the Americas)

AML6027
ENL6276
LIT6096

Studies in Modern American Literature
Studies in Modern British Literature
Studies in Contemporary Literature

3
3
3

Cultural & Critical Studies (6 credits)*

6

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.

AML6608
ENG6018
ENG6019
ENG6067
LIT6934

Studies in African American Literature
Studies in Criticism and Theory I
Studies in Criticism and Theory II
History of the English Language
Selected Topics in English Studies

3
3
3
3
3

Or other courses as approved by the Graduate Director

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

Pedagogical Emphasis (3 credits)

3

Choose one from the following:

CRW6025
ENC6700
LIT6934
LIT6934
LIT6934
ENG6067

Selected Topics: Practice in Teaching Creative Writing
Composition Theory
Selected Topics: Practice in Teaching Professional and Technical Writing
Selected Topics: Practice in Teaching Writing Center
Practice in Teaching Creative Writing
History of the English Language

3
3
3
3
3
3

Elective Requirements

3

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 LAE 6392) in Option I.

One Directed Study may be used to substitute for degree requirement with the approval of the Graduate Director.

Comprehensive Examination
During their final term of coursework, students will take a comprehensive written exam on literature from the six areas of historical distribution:

  • Medieval and Early Modern
  • Eighteenth-century British and Early Literature of the Americas
  • Nineteenth-century British and colonies
  • Nineteenth-century of the Americas
  • Twentieth-century British and post-colonial
  • Twentieth-century of the Americas

Students will prepare for the exam by reading the list of identified works (available at the start of the program). The list will be established and published with a clear expiration date (five years); the succeeding list will be ready at least one year prior to implementation in the exam.


Rhetoric and Composition (39 hours)

ENG6700
ENG6720
ENC6421
ENC6336

Studies in Composition Theory
Studies in Composition Research
Studies in Rhetoric and Technology
Studies in the History of Rhetoric

3
3
3
3

Electives

15

Three (3) electives within Literature or Rhetoric and Composition from the following (9 credit hours):

ENC6261
ENC6266
ENC6333
ENC6422
ENC6740
LAE6375
ENC6266

Advanced Technical Writing
Professional and Technical Communication
Contemporary Rhetorics
New Media Production
Theory and Development of Writing Programs
Contemporary Composition Studies
Professional and Technical Communication

3
3
3
3
3
3
3

Outside Electives –Two Electives in English or outside department, related to course of study (6 credit hours).


College Degree Requirements

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Financial Assistance


Financial Aid

Fellowships & Scholarships

Graduate Assistantships

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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 http://www.grad.usf.edu/orientation.php. Then go to http://oasis.usf.edu/ the link to OASIS, USF's on-line registration system to register for your classes. Follow the directions given on-line.

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New students, including those studying online, may obtain a USFCard. Please visit: http://www.usf.edu/it/class-prep/usf-card.aspx 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.

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Graduate Course Information

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

ENG6009, ENG6009, LAE6375, ENC6336, ENC6421, ENC6700, ENC6720, ENG6971, ENG6916,