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MA in British & American Literature

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Best suited to students who seek a rigorous study of literature and language, criticism, and scholarly writing, this MA degree is designed to serve both those who wish to undertake a terminal course of study and those who are preparing for doctoral work in English or other humanistic fields. Not only does the program offer traditional lecture, discussion, and seminar classes, as well as reading tutorials, it gives each student the opportunity to research and write a Master's Thesis under the guidance and mentorship of a senior faculty member.

Students will complete 30 credits of coursework, including ENGL 789 (Master's Thesis); no more than 6 credits may be from a department other than English. Students will also demonstrate a reading knowledge of one of several foreign languages, and will successfully complete a comprehensive examination in British and American literature, usually before writing the thesis.

Requirements

  • 30 credits of satisfactory work in English, including ENGL 789 (Master's Thesis). No more than 6 credits in courses other than those offered by the Department of English may be accepted (approval of the Graduate Advisor required).
  • No more than 9 credits may be taken as a non-matriculant.
  • Demonstration of a reading knowledge of Latin, French, German, Spanish, or other approved foreign language through a departmental examination.
  • Passing a comprehensive examination in British, American, and world literature in English.
  • Completion of a Master's Thesis, preferably an expansion of a term paper. Click here for thesis guidelines.

Admissions

  • A Bachelor of Arts degree or its equivalent from an accredited institution acceptable to Hunter College.
  • An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 in English courses.
  • 18 credits of advanced undergraduate courses in British, American, and world literature in English, exclusive of journalism, writing courses, and required introductory courses in literature.
  • The Graduate Record Examination (GRE). General test only.
  • A sample of your academic writing of about 10 pages (preferably an undergraduate research paper).
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