English, Master of Arts (067)

English

http://www.wku.edu/english/


Program Coordinator

Kenneth W. Berry, wes.berry@wku.edu, (270) 745-5770

The master's program prepares students for continuing graduate work toward a doctorate in English or for many other careers that involve strong communication skills.

Program Admission

In addition to meeting Graduate School requirements, applicants should have earned at least 27 credit hours of undergraduate English with a GPA of 3.0 or better. Those not meeting this requirement may be admitted conditionally on a case-by-case basis. Applicants should also submit a 2-page statement of purpose describing academic interests, relevant experiences, and reasons for pursing the M.A. degree in English at Western Kentucky University.

Students seeking Rank II or Rank I certification for Grades 8-12 must have or be eligible for a secondary school teaching certificate and must include a copy with the application for admission. Kentucky candidates whose certificates have expired may be admitted, but they may enroll for only six hours before the must apply to the Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board for reissued certificates. After completion of six hours, such students must submit a copy of the re-issued certificate before being allowed to register for any additional courses. Applicants from out-of-state with expired certificates must complete the requirements for their respective states to renew their certificates and submit a copy of the reissued certificate.

Please refer to the admission section of this catalog for Graduate School admission requirements.

Program Requirements (33 hours)

Required Courses
ENG 520Introduction to Graduate Studies3
ENG 510Graduate Rhetoric and Writing3
ENG 516Literature and Pedagogy3
ENG 565Integrated Teaching English as a Second Language3
Select 3 hours of composition and rhetoric3
Select 3 hours of literature3
Electives15
Thesis Option
Thesis Research and Writing (6 hours)
Select 9 hours of electives in composition and rhetoric, linguistics, literature, or teaching English as a second language
Non-Thesis Option
Select 15 hours of electives in composition and rhetoric, linguistics, literature, or teaching English as a second language
Total Hours33