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English and Communication Arts

The master's program in English and Communication Arts offers, through the College of Arts and Sciences, several Master of Arts specializations, allowing students to tailor degrees to suit their professional and academic goals.

The English and Communication Arts master's program is designed primarily for part-time students, with most classes scheduled at night. However, enough courses are offered each semester that students may attend the program full time.

Admission Application Requirements

Regular Admission

  1. Official transcripts from all regionally accredited institutions previously attended.
  2. A grade point average of 3.00 in the major field of study and a 2.50 overall average. If the applicant has not majored in English or Communication Arts, a GPA of 3.00 in the last 60 hours of undergraduate work is required.
  3. Two letters of recommendation attesting to the applicant's potential for success in a master's level English program.
  4. Submission of satisfactory scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) taken within the last five years.
  5. At least 18 hours of advanced course work in English and/or Communication Arts. Students who earn a minor in English at OLLU and earn a 3.0 GPA or above in at least 12 advanced English hours are also eligible.

International Students

An international student seeking admission into the program for a Master of Arts in English should refer to page 35 of this bulletin for additional information on credentials needed for admission.

Conditional Admission

Conditional acceptance is granted on the merits of each case. In some circumstances, applicants who do not meet all of the requirements for regular admission may be admitted conditionally, providing they fulfill the conditions listed in their letters of conditional acceptance within the period of specified time. If conditional acceptance is given because of missing official credentials, the period of time to provide those documents will not extend beyond the first term of attendance.

Special Admission

A student who wishes to register only for course work and not as a degree candidate may be admitted as a special student. Candidates for special admission must submit either a letter of good standing from another master's program in English (or a related field) or an official transcript showing the successful completion of a baccalaureate degree with an overall grade point average of at least 2.50.

Students who wish to register as degree candidates, but who do not have time before registration to complete requirements for regular admission, may also be admitted as special students until the admission requirements are met.

No more than 12 semester hours earned as a special student may be applied toward a degree, and these credits must have been earned not more than one calendar year prior to admission to the degree program. There is no guarantee, however, that courses taken in the special admission category will be accepted as part of the degree curriculum, or that acceptance as a special student will lead to regular admission to the master's program.

Admission Deadline

Deadline for submitting a completed application to the master's program in English is 10 working days prior to the first day of regular registration for each semester.

Master of Arts Specialization: English

36 semester hours including four courses selected from the following:

ENGL 7321

Literary Forms

ENGL 7331

Literary Theory

ENGL 7332

Literature and Ideas

ENGL 7341

Literature and Culture

ENGL 7342

Literature and Gender

ENGL 7343

Literature, Race and Class

ENGL 7371

Writer and the Writer's Work

ENGL 7394

Scholarship in English

Areas of Concentration (choose one area)

  1. English and Communication Arts:
    1. 36 semester hours, including ENGL 6331 (Written Communication Arts) and nine other semester hours from ENGL 6000 courses
    2. may include up to nine hours in a related minor or interdisciplinary combination
    3. comprehensive examination required
    4. computer literacy required, requirement fulfilled with passing of comprehensive examination.
    5. recommended for those specializing in writing, in the teaching of writing, and/or in communications
  2. English Education:
    1. 36 semester hours, including ENGL 6321 (Teaching Rhetoric and Composition) or ENGL 7333 (Teaching Literature) and at least nine semester hours from courses in one of the following:

      English as a Second Language
      ENGL 4388G Language Acquisition Processes
      ENGL 5382G Language and Society
      ENGL 5383G General Linguistic Theory
      ENGL 5386G English as Second Language Methodology

      education (may include reading and bilingual education)

      special education

      counseling psychology

      approved second teaching field

      approved combination from education-related disciplines

    2. may include up to 12 hours outside the department
    3. comprehensive examination required
    4. computer literacy required, requirement fulfilled with passing of comprehensive examination.
    5. recommended for those seeking professional teacher certification or other enhancement of teaching credentials
    6. a second adviser from the School of Professional Studies is recommended (to ensure the student has all necessary prerequisites and meets state requirements for the chosen goals)
  3. English Language and Literature:
    1. Thesis program

      36 semester hours selected primarily from ENGL 7000 courses, but including ENGL 8391 or ENGL 8691

      comprehensive examination required

      computer literacy required, requirement fulfilled with passing of comprehensive examination.

      recommended for students intending to continue study toward the doctorate

    2. Non-thesis program

      36 semester hours selected primarily from ENGL 7000 courses

      comprehensive examination required

      computer literacy required, requirement fulfilled with passing of comprehensive examination.

  4. Writing
    1. 36 semester hour total. Thirty-six hours of course work, including the 12 hours of writing workshops. Students will also be required to complete a thesis (3-6 hours). The remaining hours will include additional graduate English courses or an optional minor in a related field.
    2. ENGL 7331 or ENGL 7394 or both
    3. At least 12 hours in writing courses (such as the following: ENGL 3313G, ENGL 6311, ENGL 6331)
    4. three - six thesis hours, ENGL 8391 or ENGL 8691
    5. Nine-hour optional minor in related field or interdisciplinary combination
    6. comprehensive examination required
    7. computer literacy required, requirement fulfilled with passing of comprehensive examination.