Department of English
MA Requirements with Specialization in Writing Studies
The MA degree may be completed in one year but most students take two years, combining their study with a teaching assistantship. The basic requirements are:
- Eight semester-long courses in Writing Studies, Literature, and Theory
- Demonstrated reading knowledge of a foreign language
- Courses (worth one unit each) must be taken as follows:
- Writing Studies I (Social Contexts and Functions of Writing)
- Two courses in Literature or Theory
- Four other courses approved by the Writing Studies advisor
At least four of the eight courses must be 500-level graduate seminars (limited to 14 students). The others may (but need not) be 400-level courses (limited to 36 students) in which graduate students complete work in addition to that expected by undergraduates.
The Foreign Language Requirement may be satisfied by demonstrating a reading knowledge of an appropriate foreign language in one of the following three ways:
- By completing the equivalent three full years of undergraduate work
- By passing a proficiency exam administered by a UIUC foreign language department
- By passing a non-credit 401 language course with a grade of B or better
After completing the MA degree with Specialization in Writing Studies, students may apply for admission to the PhD program with Concentration in Writing Studies; admission is ordinarily granted to students in good standing committed to continuing in the program.