M.A. Program in English
300 Pompton Road, Atrium 220, Wayne, NJ 07470
Director: Dr. Rajender Kaur; (973) 720-3704
The Department of English offers graduate programs leading to an M.A. in English with a concentration in either literature or writing. Graduate courses are scheduled during the late afternoons and evenings. Classes are small enough to allow a close working relationship with the faculty.
The literature concentration offers students advanced study and enrichment in English and American Literature and contextual studies, literary criticism, history of the language, and modern linguistics.
The writing concentration offers aspiring writers, pre-professionals, teachers who wish to update their skills, and individuals interested in writing as process enough structure to supply a firm foundation and enough flexibility to accommodate individual writing goals.
Our faculty publish literary criticism, fiction, poetry, biography, autobiography, gender studies, interviews, editions of essays and letters, and textbooks. Their most recent books include: A Precious Seeing: Love and Reason in Shakespeare's Plays; Senhora - Profile of a Woman; Dream House: A Memoir; "Bad Girls"/"Good Girls": Women, Sex, and Power in the Nineties; The Crane Log: A Documentary Life of Stephen Crane; Literature and Society; City Life: The Life and Times of Frank O'Hara; The Tapestry Grammar: A Reference for Learners of English; A Life of Kenneth Rexroth; Approaches to Teaching Faulkner's "The Sound and the Fury"; The Letters of Gertrude Stein and Carl Van Vechten, 1913-1946. Their publishers include the University of Texas Press, New York University Press, W.W. Norton, Rutgers University Press, Prentice Hall, and Knopf.
REQUIREMENTS FOR THE M.A. IN ENGLISH
The M.A. in Literature requires the following distribution of courses (33 credits):
Required Courses…………………………………….6 Credits
ENG 6560 Contemporary Modes of Criticism
ENG 6990 Research and Thesis Seminar
British Literature…………………………………….6 Credits
Choose from ENG 5500 Studies in Medieval Literature; ENG 5510 Studies in Renaissance Literature; ENG 5520 Studies in 17th Century Literature; ENG 5530 Studies in the Long 18th Century; ENG 5540 Studies in British Romantic Literature; ENG 5550 Studies in Victorian Literature; ENG 5560 Studies in 20th Century British Literature
American Literature…………………………………….6 Credits
Choose from ENG 5000 Studies in American Renaissance; ENG 5100 Studies in American Realism and Naturalism; ENG 5110 Studies in 20th C American Literature; ENG 5120 Studies in African American Literature; ENG 5130 Studies in Latino/a Literature; ENG 5140 Studies in Asian American Literature
Global Literature…………………………………….3 Credits
Choose from: ENG 6830 Studies in Post-Colonial Literature; ENG 6650 Studies in Irish Literature; ENG 6660 Studies in the European Novel; ENG 6880 Studies in Global Literature
Choose from: Four courses from British Literature, American Literature, Topics in Literature, or Writing can be used as electives. In some cases, Topics in Literature can be used to satisfy the literature requirement by advisement of the Graduate Director. No more than two courses can be chosen from the writing electives.
Topics in Literature:
Choose from: ENG 6140 Applied Linguistics: Grammar & Style; ENG 6180 Modern English & Its Background; ENG 6510 Women Writers; ENG 6730 Fiction and Film; ENG 6770 Ethnic American Literature; ENG 6780 Modern Literary Biography; ENG 6840 Gay, Lesbian, or Queer Literature; ENG 6930 Adolescent Literature; ENG 6940 History of Rhetoric; ENG 6890 Studies in Contemporary Literature; ENG 7000 Independent Study
ENG 5990 Selected Topics in Writing; ENG 6150 Advanced Critical Writing; ENG 6160 Creative Writing 1; ENG 6170 Modern Techniques of Composition; ENG 6190 Writing for The Magazine Market; ENG 6200 Teaching Writing as Process I; ENG 6210 Fiction Writing Seminar I; ENG 6220 Fiction Writing Seminar II; ENG 6230 Poetry Writing Seminar; ENG 6240 Advanced Poetry Writing; ENG 6250 Teaching Writing as Process II; ENG 6260 Creative Writing II; ENG 6270 Writing Scripts for Movies and TV; ENG 6275 Pedagogy of Creative Writing; ENG 6280 Short Story Writing; ENG 6300 Book &Magazine Editing; ENG 6310 Creative Nonfiction; ENG 6870 Travel Writing
The M.A. in Writing requires the following distribution of courses (33 credits):
English 6990 - Research and Thesis Seminar.
English 6560 - Contemporary Modes of Criticism
English 6160 - Creative Writing I
English 6260 - Creative Writing II
Four additional writing courses
Three courses in American literature, English literature, or Contextual Studies
ADMISSION TO THE MASTER'S DEGREE PROGRAM IN ENGLISH
The requirements for admission are:
1. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university;
2. A cumulative grade point average of no less than 3.00 on a 4.00 scale in the undergraduate major;
3. A minimum score of 150 on the verbal portion and 4.5 on the analytical portion of the Graduate Record Examination or a minimum score of 400 on the Miller Analogies Test.
4. Two letters of recommendation that attest to the applicant’s academic qualifications;
5. An essay of 500 to 750 words that addresses any one of the following questions: (1) What led you to apply to the graduate program in English at William Paterson University? (2) What are your personal reasons for pursuing an advanced degree in literature or writing? (3) Why are you engaged by a particular issue, book, or idea?
6. Students with a limited background in English can be admitted, but may be required to take additional courses with the approval of the graduate program director.
Graduate Assistantships: Prospective students interested in applying for a Graduate Assistantship must submit all application materials by March 15th. In addition, your personal statement should state your interest in a Graduate Assistantship, as well as your qualifications. We also ask that you email a copy of your CV to email@example.com. More information about Graduate Assistantships can be found here.
THE MASTER OF ARTS THESIS
Students write the graduate thesis in the last semester of graduate work with the advice of a faculty member, and while taking English 6990: Research and Thesis Seminar. Before the student can write the thesis, however, the student must be assigned a faculty advisor, and must submit a thesis proposal. Here is the timeline for submitting these documents.
1. Declaration of Intent. This one-page form briefly describes the area in which the student will be writing the thesis, and asks the student to list three faculty members with whom he/she would like to work. In consultation with the faculty, the committee will determine the best fit and assign the student an advisor. This form must be filled out TWO semesters before the student plans on writing the thesis and taking English 6990. The due date for this form is announced in graduate classes, and posted on the listserve but is generally due two weeks before the Thesis Proposal Workshop. This form must be filled out and returned on or before the due date. Forms handed in late or not handed in at all may prevent the student from securing an advisor.
2. Thesis Proposal Workshop. Approximately one month before the thesis proposal is due, a one-hour workshop will be held to explain in detail how a thesis proposal should be written. The workshop is widely advertised in the Atrium, announced in graduate seminars, and posted on the listserve generally two weeks before the workshop.
3. Thesis Proposal. This document specifically details your thesis project. The thesis proposal must be prepared in consultation with the student's thesis advisor, and must be signed by said advisor. The thesis is general due one month after the workshop. Late proposal may not be considered. After the proposals have been handed in, the Graduate Committee will review them and either accept them without change, or ask that specific changes be made before the student is allowed to continue. Students will be notified by mail about the committee’s decision. Revisions to the proposal are generally due three weeks after the notification.
4. Thesis. In order to enroll in English 6990 and write the thesis proposal, a student must have completed at least 27 credits in the Graduate Program. A student may take other classes while enrolled in English 6990 and while writing the thesis. The writing of the thesis will be done in consultation with the student’s advisor and with members of the Thesis Seminar. A final grade in the Seminar will be given based on the student’s final project and participation in the seminar. The faculty advisor and the Thesis Seminar instructor, in consultation with each other, will give the student the final grade for the Thesis Seminar. For the thesis to be considered complete, the student must receive at least a B- and have finished the program.
5. MA Thesis in Literature. For the thesis, the student will establish a clearly defined area of literary study. The student must be able to demonstrate an ability to synthesize and evaluate literary theory. The clearly written, well-focused thesis should be 7,500-10,000 words in length and incorporate original insight with primary, secondary and contemporaneous critical sources.
6. M.A. Thesis in Writing. For the thesis, the student will write a 75 plus page manuscript that indicates advanced skills in writing in one of a variety of genres: fiction, drama, non-fiction (such as memoir, biography, critical essays), screen writing, journalism. For poetry, the student will write a 40 plus page manuscript.
7. Graduate Colloquium. At the end of the Thesis Seminar, a colloquium will be held where the student will give a brief presentation of his/her project. Participation in this colloquium is required, and is considered an opportunity to share one's work with the English faculty, and with family and friends.
8. Handing in the Thesis. After successfully completing the Thesis Seminar, and shortly after the presentation at the colloquium, the student will hand in a copy of the thesis to the Graduate Program Director. A binder will be given to the student near the end of the semester. A second copy of the thesis should be presented to the student's faculty advisor. If the student is in the writing concentration, he/she will also hand in the portfolio.
9. Graduation and Diploma. It is the student's responsibility to file for graduation with the Registrar. Once the student's final grades have been handed in, the student will be cleared for graduation, and the diploma will be mailed to you. Link for graduation application: http://www.wpunj.edu/graduate/pdf/app_for_graduate_degree.pdf
Students preparing the thesis proposal should consult the following documents: