The Literature specialization is designed to facilitate the intellectual growth of passionate teachers, insightful scholars, and engaged public citizens. Graduates have gone on to highly-ranked Ph.D. programs, publishing houses, and careers in the non-profit sector; whatever your aspirations, the training you receive at CSU will prepare you for a more vibrant future.

Effective Fall 2011

Plan of Study Grid
First YearCredits
E 600AResearch Methods/Theory: Literary Scholarship3
E 615Reading Literature-Recent Theories3
E 635Critical Studies in Literature and Culture3
One course from outside the English department1,23
 Total Credits18
Second Year
Pre-20th century literature course33
E 699Thesis6
 Total Credits14
 Program Total Credits:32

 A minimum of 32 credits are required to complete this program. 

In addition to required coursework, the following is required:

  • Pass an oral defense of the thesis.
  • Courses used to complete another degree cannot be counted toward the Masters degree.
  • A minimum of 24 credits applied to a M.A. degree must be earned at CSU. Of these, at least 21 must be earned after admission to the program.
  • Graduate courses taken at CSU prior to admission to the Graduate School can be applied to a M.A. degree if the grade earned is B or higher.
  • At least 16 credits earned at CSU and applied to a M.A. degree must be at the 500-level or above; of these credits, at least 12 must be in “regular” courses. English courses considered to be other than “regular” include E 684A, E 684B, E 684C, E 684D, E 684EE 687A, E 687BE 687CE 687E, E 687H, E 687I, E 687J, E 687KE 687L, E 687ME 694, E 695, E 698, E 699, and any courses graded pass/fail; see the Graduate and Professional Bulletin for more detailed information.
  • Courses transferred to a M.A. program must have a grade of B or higher and must have a CSU equivalent at the 500-level or higher.  Credits used to fulfill requirements for previously earned degrees are not accepted.
  • Up to nine credits of coursework for a M.A. degree can come from CSU programs outside the English department.  These credits must be at the 300-level or higher.
  • A maximum of six credits of E 607A, E 684A, E 684B, E 684C, E 684D, E 684E and E 687A, E 687B, E 687CE 687E, E 687H, E 687I, E 687J, E 687K, E 687L, E 687M  (combined) can count toward an M.A. degree. (PCMI students may take up to seven credits.)
  • A maximum of two credits of E 695 or E 698 can count toward an M.A. degree.
  • A maximum of two credits of E 695 can count toward an M.A. degree.
  • A maximum of six credits of E 699 can count toward a Plan A, M.A. degree. 
  • With the exception of specified courses in the English Education M.A., all courses taken in the English department and applied to a M.A. degree must be taken at the 500-level or above.