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English (B.A.) and English and American Literature (M.A.), Dual-degree Program


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Qualified undergraduate students may elect to enroll in a dual-degree program, combining their undergraduate bachelor’s degree in English with a Master of Arts in English and American literature. The dual-degree program requires the successful completion of 145 semester hours, including at least 112 semester hours at the undergraduate level and 33 semester hours at the graduate level. The dual-degree program can be completed in five years. Students who are admitted to the B.A. portion of the dual-degree program may substitute a maximum of 12 semester hours of graduate-level course work for an equal number of semester hours of undergraduate course work toward the completion of their bachelor’s degree.

Direct admission to the dual-degree program (B.A. and M.A.)


Students entering Hofstra as incoming freshmen may apply for direct admission to the dual-degree program. Applicants must have a combined SAT score (critical reading and mathematics) of 1170 (or an ACT score of 25) and an overall high school GPA of 3.5 (or be in the top 15 percent of their high school graduating class) in order to be considered for admission. Students admitted directly to the dual-degree program as incoming freshmen will be admitted automatically to the M.A. program at the end of their junior year through the standard graduate admissions process, provided that they fulfill the following requirements:

  1. Attain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 at the time of application to the M.A. program and complete 75 semester hours of course work toward the B.A. in English;
  2. Maintain a minimum 3.5 GPA in the English major;
  3. Complete the first three years of the curriculum outlined below;
  4. Submit 1-2 letters of recommendation, at least one being from a Hofstra English professor; and
  5. Submit a writing sample.

Admission requirements for currently enrolled Hofstra students


Qualified Hofstra students majoring in English may apply, through the Office of Graduate Admissions, to the dual-degree program prior to successfully completing 75 semester hours of undergraduate course work. In order to qualify for admission to the dual-degree program, a student must have attained a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 at the time of application and a 3.5 in the English major. Students admitted to the dual-degree program should note that admission to the M.A. portion of the dual-degree program requires the fulfillment of the following requirements:

  1. Completion of 75 credits with a 3.0 overall GPA;
  2. Completion of 15 credits in English with at least 3 s.h. at Hofstra;
  3. Minimum GPA of 3.5 in the English major;
  4. Submission of 1-2 letters of recommendation, at least one being from a Hofstra English professor; and
  5. Submission of writing sample.

NOTE


Students must complete the B.A. before being permitted to take more than 12 semester hours of graduate courses for the M.A. program. Students in the combined program must maintain a 3.0 GPA overall and a 3.5 in the undergraduate major.

Undergraduate Program Requirements – Semester Hours: 39


39 semester hours in English and American literature as specified below.

1. Literary Analysis – Semester Hours: 6


  • ENGL 010 - (LT) Introduction to Literary Study  Semester Hours: 3
  • ENGL 020 - Ways of Reading Literature  Semester Hours: 3
    (ENGL 20 fulfills the general education oral communication requirement.)

2. Constructing Literature – Semester Hours: 9


  • ENGL 060 - (LT) Constructing British Literature  Semester Hours: 3
  • ENGL 070 - (LT) Constructing American Literature  Semester Hours: 3
  • ENGL 080 - (LT) Constructing Global Anglophone Literature  Semester Hours: 3

3. Up to 12 semester hours of graduate-level courses taken in the final three semesters of undergraduate study, to be chosen in consultation with the graduate director.


4. Electives – Semester Hours: 12


At least 12 semester hours of electives chosen from among any of the 100-level courses in the English Department (including courses designated as CRWR). At least nine of the 12 elective s.h. must be courses in literature written before 1900, including at least six s.h. in literature written before 1800. ENGL 291V  or ENGL 291U  may be used to satisfy the pre-1800 requirement. Majors must take ENGL 194 in their junior or senior year. No more than 6 credits of the 12 elective credits may be in courses in creative writing (CRWR) or publishing studies. Students may elect to take up to 6 credits in any of the following courses offered in other departments:

  • AMST 145 A-Z - Special Topics in American Studies  Semester Hours: 3
  • AMST 146 - Seminar in American Studies  Semester Hours: 3
  • CLL 191 - (LT) Romanticism  Semester Hours: 3 or 4
  • CLL 195 - (LT) Realism, Naturalism, Symbolism  Semester Hours: 3
  • CLL 199 - (LT) Contemporary European Literature  Semester Hours: 3 or 4
  • DRAM 173 - (AA) History of the Drama I  Semester Hours: 3
  • DRAM 174 - (AA) History of the Drama II  Semester Hours: 3
  • DRAM 175 - (AA) Modern Drama I  Semester Hours: 3
  • DRAM 176 - (AA) Modern Drama II  Semester Hours: 3

Graduate Program Requirements – Semester Hours: 33


Please contact Dr. Shari Zimmerman, director of graduate studies in English, for details about this program.

1. Required Courses – Semester Hours: 3


2. Required Course in Shakespeare or Milton – Semester Hours: 3


3. Distribution Requirements – Semester Hours: 9


  • 6 s.h. (or two courses) in pre-1800 British or American literature
  • 3 s.h. (or one course) in pre-1900 British or American literature

3 s.h. must be satisfied with a course in American literature; 6 s.h. must be satisfied with courses in British literature.

4. Electives – Semester Hours: 15


200-level courses in English and/or American literature.

[No more than 3 s.h. of courses in creative writing may count toward the M.A. in English. Students are encouraged to complete a 3-credit Master’s Essay (ENGL 301 ), which will count in this category.]

Graduation Requirements


  1. Completion of all program requirements.
  2. A minimum grade point average of 3.0 in overall graduate course work.

The dual-degree program requires successful completion of 145 semester hours, including at least 112 semester hours at the undergraduate level and 33 semester hours at the graduate level.

Suggested Five-Year Sequence - Total Semester Hours: 145


First Year


FALL SEMESTER
Course Semester Hours
WSC 001 3
Foreign Language 1 3
Humanities Distribution 3
Natural Sciences, Mathematics, Computer Science Distribution 3
Social Science Distribution: BH 3
Total 15

 

SPRING SEMESTER
Course Semester Hours
WSC 001 3
Foreign Language 2 3
ENGL 010 3
Natural Sciences, Mathematics, Computer Science Distribution 4
Social Science Distribution: BH 3
Total 16
TOTAL: 31 s.h.

Second Year


FALL SEMESTER
Course Semester Hours
ENGL 020 3
Foreign Language 3 3
ENGL 060 (fulfills Humanities LT) 3
Social Science Distribution: BH/HP 3
Natural Sciences, Mathematics, Computer Science Distribution 4
Total 16

 

SPRING SEMESTER
Course Semester Hours
ENGL 070 (fulfills Humanities LT) 3
Foreign Language 4 3
ENGL Pre-1800 Elective 3
Liberal Arts Elective 3
Interdisciplinary Distribution 3
Total 15
TOTAL: 62 s.h.

Third Year


FALL SEMESTER
Course Semester Hours
ENGL 080 3
ENGL 194 3
Liberal Arts Elective 3
Liberal Arts Elective 3
Cross-Cultural Distribution 3
Total 15

 

SPRING SEMESTER
Course Semester Hours
ENGL Pre-1900 Elective 3
ENGL Graduate Elective  3
English Elective 3
Liberal Arts Elective 3
Liberal Arts Elective 3
Total 15
TOTAL: 90 s.h.

Fourth Year


FALL SEMESTER
Course Semester Hours
ENGL 299  3
Liberal Arts Elective 3
Liberal Arts Elective 3
Liberal Arts Elective 3
Liberal Arts Elective 3
Liberal Arts Elective 2
Total 17

 

SPRING SEMESTER
Course Semester Hours
ENGL Graduate Elective  3
ENGL Graduate Elective  3
Liberal Arts Elective 3
Liberal Arts Elective 3
Liberal Arts Elective 3
Total 15

Awarding of B.A. Degree: 124 s.h.

Fifth Year


FALL SEMESTER
Course Semester Hours
ENGL 291A/V  OR ENGL 291B/V  3
Graduate English Elective  3
Graduate English Elective  3
Graduate English Elective  3
Total 12

 

SPRING SEMESTER
Course Semester Hours
ENGL 294U  3
Graduate English Elective  3
Graduate English Elective  3
Total 9

Awarding of M.A. degree: 145 s.h.

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