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2016-2017 Graduate Studies Bulletin 
    
2016-2017 Graduate Studies Bulletin [ARCHIVED BULLETIN]

English (BA) and English and American Literature (MA), 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 BA 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 (BA and MA)


Students entering Hofstra as incoming freshmen may apply for direct admission to the dual-degree program. For those who choose to submit a standardized test score, an 1170 or better on the critical reading and mathematics sections of the SAT (or an ACT score of 25) is recommended.  Applicants must have 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 MA 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 MA program and complete 75 semester hours of course work toward the BA 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.
  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 Admission, 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 MA 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 BA before being permitted to take more than 12 semester hours of graduate courses for the MA 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. ENGL 194 Junior/Senior Seminar - Semester Hours: 3


Majors must take ENGL 194 in their junior or senior year.

  • ENGL 194 - Junior/Senior Seminar Semester Hours: 3

4. Pre-1800 Electives - Semester Hours: 6


In the final three semesters of undergraduate study, dual-degree candidates may, in consultation with the graduate director, substitute ENGL 291V and/or ENGL 291U for the equivalent number of semester hours of pre-1800 elective courses.

Chosen from the following:

  • ENGL 105 - The Middle Ages in England Semester Hours: 3
  • ENGL 107 - (LT) Canterbury Tales Semester Hours: 3
  • ENGL 110 - The Age of Spenser Semester Hours: 3
  • ENGL 112 - Elizabethan and Jacobean Drama Semester Hours: 3
  • ENGL 115 - (LT) Shakespeare: The Earlier Plays and Sonnets Semester Hours: 3
  • ENGL 116 - Shakespeare: The Later Plays Semester Hours: 3
  • ENGL 117 - Seminar: Renaissance and 17th-Century Literature Semester Hours: 3
  • ENGL 118 - 17th Century English Literature Semester Hours: 3
  • ENGL 119 - Milton Semester Hours: 3
  • ENGL 120 - English Drama from 1660 to 1789 Semester Hours: 3
  • ENGL 127 - Shakespeare’s Comedy Semester Hours: 3
  • ENGL 129 - (LT) The 18th Century Semester Hours: 3
  • ENGL 130 - Seminar: 18th-Century Literature Semester Hours: 3
  • ENGL 131 - The 18th-Century British Novel Semester Hours: 3
  • ENGL 137 - Colonial and Early American Literature From the Puritans Through Irving Semester Hours: 3

5. Pre-1900 Electives - Semester Hours: 3


Chosen from the following:

  • ENGL 105 - The Middle Ages in England Semester Hours: 3
  • ENGL 107 - (LT) Canterbury Tales Semester Hours: 3
  • ENGL 110 - The Age of Spenser Semester Hours: 3
  • ENGL 112 - Elizabethan and Jacobean Drama Semester Hours: 3
  • ENGL 115 - (LT) Shakespeare: The Earlier Plays and Sonnets Semester Hours: 3
  • ENGL 116 - Shakespeare: The Later Plays Semester Hours: 3
  • ENGL 117 - Seminar: Renaissance and 17th-Century Literature Semester Hours: 3
  • ENGL 118 - 17th Century English Literature Semester Hours: 3
  • ENGL 119 - Milton Semester Hours: 3
  • ENGL 120 - English Drama from 1660 to 1789 Semester Hours: 3
  • ENGL 121 - (LT) The Novel Before 1900 Semester Hours: 3
  • ENGL 127 - Shakespeare’s Comedy Semester Hours: 3
  • ENGL 129 - (LT) The 18th Century Semester Hours: 3
  • ENGL 130 - Seminar: 18th-Century Literature Semester Hours: 3
  • ENGL 131 - The 18th-Century British Novel Semester Hours: 3
  • ENGL 132 - The 19th-Century British Novel Semester Hours: 3
  • ENGL 137 - Colonial and Early American Literature From the Puritans Through Irving Semester Hours: 3
  • ENGL 142 - The American Renaissance, 1820-1860 Semester Hours: 3
  • ENGL 149 - The 19th-Century American Novel Semester Hours: 3
  • ENGL 153 - (LT) The Romantic Age Semester Hours: 3
  • ENGL 154 - Seminar in the Romantic Age Semester Hours: 3
  • ENGL 157 - (LT) The Age of Dickens Semester Hours: 3
  • ENGL 158 - Seminar in Victorian Literature Semester Hours: 3
  • ENGL 169 - (LT) Renaissance Pick-Up Artists Semester Hours: 3

6. General Electives - Semester Hours: 12


In the final three semesters of undergraduate study, dual-degree candidates may, in consultation with the graduate director, substitute up to 12 semester hours of graduate-level ENGL courses (listed below) for the equivalent number of semester hours of 100-level undergraduate general elective courses.

Note: The total number of graduate-level ENGL courses applied to undergraduate requirements may not exceed 12 semester hours.

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  • For the 12 s.h. of required general electives, students may select from 100-level ENGL courses:

    • ENGL 101 - History of the English Language Semester Hours: 3
    • ENGL 102 - Grammar for Writers Semester Hours: 3
    • ENGL 103 - Structure of English Semester Hours: 3
    • ENGL 104 - Old English Language and Literature Semester Hours: 3
    • ENGL 105 - The Middle Ages in England Semester Hours: 3
    • ENGL 107 - (LT) Canterbury Tales Semester Hours: 3
    • ENGL 110 - The Age of Spenser Semester Hours: 3
    • ENGL 112 - Elizabethan and Jacobean Drama Semester Hours: 3
    • ENGL 113 - (LT) Inventing Identities: Yeats, Heaney, and the Emergence of Modern Irish Poetry Semester Hours: 3
    • ENGL 114 - Fairy Tales in English and American Literature Semester Hours: 3
    • ENGL 115 - (LT) Shakespeare: The Earlier Plays and Sonnets Semester Hours: 3
    • ENGL 116 - Shakespeare: The Later Plays Semester Hours: 3
    • ENGL 117 - Seminar: Renaissance and 17th-Century Literature Semester Hours: 3
    • ENGL 118 - 17th Century English Literature Semester Hours: 3
    • ENGL 119 - Milton Semester Hours: 3
    • ENGL 120 - English Drama from 1660 to 1789 Semester Hours: 3
    • ENGL 121 - (LT) The Novel Before 1900 Semester Hours: 3
    • ENGL 122 - The Novel After 1900 Semester Hours: 3
    • ENGL 123 - 20th-Century Anglo-Irish Drama Semester Hours: 3
    • ENGL 124A - The Woman Writer in America Semester Hours: 3
    • ENGL 125 - (LT) Psychology, Cognitive Science, and Literature Semester Hours: 3
    • ENGL 126 - The American Short Story Semester Hours: 3
    • ENGL 127 - Shakespeare’s Comedy Semester Hours: 3
    • ENGL 129 - (LT) The 18th Century Semester Hours: 3
    • ENGL 130 - Seminar: 18th-Century Literature Semester Hours: 3
    • ENGL 131 - The 18th-Century British Novel Semester Hours: 3
    • ENGL 132 - The 19th-Century British Novel Semester Hours: 3
    • ENGL 136 - Beat Generation Semester Hours: 3
    • ENGL 137 - Colonial and Early American Literature From the Puritans Through Irving Semester Hours: 3
    • ENGL 138 - American Literary Naturalism Semester Hours: 3
    • ENGL 139 - (LT, CC) The African Novel Semester Hours: 3
    • ENGL 140 - African American Literature Before 1920 Semester Hours: 3
    • ENGL 141 - (LT) African American Literature: The Harlem Renaissance and After Semester Hours: 3
    • ENGL 142 - The American Renaissance, 1820-1860 Semester Hours: 3
    • ENGL 144 - American Literature II Semester Hours: 3
    • ENGL 145A - (LT) American Fiction, 1900-1950 Semester Hours: 3
    • ENGL 147A - American Fiction, 1950-Present Semester Hours: 3
    • ENGL 148 - 20th-Century American Poetry Semester Hours: 3
    • ENGL 149 - The 19th-Century American Novel Semester Hours: 3
    • ENGL 150 - (CC) Native American Literature Semester Hours: 3
    • ENGL 153 - (LT) The Romantic Age Semester Hours: 3
    • ENGL 154 - Seminar in the Romantic Age Semester Hours: 3
    • ENGL 155 - (LT) Childhood and Adolescence in Literature Semester Hours: 3
    • ENGL 156 - The Bible as Literature Semester Hours: 3
    • ENGL 157 - (LT) The Age of Dickens Semester Hours: 3
    • ENGL 158 - Seminar in Victorian Literature Semester Hours: 3
    • ENGL 159 - 20th-Century British Poetry Semester Hours: 3
    • ENGL 161 - (LT) How The Simpsons Saved American Literature Semester Hours: 3
    • ENGL 162 - (LT) Law and Literature Semester Hours: 3
    • ENGL 163 - (LT) Contemporary Irish American Literature and Culture Semester Hours: 3
    • ENGL 164 - James Joyce Semester Hours: 3
    • ENGL 165 - 20th-Century British Novel Semester Hours: 3
    • ENGL 166 - Critical Theories and Critical Writing Semester Hours: 3
    • ENGL 167 - (LT, CC) Post-Colonial Literature of South Asia Semester Hours: 3
    • ENGL 168 - (CC) Caribbean Experience in Literature Semester Hours: 3
    • ENGL 169 - (LT) Renaissance Pick-Up Artists Semester Hours: 3
    • ENGL 170 - Theory and Practice of Publishing Semester Hours: 3
    • ENGL 171 - The History of Publishing in America Semester Hours: 3
    • ENGL 172 - Book Editing I Semester Hours: 3
    • ENGL 173 - Book Editing II Semester Hours: 3
    • ENGL 174 - Book Promotion Semester Hours: 3
    • ENGL 175 - Editing Children’s Books Semester Hours: 3
    • ENGL 176 - Popular Literature and the Mass Market Semester Hours: 3
    • ENGL 177 - Magazine Editing Semester Hours: 3
    • ENGL 177A - Textbook Editing Semester Hours: 3
    • ENGL 178A - Book Retailing Semester Hours: 1
    • ENGL 178B - Books and the Law Semester Hours: 1
    • ENGL 178C - The Economics of Publishing Semester Hours: 1
    • ENGL 179A - Book Design, Desktop Publishing, and Production Semester Hours: 3
    • ENGL 180 - (LT) The Outlaw in American Literature: An Irish-American Perspective Semester Hours: 3
    • ENGL 181 - (LT) The Graphic Novel Semester Hours: 3
    • ENGL 182 to 184 A-Z - Readings in Literature or Special Studies Semester Hours: 3
    • ENGL 185 - (LT) British Literature After 1945 Semester Hours: 3
    • ENGL 186 - (LT) The Literature of Multicultural Britain Semester Hours: 3
    • ENGL 187 - (LT) Modern British Literature Semester Hours: 3
    • ENGL 188 A-Z - Independent Readings in Literature Semester Hours: .5-3
    • ENGL 189 - Contemporary British Theater Semester Hours: 3
    • ENGL 190 A-Z - Readings in Literature or Special Studies Semester Hours: 1-3
    • ENGL 191 - Internship Semester Hours: 1-6
    • ENGL 191A - (LT) Science Fiction Semester Hours: 3
    • ENGL 192 A-Z - Readings in Literature or Special Studies Semester Hours: 3
    • ENGL 193 - (LT) Medical Science Fiction Semester Hours: 3
    • ENGL 195 A-Z - Independent Readings in Literature Semester Hours: 1-3
    • ENGL 196 A-Z - Readings in Literature or Special Studies Semester Hours: 1-3
    • ENGL 196D - (LT) Disability in Literature and Culture Semester Hours: 3
    • ENGL 198 A- Z - Readings in Literature or Special Studies Semester Hours: 3

     

    Alternatively, students may elect to take up to 6 s.h. in creative writing (CRWR) courses as listed below, or students may elect to take up to 6 s.h. in American studies courses (AMST), as listed; comparative literature courses (CLL), as listed; or DRAM 173, 174, 175 or 176; or in certain linguistics or literature courses in other departments, chosen under departmental advisement.

    • 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
    • CRWR 132 – (CP) Medicine, Mind and Matter Semester Hours: 3
    • CRWR 133 - (CP) General Creative Writing Semester Hours: 3
    • CRWR 134 - Poetry Writing Semester Hours: 3-4
    • CRWR 134A - Poetry Writing Semester Hours: 3
    • CRWR 135 - Prose Writing Semester Hours: 3-4
    • CRWR 136A - Short Fiction Writing Semester Hours: 3
    • CRWR 136B - Children’s Fiction Writing Semester Hours: 3
    • CRWR 136C - Writing in Varieties of Nonfiction Semester Hours: 3
    • CRWR 136D - Writing for Stage, Screen and Television Semester Hours: 3
    • CRWR 137 - (CP) Introductory Playwriting Semester Hours: 3-4
    • CRWR 184 A-Z - Special Topics Semester Hours: 1-3
    • CRWR 185 A-Z - Special Topics Semester Hours: 3
    • CRWR 186 A-Z - Special Topics Semester Hours: 3
    • CRWR 187 A-Z - Independent Studies in Creative Writing Semester Hours: 1-3
    • CRWR 188 A-Z - Independent Studies in Creative Writing Semester Hours: 1-3
    • CRWR 190 A-Z - Advanced Topics in Creative Writing Semester Hours: 3
    • CRWR 191 A-Z - Advanced Topics in Creative Writing Semester Hours: 3
    • CRWR 192 A-Z - Advanced Topics in Creative Writing Semester Hours: 3
    • CRWR 199 - Honors Project Semester Hours: 3
    • 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. Craig Rustici, English  Department chair, for details about this program.

1. Required Course – Semester Hours: 3


Note


Under advisement of the graduate program director and when the topic pertains to pre-1800 British or American literature, students may register for 6 semester hours chosen from the following special studies courses:

3. Electives – Semester Hours: 24


Among these eight electives (or 24 credits), students may take up to 3 semester hours of graduate creative writing course work, under advisement, and/or write a 3-credit master’s thesis (ENGL 301 ) under the direction of a faculty member of their choice.

Footnote*


*ENGL 299  should be completed during a student’s first year in the program.

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 002 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 BA Degree: 124 s.h.

Fifth Year


FALL SEMESTER
Course Semester Hours
Pre-1800 Graduate English Elective 3
Graduate English Elective   3
Graduate English Elective   3
Graduate English Elective   3
Total 12

 

SPRING SEMESTER
Course Semester Hours
Pre-1800 Graduate English Elective 3
Graduate English Elective   3
Graduate English Elective   3
Total 9

Awarding of MA degree: 145 s.h.

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