M.A. in English - Writing, Teaching, and Criticism Track

College of Arts and Humanities

Thesis Option

Required Core Courses for all English MA Students
ENG 500The Discipline of English Studies3
ENG 501Critical Theory3
Required Courses for WTC Track, Thesis Option
Composition and Rhetoric
ENG 506Critical Pedagogies & Literature3
PWP 502Strategies for Teaching Writing2-3
ENG 550History, Form, & Ideology3
or ENG 560 Locating Literature
Select two additional courses from two of following areas:6
Composition and Rhetoric
Pennsylvania Writing and Literature Project (PWP)
Literature
Electives
Students are to select three electives from among courses in the following categories: General Topics and Theory, English Literature, American Literature, Comparative Literature, Composition and Rhetoric, Research and Special Topics, and PWP. One of the three electives may be selected from among all ENG categories—including those listed above and in the categories of Language, Teaching Skills, and Creative Writing–or from a different discipline, in cases where it would enhance the student’s program of study.9
Required Capstone Experience
ENG 616Research Methods for Writing, Teaching and Criticism3
ENG 620M.A. Essay3
Additional Requirements
Non-canonical requirement: At least one course must be taken in a topic that addresses the writing, literature, and/or pedagogy relating to under-represented groups.
PWP courses: No more than 12 credits (including the required six credits of PWP courses described above) may be taken in courses taught by PAWLP master-teachers.
ENG 506, PWP 502, ENG 500, and ENG 501 are to be taken before the completion of 18 semester hours of graduate credit.
Total Credits Required 36

Non-Thesis Option

Required Core Courses for all English MA Students
ENG 500The Discipline of English Studies3
ENG 501Critical Theory3
Required Courses for WTC Track, Non-Thesis Option
Composition and Rhetoric
ENG 506Critical Pedagogies & Literature3
PWP 502Strategies for Teaching Writing2-3
ENG 550History, Form, & Ideology3
or ENG 560 Locating Literature
Select two additional courses from two of following areas:6
Composition and Rhetoric
Pennsylvania Writing and Literature Project (PAWLP)
Literature
Electives
Students are to select three electives from among courses in the following categories: General Topics and Theory, English Literature, American Literature, Comparative Literature, Composition and Rhetoric, Research and Special Topics, and PWP. One of the three electives may be selected from among all ENG categories—including those listed above and in the categories of Language, Teaching Skills, and Creative Writing—or from a different discipline, in cases where it would enhance the student’s program of study. 9
Required Capstone Experience
ENG 614Capstone Writing and Research Seminar3
ENG 616Research Methods for Writing, Teaching and Criticism3
Additional Requirements
Non-canonical requirement: At least one course must be taken in a topic that addresses the writing, literature, and/or pedagogy relating to under-represented groups.
PWP courses: No more than 12 credits (including the required six credits of PWP courses described above) may be taken in courses taught by PAWLP master-teachers.
ENG 506, PWP 502, ENG 500 and ENG 501 are to be taken before the completion of 18 semester hours of graduate credit.
Total Credits Required 36

To track their individual degree progress, students are advised to access their Degree Progress Report (DPR) via my WCU and consult their Graduate Coordinator.  For more information, visit wcupa.edu/DegreeProgressReport.

The following is a suggested course sequence for this program; course offerings and availability are not guaranteed. Students should consult their academic advisor with any questions.

Thesis Option

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
FallCredits
ENG 500 The Discipline of English Studies (offered every fall) 3
PWP 502 Strategies for Teaching Writing 3
ENG 550 History, Form, & Ideology (offered every fall; or take ENG 560 in spring) 3
or ENG XXX Either Comp/Rhet, PWP, or lit (see advising sheet/handbook)
 
 Credits9
Spring
ENG 501 Critical Theory (offered every spring) 3
ENG 506 Critical Pedagogies & Literature (offered typically in spring) 3
ENG 616 Research Methods for Writing, Teaching and Criticism (offered typically in spring) 3
 Credits9
Year Two
Fall
ENG XXX Either Comp/Rhet, PWP, or lit (see advising sheet/handbook) 3
ENG or PWP Elecitve (see advising sheet/handbook) 3
ENG 550 History, Form, & Ideology (offered every fall; or take ENG 560 in spring) 3
or
 
Strategies for Teaching Writing  
or
 
ENG XXX (noncanonical) 1
 
 Credits9
Spring
ENG 620 M.A. Essay 3
ENG XXX Either Comp/Rhet, PWP, or lit (see advising sheet/handbook) 3
ENG 560 Locating Literature 3
or ENG or PWP Elective (see advising sheet/handbook)
 
 Credits9
 Total Credits36
1

Courses that satisfy other requirements can be used to fulfill this requirement, and then this slot can be fulfilled by an elective.

Note: No more than 12 credits (including the PWP courses described above) may be taken in courses taught by PAWLP master-teachers.

Non-Thesis Option

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
FallCredits
ENG 500 The Discipline of English Studies (offered every fall) 3
PWP 502 Strategies for Teaching Writing 3
ENG 550 History, Form, & Ideology (offered every spring; or take ENG 560 in spring) 3
or ENG XXX Either Comp/Rhet, PWP, or lit (see advising sheet/handbook)
 
 Credits9
Spring
ENG 501 Critical Theory (offered every spring) 3
ENG 506 Critical Pedagogies & Literature 3
ENG 560 Locating Literature (offered every spring; or take ENG 550 in fall) 3
or ENG or PWP Elective (see advising sheet/handbook)
 
 Credits9
Year Two
Fall
ENG 614 Capstone Writing and Research Seminar (offered every fall) 3
ENG XXX Either Comp/Rhet, PWP, or lit (see advising sheet/handbook) 3
ENG or PWPElective (see advising sheet/handbook) 3
 Credits9
Spring
ENG 616 Research Methods for Writing, Teaching and Criticism 3
ENG or PWP Elective (see advising sheet/handbook) 3
ENG XXX (Non-canonical course) 1 3
or ENG or PWP Elective (see advising sheet/handbook)
 
 Credits9
 Total Credits36
1

Courses that satisfy other requirements can be used to fulfill this requirement, and then this slot can be fulfilled by an elective.

Note: No more than 12 credits (including the PWP courses described above) may be taken in courses taught by PAWLP master-teachers.