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Loyola Marymount University

Loyola Marymount University Bulletin 2013-2014

English Graduate Program

Mission Statement

The Department of English at Loyola Marymount University offers a Master of Arts degree in English with a Literature Emphasis, a Master of Arts degree in English with a Creative Writing Emphasis, and a Master of Arts degree in English with a Rhetoric and Composition Emphasis. We are committed to the interdependence between literature and writing. We believe that the act of engaging the literary and rhetorical fields involves the production of literary, critical, or theoretical texts, and that broad-based reading in the tradition of literature provides the necessary foundation for more focused study and analysis. Therefore, we offer Literature Emphasis, Creative Writing Emphasis, and Rhetoric and Composition Emphasis students an introduction to graduate scholarship within a range of possible critical, rhetorical, and creative modes, while offering the intellectual background and literary study which makes their course of study both theoretically and historically self-conscious.

All emphases within the M.A. program address the needs of a diverse student population; those going on to doctoral programs in literature, literary theory, rhetoric, or creative writing; those pursuing literary or commercial writing careers; those teaching in high schools and community colleges.

Admission Requirements

  1. The applicant for the degree of Master of Arts in English should have completed with a 3.0 ("B") average a minimum of seven upper division undergraduate English courses. For applicants to the Literature Emphasis, at least six of these courses should be in literature, including one in Shakespeare. For applicants to the Creative Writing Emphasis, at least two of these courses should be in creative writing and at least four in literature. Applicants to the Rhetoric/Composition Emphasis should have undergraduate preparation in literature and theory, and/or creative, and/or professional writing courses. Any undergraduate preparation in Rhetoric or Composition, linguistics, or peer tutoring/writing lab experience is welcomed though not required.

    Any deficiency in grades or course work in undergraduate preparation will require that prerequisite courses at the undergraduate level be taken before work on the ten courses for the Master’s degree may be begun. No course at the 600 level may be taken before the prerequisites are completed. A 600-level course taken before the completion of the prerequisite may be counted toward neither the prerequisites nor the requirements for the Master’s degree.

  2. Applicants must submit an application, $50 application fee, and two letters of recommendation. Recommendations should be obtained from individuals who are in a position to comment on the applicant’s academic and personal suitability for pursuing graduate work in English.
  3. Applicants should write an ambition statement (1½–2 pages) in which they indicate which emphasis (Literature, Creative Writing, Rhetoric/Composition) they wish to enter. Applicants should also discuss relevant prior experiences (i.e., academic, research work, creative writing, or other life experiences) and their career goals. This statement should be included with the basic application.
  4. A 10–15 page writing sample is required of all applicants. Applicants to the Literature or Rhetoric/Composition Emphasis should submit a sample of their critical writing; applicants to the Creative Writing Emphasis should submit both a 10-15 page critical writing sample AND a sample of their best creative writing. The two combined samples may not exceed 30 pages total. Both writing samples should be combined into one document for upload to the application website.
  5. The General Test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is a prerequisite requirement for all applicants. A score of 160 (600 on the previous GRE scale) or higher on the Verbal component of the test is highly recommended.
  6. Each fall, the Department accepts applications for merit based scholarships which take into consideration financial need. The amount of the scholarship varies. To apply, applicants and students returning for their second year must submit the form and narrative no later than March 15. This application is available on the Graduate program's website and may be mailed to Professor Robin Miskolcze at rmiskolc@lmu.edu.
  7. The deadline for the receipt of all materials is March 15.

Teaching Fellowships

Students applying for Teaching Fellowships are asked to include, along with their application materials, the following: a resume or c.v.; a letter of application for the Teaching Fellowship; and two letters of recommendation which specifically address their potential abilities as teachers of freshman University Core courses. These letters are in addition to letters submitted for admission to the M.A. program.

Rains Research Assistantships

Rains Research Assistantships are available to qualified graduate students by invitation of individual faculty members. These assistantships are paid at $12 per hour for a maximum of 120 hours per academic year. Teaching Fellows are not eligible for Rains Research Assistantships due to federal government financial aid restrictions.

Graduate Assistantships

A Graduate Assistantship and an internship with the William H. Hannon Library's Special Collections are also available. Students who qualify would work an average of 20 hours per week during the regular semesters. The rate of pay is about $18.00 per hour.

Degree Requirements

Work for the degree of Master of Arts in English includes a minimum of 10 courses (30 semester hours) plus the Comprehensive Examination (0 semester hours). Courses selected must be approved by the Director of the Graduate English program. For the completion of the Master of Arts in English, all students are required to take Critical Methodology (in the first semester), Contemporary Critical Theory (in the first year) and a Major Writer Seminar. In addition, we strongly suggest that students take courses in as many of the following areas as possible: 1) Old English, Middle English, or Renaissance literature; 2) Restoration or 18th Century literature; 3) 19th Century or modern English literature; 4) American literature; and 5) a literary genre. Creative Writing students must take a Creative Thesis course after completing the prerequisite Creative Writing Seminars. All students must take at least four courses at the 600 level. Courses in the 500 group which receive a grade of "B-" or less will not count toward the degree.

LITERATURE EMPHASIS (Ten Courses)

Critical Methodology (1)

Contemporary Critical Theory (1)

Major Writer (1)

Literature and Theory Electives (5-7)

Creative Writing Seminar (0-2)

CREATIVE WRITING EMPHASIS (Ten Courses)

Critical Methodology (1)

Contemporary Critical Theory (1)

Major Writer (1)

Creative Writing Seminar (3-4)

Literature and Theory Electives (2-3)

Creative Thesis (1)

(At least 2-3 of the elective courses should be in literature or cross-listed as literature.)

RHETORIC AND COMPOSITION EMPHASIS (Ten Courses)

Critical Methodology (1)

Contemporary Critical Theory (1)

Major Writer (1)

Literature and Theory Electives (3)

Rhetoric and Composition Theory and Practice (3)

Linguistics or Reading Theory (1)

(At least 2 of the elective courses should be literature or cross-listed as literature.)

ENGL 691 Comprehensive Examination (0 sem. hrs.)

The Comprehensive Examination will be based on a reading list including major works in English and American literature, literary theory, and/or rhetorical theory.

The Comprehensive Examination will consist of a three-hour written examination, followed within two weeks by an oral examination.

Students are urged to familiarize themselves with the details of procedures that are described in the Graduate Handbook available from the Department website.

Foreign Language Requirement

Applicants for the degree of Master of Arts in English who wish a recommendation for doctoral work are encouraged to pass an examination designed to test their ability to translate materials pertaining to their field in either French, German, Spanish, or Latin.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students who complete the Master’s Degree in English will:

  • Master the terms and issues specific to the discipline and profession of literary studies.
  • Understand the history and nature of the discipline and prepare for a future in academia or teaching.
  • Master professional writing skills for tasks including book reviews, abstracts, short critical essays, and research projects.
  • Have experience giving presentations and making submissions for professional publications and/or conferences.
  • Engage critically and deeply with a range of literatures and literary theories.

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Loyola Marymount University Bulletin 2013-2014

The University

Admission to the University

Financial Aid

Tuition and Fees

University Core Curriculum

Graduate Division

Academic Degrees and Programs

Academic Degree Requirements and Policies

Academic Advising

Academic Calendar

Academic Program

Academic Standing

Attendance

Change of Academic Major/Concentration/Minor

Change of Address

Commencement

Classification of Undergraduate Students

Concurrent Enrollment

Course Information

Degree Requirements

Diplomas

Double Credit

Enrollment

Final Examinations

Full-Time Status

Grades and Grading

Graduation Rate

Leave of Absence/Withdrawal

LMU Honor Code and Process

Privacy Rights of Students in Education Records (FERPA)

Registration

Transcripts

Transfer Credit and Articulation

VA Certification

Academic Programs and Services

Academic Awards and Commencement Honors

University Honors Program

Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts

Mission of the Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts (BCLA)

BCLA Student Learning Outcomes

Organization of the College

Application of General University Requirements

Degree Requirements for a Baccalaureate Degree in the Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts

Students Interested in Teaching in California Public Schools

Secondary Teacher Preparation Programs

African American Studies

American Cultures Studies

Asian and Pacific Studies

Asian Pacific American Studies

The Bioethics Institute

Catholic Studies

Chicana/o Studies

Classics and Archaeology

Economics

English

Environmental Studies

Ethics

European Studies

Geography

History

Humanities

Irish Studies

Jewish Studies

Liberal Arts

Liberal Studies

Modern Languages and Literatures

Peace Studies

Philosophy

Political Science

Psychology

Sociology

Theological Studies

Urban Studies

Women’s Studies

College of Business Administration

Graduate Degree Program

Baccalaureate Degree Program

The Vision and Mission of the College of Business Administration

College of Business Administration Curriculum

Transfer Credit

Bachelor of Business Administration and Bachelor of Science (AIMS Major) Curriculum

Bachelor of Science in Accounting Curriculum

Business Administration Minor

Accounting Minor Requirements

Business Law Concentration

International Business Concentration

Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society

Accounting

Business Administration

Finance, Computer Information Systems and Operations Management

Management Department and Entrepreneurship Program

Marketing and Business Law

Master of Business Administration

MBA Courses

Executive MBA Program

College of Communication and Fine Arts

College of Communication and Fine Arts Student Learning Outcomes

Application of General University Requirements

Teacher Preparation Program

College Curriculum

Total Program

Individualized Study Program

Art and Art History

Communication Studies

Dance—Department of Theatre Arts and Dance

Interdisciplinary Applied Programs

Music

Theatre Arts—Department of Theatre Arts and Dance

Marital and Family Therapy

Frank R. Seaver College of Science and Engineering

Biology

Chemistry and Biochemistry

Civil Engineering and Environmental Science

Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Environmental Science

General Engineering

Health and Human Sciences

Mathematics

Mechanical Engineering

Physics

Science, Engineering, and Mathematics

Systems Engineering and Engineering Management

School of Education

Candidate Outcomes and Proficiencies

School of Education Academic Regulations

Advising

Technology

Grading

Support for Candidates’ Development of Academic and Professional Standards

Comprehensive Examination

Graduation

Credential Application Process

Statement of Professional Dispositions

Educational Leadership

Educational Support Services

Elementary and Secondary Education

Elementary and Secondary Education Undergraduate Program

Specialized Programs in Urban Education

School of Education Centers

Center for Equity for English Learners

School of Film and Television

Secondary Teacher Preparation

Aerospace Studies

FFYS 1000

University Honors Program Courses

Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts Courses

African American Studies

American Cultures Studies

Asian Pacific American Studies

Archaeology

Asian and Pacific Studies

Bioethics

Catholic Studies

Chinese

Chicana/o Studies

Classic Civilizations

Economics

English

European Studies

Environmental Studies

Filipino

Foreign Literature in English Translation

French/Francophone Studies

Geography

Greek

German

History

Humanities

Irish Studies

Italian

Japanese

Jewish Studies

Latin

Liberal Arts

Liberal Studies

Modern Greek

Modern Languages and Literatures

Philosophy

Political Science

Psychology

Sociology

Spanish

Theological Studies

Lower Division

Upper Division

Area A: Sacred Scriptures, Religious Sources, and Traditions

Area B: Theology, Ethics, and Spirituality

Area C: Faith, Culture, and Ministry

Special Courses

Graduate Courses

Biblical Theology

World Religions

Historical Theology

Systematic Theology

Moral Theology

Pastoral Theology

Comparative Theology

Spiritual Direction

Special Studies

Urban Studies

Women's Studies

Yoga Studies

College of Business Administration Courses

Accounting

Applied Information Management Systems

Business Administration

Business Law

Entrepreneurship

Finance

International Business Studies

Management

Marketing

Master of Business Administration

Core Curriculum Courses

Advanced Curriculum Courses: Areas of Emphasis

MBAB: Management and Organizational Behavior

MBAC: Marketing Management

MBAD: Information and Decision Sciences

MBAE: Human Resource Management

MBAF: Financial Decision Systems

MBAG: International Business Systems

MBAH: Entrepreneurial Organizations

MBAI: Integrative Experience Courses

MBAJ: Accounting Decision Systems

Executive MBA Program

College of Communication and Fine Arts Courses

Art History

Studio Arts

Communication Studies

Dance

Interdisciplinary Applied Programs

Marital and Family Therapy

Music

Theatre Arts

Frank R. Seaver College of Science and Engineering Courses

Biology

Chemistry

Civil Engineering

Computer Science

Electrical Engineering

General Engineering

Environmental Science

Health and Human Sciences

Mathematics

Mechanical Engineering

Physics

Science, Engineering, and Mathematics

Systems Engineering Leadership

School of Education Courses

Clinical Education

Elementary and Secondary Education

Educational Leadership

Educational Support Services

Specialized Programs in Urban Education

School of Film and Television Courses

Animation

Film and Television Arts and Enterprises

Film and Television Studies

Film and Television Production

Recording Arts

Screenwriting

Department of Aerospace Studies Courses

University Administration

University Faculty

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