English, BA to MA Degree

BA to MA in English

For information contact program director Amanda M. Caleb, PhD

The Misericordia University/University of Reading International Partnership: BA to MA in English is a five-year program in which students complete a four-year Bachelor of Arts degree in English at Misericordia and a one-year Master of Arts degree in English Language and Literature at the University of Reading in the United Kingdom. Students may earn a Master’s degree in English, with tracks in Renaissance, Victorian, or Modern and Contemporary Literature, or a Master’s degree in Children’s Literature.

Studying for an MA at the University of Reading has three major benefits: lower tuition fees than many US graduate programs in English; a shorter duration (twelve months as opposed to twenty-four months); world-renowned facilities and faculty. The University of Reading is ranked in the top one percent of universities in the world according to the Times Higher Education University Ranking, 2013-14. The University is a 30-minute train ride to both London and Oxford. To learn more about the University of Reading’s English department, please visit: http://www.reading.ac.uk/english-literature/

Students may join the BA to MA track as early as August of their first year of study at Misericordia and as late as Fall of their Junior year. Students in the BA to MA track must fulfill the following requirements by the end of their junior year:

  • Complete at least nine upper-division English classes;
  • Earn a cumulative GPA of 3.3 and a major GPA of 3.5;
  • Be approved for graduate study by all full time faculty of the English department;
  • Write a letter of interest to the specific Master’s program or track at the University of Reading.

Upon completion of these requirements, the program director will submit the supporting documents to the University of Reading; students will receive confirmation of acceptance by July 1 before their final year of study at Misericordia. Throughout the entire program, the program director will serve as advisor to the students to help with class selection, letter of interest, etc.

Students in the English major’s BA to M.A in English track must complete the following requirements; the total number of credits, including University Core Curriculum Requirements and Electives, required for graduation with the English major in the BA to MA track is 121.

Introductory Level: English majors will be required to take 9 credits (3 courses) at the introductory level. Six (6) of these 9 credits will be completed as part of each major’s fulfilling the University’s Core Curriculum; English majors should take University Writing Seminar in a discipline other than English:

  1. Select 3 from the following courses (9 credits):

    ENG 245: British Literature I

    ENG 246: British Literature II

    ENG 247: American Literature I

    ENG 248: American Literature II.

Intermediate Level: English majors will be required to take 15 credits at the Intermediate Level:

  1. ENG 310: Introduction to Literary Studies (3 credits)
  2. Pre-1800 Literature (6 credits); Select from:

    ENG 319: Early American Literature

    ENG 347: Seventeenth Century Literature

    ENG 350: Medieval & Renaissance Literature

    ENG 351: Restoration & 18th Century Literature

  3. Post-1800 Literature (6 credits); Select from:

    ENG 320: 19th-Century American Literature

    ENG 321: 20th-Century American Literature

    ENG 355: British Romanticism

    ENG 356: Victorian Literature

    ENG 353: 20th-Century British Literature

Advanced Courses: English majors will be required to take 9 credits at the Advanced Level:

  1. ENG 401: Major Author (3 credits)
  2. ENG 418: Language Studies (3 credits)
  3. ENG 440: Advanced Literary Theory
  4. ENG 450: Thesis

Major Electives: Students must take six (9) credits in English at the 200, 300, or 400-level (including ENG 415: Selected Studies in Literature & ENG 470: Internship) in addition to courses fulfilling the requirements above.

Advanced History Courses: (6 credits):

  1. Select one of the following (3 credits):

    HIS 210: History of England

    HIS 211: History of Britain

  2. One (1) additional 200, 300, or 400-level (including HIS 320 Selected Studies in History) HIS course (3 credits).