Available on the Master of Arts and the Doctor
of Philosophy degrees.
For admission and general requirements, see the front of this Bulletin. Specific
departmental requirements and supplementary information are given here. For details
about the program, see our website (www.eng.tcu.edu).
Admission Requirements: B.A. degree or equivalent,
with credit in English equivalent to the TCU 30-semester-hour major and with sophomore-level
credit in a foreign language. Applicants with less preparation may be admitted
conditionally, but must take such additional courses as are prescribed by Addran
College and the Departmental Director of Graduate Studies. Applicants must present
recent Graduate Record Examination scores with the application for admission.
Applicants must also submit a writing sample (10-20 pages, exclusive of notes
and works cited) that demonstrates appropriate academic and writing skills needed
for success in a graduate program in English. Applicants should include with their
materials a personal statement outlining career goals, explaining how they match
the Program in English at TCU, and three to five references directly relevant
to postgraduate work in English studies.
Program for the M. A. Degree
At least 30 semester hours of credit approved by the Director of Graduate Studies
in addition to any course work required because of inadequate prerequisites. The
30 hours will include 6 hours for a thesis and may include up to 9 hours for an
approved minor or approved courses in a related field or fields.
Program for the Ph.D. Degree1. The Course Requirements
Completion for credit of a minimum of 54 semester hours of graduate courses,
exclusive of credit hours for the dissertation. Postgraduate hours completed
more than seven years prior to a student's admission into TCU's English graduate
program may not count toward requirements; the graduate advisor will determine
applicable credit on a case by case basis. Of the 54 hours, at least 30 must
be taken at TCU, and 27 must be in courses that satisfy the graduate core, which
is described in subdivisions A, B, and C below:
A. Resources for English Studies (6 sem. hrs.)
3 sem. hrs. - The Profession of English
3 sem. hrs. - Introduction to Modern Critical Theory
B. Rhetoric and Composition (6 sem. hrs.)
3 sem. hrs. - Theories of Composition
3 sem. hrs. - History of Rhetoric or Modern Rhetoric
C. Literature (15 sem. hrs.)
6 or 9 sem. hrs. in literature before 1800
6 or 9 sem. hrs. in literature after 1800
D. Focus (9 sem. hrs.)
A minimum of 9 semester hours is required in the student's area of concentration,
which is to be chosen from the following:
1. British Literature
2. American Literature
3. Rhetoric and Composition
2. The Language Requirement
Reading knowledge of one approved foreign language, typically selected from
French, German, Spanish or Latin, is required. Other languages may be offered
on approval of the Departmental Graduate Committee, but the language should
be the one most appropriate to the student's research, field of concentration
or professional development. This requirement may be met by satisfying the general
University statement under "Ph.D. Degree Requirements" or by any other means
approved by the Departmental Graduate Committee. The language requirement must
be satisfied before the student can be admitted to candidacy for the Ph.D. degree.
A qualifying examination, consisting of three essays written over a period of
five days and a two-hour oral examination, is offered when a student has completed
for credit 48-54 hours of graduate courses, of which 24-30 hours must be from
TCU; has completed the graduate core; and has met the language and residency
requirements. These examinations are based upon the student's areas of concentration.
Two examinations must fall within the concentration area; the third may fall
within a related or directly complementary field. The student and his or her
advisory committee will determine the areas to be covered by these specialty
examinations. A student who fails one or more parts of the examinations may
take them again, but a second failure on one examination bars the student from
4. The Dissertation
Doctoral students must complete a dissertation that demonstrates their ability
to do independent and original research and to synthesize their findings and
existing knowledge into a unified document. A candidate must present a dissertation
prospectus to his or her advisory committee for discussion, suggestions and
approval before proceeding with the project. The candidate's oral defense of
the dissertation is a public lecture based upon his or her findings, presented
to the English Department Graduate Faculty, Graduate Students, and other interested
persons within the academic community. Advisory Committee: Before taking qualifying examinations, a student requests
through the Director of Graduate Studies that the Associate Dean of AddRan College
of Arts and Sciences appoint an advisory committee of at least four members. The
dissertation director normally serves as chair of the student's advisory committee.
One member of the committee may come from outside the English Department if the
candidate's dissertation project requires such additional expertise. The advisory
committee suggests concentration courses, prepares the qualifying examinations,
approves the student for candidacy and directs the dissertation.
Academic Advising: Students will be advised by the Departmental Director of
Graduate Studies throughout their doctoral programs.
The following is a complete list of courses
offered by this department. Go to Class Search to see which courses are being
taught this semester.
Courses of Instruction: The
content of graduate courses varies from semester to semester. For detailed course
descriptions specifying topics, figures, and areas of coverage included in recent
offerings, visit the Department's website, where detailed course descriptions,
listing both readings and requirements, are posted each term.
Resources for Literary Study
60103 BIBLIOGRAPHY AND METHODS OF RESEARCH. History, materials and techniques
of manuscript and book production; bibliographical description; use of libraries
and bibliographical tools; introduction to textual analysis; thesis and dissertation
problems and procedures.
60113 THE PROFESSION OF ENGLISH. An introduction to the practical and theoretical
issues of the profession for all first semester graduate students. Topics included
concern the history of the university and departments of English, pedagogical
ethics, the necessity and methods of research, and the mechanics of scholarly
publication in the humanities.
60123 INTRODUCTION TO MODERN CRITICAL THEORY. A seminar on major authors and
issues in contemporary critical theory.
80123 SEMINAR IN LITERARY THEORY. A seminar in the theoretical problematics
of literary language and in current trends within critical theory. Topics change
each term; may be repeated for credit.
50243 TEACHING WRITING. A course for teachers of English combining theories
of composition with practical pedagogy and classroom strategies for the teaching
60203 WRITING FOR THE PROFESSIONS. A workshop for the student who wishes to
learn how to write in a specific academic discipline or in a profession.
Studies in Language
60303 HISTORY OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE. A study beginning with a reading knowledge
of Old English and following the development of the language through Early Modern
60313 INTRODUCTION TO ENGLISH LINGUISTICS. An introduction to the phonology,
morphology and syntax of Modern English. Some attention to language acquisition,
dialects and language change. Prerequisite: 60303 or permission of instructor.
Studies in British Literature
60403 BEOWULF. A close reading of the epic in Old English with some attention
to modern criticism of the poem. Prerequisite: English 60303 or a course in Old
60413 CHAUCER. Chaucer's language and poems with emphasis on The Canterbury
Tales as a work of art and as a reflection of the age.
60423 PROSE AND POETRY OF THE ENGLISH RENAISSANCE. The prose writers and poets
of 16th and 17th century England in relation to the cultural circumstances influencing
and being influenced by their works. Topics may include the prospect and enactment
of censorship; the centrality of the patronage system; courts and courtiers; changing
views of monarchy and obedience; religious controversy; issues of gender, ethnicity
and class; literature and science; pseudo-nonfictional strategies; adaptations
of the bible, history, and mythology; and early book production and circulation.
60433 RENAISSANCE DRAMA EXCLUSIVE OF SHAKESPEARE. The study of the works of
major Elizabethan and Jacobean playwrights.
60443 SEVENTEENTH CENTURY POETRY. Study of the works of major seventeenth
century poets including Donne and Marvell.
60453 THE AGE OF DRYDEN AND POPE. English literature from 1688 to 1745 with
emphasis on Dryden, Swift and Pope, exclusive of the drama.
60463 THE AGE OF JOHNSON. English literature from 1745-1800, with emphasis
on Johnson, Boswell, Burns and other major writers exclusive of the drama.
60473 BRITISH NOVEL I (to 1832). Major fiction to the early nineteenth century.
70403 BRITISH NOVEL II (since 1832). Major fiction from the early nineteenth
to the early twentieth century.
70413 ROMANTIC POETRY AND PROSE. The study of works by Wordsworth, Coleridge,
Byron, Shelley, Keats and others.
70423 VICTORIAN POETRY AND PROSE. The study of major works and authors, including
Arnold, Browning and Tennyson.
70433 MODERN BRITISH NOVEL. The study of major fiction of the twentieth century.
70443 MODERN BRITISH POETRY. Study of twentieth century British poets.
70453 MODERN BRITISH DRAMA. The study of important plays and playwrights of
the twentieth century.
70463 MODERN BRITISH LITERATURE. Survey of major trends and writers in British
literature since 1900.
70473 TWENTIETH CENTURY IRISH WRITERS. Study of important Irish works, with
emphasis on Yeats, Joyce and Synge.
70483 VICTORIAN WOMEN WRITERS. An intensive examination of Victorian women
poets, novelists, and prose writers in the context of historical conditions and
70493 NINETEENTH CENTURY STUDIES IN BRITISH LITERATURE. Selected topics in
nineteenth-century British literature (variable emphasis each semester). Past
offerings have included the Medieval Revival and Nineteenth-Century Literature
80403 SEMINAR IN SPENSER.
80413 SEMINAR IN SHAKESPEARE.
80423 SEMINAR IN MILTON.
80433 SEMINAR IN BRITISH LITERATURE OF THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY.
80443 SEMINAR IN BRITISH LITERATURE OF THE ROMANTIC PERIOD. Variable emphasis
80453 SEMINAR IN BRITISH LITERATURE OF THE VICTORIAN PERIOD. Variable emphasis
each semester. (Past offerings have included The Brownings' Circle.)
80463 SEMINAR IN MODERN BRITISH LITERATURE.
80473 SEMINAR IN RENAISSANCE LITERATURE AND THE "NEW" SCIENCE. This course
examines how and why artists and scientists in the century c. 1550-1650 interacted
intellectually as they did. Topics include the rhetoric of medieval and Renaissance
scientific discourse, influences of scientific developments and discoveries upon
European (chiefly British) letters; strategies used by "literary" artists to appropriate,
revise, or contest scientific developments in astronomy, medicine, philosophy
and other disciplines; and relationships between scientific and literary discourses
of social transformation.
Studies in American Literature
60503 EARLY AMERICAN LITERATURE. American literature from first settlement
through 1800, including the Puritan writers (Winthrop, Mather, etc.), the shapers
of the American Republic (Paine, Jefferson, Franklin, the Federalist writers,
etc.), and early writers of the New Nation (Brown, Dwight, Freneau, Rowson, etc.).
70503 AMERICAN NOVEL I. The American novel from its beginnings to 1890. Topics
examined include the Gothic and sentimental novelists (Brown, Rowson), the early
national novel (Cooper), the Romantics (Hawthorne, Melville), Realism and the
Realists (Twain, James, Howells), and the early Naturalists (Norris).
70513 AMERICAN NOVEL II. The development of the American novel from 1890 to
the start of World War II.
70523 AMERICAN NOVEL III. The development of the American novel from 1940
to the present.
70533 THE AMERICAN SHORT STORY. A study of short fiction in American literature.
70543 AMERICAN POETRY I. The development of American poetry from the beginnings
70553 AMERICAN POETRY II. Major poets and works of the twentieth century.
70563 AMERICAN DRAMA. Major playwrights and plays in American literature.
70573 AMERICAN NON-FICTION PROSE. Major documents of non-fiction prose in
80503 SEMINAR IN AMERICAN LITERATURE BEFORE 1900. Topics vary; recent offerings
have included "Emerson and His Circle" and "The American Renaissance."
80513 SEMINAR IN AMERICAN LITERATURE SINCE 1900.
80583 SEMINAR IN CONTEMPORARY AFRICAN-AMERICAN LITERATURE. This seminar provides
graduate students with the opportunity to research and present theoretical approaches
to representative contemporary fiction by African-Americans. Continuities will
be established between theories shaped by the Black Arts Movement of the sixties
and those shaped by post-modernist thinking. Representative writers may include
Alice Walker, Toni Cade Bambara, Charles Johnson, Toni Morrison and Ernest Gaines.
Studies in Comparative Literature
50603 CLASSICAL DRAMA. The study of plays surviving from ancient Greece and
Studies in Rhetoric and Composition
60703 INTRODUCTION TO COMPOSITION STUDIES. A survey of the major contemporary
theoretical statements about composing and the teaching of composition.
60713 MODERN RHETORIC. Major theories of rhetoric and important rhetoricians
of the twentieth century.
70703 HISTORY OF RHETORIC. A study of the major authors and issues in the
history of rhetoric from antiquity to the present day.
70713 RHETORIC AND LITERATURE. The applications and implications of rhetorical
criticism for the study of literature.
70723 RHETORIC AND CRITICISM. A study of classical and modern rhetorical theory,
with emphasis on the uses of rhetoric in the study of modern communication.
80703 SEMINAR IN RHETORIC. A study of selected major figures and issues in
the history of rhetoric.
50970 DIRECTED STUDIES IN ENGLISH.
90990 DISSERTATION. Prerequisite: admission to candidacy.