One feature of the English MA program is the 3+2 plan, which is designed to give the opportunity to qualified advanced-level undergraduate students to simultaneously pursue both the Baccalaureate (BS) and Master of Arts (MA) degrees. With this plan, students move quickly toward expanding their scholarly/creative horizons based on the student’s abilities and personal motivation.
The BA/MA program is unique. It allows qualified students to earn both a BA degree in English and an MA concurrently. With this plan, students move quickly toward expanding their scholarly/creative horizons based on the student’s abilities and personal motivation. Students in the 3+2 plan are expected to successfully complete the requirements for both the BA and MA degrees in five years, thus shortening the normal time to receive both degrees from six years to five years. They must apply and be admitted into the English MA program by the Spring semester of their junior year (preferred) or by the start of the fall semester of the fall semester of their senior year and meet the course requirements listed below. Students applying to the 3+2 plan must have a minimum 3.0 overall GPA and a minimum 3.5 in their English coursework
The application for admission to the 3+2 plan must include:
- A CSU-Pueblo transcript.
- Three letters of recommendation from CSU-Pueblo faculty.
- A statement of scholarly/creative interests.
- A ten-page writing sample which demonstrates the candidate’s ability to conduct literary research and apply literary theory, or a ten-page creative writing sample accompanied by a self-analysis demonstrating the candidate’s ability to analyze his or her own work critically.
Before being admitted to the 3+2 program in English, students are expected to have completed 75 credits, including at least twelve upper-level credits in English.
Students in the joint BA/MA program must complete:
- The requirements for the BA in English.
- The requirements for the MA in English.
- Students may take up to 12 graduate credits in “stacked” (400/500) courses, with the permission of the English Graduate Studies Coordinator and the instructor in the course.
BA Required Courses
A total of 46 credits in English beyond ENG 101 Composition I (3 c.h.) and ENG 102 Composition II (3 c.h.) (WL 100 Intro to Comparative Linguistics (3 c.h.) and ENG 106 Language, Thought and Culture (3 c.h.) may be counted, but not double counted for World Language), distributed as follows:
|ENG 161||Careers for English Majors||1|
|or ENG 461||Careers for English Majors|
|ENG 201||Introduction to Literary Study (to be taken at or near the start of the program)||3|
|ENG 493||Senior Seminar (to be taken at or near the end of the program)||3|
|Select one of the following:||3|
|Advanced Literary Forms & Genres|
|Select at least three courses in Literature in Historical Perspective 1||9|
|Select at least two courses in Major Writers (at least one of which must be in Shakespeare)||6|
|Select at least one course in Literary Theory||3|
|Select at least one course in Writing 2||3|
|Select at least one course in The English Language and Linguistics 3||3|
|Select at least 12 credits of English electives 4||12|
Selected with the approval of the major adviser, two of which must comprise a sequence of American or British literature at the 200 level (i.e., ENG 210 American Literature I (3 c.h.) and ENG 212 American Literature II (3 c.h.) or ENG 221 Masterpieces of Literature I (3 c.h.) and ENG 222 Masterpieces of Literature II (3 c.h.) or ENG 231 Literature of England I (3 c.h.) and ENG 232 Literature of England II (3 c.h.)), while the third must be at the 300 level or above.
Selected with the approval of the major adviser (General Education and World Language requirements may not be double counted).
MA Required Courses
|ENG 501||Theories of Writing||3|
|ENG 502||Research Methods||3|
|ENG 503||Literary Theory||3|
|ENG 599||Thesis Research||6|
The joint degree has the following requirements:
|General Education (including world language)||41|
Students who complete part of the joint degree plan but decide to opt out of the MA program and continue towards earning only the BA are granted credit towards the BA for the following 500-level courses:
|500-Level Course Taken||300- and 400-Level Course Credit|
|ENG 502||ENG 492|
|ENG 503||ENG 485|
|ENG 511||ENG 484|
|ENG 512||300-400 Lit. in Historical Perspective|
|ENG 527||ENG 414|
|ENG 528||ENG 317|
The following graduate linguistics courses could be used to satisfy the undergraduate linguistics elective requirement: ENG 521 Language, Literacy, & Learning (3 c.h.), ENG 522 Phonology & Morphology For ESL/EFL (3 c.h.), ENG 523 Syntax for TESL/TEFL (3 c.h.), ENG 524 Teaching ESL/EFL (3 c.h.), ENG 553 Language in the USA (3 c.h.), ENG 560 Language Acquisition & Linguistics (3 c.h.).
Student Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the B.A. in English program, students will:
- Demonstrate knowledge of significant traditions, historical and cultural contexts, and current issues in literature and language studies.
- Conduct, analyze, evaluate, and integrate academic research.
- Apply strategies of critical theory.
- Analyze literature and synthesize ideas with clarity, accuracy, and coherence in speech and writing.
- Use a range of English syntactic structures effectively.
- Construct a convincing argument using a range of rhetorical strategies in speech and writing.
Outcomes Assessment Activities
Assessment of the English program is the responsibility of all English Program faculty. The English Program’s annual reports evaluating the program and proposing any needed changes are compiled from the following information:
- A central file of course syllabi with representative assignments is maintained by the department for inspection by the committee and other qualified persons.
- Faculty advisers monitor each student's progress toward completing major requirements listed in the catalog.
- All English majors take a senior-year seminar (ENG 493 Senior Seminar (3 c.h.)) emphasizing professional standards and synthesizing the writing and analytical skills students have acquired in other English classes. All students in ENG 493 Senior Seminar (3 c.h.) write a senior research paper, one copy of which is submitted to the department chairperson for dissemination for review. In order to pass ENG 493 Senior Seminar (3 c.h.), students must demonstrate satisfactory levels of achievement in meeting the program goals.
- English Program faculty review the papers from ENG 493 Senior Seminar (3 c.h.) on an annual basis and prepare an analysis of what they reveal about the program's success.
- The English Program administers a student-satisfaction questionnaire to all senior English majors each year. Similar questionnaires are sent to recent graduates and representative employers on a periodic basis.
- The English Program faculty consider the English curricula at leading comparable institutions and apprise the department of innovations worthy of consideration.