Jun 18, 2018  
Xavier University Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 2017-2018 
Xavier University Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 2017-2018

English, M.A.

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The program for the Master of Arts degree in English is designed to develop critical, expository, and research skills, a critical and historical understanding of literature and language, and a working knowledge of current theories of interpreting and evaluating literary texts.

The M.A. in English requires a completion of 30 semester hours of course work, or with the approval of your advisor, the degree can be completed with 24 semester hours of course work and completing a written thesis which earns 6 hours of credit.

The following 12 hours of courses are required of all students:

Language Requirement:

Students must demonstrate reading knowledge of a foreign language by attaining at least a B in an intermediate-level foreign language course (e.g., 200-level) while taken as an M.A. student. Alternately, students may pass a translation examination administered by the appropriate language department at Xavier. In addition to modern languages, ASL, Old English, Latin, and Greek will be accepted in fulfillment of the requirement. Middle English will not be accepted.

Additional Requirements:

  • 18 hours of English electives are needed to complete the degree selected from ENGL 500-695 (Refer to Course Descriptions ). Courses may be taken at the 300 or 400 level for graduate credit, with approval of the program director. The completion of the Master’s Thesis (ENGL 700  & ENGL 701 ) for 6 hours can be used in this elective area of the degree requirements.
  • A 3.000 cumulative average must be attained in all the graduate credit courses.
  • At the close of their studies, students must pass a written comprehensive examination based on eighteen works of literature, linguistics, composition and literary theory. Fifteen of these works are chosen by the department every two years; the remaining three are chosen by the individual student. The comprehensive examination is given in April and November.

Admission Requirements:

The Master of Arts program in English invites applications from students with a bachelor’s degree and a solid academic record. Students seeking admission are expected to have a 3.200 average in their undergraduate English courses. Applicants should have excellent writing skills and a strong background in the humanities but need not be undergraduate English majors. Admission decisions are based on factors such as past academic performance, standardized test score, and other information submitted.


Further information and application materials may be obtained from the Office of Graduate Services, 100 Hailstones Hall, 513 745-3360. Most courses are offered in the evening for the convenience of part-time students.

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