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The literature emphasis aims to develop advanced skills in critical reading, writing, and research. Small-group seminars (no more than 18 students to a class) help to deepen understanding of British and American literature and language and are organized around major figures, trends, genres, or approaches to literary texts. Department-sponsored colloquia held throughout the year introduce new theories of critical interpretation. Ample elective units make filling gaps in literary knowledge possible through advanced undergraduate coursework.
The student must complete a minimum of 32 units of upper-division and graduate work with a grade point average of 3.0 (B) or above. At least half of these units must be in graduate-level (500- and 600-series) courses. Transfer of up to nine semester units is allowed in special cases.
Take All of the Following Courses
English 600: Fundamentals of Research
English 536: Seminar in American Literature*
English 546: Seminar in British Literature*
English 562: Advanced Studies in Shakespeare*
English 685: English Colloquium*
English 690: Master's Project
Take Twelve Units from the Following Graduate-Level English Courses
At Least Four Units Must Be in Literature
Remaining Units May Include Courses from the MATW
Demonstrate reading knowledge of a language other than English, certified either by examination (administered by the Department of World Languages & Cultures) or by coursework.
*Each of these courses may be repeated.
Please consult current catalog for specific course prerequisites.
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