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Program Outline

Course Work

To graduate in three years, if you DO have an Assistantship, plan to take five nine-hour semesters and one six-hour semester in the spring of your final year to complete a total of fifty-one hours. You must take nine hours each semester during your first year, as you need eighteen graduate English hours to be considered for a TA position.

During the summer, unless you have Texas resident status or work for the English department as an IA, you must pay out-of-state tuition.

If you do NOT have an Assistantship, plan to take four nine-hour semesters and two six-hour semesters to complete forty-eight hours in three years.

If you apply for financial aid, please follow the 2011 guidelines, which require you to take nine hours per semester in order to qualify for full financial aid for tuition and fees. If you do not register for nine hours, your financial aid for tuition and fees will be prorated.

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Required Courses

  • twelve degree hours (four sections) of workshop (5315). After two workshops, you may take a break to digest what you've learned. Then take one workshop during your second year and one workshop during your third year.
  • three degree hours of Form & Theory 5320 (fiction) or 5322 (poetry).
  • three degree hours of Literary Techniques (5395). Note: Literary Techniques may be repeated twice for six Cognate credits.
  • fifteen degree hours in literature courses, which may include six hours of 5312, Front Porch Journal.
  • six degree hours of thesis work
  • nine degree hours in a Cognate. Six hours may be 5395 seminars.