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Program Requirements

The specialization in literature requires 30 semester hours for completion of the Master of Arts degree.  Students admitted without having fulfilled the foreign language requirement must also complete one year of college-level coursework (or its equivalent) in the same modern or classical foreign language, with at least a C average. 

Foreign Language Requirement

Applicants to the Literature specialization are required to have completed at least one year of college-level course work in the same foreign language with a C (or better) average, or to have equivalent competence. If you have not yet completed the required course of foreign languages, you may be admitted under the condition that you complete that coursework while enrolled in the program.

Required Courses (18 hours)

ENG 501: Modern Literary Studies, taken in the first available term. 

ENG 502: Modern Literary Theory. 

Students must complete four literature courses. 

Electives (12 - 18  hours) 

Courses may be elected in literature, creative writing, composition and/or linguistics. Elective hours may also include six hours of ENG 598 (Preparatory Reading/English and American Literature) or ENG 599 (Thesis). Students may, with the written approval of their advisor and of the Director of Graduate Studies, choose an elective from another SIUE department. Use the Graduate Student Request form to obtain approval prior to registration in any such course. 

In total, no more than nine hours from 400-level courses can count toward the literature specialization.

Exit Requirements (3 - 6 hours)

In consultation with the Graduate Literature Specialization advisor, students select one of two plans to complete the exit requirements. Visit the Exit Requirements page to learn more. 
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