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Graduate Catalog | 2005-2007
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Master of Arts
Doctor of Philosophy

Facilities for Graduate Work

Facilities for graduate work include an excellent library system and a world-renowned research library, the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center. The Ransom Center provides materials for critical, textual, and bibliographical studies, with its extensive holdings in earlier British literature (including the Pforzheimer Collection), modern British and American literature, theatre arts, photography, and other significant subjects for literary and cultural research. The Benson Latin American Collection is one of many campus resources for advanced work in non-European literature and language. The Division of Rhetoric and Composition offers rich opportunities for teaching and study; and the Computer Writing and Research Laboratory enjoys a national reputation for investigating the intersections among technology, language, and literature.

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Areas of Study

Courses are offered in the following areas of concentration: American literature; bibliography and textual criticism; computers and English studies; creative writing; English language and linguistics; English literature; ethnic and Third World literatures; folklore, popular culture, and cultural studies; poetry and poetics; rhetoric; women, gender, and literature; and medieval and Renaissance literature.

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Graduate Studies Committee

The following faculty members served on the Graduate Studies Committee in the spring semester 2004-2005.

Michael W. Adams
James B. Ayres
Samuel Baker
Janine Barchas
Jeffrey Barnouw
Phillip Barrish
Lance Bertelsen
Daniel Birkholz
Mary E. Blockley
Brian A. Bremen
Joanna Brooks
Douglas S. Bruster
Jerome F. A. Bump
Elizabeth Butler Cullingford
Thomas Cable
Mia E. Carter
Evan B. Carton
Larry D. Carver
Dolora Chapelle Wojciehowski
Oscar H. Casares
Davida H. Charney
Andrew Cooper
Ann Luja Cvetkovich
D. Diane Davis
Lester L. Faigley
John P. Farrell
Linda Ferreira-Buckley
Alan W. Friedman
Kate Frost
Laura Furman
James D. Garrison
Zulfikar Ghose
John M. Gonzalez
Don Graham
Ian F. Hancock
Barbara Jane Harlow
Elizabeth Harris
Elizabeth A. Hedrick
Kurt Heinzelman
Susan Heinzelman
Geraldine Heng
Jacqueline M. Henkel
Tony Hilfer
R. Rolando Hinojosa-Smith
Neville W. Hoad
Ernest N. Kaulbach
Martin W. Kevorkian
Sara E. Kimball
Judith Kroll
Joseph E. Kruppa
Peter N. La Salle
Wayne Lesser
Jose E. Limon
James N. Loehlin
Mark G. Longaker
Carol Hanbery MacKay
James L. Magnuson
Eric S. Mallin
Lisa L. Moore
Neil R. Nehring
Adam Zachary Newton
Domino Renee Perez
Wayne A. Rebhorn
Roger deV. Renwick
Elizabeth Merle Richmond-Garza
Patricia Roberts-Miller
Charles R. Rossman
John P. Rumrich
John J. Ruszkiewicz
Elizabeth Scala
William Joseph Scheick
Joseph Evans Slate
John M. Slatin
Clay Spinuzzi
Thomas F. Staley
Margaret A. Syverson
Douglas Taylor
John Ralston Trimble
Robert Gray Twombly
Gary N. Underwood
Jeffrey Walker
David Anthony Wevill
Frank Whigham
Thomas Bacon Whitbread
Jennifer M. Wilks
Michael B. Winship
Helena Woodard
Marjorie Curry Woods
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Degree Requirements

Master of Arts

A total of thirty-three semester hours of work is required, of which at least six must be in a related field outside the Department of English. The department does not admit literature students for a terminal master's degree; however, students in the creative writing program receive the Master of Arts degree upon completion of their course of work and the master's report. Students in all other concentrations are strongly encouraged to complete a master's report. Details are available from the graduate adviser.

As preparation for the English graduate program, a strong undergraduate background in British and American literature and language is desirable, as well as advanced coursework in related fields.

Doctor of Philosophy

To enter the doctoral degree program, all master's-level students must pass the qualifying examination. With the consent of the graduate adviser, students who enter the program with a Master of Arts from another university may be eligible for exemption from the examination. Students who began their graduate work at the University must pass the examination in the spring semester of the second year of graduate study.

After passing the qualifying examination, the student completes from twenty-four to thirty-three semester hours of additional coursework; specific requirements are available from the graduate adviser. Students who began graduate study at another institution may petition the graduate adviser to transfer applicable credit to the Program of Work. Students seek admission to candidacy for the doctoral degree after completing their coursework and receiving approval of the dissertation prospectus on the basis of the doctoral three-area examination.

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For More Information

Campus address: Calhoun Hall (CAL) 210, phone (512) 471-5132 or (512) 475-6356; campus mail code: B5000

Mailing address: The University of Texas at Austin, Graduate Program, Department of English, 1 University Station B5000, Austin TX 78712



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