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English BA/Information and Library Science MS - Program Requirements

(HEGIS: 15.01 , CIP: 23.0101 English Language and Literature, General)

Department of English

306 Clemens Hall
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-4610

William Solomon, Professor

Walter Hakala, Associate Professor
Director of Undergraduate Studies

Department of Information Science

Graduate School of Education
University at Buffalo
534 Baldy Hall
Buffalo, NY 14260-1020

Professor Dan Albertson
Professor, Department Chair

Completing the English BA/Information and Library Science MS Program

Required Courses

Undergraduate Requirements
  • Three ENG electives at the 200-level
  • Four ENG electives at the 300/400-level
  • One ENG elective at the 400-level
  • One ENG 300/400 Criticism/Theory course from among the following:
  • One ENG Breadth of Literacy Study course from among the following
    • ENG 341 Studies in African American Literature
    • ENG 342 Literature of the Americas
    • ENG 343 Studies in Native American Literature
    • ENG 344 Studies in Asian American Literature
    • ENG 346 Comparative Ethnic Literatures
    • ENG 371 Queer Theory
    • ENG 383 Studies in World Literature
    • ENG 385 Literature of the African Diaspora
    • ENG 386 Postcolonial Literature
  • Three ENG Early Literature courses from among the following:
Graduate Requirements
  • LIS 507 Information Life Cycle
  • LIS 508 Information Users and Use
  • LIS 575 Introduction to Research Methods
  • LIS Information Management Elective
  • LIS Information Technology Elective
  • LIS Information Users and Uses Elective
  • LIS Professional Skills Elective
  • Five additional LIS Electives

Departmental Honors Requirements

The English Honors program enables talented students to work more closely with faculty in seminar-style courses, and in writing a senior thesis. Honors students write a Senior Thesis, which consists of independent work culminating in a paper of 30-35 pages. Honors students are especially likely to participate with faculty on research projects or as research assistants.

To graduate with Honors in English, students must complete one English honors seminar (3 credits), and one Senior Thesis. Students complete the honors thesis in one or two semesters (3-6 credits).

English majors can enter the Honors Program in one of two ways:

  • Students with a 3.50 GPA or higher within the major can apply directly to the Office of Undergraduate Studies.
  • Any English major who has a 3.800 GPA within the major, with grades in at least two 300-level and three 300-level English courses may, upon application, enter immediately into the Honors Program.

Total Credit Hours Required

Total credit hours required for the English BA/Information and Library Science MS degrees

Credits Required for Major39
Additional Credits Required for UB Curriculum40
Additional Credits Required for Electives20
MS Graduate Credits36
Total Credits Required for Degree150

Students should consult with an academic advisor to determine how any transfer or exam credit might be utilized in meeting general education, prerequisite, or major requirements.

See Baccalaureate Degree Requirements for general education and remaining university requirements.

Refer to the Graduate School's Policies and Procedures Manual for requirements for master's degree candidates.

Total Credit Hours Required represents the minimum credits needed to complete this program, and may vary based on a number of circumstances. This chart should not be used for financial aid purposes.

Published: Jan 30, 2023 10:57:08