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English BA/School Librarianship MS - Program Requirements

(HEGIS: 15.01 ENGLISH- GENERAL, 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

534 Baldy Hall
Buffalo, NY 14260-1020

Professor Dan Albertson
Professor, Department Chair

Mary Jo Sicurella
Academic Advisor

Learning And Instruction

Office of Educator Preparation
375 Baldy Hall
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-4610

Travis Eisele
Academic Advisor

Completing the English BA/School Librarianship MS Program

Academic Advice

To ensure that both University at Buffalo graduation requirements and the New York State Education Department (NYSED) teacher certification requirements are completed in a timely manner, students are required to meet with both their primary advisor and Office of Educator Preparation advisor each semester. 

To progress to the graduate portion of the program, students must maintain a 3.000 GPA, complete and submit their GRE or MAT scores, and complete an interview in the Office of Educator Preparation. Students must complete these progression points by March of junior year to be eligible to register for graduate level coursework. No formal application is required for graduate school.

Transfer Credit Policy

The English Department awards credit for courses take elsewhere that approximately correspond — in content, approach, and/or pedagogy — to courses offered in our program.

SUNY Seamless Transfer is a SUNY-wide program intended to make transferring to UB and other SUNY Schools simple and efficient for SUNY students. SUNY has defined courses that SUNY students can take before transferring which will apply to the major at UB and ensure timely graduation.

Information about the Transfer Path for this major can be found on the SUNY website.

Students are encouraged to contact their academic advisor or department to discuss how their coursework will apply to their degree.

Required Courses

Undergraduate Requirements
  • LAI 350 Introduction to Education
  • Three ENG electives at the 200-level
  • Four ENG electives at the 300/400-level
  • One ENG elective at the 400-level
  • ENG 300/400 Criticism/Theory course from among the following:
  • 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
  • ENG Early Literature course from among the following:
Graduate Requirements
  • LAI 574 Teaching the Exceptional Learner
  • LIS 507 Information Life Cycle
  • LIS 508 Information Users and Use
  • LIS 518 Reference Sources and Services
  • LIS 524 School Media Center Field Experience
  • LIS 525 School Media Center Practicum
  • LIS 532 Curriculum Role of the Media Specialist
  • LIS 534 Resources and Services for Children
  • LIS 535 Resources and Services for Young Adults
  • LIS 568 Computer Applications in the School Library Media Center
  • LIS 575 Introduction to Research Methods
  • LIS 585 Management of School Library Media Centers
  • GSE Graduate-level Literacy Course from among the following:
    • LAI 550 Literacy Acquisition/Instruction
    • LAI 551 Childhood Literacy Methods
    • LAI 552 Middle Childhood Literacy Methods

Beyond the required program coursework, NYS Education Department requires students in school librarianship programs to meet the following requirements, which are recommended to be taken in lieu of free electives:

  • CEP 400/501 Educational Psychology
  • One GSE Literacy Skills Course

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/School Librarianship MS degree
Undergraduate Credits Required99
Graduate Credits Required
Total Credits Required for Degree138

* Students in accelerated programs are exempt from 120 credit minimum for a Bachelor’s degree.

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.

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