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English BA/MA - 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

Chad Lavin, Associate Professor
Interim Chair

David Alff, Associate Professor
Director of Undergraduate Studies

Associated Programs

Associated Subjects

Completing the English BA/MA Program

The BA/MA program bridges the senior year of undergraduate study with a fifth year of graduate study, providing students of recognized academic ability and maturity with the opportunity to pursue graduate work in literature and culture beginning in their senior year. This program is an excellent option for students seeking advanced training in English to further their research and critical skills. Qualified students will undertake limited graduate work in their senior year and then will stay on for a fifth year to concentrate exclusively on graduate studies.This program is designed for students seeking additional preparation before applying for PhD Programs in English and related fields, as well as for those pursuing other career tracks (such as secondary teaching and publishing, law school) in which an MA degree in English is valuable. Applicants must be UB English majors in their junior year.

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.

Prerequisite Courses

Completion of the University Writing Requirement.

Required Courses

Required Courses for the English BA:

Three ENG courses (9 credits) at the 200 level
Ten 300/400-level courses, including:

  • One course (3 credits) from the Criticism/Theory list:
  • Three courses (9 credits) from the Earlier Literature list:
  • One course (3 credits) from the Breadth of Literary Study list:
    • 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
  • Five courses (15 credits) of additional elective courses, of which four courses (12 credits) must be at the ENG or COL 300-400 level, and one course (3 credits) must be at the ENG 400 level (neither an internship nor an independent study can fulfill this requirement)

Required Courses for the English MA:

  1. "ENG 501: Introduction to Scholarly Methods" focuses on the practical skills necessary to succeed in the graduate study of literature, including editorial, bibliographic, and archival work;
  2. "ENG 502: Introduction to Critical and Cultural Theory," is an advanced survey of contemporary criticism.
  3. 21 additional credits, for a total of 30 credits, distributed as 8 seminars (501 is a 6-credit course).
  4. Completion of ENG 700 or ENG 598, MA Thesis or MA Project

Total Credit Hours Required

Total credit hours required for the English BA/MA degrees
Credits Required for Major (Undergraduate)36
Credits Required for Major (Graduate)30
Additional Credits Required for UB Curriculum44
Additional Credits Required for Electives15
Total Credits Required for Degree125

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: Oct 13, 2020 13:05:42