Southeast Missouri State University

Bachelor of Arts in English

The Bachelor of Arts in English degree centers on writing and literature.  Those with special interest in writing will find courses in creative writing, practical and professional written communication, stylistics, and rhetorical theory.  For students whose primary concern is literature, the department offers work in World, British, and American prose, poetry, and drama.

Bachelor of Science in English Education

An English major with a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education must complete requirements within the departments of English and Middle and Secondary Education, as well as electives.  The department's strong program in secondary education offers specialized training for future teachers.  Courses available for those preparing to teach English are courses in techniques of teaching English and the scientific study of the nature of language.

Master of Arts in English:  English Studies

Reflecting the changing conceptions of what constitutes English studies, the Master of Arts in English offers students considerable latitude in the shaping of their program of study.  The degree offers a range of courses in literature, creative writing, rhetoric, theory, and pedagogy.  Students may design their programs to enhance their prospects for teaching in high school or community college, to prepare for doctoral work in English, or to prepare for a variety of non-teaching occupations.

Master of Arts in English:  Professional Writing

Southeast's Masters in Professional Writing helps students to master different types of professional writing, to further develop their writing skills, and to perfect their critical abilities, including the determination of effective styles and presentations for texts.  Professional writing includes rhetorical composition, technical writing, new media, and creative writing.  The option allows students to learn in depth about writing theories, rhetorical theory, creative writing and its strategies, and technical production of text in print and online.

Entering students should be able to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.  They must be computer-literate and able to use word-processing software such as Microsoft Word.

Master of Arts in TESOL

The Master of Arts in TESOL degree prepares students for a wide range of teaching opportunities in the United States and abroad or for doctoral work.  The program blends theory with practice with an emphasis on the application of theory to the classroom.  With a placement rate of 95%, the program's graduates have gone on to successful careers in k-12 public and private schools, community colleges, adult education, colleges, and universities.  Instruction is delivered onsite, online, and through interactive television.

Degree Requirements

Bachelor of Arts in English

Choose two of the following:

EN 201 Writing about Literature (3)
EN 275 Intro to Creative Writing (3) (Required for all students pursuing the writing option)
EN 376 Advanced Composition (3)

Choose three of the following:

LI 260 English Literature I (3)
LI 261 English Literature II (3)
LI 270 American Literature I (3)
LI 271 American Literature II (3)

Choose one of the following:

LI 311 World Literature I (3)
LI 312 World Literature II (3)

Choose one of the following:

EN 486 Sociolinguistics (3)
UI 500 History of the English Language (3)
UI 501 Principles of Language (3)

 

B.A. in English - Literature Option

Choose one of the following:

LI 560 Chaucer (3)
LI 577 Studies in Early English Lit (3)
UI 431 Shakespeare Tragedies & Human Cond (3)
UI 432 Shakespeare Hist/Comed & Human Cond (3)

Choose one of the following:

LI 476 Early Twentieth-Century British Literature (3)
LI 578 Studies in Later English Lit (3)
UI 341 Victorian Studies (3)

Choose two of the following:
LI 320 African American Writers (3)
LI 421 Cross-Cultural Amer Voices (3)
LI 565 Southern Literature (3)
LI 568 19th Century American Novel (3)
LI 570 Modern/Contemp American Novel (3)
LI 571 Contemporary American Poetry (3)
LI 576 Am Fiction/21st Century (3)

Choose one of the following:

LI 510 Literature & the Bible (3)
LI 572 The Modern Essay (3)
LI 574 Australian Literature (3)
LI 587 Women and Madness (3)
UI 332 Images of Women in Literature (3)

 

B.A. in English - Writing Option

Choose one of the following:

EN 376 Advanced Composition* (3)
EN 550 Style in Writing (3)
LI 572 The Modern Essay (3)
*Unless taken in the core

Choose one of the following:

LI 421 Cross-Cultural Amer Voices (3)
LI 542 Literature for the Young Adult (3)
LI 565 Southern Literature (3)
LI 570 Modern/Contemp American Novel (3)
LI 571 Contemporary American Poetry (3)
LI 576 Am Fiction/21st Century (3)

Choose one of the following:

EN 301 Writing for Science & Technology (3)
EN 311 Literary Manuscript Editing Practicum (3)
EN 435 Internship in English (3)
LI 301 Small Press Publishing (3)

Choose one of the following:

EN 470 Advanced Creative Writing: Poetry (3)
EN 478 Advanced Creative Writing: Fiction (3)

Choose 3 additional hours writing course not taken above


Additional Requirements:

EN 001 Writing Portfolio (Writing Option)
LI 001 Literature Portfolio (Literature Option)
xx xxx 9 Hours in One or Two Foreign Languages (All options)
         OR
xx xxx 6 Hours in One Foreign Language
         AND
One of the following:
AN 341 Intro to Linguistic Anthropology (3)
EN 378 Grammars of English (3)
EN 486 Sociolinguistics (3)*
UI 500 History of the English Language (3)*
UI 501 Principles of Language (3)*
*If not taken elsewhere in the major


Bachelor of Science in English Education

English Education Requirements:  36 Hours

Required Courses:

EN 201 Writing About Literature (3)
EN 378 Grammars of English (3)
EN 379 Composition in the Secondary School (3)
LI 260 English Lit I (3)
         OR
LI 261 English Lit II (3)
LI 270 American Lit I (3)
         OR
LI 271 American Lit II (3)
LI 311 World Literature I (3)
         AND
LI 312 World Literature II (3)
LI 385 Literature in the Secondary School (3)
LI 542 Literature for Young Adults (3)

Choose one of the following:

EN 486 Sociolinguistics (3)
UI 500 History of English Language (3)
UI 501 Principles of Language (3)

Choose one of the following:

EN 275 Intro to Creative Writing (3)
EN 376 Advanced Composition (3)

Choose two of the following:

EN 300-EN 599 English elective
LI 300-LI 599 Literature elective
UI 332 Images of Women in Literature (3)
UI 341 Victorian Studies (3)
UI 431 Shakespeare Trag & Human Cond (3)
UI 432 Shakespeare Hist/Com & Human Cond (3)

Additional Requirement:

LI 256 Variety of Literature (3)

Secondary Professional Education Requirements:  37 Hours


BLOCK I:
 
PY 222 Development of the Adolescent (3)*
SE 200 Intro to MSE Technology (2)
SE 202 Intro to MSE Teaching (2)
BLOCK II:  14 Hours

EF 304 School & Society (2)
SE 305 Secondary Block II Field Experience (2)
SE 306 Theories of Learning & Management (2)
SE 307 Teaching Reading/Secondary School (2)
SE 308 Fund of High School Education (3)
SE 275 Diversity in America's Schools (3)
BLOCK IV:  13 Hours

EF 400 Seminar/Educ Issues for Student Teachers (1)
SE 463 Student Teaching Secondary (1st) (6)
SE 464 Student Teaching Secondary (2nd) (6)

Additonal Requirements - Middle School & Secondary Education:  12-18 Hours

EN 140 Rhetoric & Critical Thinking (3)
SC 105 Fundamentals of Oral Communication (3)
Any BI/BS course in Living Systems (3)
US 105 American History I (3)
             OR
US 107 American History II (3)
PS 103 US Political Systems (3)
Any CH, PH, GO course
              OR
UI 375 Historical Geology (3-5)

Middle Level students must also take:

MA 218 Middle School Mathematics (3)
           OR
MA 118 Mathematics I (3)
           AND
MA 318 Mathematics II (3)
SE 275 Diversity in America's Schools (3)

 

Masters in English with two options:


English Studies (36 hours required)
Professional Writing (36 hours required)

Common Core Course Requirements for both options (12):
EN 601 Research in English Studies (3)

One Course in Literature at the LI 5xx or LI 6xx level (3)

One Course in Writing (3):
EN 550 Style in Writing or
EN 670 Advanced Creative Writing: Poetry or
EN 678 Advanced Creative Writing: Fiction or
LI 572 The Modern Essay

One Course in Theory or Linguistics (3):
EN 535 Rhetorical Theory and Written Discourse or
EN 686 Sociolinguistics or
LI 605 Contemporary Anglophone Literature/Contemporary Theory or
LI 658 Literary Criticism or
UI 500 History of the English Language or
UI 501 Principles of Language


Further Requirements for English Studies Option (12)

One Course in British Literature before 1800 (3):
LI 560 Chaucer or
LI 577 Studies in Early English Literature or
LI 665 Shakespeare

One Course in British Literature after 1800 (3):
LI 578 Studies in Later English Literature or
LI 605 Contemporary Anglophone Literature/Contemporary Theory or
LI 676 Early Twentieth-Century British Literature

One Course in American Literature (3):
LI 565 Southern Literature or
LI 568 Nineteenth Century American Novel or
LI 570 Modern and Contemporary American Novel or
LI 571 Contemporary American Poetry or
LI 576 American Fiction of the 21st Century or
LI 621 Cross-Cultural American Voices or
LI 674 Studies in Modern American Literature

One Additional 5xx-6xx level Course in EN or LI(3):
EN 550 Style In Writing or
EN 606 Topics, Issues and Trends in English or
EN 670 Advanced Creative Writing: Poetry or
EN 678 Advanced Creative Writing: Fiction or
EN 686 Sociolinguistics or
LI 510 Literature and the Bible or
LI 542 Literature of the Young Adult or
LI 560 Chaucer or
LI 565 Southern Literature or
LI 568 Nineteenth Century American Novel or
LI 570 Modern and Contemporary American Novel or
LI 571 Contemporary American Poetry or
LI 572 The Modern Essay or
LI 576 American Fiction of the 21st Century or
LI 577 Studies in Early English Literature or
LI 578 Studies in Later English Literature or
LI 582 Topics in Literature or
LI 587 Women and Madness or
LI 605 Contemporary Anglophone Literature/Contemporary Theory or
LI 615 Practicum in Teaching Literature or
LI 621 Cross-Cultural American Voices or
LI 658 Literary Criticism or
LI 665 Shakespeare or
LI 674 Studies in Modern American Literature or
LI 676 Early Twentieth-Century British Literature


Further Requirements for Professional Writing Option (12)

EN 623 Visual Rhetoric (3)
EN 624 Editing and Research in Professional Writing (3) and
EN 645 Advanced Literary Publishing (3)

One additional Course in Writing (3):
EN 550 Style in Writing or
EN 670 Advanced Creative Writing: Poetry or
EN 678 Advanced Creative Writing: Fiction or
LI 572 The Modern Essay


Electives for either English Studies or Professional Writing (12)

Thesis (Only 3 credit hours allowed):

EN 694 Thesis
EN 696 Thesis (2)
EN 697 Thesis (1)

Teaching Practicum (Choose one only):
EN 615 Practicum in Teaching Creative Writing
LI 615 Practicum in Teaching Literature

Independent Study (Only 3 hours allowed):
LI 679 Independent Study (1)
LI 680 Independent Study in English (2)
LI 681 Independent Study in English

Additional LI 5xx/6xx Level Literature Course:
LI 510 Literature and the Bible
LI 542 Literature of the Young Adult
LI 560 Chaucer
LI 565 Southern Literature
LI 568 Nineteenth Century American Novel
LI 570 Modern and Contemporary American Novel
LI 571 Contemporary American Poetry
LI 576 American Fiction of the 21st Century
LI 577 Studies in Early English Literature
LI 578 Studies in Later English Literature
LI 582 Topics in Literature
LI 587 Women and Madness
LI 621 Cross-Cultural American Voices
LI 665 Shakespeare
LI 674 Studies in Modern American Literature
LI 676 Early Twentieth-Century British Literature

Additional EN 5xx/6xx Level Writing Course:
EN 550 Style in Writing
EN 670 Advanced Creative Writing: Poetry
EN 678 Advanced Creative Writing: Fiction
LI 572 The Modern Essay

Additional 5xx/6xx Level Theory or Linguistics Course:
EN 535 Rhetorical Theory and Written Discourse
EN 606 Topics, Issues and Trends in English
EN 686 Sociolinguistics
LI 605 Contemporary Anglophone Literature/Contemporary Theory
LI 658 Literary Criticism
UI 500 History of the English Language
UI 501 Principles of Language

Teaching Assistant Orientation/Seminar Courses:
EN 600 Orientation Seminar for Teaching Assistants
EN 651 Seminar in Teaching Freshman English I (1)
EN 652 Seminar in Teaching Freshman English II (2)

Notes:
No course taken as part of an undergraduate degree will fulfill any MA requirement.

EN 694 Thesis may be taken only for a maximum of 3 credit hours or only up to 3 credit hours of thesis may be taken (for those opting to write a thesis).

At least 18 hours must be at the 600 level.

No course fulfills more than one requirement.


Master of Arts in TESOL

Core Course Requirements (27):

TL 525 Theories of ESL/EFL Learning (3)
TL 585 Methods of Techniques of TESOL (3)
TL 625 Materials Development and Assessment Tools for TESOL (3)
TL 530 Practicum for TESOL (3)
TL 648 Foundations in Linguistics (3)
          OR
UI 501 Principles of Language (3)
TL 620 Approaches to the Teaching of Grammar (3)
EN 686 Sociolinguistics (3)
TL 601 Research Methods in TESOL (3)
          OR
GR 691 Methods of Research: Qualitative and Quantitative Designs (3)
TL 630 Special Problems in TESOL (3)

3 Elective Courses (9):

EN 606 Topics, Issues and Trends in English
SE 641 Teaching in a Multicultural Society
TL 650 Approaches to Second Language Literacy Instruction

The 9 elective hours are not confined to the three courses listed above. Students will be advised to select courses that are appropriate to their field of interest. These fields may include composition, literature, education, foreign language, etc.


Non-Thesis Graduate Paper and MA Degree Comprehensive Exam**

**Under certain circumstances, a student may be allowed to write a thesis or develop a teaching portfolio.

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