English - 5-Year Bachelor of Arts/Master of Arts in English

The Department of English offers a five-year combined degree program that provides the opportunity to earn a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Master of Arts in English. 

In this program, the undergraduate degree requirements are slightly modified to require more theory and methods courses in an effort to prepare students for the more rigorous masters-level coursework. Students will double count six hours of masters-level coursework toward the undergraduate degree and complete both the undergraduate degree and the 36-hour Masters degree in five years.

At the completion of the degree, students are well-prepared to apply for doctoral programs in English and related humanities, positions teaching composition, and editorial and other writing-centered employment.

Students interested in this program will apply during the fall of their junior year and, if admitted, begin taking masters-level courses in the fall of their senior year with an undergraduate classification. Students are reclassified as degree seeking master's students upon completing 96 credit hours, typically in the following semester. These credit hours must include all specific course prerequisites for a baccalaureate degree in English, as well as the courses required by the College of Liberal Arts and by Texas A&M University for an undergraduate degree. 

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallSemester Credit Hours
ENGL 303 Approaches to English Studies 3
Select one of the following: 1 3
Composition and Rhetoric  
Technical and Business Writing  
Public Speaking  
Communication for Technical Professions  
Argumentation and Debate  
American history 3
Foreign language 2 4
Social and behavioral sciences 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Spring
ENGL 203 Writing about Literature 1 3
Foreign language 2 4
Life and physical sciences 3
Mathematics 3 3
General elective 4 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Second Year
Fall
Select one of the following: 3
World Literature  
American Literature: The Beginnings to Civil War  
Survey of English Literature I  
Medieval English Literature  
The English Renaissance  
Seventeenth-Century Literature  
Early British Drama  
History of Rhetoric  
Studies in Shakespeare  
Milton  
Chaucer  
Foreign language 2 3
Government/Political science 3
English elective 5 3
General elective 4 3
General elective 4 3
 Semester Credit Hours18
Spring
Select one of the following: 3
World Literature  
Survey of English Literature II  
Eighteenth-Century Literature and Culture  
Nineteenth-Century Literature (Romantic)  
Nineteenth-Century Literature (Victorian)  
The American Renaissance  
American Realism and Naturalism  
Nineteenth-Century American Novel  
The British Novel to 1870.  
Foreign language 2 3
Government/Political science 3
Life and physical sciences 3
General elective 4 3
General elective 4 3
 Semester Credit Hours18
Third Year
Fall
ENGL 308 History of Literary Criticism 3
Select one of the following: 3
American Literature: Civil War to Present  
Texas Literature  
Life and Literature of the Southwest  
Life and Literature of the American South  
Modern and Contemporary Drama  
Twentieth-Century Literature to World War II  
Literature, World War II to Present.  
Literature and Film  
American Poetry  
The American Novel Since 1900  
The British Novel, 1870 to Present.  
Postcolonial Literatures  
Language, philosophy and culture 3
Mathematics 3 3
General elective 4 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
ENGL 354
Modern Rhetorical Theory
or Contemporary Literary Theory
3
ENGL 481 Senior Seminar 3
Select one of the following: 3
Introduction to African-American Literature  
Introduction to Africana Literature  
Transnational Literature and Culture  
African-American Literature Pre-1930  
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Literatures  
American Ethnic Literature  
African-American Literature Post-1930  
Native American Rhetorics and Literatures  
Latino/a Literature  
Women Writers  
Folklore, Literature, and World Cultures  
Studies in Africana Literature and Culture  
Studies in Women Writers  
Creative arts 3
General elective 4 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Fourth Year
Fall
ENGL 603 Bibliography and Literary Research 6 3
American history 3
Language, philosophy and culture or creative arts 3
Graduate coursework elective 6,7 3
General elective 4 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
Life and physical sciences 3
Social and behavioral sciences 3
Graduate coursework elective 7 3
Graduate coursework elective 7 3
General elective 4 1
 Semester Credit Hours13
Fifth Year
Fall
Graduate coursework elective 8 3
Graduate coursework elective 8 3
Graduate coursework elective 8 3
Graduate coursework elective 8 3
 Semester Credit Hours12
Spring
Graduate coursework elective 8 3
Graduate coursework elective 8 3
Graduate coursework elective 8 3
Graduate coursework elective 8 3
 Semester Credit Hours12
 Total Semester Credit Hours150

A grade of C or higher is required for a course to be counted in the major. For residency, a student must have at least 12 hours in 300- or 400-level English classes from Texas A&M University.

The program includes a total of 156 hours, of which up to 6 hours of graduate-level coursework may be applied toward both the Bachelor of Arts in English and the Master of Arts in English (non-thesis). 

College and University Requirements

Graduation requirements include 3 hours of International and Cultural Diversity courses and 3 hours of Cultural Discourse courses. A course satisfying a Core category, a college/department requirement, or a free elective can be used to satisfy this requirement. The required 6 hours may be met by courses satisfying other areas of a degree program. See your academic advisor for further information.

Other courses may qualify for the following categories. All courses are to be selected with the approval of the student’s academic advisor. The courses incorporate University Core Curriculum requirements. No course can be counted in more than one category, except as allowed in the minor field of study and the International and Cultural Diversity and Cultural Discourse graduation requirements. A minimum of 36 hours of 300- or 400-level coursework must be completed at Texas A&M University, with at least 12 of those hours being in the major.