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Master of Arts in English

Master of Arts in English

 



 

OBJECTIVES

The overall objective of the Master of Arts in English is to provide students with graduate-level skills in analytical and critical thinking, research methodologies, and advanced writing, both scholarly and creative. Students achieve depth of preparation in their areas of literary specialization as well as grounding in current critical theory and practice.

 

MEMBERS

  • FLORES, Evelyn, Associate Professor, English
  • GUGIN, David, Associate Professor, English
  • HAHM, Hyun-Jong, Assistant Professor, English
  • HARTIG, Andrea Sant, Associate Professor, English
  • HUANG, Jimmy, Assistant Professor, English
  • QUAN, Clarisa, Associate Professor, English
  • SANTOS-BAMBA, Sharleen, Associate Professor, English
  • SCHREINER, Christopher, Professor, English
  • VEST, Jason, Associate Professor, English

 

PROGRAM LEARNING OBJECTIVES: 

  • Students in the MA Program in English will successfully demonstrate the ability to:
  • Produce scholarship and interpretation of literatures written in English;
  • Exhibit professional competence in research methods and critical theories;
  • Investigate diverse literary and media genres, cultural expressions and rhetorical forms;
  • Construct, evaluate, and explain creative and/or scholarly literary works;
  • Achieve public recognition of expertise in publishing, teaching, or conferencing.

 

 

To be admitted as a graduate student in the Master of Arts in English program, a student must have completed a B.A. in English, or its equivalent, with a 3.0 GPA in major coursework. The applicant must submit the standard application materials and follow the standard application procedures for admission to graduate status and pre- candidate status as indicated in this Graduate Bulletin.

Applicants who have earned undergraduate degrees in fields other than English, or who have been working professionally outside the university setting, are welcome to apply. After a review of their academic preparation by the Graduate English faculty, applicants will be required to complete any English courses, either before or during the M.A. program, that the M.A. Program Committee deems necessary for the applicant to successfully pursue graduate study in English.

Applicants must meet the criteria for enrollment as graduate students that are set out in this Graduate Bulletin. Students should also consult the Bulletin for requirements and procedures for application. In order to remain in good standing in the M. A. in English program, a student must attain and maintain a GPA of 3.00 for all graduate courses, and any undergraduate courses taken as prerequisites. All students will, during the course of their studies, develop a portfolio of their seminar work. This portfolio will be evaluated in order to assess their overall accomplishment.

Candidacy: After the completion of nine credits you may apply for candidacy. With your application to degree candidacy, you will also formulate your prospective thesis committee. Students will be blocked from registering for classes if they have not successfully applied for degree candidacy before enrolling in their fifth class (beyond 12 credit hours).

Candidacy Application: You will need to submit the following documents to the Master’s of English Program:

  1. Short letter stating your wish to be accepted as a degree candidate in the MA English program.
  2. Form A (this is housed at the Graduate Office). Update Form A at the Graduate Office and bring a copy to us.
  3. Statement of accomplishments, interest, goals and reasons for wishing to pursue a Master’s degree or a CV.
  4. A Portfolio of seminar papers (and conference presentation & publications, if any).

 

Thesis Options: Traditional or Creative

There are two possible thesis options for the M.A. English student. Students who follow the traditional option are those who desire to increase their mastery of a given content area, and might be contemplating doctoral work in the future. Students who select the creative option might be preparing to teach creative writing in the schools, to work as editors and publishers, or will be writing for personal accomplishment. The student will, in consultation with his/her advisor and the Program Chair, decide on a thesis option and an appropriate plan of study, during the first semester of enrollment.


Traditional Thesis

The first option is the traditional M.A. thesis of between 45 and 60 pages, representing the culminating effort of the degree program and (6) EN695 credit hours. A thesis project may evolve from course work, a seminar paper, or the professional and scholarly interests of a student. The thesis would be in literary, rhetorical, or linguistic research and criticism and the topic must be approved by the student’s thesis committee.


Creative Thesis

The second option is a creative thesis project, which is 6 credits and should be at least 45 to 60 pages in length, representing the culminating effort of the degree program and six (6) EN695 credit hours. This thesis can be a novella, book of poems, creative essays, non-fictional narrative, or dramatic/cinematic screenplay. The literary quality and scope of each project will be carefully evaluated through consultation with the student’s graduate advisor and committee. The topic must be approved by the student’s thesis committee.


Flexible Class Schedule

The new M.A. program in English caters to the needs of non-traditional students who may be working full or part-time. Classes will typically be scheduled later in the afternoon, evenings, and weekends. Summer seminars will be an integral component of the M.A. curriculum, meeting the needs of teachers on break who are seeking professional development.


Full or Part-Time; Degree and Non-Degree Students

Students may select full-time enrollment status, or part-time, according to their needs, financial situation, and work schedule. See the Graduate Office “Instructions to Applicant” for admission details.


Graduate Writing Seminar

In the M.A. Program in English at the University of Guam, writers will have the opportunity to develop their personal writing projects in the Graduate Writing Seminar (EN 620). The workshop structure will enable students from different walks of life to exchange valuable feedback. The topics to be studied include style and voice, narrative technique, characterization, organization of material, and audience analysis, and are suitable for writers looking toward future publication.

Graduate Teaching Instructors

The University of Guam’s Master of Arts Program in English wishes to mentor qualified graduate students by training them to teach composition courses for the Division of English & Applied Linguistics.

Before applying for a GSI position, the interested student must complete 9-12 graduate course hours in DEAL and achieve the status of degree candidate. GSI applicants must also successfully complete “EN611: Seminar in Rhetoric and Composition” and “EN650: Teaching College Composition with Practicum” before applying to teach DEAL composition courses. This 6-credit-hour course sequence may be part of the 9- to 12-credit-hour requirement for candidacy. GSI positions offer English Graduate students valuable university teacher training and experience that will benefit them in all their future career goals.

All M.A. students in English must complete 30 credit hours, including a 6-hour traditional or creative thesis, to receive the degree. All students will, during the course of their studies, compile a portfolio of their seminar work to assess their overall accomplishment. All students are required to complete EN 501, 680, and six credits of EN695: Thesis. Students may enroll in their thesis hours concurrently with their final course(s); or , student may enroll in all six (6) credit hours of EN695 during one semester after receiving the approval of their thesis committee.

Students preparing to teach must complete EN611. Students wishing to teach as DEAL Graduate Student Instructors must complete EN611 and EN650. In addition to the required courses, student must also complete 18 credits of electives, of which 6 credits must be taken at the 600-level. 

 

Required Courses: (6 credit hours) 

Course

Course Title

Credits

EN 501

Graduate Research and Documentation

3

EN 680

Seminar in Contemporary Critical Theory

3*

 

Electives: (18 credit hours from the following, of which 6 credits must be taken at the 600-level)

Course

Course Title

Credits

EN 550

Environmental Literature

3

EN 560

Literatures in English

3*

EN 561

Pacific Women Writers

3

EN 570

Literatures in Translation

3*

EN 573

Modern Japanese Novel in Translation

3

EN 580

Literary Theory

3

EN 611

Seminar in Composition and Rhetoric

3

EN 620

Graduate Writing Seminar

3*

EN 630

Seminar in English Literature

3*

EN 640

Seminar in American Literature

3*

EN 650

Teaching College Composition with Practicum

3

EN 660

Seminar in Literatures in English

3*

EN 670

Seminar in World Literatures in Translation

3*

EN 675

Seminar in Postcolonial Literatures

3

EN 691

Graduate Seminar

3*

EN 699

Independent Reading

3

 

Thesis: (6 credit hours)

EN 695 Thesis  1-6

 

TOTAL: 30 CREDIT HOURS

*These courses may be taken more than once for credit provided that the topics are substantially different.

Program Chair

University of Guam

Professor, English

Office Location: EC Bldg., 2nd Floor Rm. 216C
Mailing Address: UOG Station, Mangilao, Guam 96923
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Members

Dr. Evelyn Flores

Associate Professor of English, Division Chair Division of English & Applied Linguistics

Office Location: EC Bldg., 2nd Flr., Rm. 213E
Mailing Address: UOG Station, Mangilao, Guam 96923
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University of Guam

Professor, English

Office Location: EC Bldg., 2nd Flr., Rm. 216D
Mailing Address: UOG Station, Mangilao, Guam 96923
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University of Guam

Assistant Professor, Linguistics

Office Location: EC Bldg., 1st Flr., Rm 118B
Mailing Address: UOG Station, Mangilao, Guam 96923
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University of Guam

Associate Professor, English & Applied Linguistics

Office Location: EC Bldg., 2nd Flr., Rm. 213F
Mailing Address: UOG Station, Mangilao, Guam 96923
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Dr. Andrea Sant

Associate Professor, English

Office Location: EC Bldg., 1st Flr., Rm. 117J
Mailing Address: UOG Station, Mangilao, Guam 96923
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University of Guam

Associate Dean, College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences
Associate Professor, English

Office Location: EC Bldg., 2nd Flr., Rm. 208B
Mailing Address: UOG Station, Mangilao, Guam 96923

Expertise

English
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Professor, English

Office Location: EC Bldg., 2nd Flr., Rm. 216A
Mailing Address: UOG Station, Mangilao, Guam 96923
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