Student Learning Outcomes
Students graduating from this program will:
- Create sophisticated academic arguments that situate texts within aesthetic, social, and historical context.
- Produce work in dialogue with current and historical conversations in the field.
- Evaluate and engage methodological approaches appropriate to academic discourse.
- Develop and defend, both orally and in writing, their critical perspectives.
- Synthesize an understanding of interrelations across diverse fields of study.
- Demonstrate a broad grounding in the diversity of fields in English studies.
- Produce written work in a vivid, appropriate style that demonstrates mastery of mechanics and grammar.
B.A. / M.A. English Dual Degree
The English B.A. / M.A. dual-degree program is a pre-professional program that offers students an opportunity to complete an advanced degree in an accelerated fashion. This allows students to shorten their time to degree. This program is ideal for students interested in careers in editing, museum studies, or non-profit work. It is also ideal for students who aim to study law, medicine, or library science.
B.A. students must apply for the B.A. / M.A. English dual-degree program when they have completed 45 credit hours. Applicants should carry at least a 3.75 GPA within the major and must have completed three of the five required literature courses. Students should submit the following materials with their application: an academic, research-based writing sample from a UMKC English course, and two recommendations from UMKC Department of English faculty. The GRE examination requirement for graduate applications is waived.
Students who are admitted to the B.A. / M.A. English dual-degree program will be advised by CAS student services for general education requirements, English Department undergraduate advisors for their major requirements, and a member of the English Department graduate faculty for their M.A. requirements.
B.A. English Requirements
Students pursuing this dual-degree must satisfy all requirements of the Bachelor of Arts: English, including the UMKC General Education Core, a constitution course, the RooWriter Assessment, and the College of Arts & Sciences degree requirements. Students pursuing this dual-degree are required to take 36 credit hours within the major as detailed in the table below.
|B.A. Literature (take all courses)||15|
|American Literature I|
|British Literature I|
|American Literature II|
|British Literature II|
|B.A. Language & Rhetoric (take one course)||3|
|Theory And Practice Of Composition|
|Language, Literacy, Power|
|Rhetorics of New Media|
|Rhetorics of Public Memory|
|Introduction To Linguistics/Language Science|
|Structure Of English|
|History Of The English Language|
|Women And Rhetoric|
|History And Principles Of Rhetoric|
|B.A. Electives (take three courses - see footnote for details) 1||9|
|Take at least one elective from the following pre-1900 courses:|
|Women in the Ancient World|
|Ancient World in Cinema|
|Classical Literature In Translation|
|Concepts of the Hero in Ancient Literature and World Cinema|
|Asian American Literature|
|Bible As Literature|
|African American Literature I|
|The 18th Century Novel|
|The Novel Before 1900|
|Renaissance Literature I|
|Restoration And Early 18th-Century British Literature|
|19th-Century American Literature|
|18th-Century British Literature II|
|The Victorian Period|
|18th-Century British Literature|
|Histories Of Writing, Reading, And Publishing|
|Shakespeare Comedies And Histories|
|Early English Drama|
|Studies In The Novel 1740-1900|
|Shakespeare Tragedies And Romances|
|Restoration And 18th-Century Drama|
|Take two more electives from the following courses or any of those not previously taken from the pre-1900 list above:|
|Creative Writing I Fiction|
|Introduction to Screenwriting|
|Black Women Writers|
|20th-Century American Literature|
|Girls And Print Culture|
|Theory and Criticism in English Studies|
|Modern Drama, 1880-1945|
|The Civil Rights Movement in African American Literature|
|From Field Shout to Hip Hop: African American Poetic Traditions|
|African American Migrations in Literature|
|Contemporary Drama II|
|Studies In The Modern Novel|
|M.A. Foundation (take all three courses)||9|
|Students must complete at least 90 credit hours before enrolling in graduate courses for the M.A. Any exceptions to this policy must be approved by the English Department's Director of Graduate Studies.|
|Graduate Study In English|
|Theory and Criticism in English Studies|
English Graduate Course Elective
At least one of the three electives must be at the 400-level. One of the three electives must cover periods prior to 1900. No courses in expository writing or journalism may be used to fulfill elective requirements. Elective courses may be offered on a rotation basis. Please consult with your advisor for availability.
M.A. English Requirements
Students pursuing this dual-degree program must satisfy all requirements of the Master of Arts: English, including the foreign language requirement. Of the 31 credit hours required for the M.A. in English, 9 credit hours will be applied from the courses required for the B.A.in English, as listed above.
For detailed course requirements, see the Master of Arts: English Degree Requirements page.