Dual Degree: English BA-MA

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.

B.A. English Requirements

Students pursuing this dual-degree must satisfy all requirements of the Bachelor of Arts: English. Students pursuing this dual-degree are required to take 36 credit hours within the major as detailed in the table below.

I. Introductory Course3
Choose one of the following courses:
Literary Monstrosities
True Lives: Autobiographical Arts and Acts
Popular Literature
World Literature in English
Introduction To Fiction
Introduction To Poetry
The Craft of Creative Writing
Women Writing/Women Reading
Writing Tutor Training Seminar 2
Science Fiction
Asian American Literature
Myth and Literature
Foundations Of Ancient World Literature I
Introduction to Journalism
II. Literary Surveys12
Choose four of the following courses:
American Literature I 2
British Literature I 2
American Literature II 2
Shakespeare 2
British Literature II 2
African American Literature I 2
African American Literature II 2
Classical Literature In Translation 2
III. Rhetoric and Writing6
Choose two of the following courses:
Writing Tutor Training Seminar
Writing And The Academy
Professional and Technical Writing
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
Multimodal Writing and Rhetoric
Composing Digital Environments
Technical Communication
Girls, Literacies, and Print Culture 2
Studies in Digital Humanities 1
Studies in Rhetoric and Composition 1
IV. Electives6
Choose two of the following courses:
Women in the Ancient World
Ancient World in Cinema
American Literature I 2
Creative Writing I Fiction
Creative Writing Poetry
Literary Nonfiction
British Literature I 2
Bible As Literature
American Literature II 2
Arthurian Legends
Modern Irish Literature
British Literature II 2
African American Literature I 2
Race and Literature
African American Literature II
Contemporary American Literature
Introduction to American Studies
Special Readings 1
Special Readings: Detective Fiction
The Novel Before 1900
Studies in Poetry
The Novel After 1900
Introduction to Latinx Literature
Ancient World in Cinema
Classical Literature In Translation 2
Introduction to Prehistoric and Classical Archaeology
Ancient Greek and Roman Medicine
Old English
Histories Of Writing, Reading, And Publishing 1
Girls, Literacies, and Print Culture 2
Theory and Criticism in English Studies
External Internship
Publication Practicum
Publication Practicum
Publication Practicum
Special Readings 1
Classical Studies 1
Early Modern Studies 1
18th-Century Studies 1
Medieval Studies 1
19th-Century Studies 1
Studies in Authorship 1
Studies in Genre 1
20th- and 21st-Century Studies 1
Senior Tutorial
Concepts of the Hero in Ancient Literature and World Cinema
Total Credits27
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
Total Credits9

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.