Name: Dr. Ronald C. Samples,
graduate general information
The mission of the Master of Arts in English at Texas Southern University is to provide
specialized instruction in literature, language, and research in order to prepare
students for further graduate study, the teaching of English, and other professional
endeavors. The program emphasizes literary studies. The degree plan requires students
to successfully complete all the core courses and 21 semester hours of course work
in (1) literary theory and criticism and (2) genre studies.
Applicants to the program must meet admission requirements of both the Graduate School and the English Department of TSU. The requirements for admission to the graduate English program are as follows:
Students with fewer than 21 undergraduate hours in English must enroll in specified undergraduate courses to remove noted deficiencies. Having remedied noted deficiencies, the student may reapply for admission to the program.
There are two tracks leading to the granting of the Master of Arts in English. Track A (thesis option) is designed for students who anticipate pursuing graduate study beyond the Master’s degree. Track B (non-thesis option) is designed to prepare candidates for entry to the professional world or further graduate study.