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Accelerated 4 + 1 BA English (Literature) to MA English (Literature track)

English offers an accelerated degree program in Literature, often referred to as 4+1 programs. 4+1 programs provide top undergraduate students in the Literature concentration the flexibility to begin taking classes toward their Master's degree in English with a track in Literature during their undergraduate degree program.

Academic Success Specialist, Graduate Programs and Internships: Kira Assad
Graduate Program Manager: Sheila Luna
Undergraduate Advisor: Linda Sullivan
Literature Program Director: Ron Broglio

Application Deadlines: April 15 for fall admission; October 1 for spring admission

Applications require the following steps:

  1. Meet with your undergraduate academic advisor to express your interest and verify that you meet the following criteria: Be a BA English (literature) major, with 75 credit hours*, a 3.4 GPA in the major, and a 3.0 GPA overall. Please fill out the 4+1 Pre-Application form found on the Department Forms webpage. You will need your undergraduate advisor's signature on the form and to then bring the completed form to the Graduate Academic Success Specialist in RBH 170 before applying.
  2. Once you have received your advisor's approval and submitted your pre-application form to the Graduate Academic Success Specialist, you will complete a graduate application to the MA English (Literature Track) program. Such an application requires students to submit an online application to Graduate Admissions (https://webapp4.asu.edu/dgsadmissions/Index.jsp along with the following documents:
    1. A one-page, single-spaced statement of purpose. This document should explain how the ASU MA English (Literature Track) program fits with the applicant's long-term goals.
    2. A resume.
    3. An academic writing sample relevant to the field of literary studies. 
    4. One letter of recommendation from a Literature faculty member in the English department. The letter should also come from a faculty member the applicant took an upper division undergraduate course with (300 or 400 level).  
  3. The Literature admissions committee will review your file and let you know whether you have been admitted to the accelerated program shortly after the submission deadline.
  4. Complete and return the 4+1 Agreement Form to the Graduate Academic Success Specialist before courses begin.

*90 credits MUST be completed by the beginning of the 4+1 program (first semester of senior year).

Students will complete all requirements for the BA in English degree (Literature Concentration) and for the MA English (Literature Track). Done separately, these degrees involve a total of 150 credit hours (120 for the BA, then 30 for the MA); however, the accelerated BA/MA program involves 12 credit hours that are shared between the bachelor's and master's programs, so the total number of credit hours to complete the accelerated BA/MA program is 138.

Below is a timeline detailing how the program would work from the point of applying to graduation.  

TimeActions
junior year -- second semester

Submit application for the accelerated program

Meet with an undergraduate advisor and submit the pre-application form to the Graduate Academic Success Specialist.

senior year -- first semester

Take the following courses:

1. ENG 501 Approaches to Research: Literature (3cr.) or ENG 502 Contemporary Critical Theories (3cr.) students must receive an override by filling out this form: https://clas-forms.asu.edu/clas/clas-course-override-form
2. ENG 401 Topics in Critical Theory (3cr.) or ENG 400 History of Literary Criticism (3cr.) or an approved equivalent 
3. ENG 400 Level Literature Elective (3cr.)
4. ENG Undergraduate Upper Division Elective (3cr.)
5. Undergraduate Upper Division Elective (3cr.)

Meet with an undergraduate advisor and the MA Literature program director.

The shared ENG 400 level literature elective must be approved by the literature director.

Note: The courses in bold are credit hours that will be shared betwen the bachelor's and master's programs.

senior year -- second semester

Take the following courses:

1. ENG 501 Approaches to Research: Literature (3cr.) or ENG 502 Contemporary Critical Theories (3cr.) students must receive an override by filling out this form: https://clas-forms.asu.edu/clas/clas-course-override-form
2. ENG 400 Level Literature Elective (3cr.) 
3. ENG 400 Level Literature Elective (3cr.)
4. ENG Undergraduate Upper Division Elective (3cr.)
5. Undergraduate Upper Division Elective (3cr.)

Meet with an undergradaute advisor and the MA Literature program director.

The shared ENG 400 level literature elective must be approved by the literature director.

Note: The courses in bold are credit hours that will be shared betwen the bachelor's and master's programs.

MA Literature -- two semesters

18 credit hours at the 500 or 600 level.

Coursework includes the following (two of these courses must be taken at the 600 level):

1. A course in literature before 1660 (3cr.)
2. A course in literature 1660-1900 (3cr.) 
3. A course in literature since 1900 (3cr.)
4. 2 ENG literature electives (6cr.)*
5. ENG 593 Applied Project (3cr.)

*If students use a 500-level language course to fulfill the Foreign Language requirement, it can satisfy one of the electives.

Meet with the MA Literature program director

 

Please note that only six credit hours of 400-level coursework can be applied to the Master’s degree program.

To begin taking coursework for the accelerated BA/MA program, students must have completed a minimum of 90 credit hours towards their BA.

*Also, students must demonstrate or provide evidence of competent knowledge of a natural language other than modern English, to be selected by the student, subject to approval of the MA Literature director.  (Language Requirements).

Important Notice to Current International Students: In order for international students to maintain good standing for their VISAs, they must take a minimum of 9 credit hours per semester (i.e., 3 classes), 6 of which should be face-to-face classes.