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Welcome to the MA English (English Studies) program offered entirely online! This unique master's degree provides a selection of representative courses from across our disciplinary areas of study (literature; writing, rhetorics and literacies; linguistics; film and media studies; cultural studies) including some courses that investigate the relationship between our discipline and others across the campus, such as science and English. After completion of this degree, you will be able to articulate and translate complex cultural, historical, literary, and artistic ideas into accessible material for a general audience and prepare yourself for career opportunities in public humanities, libraries, teaching, and museums.
Below you will find information on upcoming classes, requirements, and other pertinent information as you continue through the program. We will keep this page updated often.
For questions, please email the program manager Sheila Luna, the program specialist Kira Assad, or firstname.lastname@example.org. Someone will reply to your questions in 24 to 48 hours. You may also call 480-965-3194.
ENG 501 Approaches to Research: Literature (85147) Session B Professor Melissa Free
ENG 502 Contemporary Literary Theory (85148) Session A Professor Gregory Castle
ENG 507 Methods/Issues Teaching Comp (81813) Session B Professor Christina Saidy-Hannah
ENG 534 Topic: Shakespeare (92580) Session A Professor David Hawkes
ENG 534 Topic: Shakespeare (85149) Session B Professor Bradley Irish
ENG 539 Topic: Yeats and Irish Revival (85075) Session B Professor Gregory Castle
ENG 540 Teaching Young Adult Literature (85061) Session A Professor Elizabeth Durand
ENG 552 Composition Studies (89486) Session B Professor Patricia Boyd
ENG 556 Theories of Literacy (92436) Session A Professor Elenore Long
ENG 560 Topic: Magical Realism as a Global Genre (86715) Session B Professor Claudia Sadowski-Smith
ENG 584 Internship (84119) Session A Professor Ruby Macksoud
ENG 584 Internship (84121) Session B Professor Ruby Macksoud
ENG 584 Internship (75766) Session C Professor Michelle Stuckey
ENG 584 Topic: Pen Project Prison Teaching (87947) Session B Professor Samantha Ruckman
ENG 584 Topic: Prison Teaching (87964) Session B Professor Cornelia Wells
ENG 593 Applied Project (83253) Session A Registration Directions
ENG 593 Applied Project (83254) Session B Registration Directions
ENG 598 Topic: Rock & Roll & Martin Luther King (85085) Session A Professor Keith Miller
LIN 510 Linguistics (83760) Session B Staff
LIN 517 History of English Language (83761) Session A Professor Ryan Naughton
LIN 517 History of English Language (88206) Session B Professor Ryan Naughton
GER 550 German for Reading Knowledge (85336) Session B Professor Obenewaa Oduro-Opuni
Film and Media Studies (FMS)
FMS 502 Hollywood Film Historiography (85035) Session B Staff
FMS 504 Film Analysis (90049) Session A Professor Aaron Baker
FMS 508 Race & Gender in American Film (81973) Session A Staff
FMS 511 Fundamentals of Cinema & Television Narrative Online (81970) Session A Professor Christopher Bradley
FMS 522 Los Angeles: Movies & Culture (90051) Session B Professor Michael Green
Master of Liberal Studies (MLS)
MLS 503 Ethics, Science, and Culture
MLS 504 Film Analysis
MLS 598 Topic: Paranoia and Contemporary Culture
MLS 598 Topic: Critical Issues in the Humanities
MLS 598 Topic: Memoir and Personal Essay
MLS 598 Topic: Food Cinema
MLS 501 Writing About Social Issues: Culture, Gender, Society, and Well-Being in the Southwest
MLS 598 Topic: Inviting the Wolf In: Taboo Texts and Images
MLS 598 Topic: Food Writing
MLS 598 Topic: Poetry and Memory
MLS 598 Topic: '50s Decade of Denial
ENG 501 Approaches to Research (23221), Session A Professor Bryan Smith
ENG 501 Approaches to Research (25470), Session B Professor Bradley Irish
ENG 502 Contemporary Critical Theories (25272), Session B Professor Gregory Castle
ENG 504 Cross-Cultural Studies: Spies and Detection (23503), Session A Professor Elizabeth Horan
ENG 507 Methods/Issues Teaching Comp (30866), Session A Professor Christina Saidy-Hannah
ENG 536 Studies in American Lit Before 1900 (23470), Session A Professor Christine Holbo
ENG 540 Teaching Young Adult Literature (30869), Session B Professor Elizabeth Durand
ENG 551 Topic: Rhetorical Traditions (30372), Session A Professor Kathleen Lamp
ENG 553 Technologies of Writing (29086), Session B Professor Mark Hannah
ENG 560 Topic: Genre Studies (26452), Session B Professor Taylor Corse
ENG 584 Internship (23084), Session A Professor Ruby Macksoud
ENG 584 Internship (22322), Session B Professor Ruby Macksoud
ENG 584 Topic: Prison Teaching (26791), Session B Professor Sam Ruckman
ENG 584 Internship (27151), Session C Professor Michelle Stuckey
ENG 593 Applied Project (23082), Session A Registration Directions
ENG 593 Applied Project (23083), Session B Registration Directions
ENG 597 Graduate Capstone Seminar (27609), Session B Professor Elizabeth Horan
LIN 501 Approaches to Research (30847), Session B Professor Mark James
LIN 510 Linguistics (25768), Session B
LIN 517 History of English Language (25734), Session A Professor Ryan Naughton
LIN 517 History of English Language (23772), Session B Professor Ryan Naughton
LIN 591 Seminar (30848), Session B Professor Aya Matsuda
SPA 550 Spanish for Reading Knowledge (26533) Session B Professor Omar Beas
FRE 550 French for Reading Knowledge (23602) Session A Professor Lesley Poteet
ITA 550 Italian for Reading Knowledge (25444) Session A Professor Gina Pietrantoni
GER 550 German for Reading Knowledge (25392) Session B Professor Eva Humbeck
Film and Media Studies (FMS)
FMS 502 Hollywood Film Historiography (29389), Session B Professor Kevin Sandler
FMS 504 Film Analysis (27194), Session A Professor Aaron Baker
FMS 511 Fundamentals of Cinema & Television Narrative Online (23064), Session B Professor Christopher Bradley
FMS 512 Intermediate Cinema and Television Narrative (30806), Session A Professor Christopher Bradley
FMS 520 Cultural History of U.S. Television: Theory & Method (23099), Session B Professor Julia Himberg
FMS 522 Los Angeles: Movies & Culture (23065), Session A Professor Michael Green
FMS 523 Topic: The Musical (29392), Session B Professor Kevin Sandler
FMS 598 Special Topics (30843), Session A Professor Michael Green
ENG 501 Approaches to Research (44488) Session A Professor Elenore Long
ENG 507 Methods of Teaching Composition Session A Professor Jessica Early
ENG 534 Topic: Shakespeare (44411) Session B Staff
ENG 540 Teaching Young Adult Literature (44387) Session B Professor James Blasingame
ENG 552 Composition Studies (44387) Session A Professor Patricia Boyd
ENG 553 Technologies of Writing (45954) Session B Professor Mark Hannah
ENG 593 Applied Project Session A Registration Directions
ENG 593 Applied Project Session B Registration Directions
ENG 597 Capstone Course Session B Professor Patricia Boyd
LIN 510 Linguistics (44655) Session A Professor Lupco Spasovski
To receive permission to enroll in an FMS course or courses, please send an email to the professor of the course to get approval (emailing the professor does not guarantee approval, it is up to the professor’s discretion). Indicate you are an MA English online student. Then fill out the Course Override Form found at this webpage https://clas-forms.asu.edu/english/course-override-form. Select the Instructor Permission request type. A screenshot of an email from the faculty member approving this override is required. Make sure to fill out the form completely before submitting.
Once the override has been granted, then you can register on your MyASU homepage.
To receive permission to enroll in an MLS course or courses, please email Paul Morris with the following information:
MLS 598, Section 65432
Fall 2015 Session B
Once Professor Morris submits this approval to the Registrar it may take a day or two to complete the approval. Then you may register on your MyASU homepage.
Once in the program, and before completion of requirements, students will demonstrate a “reading knowledge” of a foreign language at the intermediate level. English graduate students have several ways to meet this requirement (see webpage for details). Old English is currently not offered as an ASU Online class.
Students who do not have a background in a language can take a Reading Knowledge course offered by the School of International Letters and Cultures. A grade of B or better in a reading knowledge course meets the language requirement. No additional test is necessary. These courses will count as elective credit as well.
We can also test MA online students for reading knowledge by translating a short passage from the students chosen language (Spanish, French, Italian, German) into English.
Procedure for Foreign Language Translation Test: Email Sheila Luna to plan a test date. Indicate your choice of language and select from the following list:
We will provide the passage for translation. The passage will range from 300 to 400 words. The examination should not last more than two hours and examinees are expected to translate the entire passage. We are looking for an accurate translation that preserves both idiomatic content and the diction of the text to the best degree possible. The short passage is to be rendered into comprehensible, grammatically correct English. The text is not to be summarized, nor is it to be translated mechanically word-by-word. (Note: we will be able to tell if the student resorted to translation tools.)
The translation test will be conducted entirely online. This is a pass/fail exam. You will be notified of your results in approximately two weeks.
Note: Students must be enrolled in at least one graduate credit the semester they take the test in.
Beginning with the Spring 2018 exam, all students taking the Graduate Foreign Language Exam through SILC will be charged a $100 fee. The fee entitles students to one exam. Payment must be received before the student takes the exam. Students should pay via money order payable to Arizona State University, and include GFLE on the memo line. They may submit the money order with their application or mail to:
ASU School of International Letters and Cultures
P.O. Box 870202
Tempe, AZ 85287-0202
If you have questions, please contact Sara Beaudrie at Sara.Beaudrie@asu.edu.
The language requirement will be waived for students whose native language is not English.
Students enrolled in the Online English MA program are required to file an online interactive plan of study (iPOS) with the Graduate College. The iPOS is accessed through the student's MyASU, under the "My Programs and Degree" section. The iPOS serves as an agreement between the student, academic unit, and the Graduate College to verify the type, quality, and acceptability of the coursework and culminating project required for the degree. The iPOS becomes the official record of your program plans and is a listing of what you have already taken, are presently taking, and will take to complete your requirements of 30 credits. The iPOS should be completed before the student reaches 15 credits (50%) in the program.
Applied Project option for students accepted before Fall 2017: Students will need to select an Applied Project Director (Chair) to work with and one additional committee member (Karen Adams) to be included on the iPOS. Note: If you are unsure of who will be your chair at the time of submitting your iPOS, please list Karen Adams as the chair until your official chair is chosen. She will then be switched to the additional member on your committee.
Capstone Course option for students accepted Fall 2017 and beyond: Students will list Karen Adams as their chair and Bradley Ryner as their member for a full committee. Note: Students accepted before Fall 2017 can choose to take the capstone in lieu of an Applied Project. Students accepted Fall 2017 can only take the capstone.
Once the iPOS is completed and submitted, students should email a "screenshot" of courses to the Graduate Program Manager and the Graduate Program Specialist so they may approve the proposed courses and send the iPOS to Graduate Education for approval.
Program Requirements (with the exception of the capstone, classes can be taken in any order):
ENG 501 Approaches to Research (3 credit hours)
One course in linguistics (3): LIN 510, LIN 517
One course in literature (3): ENG 502, ENG 504, ENG 534, ENG 535, ENG 536, ENG 539, ENG 560
One course in writing, rhetorics, and literacies (3): ENG 551, ENG 552, ENG 553, ENG 556
One course in English Education (3): ENG 507, ENG 540, ENG 541
Electives (12): 6 of these credits should be additional courses from those listed above and 6 of these credits can be taken outside of the department (MLS or a Foreign Language^ are examples or they can be taken from other online courses in the department with an ENG, LIN or FMS prefix)
Culminating Experience: ENG 597 Graduate Capstone Seminar (3) - taken in the last semester session B
^MLS and Foreign Language (SPA/GER/FRE/ITA) courses are pre-approved electives, however, other courses (ie. BLE, History, etc.) will need to be approved on a case-by-case basis by the Graduate Program Manager.
Since students are required to identify courses for future semesters on the iPOS, they should enter courses that best match program requirements and their area of interest. Course changes are frequently needed as students’ progress in their program and they should request a course change prior to taking any coursework that is not listed on the original iPOS. Changes are easily requested through the iPOS system. If any changes are submitted, please send an email to the Graduate Program Manager and the Graduate Program Specialist so that they are aware of the pending changes.
Students accepted before Fall 2017 and still wanting to take the Applied Project will register for the course in the last semester of their studies. Students will produce a project under the supervision of an Applied Project Director (Chair). Students will choose their Applied Project Director by reaching out to a professor they took an ENG/LIN class with or from one of the available directors on this page. If the professor agrees, students will need to email the completed Applied Project Online Application to that professor for proposal approval. Please utilize the "fill in" form by downloading the document to your computer.
The applied project is an actual 7.5 week course in which students are guided through a concluding research project. It is worth 3 credits which count toward the degree. Like any other course, it will be up to the student whether it is taken alone or along with another course in a 7.5 week session.
Students work closely with their applied project director on their final projects. The applied project director will award the final grade for ENG 593. A grade of B or better in ENG 593 is required to graduate.
Directions on registering for the Applied Project:
1) Research Paper. Under this option, the student will work with the Applied Project Director to write a scholarly paper of article length (approximately 7,000-10,000 words).
2) Curriculum Design. Under this option, the student will work with the Applied Project Director to design a course for a specific instructional context. It will include an overview of the course, a detailed description of each component of the course, a sample syllabus, sample teaching materials and a relevant bibliography.
3) Professional Portfolio. Under this option, the student will work with the Applied Project Director to develop a portfolio to document his or her professional credentials, experiences and achievements in ways that are appropriate for their professional goals. In addition to a selection of papers (approximately 3 unrevised papers) written during the student's course of MA studies, the content of the portfolio must include a teaching philosophy statement taking into account current theories of pedagogy in field of specialization (approximately 7,000 words); or, a review essay plus an annotated bibliography of a topic within field of specialization; the essay should contain an overview of the topic and summarize current trends in research, scholarship, and/or pedagogy (approximately 7,000 words).
4) Digital Project. Under this option the student works within a digital platform or platforms to advance a research project which has the scholarly depth and breadth equivalent to other applied projects (such as a research paper, curriculum design, or professional portfolio). Using the knowledge and skills obtained in during the master's program, the project balances the labors of mastering the digital technology with developing robust humanist content.
5) Film/Media Project. Under this option the student works within the medium of film/media to advance a research project which has the scholarly depth and breadth equivalent to other applied projects (such as a research paper, curriculum design, or professional portfolio). Using the knowledge and skills obtained in during the master's program, the project balances the labors of mastering the technological medium with developing robust humanist content.
Students will register for the capstone in the last semester of their studies. The capstone will be offered every semester (Fall, Spring, Summer) in session B only. The capstone course is to guide students through a final research project encompassing knowledge and skills obtained throughout the program. Flexibility in topic and format will be available depending on the student's degree goals.
Students accepted before Fall 2017 will have a choice between the Applied Project or the capstone course, but we encourage all students not currently signed up for an Applied Project to consider the capstone. All students accepted Fall 2017 and beyond will only be able to complete the capstone.
Students may request that graduate credit earned at ASU or another accredited university be used toward program requirements if the coursework was completed within three years of the first semester of admission in the program. The courses must be related to the student’s area of study and may not have been used toward a previous degree. Up to 12 credit hours may be used upon the approval of the Program Director.
An official transcript showing the final grade for the course(s) needs to be on file with the Graduate Admissions Office.
Continuous enrollment is required for all graduate students (fall and spring). Summer is optional. You only need to be registered in one class, which means that you do not need to be registered for both session A and session B to maintain continuous enrollment. However, it is encouraged to enroll in at least one class each session to make satisfactory progress in the program. If students do not enroll for one semester of fall or spring, they will be discontinued by the office of ASU Graduate Education and will need to reapply for admission. When in doubt, do not hesitate to ask the Program Manager or the Graduate Specialist for the current information on policies and procedures.
Graduate students should avoid taking a grade of "I" (incomplete) for any graded coursework. "I" grades not replaced with a final grade within one year of the official end of the course will remain permanently incomplete.
Students enrolled in the Online English MA program are required to maintain an overall grade point average of 3.0. In order to graduate, students must have an overall GPA of 3.0 and a GPA of 3.0 on the ipos.
Once the graduation semester has been determined and the iPOS has been reviewed, students may begin the process of applying for graduation. For more information and deadlines click here.
If you decide you need to change your graduating semester after applying, contact Graduation Office either by phone 480-965-3256 or by email email@example.com to request the current application be withdrawn. After they have withdrawn the application, go back to the Graduation Tab on your MyASU page and reapply for graduation for the future semester. You do not need to pay the fee again as your original payment will remain on file for up to five years.
Completion of classes in session A does not mean your degree will post mid semester. ASU posts completed degrees at the end of each semester (fall: December; spring: May). Students who complete the program in session A and need an official ASU letter for work (stating they have completed the program requirements) should contact the Graduation Office firstname.lastname@example.org. This letter is for emergency purposes only and should be requested only if your job needs proof of completion before the degree conferral dates at the end of each semester.
The Department of English strongly supports the high standard of academic integrity set by Arizona State University. Failure of any graduate student to meet these standards, either in academic coursework or related research activities, may result in serious consequences, including suspension or expulsion from the university or, if discovered after a degree is awarded, the revocation of the degree.
Violations of academic integrity include the obvious offenses of cheating, fabricating information/results, tampering and plagiarism, but also include aiding and/or facilitating such activities and, in some cases, failing to reference one’s own work. It is each student’s responsibility to become familiar with the University’s policies regarding academic integrity, which can be accessed via the Provost’s Office and is available here.
Several University offices have created websites with information about academic integrity:
1. Can I complete the degree in a year?
- It would be possible, in some cases, to complete the degree in one year. Although, it does depend on several factors: A student would need to take 2 courses per 7.5 week session which is a heavy workload but not undoable if you have enough time every week to devote to studying. Also, some students have done some graduate work before entering the program which they are able to transfer into the program.
2. Can graduates of this program teach at a community college? Can they go on for a PhD?
- Yes, students with a MA in English can teach at the community college level and they can apply for PhD programs.
3. Can I take iCourses as an ASU Online Student?
- No, ASU Online students can only take ASU Online classes. iCourses are courses offered to in-person ASU students only.
4. When did the program begin?
5. Why do you have these short A and B sessions?
- These compressed, seven-and-a-half-week courses allows students to take multiple shorter classes each semester. The downside of the short courses is you need to really pay attention to the dates of the academic calendar. You'll see brief windows of time to drop and add classes.
6. How many hours per week should I expect to spend on a 3 credit course?
- Approximately 10 hours per week for a 3 credit hour course.
7. Can I take ASU Online classes from other departments as electives?
- Yes, MLS and FMS courses are allowed. It may also be possible to take courses in other departments (such as languages, art history, etc), and request that these be evaluated for inclusion in the degree. We evaluate these courses on an individual basis. Students can see all courses offered here: https://webapp4.asu.edu/catalog/. Make sure to select the “ASU Online” option when searching.
8. How many classes can I take in a semester?
- Some students take only one class a semester, however, to make good progress toward the degree, it is suggested that you take at least one class per session, if not two. The semester is broken into two 7.5 weeks.
9. Can I take a semester off if I need to?
- Continuous enrollment is required (fall, spring). Graduate College states that a student must be registered for a minimum of one graduate credit hour during all phases of their graduation (fall, spring, and summer only if utilizing university resources or applying for graduation). Students can apply for a leave of absence by submitting a Maintain Continuous Enrollment request to the Program Manager. Failure to register or request a leave will result in automatic withdrawal from the program.
Note: W (withdraw) and X (audit) do NOT count as continuous enrollment. A 400-level class does NOT count toward continuous enrollment for graduate students, unless it is listed on the ipos.
- Graduate College requires students to have a plan of study on file by the time they reach 50% of their program (five classes). The interactive plan of study (iPOS) can be completed on your MyASU page. It’s simply a listing of your current and future classes, including any transfer classes, ENG 593 (applied project) or ENG 597 (capstone), the language requirement, and your committee chair and additional member. Once approved, it is essentially a contract with the university that you can graduate if you complete the classes, the language requirement, and the final project. When you apply to graduate, the Graduation Office compares your transcript with your plan of study. If they match exactly, you can graduate. (If you have classes in the wrong semester, they’ll not approve your graduation until you submit a course change request updating your iPOS.) Tip: When you submit your plan of study, or any changes to it (course change, committee change), please send an email to the Graduate Program Manager and the Graduate Program Specialist.
11. What if I need to change a class on my program of study after it's approved?
- You simply submit a course change request to swap out a class. It's simple and happens all the time.
12. What sort of grades do graduate students earn?
- English graduate students must maintain a 3.0 grade point average each semester. In order to graduate from ASU, graduate students must have a 3.0 overall GPA and also a 3.0 GPA on their iPOS. If you fall below a 3.0 GPA, you will be put on academic probation by Graduate College and will not be allowed to graduate until the overall GPA and/or the iPOS GPA is 3.0.
13. What tutoring tools do you offer online students?
-There are multiple tutoring tools offered by ASU found at Online Tutoring for University Academic Success Programs at ASU:
Graduate Writing Center – ASU’s Online Graduate Writing Center specifically serves students enrolled in 500, 600 and 700 level classes. Using Adobe Connect, this real-time, appointment-based assistance allows students to meet one-on-one with a graduate writing consultant to receive feedback on their writing projects at any stage in their development and writing process. The center is open Sundays-Thursdays with appointments available between the hours of 2pm and 10pm.
Academic Mentoring – Using Adobe Connect, academic mentors meet with students one-on-one for a personalized approach to improving academic skills such as time management, blackboard reviews, test preparation, and more.
Students can make appointments through the website or by calling 480-965-9072
Smarthinking: 24 hour online tutoring
14. Where can I go to find out more about how Blackboard works?
- Blackboard help can be found here.
15. Can I be admitted to an in-person graduate certificate while working on my MA English Online degree?
- No, because they are offered on different campuses (Tempe and Online).