English


Graduate Chair: Jan Purnis, PhD

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Department Description

The MA Programs in English
The University of Regina Department of English is a medium-sized department offering courses and research opportunities in most areas of English, American, Indigenous and Canadian literatures. The size of its student body ensures that students have ample opportunity for intellectual discussion with their peers, but also the close contact with faculty members that larger institutions are unable to provide. The Department currently offers three routes for the MA in English: course-based, project-based, and thesis-based. The course MA (ten courses) provides an opportunity to achieve a breadth of knowledge in many areas of English literature. The project-based MA (seven courses plus project) and the thesis-based MA (five courses plus thesis) provide an opportunity to do in-depth research, and an extended piece of writing, on one area of English literature. The Master's degree is normally the highest offered in the Department of English at the University of Regina, and affords the Department the opportunity for close support of Master’s students and high-priority supervision of Master's project and Master's thesis. All three pathways offer students excellent preparation for graduate studies at the doctoral level, or for jobs and careers in English. The Department of English also offers an MA in Creative Writing: the thesis-based consists of five courses (two in Creative Writing, and three in English Literature/Theory), and a creative thesis with a critical/theoretical introduction; the project-based degree consists of seven courses (two in Creative Writing, and five in English Literature/Theory) and a special project (with a Critical introduction). For further details, please contact the Graduate Chair, Department of English.

Approximately six to eight graduate courses per year are offered in aspects of British, American, Canadian, Indigenous, and Global literatures; literary theory; Creative Writing and bibliography and research methods. Students are encouraged to choose thesis topics according to their own interests: some of the topics on which theses have recently been written, or are currently being written, include John Donne, George Herbert, Shakespeare, Wordsworth, Christina Rossetti, D.H. Lawrence, Evelyn Waugh, Sherman Alexie, Thomas King, Salman Rushdie, Indigenous Fiction, Representations of War in Literature and Film, Canadian Fiction, Prairie Women’s Diaries, Children’s Literature and Film, Modern American Drama, Confessional Discourse in the Contemporary British Novel, Cybertext, Fairy Tales and Horror Film. Recent Creative writing theses have included memoir, micro-fiction and ekphrastic poetry. The research interests of the Department are reflected in the holdings of the University Library, which are fully adequate for MA research in all traditional areas of literary study, and have particular strengths in the following areas: early printed books 1485-1700 on microfilm, namely complete holdings of the Pollard and Redgrave Short Title Catalog and the Wing continuation; Early English Books Online; the 18th Century Online Collection; Victorian writers and periodicals; Romantic poets and novelists; literary theory; American fiction and periodicals 1741-1910; Hemingway and Fitzgerald; CIHM (Canadian Institute for Historical Microproductions) archive; utopian literature; the criticism of fantastic literature (science fiction, fantasy, horror); North American Indigenous Literature; literature and religion, e.g. Patrologiae Cursus Completus; and a number of important electronic databases, including The Oxford English Dictionary online; the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography; the bibliographical tool RefWorks; Shakespeare in Quarto; and Women Writers Online. The Department’s website (http://www.arts.uregina.ca/english/graduate-program) contains fuller descriptions of upcoming classes.


MA in Creative Writing and English

The purpose of this MA program is to give graduate students in English the opportunity to complete an MA that has a creative writing emphasis and requires the submission of an extended creative work. At the same time, it will be a degree that requires a substantial amount of work within the field of English, which we also see as a valuable part of the education of creative writers. It is hoped that the degree will be the foundation for careers in creative writing and editing. It is aimed at students who have aspirations in this field but have not had the rather more extensive professional experience involved with gaining admission to an M.F.A. degree.

Master of Arts (MA) in Creative Writing and English (thesis)

ENGL 8xx (Creative Writing) 3 credit hours
ENGL 8xx (Creative Writing) 3 credit hours
ENGL 8xx 3 redit hours
ENGL 8xx 3 credit hours
ENGL or Related Discipline 8xx* 3 credit hours
ENGL 901** 15 credit hours
TOTAL 30 credit hours

*Students may elect to take one of these courses in a closely related discipline (Women’s Studies, Sociology, Cultural Studies, Film, Theatre, or History, for example) outside the Department of English, as deemed appropriate to the student’s program of study, at the discretion of the Graduate Chair.
**A thesis consisting of a major work of creative writing, such as a collection of poetry, short stories or short plays, a longer work of fiction, memoir or collection of creative non-fiction essays, or a full-length play. Students will also submit a critical preamble to the project, explaining in artistic goals and theoretical basis.
Students will have to submit a thesis proposal (to be vetted by the Creative Writing Committee), and the thesis will be examined at a defence. Project-based degrees will be examined internally.

NOTE: This program will be available both part-time and full-time. Individuals with careers may like to work away at the degree one course per semester. In fact it might be attractive to students who have a career in writing, education, or another field underway, who wish to improve their skills.

Apart from the formal course work, students are encouraged to participate in writing programs in other institutions, such as the Sage Hill Writing Experience, or the Banff Centre.

Master of Arts (MA) in Creative Writing and English (project)

ENGL 8xx* (creative writing) 3 credit hours
ENGL 8xx* (creative writing) 3 credit hours
ENGL 8xx 3 credit hours
ENGL 8xx 3 credit hours
ENGL 8xx 3 credit hours
ENGL 8xx 3 credit hours
ENGL or Elective 8xx** 3 credit hours
ENGL 902 or ENGL 901*** 3 credit hours
TOTAL 30 credit hours

*820AW/820CW, 815AP/815CP, 820AU/820CU, 813AD/813CA, 820AX/820CX, 808AD
** Students may elect to take one course in a closely related discipline (Women’s Studies, Sociology, Cultural Studies, Film, Theatre, or History, for example) outside the Department of English, as deemed appropriate to the student’s program of study, at the discretion of the Graduate Chair.
Note: Students are required to take two courses in creative writing, one of which needs to be a workshop.
***It is recommended that students register in ENGL 902; however, ENGL 901 will be accepted for those students who have transferred to the MA in Creative Writing and English  (project-based) route from the MA in Creative Writing and English (thesis based) program.


Departmental Facilities

The Department provides limited shared office space for graduate students. The University Library has strong holdings in English and through the Internet; an efficient interlibrary loan system also offers access to a wide variety of databases and library catalogues and collections.


Admission

Applicants must satisfy the admission requirements of the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research and additionally have an overall grade point average of 75%. Applicants must have successfully completed ENGL 399 or an equivalent course in Literary Theory. At the discretion of the Graduate Chair (in consultation with the departmental Honours/Graduate Committee), students without this qualification may be admitted and required to pass ENGL 399 in addition to the required MA course work.

Applicants to the MA in English are reminded to submit a writing sample with their application package.
Applicants to the MA in Creative Writing and English are reminded to submit a writing sample and a portfolio of creative material with their application package.


Master of Arts (MA) in English (thesis)

ENGL 8xx* 3 credit hours
ENGL 8xx* 3 credit hours
ENGL 8xx* 3 credit hours
ENGL 8xx* 3 credit hours
ENGL 8xx* 3 credit hours
ENGL 901 15 credit hours
TOTAL 30 credit hours

*Students may elect to take one of these courses in a closely related discipline (Women’s Studies, Sociology, Cultural Studies, Film, Theatre, or History, for example) outside the Department of English, as deemed appropriate to the student’s program of study, at the discretion of the Graduate Chair.

Master of Arts (MA) in English (course)

ENGL 8xx 3 credit hours
ENGL 8xx 3 credit hours
ENGL 8xx 3 credit hours
ENGL 8xx 3 credit hours
ENGL 8xx 3 credit hours
ENGL 8xx 3 credit hours
ENGL 8xx 3 credit hours
ENGL or Related Discipline 8xx* 3 credit hours
ELECTIVE 8xx* 3 credit hours
ELECTIVE 8xx* 3 credit hours
TOTAL 30 credit hours

*Students in the course-based Master's program may take two courses at the graduate level outside the discipline, with a maximum of three courses outside the discipline with the approval of the Graduate Chair in English.
Note: Candidates may also make special arrangements to combine the MA in English with graduate work in another, closely related field (such as Women’s Studies, Film, Theatre, or History).

Master of Arts (MA) in English (project)

ENGL 8xx 3 credit hours
ENGL 8xx 3 credit hours
ENGL 8xx 3 credit hours
ENGL 8xx 3 credit hours
ENGL 8xx 3 credit hours
ENGL 8xx 3 credit hours
ENGL or Elective 8xx* 3 credit hours
ENGL 902 or ENGL 901** 9 credit hours
TOTAL 30 credit hours

*Students may elect to take one course in a closely related discipline (Women's Studies, Sociology, Cultural Studies, Film, Theatre, or History, for example) outside the Department of English, as deemed appropriate to the student's program of study, at the discretion of the Graduate Chair.
**It is recommended that students register in ENGL 902; however, ENGL 901 will be accepted for those students who have transferred to the MA in English (project-based) route from the MA in English (thesis-based) program.


Courses

Note: The following listing describes the general range of courses offered at the graduate level in English. Individual courses tend to be specific in focus and may be assigned a unique 800 number. For an indication of the range of courses offered and for specific offerings each term, please consult the English Department website.

ENGL 800AA-ZZ Advanced Studies in Old English Literature (3)

ENGL 801AA-ZZ Advanced Studies in Middle English Literature (3)

ENGL 802AA-ZZ Advanced Studies in 16th Century Literature (3)

ENGL 803AA-ZZ Advanced Studies in 17th Century Literature (3)

ENGL 804AA-ZZ Advanced Studies in Restoration and 18th Century Literature (3)

ENGL 805AA-ZZ Advanced Studies in Romantic Literature (3)

ENGL 806AA-ZZ Advanced Studies in Victorian Literature (3)

ENGL 807AA-ZZ Advanced Studies in 20th Century Literature (3)

ENGL 808AA-ZZ Advanced Studies in Canadian Literature (3)

ENGL 809AA-ZZ Advanced Studies in American Literature (3)

ENGL 810AA-ZZ Advanced Studies in English Language (3)

ENGL 811AA-ZZ Advanced Studies in Prose Fiction (3)

ENGL 812AA-ZZ Advanced Studies in Drama (3)

ENGL 813AA-ZZ Advanced Studies in Poetry (3)

ENGL 815AA-ZZ Advanced Studies in Genre (3)

ENGL 817AA-ZZ Advanced Studies in Literary Criticism and Theory (3)

ENGL 820AA-ZZ Advanced Special Studies in Literature (3)

ENGL 830 Advanced Bibliography and Methods of Research (3)

ENGL 840AA-ZZ Directed Readings (3-6)

ENGL 901 Research (3-15)
Permission of the Department Head is required for registration in this course.

ENGL 902 Project Research (3-9)
This course requires students to conduct research for a designated project in the first semester and then to write the project in a subsequent semester. Students are required to give a public presentation upon completion of the project.
Permission of the Department Head is required for registration in this course.