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    School of Liberal Arts

    Miriam S. Gogol, Ph.D., Dean

    DEPARTMENT OF HUMANITIES

    Richard Medoff, Ph.D., Chair

    English Literature*

    DEPARTMENT OF MATHEMATICS AND COMPUTER INFORMATIONSCIENCE

    Nagaraj Rao, Ph.D., Chair

    Cybersecurity*

    Web Strategy and Design*

    *Program also offered fully online

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    MASTEROFARTSIN

    ENGLISHLITERATURE

    Richard Medoff, Ph.D., Director(914) 674-7273

    rmedoff@mercy.edu

    PurposeThe Master of Arts in English Literature program at Mercy College offers a rigorousand accessible learning opportunity for lovers of literature with teaching and/orscholarly aspirations. Students learn advanced methodologies of literary criticism

    while engaging with major authors and writers whose voices deserve to be heard.Graduates of this thirty credit program can teach high school and college-level English,research and publish in various media or transition into doctoral work.

    ObjectivesStudents will be exposed to a broad range of major genres, authors and texts fromdiverse cultural and historical traditions. Students will develop their writing,critical thinking and information literacy skills through seminar discussions and thesubmission of essays and research papers. The English Literature program seeks to

    develop independent and creative thinkers who are culturally literate and effectivecommunicators, prepared to pursue careers inside and outside academe.

    Expectations of the GraduateUpon completing the Master of Arts in English Literature students will:

    Possess a comprehensive range of knowledge of literature written in the Englishlanguage.

    Be familiar with theories and uses of literary criticism, especially as they apply to

    the skills of critical thinking, writing, and researching as they relate to literature.

    Be trained in the theories and applications of expository writing; including theuse of word processing and electronic mail to enhance writing prociency.

    Be trained in the methods of research available to the contemporary scholarthrough course work and preparation of a masters thesis on a topic and of alength suitable to submit to a scholarly journal for publication.

    Have a working knowledge of computer programs and software available tothe contemporary scholar in the eld of English Literature. This outcome will

    be realized through the course content of the programs curriculum rather thanthrough a separate course.

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    Admission RequirementsPlease refer to the general requirements for admission and matriculation in theGraduate Admissions section of this catalog.

    Program Requirements1. Baccalaureate transcript, either:

    a) B.A. or B.S. in English or a humanities discipline (minimum of 15-credits inEnglish Literature beyond basic composition and literature) with an average GPAof 3.0 or better in the major eld

    b) B.A. or B.S. in a related subject area with a minor (minimum of 15-credits) inEnglish Literature or a humanities discipline with an average GPA of 3.0 in thestudents major and minor elds, or

    c) B.A. or B.S. in another discipline demonstrating the potential to succeed in agraduate program. Such students may be required to take in preparation forentering the program some or all of the following undergraduate courses:English 200 (Poetics), English 205 (Survey of English Literature I), and English206 (Survey of English Literature II)

    2. Two letters of reference indicating personal and professional qualications forgraduate study

    3. Statement of purpose, essay

    Once an applicant has submitted all required credentials, the completed applicationwill be evaluated by a committee consisting of the program director and two facultymembers.

    Four-Plus-One ProgramThe English Programs Four-Plus-One option offers a unique opportunity to qualiedMercy College undergraduates in English Literature who wish to pursue their Mastersat an accelerated pace. If they meet the admissions criteria for the Masters Program in

    English, including a 3.0 GPA, they may apply in the rst semester of their junior yearto the M.A. in English at Mercy College. If accepted, they will take an introductoryresearch seminar, English 400: Introduction to Critical Approaches to Literature inthe second semester of their junior year. These students may then take three graduatecredits each semester of their senior year (a total of six credits), which will apply toboth their undergraduate and graduate degrees. Upon completing their Bachelors inEnglish these students will be able to complete their Masters in English within a singleacademic year.

    Four-Plus-One students who are interested in teaching should complete their trainingin Education for Elementary or Secondary as they pursue their Bachelor's. Graduates

    will be recommended for provisional certication after the awarding of the Bachelorsdegree in English. Graduates may apply for permanent teacher certication uponcompleting the Master of Arts in English Literature and two years of teaching.

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    CurriculumThe degree requires thirty credits and may be completed in two and one half yearsby students taking six credits (two courses) in ve fall, spring, and summer sessions(summer session courses are offered in Term A only). Part time students may take

    up to six years to complete the program. The initial size of the student population isexpected to be approximately twenty to twenty-ve students. At this size the programwould offer two or three courses per semester. Courses will be offered evenings and viadistance learning to accommodate the needs of a student body comprised primarily ofworking adults. Some courses are offered both in the traditional classroom format andby distance learning.

    Course Distribution:Candidates for the Master of Arts in English Literature will be required to follow the

    following guidelines:Theory and Practice of Literary Criticism ....................................................3 credits

    One course in British Literature Prior to 1700 .............................................3 credits

    One course in British Literature Post 1700 ................................................... 3 credits

    One Course in American Literature ..............................................................3 credits

    Theory and Practice of Expository Writing .................................................3 credits

    Seminar in Guided Thesis Research .............................................................3 credits

    Four courses in Electives in Literature .......................................................12 credits

    Total ...................................................................................................30 credits

    Student progress in acquiring the range of knowledge in the eld and the skills outlinedabove will be measured in the following ways:

    a) Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 in order to continue in theprogram. Performance in individual courses will be measured by the studentssuccessfully completing the requirements for each course at a grade of B or better.

    b) In the semester before commencing their thesis (their last semester), studentswill be asked to take a comprehensive written examination prepared andadministered by the graduate faculty in English Literature.

    c) Students will be asked to write a substantial research paper (twenty-ve pages),which will be suitable for submission to a professional journal, under theguidance of a mentor, which will be reviewed by a thesis committee comprisedof the graduate faculty.

    Comprehensive ExaminationSuccessful completion of a three-hour written comprehensive essay examination isrequired of all students. The examination is prepared and reviewed by the programfaculty. The examination will be based on the course offerings presented during the

    students tenure in the program.

    ThesisThe Master of Arts Degree requires a thesis focused on original research from whichan essay of approximately twenty-ve pages in the MLA Style will be developed. Themasters thesis essay should be on an original research topic. Proposed topics for thesisresearch must be submitted to and approved by a mentor selected by the student from

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    the program faculty. Topics for the thesis may be developed from a research paper orproject submitted by the student in one of his or her previous courses. The mentorwill assess the suitability and viability of the topic, guide the students research, andoversee the students progress during the process of writing the thesis. A polished draftof the paper will be reviewed by a Master's Thesis committee comprised of two readersfrom the faculty. The committee may have some revisions to suggest before a nal draftof the thesis may be submitted as part of the students degree requirements.

    Transfer CreditsGraduate courses taken at other institutions prior to admission at Mercy College may,if pertinent to the plan of study, may be credited to the graduate degree. Permissionto transfer credits must be requested at the time of admission and ofcial transcriptsand course descriptions must be submitted to the program director for evaluation.Transfer credit is normally limited to six semester hours of credit for courses taken

    within the last ve years in which the student has received a grade of B or better and isnot recorded as part of the GPA.

    Maintenance of