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M.A. Thesis and Non-Thesis Tracks

The M.A. thesis track is encouraged for students who intend to pursue a Ph.D. to teach at the college/university level and who intend to engage in scholarship beyond the M.A.  In addition to the general M.A. requirements and the courses outlined below for the non-thesis track, students take 6 hours of Thesis, during which time they write up the work begun during their directed readings course.  When the thesis is completed, the student  must pass a thesis defense. The M.A. in English (Thesis) requires 36 hours of graduate English credit.

The M.A. non-thesis track is designed primarily for students planning to continue their teaching careers at the secondary level. In addition to general M.A. requirements, students also complete departmental courses in the following categories: (1) American literature, (2) British literature, (3) rhetoric and composition, and (4) other. Students also complete one research-based course in directed readings (English 5386). Students on the non-thesis track may select up to six hours of graduate courses in an outside area (such as history or education) with the guidance and approval of the graduate advisor. The M.A. in English (Non-thesis) requires 36 hours of graduate credit.

All students in both tracks must pass comprehensive exams as a requirement for graduation. This is usually done in the student's penultimate semester.

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American Literature
  • Campbell-Furtick, Cristy. Psychological Escape in Four Novels of Margaret Atwood. 1992.
  • Clay, Kevin. Collaborations of God and Matter: An Investigation into the Ontology of Cormac McCarthy. 1996.
  • Coan, Clifford. The Evolution of Small Town Texas in Recent Fiction. 1990.
  • Gardner, Jennifer. The Conflicts of Life in the Works of Katherine Anne Porter. 1994.
  • Gotcher, Billy. The Changing Image of the American Military Hero in World War II Novels. 1992.
  • Hinman, James. Even Cowgirls Run with the Wolves: The Message of Feminine Empowerment in the Novels of Tom Robbins. 1999 (Directed by Dr. Mark Shipman)
  • Jones, William Henry. "Mystic of the Bruising Thing": A Study of the Mystic in the Poetry of Vassar Miller. 1996.
  • Lee, Kimberli. Language and Landscape in Mari Sandoz's Crazy Horse, Strange Man of the Oglalas. 1997.
  • Lewis, Janene. Charlotte Perkins Gilman: The Scientific Foundations of Female Imprisonment and Escape in Turn-of-the-Century American Literature. 1995.
  • Nash, John. An Interpretation of Robert Frost Based on Non-Traditional Critical Heuristics. 1997.
  • Power, Sherry. The Theme of Change: The Thread Running Through Six Kelton Novels. 1994.
  • Ward, DeeAnn. John Nichols' New Mexico Trilogy: His Mythic Heroes. 1991.
  • Weathermon, Kalene. Familial Essence in Selected Novels by Joyce Carol Oates. 1998.
  • Paula Kent, “Think Pink and High Heels: Women and Beauty as Represented in Chick Lit Novels,” 2007.
  • Matthew Smith, “Sometimes a Beacon, Sometimes a Nightmare, but Always a Dream, and Nothing More: The American Dream in Chicano/Latino Literature and Film,” 2007.
  • Margarite Helen Anderson, “A View to the Room Beyond: The Czech Characters in the Works of Willa Cather,” 2000.
  • Wendy McNeeley, “Violence and Madness in Selected Novels of Toni Morrison: Sula, Beloved, Jazz,” 1994.
British Literature
  • Graf, Melanie. Seventeenth-Century and Modern Dream Iconology in Milton's Poetry. 1999 (Directed by Dr. Marilyn Robitaille)
  • Spivey, Joyce. Reading Chaucer through Bakhtin: The Carnivalesque Imagery in The Canterbury Tales. 1996.
Composition Theory
  • Baack, Susan. Applying Language Acquisition Theory to Composition Pedagogy. 1993.
  • Coppinger, Stanley. A Study of the Development of One Basic Writer. 1990.
  • Gonzales, Lanell. Peer-Clustering: A Method for Modeling the Writing Process in the Developmental Classroom. 1994.
  • Hagood, Kathlene. Discourse Repertoires and the Rural Themes Reflected within the Discourses of High School Students in a Rural Texas Town. 1998.
  • Hooks, Amber. A Case Study Approach to Attitudinal Barriers and Related Motivations Encountered When Tutoring Composition Students. 1998.
  • Jones, Tara. Problematic Issues Related to the TASP. 1999 (Directed by Dr. Randall Popken)
  • Looney, Kenneth. The Rhetoric of Athletic Coaches and Their Players: A Study of Speech Genre in the Composition Classroom. 1998.
  • Nickel, Jina. Rural Basic Writers in Central Texas. 1993.
  • Pate, Susan. Adult Learners and Composition Studies: Where the Two Meet. 1998.
  • Tanner, Cheryl. An Investigation into the Acclaimed Originality of Gertrude Buck. 1999 (Directed by Dr. Randall Popken)
  • Thompson, Kimberley. The Rhetoric of Commenting: An Investigation of the Student Perspective. 1992.
  • Waechter, Robert. The Importance of Peer Preference on the Effectiveness of Peer Review in the Composition Classroom. 1997.
Comparative Literature
  • Alvear, Manuel. Dagny Shrugged: A Search for the Heroic Tradition in Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged. 1996.
  • Patrick, Amy. The Evolution of Feminism: Female Empowerment in Selected Works of Homer, Euripides, and Bronte. 1996.
  • Dianna LeFevre, “The Feminist Texts of Virginia Woolf and Simone de Beauvoir: The Conflict between the Traditional and Non-Traditional Roles for Women,” 2001
  • Lyke, Eric. Dialect Study of the Central Texas Cross Timbers Region. 1996.
Multicultural Literature
  • Cruz-Solano, Minerva. Rudolfo Anaya's Bless Me, Ultima: Reshaping the "Dusty Relics of Distant Memories." 1996.
  • Elliott, Terrie. Distant Drums: Old and New in the Fiction of Louise Erdrich. 1991.
  • Hilbert, Kathy. Mouth, Tongue, Voice: Crossing Boundaries in Selected Works of Zora Neale Hurston. 1996.
  • McNeeley, Wendy. Violence and Madness in Selected Novels of Toni Morrison: Sula, Beloved, Jazz. 1994.
  • Montgomery, D'Juana. Gender Issues in the Works of Leslie Marmon Silko. 1996.
  • Williams, Linda. The "Literary" Folklore in the Novels of Toni Morrison: The Bluest Eye, Sula, Song of Solomon, and Tar Baby. 1996.
Rhetorical Theory
  • Knitig, Bonnie. The Rhetorical Genres of Community Pharmacy: A Critical Analysis. 1998.
  • Richmond, Joan. Rhetoric as Epistemic: Creating Knowledge in Historical Discourse. 1991.