Master's Requirements

In addition to the general requirements of the Graduate School, candidates must meet the following requirements:

  1. Each master’s candidate must complete 36 hours of course work or 30 hours of course work and six hours of thesis. Master’s can­didates intending to enter the Ph.D. program are advised to choose the thesis option. All courses selected must be approved by the adviser, who will consult with the other members of the Master’s Program Advisory Committee.
  2. Master’s candidates in the thesis option must take 12 hours of graduate course work in a first field and six hours of graduate course work in a second field (Arabic, classics, cultural studies, English, French, German, and Spanish Arabic, Classics, English, French, German, or Spanish).
  3. Master’s candidates in the non-thesis option must take 12 hours of graduate course work in each of two specialty fields.
  4. All master’s candidates must take a minimum of six hours in world literature and cultures.
  5. WLIT 5193 Introduction to Comparative Literature and COMM 5503 Communication and Cultural Studies are required of all candidates in the master’s program.
  6. Master’s candidates who choose cultural studies as one of their fields must demonstrate reading proficiency in a language other than English. The language requirement may be fulfilled either by taking 12 hours in the target language or by taking the reading exam administered by the Department of Foreign Languages.
  7. Each master’s degree candidate is required to take and pass a com­prehensive written examination.
  8. Master’s candidates in the thesis option must present a thesis proposal early in their second year of study and must turn in the thesis during the last semester of work on the degree, following Graduate School guidelines for thesis submission.

Students should also be aware of Graduate School requirements with regard to master's degrees.