Academic Catalog 2020-2021

Master of Divinity/Master of Arts in English

MDIV HOURS  66
MA ENGLISH HOURS 30
TOTAL PROGRAM HOURS 96

The MDiv/MA in English degree is designed to strengthen Divinity students’ literary skills by permitting them to earn a second degree, the MA, instead of the usual MDiv concentration. This degree provides students with a broad and rich literary context from which to do ministry and provides them with a common frame of reference with which to connect with persons of diverse culture and background. Moreover, it provides students with enhanced critical and analytical skills with which to reflect on life and the world while providing them with additional literary models with which to understand and interpret the Scriptures.

The degree has two potential student populations in view: (1) the minister who desires greater background in the literary arts as a context for ministry, and (2) the minister who serves in a small church situation and finds it necessary to supplement church-derived income through secular employment. In the latter case an advanced degree in a non-ministerial discipline will be of significant value.

The MDiv/MA in English is housed in the School of Divinity and requires completion of the following MDiv courses: the 51-hour core (see MDiv core requirements), six hours of biblical studies electives, six hours of historical/theological electives, and three hours of practical ministry electives. In addition, 30 hours in the English department are required for the MA in English.

Student Learning Outcomes

A student completing the dual-degree Master of Divinity/Master of Arts in English will:

  1. Demonstrate advanced communication skills;
  2. Be able to develop curricular resources for the life of the church;
  3. Be prepared to function as a bi-vocational minister.

Program Requirements

Required Common Core Courses for all Concentrations (9 hours)

ENGL 501An Introduction to Graduate English Studies

3

ENGL 671Literary Theory

3

ENGL 683Teaching of Writing

3

All concentrations will be required to complete a capstone project.

Literature Studies Required Courses (21 hours)

ENGL 690Literature Studies Proposal

3

ENGL 691Literature Studies Capstone

3

5 ENGL electives, four of which must be literature electives

15

Literature studies electives

From the list below: 1) At least one pre-1800 literature course and one post-1800 literature course should be taken. 2) At least one course each of American, British, and World Literature should be taken.

ENGL 555Special Topics

1-3

ENGL 611Seminar in British Literature

3

ENGL 612Selected British Texts - Medieval Period

3

ENGL 613Shakespeare

3

ENGL 614Selected British Writers (Non-Shakespearean) - Renaissance Period

3

ENGL 615Selected British Writers - The Long Eighteenth Century

3

ENGL 616Selected British Writers - Romantic Period

3

ENGL 617Selected British Writers - Victorian Period

3

ENGL 631Seminar in American Literature

3

ENGL 634African-American Literature

3

ENGL 651Seminar in Global Literature

3

ENGL 654Mythology

3

ENGL 657Caribbean Literature

3

ENGL 659Literature and Colonization

3

ENGL 671Literary Theory

3

ENGL 673Contemporary Trends in Literature

3

ENGL 675Young Adult Literature

3

Writing Studies Courses (21 hours)

ENGL 629Seminar in New Media Studies

3

ENGL 692Writing Studies Proposal

3

ENGL 693Writing Studies Capstone

3

Four ENGL electives, three of which must be writing electives

12

Writing Studies Electives

ENGL 621Technology and Literacy

3

ENGL 625Visual Rhetoric and Document Design

3

ENGL 661Professional and Technical Writing

3

ENGL 665Principles of Editing and Publishing

3

ENGL 669Seminar in Rhetoric

3

English Education Courses (21 hours)

ENGL 681Seminar in Current Issues and Methods of Teaching English

3

ENGL 675Young Adult Literature

3

ENGL 694English Education Proposal

3

ENGL 695English Education Capstone

3

Three electives from Literature or Writing Studies

9

Total Credit Hours: 96