Cultural Studies
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Cultural Studies Concentration

The MA in English concentration in cultural studies housed in the English Department serves principally as the discipline-based feeder path to the interdisciplinary doctoral program in cultural studies. It offers students the opportunity to blend coursework typical of advanced literary study with courses in cultural and critical theory, film and media, and cultural studies.

Because the concentration trains students to analyze texts in a range of related fields, it also offers excellent preparation for doctoral programs in film, folklore, popular culture, and new media. It is an innovative choice for anyone contemplating a career in community college or secondary school teaching who wishes to introduce popular culture into the classroom along with more traditional literary materials.

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Degree Requirements (Catalog Year 2016-2017)

Students in this concentration must complete the foreign language proficiency required of all students pursuing the MA in English and the requirements below.

Students pursuing this degree must successfully complete 30 to 33 credits in one of the following concentrations and demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language. 

Foreign Language Proficiency

Students in all concentrations must demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language by completing a Mason foreign language course numbered 210 or higher, or by passing a translation test administered by the department.

◊ Concentration in Cultural Studies (CULT)

Three required courses (9 credits)

ENGH 676 - Introduction to Cultural Studies Credits: 3

ENGH 701 - Research in English Studies Credits: 3

CULT 802 - Histories of Cultural Studies Credits: 3

Two courses (6 credits) chosen from:

ENGH 685, 705, and 740 may be repeated once with permission of the director of graduate studies.

ENGH 551 - Introduction to Literary Theory Credits: 3

ENGH 555 - Introduction to Cinema Studies Credits: 3

ENGH 665 - Seminar in Global Culture Credits: 3

ENGH 670 - Seminar in Film and Media Studies Credits: 3

ENGH 675 - Feminist Theory and Criticism Credits: 3

ENGH 685 - Selected Topics, Movements, or Genres of Literature in English Credits: 3

ENGH 705 - Literary Theory and Criticism Credits: 3

ENGH 740 - Seminar in English/Cultural Studies Credits: 3

Three to five courses (9-15 credits) of literature chosen from:

ENGH 511 - Graduate Literature Survey Credits: 3

ENGH 513 - Topics in Literary and Cultural Studies Credits: 3

ENGH 514 - Theories of Comparative Literature Credits: 3

ENGH 526 - Special Topics in the History and Criticism of Children's Literature Credits: 3

ENGH 530 - Graduate Survey in African American Literature Credits: 3

 ENGH 555 - Introduction to Cinema Studies Credits: 3

ENGH 590 - Topics in Folk Narrative Credits: 3

ENGH 591 - Topics in Folklore Studies Credits: 3

ENGH 642 - Seminar in British Literature Credits: 3

ENGH 644 - Seminar in American Literature Credits: 3

ENGH 646 - Seminar in Advanced Research Credits: 3

ENGH 661 - Seminar in African-American Literature Credits: 3

ENGH 662 - Seminar in Literary Studies Credits: 3

ENGH 665 - Seminar in Global Culture Credits: 3

ENGH 670 - Seminar in Film and Media Studies Credits: 3

ENGH 681 - Advanced Topics in Folklore Studies Credits: 3

ENGH 685 - Selected Topics, Movements, or Genres of Literature in English Credits: 3

ENGH 705 - Literary Theory and Criticism Credits: 3

ENGH 790 - Projects in Literary Studies Credits: 3

Optional Project or Thesis (3 or 6 credits)

Project (3 credits)

 Students who choose a project take 3 fewer credits of literature.

ENGH 790 - Projects in Literary Studies Credits: 3

Thesis (6 credits)

Students who choose a thesis take 6 fewer credits of literature.

ENGH 799 - Thesis Credits: 1-6

Total: 30 credits

Total: 30-33 credits

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