Folklore Studies Concentration

Catalog Year: 2024-2025

Banner Code: LA-MA-ENGL-FLKS

The Master of Arts in English at Mason offers students the opportunity to enhance their skills of reading, writing, research and teaching with courses that encompass the wide range of contemporary English studies. Students can work in and across concentrations in literature, professional writing, rhetoric, cultural studies, film, folklore, linguistics, and the teaching of writing and literature. It offers the MA in field-specific concentrations as well as the opportunity to combine a concentration in one field with a certificate from another one. Many students use the MA for professional enhancement, or as an entry into teaching, professional writing, or doctoral study.

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Degree Requirements

Total credits: 30

Students should be aware of the specific policies associated with this program, located on the Admissions & Policies tab.

Students pursuing this degree must successfully complete 30 credits in one concentration as specified below. 

Students in the concentrations of cultural studies, linguistics, literature, and teaching of writing and literature must demonstrate intermediate proficiency in a foreign language in one of the following ways: submitting an undergraduate (or continuing education) transcript that includes courses corresponding to intermediate proficiency; completing a Mason foreign language course numbered 202 or higher; passing a proficiency exam administered by the English department.

Concentration in Cultural Studies (CULT)

Required Courses
ENGH 500 Research in English Studies 3
ENGH 676 Introduction to Cultural Studies 3
CULT 802 Histories of Cultural Studies 3
Two Courses
Select 6 credits from the following: 6
Introduction to Literary Theory
Seminar in Global Culture
Seminar in Film and Media Studies
Feminist Theory and Criticism
Selected Topics, Movements, or Genres of Literature in English 1
Literary Theory and Criticism 1
Three to Five Courses of Literature
Select 9-15 credits from the following: 9-15
Graduate Literature Survey
Topics in Literary and Cultural Studies
Special Topics in the History and Criticism of Children's Literature
Topics in Folk Narrative
Topics in Folklore Studies
Seminar in British Literature
Seminar in American Literature
Seminar in Advanced Research
Seminar in African-American Literature
Seminar in Global Culture
Seminar in Film and Media Studies
Advanced Topics in Folklore Studies
Selected Topics, Movements, or Genres of Literature in English
Literary Theory and Criticism
Projects in Literary Studies
Optional Project or Thesis
Select 3-6 credits of a project or a thesis from the following: 3-6
Project: 2
Projects in Literary Studies (3 credits)
Thesis: 3
Thesis (6 credits)
Total Credits 30
1

ENGH 685 Selected Topics, Movements, or Genres of Literature in English, and ENGH 705 Literary Theory and Criticism may be repeated once with permission of the director of graduate studies.

2

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

3

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

Concentration in Folklore Studies (FLKS)

Core Courses
FOLK 501 Advanced Introduction to Folklore and Folklife 3
FOLK 510 Folklore and Ethnographic Research Methods 3
FOLK 601 Folklore Theory and History 3
Required Courses
FOLK 550 Topics in Public and Applied Folklore 3
FOLK 560 Topics in Genre and Theory 3
FOLK 570 Topics in Regional Folklore Studies 3
Electives
Choose 6 credits from the following. These topics courses can be repeated for credit when topic differs from the topic taken to meet the required course requirement above. 6
Topics in Public and Applied Folklore
Topics in Genre and Theory
Topics in Regional Folklore Studies
Courses outside of FOLK when topic is related and with approval of graduate director.
Experiential Learning
FOLK 690 Field School for Cultural Documentation 3
or FOLK 699 Internship
Capstone
FOLK 790 Project 3
or FOLK 799 Thesis
Total Credits 30

Concentration in Linguistics (LING)

The linguistics concentration combines courses in linguistics with courses in some related area of language study, such as teaching English as a second language, bilingual education, foreign language teaching, or computational linguistics. This course of study is designed to prepare students for teaching in one of these fields or for doctoral work, or employment in the tech industry. The certificate in teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL) can be earned concurrently.

Foundation Course (Optional)
Choose one of the following if desired: 0-3
Linguistic Variation
Introduction to Linguistic Analysis
Methods Course
Choose one of the following: 3
Experimental Methods
Statistical Methods in Linguistics
Linguistic Field Methods
Computational and Quantitative Methods in Lingusitics
Core Courses
Choose four of the following courses: 12
Phonetics
Phonology A
Phonology B
Morphology
Syntax A
Syntax B
Semantics and Pragmatics 1
Breadth Courses
Choose one of the following: 3
First Language Acquisition
Second Language Acquisition 1
Second Language Acquisition 2
Psycholinguistics
Sociolinguistics
Typology
Computational Linguistics I
LING 771
Computational Linguistics II
Experiential Learning (Optional)
Choose one of the following if desired: 0-3
Practicum in TESOL
Laboratory Research Experience
Electives
Choose two - four LING courses not used to fulfill another requirement (except for LING 998 and LING 999), or other approved course. This can include a thesis option. 1 6-12
Thesis option (minimum of 6 credits)
Directed Reading and Research
Thesis
Total Credits: 30
1

In consultation with an advisor, chosen from courses that reflect one or more areas of language study. Electives can be in such areas as linguistics, the teaching of reading or writing, literary criticism, bilingual education, or a foreign language, and may include 6 credits of thesis.

Concentration in Literature (LIT)

Required Courses 1
ENGH 500 Research in English Studies 3
ENGH 551 Introduction to Literary Theory 3
Literature
Select 18 credits from the following: 2 18
Graduate Literature Survey
Topics in Literary and Cultural Studies
Special Topics in the History and Criticism of Children's Literature
Topics in Folk Narrative
Topics in Folklore Studies
Seminar in British Literature
Seminar in American Literature
Seminar in Advanced Research
Seminar in African-American Literature
Seminar in Global Culture
Seminar in Film and Media Studies
Advanced Topics in Folklore Studies
Selected Topics, Movements, or Genres of Literature in English
Literary Theory and Criticism
Projects in Literary Studies
Two Electives or Thesis 6
Select 6 credits of Electives 3
Thesis
Total Credits 30
1

Must be taken in the first 12 credits of the degree. Another course in literary theory and criticism may substitute for ENGH 551 Introduction to Literary Theory with prior written approval of the graduate director.

2

Courses fulfilling this requirement must include at least three 600-level ENGH seminars. Graduate seminars involve focused study of a topic with significant attention to scholarship in the field.

3

Electives taught within the English department may be taken without permission of the graduate director. A maximum of six credits of related study outside the department may substitute for the equivalent number of elective credits, with permission of the graduate director.

4

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

Concentration in Professional and Technical Writing (PTW)

Required Courses
ENGH 501 Introduction to Professional and Technical Writing 1 3
ENGH 502 Research Methods in Professional and Technical Writing 3
ENGH 503 Theory and Practice of Editing 3
ENGH 505 Document Design 3
Professional Writing
Select 9 credits from the following: 9
Internship
Research for Narrative Writing
Web Authoring and Design
Digital Rhetoric
Proposal Writing and Development
Online Writing
Studies in Rhetoric
Cultures of Professional Writing
Technical Communication
Proseminar in Composition Instruction
Advanced Proposal Writing
Special Topics in Writing and Rhetoric
Northern Virginia Writing Project Teacher/Research Seminar
Composition Theory
Theory
Select 3 credits from the following: 3
Digital Rhetoric
Introduction to Literary Theory
Studies in Rhetoric
Feminist Theory and Criticism
Introduction to Cultural Studies
Electives in English
Select 0-3 credits of electives in English 0-3
Project or Thesis
Select 3-6 credits of a project or thesis 3-6
Project: 2
Projects in Professional and Technical Writing (3 credits)
Thesis:
Thesis (6 credits)
Total Credits 30
1

ENGH 501 Introduction to Professional and Technical Writing should be taken in the first semester of study, if possible.

2

Students who choose a project take one additional elective of 3 credits.

Concentration in the Teaching of Writing and Literature (TWL)

Research Courses
ENGH 500 Research in English Studies 3
ENGH 602 Pedagogical Research 3
Teaching Writing
Select 3 credits from the following: 3
Proseminar in Composition Instruction
Northern Virginia Writing Project Inservice Program 1
Visiting Writers 2
Teaching Literature
Select 3 credits from the following: 3
Proseminar in Teaching the Reading of Literature 3
Northern Virginia Writing Project Inservice Program 1
Composition Theory
ENGH 697 Composition Theory 3
or ENGH 611 Studies in Rhetoric
Literature Courses
Select 6 credits from courses in the Literature Concentration 6
Linguistics Course
Select 3 credits from the following. 4 3
Field Work in Applied Linguistics
Applied Linguistics: Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
English Grammar and Pedagogy
EDCI 519
Methods of Teaching Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Learners
Electives
6 credits of electives 6
Optional Thesis
Select 6 credits of thesis in place of elective requirement.
Thesis (6 credits)
Total Credits 30
1

Offered only to full-time teachers through school district contracts.

2

NVWP Summer Institute, open to full-time teachers on an invitation basis. 

3

Open to non-TAs in the spring semester. 

4

Note all courses, with exception of LING 520 , have prerequisites.