The MA in English (TESOL) is an intensive program that can be completed in four quarters. The program is designed to foster the awareness, understanding, and skills necessary for the effective teaching of English to speakers of other languages. Through study in language, pedagogy, and culture, it prepares educators to work with adult language learners in the United States and abroad. Graduates are qualified to work in colleges and universities, private institutes, and programs and schools in the United States and abroad that provide instruction in English.
Admission Requirements: Pre- or co-requisites to completion of the program include an upper-division linguistics course and intermediate to high proficiency in a second language. International students whose first language is not English automatically meet this proficiency prerequisite. Applicants can be admitted to the program without this background, but they will be required to gain it while enrolled in the program. Students who do not have the prerequisites or who have assistantships are strongly advised to complete the program over a two-year period due to the challenging workload.
The language proficiency requirement may be met in one of three ways:
- Thirty quarter credits of college courses in a foreign language with a minimum 3.0 GPA in those courses
- Intermediate to high score on the Diagnostic ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview
- Intermediate to high score on the Diagnostic ACTFL Writing Proficiency Test
Applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit a minimum TOEFL score of 570 paper-based (230 computer-based/88 Internet-based; those with a baccalaureate degree from an accredited U.S. university may opt for a satisfactory TOEFL or GRE score. If the applicant’s native language is English, scores for the GRE general test are required.
All applicants for assistantships must submit a writing sample of 5-10 pages directly to the English department. The writing sample must include the student’s name, birth date, and student ID number for identification.
General Requirements of the Program: The program consists of 45 credits, as outlined below, and offers both a thesis and an exam option.
Thesis or Exam Option: The thesis option requires candidates to write a thesis and pass a one-hour oral examination over the thesis. In order to choose the thesis option, students must have a GPA of 3.75 or higher in the program. If the exam option is chosen, students must pass a comprehensive written examination and take an additional approved elective. In order to prepare for the exam, students will register for two credits of ENG 596.
- Department-approved electives Credits: (4)
Complete one of the following options:
- Department-approved electives Credits: (4)
English Department Graduate Information
College of Arts and Humanities
Language and Literature Bldg., room 423
Mail Stop 7558
See the website for how these programs may be used for educational and career purposes.
Faculty and Staff
George Drake, PhD
Laila Abdalla, PhD, English Medieval and Renaissance literature
Liahna Armstrong, PhD, American literature, popular culture, film
Patricia Callaghan, DA, rhetoric, world literature, English education
Toni Culjak, PhD, American, world and multicultural literature, film
Bobby Cummings, PhD, rhetoric, English education, computer composition
George Drake, PhD, British literature, literary theory
Loretta Gray, PhD, applied linguistics, composition, TESOL
Charles Xingzhong Li, PhD, linguistics, TESOL, linguistic approaches to literature
Teresa Martin, PhD, English education, women’s literature
Steven Olson, PhD, American literature, film
Paulus Pimomo, PhD, British literature, post-colonial studies
Christopher Schedler, PhD, American and multicultural literature
Christine Sutphin, PhD, Victorian literature, English novel, women’s literature
Katharine Whitcomb, MFA, creative writing
Lisa Norris, MFA, creative writing
Joshua Welsh, PhD, rhetoric, scientific and technical communication
Philip B. Garrison, MA, non-fiction, poetry writing, world, and Chicano literature
Karen Gookin, MA, general education, technical writing
Mark W. Halperin, MFA, poetry writing, folk literature, modern poetry
Virginia Mack, PhD, general education, Irish literature
Joseph Powell, MFA, creative writing, modern poetry
Gerald J. Stacy, PhD, English Renaissance literature
John L. Vifian, PhD 18th century literature, English novel
Stephanie Dringenberg, MA
Ruthi Erdman, MA
Lila Harper, PhD
Karen Hull, MA
Marisa Humphrey, MA
Joseph Johnson, MA
Kevin Leaverton, MA
Robert Schnelle, MA
Melissa Brouwer, MA
Xavier Cavazos, MFA
Mindie Dieu, PhD
Shari Foster, MA
Eugene R. Hutchins, MA
Melissa Johnson, MA
Anne Joiner, MA (Des Moines)
Matthew Martinson, MA
Amanda Ross, MA
Travis Smith, MA
Vickie Winegar, secretary supervisor
Jo Richards, office assistant III
The English department offers two options for the master of arts degree: master of arts, English (literature) and master of arts, English (TESOL - teaching English to speakers of other languages).
College of Arts and Humanities Information
Administration and Organization
Stacey Robertson, PhD (Hebeler Hall, room 202)
Interim Associate Dean
Katharine Whitcomb, PhD (Hebeler Hall, room 202)
Mail Stop 7518
The College of Arts and Humanities (CAH) is comprised of 12 departments and programs, which represent the disciplines of the arts and humanities. All of the departments and some of the programs of CAH offer undergraduate degrees as well as minors which supplement other degree programs. Five departments offer Master’s degrees. In addition to its role in providing degree programs, CAH is responsible for many of the course offerings of the general education programs as well as extensive service coursework for the entire university. The college also plays a major role in Central’s teacher education programs, offering bachelors and master’s degrees for students preparing to be secondary teachers and providing coursework in educational foundations and discipline-specific methods for teacher education majors. Building on a legacy of teaching excellence, college faculty are engaged in research, creative activities and service, involving students in the scholarship and practical applications of their various academic specializations, while making important contributions to the intellectual tradition and to society at large. There are no special requirements for admission to the college, but some departments have requirements that are described under the respective department and program headings in the catalog.
The College of Arts and Humanities advances knowledge, promotes intellectual inquiry, and cultivates creative endeavor among students and faculty through teaching informed by scholarship, creative activity, and public and professional involvement. We are committed to helping students develop intellectual and practical skills for responsible citizenship and the challenges of contemporary life in a global society. The college offers disciplinary and interdisciplinary programs of the highest quality, acts as a steward of the foundational disciplines upon which all inquiry is based, and serves as a cultural center for arts and humanities for the university and the region.
The College of Arts and Humanities will be recognized as a distinguished learning community known regionally for scholarly and creative excellence, innovative, and rigorous foundational liberal arts education, and undergraduate and graduate programs that are outstanding and unique in the state.
Departments and Programs
Africana and Black Studies Program: Bobby Cummings, PhD (Michaelsen Hall, room 104)
Art: Gregg Schlanger, MFA (Randall Hall, room 100)
Asia/Pacific Studies Program: Jeffrey Dippman, PhD (Language and Literature Bldg., room 337C)
Communication: Marji Morgan, PhD (Bouillon Hall, room 232A)
English: George Drake, PhD (Language and Literature Bldg., room 423)
Film and Video Studies Program: Liahna Armstrong, PhD and Jon Ward (Bouillon Hall, room 225)
History: Jason Knirck, PhD (Language and Literature Bldg., room 100)
Latino and Latin American Studies Program: Stella Moreno, PhD (Language and Literature Bldg., room 102J)
Music: Todd Shiver, DMA (Jerilyn S. McIntyre Music Building, room 144)
Philosophy and Religious Studies: Matthew Altman, PhD (Language and Literature Bldg., room 337)
Theatre Arts: Scott Robinson, MFA (McConnell Hall, room 106)
World Languages: Laila Abdalla, PhD (Language and Literature Bldg., room 102)