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An electronic newsletter from the BSU School of Graduate Studies

Vol. 3, No. 2

July 2006

 

The Process

Registration: Grad classes

Starting the count of seven years to complete a degree

Form 1: Applying for admission to graduate studies

Completing 13-16 graduate credits after admission

Form 2: Applying for candidacy in a graduate degree program

Taking the written exam at the end of course work

Form 3: Proposing a research paper or thesis

Doing the work and writing the results

Form 4: Applying for graduation

Submitting the research paper or thesis for review

Form 5: Scheduling the oral examination

Defending your graduate work

Diploma

 

 

Q&A: Question of the month?

Most Common question in the English Department

Q: What are the comprehensive exams?

From Susan Hauser         Chair, Dept of English

THROUGHOUT THIS – USE EXAMS PLURAL

A: The Comprehensive exam is the written exam portion of a student’s final preparation for graduation.

Students are asked to select the areas of study in which they wish to be examined and work with three faculty members in taking their comprehensive exam.

The Process:

1. The exam is in three (3) parts.

2. All parts must be taken in one (1) semester.

3. Students should take the exams during their last semester of study.

4. The oral defense cannot be scheduled until the comprehensive exam has been passed.

5. Students are responsible for scheduling the comprehensive exam and should arrange for them prior to their last semester of study.

6. Students should work closely with advisors in selecting exam areas and determining the dates, times, and procedures for each section.

(See “Comprehensive Exam Details” for further information.)

 

Great advise from the Department Chair:

Consult your advisor early and often.  This will help assure your timely graduation.

 

 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact either the School of Graduate Studies

 

Mark Christensen

Graduate Director, English Dept. Bemidji State University, # 23

1500 Birchmont Drive NE

Bemidji, MN 56601

218-755-3356

mchristensen@bemidjistate.edu

 

Prof. Susan Hauser

Chair, English Dept.

Bemidji State University, # 23

1500 Birchmont Drive NE

Bemidji, MN 56601

218-755-3355

shauser@bemidjistate.edu

 

 

 

This month . . .

·      NEW! – Ins and Outs: Investigating Grad Programs

         This month: The English Program

·      Q&A: Straight from the English Department…

 

 

Ins and Outs of the English Program

 

 

The degree… 

 

There are two degrees offered at the Graduate level for English:

 

·    Master of Arts – For those who are interested in deepening their knowledge of literature and writing, wish to go on to doctoral work, desire to pursue professional training, or want to engage in other creative activities.

 

·    Master of Science – Intended for certified teachers who desire to further develop their interest in literature and writing while enhancing their skills in teaching English.  This degree is helpful for secondary and middle school educators, for those interested in teaching at the community college level, or for those who wish to undertake doctoral studies.

 

 

Competency Requirements

 

Master of Arts – A reading knowledge of a foreign language, a grade of 3.00 (B) in a final second-year course, or a “Pass” on a standardized reading test, second-year level, is required.  (See “Competency MA” for details)

 

Master of Science – There are two possibilities.

·    A reading knowledge of a foreign language, a grade of 3.00 (B) in a final second-year course, or a “Pass” on a standardized reading test, second-year level (See “Competency MS” for details)

Or…

·    A proficiency in a graduate-level course in the computer application of statistics with a grade of 3.00 (B) or a “Pass” on a proficiency examination.  (See “Competency MS” for details)

 

 

Preparation

 

Both degrees require an undergraduate degree in English, a liberal arts background, or a teacher education degree. 

 

Those pursuing a Graduate degree in English should have undergraduate work in English and American literature and Shakespeare.

 

 

The Thesis/Research Paper…

 

Master of Arts – There are two possibilities; both options require previous approval by the department’s graduate committee:

 

·    Scholarly Thesis – An extensive and detailed analysis of an approved topic presented in a form suitable for publication (see “MA Thesis Requirements” for details). 

Or…

·   Creative Thesis – A creative project of the student’s own work with an artist’s statement that places the work in a critical context (see “MA Thesis Requirements” for details).

 

Master of Science – There are two possibilities; both options require previous approval by the department’s graduate committee:

 

·    Scholarly Thesis – An extensive and detailed analysis of an approved topic presented in a form suitable for publication (see “MA Thesis Requirements” for details). 

Or…

·   Research Paper – A research paper is required of any MS student who chooses not to complete a thesis (see “MS Thesis Requirements” for details).

 

Thesis Reminder:  Options MUST ((should)) be discussed with your advisor.  Discussion should start by the second semester of the first year.

 

 

Important Differences of the English program

 

 

 

·    Students interested in pursuing a graduate degree in English must apply to both the Graduate Studies Office and the English Department.

 

·    The English department requires three (3) letters of recommendation rather than the two (2) required be the School of Graduate Studies

-       Students applying for a Graduate Assistantship should ask their references to address their potential as a teacher

-       students may use the same references for applying to the School of Graduate Studies, the English Program, and a Graduate Assistantship position

 

 

·    The English Department employs 11 Graduate Assistants and are usually offered one (1) renewal of contract:

·          10 – Teaching Graduate Assistants (teach College Writing courses)

·          1 –Graduate Assistantship in literary publishing (works with Dust and Fire and New Voices, as well as other publishing projects)

 

·    English Graduate students are also eligible to apply for graduate assistantships in other areas, including Criminal Justice, Mass Communication, the library, and the School of Graduate Studies

 

·    The English department is the only department that contains a Master of Arts Degree (MA) 

 

·    Unlike the other programs which use APA formatting for thesis and research papers, the English Department uses MLA formatting

 

 

For more information, contact English Department Graduate Director Mark Christensen by mchristensen@bemidjistate.edu, 218-755-3356, or Department Chair Susan Hauser by shauser@bemidjistate.edu, 218-755-3355 or visit the English Department website.

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