College of Languages, Linguistics and Literature
*F. R. Ardolino, PhD—Renaissance literature, drama
Degrees Offered: Undergraduate Certificate in Professional Writing, BA (including minor) in English, MA in English, PhD in English
The Academic Program
The Department of English encourages students to develop their critical reading, writing, and creative skills through study of a variety of literatures in English, composition and rhetoric, and creative writing. The department recognizes the unique diversity of cultures in Hawai‘i and employs a variety of approaches, including multicultural and Asia Pacific perspectives, to address this uniqueness. Students work directly with faculty in relatively small classes. The department participates actively in UH Mânoa’s Honors Program and its Study Abroad Semester and offers professional internships for interested students in the senior year.
The goals of the undergraduate English program are (a) to offer a comprehensive range of courses in literary and cultural studies, composition, rhetoric, and creative writing; (b) to develop students’ critical thinking and reading skills; (c) to develop students’ interests and abilities in rhetoric and writing across a variety of genres. Many of our courses recognize Hawai‘i’s geographical and cultural location in the Pacific.
The graduate program enriches students’ knowledge of literature, composition and rhetoric, creative writing, and cultural studies. MA students are asked to take approximately half of their course work in a specific concentration so that they begin to develop an area of expertise while broadening their understanding of other areas of study. The MA thesis or final project at the end of the program gives them the opportunity to do extended research and writing on a topic of their own choosing.
The doctoral program prepares students to become professionals in the field. Required courses are not its focus; rather, it offers students considerable latitude in course selection and requires disciplined, independent work on examinations and the dissertation. Candidates completing the program should have the skills and experience to function as critics, scholars, and writers in an area associated with the profession of English.
The Department of English offers the BA degree with informal emphases in American, British, and Pacific literatures; composition and rhetoric; and creative writing.
For Arts and Sciences students, one FW and one ENG DL course are prerequisites for the English major and minor. Students enrolled in colleges other than Arts and Sciences may elect ENG DL courses (as per current policy). Students must complete 33 credit hours of upper-division courses, as follows:
Breadth of Field: the five 300-level courses in addition to Introduction to English Studies must come from at least three different categories:
Historical Breadth: of the nine courses in addition to Introduction to English Studies and Single Author, one must be pre-1700, one 1700-1900, and one after 1900.
Only courses in which a student receives a C or better may be counted toward the major.
Non-English Department Course
With the consent of the student’s advisor or the director of the undergraduate program, one appropriate three-credit upper-division course from outside English may be counted as a major elective.
English offers a fifteen-credit minor for students who wish to emphasize a specific aspect of English studies without completing the actual major. Beyond the two required courses, the minor may focus on literary studies, creative writing, cultural studies, or rhetoric and composition. The student may also take electives from any of these areas.
For Arts and Sciences students, one FW and one ENG DL course are prerequisites for the English major and minor. Students enrolled in colleges other than Arts and Sciences may elect ENG DL courses (as per current policy). All UH Mânoa courses applied to the English minor will come from the Department of English or cross-listed courses. Appropriate upper-division transfer credits may apply toward the minor.
The minor consists of:
Only courses in which a student receives a C or better may be counted toward the minor.
Advising is mandatory for majors; new majors will be assigned an advisor when they meet with the director of the undergraduate programs for their required orientation session. Call (808) 956-7619 for an appointment.
Certificate in Professional Writing
The English Department’s Certificate in Professional Writing offers students professional marketability by formally recognizing the technical, rhetorical, and collaborative abilities they have developed through completing key courses. 15 credits, total. Please see the undergraduate director in Kuykendall 429 for further information.
Requirements (9 credits)
Electives (6 credits)
The department offers the MA in English with four concentrations: literary studies in English, composition and rhetoric, creative writing, and cultural studies in Asia/Pacific. It offers the PhD in these and other areas, for the doctoral program is sufficiently flexible to allow students to develop individualized courses of study. Students applying for the MA are expected to have acquired between 24 and 30 upper division undergraduate credit hours in English or closely related subjects. PhD applicants normally will have completed the MA in English, although exceptionally well-qualified students may petition to transfer into the PhD program after completing 18 credit hours in the MA program in English. In addition to the application and transcripts required by the Graduate Division, all applicants must submit directly to the department three letters of recommendation and the GRE General Test scores. Applicants must also submit a comprehensive statement of professional goals and objectives; PhD students must submit a representative sample of their writing (scholarly paper or MA thesis); those interested in a dissertation with a creative emphasis must also submit examples of their creative work. Residents of O‘ahu applying to the PhD program may arrange for an interview with the graduate director. The completed application should be sent to the Graduate Division by January 1 for the PhD program and February 1 for the MA program, but the GPC may consider, during the fall semester, unusually strong applications to the PhD program from students currently enrolled in other UH Mânoa graduate programs at the PhD level. Complete information on the graduate program is provided in a graduate student manual, available from the department on request.
Courses for the MA and PhD are to be selected from the list of English (ENG) courses, although advanced courses in other disciplines may be substituted with the prior approval of the graduate director. The consent of the instructor is required for ENG 691, 699, 700, and 800; the consent of the graduate director is required for all graduate courses. The following courses may be repeated for credit, since content differs from semester to semester: ENG 613, 625, 691, 699, 705, 709, 727, 730, 735, 740, 760, 780, and 790.
Graduates of the MA program in English have taught in secondary schools, junior and community colleges, four-year colleges, and universities. Some have pursued doctoral work; others have combined their work in English with another professional field (e.g., business, law, library studies). Still others have found employment in writing, editing, or research-related fields.
MA candidates are required to select a concentration by the end of their first semester in the program. Plan A (thesis) applies only to those admitted into the concentration in creative writing. Plan B (non-thesis) applies to those who have selected the concentrations in literary studies in English, composition and rhetoric, or cultural studies in Asia/Pacific.
Plan A (Thesis) Requirements
Plan B (Non-thesis) Requirements
Since the PhD program offers diverse courses and the opportunity to specialize in a range of different areas, graduates may pursue careers from among several professions, including teaching, research, and writing.
PhD candidates must fulfill the residency requirement and are required to take seven graduate-level courses in the Department of English; two courses, normally at the 400 level or above, in a field outside of English but related to the student’s research interests; one course with substantial content in Asia/Pacific at the 400-, 600-, or 700-level, in or out of the English department, while in residence at UH Mânoa. They must pass three area examinations and a comprehensive examination and demonstrate competence in two languages other than English (one of which, if appropriate to the candidate’s research, may be a computer language) or in one language at an advanced level of proficiency. Candidates will be required to complete an original scholarly or creative dissertation representing a substantial contribution to the discipline of English, suitable for publication, and a final oral examination on the dissertation.
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