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Curriculum Planning

Prior to registering, each graduate student is required to plan his/her curriculum with the Department's Graduate Director. The Graduate Director will advise the student in all matters pertaining to his/her M.A. Program.

Traditional MA

Students admitted into the traditional MA program must take 33 hours of coursework and comprehensive exams as follows:

First Semester:
3 courses

Second Semester:
3 courses

Third Semester:
3 courses

Fourth Semester:
2 courses
Comprehensive Examinations

Five-Year BA/MA

Students admitted into the 5 year BA/MA program will be allowed to transfer 9 credit hours over from the BA degree, which means they will have to take 24 hours of coursework and comprehensive exams as follows:

First Summer Session:
1 course

First Semester (Fall):
3 courses

Second Semester (Spring):
3 courses

Second Summer Session:
1 course
Comprehensive Examinations

OR

First Summer Session:
1 course

First Semester (Fall):
3 courses

Second Semester (Spring):
3 courses
Comprehensive Examinations

Second Summer Session:
1 course

Pertaining to Courses

At least 15 hours of coursework must be earned in courses at the 500 level or above, and a minimum of 21 hours of coursework must be taken in the language of study (18 for double majors). No more than half the credit applied toward fulfillment of the degree requirements may be transferred from other universities. A student has 6 calendar years to complete the degree and must remain registered (SPAN 601, Continuing Enrollment) until the degree is completed.

Grades and Grade-point Average

Any graduate student whose grade point average falls below 3.0 will be placed on academic probation. Any graduate student on academic probation whose grade point average remains below 3.0 for two consecutive semesters in which she or he is enrolled, excluding summer sessions, will be permanently suspended from the Graduate School, unless the department and the collegiate dean petition the graduate dean for an exception.