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Dual Concentrations

Requirements for Completing a Dual Concentration

In order to complete a dual concentration in the M.A. in English & Writing Studies, you must fulfill the following requirements:

  1. Before declaring a second concentration, complete a minimum of 15 units of coursework in a single concentration in the M.A. program with a minimum GPA of 3.5 in this coursework.
  2. Notify the graduate coordinators of both concentrations of your intention to pursue the dual concentration.
  3. To add a concentration, file a Graduate Change of Program Application (COPA) form with the Graduate Studies Office. On this form, you should specify that you are adding a second concentration and keeping your first concentration.
  4. Complete 39 units of graduate coursework in the M.A. program.
  5. Complete all of the non-elective coursework under both concentrations with a grade of C or higher in each course and with an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher in this coursework. If, after completing all of this non-elective coursework, you have not yet completed the required 39 units (see requirement 4 above), you must complete the remaining units with graduate elective coursework, approved in advance by the graduate coordinator of one of your concentrations.
  6. When you are within 1-2 semesters of completing the program, file a Graduation Check for each of your concentrations (i.e., two Graduation Checks total) with the Records office.
  7. Complete either the thesis (ENG 6973) or the Comprehensive Examination (ENG 6983 and 6980).
    1. If you are completing a thesis, your thesis can combine both disciplines in its content and approach or you can choose one concentration to focus on.
    2. If you are completing the Comprehensive Examination, we encourage you to take one test from each of your concentrations, but like thesis students, you may choose to concentrate on one.