Writing Examinations for Entering Students
Howard University mandates that all entering graduate students pass an expository writing examination administered by the Graduate School unless a student has earned a score of 5.0 or better on the GRE Analytical Writing test. The expository writing requirement must be met within the student’s first semester of enrollment. Students who have not met his requirement will not be allowed to proceed with graduate coursework until the requirement has been met and the student has demonstrated writing proficiency. In addition, the Department requires that all entering graduate students take a diagnostic examination in critical writing during the first week of classes. This examination, devised by the faculty of the department, is intended to identify both the strengths and needs of students, so that the faculty may help them adapt quickly to the requirements of scholarly, academic writing.
Required Introductory Courses
The Graduate Program in English features two introductory courses required of all students:
- 200 Scholarship: Research Methods
- 201 Scholarship: Critical Methods
These methodology courses relate to the principal activities that build the knowledge base of our discipline. They are intended to convey the rigorous standards that distinguish professional scholarship and criticism as well as to acquaint students with the types of discrete projects that characterize the practice of scholarship and criticism in literary studies.
The specialized fields of literary study in the Department are first presented in year-long
BRITISH LITERATURE—GROUP A
English Renaissance Literature I & II 211/212
Restoration and 18th-Century Literature I & II 220/221
BRITISH LITERATURE—GROUP B
19th-Century British Literature I & II 223/224
20th- & 21st -Century British Literature I & II 228/229
American Literature I & II 233/234
AFRICAN AMERICAN LITERATURE
African American Literature I & II 248/249
Caribbean Literature I & II 231/232
Literary Theory and Criticism I & II 246/247
Master’s degree students are required to take at least one semester of a reading course from four different fields of study.
Advanced investigations are undertaken in the STUDIES COURSES. One semester of the related reading course, or its equivalent, is prerequisite to each studies course. The scheme below groups studies courses by fields.
To enroll in the following elective courses, students must have completed 200 Scholarship: Research Methods and 201 Scholarship: Critical Methods. Course titles permit variety and invention. Professors mounting graduate elective courses generally provide specific descriptions of the plan of investigation and/or syllabi in advance of registration.
When a student has fulfilled the basic requirements for admission to candidacy, she or he maintains Howard University registration by signing up for thesis credit hours, which are available as one-credit, two-credit, or three-credit-hour courses for independent work. These courses will be assigned a grade of Incomplete on the student’s transcript until the thesis is accepted, at which time the Incomplete grades (a maximum of six credit hours for the thesis and twelve credit hours for the dissertation) are converted to the letter grade awarded by the student’s committee for the thesis.