Master of Arts Programme in English

The English Department offers a graduate programme leading to the award of MA in English in one of the following areas of specialisation:

• English Language and Linguistics

• English Literature

• African Literature and Literature of Africans in the Diaspora

• Theatre Studies (Currently not offered)

Departmental Regulations for the MA in English

1.0 Entrance Requirements

Applicants must have the following minimum requirements to be considered:

a. A major in English in a Single or Combined-major Bachelor degree programme, from this university of another recognized institution or

b. A degree classification of 2(ii) with at least 65% in the subject English or

c. Other qualifications that in the view of Senate are deemed equivalent to those in Graduate School Regulations. The Department shall interview candidates whom it deems worthy of admission but who do not satisfy the requirements of the Regulations.

1.1 Degree structure

Full-time: Four semesters of full-time study consists of:

Part I. Two semesters of full-time study during which the candidate shall undertake course work as prescribed for his/her programme, including the course on Research Methods which shall be a compulsory course taken at the beginning of the second semester of study.

Part II. Two semesters of full-time study during which the candidate shall undertake supervised research and prepare a Dissertation of not less than 20,000 words.

Part-time: Six to eight semesters, consisting of:

Part I. Four semesters of part-time study during which the candidate shall undertake course work as prescribed for his/her programme, including the course on Research Methods which shall be a compulsory (one semester) course.

Part II. Up to four semesters of part-time study during which the candidate shall undertake supervised research and prepare a Dissertation of not less than 20,000 words.

1.2 Specializations & their required course work for Part I:

Specialization 1: English Language and Linguistics:

Semester 1 - Candidates must take 12 credits comprising the two core courses plus two optional courses.

ENG 601 Core: Grammatical Theory

ENG 611 Core: Advanced Phonology of English

Optional courses

ENG 621 Issues in Psycholinguistics

ENG 631 Advanced Pragmatics

ENG 641 Applied Linguistics and Language Teaching

ENG 651 Lexicographic and Translation Theory

ENG 661 Stylistics

ENG 671 English for Specific Purposes

Semester 2 - Candidates must take 15 credits comprising the three core courses plus two optional courses.

ENG 600 Core: Research Methods

ENG 701 Core: Modern English Structure and Usage

ENG 711 Core: Advanced morphology in English

Optional courses

ENG 721 Topics in Sociolinguistics

ENG 731 Advanced Discourse Analysis

ENG 751 Methodology in Lexicography

ENG 761 Literary Stylistics

Semester 3

ENG 771 Supervised Research and Dissertation in English Language and Linguistics

Semester 4

ENG 771 Supervised Research and Dissertation in English Language and Linguistics

Specialization 2: English Literature

Semester 1 - Candidates must take 12 credits comprising the one core course plus three optional courses.

ENG 602 Core: A Period in English Literature: The Modern Age

Optional courses

ENG 622 Tradition and Continuity in English Poetry

ENG 642 The English Novel from Defoe to Joyce

ENG 652 Readings in World Literature

ENG 682 19th Century Novel in America

Semester 2 - Candidates must take 15 credits comprising the three core courses plus two optional courses.

ENG 600 Core: Research Methods

ENG 612 Core: 20th Century Literature Theory and Criticism

Optional courses

ENG 632 Early 17th Century English Poetry: 1603- 1006

ENG 662 Special Author in English Literature

ENG 672 Language in Literature in English Literature

ENG 692 20th Century Novel in America

ENG 702 The Modern British Novel

Semester 3

ENG 772 Supervised Research and Dissertation in English Literature

Semester 4

ENG 772 Supervised Research and Dissertation in English Literature

Specialization 3: African Literature and Literature of Africans in the Diaspora

Semester 1 - Candidates must take 12 credits comprising the one core course plus three optional courses.

ENG 603 Core: Modern African Literature: A Historical Perspective

Optional courses

ENG 623 Oral Literature

ENG 633 Caribbean Literature

ENG 643 Special Author in African Literature I

ENG 663 Special Author in African Literature I

Semester 2 - Candidates must take 15 credits comprising the three core courses plus two optional courses.

ENG 600 Core: Research Methods

ENG 613 Core: The Criticism of African Literature

Optional Courses

ENG 653 African American Literature

ENG 673 Language and Literature of Africans in Diaspora

ENG 683 The African Novel: A Regional and In-Depth Approach

ENG 693 Special Author in African Literature II

ENG 715 The Contexts of Modern African Literature (to be offered online)

Semester 3

ENG 773 Supervised Research and Dissertation in African Literature and Literature of Africans in the Diaspora

Semester 4

ENG 773 Supervised Research and Dissertation in African Literature and Literature of Africans in the Diaspora

Specialization 4: Theatre Studies (Currently not offered)

Semester 1 - Candidates must take 12 credits comprising the two core courses plus two optional courses.

ENG 604 Core: Topics in Theatre History

Optional courses

ENG 624 Topics in Dramatic Literature

ENG 634 Acting I

ENG 654 Directing I

ENG 674 Technical Theatre I

ENG 694 Botswana Theatre I

Semester 2 - Candidates must take 15 credits comprising the three core courses plus two optional courses.

ENG 600 Core: Research methods

ENG 614 Core: Seminar in Dramatic Theory and Criticism

Optional courses

ENG 644 Acting II

ENG 664 Directing II

ENG 684 Technical Theatre II

ENG 704 Theatre Management

Semester 3

ENG 774 Supervised Research and Dissertation in Theatre and Theatre Studies

Semester 4

ENG 774 Supervised Research and Dissertation in Theatre and Theatre Studies

1.3 Assessment

To proceed from Part I to Part II of the pro-programme, the candidate must complete the coursework and pass all the eight courses in Part I. In addition, the candidate must present a Dissertation proposal which should be approved by the Department. Assessment of each course in all programmes shall consist of: 50% continuous assessment and 50% final examination, except for:

a. Research Methodology courses in which a 5,000-word research paper shall be required in place of the final examination. The research paper shall form the basis of the Dissertation proposal to be presented to the Department as stipulated above; and

b. Practical Drama in which continuous assessment shall be 70%, made up of 40% Portfolio and 30# Practical; the final examination shall be 30%.

A student who has failed not more than 4 courses will be required to retake the failed courses in subsequent semesters, according to the General Regulations.