Accelerated B.A. English, Literary Option, to M.A. in English

Accelerated BA to MA Program

Students accepted into an accelerated undergraduate program may take departmentally approved graduate coursework as part of their undergraduate curriculum.  These credits will count towards both their bachelor's and master's degrees and can fulfill major requirements, upper-division requirements, and/or free electives.  For details on accelerated programs at Idaho State University, please see (Degree Requirements). 

Once accepted into an accelerated degree program, it is strongly recommended for students to stay in close communication with their advisor regarding pursuit of acceptance into the Graduate School and the master's degree program at Idaho State University. Acceptance into an accelerated program during the bachelor's degree program is the first step in the admissions process. A separate application to the Graduate School is necessary for all accelerated programs. For more information regarding application and admission to the Graduate School at Idaho State University, please see the Graduate Admissions section of the graduate catalog (

English, Literary Option Accelerated Criteria

This accelerated program gives outstanding bachelor's degree students in English a "fast-track" option to pursue graduate-level coursework towards the Master of Arts degree during the third year of undergraduate coursework and count up to 12 credits of that coursework towards completion of the bachelor's degree.  For details on application and admission into the Accelerated program in English, please see (English).

General Education

The listing below includes program requirements that also fulfill General Education requirements.

Objective 16
Objective 23
Objective 3- MATH 1123 Recommended 13
Objective 46
Objective 57
Objective 66
Students must fulfill Objective 7 or Objective 83
Objective 7
Objective 8
Objective 93
Total Credits37

Major Requirements 

ENGL 2211Introduction to Literary Analysis3
ENGL 2280Grammar and Usage3
or ENGL 2281 Introduction to Language Studies
ENGL 3311Literary Criticism and Theory3
ENGL 4491Senior Seminar in Literature3
Select two of the following survey courses:6
Survey of British Literature I Beginnings through 18th Century
Survey of British Literature II 19th Century to Present
Survey of American Literature I Beginnings to 1860
Survey of American Literature II 1860 to Present
Select one of the following genre courses:3
Genre Studies in Drama
Genre Studies in Poetry
Genre Studies in Fiction
Genre Studies in NonFiction
Special Topics in Genre
Select two of the following period courses:6
Studies in Classical Literature
Studies in Medieval Literature
Studies in Renaissance Literature
Studies in Seventeenth Century Literature
Studies in Eighteenth Century Literature
Studies in Nineteenth Century Literature
Studies in Late Nineteenth Century Literature
Studies in Early Twentieth Century Literature
Studies in Contemporary Literature
Select one of the following major figure courses:3
Proseminar in a Major Literary Figure
Shakespeare in Performance
Select one of the following themes and identity courses:3
Gender in Literature
Ethnicity in Literature
American Indian Literature
Post-Colonial Literature
Select one of the following language studies courses:3
Varieties of American English
Studies In Grammar
Rotating Topics in Linguistics
Old English
History of the English Language
Introduction to Sociolinguistics
Electives - 9 additional elective credits of English (except ENGL 1101, 1101P, and 1102), 6 credits of which must be upper-division courses.9
To graduate as a B.A. English major, a student must maintain at least a 2.25 grade point average in courses within the English curriculum.
Students in the accelerated BA in English (Literary Option) to MA in English program can use a total of twelve credits of 5000-level graduate coursework from the English Department in any of these three areas:
Two upper division period courses (ENGL 556x)
Upper division major figure course (ENGL 5572, 5573, 5574, 5576, 5577)
Upper division English elective (ENGL 5500)
Total Credits45

Degree Totals 

Program Admission Requirements0
General Education37
Major Requirements45
Upper Division Free Electives6
Free Electives32
Total Credits120

ISU Degree Requirements

ISU General Education

Major Academic Plan (MAP)