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

“P” courses are equivalent to the original course.

Major Requirements 

Literary Analysis6
Introduction to Literary Analysis
Literary Criticism and Theory
Language Studies6
Take ONE lower-division course in linguistics, chosen from:
Grammar and Usage
Introduction to Language Studies
Take ONE additional upper-division course, chosen from any of the following:
Language in the United States
Studies In Grammar
Rotating Topics in Linguistics
Old English
History of the English Language
Introduction to Sociolinguistics
Literary Histories I6
Take TWO survey courses, chosen from the following:
Survey of World Literature I Beginnings through 16th Century
Survey of World Literature II 17th Century to Present
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
Studies in Genre3
Take ONE course in genre, chosen from the following:
Art of the Film II
Drama and Performance
Poetry and Poetics
Studies in Fiction
Studies in Non-Fiction
Special Topics in Genre
Studies in Identity and Place 6
Take TWO courses, chosen from the following:
Gender and Sexuality in Literature
Literature of the American West
Studies in Black Literatures
Studies in Latino Literatures
Studies in Asian Literatures
Studies in Indigenous Literatures
Postcolonial Literature
Literature and the Environment
Literature and Religion
Topics in Literature, Identity, and Place
Literary Histories II9
Take ONE course in Pre-1800 Literary Histories, chosen from the following:
Studies in Classical Literature
Studies in Medieval Literature
Studies in Renaissance Literature
Studies in Seventeenth-Century Literature
Studies in Eighteenth-Century Literature
Studies in a Single Author or Circle Pre-1800
Shakespeare in Performance
Take ONE course in Post-1800 Literary Histories, chosen from the following:
Studies in Nineteenth-Century Literature
Studies in Twentieth-Century Literature
Studies in Twenty-first-Century Literature
Studies in a Single Author or Circle Post-1800
Take ONE additional course of Literary Histories II, chosen from Pre-1800 Literary Histories or Post-1800 Literary Histories.
Electives 9
Take NINE additional elective credits of ENGL courses (except ENGL 1101, 1101P, and 1102), six credits of which must be upper-division courses.
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 areas:
TWO upper division period courses (ENGL 556x)
TWO upper division English elective (ENGL 55xx)
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)