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Graduate Courses

(500 level courses --listed first-- are for graduate students only.  400 level courses --listed second-- may be taken by both grads and undergrads.  There is a limit to how many 400 level courses graduate students can take for credit toward the degree: see specific specialization for details)

500-Level Courses

501 - 3 Modern Literary Studies - Integrates study of modern literary theory and scholarly editing with instruction in professional research writing and use of electronic data bases. Continues with ENG 502. Prerequisite: None

502 - 3 Modern Literary Theory - Continuation of study of modern literary theory begun in ENG 501. Includes diverse approaches, issues, texts, and thinkers. Prerequisite: Graduate level ENG 501 Minimum Grade of C

505 - 3 Topics in Forms and Genres - The course will address a range of topics relevant to literary forms and genres. May cross periods and geographies. Prerequisite: None

506 - 3 Topics in Literary Periods - This course will focus on a particular literary period and/or relationships between literary periods. Prerequisite: None

508 - 3 Major Author Studies - This course will involve the comprehensive study of one author or a select group of authors. Prerequisite: None

521 - 3 Topics in Lit & Culture - This course will address relationships between literature and culture that are not period or genre specific. Prerequisite: None

526 - 3 Studies in African American Texts - This course examines African American texts, including fiction, poetry, plays, essays, sermons, slave narratives, memoirs, and speeches, with primary focus on pertinent theory, scholarship, and publications in black studies. May be repeated to a maximum of 9 hours, provided no topic is repeated. Prerequisite: None

532 - 3 Topics in Creative Writing - This course will focus on special topics in creative writing. May be repeated to a maximum of 12 hours, provided no topic is repeated. Prerequisite: None

540 - 3 Seminar in Second Language Acquisition - Examination of advanced topics in the acquisition of English as a second language, including universal grammar, lexical development, and conversational analysis. Prerequisite: ENG 400 with minimum grade of D or concurrent enrollment.

541 - 3 Discourse Analysis - Examination of discourse properties of narrative and expository prose through practice in text analysis. Prerequisite: ENG 400 with minimum grade of D or concurrent enrollment.

542 - 3 Methods For Teaching English as a Second Language - Analysis of models for teaching English as a second language in various educational settings. Includes classroom observation and evaluation. For Teaching English as a Second Language students. Prerequisite: Undergraduate level ENG 468 Minimum Grade of D

543 - 3 Grammar Pedagogy - Study of problem areas in the structure, acquisition, and teaching of English grammar to non-native speakers. Prerequisite: Undergraduate level ENG 542 Minimum Grade of D

544 - 3 Reading and Writing Pedagogy in Teaching English as a Second Language - Examination of reading and writing processes in second language acquisition and approaches to teaching them to non-native speakers. Prerequisite: None

545 - 1 to 3 TESL Practicum - Guided observation and tutoring in a variety of English as a Second Language (ESL) classrooms, supported by readings and reflection papers. Prerequisite: None

552 - 3 Academic Writing and Research Methods in Composition Studies - Research methods in composition studies; practice using electronic data bases; instruction in professional research writing. Required of students in teaching of writing MA specialization. Prerequisite: None

554 - 3 Composition Pedagogy - Introduction to teaching writing. Writing-as-process approach: inventive methods, revision techniques, collaborative learning, and workshops. Design and evaluation of assignments. Planning writing courses. Requires consent of instructor. Prerequisite: None

556 - 3 Theory of Composition and Rhetoric - Study of theories and historical movements underlying and constituting modern composition pedagogy and rhetorical studies. Prerequisite: None

558 - 3 Practicum in the Teaching of Writing - Course focuses on teaching techniques for first-year college writing courses. Working with mentor and supervisory instructors, students will observe, and then teach, a writing course. Prerequisite: Graduate level ENG 554 Minimum Grade of C

570 - 3 Teaching African American Oral and Written Literature - Teaching of African American oral and written literatures: emphasis on methodology, comparative presentation styles, and textual analysis; from ancient Africa to contemporary America. Prerequisite: None

572 - 3 Theory and Practice of Teaching Writing With Computers - Study of theoretical principles of computer-mediated composition pedagogy and practical applications of specific technologies in the writing classroom. Prerequisite: None

574 - 3 Basic Writing Theory and Pedagogy - Focus on theories and practical teaching methods for working in basic and developmental writing courses at the college level. Prerequisite: None

576 - 3 Writing Across the Curriculum - History, philosophy, pedagogical techniques, and assessment of writing across the curriculum. Prerequisite: None

578 - 3 Gender Language and Pedagogy - Study of recent research into ways gender affects language: speaking, reading, and writing. Prerequisite: None

581 - 3 Topics in Teaching Writing - Workshop or seminar in teaching composition, language, literature, creative writing, and related subjects in education. May be repeated to a maximum of 9 hours provided no topic is repeated. Prerequisite: None

583 - 3 History of Rhetoric I - The Classical Period to the Renaissance - Major rhetoric figures, texts, and definitions, beginning with Classical origins and continuing into the Renaissance period. Designed for students interested in composition, literature, and criticism. Prerequisite: None

587 - 3 Politics of Composition Pedagogy - Pedagogical politics of the writing classroom; teacher-student power relations; relations between educational institutions and social order; and development of alternative perspectives in pedagogical politics. Prerequisite: None

592 - 3 Fiction Writing - Emphasis on fiction written by students. May be repeated to a maximum of 12 hours provided no topic is repeated. Requires consent of instructor. Prerequisite: None

593 - 3 Poetry Writing - Emphasis on poetry written by students. May be repeated to a maximum of 12 hours provided no topic is repeated. Requires consent of instructor. Prerequisite: None

594 - 3 Creative Non-fiction Writing - Emphasis on creative non-fiction written by students. May be repeated to a maximum of 12 hours provided no topic is repeated. Requires consent of instructor. Prerequisite: None

595 - 3 Professional Development Seminar - Reflection and classroom-research oriented course designed to integrate the theory and practice of TESL via analysis and research of teaching experiences. Prerequisite: None

596 - 3 Preparatory Reading/ Teaching of Writing - Reading of relevant research and writing of three essays under supervision of committee. Restricted to MA candidates within one semester of fulfilling requirements for teaching of writing specialization. Prerequisite: None

597 - 1 to 3 Readings in English Studies - Individual readings in creative writing, linguistics, literature, Teaching English as a Second Language, or Teaching of Writing. May be repeated once for a maximum of 6 hours. Requires consent of instructor and advisor. Prerequisite: None

598 - 3 to 6 Preparatory Reading - MA candidates will prepare comprehensive reading lists and produce either three 20-page papers (3 credit hours max) or a scholarly exit project (6 credit hours max). Prerequisite: None

599 - 3 to 6 Thesis - May be repeated to a maximum of 6 hours. Prerequisite: None

400-level Courses

400 - 3 Principles of Linguistics - Principles and techniques of linguistic analysis illustrated through survey of major structural components of language. Recommended for anthropology students, linguistics students, and those preparing to teach English. Prerequisite: None

403 - 3 History of the English Language - Historical survey of major phonological and grammatical changes in English language from its Indo-European antecedents to the present. Prerequisite: None

404 - 3 Chaucer: Canterbury Tales - The Canterbury Tales read in Middle English. Prerequisite: Undergraduate level ENG 102 Minimum Grade of C

405 - 3 Pragmatics - Study of principles controlling how implicit levels of meaning are expressed in language and how context influences the interpretation of meaning. Prerequisite: None

406 - 3 Old English Language - Sounds, grammar, and vocabulary of the Old English language, including readings in Old English poetry and prose. Prerequisite: None

408 - 3 Phonological Analysis - Principles of linguistic analysis and interpretation as applied to sound systems of language. ENG 400 recommended. Prerequisite: None

409 - 3 Syntactic Analysis - Principles of syntactic analysis and interpretation as applied to clause and sentence level structures. Prerequisite: None

410 - 3 Rhetoric, Writing, and Citizenship - Examination of rhetoric’s role in US citizenship both past and present. Students will write analytical and persuasive documents. Service learning project required. Prerequisite: Undergraduate level ENG 102 Minimum Grade of C

412 - 3 Digital Literacies - Students will investigate digital literacy - electronic technologies, discursive practices, and cyberspaces. Analysis and assessment of digital artifacts, cultures, and texts. Prerequisite: Undergraduate level ENG 102 Minimum Grade of C

416 - 3 Language and Society - Study of relationships between language, society, and culture, and their implications for education and intercultural communication. Topics include language variation, socialization, and ethnography of communication. Prerequisite: None

417 - 3 Language and Ethnicity - The course will introduce students to linguistic thought through definitions of ethnicity, case studies of diverse language communities, ethnic crossing via language, and inter-ethnic communication. Prerequisite: None

420 - 3 Topics in Film Studies - Variable topics course focusing on the history and aesthetic development of one or two film genres, styles or historical periods. Prerequisite: Undergraduate level ENG 102 Minimum Grade of C

443 - 3 Prosody - Students will both study and write metrical poetry. All aspects of versification will be considered. For both literature majors and creative writing minors. Prerequisite: Undergraduate level ENG 102 Minimum Grade of C

444 - 3 Creative Nonfiction - Writing practice in and examination of a wide variety of modes and subjects comprising the genre of creative nonfiction, i.e. memoir, personal essay, lyric essay. Workshop format. Prerequisite: Undergraduate level ENG 290 Minimum Grade of D

445 - 3 Young Adult Literature - Historical survey of and contemporary perspectives on young adult literature. Students will analyze interactions between literary texts and the cultures in which they are read. Prerequisite: Undergraduate level ENG 102 Minimum Grade of C

446 - 3 Studies in African American Literature - This course will examine the fiction, poetry, short stories, and essays of African American writers within the context of scholarship and criticism dedicated to the study of black Diasporic cultures. May be repeated up to 6 hours. Prerequisite: Undergraduate level ENG 102 Minimum Grade of C

457 - 3 Topics in Postcolonial Literature and Criticism - Examination of postcolonial texts-novels, plays, poem, memoirs, speeches, and critical essays-with focus on scholarship and theory in postcolonial studies. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 hours provided no topic is repeated. Prerequisite: Undergraduate level ENG 102 Minimum Grade of C

463 - 3 Topics in Literary Periods - Reading and analysis of works drawn from one or more specific literary periods; authors and periods vary. May be repeated to a maximum of 9 hours as long as no topic is repeated. Junior standing or consent of instructor. Prerequisite: Undergraduate level ENG 102 Minimum Grade of C

464 - 3 Topics in Forms and Genres - Reading and analysis of works drawn from one or more specific literary forms and genres; authors, forms, and genres vary. May be repeated to a maximum of 9 hours as long as no topic is repeated. Junior standing or consent of instructor. Prerequisite: Undergraduate level ENG 102 Minimum Grade of C

465 - 3 Special Topics - Special topics in literature, linguistics, rhetoric and composition, and creative writing. May be repeated once for a maximum of six hours provided no topic is repeated. Prerequisite: ENG 102 with a C or better; junior standing or consent of instructor.

468 - 3 Second Language Acquisition - Examination of issues and theories applicable to understanding process of second language development. Prerequisite: None

470 - 3 Methods & Materials For K-12 English as a Second Language Teaching - Examination of techniques and materials for teaching English as a Second Language in K-12 settings. Prerequisite: None

471 - 3 Shakespeare - The in-depth study of the works of Renaissance author William Shakespeare. Topic varies; may be repeated to a maximum of 6 hours so long as topic is not repeated. Prerequisite: Undergraduate level ENG 102 Minimum Grade of C

472 - 3 Assessment and Testing in English as a Second Language - Examination of issues and methods for assessing oral and written proficiency in English as a Second Language. Prerequisite: None

473 - 3 Milton - Paradise Lost and other works such as Samson Agonistes, Paradise Regained, Lycidas, Comus, and selected prose. Prerequisite: Undergraduate level ENG 102 Minimum Grade of C

474 - 3 Bilingualism and Bilingual Education - An introduction to cognitive, linguistic, and social perspectives on bilingualism; and the history and politics of bilingual education in the U.S. Prerequisite: None

475 - 3 Methods of Teaching Secondary English: Literature and Culture - Approaches to and issues in teaching literature and culture at the secondary level. Must be seeking secondary ELA certification. Prerequisite: Undergraduate level ENG 102 Minimum Grade of C

476 - 3 Practicum in English as a Second Language - This course is designed for students who need to gain supervised experience teaching English as a second language for the purposes of the state English as a second language enrollment. Prerequisite: Undergraduate level ENG 470 Minimum Grade of D or Undergraduate level ENG 542 Minimum Grade of D

477 - 3 Morrison - Reading and analysis of the works of major contemporary American author Toni Morrison. Prerequisite: Undergraduate level ENG 102 Minimum Grade of C

478 - 3 Studies in Women, Language and Literature - Relationships among society, gender, language, and literature; ways women are affected by and depicted in language and literature; literature written by women; and feminist criticism. Topic varies; may be repeated to a maximum of 6 hours so long as topic is not repeated. Prerequisite: Undergraduate level ENG 102 Minimum Grade of C

479 - 3 Major Authors: Shared Traditions - Reading and analysis of the works of two to four major authors who share an historical period; authors and topic vary. May be repeated up to a maximum of 6 hours as long as authors and topic are not repeated. Prerequisite: Undergraduate level ENG 102 Minimum Grade of C

480 - 3 Major Authors: Crossing Boundaries - Reading and analysis of the works of two to four major authors from different historical periods; authors and topic vary. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 hours as long as no topic is repeated. Junior standing or consent of instructor. Prerequisite: Undergraduate level ENG 102 Minimum Grade of C

482 - 3 Technology & Literature - Analysis of digital theory, electronic environments, hypertextual editing, and born-digital literatures. Prerequisite: Undergraduate level ENG 102 Minimum Grade of C

485 - 3 Methods of Teaching Secondary English: Composition and Language - Approaches to and issues in teaching composition and language usage at the secondary level. Must be seeking secondary ELA certification. Prerequisite: Undergraduate level ENG 102 Minimum Grade of C

486 - 3 Teaching Creative Writing - Seminar on the teaching of creative writing, with an emphasis on poetry and/or fiction. Prerequisite: None

489 - 3 Style and Intentionality - A writing course on the study of style. The aim: to study stylistic conventions and innovations. The course is both theoretical and practical. Prerequisite: None

490 - 3 Advanced Composition - Writing sophisticated expository prose. Review of grammatical matters as needed. Emphasis on clarity, organization, effectiveness, and flexibility. May be repeated once for a max of 6 hours with permission. Prerequisite: Undergraduate level ENG 102 Minimum Grade of C

491 - 3 Technical and Business Writing - Technical communication, professional correspondence, reports, proposals, descriptions, and evaluations. Word processing and graphics software. For students in English, business, engineering, nursing, the sciences, and the social sciences. Prerequisite: Undergraduate level ENG 102 Minimum Grade of C

492 - 3 Advanced Fiction Writing - Advanced seminar in short story writing. Includes readings in fiction and a study of the psychology of creativity, fiction markets, and experimental fiction. Workshop format. Prerequisite: Undergraduate level ENG 392 Minimum Grade of D

493 - 3 Advanced Poetry Writing - Advanced workshop in writing poetry. Examination of poetic expression. Prerequisite: Undergraduate level ENG 393 Minimum Grade of D

494 - 3 Literary Editing - Principles of literary editing, primarily of fiction and poetry. Prerequisite: Undergraduate level ENG 102 Minimum Grade of C

496 - 3 Scholarly and Critical Editing - Editorial preparation of copy for scholarly and critical journals in English language and literature. Prerequisite: Undergraduate level ENG 102 Minimum Grade of C

499 - 1 to 3 Readings in English - Independent study in specific area of interest. Extensive reading. For English students only; may be repeated to a maximum of 6 hours. Requires consent of department chair and instructor. Prerequisite: None

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