Courses

The Department of English has designed its graduate courses to allow students a sharper and more intimate study of their chosen subjects. With course offerings ranging from the study of Old English to the Modern American novel to the teaching of Composition to fiction and poetry Workshops to everything in between, students have the option of focusing purposefully on a specific era or author, or equipping themselves with a sampling of a variety of subjects. In either case, upon completion of their coursework, they will find themselves that much more prepared for their next academic or career step.

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500-level Courses

500-Level courses cover a vast array of topics, from The Development of English Grammar to Special Topics in English Literature. These courses offer both overviews and more detailed study of the subjects, assisting students in generating ideas and developing a map for their own individualized study.

EN 500 Special Topics. Three hours.

Offered every year.

EN 501 Fiction Writing. Three hours.

Enrollment limited to MFA students; other graduate students admitted on the basis of portfolios (see creative writing director during advising period). Focus will be a discussion of original student writing; other reading and writing may be assigned. Offered spring semester.

EN 503 Poetry Writing. Three hours.

Enrollment limited to MFA students; other graduate students admitted on the basis of portfolios (see creative writing director during advising period). Focus will be a discussion of original student writing; other reading and writing may be assigned. Offered fall semester.

EN 509 Writing for Film. Three hours.

An introduction to the craft of writing for film and television.

EN 510 Nonfiction Writing. Three hours.

Focus will be a discussion of original student writing; other reading and writing may be assigned. An introduction to the variety of nonfiction forms including memoir, reportage, the essay, travel writing, reviewing, and the interview.

EN 511 Writing: Special Topics. Three hours.

Enrollment limited to MFA students; other graduate students admitted on the basis of portfolios (see creative writing director during advising). Focus will be a discussion of original student writing; other reading and writing may be assigned. Sample topics: hypertext; the prose poem.

EN 512 Computers and Writing. Three hours.

A survey of how computers can be used to help students improve their writing and to help teachers improve their writing instruction.

EN 520 The Development of English Grammar. Three hours.

A coherent examination of the changing methods and theories for describing the English language.

EN 523 History of the English Language. Three hours.

An introduction to the external history of the English language along with the study of the accompanying internal changes in structure.

EN 524 The Structure of English. Three hours.

An intensive investigation of the structures in the English language, including phonology, morphology, syntax, and semantics.

EN 525 Dialectology. Three hours.

The study of the experience of the English language in America, with particular emphasis on its development and dialects.

EN 529 Directed Readings. One to three hours.

By arrangement.

EN 530 Feminist Theory (same as WS 530). Three hours.

EN 532 Approaches to Teaching Composition. Three hours.

A study of the basic pedagogical approaches to teaching expository writing in secondary and higher education, along with examination of traditional conventions as well as innovative pedagogical approaches used in such instruction. Work with course goals, objectives, and writing outcomes, syllabus and writing assignment construction, training in assessing student writing. 

EN 533 Practicum in Teaching College English 101. Two hours.

Fall semester only. Required of all graduate assistants teaching EN 101 for the first time. Training in reaching EN 101 course goals and writing outcomes. Please note: EN 533 begins with a required one-week orientation session immediately prior to the start of the fall semester. Orientation attendance is mandatory for retaining a graduate assistantship.

EN 534 Practicum in Teaching College English 102. Two hours.

Spring semester only. Required of all graduate assistants teaching EN 102 for the first time. Training in reaching EN 102 course goals and writing outcomes. Further instruction in teaching formal argumentation and advanced research techniques.

EN 535 Literary Criticism. Three hours.

A study of selected major critics and critical trends from the classical period into the 20th century.

EN 536 Advanced Modern Criticism. Three hours.

A study of 20th-century literary criticism, with attention both to selected major critics and to contemporary critical trends and movements.

EN 537 Introduction to Graduate Studies. Three hours.

A study of selected bibliographical resources and of some of the important method approaches employed in literary study, including an introduction to critical approaches, scholarly writing, and issues in the profession.

EN 598 Research Not Related to Thesis (MA). Variable credit.

EN 599 Thesis Research (MA). Variable credit.

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600-level Courses

600-Level courses allow graduate students to explore subjects of interest in the more intimate and conversational setting of the graduate Seminar. Smaller class sizes make for a greater attention and consideration of student ideas and writing.

EN 600 Special Topics Seminar in British Literature. Three hours.

A recent topic was Joyce and his contemporaries.

EN 601 Fiction Workshop. Three hours.

Enrollment limited to students with approved portfolios (approval secured upon admission to the MFA program). Focus will be discussion of original student writing; other reading and writing may be assigned.

EN 603 Poetry Workshop. Three hours.

Enrollment limited to students with approved portfolios (approval secured upon admission to the MFA program). Focus will be discussion of original student writing; other reading and writing may be assigned.

EN 605 Writing Workshop: Special Topics. Three hours.

Enrollment limited to students with approved portfolios (approval secured upon admission to the MFA program or during advising period — see creative writing director). Focus will be discussion of original student writing; other reading and writing may be assigned. Sample topics: nonfiction; hypertext; prose poem.

EN 608 Forms: Special Topics. Three hours.

Through readings of primary works and theory by writers in a particular genre or form, this course examines the traditional and contemporary practice of that genre's aesthetics. Sample topics: Prosody, Short Short Fiction and the Prose Poem, Characterization Across Genres.

EN 609 Writers at Work: Form. Theory. Practice. One hour.

Short course in specialized topic of interest to creative writers.  Sample topics: Teaching Creative Writing, Profession of Authorship, Writing Internship, Publishing: A Brief History, Poetry and Dance, Episodic Form. This course is required of all students teaching EN 200 for the first time.

EN 610 Methods in TESOL. Three hours.

A detailed account of language teaching approaches and methods according to their underlying theories of language and language learning.

EN 612 Topics in TESOL. Three hours.

Intensive study of theoretical issues in second language acquisition, including classroom applications; variable topics.

EN 613 Second Language Development. Three hours.

A study of psycholinguistic, sociolinguistic, neurolinguistic, and other approaches to understanding how people develop skill in a second language.

EN 617 Teaching Academic Language Skills to Non-Native English Speakers. Three hours.

A course focusing on the teaching of academic writing skills in the context of an American university.

EN 618 Teaching Language Skills through Literature. Three hours.

A course focusing on literary language as a vehicle for teaching language skills to non-native speakers.

EN 620 English Linguistics. Three hours.

An advanced introductory linguistics course that focuses on the English language and which has relevance for students in the TESOL, literature, rhetoric and composition, and MFA programs.

EN 622 Old English. Three hours.

Study of the language and reading of representative prose and poetry.

EN 625 Seminar in English Linguistics. Three hours.

The application of specific linguistic techniques to a variety of problems in the description of the English language; the course has a different focus each time it is taught.

EN 627 Seminar in the History of the English Language. Three hours.

The close analysis of diachronic issues in the English language; a different set of issues is explored each semester the course is taught.

EN 630 Directed Readings. One to three hours.

By arrangement.

EN 631 Classical Backgrounds of English Literature. Three hours.

An analytical study of selections from ancient Greek, Roman, and Hebrew literature, with special emphasis on its influence upon English and American authors.

EN 635 Seminar in Literary Criticism. Three hours.

Intensive study in the writings of one critic or exploration of a topic involving works by several critics. Recent topics have included feminist criticism and psychoanalytic criticism.

EN 637 Workshop in Academic Writing. Three hours.

A writing workshop normally taken in the student's final year of coursework. To pass this course, the doctoral student will be required to revise a paper and submit it for publication.

EN 638 History of Rhetoric and Composition I: Ancient Greece to the Renaissance. Three hours.

This seminar covers rhetorical texts from ancient Greece to the Renaissance, particularly texts having influence on today's field of composition.

EN 639 Seminar in Special Topics in Rhetoric and Composition. Three hours.

Topics to be proposed by faculty each semester. Typical topics include literacy theory, theoretical perspectives on basic writers, and computers and literacy. Recent topics include Community Literacy, Rhetoric and the Public Sphere, and Teaching Basic and Developmental Writing.

EN 640 Special Topics Seminar in American Literature. Three hours.

Recent topics have included "American Madness: the Literary Figurations of Unreason"; and Thoreau, Dickinson, and related contemporary writings.

EN 641 Seminar in American Literature before 1850. Three hours.

Intensive literary and historical study of writing by one or more American authors. A recent topic was the making, recording, and remaking of history in 19th-century American literature.

EN 642 Seminar in American Literature, 1850-1900. Three hours.

Intensive literary and historical study of writing by one or more American authors. A recent topic was the mythologizing of Mark Twain.

EN 643 Seminar in American Literature, 1900-present. Three hours.

Intensive literary and historical study of writing by one or more American authors. Recent topics have included the American 1960s and Hemingway.

EN 647 Seminar in Southern Literature. Three hours.

An intensive look at a major aspect of Southern American drama, poetry, and/or prose. Recent topics have included a study of race and gender in writings of Southern women; Faulkner and his legacy; and Tennessee Williams.

EN 648 Seminar in African-American Literature. Three hours.

A critical exploration of African-American literature — culturally, historically, politically, and aesthetically — with efforts to define and contextualize the African-American experience.

EN 651 Politics and Writing Pedagogy. Three hours.

An introduction to the theories and practices of pedagogical politics as they impact teaching, learning, and power relations in the composition classroom.

EN 652 Theories of Teaching Composition. Three hours.

A survey of major theories in composition studies, exploring philosophical underpinnings and major issues in the field.

EN 653 Composition/Rhetoric Research Methodology. Three hours.

The study of empirical research methods as well as practice using methodological frameworks employed in composition/rhetoric research reports and designs.

EN 654 Seminar in Visual and Digital Rhetoric. Three hours.

This seminar focuses on understanding what rhetoric is and how to identify it in visual and digital "texts." It explores how to use rhetoric as a pedagogical tool for incorporating visual elements into composition classes.

EN 658 History of Rhetoric and Composition II: The Renaissance to the Postmodern Era. Three hours.

This seminar covers rhetorical texts from the Renaissance to the Postmodern era, particularly texts having influence on today's field of composition.

EN 659 Writing Program Administration. Three hours.

Introduction to the intellectual work of Writing Program Administration, including methodologies, rhetorical strategies, and analytic tools used in running a Writing Program.

EN 660 Seminar in Old English Literature. Three hours.

Intensive study of Old English literature and culture. Recent topics have included Beowulf and contemporary criticism.
Prerequisite: EN 622 Old English.

EN 661 Chaucer. Three hours.

The Canterbury Tales, Troilus and Criseyde, and selected minor poems. Includes advanced study of Chaucer's language and the 14th-century milieu.

EN 662 Middle English Literature Exclusive of Chaucer. Three hours.

A survey of the period with emphasis on types of literature, allegory, and satire. The opinions and attitudes of the Middle Ages are examined.

EN 665 Seminar in Renaissance Literature I. Three hours.

Recent topics have included Elizabethan drama and friendship in Renaissance literature.

EN 666 Seminar in Renaissance Literature II. Three hours.

Recent topics have included Jacobean and Caroline drama and Shakespearean tragedy.

EN 667 Shakespeare in Performance Practicum. Three hours.

Shakespeare wrote his plays to be performed, and this course investigates conditions and implications of performance on stage and in film, present and past.

EN 668 Seminar in Renaissance Literature III. Three hours.

Recent topics have included John Donne's poetry and mourning and the elegy.

EN 669 Strode Seminar in the Age of Shakespeare. Three hours.

This seminar is based around part-time residence of distinguished faculty from other universities. Recent topics have included constructing gender and Milton and Shakespeare in literary history.

EN 673 Seminar in Restoration Literature. Three hours.

An analytical study of a major aspect of the literature of Britain between 1660 and 1700. Emphasis varies; a recent topic was "The Romance of Conquest."

EN 674 Seminar in 18th-Century British Literature. Three hours.

Emphasis is on a major figure (Fielding, Pope, Swift) and/or groups of writers (The Age of Johnson) and/or form (the novel, biography, drama). Specific topics are announced prior to registration.

EN 683 Seminar in Romantic Literature. Three hours.

Intensive study of English Romantic poetry and prose. Recent topics have included Wordsworth and Coleridge, and the Shelley circle.

EN 685 Seminar in Victorian Literature. Three hours.

Intensive study of Victorian literature. Recent topics have included Browning and Hopkins, and "Anatomies of Pleasure and Pain."

EN 690 Seminar in Modern British Literature. Three hours.

A study of some major aspect or aspects of the literature from 1890 to 1945. Recent topics have included Modernism; Woolf, psychoanalysis, and feminism; and Dylan Thomas, D. H. Lawrence, and Ted Hughes.

EN 691 Seminar in Contemporary British Writing. Three hours.

Investigation of issues in British writing from 1945 to the present. A recent topic was "Representing Africa."

EN 698 Research Not Related to Dissertation (MFA/PhD). Variable credit.

EN 699 Dissertation Research (MFA/PhD). Variable credit.

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