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Graduate Courses

The following course descriptions are those in the college bulletin and may vary by semester.  The English Department maintains a bulletin with more detailed descriptions of courses for the current and upcoming semester.

ENGL 613. Introduction to Old English. 2 hr. plus conf.; 3 cr. Language and literature of the Anglo-Saxons.

ENGL 618. Introduction to Middle English. 2 hr. plus conf.; 3 cr.

ENGL 619. Major Works of the Middle Ages. 2 hr. plus conf.; 3 cr.

ENGL 620. Major Writers of the Renaissance Exclusive of Shakespeare. 2 hr. plus conf.; 3 cr.

ENGL 621. Major Writers of the Seventeenth Century. 2 hr. plus conf.; 3 cr.

ENGL 622. Major Writers of the Eighteenth Century. 2 hr. plus conf.; 3 cr.

ENGL 623. Major Romantic Writers. 2 hr. plus conf.; 3 cr. Poetry and prose, exclusive of the novel.

ENGL 624. Major Victorian Writers. 2 hr. plus conf.; 3 cr. Poetry and prose, exclusive of the novel.

ENGL 627. Major American Writers Before 1918. 2 hr. plus conf.; 3 cr. Poetry and prose, exclusive of the novel.

ENGL 629. Major Modern Writers. 2 hr. plus conf.; 3 cr. British and American nondramatic literature since about 1918.

ENGL 635. Major English and American Novelists. 2 hr. plus conf.; 3 cr. The novel from the eighteenth century to the present.

ENGL 636. History of Literary Criticism. 2 hr. plus conf.; 3 cr. Readings in the major critics from Plato and Aristotle to the present.

ENGL 638. Modern Drama. 2 hr. plus conf.; 3 cr. American, British, and European dramatic literature and theatre from Ibsen to the present.

ENGL 662. The English Language. 2 hr. plus conf.; 3 cr. Structure and development of modern English including the historical evolution of the English language, current ideas on language acquisition, geographical and cultural diversity in language use (dialects, pidgins, and creolization), standard English phonology, morphology, syntax, and semantics.

ENGL 673. New Approaches to English Grammar. 2 hr. plus conf.; 3 cr. Recent theories and techniques in linguistics.

ENGL 681. Special Studies. 2 hr. plus conf.; 3 cr. A study of literature and a related topic. Subject will vary from semester to semester and will be announced in advance. In recent years the following courses have been offered: Influence of Myth, Influence of the Bible, Black Literature, Literature and Psychology, Great Books of the Twentieth Century, Literature and Politics, Literature and Cinema, and Literature and Theatre.

ENGL 701. Seminar in Graduate Methodology. 2 hr. plus conf.; 3 cr. Development of proficiency in literary research and bibliographical methods through individual research projects involving frequent library assignments. Normally to be taken in the first semester of graduate work, and certainly before the writing of the thesis.

ENGL 702. Graduate Methodology for English/Education Students. 2 hr. plus conf.; 3 cr. Training in current research methods on literature combined with an understanding of contemporary literary and cultural criticism, along with the elements of literary and cultural theory needed to understand such criticism. In addition to frequent library assignments, a major research paper will be required.

ENGL 703. Composition Theory and Literacy Studies. 3 hr.; 3 cr. A study of literacy practices, the many varied forms of reading and writing, and of writing pedagogy in relation to texts that put literacy into wide historical and theoretical contexts. Recommended for MSEd in place of ENGL 701.

Note: Students should not, without the permission of the department, take any of the following courses unless they have had preparation in the area, such as an undergraduate elective, a 600-level graduate course, or the equivalent. Courses entitled “Studies in” may be repeated for credit if the subject is different.

ENGL 714. Studies in Old English. 2 hr. plus conf.; 3 cr.

ENGL 719. Studies in Medieval Literature. 2 hr. plus conf.; 3 cr.

ENGL 720. Studies in Renaissance Literature. 2 hr. plus conf.; 3 cr.

ENGL 721. Studies in Seventeenth-Century Literature. 2 hr. plus conf.; 3 cr.

ENGL 722. Studies in Eighteenth-Century Literature. 2 hr. plus conf.; 3 cr.

ENGL 723. Studies in Romantic Literature. 2 hr. plus conf.; 3 cr.

ENGL 724. Studies in Victorian Literature. 2 hr. plus conf.; 3 cr.

ENGL 726. Studies in Early American Literature. 2 hr. plus conf.; 3 cr.

ENGL 727. Studies in American Literature, 1820–1920. 2 hr. plus conf.; 3 cr.

ENGL 729. Studies in Modern Literature. 2 hr. plus conf.; 3 cr.

ENGL 736. Studies in Criticism. 2 hr. plus conf.; 3 cr.

ENGL 742. Studies in Shakespeare’s Plays. 2 hr. plus conf.; 3 cr.

Courses numbered ENGL 751–759 are open only to candidates in the Creative Writing Sequence. 

ENGL 751. Workshop in Fiction. 2 or 3 hr. plus conf.; 3 cr. May be repeated for credit.

ENGL 753. Workshop in Poetry. 2 or 3 hr. plus conf.; 3 cr. May be repeated for credit.

ENGL 755. Workshop in Drama. 2 or 3 hr. plus conf.; 3 cr. May be repeated for credit.

ENGL 757. Workshop in Special Topics in Creative Writing. 2 hr. plus conf.; 3 cr. An intensive study of one or more writing genres, with appropriate readings and writing practice; e. g., literary essay, children’s literature, narrative poetry, science fiction, etc. May be repeated for credit.

ENGL 759. Advanced Writing Project (Thesis). 3 hr.; 3 cr. Prereq.: Completion of coursework. Preparation of the required creative writing project under the supervision of an instructor.

ENGL 760. Fiction in Theory and Practice. 2 hr. plus conf.; 3 cr. An intensive study of the theory of fiction, with close reading of a number of stories, novellas, and/or novels and readings in literary criticism. (This is not a writing workshop course but one in the critical reading of fiction. It is designed especially for creative writers.)

ENGL 761. Poetry in Theory and Practice. 2 hr. plus conf.; 3 cr. An intensive study of poetical theory, with close reading of a number of poets and readings in literary criticism. (This is not a writing workshop course but one in the critical reading of poetry. It is designed especially for creative writers.)

ENGL 762. Drama in Theory and Practice. 2 hr. plus conf.; 3 cr. An intensive study of the theory of drama, with close reading of a number of plays and readings in literary criticism. (This is not a writing workshop course but one in the critical reading of drama. It is designed especially for creative writers.)

ENGL 775. Studies in English Linguistics. 2 hr. plus conf.; 3 cr.

ENGL 781. Special Seminars. 2 hr. plus conf.; 3 cr. Intensive analysis of a major figure, type, trend, or problem, under the guidance of a specialist. The subject will vary from semester to semester and will be announced in advance together with any special prerequisites.

ENGL 788. Cooperative Education Placement. Prereq.: Permission of the director of graduate studies. Experiential learning through placement. Opportunity to test and demonstrate academic learning in an organizational setting. Students receive academic credit as well as a stipend from the placement. A learning contract as well as an academically related project will be worked out with an advisor.

ENGL 788.1.  1 hr.; 1 cr.

ENGL 788.2.  2 hr.; 2 cr.

ENGL 788.3.  3 hr.; 3 cr.

ENGL 788.4.  4 hr.; 4 cr.

ENGL 788.5.  5 hr.; 5 cr.

ENGL 788.6.  6 hr.; 6 cr.

ENGL 791. Thesis Course. 3 hr.; 3 cr. Prereq.: Completion of coursework. Enables students to write culminating essay or begin thesis. Students must submit a Thesis Sign-Up Form to the Director of Graduate Studies in order to register for this course.

ENGL 792. Thesis Workshop. 1 hr.; 1 cr. Prereq.: English 791. Enables students to complete thesis. If thesis is not completed by the end of  the semester in which the student is registered for this course, a grade of Incomplete will be given, which must be made up no later than by the end of the four-year period allotted for completion of the master’s degree.

ENGL 795. Independent Study. Hr. to be ar ranged; 3 cr. Prereq.: Permission of the director of graduate studies and instructor. Tutorial for work in a special subject not covered by regular course offerings. May be repeated for credit if the topic is different. Open only to candidates for the MA in English.

 
 

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