Department of English (EN)

The department offers programs leading to the Master of Arts in English; the Master of Arts in Composition, Rhetoric, and English Studies; the Master of Arts in teaching English to speakers of other languages (Applied Linguistics/TESOL); the Master of Fine Arts in creative writing; the PhD in English; and the PhD in Composition, Rhetoric, and English Studies.

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Programs

Time Limit for All Degrees

All requirements for the MA, MA in Applied Linguistics/TESOL, and MFA degrees must be completed within six years. The PhD degree must be completed within seven years from the time of admission to the doctoral program. Students enrolling in the BA to PhD program have eight years in which to complete their degrees.

Faculty

Chair
  • Joel Brouwer
Director of Graduate Studies
  • James McNaughton
Director of the MFA Program in Creative Writing
  • Kellie Wells
Director of the Hudson Strode Program in Renaissance Studies
  • Michelle Dowd
CRES Program Coordinator
  • Amy Dayton
TESOL Program Coordinator
  • Dilin Liu

Courses

Graduate Credit for 500-Level Courses

Graduate students enrolled in 500-level courses that are also offered at the 400 level are expected to perform extra work of an appropriate nature. Graduate credit will not be granted at the 400 level.

English Courses

EN
500
Hours
3
Special Topics

No description available.

EN
512
Hours
3
Computers And Writing

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

EN
523
Hours
3
History English Language

An introduction to the external history of the English language along with the study of the accompanying internal changes in structure. A desirable prerequisite for this course is EN 320 or EN 321.

EN
524
Hours
3
Structure Of English

An intensive investigation of the structures in the English language, including phonology, morphology, syntax, and semantics. A desirable prerequisite for this course is EN 320 or EN 321.

EN
525
Hours
3
Dialectology

The study of the experience of the English language in America, with particular emphasis on its development and dialects. A desirable prerequisite for this course is EN 320 or EN 321.

EN
529
Hours
1-6
Directed Studies

No description available.

EN
532
Hours
3
Approach Teach Composition

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. Required of all graduate assistants in English.

EN
533
Hours
2
Practicum Tchg College English

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. Format for the course is a one-hour large group meeting taught by the WPA and/or others on the First-year Writing Program staff or CRES faculty, and a one-hour small group meeting taught by the WPA, FWP staff, and/or CRES faculty. The small group meetings will function to offer additional mentoring for GTA teaching and support for GTA student learning. Please note: EN 533 begins with required orientation workshops and an intensive multi-day orientation session immediately prior to the start of the fall semester. Orientation attendance is mandatory for retaining a graduate assistantship.

EN
534
Hours
2
Practicum Tchg College English

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. Format for the course is a one-hour large group meeting taught by the WPA and/or others on the First-year Writing Program staff or CRES faculty, and a one-hour small group meeting taught by the WPA, FWP staff, and/or CRES faculty. The small group meetings will function to offer additional mentoring for GTA teaching and support for GTA student learning.

EN
535
Hours
3
Literary Criticism

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

EN
537
Hours
3
Introduction to Graduate Studies

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
539
Hours
1
Approaches to Teaching the Sophomore EN Survey

This course is required for all GTAs assigned to teach a 200-level EN survey for the first time. It may be taken concurrently with or in advance of teaching one’s first literature survey, and is typically taken by Ph.D. students in their second year of coursework and by MFA students in their third year of coursework. A grade of “pass” is required for students to teach literature courses in the department of English. Students should expect to meet weekly to discuss practical subjects like how to manage daily discussion, construct exams, assign and grade papers, and otherwise ensure that learning outcomes are being met. Students should also expect to prepare teaching materials for a number of the 200-level surveys and to have those items evaluated for their agreement with the department’s 200-level course guidelines. Student Learning Outcomes: • Students can produce a syllabus and other teaching materials that accord with departmental and disciplinary expectations for the 200-level literature surveys • Students attain a broad knowledge of the scope and pedagogical goals of EN 205 • Students attain a broad knowledge of the scope and pedagogical goals of EN 206 • Students attain a broad knowledge of the scope and pedagogical goals of EN 207 • Students attain a broad knowledge of the scope and pedagogical goals of EN 208 • Students attain a broad knowledge of the scope and pedagogical goals of EN 209 • Students attain a broad knowledge of the scope and pedagogical goals of EN 210 • Students attain a broad knowledge of the scope and pedagogical goals of EN 249.

Prerequisite(s): One completed year of coursework in the English Ph.D. program or two completed years of coursework in the English MFA program
EN
598
Hours
1-12
Non-Thesis Research

Non-Thesis Research.

EN
599
Hours
1-12
Thesis Research

No description available.

EN
601
Hours
3
Fiction Workshop

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.

EN
603
Hours
3
Poetry Workshop

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.

EN
605
Hours
3
Workshop Special Topics

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.

EN
608
Hours
3
Forms Special Topics

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
Hours
1
Form Theory Practice

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.

EN
610
Hours
3
Meth Teaching English Sec Lang

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

EN
612
Hours
3
Topics In Applied Linguistics

Rotating topics in applied linguistics.

EN
613
Hours
3
Second Language Development

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

EN
617
Hours
3
Teach Esl Acad Language Skills

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

EN
620
Hours
3
English Linguistics

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

EN
630
Hours
1-6
Directed Studies

No description available.

EN
635
Hours
3
Literary Criticism

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
Hours
3
Workshop In Academic Writing

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
Hours
3
Sem Rhetoric & Composition

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

EN
639
Hours
3
Topics Rhetoric Composition

Topics to be proposed by faculty each semester. Typical topics include literacy theory, theoretical perspectives on basic writers, and computers and literacy.

EN
640
Hours
3
Spec Topics Sem American Lit

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

EN
641
Hours
3
Sem American Lit Before 1850

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
643
Hours
3
Sem 20th Century American Lit

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

EN
647
Hours
3
Seminar Southern Literature

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
Hours
3
Seminar African-American Lit

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

EN
651
Hours
3
Politics and Writing Pedagogy

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

EN
652
Hours
3
Composition Theory

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

EN
653
Hours
3
Research Methodology

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

EN
654
Hours
3
Sem Visual & Digital Rhetoric

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
Hours
3
History of Rhet/Comp II

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

EN
661
Hours
3
Chaucer

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

EN
662
Hours
3
Middle English Lit Ex Chaucer

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
663
Hours
3
Seminar in Renaissance Literature I

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

EN
664
Hours
3
Seminar in Renaissance Literature II

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

EN
667
Hours
3
Shakespeare in Performance Practicum

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
Hours
3
Seminar in Renaissance Literature III

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

EN
669
Hours
3
The Strode Seminar

This seminar is offered in the spring semester of even-numbered years and typically features visits from distinguished faculty from other universities. Recent topics have included constructing gender and Milton and Shakespeare in literary history.

EN
674
Hours
3
Sem 18th Century Literature

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
Hours
3
Seminar Romantic Literature

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

EN
685
Hours
3
Seminar Victorian Literature

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

EN
690
Hours
3
Modern British Literature

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
693
Hours
3
Seminar in Postcolonial Literature and Theory

A seminar that examines literatures from the Global South. Recent topics have included postcolonial theory, colonialism, decolonization, diaspora, and globalization.

EN
698
Hours
1-9
Non-Dissertation Research

No description available.

EN
699
Hours
1-12
Dissertation Research

No description available.