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COURSE OFFERINGS

600 Level Courses

  • ENGL 601 Methods of Interpretation (3)
    An advanced study of contemporary literary theory, its methods and practices, and an investigation of its value for research in the discipline, and for the practice of literary criticism.  Core course.
  • ENGL 604 Advanced Topics in Medieval and Early Modern Literature (3)
    An advanced study of selected literary texts from medieval times to the early modern period. Topics to be announced each semester offered. Counts for C.
  • ENGL 605  Advanced Topics in Eighteenth-Century and Romantic-era Literature (3)
    An advanced study of Eighteenth-century and Romantic-era literature and culture, the material production of texts written during this period, and developments in theory and literary criticism relevant to this field. (Repeatable up to 9 credits.) Counts for B or C depending on topic.
  • ENGL 606  Advanced Topics in Victorian Literature (3)
    An advanced study of Victorian literature and culture, the material production of Victorian texts, and developments in theory and literary criticism relevant to this field. (Repeatable up to 9 credits.)  Counts for B.
  • ENGL 607 Language in Society (3)
    In this course, students will study written texts and oral language exchanges in order to learn how language functions in various social settings. They will master skills and methods of sociolinguistic inquiry in the context of actual discourse communities. Students will produce research findings that contribute to current debates in sociolinguistics.  Core course.
  • ENGL 610 Seminar in Genre Studies (3)
    This course is a study of major developments in genre theory and the history of literary genre. Emphasis may be placed on one genre or one writer whose work exemplifies that genre. Topics to be announced each semester offered. Counts for A, B, or C depending on topic.
  • ENGL 616 Advanced Topics in Literature and Other Arts (3)
    An examination of the intersection between literature and music, the visual arts, film, theatre, and/or dance. Topics and approaches will vary and may involve the study of specific literary genres, artistic movements, or may focus on a significant writer or artist. (Repeatable up to 9 credits.)  Counts for B or C depending on the topic.
  • ENGL 619 Literature and the Sciences (3)
    An intensive study of the relationships between literature and some aspect of the physical, biological or social sciences. Topics to be announced each semester offered Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.  Counts for A or B depending on topic.
  • ENGL 625  Material Culture and Production (3)
    An advanced interdisciplinary study of the material conditions in which texts are produced and consumed. (Repeatable up to 9 credits.)  Counts for A.
  • ENGL 630 Literary Masterworks (3)
    This course will examine a selection of important works from the world literary tradition in the light of enduring ideas, themes and interpretive problems. Topics, which will vary from semester to semester, may deal with such concerns as the conception and uses of time in narrative, the poetry of political engagement or changing concepts of the hero. Note: Also listed as HUM 630. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.  Counts for B or C depending on topic.
  • ENGL 631 Contemporary Issues: Texts and Contexts (3)
    Focuses on an issue of current importance and examines its representation in selected works of modern and contemporary literature. Topics, which will vary from semester to semester, may deal with such problems as ethos and action, politics and culture, the representation of the natural environment, contemporary self-consciousness, masculine and feminine in modern fiction, relativity in art and science and society. Note: Also listed as HUM 631. Prerequisite: Consent of the instructor.  Counts for A, B, or C depending on topic.
  • ENGL 635 Digital Humanities (3)
    This course provides a comprehensive graduate-level introduction to the field of digital humanities.  During the course of the semester we will explore several distinct areas within the field, including humanities computing, critical code studies, and new media studies.  The class will introduce students to foundational and state-of-the-art humanities computing tools for the analysis and archiving of texts; and expose students to current trends in and criticism of digital literature and interactive fiction/game theory; and discuss digital humanities’ impact on the academic and para-academic professions. Students will be expected to engage in code-making and use of digital tools.  Counts for A.
  • ENGL 641 Literature, Values and Social Responsibility (3)
    This course treats literary texts as vehicles of value in a variety of cultures: national, ethnic, gendered, privileged and oppressed. It examines the way in which values survive in the language and literature of particular peoples and how such values form part of their broad social identity. In particular, the course focuses on how literature can be applied to specific political, economic and education problems. Note: Also listed as LLC 641. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Counts for B or C depending on topic.
  • ENGL 648  Seminar in Literature and Culture (3)
    Study of the relationships between literature and culture with emphasis on literature as a product and manifestation of cultural forces. Topics are announced each semester. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.  Counts for A, B, or C depending on topic.
  • ENGL 649 Genre Analysis (3)  Taught in an electronic classroom, Genre Analysis will be guided by the theory and methodologies, primarily, of Swales and Bakhtin. Students will conduct what Swales calls textographies or studies of text and situation. In particular, we will examine the rhetoric of academia, science, media, and law, both print and electronic. During the course, students will employ multi-methodologies to study text, including observation, discourse analysis, interview, and think-aloud protocols. We will also investigate academic writing and the development of academic language and literacy. The face-to-face course will incorporate online communication, as well as traditional writing processes and will explore rhetorical analysis as compared to genre analysis. Counts for A.
  • ENGL 664 Advanced Topics in Women and literature (3)
    The study of literature by or about women with particular attention to questions of gender and sexuality. The course will address questions of canonicity and a female literary tradition, examine gender politics in relation to genre and constructions of woman in literary texts, and engage with feminist literary theory. Counts for B or C depending on topic.
  • ENGL 666 World Literature Written in English (3)
    A study of literature written in English from around the world. The course focuses on those works and national traditions not covered in the British-American literary curriculum. Attention is paid to the historical, cultural and political contexts of Anglophone writing in various locations around the world as well as to the distinctive linguistic and rhetorical features of such works. Counts for B.
  • ENGL 669 Advanced Topics in Literature, Race and Ethnicity (3)
    This course will examine literature that engages specifically with race and ethnicity. Students will be introduced to scholarly approaches to the study of race and ethnicity in literature and will be challenged to think critically about representations of racial and ethnic identities and experiences in a variety of literary traditions. This course is not bound to a specific time period or region and topics may include focused study of particular authors, genres, historical moments, or theoretical frameworks. Topics to be announced each semester. Counts for B.
  • ENGL 686 Teaching Composition: Theory and Practice (3)
    This course examines our changing understanding of the teaching of composition during the past 30 years by tracing key theories and pedagogies across this period. These sometimes-conflicting approaches to teaching writing include the following orientations: cognitive, expressivist, social constructionist and political. The course is intended for current and prospective teachers of English at elementary, secondary and post-secondary levels. Prerequisite: Consent of the instructor.  Counts for A.
  • ENGL 688 Teaching Writing with Computer-Assisted Instruction (3)
    This course introduces the methods of computer-assisted writing instruction to current and prospective teachers across the curriculum. It allows participants to practice these methods in class and provides opportunities for discussion and investigation. Designed for educators in all disciplines and at all levels, this course invites participants to explore ways of integrating technologies into their own classrooms and curricula. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Counts for A.
  • ENGL 690 Topics in the English Language (3)
    A study of various aspects of the English language. These might include a historical survey of the structure of the language from Old English through Middle English to Modern English; contemporary varieties of English, both standard and non-standard; and the development of new Englishes around the world. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.  Counts for A or C.
  • ENGL 692 Topics in Rhetoric and Composition (3)
    This course will emphasize one of two ways for students to examine theories of speaking and writing. The first, historical in emphasis, will trace current models of the writing process to their traditional sources in Greek and Latin rhetoric. The second, contemporary in emphasis, will examine present trends in writing research, the problems of different methodologies and new developments that influence how researchers study writing. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Counts for A or C depending on the topic.
  • ENGL 693 American English Structure for ESOL/FL Teachers: Syntax and Morphology (3)
    An overview of the syntactic and morphological system of modern American English. An in-depth examination of the most productive and important rules of English grammar from the point of view of English as a second language and English as a secondary foreign language. Practice in detecting and diagnosing the errors, explaining rules simply and clearly and employing effective instructional techniques will be provided. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.  Counts for A.

700 Level Courses

  • ENGL 700  Independent Study (3)
    This course provides the student with the opportunity to study independently any aspect of texts, technologies, and literature not covered by regular course offerings. (Repeatable up to 9 credits.)  Counts for A, B, or C depending on the topic.
  • ENGL 798 Portfolio Independent Study (3)
    The Master’s Portfolio is created under the direction of a faculty member.  Three credit hours are required for the Master’s degree with Portfolio.
  • ENGL 799 Master’s Thesis Research (3)
    Master’s thesis research is conducted under the direction of a faculty member.  Six credit hours are required for the Master’s degree with thesis.

Electives

Possible electives, including the following courses, may be drawn from other departments.  Students may count no more than 2 courses from other departments towards the degree.

Gender and Women’s Studies
  • GWST 680: Theories of Feminism – Counts for A or B.
  • GWST 695: Research Seminar in Women’s Studies – Counts for B.
  • GWST 601: Directed Independent Study – Counts for B.
  • GWST 611: Language, Gender and Culture – Counts for B.
  • GWST 690: Advanced Topics in Women’s Studies – Counts for B.
Language, Literacy and Culture
  • LLC 610: Theorizing Identity in Multi-Cultural Contexts – Counts for B.
  • LLC 611: Constructing Race, Class and Gender – Counts for B.
  • LLC 612: Language, Race and Ethnicity – Counts for B.
  • LLC 616: Cyberspace, Culture and Society – Counts for A.
  • LLC 635: Socio-Cultural Theories of Learning, Human Interaction A.
  • LLC 640: Multi-Disciplinary Approaches to Race, Society and Culture -Counts for B.
  • LLC 648: Research Writing and Design – Counts for A.
  • LLC 649: Genre Analysis – Counts for A.
  • LLC 750: Topics in LLC – A, B, or C.
American Studies
  • AMST 610: Theorizing Identity in Multi-Cultural Contexts – Counts for B.
  • AMST 620: The Production of Culture – Counts for A.
  • AMST 622: Seminar in Mass Media – Counts for A.
  • AMST 630: Cultural Policy & Politics of Culture in U.S. – B, C.
  • AMST 680: Community and Culture – Counts for B.
Modern Languages, Linguistics and Intercultural Communication
  • MLL 601: Intercultural Pragmatics and Discourse Analysis – Counts for A.
  • MLL 602: Ethnography of Communication – Counts for A.
  • MLL 603: Political Economy of Culture – Counts for A.
  • MLL 605: The Field of Intercultural Communication – Counts for A.
  • MLL 625: Intercultural and Cross-Cultural Communication – Counts for A.