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Department of English

Graduate Courses

ENG 6301 INTRODUCTION TO LITERARY STUDIES

This course will prepare students for graduate study in English. English 6301 students will learn the basics of literary scholarship. They will engage in the in-library and online research necessary to write a scholarly literary paper and learn the basic conventions of literary criticism and documentation.

ENG 6302 MODERN SYNTAX

Studies in Modern English syntax with attention given to investigative methods and findings of contemporary linguistic analysis. Special emphasis on the structure of English as a second language.
Prerequisite: ENG 6350, or consent of instructor.

ENG 6310 STUDIES IN GENRE

Focuses on the literary and cultural productions within the context of a particular genre, including poetry, short story, the novel, drama, autobiography, and epistolary literature. May be repeated for credit when the topic varies.

ENG 6315 WORKSHOP IN CREATIVE WRITING

Advanced study of creative writing with emphasis on poetry, fiction, or non-fiction. Includes workshops of student work and formal study of craft and genre.

ENG 6316 STUDIES IN MEXICAN-AMERICAN LITERATURE

Advanced study of the literature by and about Mexican Americans, with emphasis on the literary techniques and the cultural reflections in this literature. May be repeated for credit when the topic varies.

ENG 6318 STUDIES IN ETHNIC LITERATURE

Focus on the literature of specific ethnic groups with special attention to critical race theory, cultural theory, and the cultural productions of traditionally underrepresented minority groups. May be repeated for credit whe the topic varies.

ENG 6319 STUDIES IN GENDER AND LITERATURE

A study of literature and culture in realation to the question of gender identity, with special emphasis on feminist, gender, and queer theory as well as the literary conventions, movements, and histories that inform gender identity. May be repeated for credit with the topic varies.

ENG 6320 INTRODUCTION TO GRADUATE STUDIES IN RHETORIC, COMPOSITION, AND LITERACY

Introduces new graduate students in Rhetoric, Composition, and Literacy to the discipline, with emphasis on professional issues, research methods, and applications.

ENG 6321 STUDIES IN LANGUAGE AND CULTURE

Advanced study of social aspects of language and language use, including language attitudes, sociolinguistic dynamics of language contact situations, language learning, and the social and linguistic nature of dialects, language variation, and language change. Requires a research project.

ENG 6322 THEORY IN RHETORIC, COMPOSITION, AND LITERACY

Focus on various theoretical approaches to the study of discourse with application of theories to a significant analytical project. may be repeated for credit when the topic varies.

ENG 6323 HISTORY OF RHETORIC, COMPOSITION, AND LITERACY STUDIES

Focus on the historical development of rhetoric, composition pedagogy, or literacy studies. May be repeated for credit when the topic varies.

ENG 6324 PEDAGOGY IN RHETORIC, COMPOSITION, AND LITERACY

Explore issues related to teaching of rhetoric, compsition, and other literacies, with emphasis on a theoretically informed practice. May be repeated for credit when the topic varies.

ENG 6325 STUDIES IN COMPOSITION TECHNIQUES

Advanced study of composition theory and techniques and methods of teaching composition, with special emphasis on teaching English composition to college freshman. Required of all English teaching assistants. May be repeated for credit when the topic varies.

ENG 6326 PROFESSIONAL WRITING

Applied study of the theories and approaches to professional discourse production. Students will design and produce a professional writing project.

ENG 6327 WRITING ACADEMIC DISCOURSE

Provides study and practice writing professional-level academic discourse, including research project design, research proposals, professional journal articles, and conference proposals and papers.

ENG 6328 INTRODUCTION TO ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE

study of ESL theory and techniques and their application to specific language performance skills. Special emphasis on the linguistic, sociolinguistic, and psycholinguistic bases for selecting appropriate ESL methods and techniques.
Prerequisite: ENG 3319 or 6350, or consent of instructor.

ENG 6329 PROBLEMS IN ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE

Studies in special problem areas of language and practice which prospective teachers of ESL students will encounter in the classroom. May be repeated once for credit when the topic varies.
Prerequisite: ENG 6328, or consent of instructor.

ENGL 6336 FICTION WORKSHOP

A workshop course devoted to the craft of fiction writing.  Students read, write and critique literary fiction.
Prerequisite: MFA candidates only.

ENGL 6337 CREATIVE NONFICTION WORKSHOP

Advanced study of creative nonfiction.  Includes workshops of student writing, along with close analysis of published literary nonfiction and craft commentary by contemporary writers of creative nonfiction.
Prerequisite
: MFA candidates only.

ENGL 6338 POETRY WORKSHOP

Advances study of contemporary poetry, with an emphasis on writing original poems and discussing them in a workshop format, along with the close reading and analysis of published poems and poetry collections.
Prerequisite: MFA candidates only.

ENGL 6339 LITERARY TRANSLATION WORKSHOP

A workshop course devoted to the craft of literary translation, primarily Spanish/English.
Prerequisite: MFA candidates only.

ENG 6345 PROBLEMS IN GRAMMAR, DIALECTS, AND LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT

A study of the second language learner's transition from regional usage to standard usage. Emphasis upon practical implementation of theories of grammar, dialects, and language performance. May be repeated for credit when the topic varies.

ENG 6347 STUDIES IN LITERARY THEORY

Extensive study of major works, figures, and topics in literary theory. May be repeated for credit when the topic varies.

ENG 6350 INTRODUCTION TO DESCRIPTIVE LINGUISTICS FOR TEACHERS

An introduction to the methods of linguistics science with emphasis on problem solving techniques and the application to specific problems; includes a research project exploring the application of linguistics to specific situations. Not open to students with credit in ENG 3319.

ENG 6351 PROBLEMS IN LINGUISTICS

Studies in modern linguistics with emphasis on the practical help which the science offers to the student of the English language. May be repeated once when the emphasis varies. (Special topics to be announced in schedule of classes.)
Prerequisite: ENG 6329, or consent of instructor.

ENG 6352 PRACTICUM IN ESL

Supervised experience in teaching/working with learners of ESL in (a)English 1406, (b)a tutorial or (c)a laboratory. Actual experience will be based on theoretical principles and methodology of modern language teaching. Sample lesson plans will be developed and tried under the supervision of trained ESL personnel in a university context in order to meet the needs of ESL learners.
Prerequisite: ENG 6329, or consent of instructor.

ENG 6353 ESL TESTING

Evaluation of second learners of English following the principles and guidelines for diagnostic, placement, proficiency, and classroom testing in ESL. Areas covered include principles and procedures for selecting, preparing, administering and interpreting results of tests of ESL learning.
Prerequisite: ENG 6328, 6329, or consent of instructor.

ENG 6357 SCREENWRITING WORKSHOP

A workshop course devoted to the craft of screenwriting. Students will read, write, and critique screenplays. The first time they take the course they will write (and rewrite) a 60 page screenplay. The second and third time they will write (and rewrite) a full length screenplay (120 pages).

ENG 6358 PLAYWRITING WORKSHOP

A workshop course devoted to the craft of playwriting. Students will read, write, and critique dramatic fiction. The first time they take the course they will write (and rewrite) a one act play. The second time they take the course they will write (and rewrite) a full length play.

ENG 6360 STUDIES IN ENGLISH LITERATURE

Usually offered three times per year.
A study in English literature. May be repeated for credit when the topic varies. (Specific topics to be announced in schedule of classes.)

ENG 6362 STUDIES IN SINGLE AUTHOR

A study of the literary works and historical epoch of a single author, with emphasis on historical, biographical, cultural and aesthetic contexts. May be repeated for credit when the topic varies.

ENG 6365 TOPICS IN LITERARY HISTORY

A study of the historical and cultural development of literary conventions, movements, and/or school of literary writing. May be repeated for credit when the topic varies.

ENG 6368 FORM AND THEORY OF PLAYWRITING

A graduate level form and theory course designed to strengthen and enhance the student's writing while reading widely in the many forms of dramatic literature.

ENG 6369 FORM AND THEORY OF SCREENWRITING

A graduate level form and theory course designed to strengthen and enhance the student's writing while reading widely in the many forms of film literature.

ENG 6370 STUDIES IN AMERICAN LITERATURE

Usually offered three times per year.
A study in American literature. May be repeated for credit when the topic varies. (Specific topics to be announced in schedule of classes.)

ENG 6380 STUDIES IN COMPARATIVE LITERATURE

The comparison of particular topics, motifs, or genres in the literature of two or more languages or cultures.

ENG 6383 TOPICS IN POSTCOLONIAL STUDIES

Study of particular topics, motifs, theoretical approaches, and historical movements in postcolonial literature and culture. May be repeated for credit when the topic varies.

ENG 6385 TOPICS IN CULTURAL STUDIES

Study of the discipline of Cultural Studies with emphasis on its theoretical basis, significant historical movements, relevant political developments, and various cultural artifacts. May be repeated for credit when the topic varies.

ENGL 6386 FORM & THEORY SHORT FICITON

Studies in elements of short fiction, including narrative design, character development, voice, tone dialogue, point of view, imagery and plot.

ENGL 6387 FORM & THEORY NONFICTION

Studies in the structure of literary nonfiction, including narrative elements such as characterization, dialogue, point of view, and plot, as well as lyric elements such as sound patterning and poetic compression.  Suitable for creative writers as well as students of literary criticism. 

ENGL 6388 FORM  & THEORY OF POETRY

Advanced study of the forms, techniques, and directions of contemporary poetry through intensive reading and writing practice.

ENGL 6389 FORM & THEORY- THE NOVEL

Studies in the elements and structure of the novel, including narrative design, character development, voice, tone, dialogue, point of view, imagery, and plot.

ENG 6390 STUDIES IN SPECIAL TOPICS

Extensive study in topics not limited to American or English literature. May be repeated for credit when the topic varies.

ENG 7300 THESIS

On demand.

ENG 7301 THESIS

On demand.

 

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