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Note: 600-level courses in literature may be taught either as topical colloquia or historical surveys, at the discretion of the instructor. All courses at this level will be understood as prefatory to the kind of work done in 700-level seminar courses, without prerequisites.

Note: L701 is a seminar requiring directed individual study and investigation. The prerequisite is advanced graduate standing, or a 600-level course in the subject, or the consent of the instructor; it is recommended that a student take L501 before enrolling in a seminar. With consent of the instructor, a student may take a 700-level course twice for credit.

  • ENG–G 500 Introduction to the English Language (4 cr.) An introduction to the English language: its nature, structure, and development.
  • ENG–L 501 Professional Scholarship in Literature (4 cr.) Materials, tools, and methods of research.
  • ENG–L 502 Introduction to Literacy Studies and the Teaching of College English (2–4 cr.) Historical and cognitive effects of writing, reading, and language use; and the implication of these effects for the teaching and study of literature and writing.
  • ENG–L 506 Introduction to Methods of Criticism/Research (4 cr.) The conditions and assumptions of studying English, with emphasis on the application of theory to a culturally and historically diverse range of writings.
  • ENG–G 541 Materials Preparation for ESL Instruction (4 cr.) Students will learn about materials preparation, syllabus design, and test preparation by applying a variety of theories to books and other ESL (English as a Second-language) teaching devices (e.g., tapes, videotapes, software programs) to evaluate their usefulness and will learn to evaluate ESL materials for adequateness.
  • ENG–G 625 Introduction to Text Linguistics/Discourse Analysis (4 cr.) This course introduces students to current approaches to text and discourse coherence, including recent theories of cognitive and interactional text modeling.
  • ENG–G 652 English Language Sociolinguistics (4 cr.) A survey course in American and British sociolinguistics, this course investigates the theoretical bases, the major works, and the methodological approaches of current sociolinguistics.
  • LING–L 532 Second-Language Acquisition (3 cr.)
  • LING–L 534 Linguistics Resources and TESOL (3 cr.)
  • ENG–L 553 Studies in Literature (1–3 cr.) Primarily for secondary-school and junior-college teachers of English. Emphasis on thematic, analytic, and generic study. With consent of instructor. May be repeated once for credit.
  • ENG–L 560 Literary Studies in England and Scotland (6 cr.) Provides on-site opportunities in England and Scotland to explore the literary landscapes of British authors in relation to the English and Scottish school systems. Designed primarily for education majors and continuing certification credits. Offered biannually. Department is not currently offering this course.
  • ENG–L 573 Studies of Literary Appreciation I (3 cr.)
  • ENG–L 590 Internship in English (4 cr.) A supervised internship in the uses of language in the workplace. Each intern will be assigned a problem or task and will develop the methods for solving or completing it. Each intern will complete a portfolio of workplace writing and self-evaluation.
  • ENG–L 606 Topics in African American Literature (4 cr.) Focuses on a particular genre, time period, or theme of African American literature. Examples: twentieth-century African American women’s novels, black male identity in literature, kinship in African American literature, African American autobiography.  May be repeated twice for credit with different focuses.
  • ENG–L 625 Shakespeare (4 cr.) Critical analysis of selected tragedies, comedies, history plays, and poetry.
  • ENG–L 645 English Fiction, 1800-1900 (4 cr.) Intensive historical and critical study of nineteenth-century prose fiction, especially the novel.
  • ENG–L 655 American Literature and Culture 1900-1945 (4 cr.) Study of American literature and culture from the turn of the century to 1945.
  • ENG–L 680 Special Topics-Literary Study and Theory (4 cr.) L680 is offered as a Variable Title course. May be repeated for credit with each variable title.
  • ENG–L 681 Genre Studies (4 cr.) A variable-title course, Genre Studies examines the specific characteristics of individual genres. May be repeated once for credit.
  • ENG–L 695 Individual Readings in English (1–4 cr.)
  • ENG–L 699 M.A. Thesis (arr cr.)
  • ENG–L 701 Descriptive Bibliography and Textual problems (4 cr.)
  • LING–P 512 Methods and Materials for TESOL 2 (3 cr.) This course aims at enhancing participants’ understanding of theoretical principles underlying the preparation of ESL instructional materials as well as participants’ knowledge and skills in materials preparation and effective implementation. It also addresses issues related to course design, content selection, and language assessment.
  • LING–T 600 Topics in TESOL and Applied Linguistics (3 cr.)
  • LING–T 660 Contrastive Discourse: Readings in Linguistics (3 cr.) This course examines contrastive discourse/intercultural rhetoric and considers the cross-cultural aspects of discourse organization from both the reader’s and the writer’s viewpoints. Comparisons of text organization in different genres and for different audiences will be made, studying the roles of cultural forms and schemata in the interaction between writer and reader.
  • LING–T 690 Advanced Readings in TESOL and Applied Linguistics (1–4 cr.)
  • ENG–W 500 Teaching Composition: Issues and Approaches (4 cr.) Consideration of fundamental issues in the teaching of writing and the major approaches to composition instruction. Specific topics include teaching invention and revision, diagnosing errors, teaching style and organization, making assignments, and evaluating student writing.
  • ENG–W 502 Fields of Editing: Theories and Practices (4 cr.) An introduction to general copyediting, technical editing, and scholarly editing, the course serves as a prologue to a comprehensive study of manuscript editing. Course content includes the identification and recovery of modern manuscript texts, with an emphasis on physical description, transcription strategies and techniques, and editing of the transcribed text for publication.
  • ENG–W 503 Technologies of Editing: Producing Letterpress and Electronic Texts (4 cr.) An applied study of contemporary text production, the course examines the standards of accuracy required in professional editing and the way that both text and documentation are prepared for publication. It explores issues of textual preservation, storage, retrieval, and the marketplace as they affect the design and modification of letterpress and electronic texts.
  • ENG–W 508 Graduate Creative Writing for Teachers (4 cr.) W508 offers current and future teachers insights into the creative process, teaches them to think as writers do, suggests strategies for critiquing creative work, and provides guidance in developing creative writing curriculum. W508 emphasizes hands-on writing activities in three genres, adaptable for use with students at every level.
  • ENG–W 509 Introduction to Writing & Literacy Studies (4 cr.) This course examines two primary, yet interrelated, threads in postsecondary education: literacy studies and contemporary composition teaching. Students will read, analyze, discuss, and write about key issues in literacy and writing, laying a foundation for further study. The primary goals for this course are for students 1) to understand the theoretical and pedagogical implications of literate activity inside and outside the classroom, 2) to learn how scholars in writing and literacy studies organize their thinking, 3) to recognize different research methods in this field, and 4) to develop skills necessary for professional success in academia.
  • ENG–W 510 Computers in Composition (4 cr.) Based in current theories about the process of writing, this course surveys the use of computer programs (such as word processing) as writing tools, computer-assigned instruction as teaching aids, and computer programs as research aids to study writing.
  • ENG–W 511 Graduate Fiction Writing (4 cr.) A graduate-level fiction writing workshop. Seminar study of advanced techniques in the writing of fiction, both short stories and the novel. Workshop discussion of advanced student work in progress.
  • ENG–W 513 Graduate Poetry Writing (4 cr.) Offers graduate students an intensive experience in reading and writing poetry. Part workshop and part seminar in poetic practice and technique, W513 provides an opportunity for graduate students to expand their poetic range and hone their craft.
  • ENG–W 525 Research Approaches for Technical and Professional Communication (4 cr.) Examines the theory and practice of quantitative and qualitative research approaches used by individuals working in technical and professional communication.  The course explores both primary (i.e. field) and secondary (i.e. library) research approaches for learning about content, audience, and publication design, providing hands-on experience in multiple research approaches.
  • ENG–W 531 Designing and Editing Visual Technical Communication (4 cr.) This course explores rhetorical Theories guiding visual communication with in technical publicications, both paper and electronic.
  • ENG–W 532 Managing Document Quality (4 cr.) Course considers issues in establishing and maintaining quality throughout the document development cycle.  Topics may include principles and theories of quality control, establishing quality goals, task analysis and information gathering, usability testing, creating and using style guides, single-sourcing/document reuse, supervising crossfunctional teams, meeting production schedules.
  • ENG–W 553 Theory and Practice of Exposition (1–3 cr.) Primarily for secondary-school and junior-college teachers of English.
  • ENG–W 590 Teaching Composition: Theories and Application (4 cr.) Current theories of composition and their pedagogical implications.
  • ENG–W 600 Topics in Rhetoric and Composition (4 cr.) Covers selected issues in current composition and rhetorical theory. May be repeated once for credit with a different topic.
  • ENG–W 605 Writing Project Summer Institute (3–6 cr.) By application and invitation only. For teachers from K-university, who together consider major issues involved in the teaching of writing and explore the pedagogical approaches inherent in these issues. The institute explores current theories of writing and their application in the classroom. Preference given to active classroom teachers.
  • ENG–W 609 Directed Writing Projects (1–4 cr.)
  • ENG–W 615 Writing Creative Nonfiction (4 cr.) Writing workshop in such modes as personal essay, autobiography, and documentary. Open also to graduate students not in the creative writing program.
  • ENG–W 697 Independent Study in Writing (1–4 cr.)

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