Programs by Campus





  • ENG-G 500 Introduction to the English Language (4 cr.)

    An introduction to the English language: its nature, structure, and development.

  • 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 501 Teaching College Composition in College (4 cr.)

    Practical teaching of composition, current theories and policies.

  • ENG-L 506 Introduction to Methods of Criticism and Research (4 cr.)

    The conditions and assumptions of studying English, with emphasis on criticism and research on a culturally and historically diverse range of texts.

  • ENG-W 507 Graduate Creative Non-Fiction Writing (4 cr.)

    W507 is a workshop in the craft of creative non-fiction, with special attention given to defining the genre and its craft, as well as looking at, analyzing and imitating works in specific subgenres of creative non-fiction such as memoir and travel writing.

  • ENG-L 590 Internship in English (4 cr.)
  • ENG-W 511 Writing Fiction (4 cr.)

    Either ENG W511 or ENG W513 may be taken twice for the M.A.

  • ENG-W 513 Writing Poetry (4 cr.)

    Poetry writing workshop on the study of prosody and form (including formal elements of free verse) in the context of writing by class members. Course may be taken twice for M.A. credit.

  • ENG-G 552 Linguistics and the Teacher of English (4 cr.)

    Topics in applied English linguistics, intended for English teachers at all levels.

  • ENG-D 600 History of the English Language (3-4 cr.)

    Survey of the evolution of the English language from its earliest stages to the present, with reference to its external history and to its phonology, morphology, syntax, and vocabulary.

  • ENG-L 608 History of Literary Criticism from 1750 to 1960 (4 cr.)

    A survey of the history of literary criticism and theory from the late Enlightenment or early Romantic periods to 1960, including a variety of modern literary critics and theorists.

  • ENG-W 609 Directed Writing Projects (4 cr.)
  • ENG-L 612 Chaucer (4 cr.)

    Critical analysis of The Canterbury Tales, Troilus and Criseyde, and selected shorter poems.

  • ENG-W 620 Advanced Argumentative Writing (4 cr.)

    Examines techniques for analyzing and constructing arguments for different disciplines and professions, especially the use of proofs, evidence, and logic.  Considers major issues of argument, such as the ethics of persuading audiences and the use of style. 

  • ENG-L 631 English Literature 1660–1790 (4 cr.)

    Extensive reading in poetry and nonfictional prose.

  • ENG-L 641 English Literature 1790–1900 (4 cr.)

    Extensive reading in poetry and nonfictional prose.

  • ENG-L 645 English Fiction 1800–1900 (4 cr.)
  • ENG-L 649 British Literature since 1900 (4 cr.)

    Extensive reading in all genres.

  • ENG-L 651 American Literature 1609–1800 (4 cr.)

    Intensive historical and critical study of all genres from John Smith through Charles Brockden Brown.

  • ENG-L 653 American Literature 1800–1900 (4 cr.)

    Intensive historical and critical study of all genres from Washington Irving through Frank Norris.

  • 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.

  • 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-G 660 Stylistics (4 cr.)

    Survey of traditional and linguistic approaches to the study of prose and poetic style. Attention will center on the description of the verbal characteristics of texts, what those characteristics reflect about the author, and how they affect the reader.

  • ENG-L 666 Survey of Children’s Literature (4 cr.)

    Survey of literature written for children and adolescents from the medieval period to the present.

  • ENG-L 680 Special Topics: Literary Study and Theory (4 cr.)

    Readings in sociological, political, psychological, and other approaches to literature.

  • ENG-W 680 Theory and Craft of Writing (4 cr.)

    Elements of poetic prosody or the major fictive techniques or both: nature of stress, concepts of meter, nature of rhythm, prosodic use of syntax, theories of fictive realism, nature of fictive romance, point of view, etc. Students will do some writing. Open also to graduate students not in the creative writing program.

  • ENG-L 682 Topics in Children’s Literature (4 cr.)

    Studies in periods, such as contemporary American children’s literature or Victorian fantasies for children; or genres such as picture books or children’s poetry.  Topics will vary.

    May be repeated with different topics, for a maximum of 8 credits.
  • ENG-W 682 Special Topics: Rhetoric & Composition (4 cr.)

    Variable topics in rhetoric and composition.

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