A study of Chaucer’s major poetry.
A study of non-Chaucerian British literature from the Middle Ages, including Beowulf, Piers Plowman, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, mystery plays, Le Morte d’Arthur, and other works.
This course covers English prose and poetry of the 16th and early 17th centuries, with emphasis on Sidney, Spenser, Donne, and Jonson.
A study of Milton’s poetry and major prose.
A study of the development of English from the Anglo-Saxon period through the present, with reference to the Indo-European background of English.
An examination of 20th- and 21st-century short stories.
A detailed study of selected British and/or American plays written between 1900 and present. Review of production history, subject matter, staging, and dramatic techniques. Several oral and written reports. List of plays may vary with each offering.
A study of representative American novels of the 19th century.
A study of 20th- and 21st-century poetry.
An examination of representative American literature from the postmodern period (1960-present), with special emphasis on the diversity of themes, styles, and cultural contexts influencing the literary marketplace. Course readings may vary with each offering.
A study of the works of Samuel Johnson and his most important contemporaries, from about 1745 to 1798.
A study of major and minor tragedies, with some attention to non-dramatic poetry. List of plays may vary with each offering.
A study of comedies and romances. List of plays may vary with each offering.
A study of history plays, especially those concerning Wars of the Roses. List of plays may vary with each offering.
A study of the major literary critics and their works from classical times to the present.
A study of Romantic prose and poetry with emphasis on the writings of Blake, Coleridge, Wordsworth, Byron, Keats, and Shelley.
This course studies select works for the Bible for their literary qualities, composition and preservation techniques, and the historical factors that determined inclusion or exclusion as a sacred text.
An intensive study of and practice in expository and argumentative prose. Requires writing several essays. Some evaluation of other students’ writing.
A study of works by writers from the American South from colonial times to the present.
A survey of drama from the Middle Ages and Renaissance, excluding Shakespeare. Begins with brief study of folk and liturgical origins of drama, includes a few medieval mystery and morality plays, and features Renaissance plays by Heywood, Udall, Kyd, Marlowe, Beaumont, Fletcher, Jonson, and Webster.
This course examines the theories behind various forms of nonfiction literature, whether autobiography, biography, the essay, diaries and/or travel writing, with special emphasis on the historical evolution of a particular form. List of readings will vary with each offering.
A study of Victorian poetry, with emphasis upon the works of Tennyson, Browning, Arnold, and Hardy.
A survey of the works of major Victorian prose writers, with emphasis upon the works of Carlyle, New-man, Mill, Ruskin, Arnold, and Pater.
This course will examine the Arthurian legend not only in literary and historical works from its earliest traces in the Middle Ages to the present, but also in archaeology, the visual and decorative arts (especially painting and sculpture), manuscript decoration, film, music, and opera.
A study of selected works by significant African American writers from the eighteenth century to the present. Works include poetry, fiction, autobiography, and argumentative and expository prose.
This course traces the evolution of language teaching from the methods era (e.g., grammar translation method, audiolingual method) to post-methods approaches (e.g., task-based learning, content-based learning, communicative approaches). Students will develop a repertoire of teaching approaches and identify appropriate options for different language teaching scenarios.
This course overviews the teaching principles, techniques, and materials relevant to an interactive approach to second language teaching. Students will expand their teaching repertoire by studying curriculum design, assessment measures, learner variables, techniques for teaching grammar/vocabulary/ four skills (listening, speaking, reading, writing), and sociopolitical contexts for teaching ESL/EFL.
A close examination of two major works of Chaucer and critical responses to them. Special consideration given to Chaucer’s language and versification and the medieval social background to his writing.
A study of selected tragedies or comedies. Examination of various critical approaches. Extensive reading in relevant criticism. List of plays, as well as genre, may vary with each offering.
Study of American English from point of view of modern linguistic theories. Special consideration given to structural grammar and its possibilities in classrooms.
A critical study of representative types of poetry, employing several approaches in analytical process.
A study of Victorian literature (1837-1900) as it reflects social, economic, political, educational, aesthetic, and religious concerns.
A study of eight plays, from Richard II to Richard III, concerning the Wars of the Roses. Supplemental reading in Shakespeare’s sources and in twentieth-and twenty-first-century histories.
A study of literature (fiction, nonfiction prose, and poetry) as it reflects key issues, ideas, concerns, problems, and trends of the period. May be taught in conjunction with a course in American history.
A study of literature (fiction, nonfiction prose, poetry, and drama) as it reflects key issues, ideas, concerns, problems, and trends of the period. May be taught in conjunction with a course in American history.
A critical study of representative types of short stories employing theoretical approaches in the analytical process.
A study of English prose and poetry in the Restoration and early 18th century, with emphasis on Dryden, Behn, Swift, and Pope.
A study of problem or problems using research techniques. Selection of problem to be approved by student’s adviser, instructor under whom study is to be done, and director of graduate studies. Study should contribute to student’s program. Preparation of scholarly paper required and may involve oral defense. Total credit for any combination of enrollments in these courses not to exceed four semester hours. A specialized study may be substituted for a required course only one time in student’s program. See semester hour limits listed under Course Restrictions in General Regulations section.
SLA is the study of how language, social, and psychological factors influence language learning. A range of SLA topics are addressed from the perspective of language teaching: theories of human learning, theories of language acquisition, learning styles and strategies, communicative competence, cross-linguistic influences, and sociocultural factors.
Sociolinguistics is the study of how social, political, and educational factors affect language use. A range of Sociolinguistics topics are addressed from the perspective of language teaching: literacy, world Englishes, language standardization, language variation and change, multilingual education, language planning and policy, group identity/morality, and regional/social dialects.
A seminar stressing critical approaches to the major works of such writers as James, Howells, Twain, Crane, and Dreiser.
The study of the content and techniques of representative novels of the period with some consideration of these novels in relation to significant social, philosophical, and literary needs.
A seminar stressing critical approaches to the major works of Emerson, Thoreau, Hawthorne, Melville, Poe, and Whitman.
A study of major American writers who represent the various currents in American literature and thought from 1917 to present.
Advanced studies in descriptive grammar in con-junction with sentence structure and standards of usage. Special emphasis upon current procedures for presenting the various systems of grammar (particularly structural).
Advanced studies in expository and argumentative writing. Special emphasis upon procedures for presenting methods for organizing and developing various types of essays.
A study of literature at the elementary, middle, and senior high levels. It includes reading the primary sources and studying the research and theory that support the use of children’s and young adult literature in the classroom.
A study of the major works of the American Renaissance.
A study of selected American, British, and/or European novels of the modern age.
Explores the rationale and practices for integrating the study of grammar and composition in the English language arts classroom.
This course introduces the main content areas and research practices of Linguistics and Applied Linguistics. Linguistics involves the systems of a language (phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics). Applied Linguistics requires familiarity with these systems for the purpose of researching and teaching the way language is used (e.g., Sociolinguistics, Second Language Acquisition).
A study of major works by African American writers.
Maximum of two semesters. Study of topic of special interest and importance which is not covered in regularly offered courses for advanced graduate students. See semester hour limits listed under Course Restrictions in General Regulations section.
An advanced study of a problem or issue in literary studies. Selection of topic must be approved by the student’s thesis director, who will oversee the project. Final project must demonstrate knowledge of extant criticism on the topic and should contribute to the student’s program. Oral defense of the thesis required before final approval. Recommended for students interested in pursuing doctoral work in literature.
Research strategies for English educators and procedures for evaluating the language arts. ENG 6691 is a prerequisite for ENG 6696 Practicum. A grade of “B” or better is required.
Supervised experiences related to instruction in area of specialization. The application of skills, concepts, and principles acquired in previous courses will be emphasized. Prerequisite: All courses in Teaching Field Component and ENG 6691 must be completed.