College of Arts and Sciences

Course Descriptions

English (ENG)

400G Topics in Literature. (1–3, repeatable for different topics) A study of a special theme or topic in literature. Printed schedule will specify semester's topic. Prerequisite: ENG 299 with a grade of C or better, or permission of the instructor.

401G Major Authors. (1–3, repeatable for different authors) A thorough study of the work of a major author or two closely related authors. Printed schedule will specify semester's topic. Prerequisite: ENG 299 with a grade of C or better, or permission of the instructor.

439G Methods for Middle and High School English Language Arts. (3) Preparation for student teaching, including analysis of techniques and materials useful to the English teachers in the secondary school.  Observation and demonstration teaching.  Open to English majors and minors. Prerequisites: ENG 384,466, and 499; EDS 301.

466G Teaching Literature and Reading in Middle and High Schools. (3) Constructs teaching units for 6-12 grade students that integrate age-appropriate literary genres, and examines reading strategies derived from literary theory.  Prerequisites: ENG 280, ENG 384, and 12 semester hours (or equivalent) of course work in literature, or permission of the instructor.

471G Language Diversity and Grammar for Middle and High School Teachers. (3) Examines the relationships among standard and nonstandard dialects and effective practices for teaching grammar.  Prerequisites: ENG 280 and 372, or permission of the instructor.

476G Senior Seminar. (3, repeatable to 6 for different topics) Intensive exploration of a major issue, era, author, or text, culminating in the writing of a substantial scholarly essay. Prerequisites: ENG 280, ENG 299 with a grade of C or better, or permission of the department chair.

480G Writing and Social Networks. (3) Writing unique to the collaborative, social environment of the contemporary web: groups, conversations, distributed work. In-depth work with electronic writing tools. Prerequisites: ENG 380 or permission of the instructor.

481G Topics in Writing Studies. (4) Semester-long study of a topic in the theory, practice, or history of writing studies. Prerequisites: ENG 380 or permission of the instructor.

483G Editing and Reviewing. (3) Theory and practice of editing and reviewing documents. Focus on helping peers or colleagues improve their writing. Prerequisites: ENG 380 or permission of the instructor.

484G Writing Center Studies. (3) Theory and practice of writing center studies. Issues relevant to consulting, research, and administration. Prerequisites: ENG 380 or permission of the instructor.

489G Grant & Proposal Writing. (3) Best practices for finding, researching, planning, and writing proposals and grant applications. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

492G (cross-listed with REL 492G) Religion, Literature, and Film. (3) Study of multicultural literary and cinematic texts engaging a wide range of religious and philosophical traditions. Examination of the religious and the secular via narrative; consideration of literary and filmic interpretation via religious and philosophical questions. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.

494G (cross-listed with WS 494G and BC&J 494G) Women and Film. (3) An overview of women in film and television that considers the on-screen images of women as well as the positions of women working behind the scenes (with laboratory).

500 Theory and the Practice of English Studies. (3) An introduction to graduate study in three major areas of English studies (literary studies, writing studies, and disciplinary studies) with special emphasis on research, criticism, and theory. Required of all English graduate students early in their programs.

530 Forms. (3) The study of the major terms, issues, critical and textual history of numerous works representing a particular form, genre, or literary school, such as autobiography, epic poetry, the novel, or Gothic.

532 Literature and Place. (3) The study of the works of one writer or a group of writers in terms of various geographies, political and otherwise.

536 Critical and Theoretical Movements in Literary Studies. (3) An analysis and study of a particular critical or theoretical movement in the history of literary studies. Topics could include postcolonial studies, formalism and the new criticism, reception theory, new historicism, queer studies, disability studies, erocriticism, feminist studies, ethnic studies, etc.

540 Literary Traditions and Influences. (3) The study of influence and context, focusing on a writer or a particular group of writers within or across historical periods and/or cultures.

549 Issues in Literary Studies. (3, repeatable to 6 for different topics) In-depth examination of a current issue or topic relevant to literary studies, such as canon formation, trends in textual research, etc.

550 Film Theory. (3) Study of contemporary theories relevant to film studies such as formalism, structuralism, postmodernism, Marxism, cultural studies, queer studies, etc.

552 Pedagogical Issues in English Studies. (3) In-depth examination of a limited number of issues related to teaching in English studies, focusing on a specific area or approach selected by the instructor (e.g. expressivism).

554 Research Methods in Literary Studies. (3) Investigation of a method or methods for research in literary studies, such as archival research, bibliography, textual studies, history of the book, etc. Includes introduction to specialized literary research tools and research.

559 Issues in Disciplinary Studies. (3, repeatable to 6 for different topics) In-depth examination of an issue or topic relevant to English studies in relation to other disciplines such as film, philosophy, psychology, or science.

574 New Media Studies. (3) Theory and/or production of new media, visual arts, and the notion of novelty and newness itself, drawing from theory in English studies and media studies. Relation of new media to English studies.

580 Teaching Assistants Colloquium. (3) A course designed to introduce beginning teaching assistants to the overall purposes and specific pedagogies of college composition. Prior to registration, approval must be granted by the Director of Writing or the Graduate Advisor.

584 Research Methods in Writing Studies. (3) Investigation of the quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods approaches important to research in writing studies. Also explores issues of ethics and representation. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

589 Issues in Writing Studies. (3, repeatable to 6 for different topics) In-depth examination of an issue or topic relevant to writing studies.

620 Independent Study. (1–3, repeatable to 3) Individual study in an area of English studies. Prior to registration, approval must be granted by the faculty supervisor and director of graduate studies in English. Prerequisite: Completion of six hours of graduate work.

622 Internship. (1–3, repeatable to 3) Supervised applied experience at a work site inside or outside the Department of English and Journalism. Graded S/U. Prerequisites: Completion of at least 9 semester hours of coursework in English; approval of director of graduate studies in English, faculty supervisor, and on-site supervisor.

670 Applied Project. (1-3, repeatable to 6) Directed by committee (faculty director and two readers). Graded S/U. Prerequisites: Approved project proposal and permission of the director of graduate studies in English.

680 Directed Readings. (1-6, repeatable to 6) Directed readings and written responses focused on a specialized topics or groups of topics in English Studies, ending in a written and oral examination. Directed by committee (faculty director and two readers). Graded S/U. Prerequisite: Approved capstone course proposal and permission of the director of graduate studies in English.

690 Thesis. (1-6, repeatable to 6) Directed by committee (faculty director and two readers). Graded S/U. Prerequisite: Approved thesis proposal and permission of the director of graduate studies in English.