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English (2001-2002)

Admission | Courses | Program | Requirements

Department Chairperson: Syndy M. Conger
Graduate Committee Chairperson: David Stevenson
Department Office: Simpkins Hall 124
Department Telephone: 309/298-1103 Fax: 309/298-2974
WWW Address: www.wiu.edu/users/mieng/wiu/grad.htm
Location of Program Offering: Macomb, Quad Cities

Graduate Faculty

  • Professors
    • Jay R. Balderson, Ph.D., University of Iowa
    • Daniel L. Colvin, Ph.D., Northwestern University
    • Syndy M. Conger, Ph.D., University of Iowa
    • Timothy C. Frazer, Ph.D., University of Chicago
    • John E. Hallwas, Ph.D., University of Florida
    • Thomas P. Joswick, Ph.D., State University of New York at Buffalo
    • Bruce H. Leland, Ph.D., Rutgers University
    • Maurine Magliocco, Ph.D., University of Oklahoma
    • John S. Mann, Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
    • Karen B. Mann, Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
    • Deckle McLean, L.L.B., Boston College of Law School
    • Ronald G. Walker, Ph.D., University of Maryland
    • Janice R. Welsch, Ph.D., Northwestern University
  • Associate Professors
    • Tama Baldwin, Ph.D., Ohio University
    • Wayne Crawford, Ph.D., Illinois State University
    • Christine Iwanicki, Ph.D., Indiana University, Bloomington
    • Joan Livingston-Webber, Ph.D., Indiana University, Bloomington
    • Alice B. Robertson, Ph.D., Arizona State University
    • David Stevenson, Ph.D., University of Utah
    • Patricia A. Young, Ph.D., Bowling Green State University
  • Assistant Professors
    • Jenny Goodman, Ph.D., University of Massachusetts
    • Wail Hassan, Ph.D., University of Illinois–Urbana-Champaign
    • Margaret Sinex, Ph.D., University of Toronto

Associate Graduate Faculty

  • Associate Professor
    • Marjorie Allison, Ph.D., University of Minnesota
  • Assistant Professor
    • Teresa Simmons, MBA, University of Illinois

Program Description

The Department of English and Journalism offers work leading to the Master of Arts degree in English. The program is intended for those seeking a graduate-level liberal education, pursuing careers in secondary or community college teaching, and planning further graduate study toward the Ph.D.

Admission Requirements

Students selecting English as a graduate major shall have completed a minimum of 24 semester hours of undergraduate work in English beyond the required composition course(s). Their preparation should include at least six semester hours in American literature and at least six semester hours in British literature, the remaining hours to be in literature, language, or writing courses for majors. Other students may be admitted at the discretion of the Departmental Graduate Committee, but may have to remedy deficiencies in their undergraduate preparation by taking courses for nondegree credit.

In addition to meeting the general admission requirements of the School of Graduate Studies, applicants for admission to the graduate program in English must have a grade point average of 2.75 overall and 3.0 in English courses taken above the required composition courses. Students selecting a graduate major in English are not required to submit Graduate Record Examination scores.

International students who wish to apply for a graduate assistantship in the English department must have an overall TOEFL score of at least 231 (575 paper score) with a listening comprehension score of 20 (54 paper score).

All applicants should be aware that the Master of Arts program in English requires significant reading, writing, listening, and speaking ability in English. When their applications do not show sufficient evidence of these abilities, students may be asked to undergo an interview with a department selection committee before any decision about admission is made.

Degree Requirements

The Master of Arts degree in English may be earned under one of two options: Literature and Language or Writing. In either option the student will be expected to complete the following Graduate Core Requirements:

  • ENG 500 Introduction to Graduate Studies in English 3 s.h.
  • ENG 512 The English Language in the Making 3 s.h. or Demonstrable reading proficiency in a classical or modern foreign language
  • ENG 699 Thesis or two seminars (subjects must be appropriate to option elected) 3-6 s.h.

Additional requirements in the two options are as follows:

Option I Literature and Language

Approved course work in literature and language to complement undergraduate courses taken and to total at least 33 semester hours. With approval, up to six semester hours of course work taken may be in writing and/or the theory of writing.

Option II Writing

  • ENG 485G Creative Writing Seminar 3 s.h. or ENG 583 Theories of Composition 3 s.h.

Approved course work in writing to complement undergraduate courses taken and to total at least 33 semester hours. At least 12 semester hours of the course work taken must be in literature or language courses.

Course Descriptions

400G Topics in Literature. (1-3, repeatable for different topics to 6) A study of a special theme or topic in literature. Printed schedule will specify semester's topic. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

401G Major Authors. (3, repeatable for different authors to 6) A thorough study of the work of a major author or two closely related authors. Printed schedule will specify semester's topic. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

439G English Methods. (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.

443G Creative Uses of Literature for Children and Young Adults. (3) Presents the development of effective programs in informal and formalized interpretive experiences for children and young adults, emphasizing individual creativity and sources for materials. Prerequisite: LS 313 or permission of the instructor.

450G Language Arts Workshop. (3) Contemporary theory and strategies for teaching English and/or the language arts.

466G Literature for Teachers. (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 and 12 semester hours (or equivalent) of course work in literature, or consent of instructor.

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

480G Computers and Writing. (3) Practice and theory of computer-mediated communication. Word processing, networked communication, hypertext, and other current applications. Prerequisites: ENG 180 and 280.

485G Creative Writing Seminar. (3, repeatable for different genres to 6) An advanced course in creative writing for students already experienced in writing poetry or fiction. Prerequisites: ENG 285 and either 385 or 386, or permission of the instructor.

493G American Film Genres. (3) Study of major American genres including westerns, gangster and detective films, musicals, horror and science fiction films, melodramas, and comedies. Specific focus will change from semester to semester.

500 Introduction to Graduate Studies. (3) An introduction to graduate study in English with special emphasis on research and theory. Required of all graduate students early in their programs.

512 The English Language in the Making. (3) An investigation of the origins, principles of development, and grammar of the emergent English language through the great vowel shift. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

513 Age of Chaucer. (3) Selected study of the works of Geoffrey Chaucer and other Middle English literature in cultural context. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

514 Milton and the English Renaissance. (3) An exploration of literary themes, genres, movements, authors, or texts of sixteenth and seventeenth century English culture. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

515 Age of Revolution. (3) An exploration of literary themes, genres, movements, authors, or texts of eighteenth century Anglo-American culture. Prerequisites: Graduate standing.

517 Studies in Shakespeare. (3) An intensive exploration of themes, topics, and/or dramatic problems resident in selected plays by Shakespeare. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

518 The Romantics and the Victorians. (3) A study of selected nineteenth century British authors, texts, themes, movements, or genres (except the novel). Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

521 The Novel in Context. (3) A study of selected developments in the English (excluding American) novel viewed within narratological, thematic, and/or cultural contexts. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

522 The Modern Age. (3) A study of significant Anglophone and, when appropriate, translated Continental texts, genres, themes, and/or movements in the twentieth century. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

533 The American Renaissance. (3) The literature of mid-nineteenth century America: Poe, Melville, Hawthorne, Emerson, Dickinson, and others. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

534 The Age of Realism in America. (3) The later nineteenth century and early twentieth century: Howells, James, Wharton, Twain, and others. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

537 Twentieth Century American Fiction. (3) From Dreiser to the present. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

538 American Poetry in the Twentieth Century. (3) From Robinson and his contemporaries to the present. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

539 American Drama. (3) A study of selected plays in the context of cultural history and the history of dramatic art in America. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

565 Literary Criticism. (3) History and principles of literary criticism from Aristotle to the present. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

568 Contemporary Literary Theory and Its Issues. (3) An exploration of contemporary literary theory and selected current critical debates. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

571 Sociolinguistics. (3) Research methods, history, and analysis. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

572 Special Studies in Linguistics. (3) Issues and problems in linguistic theory and application. Current trends. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

580 Teaching Assistants Colloquium. (3) A course designed to introduce beginning teaching assistants to the overall purposes and specific pedagogies of college composition. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

583 Contemporary Theories of Composition and Rhetoric. (3) Intensive study of theories of composition and rhetoric with particular emphasis on recent research in the field. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

585 Advanced Creative Writing Workshop. (3) Advanced course in writing and polishing student manuscripts to publishable quality. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

588 Pedagogy of Rhetorical Practices in English Studies. (3) Introduces graduate students to the teaching of various genres as they appear in the field of English Studies. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

595 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 15 semester hours of course work for Option I or Option II of the Master of Arts degree in English; approval of graduate adviser, departmental supervisor, and on-site supervisor.

599 Readings in Language or Literature. (1–3, repeatable to 3) Individual study in literature and language. Prior to registration, approval must be granted by the instructor, Graduate Committee, and Department Chairperson. Prerequisite: Completion of six hours of graduate work.

610* Seminar in a Theme or Problem. (3) May be repeated for different subjects.

611* Seminar in a Genre. (3) May be repeated for different subjects.

612* Seminar in an Author or School. (3) May be repeated for different subjects.

615* Seminar in Composition. (3, repeatable to 6) Intensive exploration of a major issue in composition theory or pedagogy. May be repeated for different subjects.

*A seminar involves intensive study and substantial independent research and writing on the topic announced.

699 Thesis. (3–6, repeatable to 6) Prior to registration, approval must be granted by the instructor, Graduate Director, and Department Chairperson. Graded S/U.

Journalism

410G International Communication and the Foreign Press. (3) A comparative study of the concepts and practice of journalism around the world, media in representative countries, foreign correspondents, factors determining the flow of world news.

412G Problems in Contemporary Mass Communications. (3) Evaluation of media operation, problems, and issues in the context of practical experience and the study of social, economic, political, and behavioral factors; approaches to improving the media.

415G Mass Communications Research Methods. (3) Introduction to planning, questionnaire construction, sampling research designs, statistical methods. Emphasis on the research tools used in mass communications including advertising and public relations.

417G Law of Mass Communications. (3) Study of legal rights and constraints of mass media; freedom of the press, libel, privacy, contempt, and other aspects of the law applied to the press, publishing, radio, and television. Previous study of the law not required.

425G Directed Study. (1–6, repeatable to 6) Opportunity for promising students of journalism to pursue journalism and mass communications material in depth. Papers and oral report required. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.

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