Course Descriptions

ENGL 520 Creative Nonfiction Workshop (3-0-3), spring. Writing of literary works grounded in factual reality, using techniques of novelists and poets. Includes autobiography, nature writing, travel narrative, cultural criticism, spiritual memoir. Involves peer review; offers strategies for revision and publication.

   ENGL 522 Fiction Workshop (3-0-3), fall. Writing of fiction, with guidance from lectures and class members' critiques.

   ENGL 523 Poetry Workshop (3-0-3), spring. Writing of poetry, with guidance from lectures and class members' critiques.

   ENGL 525 Advanced Composition (3-0-3), spring. Analysis of the writing process, step by step, with practice in the major types (description, narration, evaluation, expositions, persuasion, and research) and with emphasis on revision; designed for future teachers and writers. Course fee: $50.

   ENGL 526 Business and Professional Writing (3-0-3) fall, spring, summer. Introduction to the theory and accepted practices of composition in occupational fields, including correspondence and report writing based on content in upper-division courses in the student's major field. Some oral work required. Course fee: $50.

   ENGL 529 Rhetoric as Written Discourse (3-0-3), spring, even years. A survey of major rhetorical texts from classical times to present. Emphasis on the development of rhetorical theory as it relates to written discourse. (Same as COMS 591.)

   ENGL 530 Advanced English Grammar (3-0-3), fall. Current trends in the analysis of the English language. Recommended for teachers.

   ENGL 532 Introduction to Linguistics (3-0-3), spring. Covers topics such as phonology, morphology, semantics, syntax, pragmatics, language acquisition, regional and social language variation, and historical linguistics. Emphasis varies to suit the needs of the class.

      ENGL 551 Literature For Young Adults (3-0-3), spring. A content reading course emphasizing literature and other materials for middle school and high school students. Attention is given to major authors, groundbreaking books, and contemporary materials in various genres.

   ENGL 558 Teaching English as a Second Language (3-0-3), spring. An introduction to the methods and techniques of teaching English to speakers of other languages.

   ENGL 562 American Literature Before 1860 (3-0-3), fall. A survey of the major writers before the Civil War.

   ENGL 563 American Literature After 1860 (3-0-3), spring, summer. A survey course emphasizing the post-romantic works of major writers from the Civil War to the 1970s.

   ENGL 564 The American Novel (3-0-3), on demand. A study of significant novels. May be repeated as content varies.

   ENGL 570 Multicultural Literature (3-0-3), fall, odd years. An introduction to and study of literature by various cultures in the United States. Includes both general backgrounds and specific authors and works. May be repeated as content varies.

   ENGL 571 Literature and Belief (3-0-3), fall, odd years. A survey of classic literary texts concerned with faith, doubt, and Christian spirituality from Augustine to the present.

   ENGL 576 Fiction (3-0-3), fall, even years. Study of novels and short stories, traditional and contemporary, with attention to the theory of fiction.

   ENGL 577 Drama (3-0-3), fall, odd years. Survey of significant plays from the ancients Greek to the present.

   ENGL 578 Poetry (3-0-3), spring, even years. Advanced study of major works of lyric poetry, traditional and contemporary. May be repeated as content varies.

   ENGL 581 Medieval British Literature (3-0-3), spring, even years. A survey of major medieval texts with special emphasis on Middle English and Chaucer.

   ENGL 583 Shakespeare (3-0-3), fall, summer. An introduction to comedies, histories, and tragedies with attention to major critical approaches to Shakespearean drama.

   ENGL 584 Seventeenth Century British Literature (3-0-3), spring, odd years. English poetry and prose of the 17th century, with emphasis on Donne, Herbert and Milton.

   ENGL 595 Eighteenth Century British Literature (3-0-3), every third semester. A survey of major works and authors with some emphasis on drama.

   ENGL 596 Nineteenth Century British Literature (3-0-3), every third semester. A survey of Romantic and Victorian poetry and prose, 1780-1900, with emphasis on the major writers.

   ENGL 597 Twentieth Century British Literature (3-0-3), every third semester. Selected writing from British authors throughout the century, covering at least three genres (fiction, poetry, drama or non-fiction).

ENGL 600 Intensive Research (3-0-3). A 3-hour, reading intensive, guided study course which is designed to help students explore the texts and concepts involved in the comprehensive exam process.  The guided study will focus on two reading lists: one constructed by the department that focuses on the connections between faith and English studies and one constructed by the student in coordination with the committee chair that focuses on a specialized topic of interest to the student. Students must have graduate standing and must have formed a committee and registered it with the graduate school to take this class.

   ENGL 610 Studies in American Literature (3-0-3), fall. Emphasis upon literary, social, and intellectual currents as seen in certain significant writings. May be repeated as topics vary for up to 9 hours credit. Prerequisite: 6 semester hours of American literature.

   ENGL 612 Studies in British Literature (3-0-3), spring. May emphasize genres, themes, or individual writers. May be repeated as topics vary for up to 9 hours of credit.

   ENGL 613 Literary Theory and Faith (3-0-3), fall. Various topics in contemporary literary criticism and theory.

   ENGL 615 Studies in World Literature(3-0-3). Selection of texts for this course ranges freely over the globe, engaging literary works from all countries and cultures.  When texts for study are selected from the non-anglophone world, they are presented in English translation.

ENGL 620 Literary Research Methods and Publication(3-0-3). This course offers an intense, step-by-step guided research experience introducing students to advanced literary research methods, presentation, and publication.

ENGL 622 Rhetoric and Belief(3-0-3). This course focuses on the intersections of rhetoric and belief. Students examine traditional religious discourse and consider the rhetorical nature of that discourse, as well as examine ways that belief—not just faith in a transcendent being—permeates much (if not all) rhetorical discourse.

ENGL 623 Discourse Theory(3-0-3). Offers a brief historical framework from the sophists to the Scottish Enlightenment. It then explores the implications of major discourse theorists on composition and rhetoric studies.

ENGL 624 Non-Traditional Rhetoric(3-0-3). The course offers immersion into one type of non-traditional rhetoric (visual, feminist, silence, ect.) each time it is taught. Students will read text and theories in the non-traditional rhetoric as well as perform one major analysis.

ENGL 625 Rhetorical Methods and Publication(3-0-3). The course offers experience in understanding quantitative and ethnographic research in composition as well as preparing students to perform rhetorical analysis for publication.

ENGL 631 Contexts: Studies in a Single Author(3-0-3). Focusing on a single author, this course encourages a depth of exploration that is not feasible in the format of survey courses. This format allows for an intensive study of the works and context of an author and through this examines multiple modes of literary criticism and theory.

ENGL 633 Connections: Studies in a Literary Period(3-0-3). This seminar integrates the philosophical, cultural, political, and spiritual underpinnings of period formation in a transnational, interdisciplinary context through discussions in a seminar setting.

ENGL 652 Rhetorical Theory and Praxis (0-0-3), fall. Actual experience in the classroom of a skilled cooperating teacher; designed to give the student an introduction to management, teaching, grading and tutoring in the university composition classroom.

   ENGL 699 Thesis for the Master's degree (0-0-6).

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Spring 2015
  • Dec. 12, 2014

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