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English Department Graduate Courses

EN 501. Chaucer. 3 semester hours. The major and minor works of Chaucer, including The Canterbury Tales and Troilus and Criseyde. (Fall, even-numbered years)

EN 502. Milton. 3 semester hours. Although some prose works are studied, the emphasis is on John Milton as a poet, with special attention to Paradise Lost. (Fall, odd-numbered years)

EN 505. African-American Literature. 3 semester hours. An investigation of the development of African-American literature from the earliest works to the present. Critical examination of selected writers of poetry, drama, fiction, and non-fiction. (Fall, odd-numbered years)

EN 506. Studies in Literature I. 3 semester hours. Studies in a specific author, genre, or time period. Focus may be English literature, American literature, literature of the western world, or other areas of world literature. This course carries a Satisfactory (S) or Unsatisfactory (U) grade
and does not count toward the required content hours for the master’s degree in English or Secondary Education. Prerequisite: permission of the Director of Graduate Studies. Available only to international students in the Master of Arts Bridge Program. (Fall, Spring, Summer)

EN 507. Studies in Literature II. 3 semester hours. Studies in a specific author, genre, or time period. Focus may be English literature, American literature, literature of the western world, or other areas of world literature. This course carries a Satisfactory (S) or Unsatisfactory (U) grade and does not count toward the required content hours for the master’s degree in English or Secondary Education. Prerequisite: permission of the Director of Graduate Studies. Available only to international students in the Master of Arts Bridge Program. (Fall, Spring, Summer)

EN 508. Studies in Literature III. 3 semester hours. Studies in a specific author, genre, or time period. Focus may be English literature, American literature, literature of the western world, or other areas of world literature. This course carries a Satisfactory (S) or Unsatisfactory (U) grade and does not count toward the required content hours for the master’s degree in English or Secondary Education. Prerequisite: permission of the Director of Graduate Studies. Available only to international students in the Master of Arts Bridge Program. (Fall, Spring, Summer)

EN 509. Studies in Literature IV. 3 semester hours. Studies in a specific author, genre, or time period. Focus may be English literature, American literature, literature of the western world, or other areas of world literature. This course carries a Satisfactory (S) or Unsatisfactory (U) grade and does not count toward the required content hours for the master’s degree in English or Secondary Education. Prerequisite: permission of the Director of Graduate Studies. Available only to international students in the Master of Arts Bridge Program. (Fall, Spring, Summer)

EN 535W. Writing Protest and Dissent. 3 semester hours. Explores some of the 400 years of rich writings and accounts of America’s tradition of protest and dissent and uses these as examples to guide and inspire the student writing of protest literature. (Offered on sufficient demand)


EN 541. History of the English Language. 3 semester hours. Development of the English Language and of modern English usage. (Fall)
EN 542. Survey of Grammar. 3 semester hours. A survey of approaches to English grammar based on approaches now used in most school  texts. Prerequisite: EN 441 or written permission of department chair. (Spring)

EN 543. Instruction of Composition. 3 semester hours. Approaches to and practice in the instruction of English composition. (Fall)

EN 550. Studies in American Folklore. 3 semester hours. Sources, backgrounds, and morphology of American folklore. Emphasis is given to research methods and to fieldwork. (Spring, even-numbered years)

EN 551. The American Novel. 3 semester hours. From the beginning of the American novel to the twentieth century. (Spring, even-numbered years)
EN 552. The American Novel. 3 semester hours. Intensive study of the works of selected American authors. (Spring, odd-numbered years)

EN 553. The English Novel. 3 semester hours. Representative works in the development of the English novel. (Spring, even-numbered years)

EN 554. The English Novel. 3 semester hours. Intensive study of selected English authors. (Spring, odd-numbered years)

EN 555W. Advanced Creative Writing: Fiction and Drama. 3 semester hours. A workshop approach to writing and editing fiction and drama for publication, with special emphasis on structure, theme, and characterization. (Fall)

EN 556W. Advanced Creative Writing: Poetry and Creative Non-fiction. 3 semester hours. A workshop approach to writing and editing poetry and creative nonfiction for publication, with emphasis on structure, theme, and craft. (Spring)

EN 560. Literature of the American Frontier. 3 semester hours. An examination of the literature of the American frontier, beginning with authors such as James Fenimore Cooper and moving forward to modern writers such as Cormack McCarthy. Emphasis is on the changing perspective of the frontier as it progressed from the East coast to the West. (Offered on sufficient demand)

EN 564. The Contemporary American Novel. 3 semester hours. A study of the changing forms and emerging themes of the American Novel since 1950. (Fall, even-numbered years)

EN 565. Contemporary Poetry. 3 semester hours. Extensive reading in the works of the contemporary British and American poets, with emphasis on their relation to the literary traditions of the past and their innovations and experiments in matter and form. (Spring, even-numbered years)

EN 566. Sociolinguistics. 3 semester hours. This course serves the student as an exploration of the theories and applications of socially constituted approaches to language and its uses, with a focus on American language varieties. (Spring)

EN 572W. Rhetoric: Argument and Style. 3 semester hours. Examination of the ideas in writing and speech from classical Greek origins to modern times, with a focus on composition and on analysis of essays and speeches. Also listed as COM 572W but creditable only in the field for
which registered. (Spring, odd-numbered years)

EN 581. Selected Topics in Literature. 3 semester hours. Concentrated study in specific narrow areas of world literature. (Spring)

EN 594. Special Topics in Film Studies. 3 semester hours. A study of a selected period or subject in film. Topics might include censorship in cinema; women in film; avantgarde cinema; national cinema; film movements; spirituality in film; race and cinema; film rhetoric, or adaptation.
(Offered on sufficient demand)
EN 595W. Selected Topics in Writing. 3 semester hours. Concentrated study in specific areas of written composition. (Offered on sufficient demand)
EN 596. Selected Topics in English Literature. 3 semester hours. Concentrated study in specific narrow areas of English literature. (Fall, even-numbered years)
EN 597. Selected Topics in American Literature. 3 semester hours. Concentrated study in narrow areas of American literature. (Fall, odd-numbered years)
EN 601. Introduction to Graduate Studies: Bibliography and Research. 3 semester hours. Emphasis on contemporary methods and aims of literary research; special readings designed to familiarize students with a wide range of available source materials and research techniques. Required of students seeking a master’s degree in English. Open only to those students in the Master of Arts in English program. (Fall)

EN 611. Studies in American Literature to 1855. 3 semester hours. Selected major authors in American literature, including Emerson, Thoreau, Whitman, Poe, Hawthorne, and Melville. (Spring, even-numbered years; Summer, odd-numbered years)

EN 612. Studies in American Literature 1855 to 1910. 3 semester hours. Selected major authors in American literature between 1855 and the advent of World War I, including such writers as Twain, Crane, Norris, Wharton, and Du Bois. (Fall, odd-numbered years)

EN 613. Studies in American Literature 1910 to 1950. 3 semester hours. Selected major authors in American literature from World War I to the beginning of the Post-World-War II era, including such writers as Faulkner, Hemingway, Eliot, and Wright. (Fall, even-numbered years)

EN 614. Studies in American Literature 1950 to Present. 3 semester hours. Selected major authors in American literature from 1950 through the contemporary period. (Spring, odd-numbered years; Summer, even-numbered years)

EN 620. English Literature Before 1500. 3 semester hours. The political, social, and intellectual aspects of the Medieval period as reflected in the major literary works. (Fall, even-numbered years)

EN 621. English Literature: Renaissance to Restoration. 3 semester hours. The political, social, and intellectual aspects of sixteenth- and
seventeenth-century England as reflected in the major literary works. (Fall, odd-numbered years)

EN 622. Early Modern Drama Excluding Shakespeare. 3 semester hours. Selected major authors in Early Modern drama, excluding Shakespeare, from 1540 to 1800. (Spring, even-numbered years)

EN 623. Shakespeare. 3 semester hours. Intensive study of selected poetry and plays of William Shakespeare approached from a variety of perspectives, including but not limited to historical, theoretical, critical, or generic. (Spring, odd-numbered years; Summer, even-numbered years)

EN 630. Jane Austen and the Romantic Novel. 3 semester hours. A study of the novels of Jane Austen and her contemporaries. (Spring, odd-numbered years)

EN 631. English Literature: Restoration and Eighteenth Century. 3 semester hours. The political, social, and intellectual aspects of England
from the Restoration to the publication of Lyrical Ballads, as reflected in major literary works. (Spring, even-numbered years; Summer, odd-numbered years)

EN 632. Romantic Poetry and Prose. 3 semester hours. An overview of Romanticism in English with readings from the expanding Romantic canon and an introduction to recent scholarship and disputes. (Fall, odd-numbered years).

EN 633. Modern and Contemporary English Literature. 3 semester hours. Intensive study of major English writers since World War I. (Fall, even-numbered years)

EN 634. Victorian Poetry and Prose. 3 semester hours. Examination of Victorian novels, essays, and poems. (Spring, even-numbered years)

EN 641. English Linguistics. 3 semester hours. Analysis of contemporary American English: syntax, phonology, morphology. Traditional, structural, and transformational approaches. (Spring, even-numbered years)

EN 642. Cross-Linguistic Pragmatics. 3 semester hours. A study in the analysis of the similarities and differences in linguistic forms and  patterns across diverse global cultures. (Offered on sufficient demand)

EN 653. Studies in the Novel. 3 semester hours. The novel as a literary genre approached from a variety of perspectives, including but not limited to generic, historical, theoretical, and single-author approaches. Course content varies. (Spring, even-numbered years)

EN 655. Literary Criticism. 3 semester hours. Major critical trends in literary theory, with emphasis on criticism since 1945, including structuralist, cultural materialist, deconstructive, and feminist approaches to literature. Exploration of these theories and analysis of selected works of literature. Required of students seeking a master’s degree in English. (Spring)

EN 690. Thesis. 6 semester hours. Selection of a research problem, review of pertinent literature, collection and analysis of data, and composition of a defensible thesis. May be taken twice for three semester hours or once for six semester hours credit. Prerequisite: permission of the Director of Graduate Studies. (Fall, Spring, Summer)

EN 695. Thesis Defense. 0 semester hours. Orientation to and administration of a thesis defense for the MA in English program. A non-credit  course required of all candidates for the thesis option. The course is to be taken in the last term in which the student is expected to complete all other program requirements. A grade of “S” indicating satisfactory performance or a grade of “U” for unsatisfactory performance will be recorded on the transcript. A grade of “S” is required for graduation; the course may be repeated once. Prerequisite: student must have completed all other
program requirements or be enrolled in the last course for program completion.

EN 696. Comprehensive Examination. 0 semester hours. Orientation to and administration of a written comprehensive examination for the M.A. in English program. A noncredit course required of all candidates for the non-thesis option. The course is taken the term in which the student
expects to complete all other program requirements, or the term immediately thereafter. A grade of “S” indicating satisfactory performance or a grade of “U” for unsatisfactory will be recorded on the transcript. A grade of “S” is required for graduation; the course may be repeated once. Prerequisite: student must have completed all other program requirements or be enrolled in the last course(s) for program completion. (Fall, Spring)

EN 697. Independent Study. 3 semester hours. Independent study or research under departmental determination, supervision, and evaluation. A student may take no more than two independent study courses. Prerequisite: permission of the chair of the department. (Fall, Spring, Summer)

EN 698. Selected Topics in Literature. 3 semester hours. Study in a specific author, genre, or time period. Focus may be English literature, American literature, literature of the western world, or other areas of world literature. (Offered on sufficient demand)

EN 699. Directed Readings and Research. 3 semester hours. Individually supervised reading and research in a literary period. Prerequisite:  permission of the Director of Graduate Studies. (Fall, Spring)

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