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Program Course Descriptions

ENG 5800 Seminar in British or American Literature: Intensive study of major authors, literary schools, genres, or themes.

ENG 6010 Research Methods: Comprehensive introduction to the field of English and the professional study of literature, rhetoric, and language, with special attention to and practice in using the reference and research tools available to the contemporary teacher, researcher, and theorist.

ENG 6070 Theory and Methods of Literary Criticism: Introduction to some of the major modern theories of literary criticism: historicism, formalism, reader-response, structuralism, poststructuralist, etc. Application of theory to selected works.

ENG 6090 Teaching of Literature: Survey of the ways contemporary literary theory informs and can be applied to the teaching of literature. Relevant to the concerns of junior-high, secondary, and college teachers of literature.

ENG 6750 Seminar in American Culture Studies: Interdisciplinary seminar coordinated in rotation by members of departments of History, English, Philosophy, Political Science, Sociology, and School of Art, using lectures, discussion, and papers to study problem, theme, or era.

ENG 6800 Seminar in English Studies: Systematic study of literary genres or topics (poetry, fiction, drama, comparative literature), modes of literary or rhetorical inquiry, or intensive study of special literary, rhetorical, or creative writing topics.

ENG 6820 Topics in English Studies: Individual or group study of some phase of literature, criticism, rhetoric and writing, or creative writing not ordinarily offered in curriculum.

ENG 6900/6910 Directed Research in English Studies: Individual or group research project in specialized topic in literature, rhetoric and writing, or creative writing supervised by instructor.

ENG 6990 Thesis Research: Credit for thesis study. Enrollment in excess of 6 hours acceptable for Plan I master’s degree, but no more than 6 hours creditable toward degree.

ENG 7010 Bibliography and Research Methods: Scholarly and critical forms of study relevant to professional work in literature: analytical bibliography and editing, problems in critical research.

ENG 7060 Advanced Theory Seminar: Principal ideas of literary critics from Plato to Shelley. Concepts of tragedy, unities, decorum, moral function of literature, nature, and imagination. Principles of classicism and romanticism.

ENG 7070 Advanced Theory Topics: Development of contemporary literary theory from modern period to present. Schools and approaches of contemporary theory criticism; e.g., psychoanalytical, neo-Marxist, feminist, postmodernist, and ethnopoetic.

ENG 7790 Studies in Ethnic American Literature: The study of literature from non-European American cultures: namely African American, Asian American, Native America, and Latino/a. Incorporates ethnic literary theory, issues, traditions.

ENG 7800/7810 Seminar in English Studies: Systematic study of literary genres or topics (poetry, fiction, drama, comparative literature), modes of literary or rhetorical inquiry, rhetorical or creative writing topics.