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English Courses (ENG)

Prerequisite for credit in all courses in literature listed below: successful completion of at least six hours of approved courses in English and American literature at the 300 level or above.

Courses for Advanced Undergraduates & Graduate Students

510 Old English (3:3)

Language and literature of the Anglo-Saxon period (a.d. 600–1100). The language is studied primarily in conjunction with literary texts in the context of their history and culture.

513 History of the English Language (3:3)

Origins and development of the English language, methods of historical language study, and competing theories of linguistic change. Practical emphasis on reading and analysis of texts in Old, Middle, and Early Modern English.

522 Teaching Composition: Theories and Applications (3:3)

ENG 321 or 660 recommended.

Theories of the composing process and of discourse generally as they apply to the problems of teaching composition. Background studies in language and other related areas. Specific approaches to teaching composition, their rationales and their comparative usefulness.

524 Writing—Advanced: Analytical and Technical (3:3)

Problems of organization and expression in books, articles, and reports. For those writing for publication or whose work in business or government requires a great deal of writing.

531 Feminist Theory and Women Writers (3:3)

Examines gender and creativity, women’s place in literary tradition, and connections among art, gender, race, and class. Focuses on contemporary theory and on literary works from one historical period.

537 Middle English Literature (3:3)

Language and literature of the thirteenth-, fourteenth-, and fifteenth-century England.

540 Shakespeare (3:3)

Major comedies, histories, tragedies selected for topical study. Related background readings and criticism.

541 Milton (3:3)

Milton’s major poems and his most important prose works in their seventeenth-century setting.

545 Nineteenth-Century British Writers (3:3)

Major Romantic and/or Victorian writers. Attention to poetry and prose.

549 The Critical Canon and Contemporary Issues (3:3)

Important critical writings from ancient Greece through the nineteenth century, emphasizing their influence upon modern theory and practice.

550 Modern British Writers (3:3)

Major novelists, poets, and playwrights of the modernist period.

553 Topics in English Studies (3:3)

May be repeated once for credit when topic varies.

Studies in selected topics in English or American literature or language.

558 American Poetry After 1900 (3:3)

Critical and historical study of major twentieth-century American poets to World War II.

559 Twentieth-Century British Poetry (3:3)

Critical and historical study of twentieth-century British poetry to World War II.

561 Eighteenth-Century British Writers (3:3)

Selected major writers, 1660–1800, from among Dryden, Swift, Pope, Johnson, and others.

563 American Poetry Before 1900 (3:3)

American poetry and related critical theory with special emphasis on Taylor, Poe, Emerson, Whitman, and Dickinson.

564 American Prose Before 1900 (3:3)

Genres, themes, and movements of American prose, fiction and non-fiction, written before 1900.

565 American Prose After 1900 (3:3)

American prose written after 1900, with an emphasis on historical context, prose traditions in America, and the development of form, style, and genre.

582 Modern Drama (3:3)

Drama of late nineteenth century and twentieth century, continental, English, and American.

590 Literacy, Learning, and Fieldwork (4:3:3)

Examines the historical, pedagogical, ideological and theoretical threads of literacy studies, debates and programs. Includes training/tutoring fieldwork in local literacy programs, primarily in the public libraries.

Please refer to The Graduate School Bulletin
for additional graduate-level courses.