About the Department's Courses
Although instructors have their own individual teaching styles, there are certain elements common to most graduate courses. Most 500-level courses will have enrollments limited to 25, and will include a mix of graduate students and undergraduate students. 600-level courses are limited to 15, graduate students only (with rare exceptions). In addition to reading assignments, you will write research papers and / or analytical essays, take a final exam (possibly a take-home), and perhaps make oral presentations. As a rule of thumb, plan to commit about 12 hours per week (including class time) to each graduate course; some weeks during the semester will be less demanding, but others more so, especially before a paper is due. Remember that to remain in good standing you have to maintain an overall B average. Note that you must have a program with at least half of your coursework at the 600 level. Also, any student who has taken a 400-level course as an undergraduate must receive permission from the instructor before enrolling in the same course at the 500-level. All 500-level courses are cross-listed with 400-level courses.
[NOTE: COURSES WITH THE PREFIX “EHL,” PLUS EH 500, 501, 502, 601, AND 602 DO NOT COUNT TOWARD THE REQUIREMENT OF EIGHTEEN HOURS OF LITERATURE. IN ADDITION, EH 501, 502, AND 602 DO NOT FULFILL ANY REQUIREMENTS IN NON-TRADITIONAL FIFTH-YEAR PROGRAMS OF STUDY.]
EH 500 - Composition Studies for Teachers
Introduction to effective strategies for the teaching of writing. Strategies include creating and implementing writing prompts, fostering writing as process, working with grammar in context, investigating response strategies for teachers and students, and developing and implementing assessment rubrics.
EH 501 - Theory and Practice in Technical Communication
Explores the relationships between common practices in technical communication and the theories that legitimize those practices. Introduction to research and theories about fundamental issues in technical communication which may then become the basis for further graduate study in technical communication.
EH 502 - Problems in Technical Editing
Advanced study of research and practice in common problems of technical editing, including documentation standards, document design, and management of complex editorial projects. Involves collaborative project with professional writers in industry.
EH 503 - Literary Criticism and Theory
Major texts and approaches from Plato to the present..
EH 504 - Literary Research Methods
Introduction to the method and practice of advanced literary studies with emphasis on the development of literary critical research skills, the building of a critical lexicon, and the application of theory and criticism.
EH 508 - History of the English Language
History of the emergence and development of English from the pre-Anglo-Saxon period to the present. Emphasis on cultural contexts.
EH 510 - Advanced Fiction Writing
Workshop in advanced fiction writing. Prerequisites: Approval of instructor.
EH 511 - Poetry Writing
Workshop in advanced poetry writing. Prerequisites: Approval of instructor.
EH 512 - Special Studies in Creative Writing
Topics in creative writing, professional writing, or other advanced writing announced in advance.
EH 513 - Children's and Adolescent Literature
Course content will include the study of various genres of children’s and adolescent literature and their relationship to beginning reading, enhancement of reading comprehension, and intervention instruction in the various content areas. Same As: ED 513. Limited to students seeking teacher certification.
EH 515 - Studies in Anglophone/Postcolonial Literature
An introduction to major concepts, figures, and works with emphasis upon historical and cultural context. Specific focus will vary.
EH 520 - Modern and Contemporary Poetry
American and British poetry from the 1890s to the present: Yeats, Pound, Eliot, Frost, Stevens, and others. Poets will be studied against the background of the social, political and technological revolutions that characterize the modern world.
EH 522 - Modern Novel
Considers responses to the experience of modernity; focus on English and American but texts will also be drawn from Continental, Latin American, Asian, or African traditions.
EH 523 - Studies in Contemporary British Literature
Major works after 1945 with emphasis on historical and cultural contexts. Specific focus will vary.
EH 525 - Literature and Technology
Considers the relation between technology and culture as it has been understood since the classical period through a broad range of literary texts.
EH 533 - William Faulkner
Critical study of the major novels.
EH 535 - Special Studies in American Literature
Topics announced in advance.
EH 538 - African American Literature
Themes, concepts and imagery in the Black American literary tradition.
EH 540 - Special Studies in English Literature
Topics announced in advance.
EH 548 - The Bible as Literature
An introduction to the major literary forms of the Bible. Material will be approached analytically, involving both socio-historical and literary-critical perspectives.
EH 551 - Middle English Literature
Emphasis on literature of later medieval England, excluding Chaucer, chosen from the Gawain poet, Piers Plowman, romance, drama, religious meditation, the short poem, and Margery Kempe.
EH 570 - Milton
A study of the development of Milton’s thought and art as it appears in his early poems, selected prose, and later poetry, with particular attention given to Paradise Lost.
EH 571 - Renaissance Drama
Non-Shakespearean drama of the sixteenth and early-seventeenth centuries in its historical and cultural context. Specific focus will vary from term to term.
EH 572 - Seventeenth-Century Poetry
Emphasis on major figures (Donne, Jonson, Herbert), their followers, and major themes and genres of the period. Excludes Milton.
EH 595 - The Literature of Transition
Considers all genres, including intellectual and philosophic works, 1890-1915, to explore the transition from Victorianism(s) to Modernism.
EH 601 - Writing Pedagogy
Analysis of and research on the teaching of writing.
EH 602 - Practicum in Technical Communication
Designed to give technical communication graduate students on-the-job experience in industry or government, either through an internship or a major research project connected with an industry problem. Requires completion of a substantial internship report. Prerequisites: EH 501, 502, and instructor’s approval of a project prospectus.
EH 617 - The Novel
Formal and theoretical history of the modern novel from seventeenth-century precursors to contemporary global incarnations.
EH 618 - Studies in Women and Literature
Selected authors, genres, and issues.
EH 629 - Studies in Twentieth-Century Literature
Selected poetry and prose with an emphasis on the Anglo-American Modernist tradition.
EH 630 - Studies in American Literature to 1865
Major movements from Colonial times to 1865; selected major figures or special problems.
EH 631 - Studies in American Literature since 1865
Major movements since 1865; selected major figures or special problems.
EH 639 - Ethnic American Literature
Selected authors, concepts, histories, and cultures.
EH 649 - Special Studies
Study of significant issues in literature, technical communication, or composition studies, announced in advance.
EH 650 - Chaucer
The Canterbury Tales, Troilus and Criseyde, and other works, especially in relation to relevant literary and religious traditions.
EH 660 - Shakespeare
Selected Shakespearean plays, with special attention to the major criticism, problems of interpretation, and current issues in Shakespearean study.
EH 665 - Renaissance Poetry and Prose
Selected topics, authors and genres of 16th and 17th-century English and continental literature.
EH 680 - Eighteenth-Century Studies
Extensive and intensive study of various early modern texts, with attention to interdisciplinary contexts.
EH 690 - Studies in the Romantic Period
Representative writing, selected from prose, poetry, or fiction, with attention to aesthetic theory and philosophical and psychological backgrounds.
EH 691 - Studies in the Victorian Period
Representative writing, selected from prose, poetry, and fiction, with emphasis on social and cultural changes that inform the literature.
EH 698 - Independent Study
Individual investigation into significant issues in linguistics, literature, technical communication, or composition studies under direct supervision of instructor. Prerequisites: Written approval by the instructor and the department chair of a project prospectus.
EH 699 - Master's Thesis
Required each semester during which a student is working and receiving direction on a master’s thesis. No more than 6 hours credit may be applied toward the degree. Prerequisites: Approval of instructor.
EHL 505 - Survey of General Linguistics
Survey of phonology, morphology, and syntax, language universals and typology, history of English and other major world languages, topics in psycho- and socio-linguistics such as language acquisition, situational language change, and the study of regional and ethnic varieties as they reflect and construct the linguistic and cultural diversity of the United States.
EHL 506 - Critical Issues
This class reviews critical issues impacting the progress of English Language Learners (ELLs) in K-12 classrooms in the U.S. The categories of issues covered will remain responsive to TESOL/NCATE Standards for P-12 Teacher Education Programs. Among representative issues are historical overviews of relevant legislation, coverage of current and developing regulations (federal, state, local), advocacy options, and assessment at the programmatic level. Cross listed with EHL 406
EHL 507 - Advanced English Grammar Studies
In-depth study of English syntax within contemporary theoretical paradigms. Includes comparisons between modern syntactic analyses and traditional methods, comparisons between Standard American English and regional and ethnic varieties, the inevitable historical changes in English grammar, and pedagogical contexts/teaching issues. Recommended: With some exceptions, EHL 405/505 is recommended but not required as a preliminary to courses beyond EHL 505.
EHL 509 - Special Studies in Applied English Linguistics
Special topics in linguistics. Particular focus and emphasis announced in advance. Recommended: With some exceptions, EHL 405/505 is recommended but not required as a preliminary to courses beyond EHL 505. Some topics may meet the English M.A. language requirements; consult Department Chair.
EHL 608 - Second Language Acquisition
An investigation of the process of language acquisition, both for first and second language learners, including a survey of language acquisition theory, with a focus on the innateness of human language, the elements considered essential in the acquisition process, and different contexts in which languages are acquired; collection and analysis of data; and integration of theoretical material with practical problems of learning and teaching. Acquisition of regional and ethnic varieties is also covered. Prerequisites: EHL 505, or permission of instructor. Recommended: With some exceptions, EHL 405/505 is recommended but not required as a preliminary to courses beyond EHL 505.
EHL 609 - Strategies for Research and Teaching Methods in TESOL
Designed to give current and future ESL instructors the foundation for informed and effective classroom teaching. Includes theoretical underpinnings of historical and contemporary ESL, instructional methods, analysis and critique of methodologies, and strategies for pedagogically sound classroom activity development and lesson planning within linguistically and culturally diverse instructional contexts. Recommended: With some exceptions, EHL 405/505 is recommended but not required as a preliminary to courses beyond EHL 505.
EHL 610 - Practicum in TESOL
Current issues, techniques, and materials in teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL). Direct and supervised teaching of English to non-native speakers of English. Prerequisites: Graduate standing and EHL 609, or permission of the instructor. Recommended: With some exceptions, EHL 405/505 is recommended but not required as a preliminary to courses beyond EHL 505.
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