The Graduate Program in English
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ENGL 500 SEMINAR IN AMERICAN LITERATURE THROUGH THE 19TH CENTURY [+]
A study of selected topics in American literature through the 19th century. Emphasizes one or more authors, genres or literary themes. May be repeated under different course subtitles recorded with the registrar. Three hours per week.
ENGL 501 SEMINAR IN AMERICAN LITERATURE OF THE 20TH CENTURY [+]
A study of selected topics in American literature of the 20th century (up to 1945). Emphasizes one or more authors, genres or literary themes. May be repeated under different course subtitles recorded with the registrar. Three hours per week.
ENGL 502 SEMINAR IN ENGLISH LITERATURE I [+]
A study of selected topics in English literature from the beginnings to 1660. Emphasizes one or more authors, genres or literary themes. May be repeated under different course subtitles recorded with the registrar. Three hours per week.
ENGL 503 SEMINAR IN ENGLISH LITERATURE II [+]
A study of selected topics in English literature of the Restoration and 18th century. Emphasizes one or more major authors, genres or literary themes. May be repeated under different course subtitles recorded with the registrar. Three hours per week.
ENGL 504 SEMINAR IN ENGLISH LIT III [+]
A study in selected topics of English literature of the 19th century. Emphasizes one or more major authors, genres or literary themes. May be repeated under different course subtitles recorded with the registrar. Three hours per week.
ENGL 505 SEMINAR IN ENGLISH LIT IV [+]
A study of selected topics in English literature of the 20th century. Emphasizes one or more major authors, genres or literary themes. May be repeated under different course subtitles recorded with the registrar. Three hours per week.
ENGL 507 STUDIES IN FILM [+]
Study of a director, period, genre, movement or theme in the area of film. May be repeated twice under different subtitles. Three hours per week.
ENGL 508 METHODS AND THEORY FOR LITERARY RESEARCH [+]
Introduces students to the methods and theories that are foundational to the study of literature at the graduate level and the application of those theories to literature, beginning with New Criticism, Feminism, Psychoanalysis, and Multiculturalism. Students will examine key literary, critical, and theoretical terms/concepts as well as learn to analyze secondary sources in the process of producing their own critically informed work. Three hours per week.
ENGL 509 SEMINAR IN LANGUAGE STUDY [+]
A study in selected topics in language and linguistics. The course focuses in different semesters on such topics as the new English, descriptive or historical linguistics, morphology-syntax, or phonetics and phonemics, teaching standard English to speakers of other languages or to speakers of other dialects. May be repeated under different course subtitles recorded with the Registrar. Three hours per week.
ENGL 510 SEMINAR IN LITERATURE: SPECIAL TOPICS [+]
Examines topics in English and American literature which cross traditional, chronological, national or ontological boundaries. May be repeated under different course subtitles recorded with the registrar. Three hours per week.
ENGL 511 CHAUCER [+]
Study of representative works by the 14th century poet Chaucer, taught in their original language, Middle English, with a special emphasis on The Canterbury Tales. Three hours per week.
ENGL 512 MILTON (AUTHOR) [+]
The sonnets, companion poems, essays and drama. Emphasis on Paradise Lost. Three hours per week.
ENGL 513 SHAKESPEARE [+]
A study of the major comedies and histories with an emphasis on the tragedies. Three hours per week.
ENGL 514 WRITING PROGRAM ISSUES [+]
Explores successful writing programs, particularly at the college level, and their connections to research/theory in composition. Requires students to evaluate and propose guidelines for composition study and instruction. Three hours per week.
ENGL 515 EASTERN SHORE WRITING PROJECT SUMMER INSTITUTE [+]
Explores current theories about the composing process and their implications for teaching writing and using writing to teach other content areas. Focuses on adapting and evaluating classroom activities for different grade levels and educational settings. Cross-listed with EDUC 515. Prerequisite: Consent of the instructor.
ENGL 516 FILM HISTORY [+]
The history of motion pictures with a focus on technical and artistic trends and the work of important artists and directors. Three hours per week.
ENGL 522 INDIVIDUAL AUTHORS [+]
An intensive study of one to three writers of major stature (choice to be made by the instructor). Three hours per week.
ENGL 528 ESOL TESTS AND MEASUREMENTS [+]
Introduces students to present-day language theory and practice. Objectives are not only to increase students' skills in writing classroom language tests and assessing standardized instruments, but also to improve their ability to evaluate language research in which testing plays a part. Prerequisite: ENGL 532 or ENGL 534 or permission of instructor. Three hours per week.
ENGL 530 DIRECTED RESEARCH [+]
Preparation of optional research project in master's degree program under department supervision.
ENGL 531 THESIS [+]
ENGL 532 LITERACY AND ESOL READING [+]
Introduces students interested in questions of language acquisition to the theories and practices relating to learning to read in a second language or second dialect. Topics include models for acquiring foreign language reading skills, teaching strategies for second language/dialect literacy, evaluating literacy skills, investigating current research about acquisition of literacy skills, and exploring political and social implications of second/language/dialect literacy. This course is for graduate credit only. Three hours per week.
ENGL 533 ESOL PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT [+]
Introduces students to the theory, practice and special needs in developing and implementing an ESOL curriculum in a public, private or business enterprise for language learners K-adult. Allows students to explore the complexities involved in planning and developing a language curriculum; sensitize themselves to the cultural conflicts and biases, both socio-linguistic and linguistic, which are faced by limited English-proficient students; and to prepare for the actual writing and implementing of an ESOL curriculum where needed. Three hours per week.
ENGL 534 LITERACY AND ESOL WRITING [+]
Introduces students interested in questions of language acquisition to the theories and practices of learning to write in a second language or second dialect. Topics include writing theory, writing strategies, and second language writers and rhetorical concerns. In addition, students will examine teaching methodologies for second language/dialect literacy, evaluating literacy skills, current research about acquisition of literacy skills, and political and social implications of second language/dialect literacy. This course is for graduate credit only. Prerequisite: ENGL 537 or permission of instructor. Three hours per week.
ENGL 535 LANGUAGE AND CULTURE [+]
Emphasizes a linguistic approach to the peculiar relationship between a language and the cultural total of which the language is a part. It examines language variations within a community according to gender, age, geography, ethnicity, socioeconomic class and education, while considering the educational, political and economic implications. Specifically, this course should be considered an exploration of the study of language in its social setting. This course is for graduate credit only. Three hours per week.
ENGL 536 PRINCIPLES OF LINGUISTICS [+]
An introductory study of nature of language from both a theoretical and applied perspective. The focus is on the study of sounds and articulation (phonetics), sound systems (phonology), word structure and formation (morphology), phrase and sentence structure (syntax), aspects of meaning (semantics) and will also concentrate on applied aspects of linguistic study such as neurolinguistics, psycholinguistics, sociolinguistics, computational linguistics, and first and second language acquisition. To provide students with a fundamental understanding of core areas of linguistics and to equip students with the analytical techniques and methods required to solve questions about language. This course is for graduate credit only. Three hours per week.
ENGL 537 SURVEY OF MODERN ENGLISH GRAMMAR [+]
To provide an understanding of the systematic structure and rules of English, i.e., the system underlying the construction of possible sentences in the English language; the grammatical terminology and concepts necessary for the analysis of English structures, i.e., the metalanguage of analysis; the application of such a theoretical background in the actual linguistic analysis of English constructions; the utility of such a knowledge in the future teaching of English, to both native and ESOL speakers; and some typical fallacies concerning the structure and pedagogical applications of English grammar. This course is for graduate credit only. Three hours per week.
ENGL 538 BILINGUALISM [+]
Familiarizes students with various aspects of bilingual education and language contact from a social-psychological perspective. Explores the role of the mind in bilingualism and in language acquisition. Content addresses the societal, political and cultural implications of bilinguality and the cognitive and educational implications. Aims to provide analysis and evaluation of current theory and research on bilingualism, as well as for examination of pertinent pedagogical implications/applications. This course is for graduate credit only. Three hours per week.
ENGL 539 SECOND LANGUAGE ACQUISITION [+]
An introduction to second language acquisition (SLA) theory and application of SLA theory to second/foreign language teaching practices. Explores what it means to know a language and, hence, how one learns a second language. This is an introductory course intended for graduate credit only. Three hours per week.
ENGL 547 CURRENT APPROACHES IN ESOL INSTRUCTION [+]
Familiarizes students with the foundations of teaching English to speakers of other languages (ESOL). It provides for examination of current theory and empirical data on language learning and teaching. Participants will examine pedagogical implications/applications of teaching methodologies intended for non-native speakers of English by examining the latest research data. This course seeks to meet the needs of practicing or prospective teachers enrolled in a graduate program. Prerequisite: ENGL 428/528 or permission of instructor. Three hours per week.
ENGL 553 MODERN POETRY (GENRE) [+]
A study of British and American poetry from Yeats through World War II. Poets include Hopkins, Yeats, Eliot, Pound, Frost, Williams, Robinson, Crane, Stevens, Auden and Dylan Thomas. Three hours per week.
ENGL 561 FEMINIST LITERATURE AND THEORY [+]
A survey of the growth and transformation of feminist literature and theory from the birth of the woman's movement in the nineteenth century to contemporary cultural feminist writings. We will also investigate modern and contemporary images and representations of women in literature, film and popular culture from a critical perspective that celebrates cultural diversity and alternative viewpoints. Three hours per week.
ENGL 564 RHETORICAL CRITICISM [+]
Introduces critical methods for analyzing persuasive messages in a variety of genres and contexts. Three hours per week.
ENGL 565 COMPOSITION THEORY [+]
Explores current theories and research on writing process and product. Topics include: definitions of writing; rhetorical contexts; heuristics for pre-writing, writing and rewriting; questions of arrangement, style, grammar, mechanics and assessment. May be offered for undergraduate or graduate credit. Prerequisite: C or better in ENGL 102. Three hours per week.
ENGL 566 METHODS FOR COMPOSITION AND RHETORIC RESEARCH [+]
Applies theoretical concepts from ENGL 465/565 to current issues in composition and rhetoric research (such as basic writing, methods of responding to student writing and audience adaptation). Emphasizes modes of research for continuing investigation of these issues. Prerequisite: ENGL 465 or approval of the professor. Three hours per week.
ENGL 567 HISTORY AND THEORY OF RHETORIC [+]
Study of how changing views of rhetoric affect public attitudes toward writing and influence writing instruction in schools and universities. Emphasizes shifting views toward style, argument and the relationship between persuasion and knowledge. Cannot receive credit for both ENGL 470 and ENGL 467. May be offered for undergraduate or graduate credit. Prerequisite: ENGL 102. Three hours per week.
ENGL 571 MEDIEVAL ENGLISH LITERATURE (PERIOD) [+]
A survey of literature produced in and around the British Isles between the eighth and the 15th centuries of the Common Era. Anglo-Saxon and other early medieval selections presented in translation although the course includes instruction in rudimentary Old English. Middle English works (excluding Chaucer) presented in the original. Primary texts historicized and contextualized through secondary readings in history, ethnography, the arts, criticism. Three hours per week.
ENGL 572 ELIZABETHAN AND JACOBEAN LITERATURE (PERIOD) [+]
A study of major British literature, exclusive of Shakespeare, from 1500-1660. Authors include Sidney, Spenser, Donne and Milton. Cannot receive credit for both ENGL 414 and ENGL 472. May be offered for undergraduate or graduate credit. Prerequisite: ENGL 102. Three hours per week. Meets General Education IA.
ENGL 573 RESTORATION AND 18TH CENTURY LITERATURE (PERIOD) [+]
A study of British literature from 1660 through the 18th century. Writers studied include Behn, Rochester, Dryden, Defoe, Swift, Pope, Johnson, Boswell, Goldsmith, Burns and Blake. Three hours per week.
ENGL 574 ROMANTIC LITERATURE (PERIOD) [+]
Study of British poetry and aesthetics from the French Revolution through the first third of the 19th century. Primary readings from Blake, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Byron, Shelley, Keats. Cannot receive credits for both ENGL 421 and ENGL 474. May be offered for undergraduate or graduate credit. Prerequisite: ENGL 102. Three hours per week. Meets General Education IA.
ENGL 575 VICTORIAN LITERATURE [+]
A study of major British literature during the reign of Queen Victoria. Writers studied may include Tennyson, Browning, Arnold, Carlyle, Newman and Ruskin. Three hours per week.
ENGL 576 BRITISH NOVEL I: BEGINNINGS TO 1837 [+]
A study of the history and development of the British novel from the beginnings to the coronation of Victoria. Novels may include, but are not limited to, works by Sidney, Behn, Defoe, Richardson, Fielding, Sterne, Burney, Austen and Mary Shelley. A variety of theoretical models are considered. Three hours per week.
ENGL 577 BRITISH NOVEL II [+]
A study of the British novel of the 19th and 20th centuries, with works chosen from the writings of Austen, Dickens, Thackeray, Trollope, Hardy, Conrad, D.H. Lawrence and Virginia Woolf. Three hours per week.
ENGL 579 CONTEMPORARY TRENDS IN BRITISH LITERATURE [+]
Contemporary trends in British literature from 1970 to the present. Writers may include Penelope Fitzgerald, Anita Brookner, A. S. Byatt, Seamus Heaney, Geoffrey Hill, Tom Stoppard, William Trevor, Martin Amis, Graham Swift, Ian McEwan and Brian Friel. Three hours per week.
ENGL 580 COLONIAL AMERICAN LITERATURE [+]
A study of American literature prior to 1820. Writers studied may include Bradford, Bradstreeet, Taylor, Edwards, Franklin, Irving and Cooper. Three hours per week.
ENGL 581 THE AMERICAN RENAISSANCE (PERIOD) [+]
A study of the Transcendental Movement and literature between 1830 and 1870. Emphasis on the works of Emerson, Thoreau, Hawthorne, Melville, Whitman and Dickinson. Three hours per week.
ENGL 582 AMERICAN REALISM AND NATURALISM (1865-1925) [+]
Investigates the rise of Realism and Naturalism (1865-1925) in American literature and the relationship between the development of these forms and the historical and cultural atmospheres from which they emerged. Authors to be studied may include Henry James, William Dean Howells, Frank Norris, Stephen Crane, Charles Chesnutt, Edith Wharton and Theodore Dreiser. Three hours per week.
ENGL 583 AMERICAN SOUTHERN RENAISSANCE: 1930-1970 (PERIOD) [+]
A study of fiction produced in the South between 1930 and 1970. Writers may include Glasgow, Faulkner, O'Connor, Welty, Porter, Warren, Percy, Capote, Taylor, Grau, Styron and Young. Three hours per week.
ENGL 584 AMERICAN NOVEL I: BEGINNINGS TO 1900 [+]
A study of major American novels through 1900. Writers studied may include Crane, Hawthorne, Melville and Twain. Three hours per week.
ENGL 585 AMERICAN NOVEL II: 1900-1945 [+]
A study of major American novels between 1900 and World War II. Writers studied may include Cather, Faulkner, Fitzgerald, Hemingway, Hurston, James, Lewis and Wharton. Cannot receive credit for both ENGL 458 and ENGL 485. May be offered for undergraduate or graduate credit. Prerequisite: ENGL 102. Three hours per week. Meets General Education IA.
ENGL 588 CONTEMPORARY TRENDS IN AMERICAN LITERATURE [+]
Contemporary trends in U.S. literature from 1970 to the present. Writers may include McCarthy, DeLillo, Shepard, Tyler, Vonnegut, C. Johnson, Albee, Kincaid, Morrison, Walker, Silko. Three hours per week.
ENGL 590 TOPICS IN ENGLISH [+]
Intensive study of a literary genre, figure or period; or intensive study in language, writing or film. May be repeated for credit in different areas of study. May be offered for undergraduate or graduate credit. Prerequisite: ENGL 102 or consent of instructor. Meets General Education IA.
ENGL 591 TOPICS IN LINGUISTICS AND LANGUAGE LEARNING [+]
An examination of selected topics of linguistics as they relate directly to first and second language learning. The course may focus in different semesters on such topics as phonology and language learning, syntactic theory and language learning, or discourse and language learning. This course may be repeated once under different course subtitles recorded with the registrar. May be offered for undergraduate or graduate credit. Three hours lecture per week.
ENGL 592 PRACTICUM IN ENGLISH [+]
Under the close supervision of a master teacher, an advanced student in an English option interns as a teaching assistant in a lower-division course in that option. Cannot receive credit for both ENGL 442 and ENGL 492. May be offered for undergraduate or graduate credit. Prerequisites: Nine hours of coursework in that option and approval of department chair. Variable hours per week.
ENGL 594 TOPICS IN ENGLISH: WRITING OR FILM [+]
Intensive study in language or film. May be repeated for credit in different areas of study.
ENGL 595 TOPICS IN WRITING AND RHETORIC [+]
Intensive study of selected topics in Writing and Rhetoric. May be taken in different areas of study for a total of 6 hours of credit. Three hours per week.