ATTENDANCE AND PARTICIPATION

Go to class! As a discipline, English is defined by both materials and methods. While students can certainly access the materials—texts of many kinds, defined in many ways—on their own, the methods require participation in a community of scholars, which is the role of the classroom lecture and discussion. Students learn from each other as well as from faculty, and miss a significant portion of the educational experience when they miss class meetings or fail to participate in discussions. The English Department therefore affirms the importance of regular class attendance and supports penalties for non-attendance as indicated on the syllabi of individual faculty members.

Courses at the 500-level

ENGL 501: Introduction to Graduate Study

Students are introduced to the advanced study of literature and to current critical theories and methodologies.
3 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • Graduate status and consent of department chair
ENGL 520: Topics in Composition Theory, Rhetoric, and Language Study

Various approaches to language and composition studies are offered. Topics vary and may include the history of the language, linguistics, rhetoric, or the current state of composition theory and pedagogy.
3 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • Graduate status and consent of department chair
ENGL 521: Topics in Cultural Studies

Students view texts as cultural products and as forms of cultural practice in the context of such issues as racial, sexual, and class politics.
3 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • Graduate status and consent of department chair
ENGL 522: Topics in Feminist Theory and Literature

Focus is on one or more areas of contemporary feminist theory in conjunction with literature by women and/or representations of women in literature.
3 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • Graduate status and consent of department chair
ENGL 523: Topics in Ethnic American and/or African American Literatures

Issues of culture, identity, race, and power are considered in the literature of one or more ethnic groups and/or of African Americans.
3 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • Graduate status and consent of department chair
ENGL 524: Topics in Postcolonial Literatures

Students examine representative ideas found in African, South Asian, and Caribbean postcolonial literatures and their contributions to Western discourses on race, ethnicity, and gender and on debates about literary form and canon formation.
3 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • Graduate status and consent of department chair
ENGL 525: Topics in Genre

Focus is on the theory and practice of a particular genre or on a comparative cross-genre approach.
3 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • Graduate status and consent of department chair
ENGL 530: Topics in British Literature before 1660

Achievements of British writers from the medieval and Renaissance periods are considered within their cultural contexts. Periods, topics, and approaches vary with instructor.
3 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • Graduate status and consent of department chair
ENGL 531: Topics in British Literature from 1660 to 1900

Achievements of Restoration and eighteenth-century, romantic and Victorian British writers are considered within their cultural contexts. Periods, topics, and approaches vary with instructor.
3 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • Graduate status and consent of department chair
ENGL 532: Topics in British Literature since 1900

Achievements of modern and contemporary British writers are considered within their cultural contexts. Periods, topics, and approaches vary with instructor.
3 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • Graduate status and consent of department chair
ENGL 540: Topics in American Literature before 1900

Achievements of American writers from the beginning through the nineteenth century are explored within their cultural contexts. Periods, topics, and approaches vary with instructor.
3 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • graduate status and consent of department chair
ENGL 541: Topics in American Literature since 1900

Achievements of American writers of the past century are examined within their cultural contexts. Periods, topics, and approaches vary with instructor.
3 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • graduate status and consent of department chair
ENGL 560: Seminar in Literary Theory

Significant issues in literary and cultural theory are considered.
3 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • Graduate status and consent of department chair
ENGL 581: Workshop in Creative Writing

Students write, revise, and present original work to be discussed and critiqued by workshop members under the direction of the instructor. Work of publishable quality is the goal.
9 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • Consent of department chair
  • Graduate status
ENGL 591: Directed Reading

After consulting an advisor, the student pursues a program of reading. This course may be repeated for credit with a change in content.
3 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • consent of the Department of English Graduate Committee
ENGL 592: Master's Thesis

Students write either a substantial critical paper or a substantial portfolio of creative work under the supervision of a faculty member.
3 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • approval of thesis proposal by the Department of English Graduate Committee.

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