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Graduate Course Descriptions

  • ENGL 6300 Introduction to Graduate Studies
    Principles and procedures in scholarly research. Introduction to the problems, techniques, and tools of graduate-level study and research in English. Lec 3, Cr 3
  • ENGL 6301 Shakespeare
    A study of the comedies, histories, tragedies, and romances of Shakespeare, emphasizing wide reading of the playwright. Lec 3, Cr 3
  • ENGL 6302 Topics in Medieval Literature
    This graduate seminar will cover selected works from about 700 to 1490 CE,
    primarily from Britain. These works will be discussed for their literary merit as well as their historical significance, which includes issues of gender, class, and religious concerns. Course may be repeated once for credit with advisor approval when topic varies. Lec. 3, Cr 3
  • ENGL 6303 The Bible as Literature
    A study of the Bible as literature, emphasizing the genres and literary techniques employed by the writers. The course treats the Bible as a major source for English and American literature. Lec 3, Cr 3
  • ENGL 6304 Elizabethan and Jacobean Drama
    This graduate seminar will critically analyze selected plays written in England during the reigns of Elizabeth I and James I, exclusive of William Shakespeare. Lec 3, Cr 3
  • ENGL 6305 The Romantic Period
    A study of early 19th-century English romantic writers with emphasis on the poets Wordsworth, Coleridge, Shelley, Keats, and Byron. Lec 3, Cr 3
  • ENGL 6307 Varieties of Present-day English
    This graduate seminar explores the features of the diverse varieties of Present-day English, focusing on the semantic, lexical, and grammatical patterns which characterize Englishes such as those of the British Isles, the Americas, Africa, Australasia, and Southeast Asia. Lec. 3, Cr 3
  • ENGL 6308 History of the English Language
    A history of the English language from the Anglo-Saxon period to the present. Lec 3, Cr 3
  • ENGL 6310 Topics in 20th Century Poetry
    This graduate seminar explores different approaches to and topics in poetry and poetry movements of the 20th Century, primarily from England and the United States, with the subject matter varying depending on instructor and semester. Course may be repeated once for credit with advisor approval when topic varies.  Lec 3, Cr 3
  • ENGL 6312 Milton
    A study of the major poems and selected prose of John Milton. Lec 3, Cr 3
  • ENGL 6320 Forms of Academic Writing
    This graduate seminar will enable graduate students to become independent and skilled writers in their disciplines through assignments that focus on the varieties of academic written discourse, grammar and style, terminology, critical reading skills, and conventions governing plagiarism and citation of sources.
    Lec. 3, Cr 3
  • ENGL 6321 Rhetorical Theory
    This course focuses on major historical and theoretical developments in the study of rhetoric and the application of rhetorical concepts in the analysis of discourse. Lec 3, Cr 3
  • ENGL 6323 Professional Writing
    This course will enable students to gain insights into professional writing and develop communication skills in the workplace environment. The course is designed as an intensive workshop focused on creating business and technical documents for clients, consumers, and the general public. Lec 3, Cr 3
  • ENGL 6341 Literary Criticism
    Selected works in literary criticism. Important modern and traditional critical positions and their application to literature. Lec 3, Cr 3
  • ENGL 6362 The Victorian Period
    A study of the late 19th-century literature in England. Lec 3, Cr 3
  • ENGL 6363 20th-Century English Novel
    A study of the major novelists of England in the 20th century. Lec 3, Cr 3
  • ENGL 6364 Restoration and 18th-Century British Literature
    This course explores selected Restoration and 18th century British writers and their works, themes, and literary developments, including fiction, poetry, drama and non-fiction. Lec 3, Cr 3
  • ENGL 6370 Topics in Early American Literature
    This graduate seminar will cover selected literary and historical texts from Early American Period (approximately 1620-1830), with the subject matter varying depending on instructor and semester. Course may be repeated once for credit with advisor approval when topic varies. Lec 3, Cr 3
  • ENGL 6371 20th-Century American Novel
    A study of the major novelists in the United States in the 20th century. Lec 3, Cr 3
  • ENGL 6372 Hawthorne and Melville
    A study of the major novels and short stories of Nathaniel Hawthorne and Herman Melville. Lec 3, Cr 3
  • ENGL 6373 Topics in Nineteenth Century American Literature
    This course explores different approaches to and topics in nineteenth-century American literature, exclusive of Hawthorne and Melville. Subject matter varies depending on instructor and semester but may include such topics as American Revolution, Transcendentalism, Realism, Frontier Humor, Regionalism and Naturalism, as they are expressed in the work of major and minor authors of the time, including women and minority writers. May be repeated for credit with permission as topics vary. Lec. 3, Cr 3
  • ENGL 6374 19th Century American Women Writers
    This graduate seminar covers selected novels, short stories, essays, and poetry written by American women during the 19th century. These works will be discussed not only for their literary merit but for their historical significance
    and their relevance to gender concerns. Lec. 3, Cr 3
  • ENGL 6397 Special Topics in Linguistics
    This course will cover topics in linguistics, which could include sub-disciplines of the field (e.g. syntax), linguistic methodology (e.x. linguistic typology), or particular language areas (e.x. Spanish and English contact in the Rio Grande Valley). The course may be repeated once as topics vary. Lec 3, Cr 3
  • ENGL 6398 Special Topics in Literature
    This course will cover topics in literature, including such possibilities as single authors or works, or a critical application. The course may be repeated once as topics vary. Lec 3, Cr 3
  • ENGL 6399 Special Topics in Composition
    This course will cover topics in the composing process, including such possibilities as heuristic methods, analysis of style, or the works of a central figure in the discipline. The course may be repeated once as topics vary. Lec. 3, Cr 3
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