College of Arts and Sciences
ENG 500 Introduction to Graduate Studies Credit, 3 hours
The course introduces beginning M.A. students to the content and relational knowledge expected of a successful graduate student in literary studies. This course is normally taken during the first semester of enrollment.
ENG 504 Literature for Young Adults Credit, 3 hours
A study of classical and modern literature dealing with stages of adolescent development. Selections include a variety of genres with special attention to the young adult novel.
ENG 505 Studies in One or Two Authors Credit, 3 hours
Close study of selected texts by a single figure (e.g. Shakespeare, Chaucer, Austen) or comparison of texts by a pair of writers (e.g. Barrett Browning and Dickinson). May be repeated for credit as authors vary. Prerequisites: ENG 300 or consent of instructor.
ENG 508 Practicum in Writing Center Tutoring Credit, 1–3 hours
This course combines study of major scholarship on writing-center theory and practice with firsthand observations of tutoring sessions, followed by direct tutoring experience. It is intended for prospective and practicing Harbert Writing Center tutors, as well as for non-tutoring students who expect to teach writing during their careers. Prerequisites: ENG 101, 102, 231, 232, or equivalents, or consent of instructor.
ENG 511 Studies in Drama Credit, 3 hours
Study of the formal and generic features of drama. May emphasize development of dramatic form and content, a group of writers (the Irish Literary Revival), a period (Elizabethan and Jacobean), or a sub-genre (tragedy).
ENG 512 Studies in Poetry Credit, 3 hours
Study of the forms and conventions of poetry. May emphasize a poetic kind (the lyric, the dramatic monologue, the elegy), a group of writers (Pope and his circle), a period or culture (contemporary Caribbean poetry), or a recurrent theme (country and city).
ENG 513 Studies in the Novel Credit, 3 hours
Study of the formal and generic features of the novel. May emphasize the origins and development of the novel, a group of writers (contemporary African-American novelists), a period or culture (novels of the American South), or a sub-genre or kind (the Bildungsroman or picaresque).
ENG 514 Studies in Short Fiction Credit, 3 hours
Study of the formal and generic features of the short story. May emphasize the origins and development of the short-story form, a group of writers (Latin American “magical realists”), or a period or culture (Southern Gothic).
ENG 515 Studies in Non-Fiction Credit, 3 hours
Study of various forms of non-fiction prose (biography, autobiography, diaries and other forms of personal writing, journalism, polemical writing, the essay, etc.).
ENG 519 Special Topics in Genre Credit, 3 hours
Exploration of a selected problem in genre. May consider history and uses of a formal device (meter), a theoretical problem (the ideology of the sonnet), a historical problem (the relationship between the novel and emerging national identities), or a cultural-studies issue (constructions of race and gender in Early Modern English drama.)
ENG 523 Medieval Literature Credit, 3 hours
Studies in literature of the Middle Ages (750–1500). May include Beowulf, Chaucer, Petrarch, Dante, Marie de France.
ENG 524 Early Modern Literature Credit, 3 hours
Studies in literature of the Renaissance and seventeenth century (1500–1660). May include Spenser, Donne, Jonson, Marvell.
ENG 525 Restoration and Eighteenth-Century
Literature Credit, 3 hours
Studies in literature from the “long Eighteenth Century” (1660–1790). May include Dryden, Etherege, Bunyan, Defoe, Pope, Swift, Johnson.
ENG 526 The Romantic Period Credit, 3 hours
Studies in literature of the Romantic period (1790–1832). May include Blake, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Byron, the Shelleys, Keats.
ENG 527 The Victorian Period Credit, 3 hours
Studies in literature of the Victorian period (1832–1900). May include Carlyle, Tennyson, the Brownings, Arnold, the Rossettis, Hopkins, and Hardy.
ENG 528 Modern Literature Credit, 3 hours
Studies in literature of the twentieth century. Aspects of modernism examined through texts of one or several genres.
ENG 531 American Literature to 1865 Credit, 3 hours
Studies in colonial and nineteenth-century American literature. May include Bradford, Bradstreet, Franklin, Hawthorne, Poe, Melville, Whitman, and Dickinson.
ENG 532 American Literature After 1865 Credit, 3 hours
Studies in American literature from the late nineteenth century through the present. May include Twain, James, Chopin, Crane, Dreiser, Steinbeck, Williams, Barth.
ENG 539 Special Topics in Literature of a Region, Culture, or Period Credit, 3 hours
Exploration of a selected topic in a period or culture. May consider a historical problem (did women have a Renaissance) or the literature of a period and/or subculture (the Harlem Renaissance, Southern Literature).
ENG 552 Studies in Critical Theory Credit, 3 hours
A study of both ancient and modern critical concepts that attempt to discover meaning in or impose meaning on literary texts.
ENG 554 Studies in Composition and Rhetoric Credit, 3 hours
Focused studies in specific areas of research in composition (e.g., studies in the composing process and rhetoric (e.g., classical rhetoric, rhetoric of particular genres).
ENG 555 Advanced English Grammar Credit, 3 hours
Provides a standard framework for identifying and authoritatively discussing the grammatical forms and constructions of Standard English.
ENG 556 The Writing Process: Theories and Practices Credit, 3 hours
This course explores and synthesizes theories and practices related to writers’ processes and the teaching of writers. In addition to providing a foundation upon which students may develop strategies for improvising as writers, the course also will foster the kinds of skills needed for successfully assigning, analyzing, and responding to the writing of others. Prerequisites: ENG 101, 102, 231, and 232 or equivalents.
ENG 561 Advanced Creative Writing Credit, 3 hours
In-depth workshop of poetry and/or creative prose. May focus on a particular genre or theme (the long poem, memoir, creative nonfiction). Includes readings in contemporary literature and at least one extended writing project. Limited enrollment. May be repeated with consent of instructor. Prerequisite: ENG 361 or equivalent or consent of instructor.
ENG 571 African-American Literature Credit, 3 hours
Historical perspectives on issues, themes, and distinctive literary strategies in African-American literature.
ENG 572 Literature of Plural America Credit, 3 hours
Studies in literature written by traditionally marginalized groups, including native Americans, Latinos, Jewish-American, Asian-Americans, gays and lesbians.
ENG 573 Post-Colonial Literature Credit, 3 hours
Studies in literature arising from colonialism and the dissolution of European empires, including works from Africa, India, and the Caribbean.
ENG 574 Anglophone Literature Credit, 3 hours
Study of literature from settler countries, including Canada, South Africa, and Australia.
ENG 575 Literature by Women Credit, 3 hours
Study of literature by recently recovered or understudied women (e.g., American and English women of the seventeenth century).
ENG 589 Selected Topics in Literature and
Language Credit, 1–6 hours
A special-topics course designed to meet a particular program or student need; the number of credit hours is determined by the faculty member teaching the course, in consultation with the department chair.
ENG 590 Graduate Seminar Credit, 3 hours
ENG 599 Independent Study Credit, 3–6 hours
Students will work with a faculty member to plan and execute an independent study course in English. Course requirements to be determined by the faculty member. Departmental approval is required.
ENG 699 Thesis Credit, 3–6 hours
This class will be taken as hours in which the student is planning, researching, and completing a Master’s Thesis in English under the supervision of their thesis adviser.