Graduate Course Descriptions
  • ​ENG 503 Document Design 3 credits Spring - even years                                                     Theories and applications of information design and visual rhetoric for print and electronic documents.  This course may be offered in an online or hybrid format.  Prerequisites:  Graduate standing or ENG 201 with a C or better.  Recommended:  ENG 303
  • ENG 504 Technical Editing 3 credits Fall - odd years                                                           Methods and technologies used in editing and publishing technical documents in print and electronic media; publication management and production.  This course may be offered in an online or hybrid format.  Prerequisites:  Graduate standing or ENG 201 with a B or better and 86 credit hours completed.  Recommended:  ENG 303
  • ENG 510 Writing Center Practicum 1-3 credits (Spec)  Fall, Spring
    Examines key issues in writing and teaching writing and provides a mediated, instructional experience for working one-on-one with writing. Prerequisites: Enrolled by instructor permission only.
  • ENG 513 Special Topics 1-6 credits (Spec)  On Demand 
    Subjects not part of regular department offerings.  May not be a duplication of a previous section.  This course may be offered in an online or hybrid format.  Prerequisites:  86 credit hours completes; or graduate standing.
  • ENG 514 Language and Media Discourse 3 credits Spring  - odd years
    Rhetorical theory and techniques in print and non-print media.
  • ENG 517 Reading and the English Classroom 3 credits
    The relationship of reading to the teaching of English through an introduction to the reading process, the needs of reluctant readers, and K-12 and ESL literacy issues.
  • ENG 519 Teaching of Composition 3 credits Summer
    Research and methodology in the teaching of composition.
  • ENG 520 Diachronic Linguistics and the History of English 3 credits                          Theory and methodologies of diachronic linguistics with a focus on the development of the English language.  Prerequisite: Graduate standing or ENG 375. 
  • ENG 535 History of Literary Criticism 3 credits Fall - odd years
    Review of critical attitudes and approaches of enduring significance. Prerequisite: 6 hours of literature.
  • ENG 539 Seminar in Major Nonfiction Writers 3-9 credits (spec) Fall - even years
    Creative and critical approaches to the study of representative works by selected major writers of literary or creative nonfiction. May be repeated to a maximum of 9 hours. May be offered in a hybrid or online format.  May be offered as Writing Intensive. Prerequisites: ENG 201 with a C or better; ENG 134 or 234; or graduate standing.
  • ENG 545 Chaucer 3 credits Fall - odd years
    Middle English grammar and pronunciation. The life and works of Chaucer with emphasis on the Canterbury Tales and Troilus and Criseyde.
  • ENG 547 Seminar in Major British Writers 3-9 credits (Spec) on demand
    A study of one or more British writers, selected by the instructor. May be repeated for a maximum of nine credit hours. Prerequisites: Graduate status or the following: Grade of "C" or better in ENG 101, ENG 103/099 or ELI 198; Grade of "C" or better in ENG 201; either ENG 134 or ENG 234.
  • ENG 549 Advanced Shakespeare: Tragedy and Problem Plays 3 credits Spring - even years
    Examination of the development of Shakespearean tragedy and the final plays. Prerequisite: a previous university course in Shakespeare (ENG 349).
  • ENG 559 Seminar in Major American Writers 3-9 credits (Spec) on demand
    A study of several American writers selected by the instructor. Recommended: 6 hours of American literature. May be repeated to a maximum of 9 hours. Prerequisites:  Graduate status or the following:  ENG 201 with a grade of C or better; ENG 134 or 234.  Recommended:  Six hours of American Literature.
  • ENG 561 European Romanticism: A Comparative Approach 3 credits on demand
    Comparative exploration of the Romantic movement in literature and philosophy with special attention to Germany and France.   Prerequisite:  Graduate status or ENG 101 or 103/099 or ELI 198 with a grade of C or better; ENG 201 with a grade of C or better; either ENG 134 or ENG 234.  Recommended:  6 hrs of literature courses.
  • ENG 566 Human Rights in Literature, Art and Film 3 credits
    Exploration of the history, development, and application of human rights as represented in literature, the arts and film.  Prerequisite:  Admission to any of the English department's MA programs or ENG 201 with a grade of C or better, ENG 134 or 234.
  • ENG 569 Seminar in Major World Writers 3-9 credits (Spec) on demand
    A study of one or more writers, selected by the instructor, from various regions of the world. May be repeated for a maximum of nine credit hours. Prerequisites: Graduate status or the following: ENG 101 or 103/099 or ELI 198 with a grade of C or better; ENG 201 with a grade of C or better; ENG 134 or ENG 234. Recommended: 6-9 hours of ENG 300 and/or ENG 400 level courses.
  • ENG 570 Old English 3  credits Fall - even years
    Study of the grammar and pronunciation of Old English and analysis of Old English literary texts.  Prerequisites:  Graduate Status or ENG 201 with a grade of C or better;  ENG 134 or 234. 
  • ENG 571 Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages 3 credits  Fall/Spring
    Principles and techniques for teaching English to students whose first language is not English. Prerequisite: ENG 375.
  • ENG 573 Linguistics and Reading 3 credits Spring - odd years
    The reading process, the effects of language on reading, the relation between language and writing, and the ways people process information. Prerequisite: ENG 375 or ENG 576.
  • ENG 574 TESOL Materials, Assessment, Curriculum 3 credits Spring
    Techniques for designing curricula, teaching materials, and tests and other assessment tools for ESL/EFL or bilingual/bicultural classrooms. Prerequisites: ENG 571; Graduate status or the following: ENG 101 or 103/099 or ELI 198 with a grade of C or better; ENG 201 with a grade of C or better.
  • ENG 577 Introduction to Second Language Acquisition 3 credits Fall
    An introduction to the principles and theories of second language acquisition, and their implications for language teaching. Prerequisites: ENG 375.
  • ENG 578 Applied Sociolinguistics 3 credits Fall
    Topics include cross-cultural aspects of conversation, speech act theory, language and gender, non-verbal behavior and the role of socio-cultural variables in language acquisitions.  Prerequisites: Graduate status or the following:  ENG 201 with a grade of C or better;  ENG 375.
  • ENG 580 Literature for Young Adults 3 credits Fall, Spring
    Reading interests and library materials of junior and senior high students; methods of stimulating reading. Subject grouping of books related to adolescent reading interests/needs. Identical to LMT 580. Credit may not be earned in more than one of these courses. Prerequisites: Completion of 86 hours, ENG 201 with a grade of C or better, One of: ENG 134 or ENG 234 or ENG 381; or graduate status.
  • ENG 581 The History of Children's Literature 3 credits Spring
    Major trends in the history of children's literature as they emerged under certain philosophical, educational, and social influences in England, America, and Europe. Emphasis on literary analysis. Prerequisites: ENG 201 with a grade of C or better, One of: ENG 134 or ENG 234 or ENG 381; or graduate status.
  • ENG 582 Cultural Pluralism in Young Adult and Children's Literature 3 credits Fall, Spring
    An exploration of the literature and heritage of diverse American cultures, primarily through folk literature, fiction, and biography.  Prerequisite:  Graduate status or the following; ENG 101 or 103/099 or ELI 198 with a grade of C or better: ENG 201 with a grade of C or better; ENG 134 or 234 or 381.
  • ENG 583 The Heroic Tradition in Children's Literature 3 credits Spring
    Study of the hero in epic, myth, folktale, and legend; including modern examples.  Prerequisites: Graduate status or the following:  ENG 201 with a grade of C or better;  ENG 375.
  • ENG 601 Graduate Composition 3 credits Spring
    For graduate students seeking to develop advanced nonfiction writing skills in various academic and non-academic genres. This course may be offered in an online or hybrid format.
  • ENG 602 Research Materials and Methods 3 credits Fall
    Instruction in materials and methods for research in language and literature. Prerequisites: Admission to Graduate Program in English.
  • ENG 603 Advanced Professional Communications 3-6 credits Fall - odd years
    Advanced study of the theory and practice of professional and technical communication.  May be repeated to a maximum of six hours.  This course may be offered in an online or hybrid format.  Recommended:  ENG 303, 503 and/or 504 or previous work-related experience with a professional/technical communication focus. 
  • ENG 614 Practicum in Teaching College Composition 3 creditsFall
    Study and practice of the theories, methods, and materials of teaching first-year college composition. Prerequisites: Open to English teaching assistants.
  • ENG 615 Problems in Teaching English 3 credits Spring - odd years
    An analysis of the issues, methods, and techniques of teaching English.
  • ENG 616 The Teaching of Creative Writing 3 credits (Spec)  Sp even
  • Theory and practice of teaching creative writing.  Prerequisite: Accepted into the MFA program.
  • ENG 618 Empirical Research Methods in English 3 creduts Spring - even years
    How to design and evaluate empirical research in English; emphasis on the teaching and learning of writing, literature, and English as a second language.  Recommended:  ENG 601 and/or 602
  • ENG 619 Continuing Registration for Final Research Project 1 credut  Fall, Spring
    A non-credit course intended for students who have completed all program credits but still need to use university resources to complete their degree requirements.
  • ENG 621 Seminar in Contemporary Poetry 3 credits Spring
    A study of selected contemporary poets in the context of major developments in the poetry of the twentieth century. Recommended: 6 hours of literature at the graduate or undergraduate level.
  • ENG 622 Seminar in Contemporary Fiction 3 credits Spring
    Study of significant and influential fiction from 1945 to the present. Prerequisites: Graduate status.
  • ENG 635 Seminar in English Literature 3-9 credits Fall, Spring - even years
    A study of English literature from one of four historical periods:  Prior to 1650, from 1650-1800, from 1800-1900, or from 1900 to the present.  Prerequisite:  Admission to the graduate program.  Recommended: Six hours of English Literature.  May be repeated to a maximum of 9 hours.
  • ENG 636 Seminar in Critical Problems 3 credits Fall, Spring - odd years
    A study of the major theories and theorists in contemporary literary studies and selected critical problems generated by them. Recommended: 6 hours of literature.
  • ENG 637 Seminar in Rhetoric and Composition 3-6 credits (Spec) Fall - even years
    Theoretical issues, practices, history, texts, applications in Rhetoric and Composition. May be repeated to maximum of 6 hours.
  • ENG 638 Seminar in Textual Analysis and Editing 3 credits Fall - odd years
    A course designed to prepare students for editing responsibilities found in a variety of fields, including education and scholarly publications.
  • ENG 656 Seminar in American Literature 3-9 credits (Spec) Fall, Spring - odd years
    The role of nature, frontier, or other factors in American literature of one of the following periods: A. Pre-Romantic Period; B. Romantic Period; C. Realistic and Naturalistic Periods; D. Modern Period. Recommended: 6 hours of American literature. May be repeated to a maximum of 9 hours.
  • ENG 665 Seminar in World Literature 3-9 credits (Spec) Spring
    The tracing of ideas through World Literatures from one of the following periods: A. Classical literature; B. Medieval and Renaissance literature; C. 18th and 19th Century literature; D. Modern literature. Recommended: 6 hours of World literature. May be repeated to a maximum of 9 hours.
  • ENG 672 Applied Linguistics in Written Communication 3 credits Spring
    Linguistic approaches to textual analysis and the application of research findings in teaching written standard English.
  • ENG 673 English Phonology for Language Teachers 3 credits Spring - even years
    Basic elements of English pronunciation, including segmental phonology, general articulation features, rhythm, and intonation. Involves analysis of pronunciation of native and non-native English speakers. Prerequisite: ENG 375.
  • ENG 674 English Grammar for Language Teachers 3 credits Fall
    A functional approach to English grammar, examining the uses of the major grammatical constructions. Includes analysis of language of native and non-native speakers of English. Prerequisite: ENG 571, ENG 574
  • ENG 675 Seminar in English Linguistics 3-9 credits Fall/Spring
    Problems in sociolinguistics, discourse, bilingualism, historical grammar, the applications of modern linguistic theory to the teaching of English or foreign languages. May be repeated to a maximum of nine credit hours.   Prerequisite: ENG 375; Recommended: Some foreign language study.
  • ENG 680 Chippewa River Writing Project Institute 3 credits Summer                               Writing workshop, composition pedagogy, educational technology, and classroom research.  This course may be offered in an online or hybrid format. Prerequisites: Admission by application for the institute as outlined by requirements from the Chippewa River Writing Project. 
  • ENG 681 Seminar in Children's Literature 3-9 credits (Spec) Spring
    Current issues in Children's Literature Studies. This 3 credit course may be taken up to three times.
  • ENG 690 Practicum in TESOL 1-3 credits (Spec) Fall, Spring
    An examination and application of methods, materials, and classroom management techniques necessary to teach English effectively to speakers of other languages. May be repeated to a maximum of three hours. Prerequisites: Final one-credit unit requires completion of ENG 571 or 577.
  • ENG 691 Seminar Writing Fiction 3-6 credits (Spec) Fall
    Workshop in fiction writing. May be repeated up to 6 hours. Prerequisite: Admission to M.A. Creative Writing Concentration.
  • ENG 692 Seminar in Writing Poetry 3-6 credits (Spec) Fall
    Workshop in poetry writing. May be repeated up to 6 hours. Prerequisite: Admission to M.A.  Program in English Language and Literature Creative Writing Concentration.
  • ENG 693 Seminar in Writing Nonfiction 3-6 credits (Spec) Spring - even years
    Workshop in contemporary approaches to nonfiction writing. This is a 3 credit course which may be taken twice.
  • ENG 694 The Craft of Fiction 3 credits Fall - odd years 
    Practice of fiction theories and techniques exemplified by the works of noted authors of short fiction, the novella, and the novel. Prerequisite:  Acceptance to any of the English Department's MA programs.
  • ENG 695 The Craft of Poetry 3 credits Spring even years 
    Poetic techniques, practices, theories, and approaches as exemplified in the world of notable poets and as examined in prosody and poetic forms.  Prerequisites:  Admission to the English department graduate program in Creative Writing or permission of the instructor.
  • ENG 696 The Craft of Creative Nonfiction 3 credits  Fall even                                             Creative Nonfiction techniques, practices, theories, and approaches as exemplified in the works of noted authors and as examined in the genres of creative nonfiction.  Prerequisite: Acceptance to any of the English department's MA programs.
  • ENG 697 Independent Study 3-6 credits (Spec) Fall, Spring
    Explorations of special problems in language and literature individually agreed upon by student and instructor. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 hours.  Prerequisite: Approval by instructor and department chairperson required before registration.
  • ENG 718 Internship: Teaching 6 credits (Spec)
    Supervised teaching experience in community college for pre-service teachers in Master of Arts in Composition and Communication Program. Prerequisites: 21 hours of MAECC graduate work, including ENG 601, ENG 603, ENG 637 and ENG 638.
  • ENG 719 Internship: Professional Communication 6 credits (Spec)
    Supervised experience in writing, editing, and/or similar technical or professional communication activity for students in the Master of Arts in Composition and Communication Program. Prerequisites: 21 credit hours of MACC graduate work; including ENG 601, ENG 603, ENG 637 and ENG 638. Permission of Internship Advisor.
  • ENG 799 Thesis 1-6 credits (Spec)
    An in-depth, research-oriented study on a topic or a creative work completed in consultation with the thesis advisor as a capstone demonstration of the student's learning. CR/NC only.