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These are the current course descriptions including any pre- and co-requisites.

ENG/LST 514 - Graduate Writing and Research
3 Credits

An introduction to graduate study, research, writing, and methods. In addition to discussing and studying the “best practices” of the literary and liberal arts profession, this course will introduce students to critical theory through the study of classic texts and other art forms.


ENG 515 - British Literature to 1800
3 Credits

This course covers the major canonical authors and literary movements of England in the AngloSaxon period, the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, the Enlightenment, and the Restoration. Attention is also given to non-canonical writers, including women and other historically underrepresented authors. The history of English—its major changes, dialects and usage during these periods—is also treated.

Prerequisite: ENG 514 Graduate Writing and Research.


ENG 516 - British Literature from 1800
3 Credits

This course covers the major canonical authors and literary movements of England in the
Romantic period, the Victorian era, the Modern age, and beyond. Attention is also given to noncanonical writers, including women and other historically under-represented authors. The history of English—its major changes, dialects, and usage during these periods—is continued.

Prerequisite: ENG 514 Graduate Writing and Research.


ENG 520 - American Literature
3 Credits

This course covers the major canonical authors and literary movements of America, from pre-Revolutionary writers to the present. Attention is also given to non-canonical writers, including women and other historically under-represented authors in a variety of genres, including fiction, poetry, and drama, as well as non-fiction (letters, essays, slave narratives, and other historical documents).

Prerequisite: ENG 514 Graduate Writing and Research.


ENG 525 - Modernism/Contemporary Literature
3 Credits

A study of the literature of the twentieth and/or twenty-first centuries. This course promotes a deeper understanding of Modernist and/or Post-Modernist texts, as well as an understanding of the context in which the texts were produced and an understanding of the stylistic innovation often associated with these periods (e.g. stream-of-consciousness, theater of the absurd, etc.). It may cover fiction, poetry, drama, and/or cinema.

Prerequisite: ENG 514 Graduate Writing and Research.


ENG/LST - 565 Cinema
3 Credits

This course introduces students to film terminology, effects, craft, and theory in order to encourage visual literacy. Students will be asked to interpret and write about film using filmmaking principles.

Prerequisite: ENG 514 Graduate Writing and Research or permission of instructor. 


ENG/LST - 568 Fiction
3 Credits

A study of the forms and techniques of prose fiction through a particular theme, period, or stylistic classification. This course promotes a deeper understanding of fiction itself, the context in which fiction is produced, and methods for conveying an understanding and appreciation of fiction to other readers.

Prerequisite: ENG 514 Graduate Writing and Research or permission of instructor.


ENG/LST 575 - World Literature
3 Credits

This course examines classic and/or contemporary texts of world literature in translation, emphasizing not only the analysis of the literature and the culture from which it comes, but also the increasingly globalized nature of literature itself. Each course will have a particular focus or theme. 

Prerequisite: ENG 514 Graduate Writing and Research or permission of instructor.


ENG/LST 580 - Poetry
3 Credits

A study of the forms and techniques of poetry, with particular attention to essential poetic elements such as image, metaphor, voice, and other formal characteristics. This course promotes a deeper understanding of poetry itself, the context in which poetry is produced, and methods for conveying an understanding and appreciation of poetry to other readers.

Prerequisite: ENG 514 - Graduate Writing and Research or permission of instructor.


ENG 585 - Special Topics
1–3 Credits

Advanced courses on writers or subjects of special significance or interest to groups of students or faculty.


ENG 586 - Independent Study
3 Credits

This class gives students the chance to develop individual creative, critical, and research projects. Includes Honors Program research.

Prerequisites: Consent of instructor, academic advisor, division chairperson.


ENG/LST 590 - Drama
3 Credits

This course explores conventions of drama and theatre, using Aristotle’s Poetics as the basis for beginning discussion. The course may be offered as a survey of the form, examining its conventions and their development through history. It may also focus on one particular type of drama such as tragedy, comedy, or theatre of the absurd. Performance theory and theatre history may also be emphasized.

Prerequisite: ENG 514 Graduate Writing and Research or permission of instructor.


ENG 620 - Capstone Project
3 Credits

This course is required by all students in the Capstone Project option of the MA in English. The two parts of the capstone project include the following: 1) the submission of a fully revised, highly polished seminar paper of at least fifteen pages originally written for a course in the MA; and 2) Another substantial and integrative project or paper that is aligned with the student’s professional interests.

Prerequisites: ENG 514 Graduate Writing and Research plus 27 credits of graduate English courses.


ENG 625 - Thesis
3-12 Credits

The thesis option is required by all students in the thesis option of the MA in English. Students will complete a comprehensive research project that will result in a formal manuscript. Recommended for those considering doctoral work in English. The thesis option requires 6 credits of thesis hours. This course may be repeated up to 12 credit hours.

Prerequisites: ENG 514 - Graduate Writing and Research plus 24 credits of graduate English courses.