Course List

The study of rhetorical theory, related issues in writing pedagogy, and the practice of teaching composition at the university level for GTAs in the Department of English. Pre-requisite: Graduate Standing and appointment as a GTA in the Department of English.

Overview of family financial management. Analysis of financial situations of individuals and families; assessment of needs for cash and credit management, insurance, tax savings, and investments; introduction to components of a comprehensive family financial plan. 

This course introduces the materials and methods of research used in English studies. Students learn how to locate primary texts, contextual documents, and critical scholarship, to evaluate their kinds and degrees of authority, and to incorporate and cite this material in original research. Pre: Graduate Standing.

Introduces graduate students to principal issues, concepts, terms, and methods currently employed in literary criticism and the interdisciplinary study of culture. Pre: Graduate Standing

Practical training in teaching composition at the university level. Required of all Graduate Teaching Assistants in English. Pre: Graduate Standing

Study of history and theory of teaching composition at the university-level. Introduction to research methods in Composition Studies. Detailed consideration of the epistemological and cultural implications of writing instruction. Pre-requisite: Granduate Standing required

This course introduces students to the history and critical theory necessary to understand the broad import of digital technology for English Studies and to the knowledge and skills required to critique and produce digital documents. Must have graduate standing.

Training in teaching introductory creative writing at the university level. Emphasis is on the theory and practice of teaching creative writing, preparing materials and class sessions, and responding to student writing. Pre-requisite: Graduate Standing in the MFA program in the Department of English and appointment as a GTA.

Practical training in collaborative research practices in discourse analysis, ethnography, historical investigation and other subjects at the graduate level. Pre: Graduate Standing.

Rotating studies in medieval literature, focusing on particular themes, genres, works, or figures within their historical, social and literary context. Content will vary; may be repeated for credit. Pre: Graduate Standing

Rotating studies in British literature from 1500 to 1660, focusing on literary traditions, themes, or representative writers. May be repeated once for credit. Pre: Graduate Standing

Rotating studies in Black American literature, focusing on its roots in folk and oral traditions; on key periods, such as the Harlem Renaissance; or on themes, genres, or selected figures. Content will vary; may be repeated once for credit. Pre: Graduate Standing

Rotating studies in the works of such early writers as Chaucer, Shakespeare, or Milton, focusing on their relationship to history; on key texts; on themes or genres; or on critical approaches. Content will vary; may be repeated once for credit. Pre: Graduate Standing

Rotating studies in the works of one or two later English writers, such as Dickens, Hardy, Tennyson, Woolf, Joyce, Yeats, and others. Contents will vary; may be repeated once for credit. Pre: Graduate Standing

Rotating studies which offer intensive treatment of one or two American authors, with particular attention to historical, biographical, cultural, and/or critical and theoretical contexts. Content will vary; may be repeated once for credit. Pre: Graduate Standing

Rotating studies of particular genres--lyric, biography, literary criticism, speculative fiction--in relation to their social, intellectual, and literary contexts. Content will vary; may be repeated once for credit. Pre: Graduate Standing

Approaches to the study of literature that cross the boundaries of genre, period, and nationality, exploring innovative combinations of texts, critical methods, and interpretive approaches. Contents will vary; may be repeated once for credit. Pre: Graduate Standing

Rotating studies in global literature and theory, focusing on comparisons of authors, works, periods, or genres of different regions, countries, and/or cultures. Content will vary; may be repeated once for credit. Pre: Graduate Standing

Rotating studies of the major issues, figures, and movements in literary and critical theory. Content will vary; may be repeated once for credit. Pre: Graduate Standing

Introduction to the medical humanities. Literary inquiry as narrative medicine, medicine and literature, literary bioethics, medical rhetoric, and cultural studies of medicine.

Practices of teaching literature at the college and university level, including close reading, the application of critical theory, the introduction of historical and social contexts, and the making and assessing of writing assignments.

American literature from the Civil War to the end of the century, with emphasis on Whitman, Dickinson, Twain, James, and Crane. 

Rotating studies in literary history. Topics, periods, and approaches will vary; may be repeated once for credit. Pre: Graduate Standing

Examination of the theories, research, and practices of visual rhetoric and document design. Emphasis on ways in which images and other visual methods of communicaion influence audiences. Graduate standing required.

Examination of theoretical and practical issues pertaining to writing and designing for intercultural and/or international audiences. Graduate standing required.

Variable topics in genres of professional practice, such as reports, proposals, manuals, and websites; includes study of the genre in use as well as development of an example of the genre. May be repeated twice for credit when the topic varies for a total of nine credits. Graduate standing.

Theoretical and practical aspects of designing and teaching an introductory undergraduate course in technical or business communication in academic or business settings. Students will investigate various methods and materials used to teach written, oral, and visual communication approprate for such courses. Graduate standing required.

Key theories, methods, strategies, genres, and modes of written and multimedia technical communication and information design. Intellectual history of the field and its relation to contributing disciplines. Economic, political, cultural, and ethical contexts of technical communication. Pre: Graduate Standing.

Analysis of the historical and philosophical development of the field of rhetoric of science and technology through benchmark publications; examination of scientific texts and technologies as objects of rhetorical criticism. Graduate standing required.

A graduate course for writers of fiction in which students are taught to analyze the forms and theories which underlie the development of the genre. Students will be asked to critique the theoretical assumptions which have been applied to the genre and study the history and conventions that have shaped the writing of fiction. They will be required to interrogate the forms and prevailing theories which have shaped major novelists and short story writers, and apply what they discover to the crafting of their own fiction. Pre: Graduate Standing

A graduate course for practicing poets and writers in which students are taught to analyze the forms and theories which underlie the development of the genre. Students will be asked to critique the theoretical assumptions which have been applied to the genre and study the history and conventions that have shaped the writing of poetry. Students will analyze prosody; imitate metrical forms, such as the sonnet and the sestina; and adapt the techniques used by poetic masters. Students will study the works of a wide array of writers, from Chaucer to contemporary poets. They will be required to interrogate the forms and prevailing theories which have shaped the voices of poets through the ages. Pre: Graduate Standing

Introduction to the process of editing a literary journal. As editors for the MFA Program's online journal of poetry, fiction, and essays. Developing critical skills as the basis for editorial decisions. Understand the dominant literary aesthetics informing contemporary writing; accept or reject submissions; maintain correspondence with authors; and meet deadlines. May be taken up to three times for a maximun of 9 credits. Graduate standing required.

For non-thesis candidates who are required to register for their final examination and have completed their program of study. Not to be included in minimum 33 hours required for degree. II,IV

Examination of the research questions and methods, theories, body of knowledge, sites of practice, and forums of rhetoric, professional and technical writing, and composition. Graduate standing required.

Study of major figures and concepts in classical rhetoric, with emphasis on applications to written communication. Graduate standing required.

Study of major figures, key concepts, and evolution of modern Western rhetoric. Pre: Graduate standing.

Study of the relationship of language and human action, with emphasis on how rhetoric reflects and shapes social practices and how literate activity operates in a complex society; emphasis on written communication. Graduate standing required.

Study of the uses of digital media in research, information development and sharing, and advocacy regarding public issues. Graduate standing required.

Theory and practice of evaluating, designing, and conducting empirical research projects in rhetoric and writing. Focus on critiquing studies, developing research questions, selecting methods, and designing projects. Introduction to appropriate statistical concepts and methods as well as qualitative and hybrid methodologies. Graduate standing required.

Examination of field methods and methodology in rhetoric and writing, including case studies, entnographies, qualitative interviews, and field/participant observations. Graduate standing required.

Studies in the history, topics, sites of practice, and major figures of rhetoric, with application to written communication and English Studies. May be repeated twice for a total of 9 hours credit when the topic varies. Graduate standing required.

Studies in theories applied to written communication. May be repeated twice for credit for a total of 9 hours when the topic varies. Graduate standing required.

This advanced course in fiction writing provides those who wish to pursue careers in creative writing with the tools they need to develop as novelists and short story writers. Primary focus in on the writing and critiquing of original short stories and longer pieces of original fiction, while paying close attention to the work of established fiction writers who are acknowledged masters of their genres. This course may be repeated up to the maximum credit hours (15). Previous workshop experience is required. Pre: Graduate Standing

This advanced course in poetry writing provides those who wish to pursue careers in creative writing with the tools they need to develop as poets. Primary focus is on the writing and critiquing of original poems, while paying close attention to the work of established poets who are acknowledged masters of their genres. This course may be repeated up to the maximum credit hours (15). Previous workshop experience is required. Pre: Graduate Standing

This advanced course in playwriting provides those who wish to pursue careers in creative writing with the tools they need to develop as playwrights. Primary focus is on the writing and critiquing of original plays, while paying close attention to the work of established dramatists who are acknowledged masters of their genres, and to the aspects of playwriting that relate to theatrical production. This course may be repeated up to the maximum credit hours (15). Previous workshop experience is required. Pre: Graduate Standing

Advanced course in creative non-fiction writing providing those who wish to pursue careers in creative writing with the tools that they need to develop as essayists and memoirists. Primary focus is on the writing and critiquing of original creative nonfiction, while paying close attention to the work of established creative nonfiction writers who are acknowledged masters of their genres. Course may be taken up to six times for a maximum of 18 hours of credit. Previous workshop experience is required. Graduate standing required.

Advanced course in New Media writing that provides students with the knowledge and skills required to develop in this area of creative writing. Primary focus is on the writing and critiquing of original New Media works. Course may be repeated for up to a total of 12 credits. Pre: Graduate Standing