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English Graduate Program

Graduate Course Descriptions

ENGLISH (ENGL)

ENGL 5300: Bibliography and Methods of Research

Study of bibliographical sources and techniques of literary scholarship.

ENGL 5305: Chaucer and Middle English Literature

A linguistic and literary study of Chaucer’s major works and the works of his principal contemporaries. Course fee $7.

ENGL 5310: Masters of English Literature

Intensive study of one or more major English writers from Chaucer to the present. May be repeated once for credit when content changes.

ENGL 5315: Studies in the English Renaissance

Selected writers from Chaucer to Milton.

ENGL 5320: Shakespeare

An advanced study of Shakespeare’s poems and plays.

ENGL 5321: Studies in English Neoclassical Literature

Selected writers from 1660 to 1800. Figures to be studied may include Dryden, Pope, Johnson, Swift, Goldsmith, and Fielding.

ENGL 5323: Studies in Romanticism

Selected writers from 1750 to 1850. Primaryattention given to the works of the Englishromantics, but related works in continental andAmerican romanticism will also be considered.May be repeated once for credit when contentchanges. 

ENGL 5325: Studies in Victorian Literature

Selected writers from 1832 to 1900. Figures to be studied may include Dickens, Tennyson, Carlyle, Browning, Arnold, Hardy, and Yeats.

ENGL 5330: English Literature: Twentieth Century

Important works and writers of poetry, drama and prose of this period: Yeats, Eliot, Shaw, Stoppard, Pinter, Conrad, Joyce, Beckett, and Greene.

ENGL 5340: Masters of American Literature

Intensive study of one or more major American writers from the Puritans to the present. May be repeated once for credit when content changes.

ENGL 5346: American Literature through the Romantic Period

Detailed study of selected writers and literary movements from 1607 to 1835. Figures to be studied may include Bradstreet, Taylor, Franklin, Edwards, Child, Sedgwick, Murray, Cooper, and Irving. 

ENGL 5348: American Renaissance

Detailed study of American authors from 1835-1865. The course may include works by the following authors: Emerson, Thoreau, Hawthorne, Poe, Whitman, Dickinson, Douglass, Jacobs and the sentimental novelists.

ENGL 5350: Studies in American Literary Realism

Development of the realistic tradition in nineteenth-century American literature. Chief figures to be studied may include Twain, Howells and James.

ENGL 5355: Studies in Twentieth-Century American Literature

The development of American literature from 1900 to the present: Dreiser, Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Wolfe, Eliot, O’Neill, and others. May be repeated once for credit when content changes.

ENGL 5368, 5668: Literary Settings and Influences

Studies particular sites associated with works of literature, regions that influenced an author’s literary development, and collections of manuscripts and other relevant artifacts. The course combines classroom experience with travel.

ENGL 5370: Studies in World Literature

Selected writers from Homer to the present, with special attention to classical and continental literature. May be repeated for credit when content changes.

ENGL 5379: History of the English Language

A study of the growth and development of English from its earliest period to the present, with emphasis on the changes in sounds, forms, sentence structure and vocabulary.

ENGL 5380: Advanced Grammar and Linguistics

English sounds and syntax in their historical setting, with special attention to modern American dialectology, and to the development of linguistic skills.

ENGL 5381: Children’s Literature

Advanced study in the history and analysis of children’s literature. Designed primarily for precollege, elementary and secondary teachers.

ENGL 5382: Contrastive Linguistics

Advanced comparative study of phonemic, morphological and syntactical differences between English and a sampling of other languages represented in public schools. It seeks to provide the prospective teacher with the opportunity to identify sources of difficulty experienced by students for whom English is a second language. Students will also study works by international writers. Students will tutor a limited English-proficient student for a minimum of 15 hours.

ENGL 5383: Acquisition and Development of English as a Second Language

Advanced study of theories of language acquisition and the resulting effects on the teaching process. First and second language developmental sequences and the growing body of literature in the field will be stressed. Students are to tutor a limited English proficient student for a minimum of 15 hours.

ENGL 5384: Methodology of Teaching English as a Second Language

Advanced study of the theoretical foundations of second-language instruction. Techniques for possible approaches to teaching pronunciation, grammar, reading, and writing to TESL students also will be studied. Construction and use of appropriate tests for TESL situations will be emphasized. Students are to tutor a limited English-proficient student for a minimum of 15 hours.

ENGL 5385: Literary Criticism

Study of methods of literary analysis and of standards of literary appreciation.+

ENGL 5386: The Modern Novel

Study of parallels in themes and techniques among modern novelists. Figures to be studied may include Proust, James, Gide, Faulkner, Conrad and Joyce.

ENGL 5387: Practicum in Teaching

English as a Second Language Experience for prospective teachers to demonstrate identified competencies in the classroom. Prerequisite: Nine semester hours of TESL course work or consent of instructor.

ENGL 5388: History of Rhetoric

A study of selected primary texts by rhetoricians from the classical ages to the present and of recent scholarly theories and commentaries. Topics might include changing definitions and constructions of rhetoric, the Sophists, the relation between rhetoric and epistemology, and the role of rhetoric in the history and development of liberal education.

ENGL 5390: Studies in Composition

A study of forms of expository prose, with particular emphasis on style and organization. Regular writing assignments.

ENGL 5392: History, Theory and Practice of Writing Centers

This course will survey the history, theory and practice of writing centers as they have developed in American universities since 1970. Students will complete extensive reading lists, give regular presentations, and complete a major research assignment. Students will also have the opportunity to observe and conduct supervised writing consultations in the UTT writing center.

ENGL 5395: Thesis

Selection of a research topic, development of a thesis plan, and initiation of directed research. Prerequisite: Consent of advisor.

ENGL 5396: Thesis

Completion and approval of thesis. Prerequisite: ENGL 5395 or concurrent enrollment and consent of advisor.

ENGL 5687: Practicum in English as a Second Language

Experience for prospective teachers to demonstrate identified competencies in the classroom. Prerequisite: Nine semester hours of TESL course work or consent of instructor. 

ENGL 5199-5699: Independent Study

Independent study in specific areas of English not covered by organized graduate courses. A

maximum of six credit hours for independent study courses may be applied toward a graduate degree. Prerequisite: Consent of department chair.

PHILOSOPHY (PHIL)

PHIL 5320: Studies In Ancient and Medieval Philosophy

A study of selected philosophers from the Greeks to the Renaissance philosophers: Plato, Aristotle, St. Augustine, St. Thomas Aquinas, and others. May be repeated once for credit when content changes.

PHIL 5325: Studies in Modern Philosophy

A study of selected philosophers from the Renaissance to the present: Descartes, Hume, Kant, Hegel, Nietzsche, Dewey, and Wittgenstein. May be repeated once for credit when content changes.

PHIL 5327: Contemporary Ethical Issues

A study of some of the most critical ethical issues of the last 100 years such as abortion, euthanasia, and racism and the theoretical foundations on which they rest.

PHIL 5199 - 5699: Independent Study

Independent study in specific areas of philosophy not covered by organized graduate courses. A maximum of six credit hours for independent study courses may be applied toward a graduate degree. Prerequisite: Consent of department chair.

SPANISH (SPAN)

SPAN 5368, 5668: Field Study in Spanish

Provides the students with the opportunity for total immersion in the language and the culture by studying in a Spanish speaking country. Students will have the opportunity to study historical sites and museums, conduct field research on a given topic which includes some travel and to live with a Hispanic family

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