Courses

Courses for Fall 2014

ENG 5020 (required): Writing Theory & Practice M 4:30-7:15

ENG 5017 Creative Nonfiction W 4:30-7:15

ENG 5050 Writing Literature for Children and Young Adults W 4:30-7:15

ENG 5070 Writing Center Theory and Practice T 4:30-7:15

ENG 5081 Introduction to Electronic Literature T 4:30-7:15

ENG 5092 Grant Writing TH 4:30-7:15

ENG 5105 General Linguistics TH 4:30-7:15

ENG 5130 Phonology & Structure of American English TH 4:30-7:15

 

Required Courses (6 credits)

ENG 5002 Composition Studies: Research and Methods
Provides a representative overview of composition studies approaches to research and methods.

ENG 5020 Writing Theory and Practice
Introduction to the major principles and issues related to the teaching of writing, emphasizing practical application across the disciplines.  This course cannot count as graduate credit if taken for an undergraduate degree.


Electives (18 credits)

ENG 5000 Advanced Writing Poetry
Intensive writing of poetry leading to book-length manuscript. Special attention to voice, prosody, models, crafting, and theory of writing poetry.  Multi-media mixes.  Community outreach and publishing.

ENG 5010 Graduate Writing Workshop
Graduate writing workshop intensive with special emphasis on writing process, discourse, and style.  Analysis of professional models, strategies, and standards.  Students develop skills necessary for graduate-level course work. (Note: An L section indicates that the section is for international and ESL students.)

ENG 5017 Writing Creative Nonfiction (regular and as TraveLearn)
A course on writing creative nonfiction devoted to in-depth, practical and theoretical experimentation with one or more sub-genres of creative nonfiction, such as Memoir, Humor and Satire, Self-Help, Travel, Science, Politics, Spirituality and Religion, or Nature.

ENG 5030 Topics in Composition Practice
Focused study of specific aspects of composition practice.  Topics, such as the Writing Process, Assessment, or Revision, will vary each time the course is offered.  This course may be taken for credit more than once if the topics studied differ.

ENG 5031 Topics in Composition Theory
Intensive examination, analysis, and application of theories explaining how people produce texts.  Topics, such as Social Constructivism, Post-Process Models, and Current-Traditional Approaches, will vary each time the course is offered.  This course may be taken for credit more than once if the topics differ.

ENG 5050 Writing Literature for Children and Young Adults
Writing fiction and non-fiction for children through literary analysis and class discussion. Examination of narrative forms, techniques, and craft. Previous creative writing experience not necessary.

ENG 5070 Writing Center Theory and Practice
Introduction to writing center theory and practice. The course will provide experience with theory surrounding writing center work, composition research associated with writing centers, and best practices for conducting writing center sessions.

ENG 5071 Topics in Writing Center Development and Administration
Examine and critique current models for developing and administering writing centers.  Students will develop administrative protocols, budgets, vision statements, tutor training programs and other documents necessary for the operation and on-going development of a writing center at institution(s) where they (expect to) work.  This course may be taken for credit more than once if the topics studied differ.

ENG 5075 Topics in Writing Program Administration
Critically engage current models for developing and administering writing programs.  Students will develop administrative protocols, curricula, vision statements, budgets, and other documents appropriate for the operation and on-going development of writing program(s) appropriate to the grade level, students, and context of  the institution(s) where they (expect to) work.

ENG 5081 Introduction to Electronic Literature
Evolution and theory of electronic literature including hypertext fiction, network fiction, interactive works, and digital poetry.  Students will read, analyze and compose works representative of the emerging canon of electronic literature.

ENG 5085 Composition Theory and New Media
Changes in composition theory and practice in light of emerging technologies for writing.  Special topics may include visual rhetorics, politics of the interface; theories of multimedia composing, the digital divide, and other topics and may focus on primary, secondary, or post-secondary levels.   The course may be taken for credit more than once if topics studied differ.

ENG 5090 Issues and Research in Writing for the Workplace
Readings, discussion, and writing projects focused on theory, research methods, and practice in professional writing.  Topics include authorship and ethical responsibilities; professional, cultural, and political dynamics; technological opportunities and challenges; and print and electronic publication.

ENG 5091 Collaborative Writing
Examination of various theoretical and practical issues involved in collaborative writing: working in a group to create a single document. Additional focus on sharpening the professional writing skills learned in earlier courses or during time in the workforce. Includes primary research of a collaborative writing context.

ENG 5092 Grant Writing
Intensive examination of and practice in the process, structure, and skills for professional proposal writing that address the basics of gaining foundation, corporate, and government funding.  Students will complete and submit a grant proposal.

ENG 5125 Language and Society
Analysis of language as a reflection of society and language use in specific social contexts.  Introduction and application of research tools for English language studies.  Focus on written and transcribed text.

ENG 5150 African American English
An examination of the historical evolution of Black English and its linguistic features.  An analysis of issues specific to African-American English speakers in selected socio-cultural settings with particular emphasis on education.  An examination of strategies for resolution of linguistic conflicts.

ENG 5155 The Language of Race and Ethnic Identity
Examination of representations of race and ethnicity and how the relationship between language and power influences the socio-rhetorical construction of identity—one’s own and others'.

ENG 5171 Pragmatics: Language in Use
The study of meaning in context: the application of pragmatics in a variety of contexts, such as literary analysis, second and foreign language learning, professional-client interaction, dispute resolution, translating, and gender interaction.


Thesis

ENG 5698, 5699 Advanced Research Seminar I & II
Research in Writing Studies Designed to bring graduate students to- gether for the purpose of exploring signif- icant concepts or issues in their area of graduate specialization, these courses con- sist of reading, research, writing, and practice, culminating in the completion of a thesis evidencing competence in the field. Enrollment open to matriculated students nearing completion of their de- gree only. Prerequisites: 21 graduate English credits.

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