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Graduate Course Descriptions

Some graduate courses are not available every semester. A three-year rotation plan of graduate seminar offerings is available in the English Department.

English Department Graduate Courses:

Course Units Course Title
 510 3 Theories of Writing and Literacy
 511 4  Research Methods in Rhetoric and Composition
 523 3 Semantics
 526 3  History of the English Language
 535 3 Theories and Practices in Composition
 537  3 Special Topics for In-Service Teachers
 550 4  Old English Language and Literature
551 4  Middle English Language and Literature
552 3 Literature of the Renaissance (1500-1603)
553 3 Literature of the Late Renaissance (1603-1660)
554 3 Medieval Literature of the British Isles
555 3 English Literature of the Enlightenment (1660-1798)
556 3 English Literature of the Romantic Period (1798-1832)
558 3 English Poetry and Prose of the Victorian Age (1832-1900)
559 3 English Literature of the Twentieth Century (1900-Present)
562 3 Chaucer
566 3 Irish Literature in English
567A 3 The English Novel to 1832
567B 3 The English Novel since 1832
568 3 English Drama
572 3 American Literature: 1820-1865
573 3 American Literature: 1865-1918
574 3 Twentieth-Century American Literature
575 3 The American Short Story
576A 3 American Poetry to 1945
576B 3 American Poetry since 1945
577A 3 The American Novel to 1920s
577B 3 The American Novel since 1920s
578 3 American Drama
598 1-3 Directed Studies in Creative Writing
652 4 Seminar in the English Renaissance
653 4 Seminar in the Age of Milton
655 4 Seminar in Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Literature
656 4 Seminar in Romantic Literature
657 4 Seminar in Victorian Literature
659 4 Seminar in Twentieth-Century English Literature
671 4 Digital Rhetoric
672 4 Seminar in the Nineteenth-Century American Renaissance
673 4 Seminar in American Realism
674 4 Seminar in Twentieth-Century American Literature
681 4 Selected Topics—Seminar in Major Authors
683 4 Selected Topics—Seminar in English Studies
684 4 Seminar in Advanced Literary Theory
685 4 Seminar in Rhetorical History and Theory
696 4 Seminar in Theory, Criticism, and Research
697 1-3 Directed Research
698 1-6 Thesis

 

Please note that English 505A, 505B, 506A, 506B, 605A, 605B, 606A, and 606B are reserved for students enrolled in the MFA program.

Comparative Literature Department Graduate Courses:

Course Units Course Title
501 3 Advanced Interdisciplinary Study
502 3 Selected Topics—Middle Eastern Literature and Culture
503 3 Selected Topics—Asian Literature
504 3 Selected Topics—Women in World Literature
506 3 Selected Topics—East European Literature and Culture
530 3 Dante
531 3 Medieval Literature
532 3 Continental Renaissance Literature
535 3 Literature of the Enlightenment
537 3 Romantic Literature
538 3 20th-Century European Literature
540 3 Selected Topics—Latin American Literary Studies
545 3 Selected Topics—American Folklore Studies
548 3 Selected Topics—Comparative Studies
549 3 Selected Topics—Critical Studies in Major Continental Writers
552 3 Selected Topics—Studies in Mythology
553 3 Fairy Tales
561 3 Selected Topics—Contemporary Literary Criticism

Undergraduate Courses
Higher qualitative and quantitative standards apply to graduate students in undergraduate courses. In courses double-numbered (400/500), the MA program counts only the 500 level.  Only the 400-level classes listed below have advance approval for MA credit.

English Department Undergraduate Courses Pre-Approved for Graduate Credit

Course Units Course Title
463 3 Shakespeare II
469 4 Selected Topics—Major English Writers
479 4 Selected Topics—Major American Writers
488 3 Selected Topics in Rhetoric and Writing Studies
489 4 Selected Topics in Literatures Written in English
497 3 Directed Studies in Composition