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English Graduate Course Catalog



Graduate Courses
 
Graduate courses listed as “repeatable” ordinarily count toward nine hours of English degree credit unless otherwise indicated. Exceptions require written justification and departmental approval. Specific emphases of repeatable courses vary by semester and instructor, but they may focus on literary and rhetorical forms and genres; authors, periods, or literary movements; perspectives from social, intellectual, and cultural studies; literary themes; or theoretical and practical information for technical communication. The department provides descriptions of specific courses prior to each semester’s enrollment period.
 
5300 Language Problems in a Multicultural Environment
An introduction to the study of multicultural language and linguistics with descriptive, psychological, social, and semantic emphases.
 
5301 Literary Scholarship
An introduction to scholarly resources, methods, theories, and responsibilities that guide the study and interpretations of literature in English. Literary texts chosen for detailed examination vary with expertise of the instructor. Required in first year of M.A. with a Literature Major.
 
5302 Media Studies
The study of film and media history, theory, and practice. Special topics may include videography, video editing, genre, filmmakers, and regional film.
 
5310 Studies in English Language and Linguistics
A study of the English language, with special attention to phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, dialectology, sociolinguistics, normal language acquisition, and/or writing and spelling systems. Repeatable with different emphases for up to nine hours of English credit.
 
5311 Foundations in Technical Communication
An introduction to the theory and practice of technical communication.
 
5312 Editing the Professional Publication
The editing, design, layout, and proofreading of a professional publication. This course is an internship. Graded on a credit (CR), no credit (F) basis. May be repeated one time with different emphasis.
 
5313 Studies in Principles of Technical Communication
A group of courses that provide students theoretical and practical information useful for any position in technical communication. Recent emphases include Digital Media and the Web, Technical Editing, and Visual Rhetoric. Repeatable with different emphases for up to nine hours of English credit.
 
5314 Specializations in Technical Communication
A group of courses that provide students theoretical and practical information for specialized types of technical communication. Recent emphases include International Technical Communication, Proposal Writing, Software Documentation, and Writing for the Government. Repeatable with different emphases for up to nine hours of English credit.
 
5315 Graduate Writing Workshop
A studio course in which the primary texts are student manuscripts. Concentrations in fiction or poetry examine principles and techniques of creating, evaluating, and revising writing in these genres. The course requires class members to review writing produced by other workshop members. 12 hours of M.F.A. credit required.
 
5316 Foundations in Rhetoric and Composition
A group of courses providing students with theoretical, pedagogical, and methodological foundations in the field of rhetoric and composition. Emphases vary but include Contemporary Composition Theory and Composition Pedagogy. Repeatable with different emphases for up to nine hours of English credit.
 
5317 Specializations in Rhetoric and Composition
A group of courses providing theoretical, pedagogical, methodological, and/or administrative grounding in specialized areas of rhetoric and composition. Emphases vary but may include Writing Center Theory, Practice, and Administration; Writing Across the Curriculum; Service Learning; and Literacy. Repeatable with different emphases for up to nine hours of English credit.
 
5318 Effective Communication
An interdisciplinary study of communication in which the student learns to interrelate reading, listening, and writing. Emphasis on writing. Credit applies only to degrees in Interdisciplinary Studies; no credit for English graduate degrees.
 
5319 Effective Communication
An interdisciplinary study of communication in which the student learns to interrelate reading, listening, and writing. Emphasis on reading. Credit applies only to degrees in Interdisciplinary Studies; no credit for English graduate degrees.
 
5320 Form and Theory of Fiction
An examination of traditional and current theory and practice in fiction. Major emphasis will be placed on the British/American tradition, but some attention will be given to the practice and theory of fiction in other literatures. For M.F.A. credit only.
 
5321 Contemporary Fiction
Readings selected from canonical and/or experimental fiction. Recent emphases include novels into film, postmodern fiction, Magical Realism, and Saul Bellow. Repeatable with different emphases for up to nine hours of English credit.
 
5322 Form and Theory of Poetry
An examination of traditional and current theory and practice in poetry. Major emphasis will be placed on the British/American tradition, but some attention will be given to the practice and theory of poetry in other literatures. For MFA credit only.
 
5323 Studies in Autobiography and Biography
 A study of selected works in autobiography and biography with special attention to the art forms used in these works. Repeatable with different emphases for up to nine hours of English credit.
 
5324 Studies in Literary Genre
A study of one or more literary genres over several historical periods or from a variety of cultural perspectives. The course focuses on genres such as the following: the epic, the novel, the short story, the lyric, the pastoral, the romance, and Irish comic fiction. Repeatable with different emphases for up to nine hours of English credit.
 
5325 Studies in Literature of the Southwest
Selected Texas and Southwestern writers with emphasis on fiction. Repeatable with different emphases for up to nine hours of English credit.
 
5326 Contemporary Composition Theory
Introduces students to the history of writing instruction in the university and to the theories of writing and composing that inform contemporary composition studies and the teaching of writing.
 
5327 Research Methods in Rhetoric, Composition, and Technical Communication.
An introduction to research practices in rhetoric, composition, and technical communications, focusing on the paradigms/perspectives, strategies, and methods that characterize qualitative and quantitative research in these areas. Includes discussion of the history and role of research in the field, research ethics, and issues of representation.
 
5328 Directed Portfolio
Constitutes partial fulfillment of non-thesis option for students earning the MA in Rhetoric and Composition. Under guidance of a graduate faculty committee, students produce a portfolio of representative written work with written commentary and reflection. Departmental approval required. Graded as credit (CR), progress (PR), no-credit (F). Repeatable once.
 
5331 Studies in American Poetry
Selected poets with a survey of their works. Recent emphases include Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, Southern poetry, Denise Levertov, and Robert Bly. Repeatable with different emphases for up to nine hours of English credit.
 
5332 Studies in American Prose
Selected authors with special attention to novels. Recent emphases include William Faulkner, Ernest Hemingway, Richard Wright, and Zora Neale Hurston. Repeatable with different emphases for up to nine hours of English credit.
 
5345-MC/MP Southwestern Studies I: Defining the Region
An interdisciplinary course that surveys the physical, cultural, and social history of the Southwest, emphasizing architecture, art, literature, philosophy, politics, popular culture, and technology. Historical focus from the 15th to the mid-19th century.
 
5346 Southwestern Studies II: Consequences of Region
Second course in a survey of physical, cultural, and social history of the Southwest, emphasizing regional and ethnic expressions of culture. This course moves from the broad overview of the first semester to more specific problems in the region and to the artistic products of regional culture. Historical focus is from the Civil War to the present.
 
5353 Studies in Medieval Literature
Emphasis on authors, contexts, and genres of the medieval period. Recent emphases include Anglo-Saxon culture, language, and literature; Chaucer; non- Chaucerian medieval literature; pilgrimage literature. Repeatable with different emphases for up to nine hours of English credit.
 
5354 Studies in Renaissance Literature
Emphasis on authors, contexts, and genres of the Renaissance. Recent emphases include Shakespeare, Renaissance epic, Tudor humanism, and John Milton. Repeatable with different emphases for up to nine hours of English credit.
 
5359 Studies in Restoration and Eighteenth-century Literature
Major writers of the period with emphasis on scholarship and aesthetics as well as cultural and historical background. Recent emphases include Johnson and his circle, Restoration and eighteenth-century drama, and the eighteenth- century novel. Repeatable with different emphases for up to nine hours of English credit.
 
5364 Studies in the Romantic Movement
The works of the Early Romantics or Late Romantics in context with attention to nineteenth- and twentieth-century scholarship. Recent emphases include Blake and the other arts, Coleridge, the Wordsworths, Shelley, and Keats. Repeatable with different emphases for up to nine hours of English credit.
 
5366 Studies in Victorian Poetry
Major Victorian poets with emphasis on scholarship and aesthetics as well as cultural and historical background. Recent emphases include Tennyson, the Brownings, the Pre-Raphaelites, and Hopkins. Repeatable with different emphases for up to nine hours of English credit.
 
5368 Studies in Victorian Prose
Major Victorian prose writers with emphasis on scholarship and aesthetics as well as cultural and historical background. Recent emphases include George Eliot, non-fiction Victorian prose, Victorian women novelists, and Charles Dickens. Repeatable with different emphases for up to nine hours of English credit.
 
5371 Studies in Modern British Literature
Selected authors with a survey of their works. Recent emphases include Yeats, Wilde, Auden, and Post-World War II British poetry. Repeatable with different emphases for up to nine hours of English credit.
 
5372 Practicum in English Studies
An introduction to key issues and concepts in the teaching of English studies. Required for first-year instructional assistants in the English Department. This course does not earn graduate degree credit. Graded on a credit (CR), no-credit (F) basis.
 
5381 Studies in Modern British and American Drama
A survey of major British and American dramatists and their European or world context. Repeatable with different emphases for up to nine hours of English credit.
 
5382 Practicum in Composition
An introduction to key issues and concepts in the teaching of expository writing at the college level. Required for first-year teaching assistants in the English Department who have not previously taken ENG 5372. This course does not earn graduate degree credit. Graded on a credit (CR), no-credit (F) basis.
 
5383 Studies in Rhetorical Theory
An introduction to classical and rhetorical theory in various areas of English studies. Recent emphases include Teaching of Composition and Technical Communication. Repeatable with different emphases for up to nine hours of English credit.
 
5384 Critical Theory
A study of critical theory, emphasizing the history of criticism and/or contemporary critical theories. Repeatable with different emphases for up to nine hours of English credit.
 
5388 Studies in Literature for Children or Adolescents
A study of contemporary works, extending the student’s knowledge of the literature and criticism in the field. Typical emphases are generic and/or thematic and include picture books, the contemporary novel, and the children’s classics on film. Repeatable with different emphases for up to nine hours of English credit.
 
5389 History of Children’s Literature
The history of children’s literature from the Middle Ages through 1940. May be repeated with different emphases for up to six hours of graduate credit.
 
5390 Special Problems
Independent study under supervision of a graduate faculty member in English, with in-depth readings and research focused on a special problem in literature and/or language. May be taken only with permission from the assigned professor, the graduate director, and the department chair.
 
5391 Directed Studies in English
Students will conduct studies as necessary preparation for graduate-level coursework in English. The nature of the work varies depending on the student’s level of academic preparation. This course does not earn graduate credit. Repeatable up to 12 hours with different emphasis. Prerequisite: Approval of graduate advisor.
 
5395 Problems in Language and Literature
Recent emphases include literary technique and literary theory. Repeatable with different emphases for up to nine hours of English credit.
 
5399A Thesis
First semester of thesis enrollment. No thesis credit awarded until student has completed the thesis in English 5399B. Departmental approval required. Graded on a credit (CR), progress (PR), no-credit (F) basis.
 
5399B Thesis
Continuing thesis enrollment until the thesis is submitted for binding. Departmental approval required. Graded on a credit (CR), progress (PR), no-credit (F) basis. Prerequisite: Graduate College approval of thesis proposal.