In addition to the Graduate School requirements, students must complete at least 39 hours, 30 of which must be in level courses. Nine hours may be taken in level courses approved by the department and Graduate School. Students will specialize in one genre, poetry or fiction. They must complete the following course work: Total designated hours, Any of the following can make up the remaining 15 hours, but we especially recommend the first three:.
The program also emphasizes using writing as a means to promote learning in all content areas. All courses provide opportunities for teachers to write, revise, share feedback, and reflect on their own writing development. The Certificate is an hour program through the Gateway Writing Project GWP ; it may also be coordinated with other graduate programs. Certificate courses may be applicable to the M. The Graduate Certificate in the Teaching of Writing requires a 12 semester-hour core of courses developed by the Gateway Writing Project: The Certificate requires a minimum of 12 semester hours at the or level or above.
The committee will review candidates on the basis of an interview, an application essay, and supporting documentation. Criteria include experience teaching writing at any level and academic record, especially in writing and the teaching of writing. These electives must include at least one more level course. Courses in adult and higher education may also be appropriate.
The English Department offers the bachelor of arts degree and has identified what students will know and be able to do after completing the program. Explore this page to learn more about the opportunities the program provides. Click a shortcut to jump down to view the minors and certificates. This plan is an example of what a four year plan could look like for a typical student. Placement exam scores in math as well as the completion of coursework may change the plan.
It should not be used in the place of regular academic advising appointments. All students are encouraged to meet with their advisor each semester. All requirements are subject to change. Integrates critical reading, writing, and thinking skills and studies actual writing practices.
Sequenced reading and writing assignments build cumulatively to more complex assignments. Includes formal and informal writing, drafting and revising, editing for correctness, synthesizing source material, and documenting sources accurately. Fulfills 3 hours of the General Education requirement for Communicating Skills. Does not count toward the major in English.
Designed for any student whose first language is not English. Special attention given to verb tenses, idioms, articles, and syntax. The student is introduced to the various literary types, including poetry, drama, fiction, and the essay. An introduction to major authors, works, and themes in American Literature from the nineteenth century to the present.
The course surveys the literature of American Indians from its oral tradition of myth, legend, song and oratory through its modern forms. The course satisfies the ethnic literature requirement for Missouri state certification in secondary education and the cultural diversity requirement. This course teaches college-level reading in the Humanities. The course primarily covers written texts, but may also include various genres in music, television and film, and theater.
The course may be counted towards the major or minor in English. Each semester the department will announce topics and course content. Topics such as alienation, justice, and the absurd, and genres such as science fiction and contemporary drama are typical possibilities. This course is a creative writing survey and workshop focusing on the study of three genres—short fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. Students learn primary concepts and techniques of craft, including narrative, voice, character, setting, imagery, metaphor, point-of-view.
Students will explore literary conventions specific to each genre, as well as universal qualities that make all writing effective for an audience. The course requires three different kinds of writing: This course fulfills the core requirement in Creative Writing and counts toward the Certificate in Writing.
This course provides exercises, discussions, models, and practice for discovering short stories and the many ways to tell them. Students will read published short stories to learn how other writers have worked with point of view, distance, voice, plot, dialogue, setting, and characterization.
Students will also write exercises and stories workshop critique. The course fulfills the core requirement in Creative Writing and counts toward the Certificate in Writing.
To give students a hands-on approach for writing advertising material for print and broadcast against tight deadlines in a professional setting. Designed especially for humanities and fine arts majors, this course introduces students to the main components of information literacy, including digital, web, and media literacies as well as library databases.
Students work with both digital and print materials to find, evaluate, and synthesize information while applying the critical thinking habits of questioning and reasoning. Frequent writing and multimedia assignments will provide practice in using various technologies to assemble and to share information. This course will introduce the student to writing in specific areas.
The department will announce topics and course content in the schedule. Possible topics are argumentation, reading and writing about public affairs, sports reporting and writing, and writing about science.
A student may repeat the course once when topics are different. The course counts toward the certificate in writing. This course introduces students to the role of the professional technical communicator in business and industry. Students will explore methods of developing technical documents, including critical analysis, information design, and rhetorical expression. This course introduces students to the multidisciplinary nature of American Studies and is a required course for those who wish to complete the minor in American Studies.
A comprehensive understanding of the Old Testament, its literary background and significance for western civilization. A comprehensive understanding of the New Testament, its literary background and significance for western civilization. A close study of poems, with special emphasis on the varieties of poetic form, and the means of interpretation and evaluation.
A close study of major dramatic works in various modes, to introduce the student to the forms and techniques of dramatic literature. A close study of major prose fiction, with particular attention to the varieties of fictional forms and techniques. This course satisfies the core curriculum requirement for the literature in English area.
It introduces students to approaches to reading literature in the 21st century. The course can focus on a specialty area, such as a genre, time period, or nationality, or on a theme transcending several specialty areas.
Students will learn to read closely and begin to look at literature through various theoretical or cultural lenses. Plays will therefore be considered for themselves—for their genre, structure, and language—as well as for their social function, in an effort to better understand the complex communal values, settings, and crises which produced them.
Students will read and discuss a wide variety of well-known plays from ancient Greece and Rome, the early modern English stage, and modern and contemporary culture.
This course focuses on the diverse purposes and uses of language and writing, encouraging students to consider their functions beyond solely academic and literary realms. Specifically, students will investigate how language and writing are connected to identity, power, community, and knowledge creation. To accomplish these broad goals, students will read critical scholarship from a variety of related disciplines. This course satisfies the core curriculum requirement for the Language and Writing Studies area.
This course raises definitional and exploratory questions: How does it change across time? Who has access to it? How can literacy both empower and marginalize people? To explore these complex questions, students will investigate the ways in which contemporary practices of literacy—reading, writing, listening, speaking, digital composing, and critical thinking—function in the lives of individuals, communities, and cultures.
Students will interrogate current definitions of literacy, study scholarship about literacy, explore literacy myths, and reflect on how their own literate lives have been shaped.
They may engage in field work and interact with local literacy communities. An introduction to the terms and concepts of traditional grammar, beginning with functions of the noun and forms of the verb in simple sentences, moving to more complex structures such as subordinate clauses and verbal phrases, and ending with the application of this material to issues of Standard English.
This course introduces students to the intersections of language and culture, including some of the many dialects of English. Students will learn why people from different cultural groups and regions use different versions of English, how they define themselves based on vocabulary, accent, and phrasing, and how these aspects of language change over time.
Topics include variation in accents, morphosyntactic variation grammar , lexical variation, and the social dimensions of language variation. This course digs into questions of form and technique in poetry. Students will study and practice form, prosody, figurative language, and other techniques for to borrow from Chilean poet Nicanor Parra improving on the blank page.
This course may be repeated once for a total of 6 credit hours. It counts toward the Certificate in Creative Writing. This course examines and provides examples of characterization, dialogue, point-of-view, distance, weight, plot, setting, and more. Students will read published short stories, and discuss the idea of writing as discovery and exploration, that writers work out of curiosity and bewilderment and tell lies to arrive at a truth.
How We Look at Texts: This course introduces the use of literary theory in reading and writing about literary texts. Students learn and practice conventions of writing in English studies, basic literary research, and MLA documentation. Strongly recommended for English majors specializing in literature or anticipating graduate study in English. Counts towards the Certificate in Writing. Focuses on writing and literacies in various contexts. Builds on intellectual maturity, knowledge, and abilities gained through prior university studies.
Enhances analytical, communicative, persuasive, and explanatory capabilities. Includes complex readings and research. Counts toward the Certificate in Writing. This course, designed for any student whose first language is not English, enhances analytical, communicative, persuasive, and explanatory capabilities in contemporary American English.
It emphasizes academic reading, writing, research, and documentation. Writing assignments may include business correspondence, reports, resumes, proposals, analyses, feasibility studies, and articles for in-house publications.
The major elements of industrial technical writing. Writing assignments include technical definitions, abstracts and summaries, mechanism descriptions, instructions, process analyses, technical reports and proposals.
Emphasis is placed on clarity , conciseness, organization, format, style and tone. The course includes an introduction to research methods and documentation. All readings are selected from industrial material. Study of freelance and staff-written magazine or newspaper feature articles. Emphasis on relationship between types of publication and article content, research methods, and writing style.
Frequent short assignments -- journal entries, interviews, library projects, article critiques, and market reports -- lead to production of full-length feature articles. The course counts toward the Certificate in Writing. This course is designed to teach students how to write effectively in the sciences.
ENGL or equivalent. Theory and practice of reporting news for publication in the print media. Includes one classroom session and one field assignment weekly. Stories must be filed within deadline limits.
Writing emphasis is on clarity, conciseness, and accuracy. This course offers students an understanding of disability as a complex and crucial part of the world and human experience. Students will approach disability as a matter of identity, language, writing, power, education, politics, literature, art, and more.
Through this work, students will assess the value and effect of different ways of thinking about disability and understand the core concepts of disability studies and its emergence as a field. This course studies literature and film written by and about those who served in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, with particular interest in how veterans as individuals are represented in it.
An introduction to the process of planning, producing, and evaluating written public relations messages. Writing assignments includemedia releases.
This course examines the development of English literature from the Middle Ages through the eighteenth century. Students will be introduced to major literary movements and themes through the reading and analysis of representative works of selected major authors. This course fulfills the British Literature requirement for the major.
This course meets the requirement for one level course in British literature. It surveys the arc of British literature from about into the early 20th century: Students read poetry and prose by several major writers of the British Romantic period. Literature in the Dizzying Victorian Era: Students read poetry, essays, and fiction by major writers from the Victorian era of British literature. Students read poetry, drama, and fiction by major writers of the Modernist era of British literature.
A course in area of proposed work and consent of instructor. Individual work, with conferences adjusted to needs of the student. May not be used to meet specific English department distribution and language requirements.
May be repeated for a maximum total of four hours credit. This course surveys World Literature from the earliest times to Students will examine diverse literary works in a variety of genres and voices. The course will include literary works from diverse traditions throughout the world, excluding literature from the United States and England. This course surveys World Literature from to the present. The course will include literary works from diverse traditions from throughout the world.
This course covers selected World Literature from the 20th and 21st centuries with emphasis on non-European literatures.
This course features representative selections from American authors from the early seventeenth century to the Civil War.
This course fulfills the American Literature requirement for the major. This course examines dramatic upheavals in society that have engendered continuous innovation in American literature since It will look closely at a variety of individual authors motivated by these artistic, cultural, political, and psychological disturbances; we will also pay close attention to specific literary movements, from Naturalism to Transrealism, energized by these societal changes.
An examination of the role of women in literature, either as figures in literary works or as writers. Specific topics to vary from semester to semester. The course will expose students to the large variety of quality adolescent literature available for reading and study in middle and high school classes.
It will also examine the relevance of a variety of issues to the reading and teaching of adolescent literature, among them: Examines narrative theory in the light of recent research into cognitive organization and the structure of the emotions. Traditional and contemporary theories of narrative--or realism, symbolism, point of view, tone, and genre--are developed through recent findings in empirical science.
A variety of stories and novels are used as test cases for theoretical propositions. Writing Your Best Poems: This course examines in more detail the ways in which poets construct machines from words—that is, the way that the words of a poem provide its verbal, emotional, and intellectual energy. Through the examination and discussion of both contemporary published poetry and the work of students in the class, students will consider the question: Producing a Publishable Short Story: This course gives student writers tools and practice in re-thinking and rewriting their stories.
It is for students who are serious about writing stories that can be published in litmag, Bellerive, or other journals. Students will produce drafts for workshop critique and will rewrite them producing at least one that is polished enough for publication.
The course counts toward the certificate in Writing. This course will examine the aesthetic and technical concerns of the writer of creative non-fiction.
Students will read published essays and write their own to submit for workshop. This course counts toward the Certificate in Writing.
Special topics in writing that are not covered in other level English courses. Students will work on getting the balance right, on creating a compelling event, dimensional characters, an engaging plot, a setting that feels real, and a point-of-view strategy.
Students learn about key ingredients that make a novel beginning interesting to a reader and present their novel beginnings in a workshop format for revision. The course concentrates on the poetry of Geoffrey Chaucer, including the Canterbury Tales, early poetic works, and the Troilus and Criseyde.
All readings are in the original Middle English. All works are read in modern English translations. All the minor poems and the three longer poems with some attention to the major prose, Milton and his relation to the politics, theology and literature of the seventeenth century. Junior standing or consent of instructor. Though Shakespeare will not be the focus in this course, connections with his works will be discussed.
Students will learn the conventions of dramatic genres and how to situate plays in their historical, cultural, and literary contexts. They will also explore how playwrights responded to the theater market in which they exhibited their dramatic wares and the extent to which they saw one another as rivals or collaborators. Students will learn to see Shakespeare as a dramatic craftsman and explore the question of his contribution to English literature: The sonnets as well as modern film adaptations may also be brought into the discussion of these questions.
The origins and early development of the English novel, from Defoe to Jane Austen. Novels by Austen, Eliot, Wilde, Hardy, and others read in themselves and as interpreted in film. Comparisons of the representational and aesthetic techniques available to novels and film. American literature of the nineteenth century: Emerson, Thoreau, Hawthorne, Melville, Whitman and others. American literature of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries: The novel and short story in America since World War I.
There may be some attention to British and continental influences. Critical reading and analysis of British fiction of the twentieth century. There may be some attention to American and continental influences.
Critical reading and analysis of poetry of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Yeats, Eliot, Frost, Williams and others. This course introduces students to rhetoric as integral to language, communication, and meaning-making. Students will read rhetorical history and contemporary scholarship and theory; apply theories to various scenarios and artifacts; and become more thoughtful practitioners of rhetoric in their own lives.
Specifically, the course introduces rhetoric through the lens of social justice, offering students an opportunity to use rhetorical theories and methods to better understand current social events, activist movements, practices of civic engagement, and corresponding media representations. This course presents a survey of linguistics with emphasis on what the field reveals about the English language.
Topics include the sounds of language, grammar, writing systems, language acquisition, language in society, language history, dialects, and usage. This course presents a descriptive study of modern English morphology and syntax grammar from the perspectives of traditional, structural, and transformational grammar. A historical survey of the English language from its IndoEuropean roots through Old and Middle English to the present.
Topics include changes in sound, meaning, and grammar, as well as developments in American English, including regional and social dialects. This course presents a survey of topics in sociolinguistics, with some emphasis on language variation in English.
The course offers both quantitative and qualitative approaches. Topics may include social dialectology, variationist sociolinguistics, third-wave sociolinguistics, ethnography of communication, language in schools, language and ethnicity, language and gender, and language and sexuality. Special topics in the practice of and pedagody of writing designed for in-service teachers.
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