Graduate English (ENG)
The minimum prerequisite for 50000-69999 level courses is graduate standing. The minimum prerequisite for courses 70000 and higher is doctoral standing. Additional prerequisites may apply and are listed in this catalog.
51002 Computers in Second Language Teaching (3)
Designed for teachers of language and culture, this course explores the availability of technology, its implementation in the classroom and its integration with second language skills.
51009 Student Teaching (9)
Supervised practicum in the teaching of ESL, grades P-12. Prerequisite: Admission to student teaching.
56201/76201 Nineteenth-Century European Literature (3)
Major European writers of the 19th century: Romanticism, Realism, Naturalism, Symbolism and related movements.
56203/76203 Twentieth-Century European Literature (3)
Major European writers of the 20th century: Modernism, Postmodernism and related movements.
61000 Introduction to Research and Pedagogy in Critical Reading (3)
Introduction to contemporary methods of literary and cultural criticism and to the profession of teaching English in college.
61094 Introduction to Research in the Teaching of College Writing (3)
Using the Kent State program as an example, the focus will be on teaching composition, literature and language, along with the needed planning and evaluation.
62291/72291 Seminar: British Literature 1800 to Present (3)
In-depth treatment of various topics from the Romantic and Victorian periods and the 20th century.
63001/73001 Methodology of TESL (Teaching English as a Second Language) (3)
The theory and methodology of teaching English as a second language.
63031/73031 Schools of Linguistics (3)
Discussion of major trends in linguistic analysis and theory. Course centers on examining central questions, goals and methods of major schools of linguistics.
63032/73032 Functional Linguistics (3)
Examination of function as it occurs in the description of different levels of linguistic systems. Investigation of the theme rheme dichotomy and method of functional analysis.
63033/73033 Second Language Acquisition (3)
(Cross-listed with MCLS 60661) This course surveys the major theoretical approaches to language acquisition, concentrating on second language acquisition and the relationship between acquisition/learning research and second-language teaching approaches.
63034/73034 Literate Practices and Sociolinguistics (3)
Discussion of sociolinguistic approaches to understanding literacy, language in workplaces and classrooms, and societal multilingualism. Survey of trends in sociolinguistic thought and method.
63037 Pragmatics of Conversation (3)
Theories of pragmatics, conversational structure and strategies with practical applications for teaching conversation strategies to foreign second language learners.
63038 Teaching Literature and Culture (3)
(Cross-listed with MCLS 60622) Students will explore theories of literature and culture teaching, as well as strategies for teaching literature and culture.
63039 Second Language Curriculum and Testing (3)
(Cross-listed with MCLS 60663) Students will study second language curriculum and testing design and current issues, including oral proficiency testing.
63040 Linguistics for the Language Professions (3)
(Cross-listed with MCLS 60601) Students will be introduced to basic linguistic issues and how these relate to the language professions. Course focuses on functional principles, especially on options to express textual, interpersonal and ideational/
63041 Descriptive Grammar of English (3)
This course provides a description of English syntax and morphology. Presentation of material will be through rules and exposure to grammatical forms in meaningful contexts.
63098 Research in Second Language Pedagogy (3)
(Cross-listed with MCLS 60698) Students will learn how second-language research influences their teaching practices by studying research texts and recent journal articles and conducting a research project. Prerequisite: special approval.
63391/73391 Seminar: Linguistics (3)
In-depth treatment of various topics from modern linguistics, including phonology, morphology and various generative grammars.
64070/74070 Writing Poetry (3)
Advanced workshop in creative writing.
64071/74071 Writing Fiction (3)
Advanced workshop in the writing of fiction.
65011/75011 Introduction to the Field of Writing: Theory Research/Practice (3)
Survey introduces writing studies from various perspectives: rhetorical and composition theory, disciplinary and professionalization, several 20th-century theoretical influences and Soviet activity theory.
65012/75012 Reading and Interpreting Research on Writing (3)
Course focuses on how to read critically and interpret published research by examining the principle means through which “knowledge” is constructed in writing research.
65022/75022 Rhetorical Theory: Greek and Roman (3)
Course examines classical Greek and Roman rhetorical traditions and, to a lesser extent, their reappearance in contemporary rhetorical theories and composition pedagogies.
65023/75023 Rhetorical Theory: 18th, 19th and 20th Centuries (3)
Course surveys 18th-, 19th- and 20th-century developments in rhetorical theory and their influences on contemporary pedagogical and theoretical practices.
65026/75026 Language and Human Sciences (3)
Course examines how language figures in the frameworks of scholars in various human sciences and the relevance of these approaches for studying language and writing.
65027/75027 Role of Composition (3)
Study of composition’s contributions to writing studies such as writing pedagogy/theory, writing technologies, assessment, process research, WAC, program administration, rhetoric and cultural studies.
65035/75035 Linguistics for Rhetoricians (3)
Provides an introduction to linguistic theories, concepts and tools relevant to the teaching and researching of various dimensions of written texts.
65044/75044 Research Design (3)
Introduces students to a range of research methodologies through theoretical scholarship and guided practice, culminating in a pilot research project.
65050/75050 Philosophy of Language (3)
Critical examination of nature and function of language especially in relation to mental function and development.
65051/75051 Literacy: Functions, Practices and History (3)
Course surveys and critically evaluates historical and contemporary studies of literacy in terms of three dominant metaphors (“adaptation,” “power,” “grace”) those studies employ.
65052/75052 Writing Activity as Social Practice (3)
Through Vygotskian-based activity theory and contemporary theories of practice, course explores the rhetorical bases and implications of studying literacy and writing as embedded activity.
65053/75053 Writing Technologies (3)
Course critically examines theoretical and pedagogical claims concerning writing technologies and begins identifying the conceptual components of a grounded theory for technology enhanced literacy learning.
65057/75057 Semeiotics (3)
(Cross-listed with MCLS 60020 and PHIL 61055) An introduction to contemporary theories of semeiotics and to the application of those theories to linguistics, literature, translation and technology.
66001/76001 Early British Literature Through the 18th Century (3)
A broad survey spanning many centuries. This course will identify key literary and cultural trends as represented in Beowulf to Blake.
66002/76002 British and Irish Literature from the Early Romantics Onward (3)
Broad, synchronic study of the literature identified with a single period in literary history, embracing various genres and relating the literature to other cultural phenomena of the time.
66005/76005 Old English (3)
In-depth study of Old English grammar and vocabulary, accompanied by guided reading of select Old English texts, with further reading in the history and culture of Anglo-Saxon England.
66042/76042 Teaching English in Secondary Schools (3)
A course for the experienced secondary English teacher who wants to explore current thinking in the teaching of literature, language and composition.
66051/76051 Shakespeare (3)
Close reading of selected plays and poems by Shakespeare with some emphasis on critical and interpretative problems.
66052/76052 Survey of Children s Literature (3)
(Cross-listed with CI 6/77315) Wide reading in children’s literature, with particular application to the school curriculum and the field of reading.
66053/76053 Criticism of Children s Literature (3)
(Cross-listed with C&I 6/77316) A critical study of outstanding children’s literature from early times to the present. Prerequisite: ENG 31038 and special approval.
66054/76054 Business and Technical Writing (3)
Development of skills for writing business and technical material in clear, effective and correct English.
66101/76101 Literature of the United States Through the Civil War (3)
Broad, synchronic study of U.S. literature identified with a single period in literary history, embracing various genres and relating the literature to other cultural phenomena of the time.
66102/76102 Literature of the United States After the Civil War (3)
Intensive survey of the major movements and cultural/ethnic diversity of American poetry, drama, fiction and literary nonfiction from Realism to Postmodernism.
66103/76103 Ethnic Literature of the United States (3)
An examination of selected fiction and theory by ethnic American authors, or of literary representations of special topics relating to ethnic and racial identity.
66104/76104 African-American Literature (3)
An examination of selected African-American fiction and theory, or of a special topic relating to literary representations of African-American culture, identity or history.
66301/76301 World Literature in English (3)
A survey of important works written in English by writers not native to Britain, Ireland or the United States.
66302/76302 Post-Colonial Literature in English (3)
An examination of selected fiction and theory in English by post-colonial authors from India, Africa, South Africa, the Caribbean and elsewhere.
6401/76401 Literary Movements (3)
An examination of one particular movement in literary history via its writers, artists, benefactors, thinkers, political demagogues and critics.
66501/76501 Narrative Literature (3)
Close readings of selected novels, short stories, biographies, autobiographies, life writing, journals and other forms of narrative and verse by British, American and other writers in English, from one or more periods in literary history.
66502/76502 Dramatic Literature (3)
Close reading of selected plays and other dramatic forms by writers of Britain, Ireland and the United States from one or more periods in literary history.
66503/76503 Poetry and/or Poetic Literature (3)
Close reading of selected poems and other poetic forms by writers of Britain, Ireland or the United States, from one or more periods in literary history.
66504/76504 Women Writers (3)
Close readings of important works written in English by women from one or more periods in literary history.
66505/76505 Literary Modes (3)
Analysis of works, in various genres from various periods, which generate similar responses, with emphasis on defining the source of response. Content varies.
66592/76592 Practicum in Tutoring Writing (1)
Practical training and experience in tutoring composition.
66595/76595 Special Topics: Authors and Authorship (3)
Research-based study of problems in the theory or practice of authorship. Typical courses include “The Creative Process,” “Authors and Printers,” “Faulkner in Hollywood.”
66706/76706 Methods in the Study of Literature (3)
Analytical reading and interpretation of published research and criticism, its assumptions, trends, controversies; course will identify and contextualize present opportunities for research in field. Required for Ph.D.s specializing in Division II.
66791/76791 Seminar: British and Irish Literature (3)
In-depth treatment of various topics from Old English literature, Beowulf, Middle English literature and Chaucer.
66795/76795 Special Topics: Comparative Literature (3)
Selected topics in comparative literary studies that range from issues in the European novel to the study of literary movements and the related arts.
66891/76891 Seminar: Literature of the United States (3)
This course will examine the construction of American identities. Writers typically discussed are Howells, Dreiser, Cahan, Anderson, Fitzgerald, Dos Passos, Wright, Baldwin, Bellow, Ikada, Jen and others. Content varies.
66895/76895 Special Topics (3)
Study of selected special topics in literature.
6991/76991 Seminar: Genre (3)
In-depth examination of one or more kinds of text focusing on how forms are defined historically and analytically, with special attention to current approaches.
67001/77001 History of Literary Theory (3)
A consideration of the major texts and issues that have shaped literary theory and criticism from the Classical period to 20th century New Criticism.
67002/77002 Contemporary Literary Theory (3)
A survey of the major works of literary theory written after 1950.
67101/77101 Feminist Theory and Criticism (3)
Study of key issues and concepts in feminist theory and criticism, including the nature, causes and effects (political, social and psychological) of certain types of representation of women and discourse practices employed by women.
67102/77102 Gender Theory and Criticism (3)
An overview of the current field of literature-related discourses on gender construction, with attention to crucial historical texts that have shaped the contemporary debate.
67103/77103 Psychoanalytic Theory and Criticism (3)
Study of important issues and concepts in psychoanalytic theory and criticism. Repeatable as content varies.\
67104/77104 Social and Cultural Theory and Criticism (3)
Study of important issues and concepts in Marxist, new historicist, ethnic, post-colonialist and other modes of social/cultural theory and criticism. Repeatable as content varies.
67105/77105 Structuralism and Poststructuralist Theory and Criticism (3)
Study of important issues and concepts in structuralist semiotics, narratology, rhetoric, genre theory and discourse theory. Repeatable as content varies.
67106/77106 Historicist Theory and Criticism (3)
Study of current approaches to literary history and various historical approaches to the study of literature.
67591/77591 Seminar: Theory and Criticism (3)
In-depth study of important topics in contemporary theory and criticism. Repeatable as content varies.
67601/77601 Documents and Texts (3)
Surveys the forms in which written texts are preserved and the ways they are transmitted, revised and mediated. Emphasizes early and modern printing and analytical bibliography.
67691/77691 Seminar: Scholarly Editing (3)
In-depth treatment of various topics from modern scholarly editing. Repeatable as content varies.
68093/78093 Variable Title Workshop in English (2-6)
Designed to focus on concerns of the profession/discipline to bring secondary teachers up to date on new developments in the field. May be repeated for maximum credit of 8 hours provided content is different; maximum for degree credit is 4 hours. S/U grading.
68096/78096 Individual Investigation (1-3)
Intensive study of selected writer or special topic. IP permissible.
68098 Research (1-15)
Research for master’s-level graduate students. Credits earned may be applied toward meeting degree requirements if the department approves. Repeat registration permitted. Prerequisite: special approval.
68392/78392 Practicum in Teaching College English (3)
Practical training and experience in teaching beginning composition courses.
68492/78492 Practicum in Teaching International Students (3)
Practical training and experience in teaching English composition to international students.
69199 Thesis I (2-6)
Thesis students must register for a total of 6 semester hours, 2 to 6 in a single semester, distributed over several semesters, if desired. S/U grading; IP permissible. Prerequisite: special approval.
69299 Thesis II (2)
Thesis students must continue registration each semester until all degree requirements are met. S/U grading; IP permissible. Prerequisite: ENG 69199.
85024 Domain Rhetorics and the Construction of Knowledge (3)
Course examines disciplinarity and knowledge production as historically and socially situated practices and how they are realized through linguistic, rhetorical and material processes and systems.
85025 Theories and Systems of Writing and Representation (3)
Course examines the history and use of scripts and other means of constructing shared meaning and the attendant contemporary issues concerning writing and representation.
85033 The Rhetorical Nature and Function of Extended Discourse (3)
Examines rhetorical nature and function of written discourse from social,cultural and psychological perspectives and how discourse production and interpretation interact with relevant contexts. Prerequisite: ENG 63031 or ENG 73031; and 9 doctoral
hours of ENG 75011 and ENG 75012 and ENG 75022 and ENG 75023 and ENG 73034 and ENG 75051 and ENG 75052 and ENG 75053 and ENG 75057.
85041 Field Research Methods in Writing (3)
Course focuses on qualitative methods for conducting field research in writing within communities of practice and particular contexts and for analyzing and interpreting data. Prerequisite: 9 doctoral hours of ENG 75011 and ENG 75012 and ENG 75022 and ENG 75023 and ENG 73034 and ENG 75051 and ENG 75052 and ENG 75053 and ENG 75057.
85042 Discourse Analysis (3)
Course explores various approaches to discourse analysis (e.g.,speech act theory pragmatics ethnography of communication conversation analysis) and applies them to linguistic analyses of discourse. Prerequisite: ENG 63031 or ENG 73031; and 9 doctoral hours in ENG 75011 and ENG 75012 and ENG 75022 and ENG 75023 and ENG 73034 and ENG 75051 and ENG 75052 and ENG 75053 and ENG 75057.
85043 Historical Research Methods in Writing and Rhetoric (3)
Course explores methods for the historical study of rhetoric and writing: archival research ethnohistory narrative theory and disciplinary and institutional historiography. Prerequisite: 9 doctoral hours in ENG 75011 and ENG 75012 and ENG 75022 and ENG 75023 and ENG 73034 and ENG 75051 and ENG 75052 and ENG 75053 and ENG 75057.
85054 Studies in Literacy and Community (3)
Course expands on ENG 6/75052 by examining in more detail how literacy is embedded in the activities and practices of academic, civic and professional communities.
85055 The Nature and Relationship of Academic and Nonacademic Literacy (3)
Course explores the relationship between academic and nonacademic literacy, focusing on relationships pertaining to the school-to-work transitions that students make. Prerequisite: special approval.
85060 Directed Readings in Writing and Rhetoric (3)
Topics covered will vary according to the needs of students demonstrating deficiency in qualifying exams and/or requiring additional work before undertaking a dissertation project.
88098 Research (1-15)
Research or individual investigation for doctoral students who have not yet passed candidacy examination. Credits earned may be applied toward degree if department approves. Repeat registration permitted. Prerequisite: approval of the
89199 Dissertation I (15)
Doctoral dissertation, for which registration in two semesters is required, first of which will be the semester in which dissertation work is begun and continuing until completion of 30 hours. S/U grading; IP permissible. Prerequisite: Admission
to candidacy for doctoral degree.
89299 Dissertation (1 or 15)
Continuing registration required of doctoral students who have completed the initial 30 hours of dissertation and continuing until all degree requirements are met. S/U grading; IP permissible. Prerequisite: ENG 88199.