Graduate Program General Course Descriptions

 

Registration in the following courses requires admission to Classified standing in the English M.A. program or consent of the instructor. Graduate seminars offer intensive study of selected authors, works, and topics. Emphasis in a given seminar may vary from term to term. Detailed descriptions of each term's offerings are available here.

Engl 200. Seminar in Poetry.
Poetry as a literary genre--its patterns and sub-types (such as the epic, lyric, pastoral, and elegy). Attention to theories of poetics applied to practical criticism. 3 units

Engl. 201 . Materials and Methods of Literary Research.
Use and evaluation of resources for literary research; problems in critical writing and literary history. Required for all English M.A. students. To be taken as early as possible after achieving Classified standing. 3 units ( Offered only in Fall.)

Engl. 201C. Materials and Methods of Literary Research.
This course introduces Creative Writing graduate students to the resources, traditions, techniques, and culture associated with professional creative writing both inside and outside academia. This course is required of all M.F.A. students and should be taken as early as possible. 3 units ( Offered only in Fall.)

Engl. 202. Poetic Craft and Theory.
Poetry as a literary genre--its patterns and sub-types (such as the epic, lyric, pastoral, and elegy). Attention to theories of poetics applied to practical criticism. 3 units

Engl. 203. Narrative Craft and Theory.
Study of prose fiction and nonfiction as a literary genre (with sub-genres) and an art which can be learned through imitation and analysis. Courses emphasizes the formal and technical properties of prose narrative, with attention to Narratology. 3 units

Engl. 204 Seminar in Modern Approaches to Literature.
Study of Modern approaches to the theory and practice of literary criticism. 3 units

Engl. 208. Seminar in Comparative Literature.
Study of selected topics in comparative literature. Some reading and research will be done in a language other than English.
Repeatable for credit with permission of graduate advisor. 3 units

Engl. 211. Seminar in Twentieth-Century Poetry.
Intensive Study of selected major English and American poets of the twentieth century. 3 units

Engl. 215. Seminar in Myth and Symbolism.
Comparative study of mythic and symbolic forms in literature, focusing on theory and a variety of texts. 3 units

Engl. 216. Seminar in Medieval English Literature.
Study of selected writings in medieval English literature and their continental sources. 3 units

Engl. 217. Seminar in English Renaissance.
Study of selected writers from the sixteenth century. 3 units

Engl. 225. Seminar in Shakespeare.
A close study of selected plays and of selected major issues in Shakespearean criticism. 3 units

Engl. 226. Seminar in Tragedy.
A study of representative works from the Greeks to the moderns along with reading in theories of tragedy. 3 units

Engl. 227. Seminar in Comedy.
Study of the bases of the comic and their application in dramatic form. 3 units

Engl. 229. Seminar in Seventeenth-Century British Literature.
Study of selected writers from 1600-1660. 3 units

Engl. 230. Seminar in Eighteenth-Century British Literature.
Study of selected writers from 1660 to 1789. 3 units

Engl. 232 Seminar Seminar in Romanticism.
Study of selected British writers from the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. 3 units

Engl. 233. Seminar in the Victorian Period.
Study of selected British writers from 1832 to 1900. 3 units

Engl. 240 Poetry Writing Workshop.
Poetics and poetry writing as preparation for thesis. Includes theory and practice of major trends in contemporary poetry. Intensive workshop experience. Prerequisites: Graduate standing and admission via portfolio acceptance to the Writing Focus. Repeatable twice for credit. 3 units

Engl. 241 Fiction Writing Workshop
Fiction writing as preparation for thesis. Study of canonical and contemporary fiction and fiction produced by students. Intensive writing experience. Repeatable twice for credit. 3 units

Engl. 242 Nonfiction Writing Workshop
Nonfiction writing as preparation for thesis. Study and critique of canonical and contemporary nonfiction. Intensive workshop experience. Repeatable twice for credit. 3 units

Engl. 253. Seminar in Period Studies of American Literature.
Focuses on a period of American literature such as Colonial Revolutionary/Federal,Romantic, Realist, Modernist, Post-modernist. 3 units

Engl. 254. Seminar in Genre Studies of American Literature.
Focuses on a genre of American Literature such as poetry, the novel, the short story, drama, autobiography, the personal and/or philosophical essay. 3 units

Engl. 255. Seminar in Thematic Studies in American Literature.
Focuses on development of a theme in American literature. 3 units

Engl. 256. Seminar in Twentieth-Century British Literature.
Study of selected British writers since 1900. 3 units

Engl. 257. Seminar in the History of Rhetoric.
Study of rhetorical theory and practice from classical to modern times. 3 units

Engl. 259. Seminar in Composition Studies.
Study of current approaches to composition. 3 units

Eng. 292. Beowulf.
A critical reading of the Anglo-Saxon poem in the original language. 3 units

Eng. 298. Special Study.
Advanced and individual research and projects. 3 units

Engl. 299. Master's Thesis or Project.
Prerequisite: Admission to candidacy for the Master's degree. 1-6 units