English and Languages

Master of Arts in English

Graduate studies in English are designed to continue, enrich, and enhance education in literature, rhetoric, and language. The Department of English and Languages offers the Master of Arts with a thesis and non-thesis track. The thesis track is designed primarily for students planning a career in college teaching; this track also prepares students to continue graduate studies toward the doctorate in English. The non-thesis track is designed primarily for students planning to continue their teaching careers at the secondary level. Students should choose between these two tracks according to their individual needs and goals.

To gain full admission to a master's program in English, students should have an undergraduate major in English and a minimum of 14 undergraduate hours (or the equivalent) in one foreign language. Those who lack the necessary background will be required to complete appropriate undergraduate leveling work. The departmental graduate admissions committee reviews transcripts and determines the nature and amount of leveling required. Students should take no more than six hours of graduate classes before completing leveling requirements.

Prospective students entering the Master's Program in English must submit (at the time of their general application to the College of Graduate Studies) to the English Department the following: a 10-15-page MLA, APA, or LSA scholarly research paper and three letters of recommendation. A minimum GPA of 3.0 during the student's last 60 hours of undergraduate course work is required for admission to the program.

The department head will assist students in selecting courses, establishing a graduate committee, and deciding between the thesis and non-thesis tracks. Once the student has selected a committee made up of three departmental graduate faculty members, the committee head will serve as the student's graduate advisor. The advisor will assist the student in developing a degree plan and will oversee the thesis (for thesis track) or directed reading (for non-thesis track). Students choosing the thesis track must also receive approval from the graduate admissions committee.

English Courses

ENGL 5085. English Seminar. 1-3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 1-3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Content varies according to the needs and desires of the students. When topic varies, course may be taken for credit more than once. Open to students of graduate classification.

ENGL 5086. Special Problems. 1-3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 1-3 Hours).

Conference course. Directed independent study under supervision of a senior faculty member.

ENGL 5088. Thesis. 1-6 Credit Hours (Lecture: 1-6 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Scheduled when student is ready to begin thesis. No credit until thesis is accepted. Prerequisites: 24 hours of graduate credit, including ENGL 5398, and prior approval of department head.

ENGL 5310. Studies in American Literature. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Focuses on restricted periods in American literary history. Examples include colonial American literature, the American Renaissance, American literary naturalism, post-World War II American literature, and minority literature in America. May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

ENGL 5320. Studies in the English Language. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Focuses on historical and/or linguistic study of the English language. Topics will vary. Examples include history of the English language and the English language in America. May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

ENGL 5321. Psycholinguistics. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Deals with a variety of formal cognitive mechanisms that are relevant to the knowledge and use of natural languages. Primary emphasis is on the modular view of the mind and its consequences for both L1 and L2 language acquisition.

ENGL 5330. Studies in Rhetoric. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A study of written language theories. Course contents include readings from a wide spectrum including classical Greece and Rome, the European enlightenment, nineteenth century America, and modern and post-modern periods. May be retaken for credit when topics vary.

ENGL 5331. History of Rhetoric I. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

The Classical Era through the Enlightenment – A survey of the early history of rhetorical study. Course contents include readings from classical Greece and Rome as well as significant eras such as the Medieval period, the Renaissance, and the European Enlightenment.

ENGL 5332. History of Rhetoric II. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Continuation of the study of rhetorical history. Course contents include readings from the nineteenth century as well as modern and postmodern rhetorical studies. The course places a particular emphasis on discourse analysis and contemporary application of rhetorical theory.

ENGL 5333. Rhetorical Criticism. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Explores the principles of rhetorical theory and criticism for writing studies and technical communication. Analysis of a variety of popular and political and persuasive messages, which may include political speeches, commercial advertising, artwork, song lyrics, scientific articles for popular audiences and within science communities, workplace writing, writing for social media, and other forms of purposeful presentation of argument.

ENGL 5334. Introduction to Visual Rhetoric. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Introduces theories of visual rhetoric and visual design, especially as applied to instructions and presentation of technical and scientific content.

ENGL 5335. Seminar in Professional Writing. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This class studies the theory and practical applications at work in the production of technical and professional documents. Students will study and produce written documents for a variety of audiences and fields.

ENGL 5336. Grant and Proposal Writing. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Principles and practice in writing grant applications and proposals, including finding grants. May include a service learning project.

ENGL 5337. Intercultural Technical and Professional Writing. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Considers the implications of communicating scientific and technical content and information to many cultures. Looks at technical communication in light of cultural values and cultural mores.

ENGL 5340. Studies in Modern Fiction. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

An evaluation of English and American short stories, novels, and related criticism. Topics will vary and will include study of themes and development of the genre. May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

ENGL 5350. Studies in Literature Before 1500. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A study of representative types of pre-1500 literature in English. Topics may vary. May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

ENGL 5360. Modern American and British Poetry. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A study of representative themes in the development of American and English poetry. Related critical readings will be studied. Topics will vary. May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

ENGL 5370. Studies in Comparative Literature. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A comparative study of great literature in the world in translation. Topics may vary and may include examination of theme, technique, and type. May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

ENGL 5380. Studies in the Teaching of Composition. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

The course is devoted to the study of the aims, skills, materials, and practices of composition teaching at college and junior college levels. May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

ENGL 5396. Digital Humanities. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course brings students to the intersection of humanities research and the digital age, as they explore methods of research, presentation and communication within the field. We will trace the advent of digital scholarship at the end of the 20th century and confront the multiple forms of publication open to scholars in the 21st. While recognizing that hard copy research and writing will never be removed from the fields of scholarship, we must accept that humanities research has begun to move and continues to move forward via online and electronic formats. Students will learn how to conduct research using digitized texts and manuscripts and will create their own portfolios, demonstrating different methods of digital communication for a single topic. In addition to reading some of the major innovators in the area of digital humanities, students will also work with programs to create visual and audio components of their research.

ENGL 5397. Internship. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 1 Hour, Lab: 7 Hours).

Supervised professional activities in the college composition classroom including presentations, evaluation, and conferences. May be repeated once for credit. Field experience fee $50.

ENGL 5398. Methods of Bibliography and Research Analysis. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

An introduction to methods of research and effective utilization of library resources. May include analytical bibliography, enumerative bibliography, and textual criticism.

Foreign Language Courses

French Courses

German Courses

Spanish Courses

Dr. Moumin Quazi
Department of English & Languages
O.A. Grant Building, Room 337
Box T-0300
Stephenville, Texas 76402
(254) 968-9823
quazi@tarleton.edu
http://www.tarleton.edu/COLFAWEB/english/graduate/index.html