Graduate Course Offerings

Topics vary with instructor

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Professionalization Courses

Please note that the professionalization courses listed below can be taken for graduate course credit, but cannot be counted for the 18 hours in English at the 8000 level that are required for PhD students.

8005: Introduction to Graduate Study (Fall, 1-credit)

This required course introduces new students to graduate study and to the concrete procedures and long-term goals involved in successfully negotiating their programs of study. We have in-class panels of graduate students and faculty on such topics as “how to form a graduate committee” and “how to make the most of a conference.” Speakers in our faculty works-in-progress series come to the class to discuss their writing and research processes.

7950: Publishing Internships (variable credit)

An ongoing challenge in higher education is providing students with real-world experience to complement solid traditional scholarship. Potential employers want to know what students have actually accomplished as well as what academic courses they have taken. An internship at the Missouri Review or Persea press provides opportunities for students to gain valuable hands-on experience in publishing. From their first day, interns are an integral part of the general operations. The editors encourage individual initiative and teamwork while offering the interns the resource of publishing experience.

8001: Critical Writing Workshop (Fall and Spring, 1-credit)

The Critical Writing Workshop gives graduate students the opportunity to work on their advanced critical writing (dissertation chapters, essays being revised for publication, or the critical introductions to creative dissertations). Participants take turns submitting drafts of their writing ahead of time and receiving intense feedback and discussion of their work.

8001: Alt-Ac Job Market Workshop (Spring, 1-credit)

Available to students at any time in their graduate careers, this course considers non-academic career options for which a graduate degree in English might be valuable preparation. We explore the resources available for humanities PhDs seeking non-academic careers and address the proficiencies that employers in a range of fields seek, learning to translate the skills and experience acquired in an English graduate program into terms that resonate outside the academy.

8001: Academic Job Market Workshop (Fall, 1-credit)

This course provides intensive preparation and support for graduate students going on the academic job market. We workshop job letters, CVs, dissertation abstracts, statements of teaching philosophy, writing samples, and job talks. We also practice MLA interviews, campus interviews, job talks, and teaching demonstrations.

Medieval Literature

  • 7200: Introduction to Old English
  • 7210: Medieval Literature
  • 8200: Studies in Old English Literature
  • 8210: Studies in Middle English Literature

Renaissance and Seventeenth Century

  • 7220: Renaissance and 17th-Century English Literature
  • 8220: Studies in Renaissance British Literature
  • 8230: Studies in 17th-Century British Literature

Restoration and Eighteenth Century

  • 7240: Restoration and 18th-Century English Literature
  • 8240: Studies in 18th-Century British Literature

Pre-1800 American Literature

  • 7300: Early American Literature
  • 8300: Studies in Early American Literature

Nineteenth Century

  • 7250: 19th-Century English Literature
  • 7310: 19th-Century American Literature
  • 8250: Studies in 19th-Century British Literature
  • 8310: Studies in 19th-Century American Literature

Twentieth Century

  • 7140: Modern Literature
  • 7260: 20th-Century British Literature
  • 7320: 20th-Century American Literature
  • 8260: Studies in 20th-Century British Literature
  • 8320: Studies in 20th-Century American Literature

Approaches to Literature

  • 7004: Topics
  • 7110: Genres
  • 7120: Ethnic Literature
  • 7150: World Literature
  • 7155: Comparative Approaches to Literature
  • 7160: Major Authors
  • 7180: Major Women Authors
  • 7181: Themes in Literature by Women
  • 7950: Internship in Publishing
  • 8001: Topics
  • 8090: Masters Research
  • 8095: Problems
  • 8110: Forms
  • 9090: Doctorate Research

Creative Writing

  • 7040: Topics in Writing
  • 7510: C.W.: Advanced Fiction
  • 7560: Advanced Playwriting: Problems
  • 7520: C.W.: Advanced Nonfiction Prose
  • 7530: C.W.: Advanced Poetry
  • 8510: Advanced Writing of Fiction
  • 8520: Advanced Writing of Nonfiction Prose
  • 8530: Advanced Writing of Poetry

Language and Linguistics

  • 7200: Introduction to Old English
  • 7600: Structure of American English
  • 7610: History of the English Language
  • 7620: Regional and Social Dialects of American English
  • 7630: Phonology
  • 7640: Syntax
  • 7650: Principles of Teaching English as a Second Language
  • 8600: Studies in the English Language

Rhetoric and Composition

  • 7050: Historical Survey of Rhetoric
  • 8010: Theory and Practice of College Composition
  • 8040: Studies in Rhetoric and Composition

Critical Theory

  • 7060: Studies in Critical Theory
  • 7070: History of Criticism
  • 8050: Contemporary Critical Approaches
  • 8060: Studies in Criticism and Theory
  • 8070: History of Criticism and Theory

Folklore and Oral Tradition

  • 7700: Special Themes in Folklore
  • 7710: Themes in Africana Folklore
  • 7770: Oral Tradition
  • 7780: Women's Folklore and Feminist Theory

African Diaspora Studies

  • 7400: Topics or Genres in Anglophone Africana Literature
  • 7410: Major Anglophone Africana Writers
  • 7420: Africana Womanism
  • 7480: Major Anglophone African Women Writers
  • 8400: Studies in Anglophone Africana Literature
  • 8410: Africana Theory and Literature Criticism