Online English Graduate Courses

MU English offers online graduate courses for high school teachers and other qualified students seeking graduate-level credit hours, post-baccalaureate experience, or enrichment in English literature, language, and creative writing.

Schedule of courses:

All courses listed below are 100% asynchronous (no scheduled sessions to attend); other courses may be available with a synchronous component. Contact Frances Dickey at for more information.

Spring 2021: 16-week courses

The American Novel to 1900 (English 7310)
  • Taught by John Evelev
  • The American novel as an attempt to capture the distinctiveness of American identities and experiences from its rise in the post-revolutionary era to the brink of the 20th century
The Brontë Sisters (English 7188)
  • Taught by Elizabeth Chang 
  • Novels by Charlotte, Emily, and Ann Brontë in the context of Victorian literature and the history of women's writing

Summer 2021: 8-week courses

The Global Novel after 1945 (English 7179)
  • Taught by Sheri-Marie Harrison
  • Multinational fiction of the postwar and contemporary eras
Creative Writing: Advanced Fiction (English 7510)
  • Taught by Phong Nguyen
  • An intensive writing workshop in which student stories and related literary texts receive close reading and analysis
The Story of English: Medieval to Modern (English 7611)
  • Taught by Johanna Kramer 
  • History of the English language, explored through literature, with an emphasis on its development from the early Middle Ages through the Early Modern period (ca. 500-ca. 1700)

Fall 2021: 16-week courses

Romantic Poetry in England and America (English 7108)
  • Taught by Noah Heringman
  • Examination of five Romantic poets from both sides of the Atlantic (Charlotte Smith, William Blake, William Wordsworth, Emily Dickinson, Willian Cullen Bryant, and Walt Whitman), focusing on the genres and topics that they shared in common, including abolition, revolutionary politics, science, and industrialization.
Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature (English 7220)
  • Taught by William Kerwin
  • Shakespeare’s plays with some attention to other Renaissance texts
Adaptation of Literature for Film: Tales about Human Nature (English 7580)
  • Semester-based: Fall (odd years)
  • Instructor: Professor Carsten Strathausen

This course studies the relation between literature and film via a detailed analysis of popular movies and the literary texts—and narratives in particular—that inspired them. Although we shall discuss some historical and theoretical texts, particularly at the beginning the course, the emphasis overall lies on close readings of the chosen texts (e.g. SolarisDo Androids Dream of Electronic Sheep?) and the corresponding films. A central goal of this course is to question the “fidelity” model on which most comparative analyses of film and literature are (still) based. A second goal is to explore the central theme commonly shared by all texts and movies we will discuss, namely post-humanism. What does the term mean? How has the non-human “other” of humanity been depicted differently in literature and film over the last 200 years?  

Texts: Mary Shelley, Frankenstein (1831), Bram Stoker, Dracula (1897), Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness, Franz Kafka, The Trial, Stanislav Lem, Solaris (1961), Philip K. Dick, Do Androids Dream of Electronic Sheep? (1968), Cormac McCarthy, The Road (2006)

Films: Murnau, Nosferatu (1922), Whale, Frankenstein (1931), Browning, Dracula (1931), Fisher, Horrors of Dracula (1958), Crain, Blacula (1972), Tarkovsky, Solaris (1972), Scott, Blade Runner (1982), Coppola, Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992), Coppola, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (1994), Soderbergh, Solaris (2002), Hillcoat, The Road (2009)

Fall 2021: 8-week courses

Creative Writing: Advanced Poetry (English 7530)
  • Taught by Gabriel Fried
  • An intensive writing workshop with the theme of "childhood," in which student poems and related literary texts receive close reading and analysis
  • Second 8-week session

Spring 2022: 16-week courses

Genres: Life Stories (English 7100) 
  • Taught by Maureen Konkle
  • U.S. autobiography and memoir from the later nineteenth century to the present, from U.S. Grant to Patti Smith.
Modern Literature: Transatlantic Modernism (English 7140)
  • Taught by Frances Dickey
  • Early 20th-century fiction and poetry from Britain, Europe, and the United States in the context of technological revolutions, world war, changing gender roles, and an explosion of artistic creativity

Create a schedule that meets your needs:

  • Work at home or on the road; no on-campus meetings or scheduled times
  • Courses may be taken in any order
  • Start in August, January, or June
  • Complete 18 credits in 18 months, or take courses at your convenience
  • Not necessary to take all six courses unless seeking to fulfill the 18-credit requirement
  • Earn Graduate Certificate in English with 18 credits [link to graduate certificate page]

Develop key skills and knowledge:

  • Study classic works and encounter new authors
  • Deepen your knowledge of the English language and literature in historical and cultural context
  • Learn and apply a variety of critical methods for interpreting literature
  • Develop advanced analytic and writing skills through structured assignments and feedback from experienced doctoral faculty 


  • Bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited college or university


  • For the 2020-21 academic year, distance graduate students pay $453.55 per credit hour including fees (= $1360.65 per 3-credit course) (see Cashier's office webpage for more information)

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Frances Dickey
Director of Online Programs