Department Chairperson: David Boocker
Associate Graduate Faculty
The Department of English and Journalism offers work leading to the Master of Arts degree in English. The program is intended for those seeking a graduate-level liberal education, pursuing careers in secondary or community college teaching, and planning further graduate study toward the Ph.D.
Students selecting English as a graduate major shall have completed a minimum of 24 semester hours of undergraduate work in English beyond the required composition course(s). Their preparation should include at least six semester hours in American literature and at least six semester hours in British literature, the remaining hours to be in literature, language, or writing courses for majors. Of the 24 semester hours at least 12 must be upper-division courses. Other students may be admitted at the discretion of the Departmental Graduate Committee, but may have to remedy deficiencies in their undergraduate preparation by taking courses for nondegree credit.
In addition to meeting the general admission requirements of the School of Graduate Studies, applicants for admission to the graduate program in English must have a grade point average of 2.75 overall and 3.0 in English courses taken above the required composition courses. Students selecting a graduate major in English are not required to submit Graduate Record Examination scores.
International students who wish to apply for a graduate assistantship in the English department must have an overall TOEFL score of at least 231 (575 paper score) with a listening comprehension score of 20 (54 paper score).
All applicants should be aware that the Master of Arts program in English requires significant reading, writing, listening, and speaking ability in English. When their applications do not show sufficient evidence of these abilities, students may be asked to undergo an interview with a department selection committee before any decision about admission is made.
The Master of Arts degree in English may be earned under one of two options: Literature and Language or Writing. In either option the student will be expected to complete the following:
Additional requirements in the two options are as follows: 21-24 s.h.
Total Program: 33 s.h.
400G Topics in Literature. (1-3, repeatable for different topics) A study of a special theme or topic in literature. Printed schedule will specify semester's topic. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.
401G Major Authors. (1-3, repeatable for different authors) A thorough study of the work of a major author or two closely related authors. Printed schedule will specify semester's topic. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.
439G English Methods. (3) Preparation for student teaching, including analysis of techniques and materials useful to the English teachers in the secondary school. Observation and demonstration teaching. Open to English majors and minors. Prerequisites: EIS 301 ENG 384, and ENG 466.
443G (cross-listed with LLA 443G) Creative Uses of Literature for Children and Young Adults. (3) Presents the development of effective programs in informal and formalized interpretive experiences for children and young adults, emphasizing individual creativity and sources for materials. Prerequisite: LS 313 or permission of the instructor.
450G Language Arts Workshop. (3) Contemporary theory and strategies for teaching English and/or the language arts.
466G Literature for Teachers. (3) Constructs teaching units for 6-12 grade students that integrate age-appropriate literary genres, and examines reading strategies derived from literary theory. Prerequisites: ENG 280 and 12 semester hours (or equivalent) of course work in literature, or consent of instructor.
471G Language Diversity and Grammar for Teachers. (3) Examines the relationships among standard and nonstandard dialects and effective practices for teaching grammar. Prerequisites: ENG 280 and 372 or consent of instructor.
480G Computers and Writing. (3) Practice and theory of computer-mediated communication. Word processing, networked communication, hypertext, and other current applications. Prerequisites: ENG 180 and 280.
481G Topics in Rhetoric & Composition. (3) Semester-long study of a topic in the theory, practice, pedagogy, or history of rhetoric and composition. Writing Instruction in the Discipline (WID) course. Prerequisites: ENG 180 and 280, and graduate standing.
483G Professional Editing. (3) Study of professional copy-editing techniques and practice editing manuscripts. Prerequisites: ENG 180 and 280, and graduate standing.
484G Writing Center Tutoring. (3) Tutoring in the WIU Writing Center; includes intensive training and work experience in the Writing Center. Prerequisites: ENG 180 and 280, any departmental WID course, permission of the instructor, and graduate standing.
485G Creative Writing Seminar. (3, repeatable for different genres to 6) An advanced course in creative writing for students already experienced in writing poetry or fiction. Prerequisites: ENG 285 and either 385 or 386, or permission of the instructor.
500 Introduction to Graduate Studies. (3) An introduction to graduate study in English with special emphasis on research and theory. Required of all graduate students early in their programs.
512 The English Language in the Making. (3) An investigation of the origins, principles of development, and grammar of the emergent English language through the great vowel shift. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.
513 Age of Chaucer. (3) Selected study of the works of Geoffrey Chaucer and other Middle English literature in cultural context. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.
514 Milton and the English Renaissance. (3) An exploration of literary themes, genres, movements, authors, or texts of sixteenth and seventeenth century English culture. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.
517 Studies in Shakespeare. (3) An intensive exploration of themes, topics, and/or dramatic problems resident in selected plays by Shakespeare. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.
518 The Romantics and the Victorians. (3) A study of selected nineteenth century British authors, texts, themes, movements, or genres (except the novel). Prerequisite: Graduate standing.
521 The Novel in Context. (3) A study of selected developments in the English (excluding American) novel viewed within narratological, thematic, and/or cultural contexts. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.
533 The American Renaissance. (3) The literature of mid-nineteenth century America: Poe, Melville, Hawthorne, Emerson, Dickinson, and others. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.
537 Twentieth Century American Fiction. (3) From Dreiser to the present. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.
538 American Poetry in the Twentieth Century. (3) From Robinson and his contemporaries to the present. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.
539 American Drama. (3) A study of selected plays in the context of cultural history and the history of dramatic art in America. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.
568 Contemporary Literary Theory and Its Issues. (3) An exploration of contemporary literary theory and selected current critical debates. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.
572 Special Studies in Linguistics. (3) Issues and problems in linguistic theory and application. Current trends. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.
580 Teaching Assistants Colloquium. (3) A course designed to introduce beginning teaching assistants to the overall purposes and specific pedagogies of college composition. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.
583 Contemporary Theories of Composition and Rhetoric. (3) Intensive study of theories of composition and rhetoric with particular emphasis on recent research in the field. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.
585 Advanced Creative Writing Workshop. (3) Advanced course in writing and polishing student manuscripts to publishable quality. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.
588 Pedagogy of Rhetorical Practices in English Studies. (3) Introduces graduate students to the teaching of various genres as they appear in the field of English Studies. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.
595 Internship. (1-3, repeatable to 3) Supervised applied experience at a work site inside or outside the Department of English and Journalism. Graded S/U. Prerequisites: Completion of at least 15 semester hours of course work for Option I or Option II of the Master of Arts degree in English; approval of graduate adviser, departmental supervisor, and on-site supervisor.
599 Readings in Language or Literature. (1-3, repeatable to 3) Individual study in literature and language. Prior to registration, approval must be granted by the instructor, Graduate Committee, and Department Chairperson. Prerequisite: Completion of six hours of graduate work.
610* Seminar in a Theme or Problem. (3) May be repeated for different subjects.
611* Seminar in a Genre. (3) May be repeated for different subjects.
612* Seminar in an Author or School. (3) May be repeated for different subjects.
615* Seminar in Composition. (3, repeatable to 6) Intensive exploration of a major issue in composition theory or pedagogy. May be repeated for different subjects.
*A seminar involves intensive study and substantial independent research and writing on the topic announced.
699 Thesis. (3-6, repeatable to 6) Prior to registration, approval must be granted by the instructor, Graduate Director, and Department Chairperson. Graded S/U.
410G International Communication and the Foreign Press. (3) Comparative study of journalism practices, and of the mass media in representative countries; factors that determine the international flow of news.
412G Problems in Contemporary Mass Communications. (3) Research into current social, economic, and professional problems affecting the mass media.
415G Mass Communications Research Methods. (3) Introduction to questionnaire construction, sampling, research design, and statistical methods used in mass communications research, including those in advertising and public relations.
417G Law of Mass Communications. (3) Study of legal rights of and constraints on mass media: prior restraint, publicity control, source protection, libel, privacy invasion, and other relevant legal issues.
425G Directed Study. (1-6, repeatable to 6) Opportunity for promising students of journalism to pursue journalism and mass communications material in depth.