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English - 2012-2013

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Chairperson: Mark Mossman
Director of Graduate Studies in English: Amy Patrick Mossman
Office:  Simpkins Hall 124
Telephone:  (309) 298-1103
E-mail: AP-Mossman@wiu.edu
Website: wiu.edu/cas/english_and_journalism/
Location of Program Offering: Macomb, Quad Cities

Program Description

The Department of English and Journalism offers graduate certificates in several academic areas. All combine current theoretical perspectives and up-to-date knowledge with practical applications, innovative pedagogical formats, and individualized experiences. The emphasis areas facilitate both professional and personal growth in particular specializations of English studies.

Courses may be counted towards certificates and a Master of Arts in English. Students who wish to earn a certificate and MA simultaneously must notify their faculty mentor or the Director of Graduate Studies in English so they can receive proper advising.

Students will work with a faculty supervisor to complete a 3 s.h. internship in the student’s field of choice, or a 3 s.h. capstone project (a 25-page paper or equivalent) integrating coursework and additional research. The internship or capstone project must engage material relevant to the certificate.

Certificate Requirements

English:  Emphasis in Professional Writing

I. Core Courses: 3 s.h.

ENG 622 Internship (3)
Or
ENG 657 Professional Writing (3)

II. Electives: 9 s.h.

ENG 480G Computers and Writing (3)
ENG 481G Topics in Rhetoric and Composition (3)
ENG 483G Professional Editing (3)
ENG 570 History of Writing Studies (3)
ENG 574 New Media Studies (3)
ENG 582 Theories in Rhetoric and Composition (3)
ENG 589 Issues in Writing Studies (3)

TOTAL: 12 s.h.

English: Emphasis in Teaching Writing

I. Core Courses: 3 s.h.

ENG 622 Internship (3)
Or
ENG 658 The Teaching of Writing (3)

II. Electives: 9 s.h.

ENG 480G Computers and Writing (3)
ENG 481G Topics in Rhetoric and Composition (3)
ENG 484G Writing Center Tutoring (3)
ENG 552 Pedagogical Issues in English Studies (3)
ENG 570 History of Writing Studies (3)
ENG 574 New Media Studies (3)
ENG 580 Teaching Assistant Coloquium (3)
ENG 582 Theories in Rhetoric and Composition (3)
ENG 589 Issues in Writing Studies (3)

TOTAL: 12 s.h.

English: Emphasis in Literary Studies

I. Core Course: 3 s.h.

ENG 653 Literary Studies (3)

II. Electives: 9 s.h.

ENG 400G Topics in Literature (1-3, repeatable for different topics)
ENG 401G Major Authors (1-3, repeatable for different topics)
ENG 494G Women and Film (3)
ENG 530 Forms (3)
ENG 532 Literature and Place (3)
ENG 536 Critical and Theoretical Movements in Literary Studies (3)
ENG 540 Literary Traditions and Influences (3)
ENG 549 Issues in Literary Studies (3)
ENG 550 Film Theory (3)
ENG 559 Issues in Disciplinary Studies (3)

TOTAL: 12 s.h.

Course Descriptions

English (ENG)

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: ENG 299 with a grade of C or better, or permission of the 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: ENG 299 with a grade of C or better, or permission of the instructor.

480G Computers and Writing. (3) Practice and study of computer-mediated communication. File management, word processing, networked communication, hypertext, and other current applications. Prerequisites: ENG 180 and 280.

481G Topics in Rhetoric and 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.

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, and permission of the instructor.

494G (cross-listed with WS 494G and BS 494G) Women and Film. (3) An overview of women in film and television that considers the on-screen images of women as well as the positions of women working behind the scenes (with laboratory).

530 Forms. (3) The study of the major terms, issues, critical and textual history of numerous works representing a particular form, genre, or literary school, such as autobiography, epic poetry, the novel, or Gothic.

532 Literature and Place. (3) The study of the works of one writer or a group of writers in terms of various geographies, political and otherwise.

536 Critical and Theoretical Movements in Literary Studies. (3) An analysis and study of a particular critical or theoretical movement in the history of literary studies. Topics could include postcolonial studies, formalism and the new criticism, reception theory, new historicism, queer studies, disability studies, erocriticism, feminist studies, ethnic studies, etc.

540 Literary Traditions and Influences. (3) The study of influence and context, focusing on a writer or a particular group of writers within or across historical periods and/or cultures.

549 Issues in Literary Studies. (3) In-depth examination of a current issue or topic relevant to literary studies, such as canon formation, trends in textual research, etc.

550 Film Theory. (3) Study of contemporary theories relevant to film studies such as formalism, structuralism, postmodernism, Marxism, cultural studies, queer studies, etc.

552 Pedagogical Issues in English Studies. (3) In-depth examination of a limited number of issues related to teaching in English studies, focusing on a specific area or approach selected by the instructor (e.g. expressivism).

559 Issues in Disciplinary Studies. (3) In-depth examination of an issue or topic relevant to English studies in relation to other disciplines such as film, philosophy, psychology, or science.

570 History of Writing Studies. (3) History of movements, periods, or approaches to writing studies.

574 New Media Studies. (3) Theory and/or production of new media, visual arts, and the notion of novelty and newness itself, drawing from theory in English studies and media studies. Relation of new media to English studies.

580 Teaching Assistants Colloquium. (3) A course designed to introduce beginning teaching assistants to the overall purposes and specific pedagogies of college composition. Prior to registration, approval must be granted by the Director of Writing or the Graduate Adviser.

582 Rhetoric and Composition. (3) Intensive study of theories of composition and rhetoric with particular emphasis on recent research in the field.

589 Issues in Writing Studies. (3) In-depth examination of an issue or topic relevant to writing studies.

622 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.

653 Literary Studies. (3) Directed by a supervisory faculty advisor and consisting of directed readings and extensive written work in literary studies. To enroll in this course all students are required to meet with the Director of Graduate Studies in English. Prerequisites: Must have completed 6 s.h. in the graduate program. Special permission required by Supervisory Faculty Advisor, Director of Graduate Studies in English, and Department Chairperson.

657 Professional Writing. (3) Directed by a supervisory faculty advisor and consisting of directed readings and extensive work in professional writing. To enroll in this course all students are required to meet with the Director of Graduate Studies in English. Prerequisites: Must have completed 6 s.h. in the graduate program. Special permission required by Supervisory Faculty Advisor, Director of Graduate Studies in English, and Department Chairperson.

658 The Teaching of Writing. (3) Directed by a supervisory faculty advisor and consisting of directed readings and extensive written work in the teaching of writing. To enroll in the course all students are required to meet with the Director of Graduate Studies in English. Prerequisites: Must have completed 6 s.h. in the graduate program. Special permission required by Supervisory Faculty Advisor, Director of Graduate Studies in English, and Department Chairperson.