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Department of English and Modern Languages
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About Our Courses

We offer a wide variety of course options across many areas of English studies, including American Literature, British Literature, Grammar & Language Studies, Research Methods, and Writing studies, among other specialized topics.

In addition to the brief course descriptions below, you can find more specific information about course content by visiting the ASU course syllabi page where you will find syllabi for all the graduate courses that we have offered over the last few years.

M.A. Program Course Distribution

Course Requirements Credits
ENG 6391: Bibliography and Research Methods 3
ENG 6XXX: American Literature 6
ENG 6XXX: British Literature 6
ENG 6XXX: Language Studies 3
ENG 6XXX: Electives* 18
Total Degree Credits 36

* Six of these 18 credits may be at the 5XXX level with approval.
* If you have an assistantship, you must also take ENG 6376: Practicum in College Composition Pedagogy as part of these 18 credits.

American Literature

6331 American Literary History (3-0). A study of specific periods of American literature through a careful examination of related works. (May be repeated once for credit when topic varies.)

6333 American Poetry (3-0). A study of the techniques and significance of one or more American poets. (May be repeated once for credit when topic varies.)

6335 American Fiction (3-0). A study of one or more major American fiction writers or of a related group of works. (May be repeated once for credit when topic varies.)

6341 American Drama (3-0). A study of one or more American dramatists or of a related group of works. (May be repeated once for credit when topic varies.)

British Literature

6301 British Literary History (3-0). A study of specific periods of British literature through a careful examination of related works. (May be repeated once for credit when topic varies.)

6306 British Fiction (3-0). A study of one or more major British fiction writers or of a related group of works. (May be repeated once for credit when topic varies.)

6307 British Poetry (3-0). A study of the techniques and significance of one or more British poets. (May be repeated once for credit when topic varies.)

6339 British Drama (3-0). A study of one or more British dramatists or of a related group of works. (May be repeated once for credit when topic varies.)

Grammar & Language Studies

5361 English Grammar (3-0). A study of grammar, including grammatical forms and functions, sentence structure, and diagramming. Course meets concurrently with ENG 4361 but requires additional readings, papers, discussions, and/or presentations for graduate students. Prerequisite: Permission of Graduate Advisor and Graduate Dean.

6361 Language Studies (3-0). A study of the structure and history of the English Language. (May be repeated once for credit when topic varies.)

Research and Methods

6391 Bibliography and Research Methods (3-0). A study of bibliographical guides, research methods, critical theory, and textual criticism.

6393 Research. A specialized course of individual research or directed reading. (May be repeated once for credit. Prior approval of instructor and department head required.)

6399 Thesis. A total of six hours required for thesis credit. This course must be repeated once. Students have the option of enrolling in English 6699 to fulfill the thesis requirement in one semester.

6699 Thesis. A total of six semester hours required for thesis credit. Students have the option of enrolling in English 6399 for two separate semesters to fulfill the six hour thesis requirement.

Specialized Topics

6310 Themes and Genres in Literature (3-0). A study of literary types or of significant themes. (May be repeated once for credit when topic varies.)

6381 Special Topics (3-0). A study of selected topics in English. (May be repeated once for credit when topic varies.)

Writing Studies

5360 Professional Editing (3-0).  A study of editing methods for business, technical, scientific, and other professional documents, both electronic and paper.  Course meets concurrently with ENG 4360 but requires additional readings, papers, discussions, and/or presentations for graduate students.  Prerequisite: Permission of Graduate Advisor and Graduate Dean

6345 Studies of Writing and Technology (3-0).  A study of the intersections between studies of technology and studies of writing. (May be repeated once for credit when topic varies.)

6346 Foundations in Technical Writing (3-0).  A study of the theories, workplace practices, and genres of technical and business writers.

6363 Composition Studies (3-0). A study of one or more topics in composition. (May be repeated once for credit when topic varies.)

6364 Theory and Practice of Fiction Writing (3-0). A study of the theory and accepted practices of fiction and fiction writing. Writing assignments may include both critical essays and original fiction.

6365 Theory and Practice of Poetry Writing (3-0). A study of the theory and accepted practices of poetry and poetry writing. Writing assignments may include both critical essays and original poetry.

6366 Creative Writing Workshop (3-0). An intensive series of critique sessions for students’ original creative work. Includes reading and discussion of modern and contemporary published works. Emphasis on fiction or poetry will be announced prior to registration period. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: 6364 for fiction writing workshop; 6365 for poetry writing workshop.

6367 A Study of Literary Publishing and Editing (3-0). A concentrated study of the history and editorial practices of literary publications. Readings will include past and present samples from literary publications, and students will participate in hands-on editing projects throughout the semester.

6369 Writing in the Profession (3-0). Theory and practice of writing for presentation and publication in the profession.

6376 Practicum in College Composition Pedagogy (3-0). Introduction to composition pedagogy with emphasis on practices essential to teaching college-level English composition. Required of Teaching Assistants. Graded P/F.

Program Description

Learn more about the M.A. curriculum by visiting our Program Overview page

Course descriptions

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Learn more about our paid graduate and teaching assistantships by visiting our Assistantships Overview page.

contact us

For more information about the English and Modern Language Department’s graduate program, contact:

Dr. Mary Ellen Hartje, Graduate Advisor
Office: A 039A
Phone: (325) 486-6148
E-mail: me.hartje@angelo.edu