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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 English 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 chair required.)

    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). Study and practice in editing meth­ods for business, technical, scientific, and other professional documents, both electronic and paper. Practical experience includes editing documents produced by the business community and university. 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 and Business 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. * A maximum of two 5000-level courses totaling no more than eight.

    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.

    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. Grad­ing will be either pass or fail. 

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.

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

Dr. Erin Ashworth-King, Graduate Advisor
Office: A 039C
Phone: 325-486-6139
E-mail: erin.ashworth-king@angelo.edu