Stephen F. Austin State University


Graduate English Courses

Note: For the most current and complete listing of graduate courses, please consult the current, printed Graduate Bulletin. Below are standard course numbers and names. Unless otherwise indicated, courses carry three semester hours credit.

Course # Title Description
502 Bibliography and Research Methods An introduction to the profession; an emphasis on developing skills in research and bibliographic methods, such as electronic databases and traditional texts; intensive practice and application of those skills in graduate-level scholarly writing; additional concentration in rhetoric and critical theory. Required of all majors and first-year students.
505 World Literary Topics Intensive study of an aspect of world literature from antiquity to the present, such as form, genre, or period. May be repeated for credit with different topic.
510 British Literary Topics Intensive study of an aspect of British iterature from the Anglo-Saxon period to the present, such as form, genre, or period. May be repeated for credit with different topic.
520 American Literary Topics Intensive study of American literature from the Colonial period to the present, focusing on a theme, literary movement, period, or other unifying emphasis. May be repeated for credit with different topic.
521 Comparative Literature The study of literature (authors, genres, themes, style, movements, periods) beyond the confines of national and linguistic boundaries;relationships between literature and other areas of knowledge, such as the arts (film,painting, sculpture, architecture, music), philosophy, history, science, religion, politics, sociology, etc.
530 Major Authors Intensive study of the writings, life and cultural context of major writers.
540 Linguistic Analysis An advanced introduction to theoretical and applied linguistics: theoretical areas surveyed include phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, pragmatics and semantics; applied areas include language variation, first andsecond language acquisition, written language and the neurology of language.
542 Special Topics in Linguistics Advanced study of a particular topic or movement in contemporary or historical linguistics (e.g., psycholinguistics, sociolinguistics, dialectology, semantics, pragmatics, linguistic history, transformational grammar, functional grammar, ethnolinguistics, Chomskyian linguisitics). May be repeated for credit with different topic.
559 Creative Writing: Poetry Workshop Classroom analysis and discussion of student writing.
561 Creative Writing: Fiction Workshop Classroom analysis and discussion of student writing.
565 Poetics and Prosody This graduate-level course focuses upon the techniques and craft of formal poetry. Students will study poetic and formalist strategies of poets spanning the range of the tradition in English. Students will learn about tropes, schemes, line, rhyme, meter , scansion, and poetic form through close analysis of published poetry. Though this course is not a creative writing course per se, students will be given the opportunity to explore the considerations of craft in expermentations of their own.
570 Rhetoric and Composition Theory Exploration of past and present rhetorical theory and its application to the teaching of composition.
580 Teaching First-Year Composition Introduction to the field of composition and to first-year composition pedagogical practices. Instruction in preparing syllabi, grading student papers and addressing the daily concerns of administering a freshman writing course. Three credit hours. Required of all GTAs prior to teaching for the first time.
581 Practicum in Teaching First-Year
Two-semester training and supervision for GTAs teaching first-year composition. Instruction and support inadministering a freshman-writing course as established in the goals and guidelines for English 131 and 132. (One credit hour per semester). Pass/Fail. Required for GTAs concurrent with their teaching English 131 and 132 for the first time.
583 Special Topics Focus on a theme, genre, or theory. May be repeated with different topic.
585 Literary Criticism Surveys literary criticism from Plato to the present and introduces the variety of critical and theoretical thought in literary studies from New Criticism, structuralism and post-structuralism, psychoanalysis, readerresponse criticism, gender studies, Marxist criticism, multicultural and postcolonial theory, etc.
589 Thesis Research Research necessary to initiate and complete the M.A. thesis. Grade withheld until completion of thesis.
590 Thesis Writing Writing and revision of thesis for final submission to departmental committee and graduate dean. Prerequisite: ENG 589. Three to nine credits.
595 Independent Study Independent investigation of topics of specific interest to individual students. Students wishing to enroll in independent study must petition the director of graduate studies prior to the beginning of the semester.