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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

English

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ENGLISH MA and CREATIVE WRITING MFA

College of Arts & Humanities
Department of English
230 Armstrong Hall
507-389-2117
Fax: 507-389-5362


English at Minnesota State University offers four graduate programs, plus graduate certificate programs. Each is designed to meet the needs of a particular audience, so each has its own entrance requirements, curriculum, reading list, comprehensive examination format, and thesis or capstone experience requirements. It is important that prospective students discuss which program best meets their needs with the department chair, the department graduate coordinator, or the individual program head.

Graduate Assistantships
Graduate teaching assistantships and research assistantships are available during the academic year to full-time students. Assistants receive about $9,000 over two semesters and full tuition remission for up to 9 credits per semester. For more information, contact the Department of English.

English MA

Literature and English Studies Option


34 Semester Credits with Alternate Plan Paper or Portfolio

The Literature and English Studies option offers students the opportunity for broad training in English. This is a generalist degree supported by a department of highly trained specialists in the areas of literature, film, writing and linguistics. The degree is suited for secondary teachers and students who plan to teach at the post-secondary level. This degree may also serve as a basis for careers in the literary marketplace.

Admission Requirements
Applicants must have at least 30 semester hours in language, literature or related courses, with at least 20 credits in upper-division courses. It is highly recommended that applicants have at least one course in a literary figure and one in an upper-division linguistics course. The GRE is not required as part of admissions material for the program. Candidates whose native language is not English must have a TOEFL score of 600 or above. Application materials should include an application form, application letter, two letters of recommendation, a 5-10 page analytical writing sample, and official undergraduate transcripts. Application materials should be sent to the department's Graduate Coordinator.

Common Core
Choose 16-17 credits.

Bibliography and Research
Choose 3 Credit(s).

ENG 651 Bibliography and Research 3
Survey
Choose 9 Credit(s).

ENG 606 British Literary History and Criticism 3
ENG 607 American Literary History and Criticism 3
ENG 635 Sem: World Literature 3
Theory
Choose 3 - 4 Credit(s).

ENG 625 Seminar: Composition Theory 3
ENG 671 Seminar: Literary Theory and Criticism 3
FILM 516 Film Theory & Criticism 4
Capstone
Choose 1 Credit(s).

ENG 694 Alternate Plan Paper 1-2

 
Restricted Electives
Choose 11 - 12 Credit(s).

ENG 603 Sem: Selected Authors 3
ENG 605 Sem: Shakespeare 3
ENG 608 Sem: British Literature to 1800 3
ENG 609 Sem: British Literature after 1800 3
ENG 610 Sem: American Literature to 1865 3
ENG 611 Sem: American Literature after 1865 3
ENG 612 Seminar: Gender in Literature 3
ENG 618 Seminar: Multicultural American Literature 3
ENG 654 Teaching College-Level Literature 3
ENG 661 Topics in Children's & Young Adult Literature 2-3

 
Unrestricted Electives
Choose 5-7 Credits. Choose 5-7 credits of 500- or 600-level courses in the English Department with the approval of your advisor.

Additional Requirement

Students may count no more than four credits of supervised independent work toward their degree program, including the capstone credit. These credits are:  

  • ENG 670  Independent Writing
  • ENG 677  Individual Study
  • ENG 694  Alternate Plan Paper
  • ENG 698  Internship

At least 50% of all coursework must be at the 600-level, excluding thesis, APP, or Portfolio credits.

 
Technical Communication Option

Thesis Plan - 30 credits
Alternate Paper Plan - 34 credits

Capstone Course - 34 credits

Students choosing this option will find the degree prepares them to be professional information developers, technical writers, and editors who are skilled at using the written and spoken word, along with visuals, to effectively inform and instruct a wide range of audiences. Graduates typically pursue work in industry, teaching opportunities, or doctoral studies.

Admission Requirements

At least 18 semester hours in one or more of the following areas: literature, linguistics, speech, or mass communications. All applicants must submit a one-page personal statement (to the Graduate Director, Department of English), describing their background and interests in technical communication. The GRE is not required as part of admissions material for the program. Candidates whose native language is not English must have a TOEFL score of 550 or above. Application materials should include an application form, verification of the baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university, two copies of official undergraduate and graduate transcripts, sent to the College of Graduate Studies and Research.

Required Courses: Technical Communication

  • Common Core
    10 credits:  
    ENG 575 Editing Technical Publications 4    
    ENG 673 Research & Theory Technical Communications 3    
    ENG 679 Rhetorical Theory Applied to Technical Documents 3    

    Restricted Electives
       
    Documentation
    Choose 4-8 credits:
     
    ENG 576 Online Documentation 4    
    ENG 577 Technical Documentation, Policies, & Procedures 4    
       
    Internship
    Choose 3-6 credits:
     
    ENG 698 Internship 1-6    
       
    Restricted Electives
    Electives
    Choose 7 - 18 Credit(s).
    Choose 12-18 credits (APP option), 11-16 credits (Capstone Course option), or 7-12 credits (Thesis option):

    ENG 562 Document Design 4
    ENG 566 Usability 4
    ENG 567 International Technical Communication 1-4
    ENG 569 Project Management in Technical Communication 4
    ENG 571 Visual Technical Communication 4
    ENG 572 Topics in Technical Communication 1-4
    ENG 573 Desktop Publishing 4
    ENG 574 Research and Writing Technical Reports 4
    ENG 576 Online Documentation 4
    ENG 577 Technical Documentation, Policies, & Procedures 4
    ENG 674 Topics in Technical Communication 1-3
    ENG 675 Technical Communication for STEM Professionals 3
    ENG 676 Instructional Design for Technical Communicators 3
    ENG 677 Individual Study 1-4
    ENG 678 Technical & Scientific Prose 3
    ENG 680 Proposals 1-3
    ENG 681 User Experience 3
     
     
     
    Capstone
    Choose 1-3 credits: Students choosing Thesis (Eng 699) must complete at least 3 credits.
     
    ENG 694 Alternate Plan Paper 1-2    
    ENG 696 Capstone Course in Technical Communication 3    
    ENG 699 Thesis 1-4    

 

Graduate Certificate in Technical Communication

23 credits

The graduate certificate program prepares participants for careers in technical communication, emphasizing current industry practice in the research, writing, editing, and publishing of (print or online ) technical documents. Required coursework emphasizes the development of student skills in audience analysis, problem solving, and collaboration within the workplace as well as the production of text and graphics for print and online publication. Special topics courses focus on industry practice in standards and documentation, document design, web development, usability testing, international communication, or other topics of importance to technical communicators. Although 500-level courses in the graduate certificate focus on skill development and industry practice, they also explore theory and research supporting industry practice.

Admission Requirements

Entrance requirements for the Graduate Certificate in Technical Communication include a BA or BS degree and Technical Communication (ENG 271), Business Communication (ENG 272), or equivalent technical communication experience. The GRE is not required as part of the admissions material for this program. Candidates whose native language is not English must have a TOEFL score of 550 or above.

Common Core (15 credits)

  • ENG 571 Visual Technical Communication (4)
  • ENG 575 Editing Technical Publications (4)

Documentation - choose 4 credits (576 or 577)

  • ENG 576  Online Documentation (4)
  • ENG 577  Technical Documentation, Policies, and Procedures (4)

 Choose 3 credits (one of three courses)

  • ENG 674  Topics in Technical Communication (1-3)
  • ENG 676  Instructional Design for Technical Communicators (3)
  • ENG 680  Proposals (1-3)

Restricted Electives

Take 8 credits of restricted electives

  • ENG 562 Document Design 4
  • ENG 566 Usability
    ENG 566 Usability (4)
  • ENG 567  International Technical Communication (1-4)
  • ENG 569  Project Management in Technical Communication (4)
  • ENG 572  Topics in Technical Communication* (1-4)
  • ENG 573  Desktop Publishing (4)
  • ENG 574  Research & Writing Technical Reports (4)
  • ENG 576  Online Documentation (4)
  • ENG 577  Technical Documentation, Policies, and Procedures (4)
  • ENG 674  Topics in Technical Communication (1-3)
  • ENG 676  Instructional Design for Technical Communicators (3)
  • ENG 680  Proposals (1-3)

 *Course has prerequisite courses

 

Teaching English as a Second Language (tesol) Option



Students choosing this option will find the degree appropriate preparation for
teaching English as a second/foreign language, program administration, curriculum
consulting, and publishing and materials development. It is designed for both native
and non-native speakers of English. To enter the program, students must have an
undergraduate major or minor in a relevant field (for example, English, linguistics,
or a modern language other than English).

It is also possible to earn certification in teaching English as a
second language in grades K-12. For Masters' candidates with undergraduate
licensure degrees, the MA in tesol includes most of the courses needed for tesol
certification.

MA candidates who are native speakers of English must have a minimum of four developmentally consecutive semesters of the same second language at the college level (or the equivalent). This second-language requirement may be met in residence, but courses taken to fulfill it will not count toward the degree.
Candidates whose native language is not English must have a minimum TOEFL score of 550 on the paper-based test or 80 on the Internet based-test to enter the program. Anyone with a score below 575/89 will be asked to take skill-based English-placement tests upon arrival to determine whether additional ESL courses are required.

Common Core
Thesis Track is a 33-credit program. Alternate Capstone Track is a 34-credit program.
ENG 586 Theories of Teaching ESL 4
ENG 587 Methods of Teaching ESL 4
ENG 629 Second Language Literacy Development 3
ENG 633 Second Language Acquisition 3
ENG 634 Topics in tesol 3
ENG 686 Second Language Testing 3
ENG 689 Studies English Linguistics 3
Restricted Electives

Linguistics and Language
Alternate Capstone Track
Choose 8 Credit(s).


ENG 582 English Structure and Pedagogical Grammar 4
ENG 584 Pedagogical Grammar and Academic English 4
ENG 585 Language and Culture in tesol 4
Thesis Track
Choose 4 Credit(s).


ENG 582 English Structure and Pedagogical Grammar 4
ENG 584 Pedagogical Grammar and Academic English 4
Other Graduation Requirements

Additional requirements for all tesol capstone options: At least 50% of all coursework must be taken at the 600-level, excluding thesis or APP credits.
Research/Methods Course(s)
ENG 627 Research Seminar in tesol 3
Capstone Course
Capstone Options
Choose 0 - 4 Credit(s).
Thesis track requires 3 credits of ENG 699. Consult with your advisor about Capstone Options

ENG 688 Portfolio 1-4
ENG 694 Alternate Plan Paper 1-2
ENG 699 Thesis 1-4

 

 

Graduate Certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language ( 24 credits)

The graduate certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language prepares
participants for careers in teaching English as a second or foreign language to adult
learners in U.S. and international contexts, including in two- and four-year
institutions, government and non-government organizations, and private
enterprises. Coursework develops students' knowledge of how language operates
with primary emphasis on the English language and the skills required to teach it
effectively to adult second language learners.

Applicants who are native speakers of English must have a minimum of two developmentally consecutive semesters of the same second language at the college level (or the equivalent). This second-language requirement may be met in residence, but courses taken to fulfill it will not count toward the degree.
Candidates whose native language is not English must have a minimum TOEFL score of 550 on the paper-based test or 80 on the Internet based-test to enter the program. Anyone with a score below 575/89 will be asked to take skill-based English-placement tests upon arrival to determine whether additional ESL courses are required.

Common Core
Required Courses
Choose 20 Credit(s).

ENG 586 Theories of Teaching ESL 4
ENG 587 Methods of Teaching ESL 4
ENG 629 Second Language Literacy Development 3
ENG 633 Second Language Acquisition 3
ENG 686 Second Language Testing 3
ENG 689 Studies English Linguistics 3
Restricted Electives
Electives
Choose 4 Credit(s).

ENG 582 English Structure and Pedagogical Grammar 4
ENG 584 Pedagogical Grammar and Academic English 4
Other Graduation Requirements

At least 50% of all coursework must be completed at the 600-level.

Graduate Certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language ( 30 credits)

 

ENG 582 English Structure and Pedagogical Grammar 4
ENG 584 Pedagogical Grammar and Academic English 4
ENG 585 Language and Culture in tesol 4
ENG 586 Theories of Teaching ESL 4
ENG 587 Methods of Teaching ESL 4
ENG 589 Policies and Programs in ESL 4
ENG 629 Second Language Literacy Development 3
ENG 689 Studies English Linguistics 3

 

Creative Writing MFA

Thesis Plan - 48 credits


The MFA program in Creative Writing meets the needs of students who want to strike a balance between the development of individual creative talent and the close study of literature and language. Candidates in the program will find it appropriate training for careers in freelance writing, college-level teaching, editing and publishing, arts administration, and several other areas.

Admission

The application deadline for graduate assistantship consideration is February 1st. Applicants must submit a writing portfolio (10 pages of poetry or 20 pages of prose) and a one to two page personal statement directly to the Department of English, Creative Writing Program. To enter the program without deficiency, candidates must have the equivalent of at least a minor in English (18 semester credits in language, literature, linguistics). Students who enter with a small number of deficiencies may be allowed to make them up within their graduate program. Candidates whose native language is not English must have a TOEFL score of 550 or above. The GRE is not required for this program.

Research (3 credits)

  • ENG 672 Research and Publication in Creative Writing (3)

Writing Seminars/Workshops - minimum 12 credits from the following.

 Courses are repeatable with new content.

  • ENG 542 Advanced Creative Nonfiction Workshop (4)
  • ENG 543 Advanced Fiction Workshop (4)
  • ENG 544 Advanced Poetry Workshop (4)
  • ENG 549 (2-4) Topics in Creative Writing Form and Technique
     
  • ENG 594 English Workshop (4)
  • ENG 642 Creative Nonfiction Workshop (3)
  • ENG 643 Fiction Workshop (3)
  • ENG 644 Poetry Workshop (3)
  • ENG 649 Topics in Creative Writing (1-3)

Form and Technique (9 credits)

  • ENG 640 Form & Technique in Prose (3)
  • ENG 641 Form & Technique in Poetry (3)
  • ENG 639 Form and Technique in Creative Nonfiction (3)

Contemporary Genres (6 credits)

  • ENG 646 Contemporary Prose (3)
  • ENG 647 Contemporary Poetry (3)

Career-related - minimum 6 credits from the following.

(Other courses acceptable with consent of advisor)

  • FILM 516 Film Criticism (4)
  • ENG 541 Literary Criticism (4)
  • ENG 574 Research and Writing Technical Reports (4)
  • ENG 575 Editing Technical Publications (4)
  • ENG 577 Technical Documentation, Policies, and Procedures (4)
  • ENG 625 Seminar: Composition Theory (3)
  • ENG 649 Topics in Creative Writing: Teaching Creative Writing (3)
  • ENG 680 Topics in Computer-Assisted Writing (3)
  • ENG 687 Theory and Practice of Translation (3)
  • ENG 698 Internship (1-8)

Electives (0 - 11 credits)

In consultation with an advisor, select 0-11 credits of courses in categories (such as literature) not listed above.
 

Thesis (4)

  • ENG 699 Thesis (4)

 Additional Requirements

All courses must be in English with the exception of those specifically approved by the Graduate Committee in English; 75% of all coursework must be taken at the 600-level. Students also are required to present a reading/oral defense as part of their thesis project, a book-length collection of writing in the student's chosen genre.

 

Teaching Writing Graduate Certificate

 This certificate enables current and prospective teachers (Grade 5-College) to develop expertise in teaching writing. Students will gain theoretical, practical, and experiential knowledge about the teaching of writing that will strengthen their confidence and understanding as writing teachers.

Entrance requirements for the Teaching Writing Graduate Certificate include official transcripts from the undergraduate degree-granting institution, a 5-page analytical writing sample with research, a personal statement describing relevant experience and professional goals, and the email addresses of two individuals who have agreed to write letters of recommendation.

Common Core
*Please note that ENG 621 and ENG 622 may be taken, with the permission of the instructor, as a substitution for ENG 655. ENG 621 and 622 are only offered face-to-face.  
ENG 555 Advanced Writing Workshop 4    
ENG 625 Seminar: Composition Theory 3    
ENG 655 Topics in Teaching Writing* 3    

Restricted Electives
Students may choose from the following course list, taking at least 6 and no more than 8 credits.  
ENG 584 Pedagogical Grammar and Academic English 4    
ENG 649 Topics in Creative Writing 1-3    
ENG 656 Teacher Research in the Writing Classroom 3    

ENG 657
ENG 658

 

Teaching Writing with Literature
Argumentation Theory


 

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English Education

The MA in English: English Education offers secondary English teachers the opportunity to enrich their knowledge of English and to develop knowledge in other areas as well. This is a thirty-credit program. Its core curriculum is five courses in literature and research. Teachers may then elect four more courses in literature, children’s literature, composition, communication studies, reading, or courses from the university’s Educational Studies department such as instructional technology. The program’s capstone experience is a portfolio or an alternate plan paper. The program is entirely online, with courses offered during the summer as well as during the school year.

Common Core
ENG 606 British Literary History and Criticism 3
ENG 607 American Literary History and Criticism 3
ENG 635 Sem: World Literature 3
ENG 651 Bibliography and Research 3
Restricted Electives
Theory
Choose 3 Credit(s).

ENG 625 Seminar: Composition Theory 3
ENG 671 Seminar: Literary Theory and Criticism 3
Literature Seminar
Choose 3 Credit(s).

ENG 603 Sem: Selected Authors 3
ENG 605 Sem: Shakespeare 3
ENG 608 Sem: British Literature to 1800 3
ENG 609 Sem: British Literature after 1800 3
ENG 610 Sem: American Literature to 1865 3
ENG 611 Sem: American Literature after 1865 3
ENG 612 Seminar: Gender in Literature 3
ENG 618 Seminar: Multicultural American Literature 3
ENG 654 Teaching College-Level Literature 3
ENG 661 Topics in Children's & Young Adult Literature 2-3
Young Adult Literature
Choose 3 - 4 Credit(s).

ENG 525 Topics in Children's Literature 2-4
ENG 561 World Literature for Children and Young Adults 2-4
ENG 563 Adolescent Literature 4
ENG 564 Teaching Literature in Middle School 3
Unrestricted Electives
Choose any courses in English, Film, Communication Studies, Reading, or Secondary Education in consultation with the academic advisor. 7-8 Credits.
Capstone Course
ENG 688 Portfolio 1-4
ENG 694 Alternate Plan Paper 1-2

Communication and Composition MS

37 credits (APP or Internship program)

A multi-disciplinary program designed for individuals with an interest in teaching both communication AND composition at community colleges and technical colleges. Most states require a minimum of in-discipline credit hours to teach at community and technical colleges.

Students are encouraged to contact the appropriate state agency and confirm the number of credit hours required for certification to teach at a technical or community college.

Common Core
Students are required to take ENG 555 for at least 3 credits to earn the degree.
CMST 602 Communication Pedagogy 3
CMST 605 Teaching Communication Studies Online 3
ENG 625 Seminar: Composition Theory 3
ENG 655 Topics in Teaching Writing 3
Restricted Electives
Communication Electives
Choose 9 Credit(s).

CMST 515 Topics in Rhetoric and Culture 1-3
CMST 535 Forensics Pedagogy 3
CMST 545 Conflict Management 3
CMST 550 * Speech-Debate: Pedagogy 1-3
CMST 551 * Speech-Debate: Intro to Debate 1-3
CMST 552 * Speech-Debate: Advanced Debate 1-3
CMST 553 * Speech-Debate: Adv Pedagogy 1-3
CMST 554 * Speech-Debate: Interpretation & Performance 1-3
CMST 555 * Speech-Debate: Theory & Practice I 1-3
CMST 556 * Speech-Debate: Theory & Practice II 1-3
CMST 557 * Speech-Debate: Theory & Practice III 1-3
CMST 620 Modern Rhetorical Criticism 3
CMST 621 Advanced Interpersonal Communication 3
Composition Electives
Choose 9 Credit(s).
ENG 621 or ENG 622 may be taken, with the permission of advisor, as a substitute for ENG 655. ENG 621 and 622 are only offered on-campus.

ENG 553 Topics in Rhetoric and Composition 4
ENG 554 Persuasive Writing on Public Issues 4
ENG 555 Advanced Writing Workshop 0-4
ENG 584 Pedagogical Grammar and Academic English 4
ENG 629 Second Language Literacy Development 3
ENG 649 Topics in Creative Writing 1-3
ENG 657 Teaching Writing with Literature 3
ENG 658 Seminar: Argumentation Theory 3
Research/Methods Course(s)
Choose 6 Credit(s).
The research course in both disciplines is required.

CMST 633 Communication for Professionals 3
ENG 656 Teacher Research in the Writing Classroom 3
Capstone Course
Choose 1 Credit(s).
Consult with your advisor. CMST 650 is required if selecting CMST 694 or CMST 697. Only one discipline is required.

CMST 650 Capstone Prospectus 0
CMST 694 Alternate Plan Paper 1-2
CMST 697 Internship 1-12
ENG 694 Alternate Plan Paper 1-2
ENG 698 Internship 1-6

 

Course Descriptions

ENG 503 (2-4) Selected Authors

Content changes. May be repeated.

ENG 510 (1-4) 21st Century Literature

Study of literature from the 21st century, with an emphasis on how these works reflect contemporary concerns.

ENG 512 (4) Arab American Literature

The course will begin by discussing major issues in the field of Arab American Studies, the history of immigration and citizenship, the formation of a literary canon, and developments in Arab American writing. Students will learn about the waves of immigration in the 1880s through the 1920s, the literary communities that formed, and their contemporary legacy. The course will enable the students to better comprehend the historical and cultural contexts in which Arab American literature and art has evolved and the diverse perspectives of individual writers and artists.

ENG 525 (2-4) Topics in Children's Literature

Topics in genres such as fantasy and historical fiction and thematic topics such as survival or journeys. May be repeated with different subject matter.

ENG 526 (2-4) Selected Periods

Selected periods of literary study.

ENG 532 (2-4) Selected Studies: Novel

Content changes. May be repeated.

ENG 533 (4) Selected Studies in World Literature

Topics on themes, issues, and developments in genres of the literatures of the world. Content changes. May be repeated.

ENG 535 (2-4) The World Novel

A study of selected novels from a variety of time periods and cultures, including Eastern and Western Europe, Asia, Africa, and Latin America.

ENG 536 (2-4) Native American Literature

This course surveys the earliest Native American literary works, from oral tradition and songs to contemporary works and authors, with a particular emphasis on tribal and cultural contexts that identify these works as Native American.

ENG 538 (2-4) African American Literature

This course surveys the earliest African American literary works, including slave narratives, poetry, folklore, and oration, through the 20th century movements such as the Jazz Age, Harlem Renaissance, and the Black Arts movements of the 1960s, to contemporary works and authors.

ENG 542 (4) Advanced Creative Nonfiction Workshop

Advanced workshop in writing personal essays and literary journalism.
Prerequisite: writing course or consent of instructor

ENG 543 (4) Advanced Fiction Workshop

An advanced course in writing short stories and novels.
Prerequisite: writing course or consent of instructor

ENG 544 (4) Advanced Poetry Workshop

An advanced course in writing poems.
Prerequisite: writing course or consent of instructor

ENG 545 (4) Advanced Critical Writing Workshop

An advanced course in writing critical essays.
Prerequisite: writing course or consent of instructor

ENG 546 (4) Screenwriting

Introduction to writing for the screen
Prerequisite: writing course or consent of instructor

ENG 549 (2-4) Topics in Creative Writing Form and Technique

Topics in Creative Writing Form and Technique will be a variable-title course that explores special topics relating to the technical mastery of one or more creative genres, or the technical achievement of one or more practitioners. May be repeated with different topics.

ENG 553 (4) Topics in Rhetoric and Composition

Topics in Rhetoric and Composition will be a variable title course that explores special topics relating to the theory, history, and practice of one or more areas within rhetoric and composition.

ENG 554 (4) Persuasive Writing on Public Issues

Advanced writing course emphasizing major contemporary public issues. Practice in and study of: the logic by which writers construct arguments; the various means that writers use to persuade an audience; the conventions of evidence, claims, and argument in persuasive discourses.

ENG 555 (0-4) Advanced Writing Workshop

Advanced interdisciplinary writing emphasizes critical reading and thinking, argumentative writing, library research, and documentation of sources in an academic setting. Practice and study of selected rhetorics of inquiry employed in academic disciplines preparing students for different systems of writing.

ENG 561 (2-4) World Literature for Children and Young Adults

Selected works of literature for students in grades 5-12 from a variety of countries and cultures.

(F, S, Summer) On demand

ENG 562 (4) Document Design

Addresses theories of design and teaches students design strategies in typography, graphics, tables, color, and information architecture that will subsequently be applied to documents.

ENG 563 (4) Adolescent Literature

A survey of literature for students in grades 5 - 12, fiction and nonfiction, and methods of teaching this literature.

ENG 564 (3) Teaching Literature in Middle School

Survey of books suitable for the Middle School classroom, covering a variety of topics and genres.

ENG 566 (4) Usability

Introduces students to theories of usability and teaches students various methods to evaluate design for usability including heuristic evaluations, card-sorting, task-based evaluations, and fieldwork.

ENG 567 (1-4) International Technical Communication

Students learn how to research and write technical information for multiple cultures, both locally and internationally

ENG 569 (4) Project Management in Technical Communication

This course is designed to introduce students to technical project management. This introduction is achieved through participation in a simulated project management experience. Assignments include standard documentation associated with project management and reflective writing.

ENG 571 (4) Visual Technical Communication

Analysis and training focused on concepts and practices of visual design as they relate to technical and professional communication.

ENG 572 (1-4) Topics in Technical Communication

Topics in theory and practice of technical communication. Hands-on course which implements the theories discussed. May be repeated with different subject matter.

ENG 573 (4) Desktop Publishing

Overview of publishing and typography, conventions of desktop publishing, and hardware and software application tools for desktop publishing. Students need not have prior experience with DTP, but some word processing and microcomputer experience will be helpful. Course will meet in both PC and Macintosh labs.

ENG 574 (4) Research and Writing Technical Reports

Practice in writing various types of reports for a variety of purposes and audiences. Includes study of primary and secondary research methods.
Prerequisite: ENG 271 or equivalent

ENG 575 (4) Editing Technical Publications

Editing the content, organization, format, style, and mechanics of documents; managing the production cycle of documents, and discovering and learning microcomputer and software applications for technical editing tasks.

ENG 576 (4) Online Documentation

Introduction to the conventions and strategies for publishing on-line documentation and for managing on-line documentation projects. Topics include analyzing users and tasks, designing and writing documents to be published on-line, testing on-line documents, and managing on-line documentation projects.

ENG 577 (4) Technical Documentation, Policies, & Procedures

Creating both on-line and hard copy documentation for products, with emphasis on computer software and hardware documentation. Attention also to policies and procedures as written for a range of uses (e.g., employee handbooks and manufacturing processes) and to usability testing.

ENG 581 (3) History of English Language

The development of English from its origins as a dialect of Proto-Indo-European to its current form, with consideration of its social history as well as its formal development.

ENG 582 (4)  Teaching English Pronunciation and Discourse 

The English sound system and English discourse structures studied for the purpose of discovering how they can be taught to students of English as a second or foreign language. 

ENG 584 (4) Pedagogical Grammar andAcademic English

Investigation of English grammatical structures and the features of Academic English for the purposes of understanding their use and of teaching them to speakers of English as a second or foreign language.

ENG 585 (4) Language and Culture in tesol

A consideration of the cultural issues encountered by teachers of English as a second or foreign language in the U.S. and abroad.

ENG 586 (4) Theories of Teaching ESL

Introduction to theories of second language acquisition, focusing on some of the major theories in this field, including individual and sociocultural factors in language learning, as well as practical issues and applications of theory in a wide range of settings.

ENG 587 (4 ) Methods of Teaching ESL

Examines the integration of skills, including listening, speaking, reading, writing, and vocabulary use in a variety of contexts, e.g. K-12, adult, higher education, ESL, EFL.

ENG 589 (4) Policies and Programs in ESL

This course describes state and federal legislation affecting ESL; identification, assessment, placement, and tracking of English Language Learners in the K-12 context; current models of ESL program delivery; and Minnesota State Standards and standardized testing.

ENG 590 (1-4) Topics in tesol

Topics in learning and teaching English as a Second/Foreign Language. May be repeated for credit.

ENG 592 (2-4) Selected Topics

Topics in literary study. May be repeated with change of topic.

ENG 594 (1-6) English Workshop

Specialized workshops in topics such as computer-assisted writing, teaching the writing of poetry in the secondary school, or discipline-specific writing.

ENG 595 (1-4) Special Studies

Specialized, in-depth study of topics such as Holocaust literature, environmental literature, or regional literature. May be repeated with different subject matter.

ENG 603 (3) Sem: Selected Authors

Studies in selected authors in British, American, Multicultural, or World Literature. May be repeated with different subject matter.

ENG 605 (3) Sem: Shakespeare

Study of works of Shakespeare, including comedies, histories, tragedies, tragicomedies, and some shorter poetic works, including sonnets.

ENG 606 (3) British Literary History and Criticism

The course focuses on the major writers, genres and periods in British literature with an emphasis on historical and critical trends in order to provide an analytical framework that will support subsequent work. Must be taken during the student's first year in the program.

ENG 607 (3) American Literary History and Criticism

This course is designed to give first-year graduate students a foundation in American literary history and criticism. The course focuses on the major writers, genres and periods in American literature with an emphasis on historical and critical trends in order to provide an analytical framework that will support subsequent work. Must be taken during the student's first year in the program.

ENG 608 (3) Sem: British Literature to 1800

Studies in topics/periods in British Literature to 1800. Emphasizes close readings of primary works, analysis of pertinent secondary works, detailed class discussion, and analytical writing. May be repeated with different subject matter.

ENG 609 (3) Sem: British Literature after 1800

Studies in topics/periods in British Literature after 1800. Emphasizes close readings of primary works, analyzing pertinent secondary works, detailed class discussion, and analytical writing. May be repeated with different subject matter.

ENG 610 (3) Sem: American Literature to 1865

Analysis of topics/periods in American Literature before 1865. Emphasizes close reading of primary works, analysis of pertinent secondary works, detailed class discussion, and analytical writing. May be repeated with different subject matter.

ENG 611 (3) Sem: American Literature after 1865

Analysis of topics/periods in modern and contemporary American Literature, i.e. fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and drama. Emphasizes close reading of primary works, analysis of pertinent secondary works, detailed class discussion, and analytical writing. May be repeated with different subject matter.

ENG 612 (3) Sem: Gender in Literature

Study of selected works about gender and gendered experiences up through the present with attention to gender and sexuality within cultural contexts. May be repeated with different subject matter.

ENG 618 (3) Seminar: Multicultural American Literature

Studies in selected authors, topics, or periods of American multicultural literatures, particularly those of Native American, African American, Chicano/Latino American, and Asian American groups. Emphasizes close readings of primary works, analyzing secondary sources, and analytical writing. May be repeated with different subject matter.

ENG 622 (3) Workshop for Composition Teaching Assistants 

Continued workshop in composition pedagogy for first-year teaching assistants.

ENG 623 (3) Theory and Practice of University-Level ESL Teaching

Study of current theories and practices in Teaching English as a Second Language (tesol) with practical application to university-level English as a Second Language (ESL) courses.

ENG 625 (3) Seminar: Composition Theory

Introduction to the major theories of the nature of composition and their pedagogical application.

ENG 627 (3) Research Seminar in tesol

Provides students with an opportunity to be immersed in the research process and to select, organize, analyze, synthesize and present research. Supports students' development of theses and alternate plan papers.

ENG 629 (3) Second Language Literacy Development

Study of literacy from a socioliterate perspective. Intended to promote acquisition of multiple literacies.

ENG 630 (2-3) Studies in Language & Literature

Topics in a broad range of English studies. May be repeated with different subject matter.

ENG 633 (3) Second Language Acquisition

Study of how languages other than one's mother tongue are learned.

ENG 634 (3) Topics in tesol

Topics in the area of teaching English as a second language. May be repeated with a different subject matter.

ENG 635 (3) Sem: World Literature

Studies in selected national literature or in topics/periods of world literature. May be repeated with different subject matter.

ENG 537 (2-4) Latina/o Literature 

This course surveys the origins and development of Chicana/o and Latina/o literature, from oral narratives, early poetry, and narrative fiction and memoirs, through the Chicano Movement and the emergence of Chicana/o literature and drama. The course also examines contemporary Chicana/o and Latina/o narrative fiction, including issues related to im/migration, the urban experience, Chicana/o and Latina/o subjectivity, and the reappropriation and reinterpretation of myths, legends, and cultural figures in transnational context. 

ENG 639 (3) Form and Technique in Creative Nonfiction

Study of the underpinnings of creative nonfiction.

ENG 640 (3) Form and Technique in Fiction

Study of the underpinnings of fiction.

ENG 641 (3) Form and Technique in Poetry

Study of the technical underpinnings of poetry.

ENG 642 (3) Creative Nonfiction Workshop

Workshop in writing personal essays and literary journalism.
Prerequisite: consent of instructor

ENG 643 (3) Fiction Workshop

Workshop in fiction writing.
Prerequisite: consent of instructor

ENG 644 (3) Poetry Workshop

Workshop in poetry writing.
Prerequisite: consent of instructor

ENG 645 (3) Multi-genre Creative Writing Workshop

This course is a creative writing workshop for English or non-English graduate students who are not currently admitted to the MFA program.

ENG 646 (3) Contemporary Prose

Study and analysis of selected works in fiction and nonfiction since 1945.

ENG 647 (3) Contemporary Poetry

Study and analysis of poetry since 1945.

ENG 649 (1-3) Topics in Creative Writing

Topics relating to creative writing. May be repeated with different subject matter.

ENG 651 (3) Bibliography & Research

Cornerstone course of MA English Literature: Literature and MA English: English Studies options, covering research and critical writing strategies for master's level and professional work in the field. Enables students to develop a concrete focus for the thesis (Literature and English Studies) or alternate plan paper proposal (English Studies).

ENG 654 (3) Teaching College-Level Literature

This course examines the teaching of literature across collegiate levels and is designed for English graduate students. It is both practical and theoretical, examining topics such as: the purposes for teaching literature and teaching critical thinking; pedagogical approaches for teaching literature; and designing syllabi, lesson plans, and assignments. We will explore these topics through a variety of texts and perspectives. Assignments will include creating syllabi and lesson plans, reviewing scholarship on a particular topic related to the teaching of literature, and a conference paper on some aspect of the teaching of literature.

ENG 655 (3) Topics in Teaching Writing

This course will examine current instructional practices used to teach writing in academic settings. The grade-level focus of the course ("middle/high school" or "college") will change each time it is offered.

Variable

ENG 656 (3) Teacher Research in the Writing Classroom

This course will introduce methods of inquiry-based research for investigating writing practices and pedagogy; this research could be conducted in classrooms for the purpose of improving teaching practices, students’ learning, and/or institutional curricular design and practices.  

ENG 657 (3) Teaching Writing with Literature

This course will explore the theoretical and practical implications of integrating literature into the composition classroom.

Variable

ENG 658 (3) Seminar: Argumentation Theory

Argumentation is the study of how people justify their acts, beliefs, attitudes, and values, and influence the thought and actions of others, by providing good reasons for the claims they make. This subfield includes both descriptive study (what do people consider to be good reasons and what are they doing when they offer what they take to be justifications?) and normative investigation (under what circumstances should claims be considered justified?). This course addresses argumentation in general and argumentation in specific contexts such as law, business, science, religion, and public affairs, as well as the teaching of argumentation. 

ENG 661 (2-3) Topics in Children's & Young Adult Literature

Topics of interest to the teacher or professional working in the field of children's and young adult literature. May be repeated with different subject matter.

ENG 662 (2-3) Topics in English Education

Topics such as writing assessment, teaching poetry, and teaching writing in the secondary schools. May be repeated with different subject matter.

ENG 670 (1-3) Independent Writing

Individualized study in writing. (Creative writing majors may take up to 3 credits total.)

ENG 671 (3) Seminar: Literary Theory and Criticism

Advanced study of theories of literature and its production and use.

ENG 672 (3) Research & Publication in Creative Writing

Exploration of the business of creative writing and the tools for writing and research in the field.

ENG 673 (3) Research & Theory Technical Communications

Seminar for students engaged in conducting a major research project in the technical communication field. Emphasizes theoretical approaches to research, development and implementation of the individual research project, and presentation and publication opportunities in professional writing.

ENG 674 (1-3) Topics in Technical Communication

Topics relating to rhetorical theory in the workplace, including examination of how workplace cultures shape writing assumptions and approaches. May be repeated with different subject matter.

ENG 675 (3) Technical Communication for STEM Professionals

Technical communication course designed specifically for STEM industry professionals or students in PSM programs; emphasis on development of technical communication skills and expertise needed for business- and industry-specific documents and presentations for internal or external audiences.

ENG 676 (3) Instructional Design for Technical Communicators

Examination of instructional design principles and models, including research in theory and practice of instructional design for technical communicators in academic and industry settings.

ENG 677 (1-4) Individual Study

Focused study on a topic not covered in regularly scheduled courses.

ENG 678 (3) Technical & Scientific Prose

Analysis of fiction and literary nonfiction that treats technical and scientific themes.

ENG 679 (3) Rhetorical Theory Applied to Technical Documents

Rhetorical theory applied to technical documents, including an examination of how workplace cultures shape writing assumptions and approaches.

ENG 680 (3) Proposals

Theory and practice in the development and production of proposals, focusing on the researching, writing, and management of proposals by technical communicators.

ENG 681 (3) User Experience

 User experience is a more holistic, contextualized approach to understanding an individual’s encounter with technologies, systems, and documents. The course addresses theory, research findings, case studies, and methods for conducting user experience research.

ENG 686 (3) Second Language Assessment 

Introduction to language tests and other forms of language assessment that measure various language abilities. 

ENG 688 (1-4) Portfolio

This course will involve the preparation of a portfolio in consultation with the instructor.

ENG 689 (3) Studies in English Sociolinguistics and Pragmatics

Studies in English Sociolinguistics and Pragmatics

ENG 691 (1-3) Colloquium

Advanced studies in language, literature, film, or theory. Permission required.

ENG 694 (1-2) Alternate Plan Paper

Independent capstone experience, focusing on secondary research sources; paper may have other guidelines specific to the program option.

ENG 696 (3) Capstone Course in Technical Communication

Capstone course in which students research and write an article-length document that may serve as the basis of a professional publication or presentation. All documents will go through a formal review process including peer review, SME review, and editorial review.

ENG 698 (1-6) Internship

On-site field experience, the nature of which is determined by the specific needs of the student's program option.

ENG 699 (1-4) Thesis

Independent capstone experience, guidelines of which are determined by the requirements of a particular program option.

FILM 516 (4) Film Theory & Criticism

Trends in film theory and criticism. Practice in critical analysis.

FILM 593 (1-4) Topics in Film Studies

Topic-oriented course in film studies. May be repeated with change of topic.

FILM 698 (1-6) Internship

On-site field experience, the nature of which is determined by the specific needs of the students program plan. May be repeated with change in topic. Pre: Consent of Instructor 

FILM 699 (1-4) Individual Study

Extensive reading, research, writing and/or film production in an area for which the student has had basic preparation. May be repeated with change of topic. Pre: Consent of instructor.