Course Information

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ENGL500 Intro to the Field of Rhetoric and Writing
This course surveys key texts, current trends and critical questions in the field of rhetoric and composition studies. Using primary debates within the field as a focus, the course explores the complex relationships between rhetorical theory and pedagogical practice, and the effect of both on the writing process and the teaching of writing, particularly in digital and multimodal environments.
ENGL501 Writing Theory and Pedagogy
In this course, through discussion and close analysis of readings, students will become familiar with current theories, issues and debates concerning both the processes of writing and the teaching of high school and college writing. Throughout the course, students will be asked to continually reflect upon their own experiences as writers (and appropriate as teachers) in relation to the readings in order to develop an informed position about writing theory and pedagogy.
ENGL502 Digital Media and Composition
This course introduces students to writing in digital environments though emphasizes a user-centered approach to web site design and content development. Topics covered include theories of digital writing, the relationship between traditional forms and emerging forms of writing, and the relationship between design and writing.
ENGL503 Language and Writing
This course examines the influence of language on written communication within the secondary and postsecondary English classroom and within digital environments. Specifically, it will investigate teaching grammar in the context of writing and other linguistic-based approaches to the teaching of writing and multimodal compositions.
ENGL504 Classical Rhetorical Theory
This course provides an introduction to classical rhetoric grounded in Greco-Roman antiquity and texts and themes that constitute "the rhetorical tradition." Readings for the course include primary texts by Greek and Roman classical speakers/writers as well as secondary readings on ancient rhetoric, connections to medieval and Renaissance rhetoric, and classical links to a multimodal rhetorical tradition.
ENGL505 Contemporary Rhetorical Theory
This course focuses on modern/contemporary rhetorical theories from the Englightenment to the present by tracing the influence of the rhetorical tradition on current writing practices in various contexts, including their relationship to digital writing and multimodal discourse.
ENGL506 Digital Writing Research Methods
This course explores research methods of writing using digital data collection as well as methodologies of digital writing research. Topics include ethical issues related to fair use, human subjects and institutional review board policies; distribution of research findings in digital archives and online publications; and the relationship between traditional quantitative and qualitative writing research methods and digital environments.
ENGL507 Graduate Study in Writing
This course focuses on teaching students to write more effectively through study of writing practices effective writers use, including the study of digital technologies used to execute, manage and disseminate writing. As part of the course, students will develop an electronic portfolio to display, study and share professional writing projects.
ENGL512 Composition Internship
This internship provides supervised teaching experience in the first-year writing program (ENGL 104 or 106) as preparation for teaching in dual enrollment programs or at the college level. Students will teach three courses per year under the direction of the Director of Writing and will enroll in ENGL 512 for each semester of teaching. As part of this internship, students will develop course syllabi, course assignments, evaluate student essays and meet weekly with an ENGL 512 cohort. Students will also be observed twice each semester of teaching.
ENGL550 Topics in Rhetoric & Composition
This course will focus on special issues within the field of rhetoric and composition studies. It may be repeated, provided the topics are different.
ENGL551 Topics in Literature and Writing
This course will focus on special issues within the field of literature that focus on writing. It may be repeated, provided the topics are different.
ENGL552 Topics in Tech & Scientific Wrtg
This course will focus on special issues within the field of technical and/or scientific writing. It may be repeated provided the topics are different.
ENGL553 Topics in Creative Writing
This course will focus on special issues within the field of creative writing. It may be repeated, provided the topics are different.
ENGL600 Thesis: Proposal & Lit. Review
Prerequisite: successful completion of 18 semester hours This course is the first in a two course sequence required for all students as part of the preparation for the thesis requirement. In ENGL 600, students will prepare for a thesis topic, and once the topic is approved by the adviser, write the literature review section of the thesis.
ENGL601 Thesis: Writing & Oral Defense
Prerequisite: ENGL 600 This course is the second in a two course sequence required for all students as part of the preparation for the thesis requirement. In ENGL 601, students revise the proposal developed in ENGL 600 into the introduction chapter for the thesis and develop the remaining sections of the thesis based on findings from the literature review completed in ENGL 600. In addition the student will defend the thesis project in an oral defense. Both the oral defense and the thesis must be completed no later than 30 days before the end of the semester in which ENGL 601 is taken.