English

Campus Address: 479 Lucas Hall
Web Site: http://www.umsl.edu/divisions/artscience/english/
Main Number: 314-516-5541
Fax Number: 314-516-5781

General Information

Degrees and Areas of Concentration

The English department offers or participates in offering the B.A. in English, the B.A. in English with certification for secondary teaching, and the B.S. in secondary education with an emphasis area in English. The department also offers a minor in English. Additionally, students with any major in the university may earn a Certificate in Writing so that they may demonstrate evidence of training in creative, journalistic, or technical writing.

The department has a graduate program leading to the Master of Arts degree. Students may pursue a literature track where they acquire a broad coverage in British and American writers or a writing track where half of the course work deals with composition and writing theory. The department also offers the Master of Fine Arts in creative writing, in which half of the courses are writing workshops and independent writing projects. In addition, the department of English participates in a Graduate Certificate in the Teaching of Writing.

Learning Outcomes

Recipients of the undergraduate degree will demonstrate the following outcomes:

  • Demonstrate advanced skills in reading and analyzing texts and a knowledge of literary and rhetorical terms and concepts.
  • Demonstrate mastery of content in at least three specific fields in language, literature, and written literacy.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of historical and critical context for these fields and the relevance to them of a variety of critical approaches.
  • Understand the role played by gender, race, class, and ethnicity (where appropriate) in language, literature, and literacy.
  • Demonstrate the ability to write clear analytical essays incorporating both primary textual evidence and secondary scholarly and critical sources.

Departmental Honors

Candidates for departmental honors in English must achieve a 3.2 average in English at graduation and complete an undergraduate or graduate seminar in English, the final paper for which must be acceptable to the instructor as an honors thesis.

Career Outlook

In addition to traditional employment as teachers at the primary, secondary, and community-college levels, recent UMSL graduates in English are working in journalism, editing, advertising, public relations, and other fields that place a premium upon creation and interpretation of the written word. Numerous recent English majors have successfully entered law school.

Undergraduate Studies

General Education Requirements

All undergraduate english majors must meet the university and college general education requirements.

English courses may be used to meet the university's humanities requirement, except for the following:

ENGL 1100First-Year Writing3
ENGL 1110First-Year Writing For International Students3
ENGL 2120Topics In Writing3
ENGL 2810Traditional Grammar3
ENGL 3090Writing about Literature3
ENGL 3100Junior-Level Writing3
ENGL 3110Junior Level Writing For International Students3
ENGL 3120Business Writing3
ENGL 3130Technical Writing3
ENGL 3140News Writing3
ENGL 3150Feature Writing3
ENGL 3160Writing In The Sciences3
ENGL 3180Reporting3
ENGL 4860Editing3
ENGL 4880Writing For Teachers3
ENGL 4890Writing Internship3
Total Hours48

The college's foreign language requirement may be met in any language.

Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory Option

A maximum of 6 satisfactory/unsatisfactory hours may be taken in the department. Majors must complete at least 18 graded (i.e., not satisfactory/unsatisfactory) hours in English courses at the 3000 level or above with a grade point of 2.0 or better in these courses.

English majors may take any English course on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis except the following:

ENGL 1100First-Year Writing3
ENGL 1110First-Year Writing For International Students3
ENGL 3090Writing about Literature3
ENGL 3100Junior-Level Writing3
ENGL 3110Junior Level Writing For International Students3
ENGL 3120Business Writing3
ENGL 3130Technical Writing3
ENGL 3140News Writing3
ENGL 3150Feature Writing3
ENGL 3160Writing In The Sciences3
ENGL 3180Reporting3
ENGL 4860Editing3
ENGL 4880Writing For Teachers3
SEC ED 4885The Curriculum And Methods Of Teaching English3
ENGL 4890Writing Internship3

Degree Requirements

Bachelor of Arts in English

English majors must complete at least 39, but no more than 48, hours in English exclusive of:

ENGL 1100First-Year Writing3
ENGL 1110First-Year Writing For International Students3
ENGL 3090Writing about Literature3

 Students majoring in English must take:
 

ENGL 2310English Literature Before 17903
ENGL 2320English Literature After 17903
ENGL 2710American Literature Before 18653
ENGL 2720American Literature After 18653
Plus one of the following:
Contemporary World Literature
Introduction To Poetry
Introduction To Drama

 

Work in 2000-level course provides background in literary history and forms, as well as the means for discussing literary issues, on paper and orally. Thus:
 

  • ENGL 2310 or consent of instructor is a prerequisite or corequisite for all 4000-level courses in British literature before 1790.
  • ENGL 2320 or consent of instructor is a prerequisite of corequisite for all 4000-level courses in British Literature after 1790.
  • ENGL 2710 or consent of instructor is a prerequisite or corequisite for all 4000-level courses in American Literature to 1865
  • ENGL 2720 or consent of instructor is a prerequisite or corequisite for all 4000-level courses in American literature after 1865.
  • Both ENGL 2710 and ENGL 2720 or consent of instructor are prerequisites or corequisites for ENGL 4650.
  • All survey courses should be taken before the major has completed 90 hours toward a degree.
  1. ENGL 2810, Traditional Grammar (Students with sufficient background may gain exemption from the ENGL 2810 requirement by passing the English-Education Test of Basic Grammar. This test may be taken only twice.)
  2. ENGL 3090, Practical Criticism: Writing About Literature. (For English majors, this course is a prerequisite or corequisite for 4000-level courses in English.)
  3. Upper Division Courses
    1. Six courses (18 hours) are required at the 4000 level. Students majoring in English must take all of these hours in residence and maintain a GPA of 2.0 or better, or receive a special consent of the department.
    2. Within the six courses listed above, three courses must fulfill distribution requirements: one course (3 hours) in British literature before 1790, one course (3 hours) in British literature after 1790, and one course (3 hours) in American literature.
    3. If a student elects to pursue an emphasis area (EA) or areas, 3 courses (9 hours) at the 3000/4000 level are required within each emphasis area (EA). Only 1 of these courses (3 hours) may be at the 3000 level.
    4. A student may not use the same course to satisfy both a distribution requirement and an emphasis area (EA).
    5. In the list of 3000/4000-level courses, those courses that count in one or another emphasis area are indicated with an asterisk*.

Distribution Requirements

Distribution Requirement: British Literature to 1790
Select one of the following:3
Chaucer
Medieval English Literature
Sixteenth-Century Poetry and Prose
Early Seventeenth Century Poetry And Prose
Milton
Shakespeare: Tragedies And Romances
Shakespeare: Comedies And Histories
Age Of Dryden And Pope
The Eighteenth-Century English Novel
English Women Writers, 1300-1750
Distribution Requirement: British Literature after 1790
Select one of the following:3
Early Romantic Poetry And Prose
Later Romantic Poetry And Prose
The Nineteenth-Century English Novel
Novels into Films: The Nineteenth Century
Prose And Poetry Of The Victorian Period
Literature Of The Late Nineteenth And Early Twentieth Centuries
Modern British Fiction
Austen And The Brontes
Women Heroes And Romantic Tales
Distribution Requirement: American Literature
Select one of the following:3
Selected Major American Writers I
Selected Major American Writers II
American Fiction To World War I
Modern American Fiction
Poetry Since World War II
Total Hours9

Emphasis Areas (EA) 

British Literature Emphasis Area
ENGL 4260Chaucer3
ENGL 4270Medieval English Literature3
ENGL 4320Sixteenth-Century Poetry and Prose3
ENGL 4340Early Seventeenth Century Poetry And Prose3
ENGL 4350Milton3
ENGL 4370Shakespeare: Tragedies And Romances3
ENGL 4380Shakespeare: Comedies And Histories3
ENGL 4420Age Of Dryden And Pope3
ENGL 4450The Eighteenth-Century English Novel3
ENGL 4510Early Romantic Poetry And Prose3
ENGL 4520Later Romantic Poetry And Prose3
ENGL 4540The Nineteenth-Century English Novel3
ENGL 4550Novels into Films: The Nineteenth Century3
ENGL 4560Prose And Poetry Of The Victorian Period3
ENGL 4580Literature Of The Late Nineteenth And Early Twentieth Centuries3
ENGL 4750Modern British Fiction3
ENGL 4770Modern Poetry (also American EA) *3
ENGL 4930Studies In Gender And Literature (also Women’s/Gender EA) *3
ENGL 4931English Women Writers, 1300-17503
ENGL 4932Female Gothic (also Women’s/Gender EA) *3
ENGL 4935Women Heroes And Romantic Tales3
ENGL 4936Tales Of The Islamic East (also Ethnic/World EA) *3
ENGL 4950Special Topics In Literature (with at least 50% British emphasis)3
American Literature Emphasis Area
ENGL 4060Adolescent Literature (also Ethnic World EA) *3
ENGL 4610Selected Major American Writers I3
ENGL 4620Selected Major American Writers II3
ENGL 4640American Fiction To World War I3
ENGL 4650Modern American Fiction3
ENGL 4740Poetry Since World War II3
ENGL 4770Modern Poetry (also British EA) *3
ENGL 4938American Women Poets Of The 20Th/21St Centuries (also Women/Gender EA) *3
ENGL 4950Special Topics In Literature (with at least 50% American emphasis)3
Ethnic and World Literature Emphasis Area
ENGL 4060Adolescent Literature (also American EA) *3
ENGL 4760Modern Drama3
ENGL 4920Major Works Of European Fiction3
ENGL 4936Tales Of The Islamic East (also British EA) *3
ENGL 4950Special Topics In Literature (with at least 50% Ethnic/World emphasis)3
Women’s and Gender Studies Emphasis Area
ENGL 3800Topics In Women And Literature3
ENGL 4930Studies In Gender And Literature (also British EA) *3
ENGL 4932Female Gothic (also British EA) *3
ENGL 4934Austen And The Brontes3
ENGL 4938American Women Poets Of The 20Th/21St Centuries (also American EA) *3
Language and Writing Emphasis Area
ENGL 3140News Writing3
ENGL 3150Feature Writing3
ENGL 3160Writing In The Sciences3
ENGL 3180Reporting3
ENGL 3280Public Relations Writing3
ENGL 4160Special Topics In Writing (with at least 50% writing studies emphasis)3
ENGL 4800Linguistics (also Theory/Criticism EA) *3
ENGL 4810English Grammar3
ENGL 4820History Of The English Language3
ENGL 4850Topics In The Teaching Of Writing1-3
ENGL 4860Editing3
ENGL 4880Writing For Teachers3
Creative Writing Emphasis Area
ENGL 3030Poetry Writing Workshop3
ENGL 3040Fiction Writing Workshop: Narrative Techniques3
ENGL 4130Advanced Poetry Writing Workshop3
ENGL 4140Advanced Fiction Writing Workshop3
ENGL 4160Special Topics In Writing (with at least 50% creative writing emphasis)3
ENGL 4895Editing "Litmag3
Theory and Criticism Emphasis Area
ENGL 4030Contemporary Critical Theory3
ENGL 4050Forms And Modes Of Poetry3
ENGL 4080Narrative, Cognition, And Emotion3
ENGL 4160Special Topics In Writing (with at least 50% theory/criticism emphasis)3
ENGL 4800Linguistics (also Language/Writing EA) *3

*

Denotes course listed in two emphasis areas.

Students should consult with faculty advisers to determine which upper-level courses best satisfy their major needs and interests.

Bachelor of Arts in English with Certification for Secondary Education

All candidates for certification to teach English must enroll in a program in the College of Education involving Level I, Level II, and Level III coursework plus student teaching. See the Division of Teaching and Learning in this Bulletin for information.

In addition to the requirements for the B.A. in English, students must meet the following requirements for secondary certification:

Two courses in American literature. This requirement may be met by courses counted for the major.

American literature must include a unit or course in the literature of ethnic groups.

American literature must include a unit or course in literature for adolescents.

Twelve hours in composition and rhetoric:

ENGL 1100First-Year Writing (may be counted)3
ENGL 3090Writing about Literature (is required)3
ENGL/SEC ED 4880Writing For Teachers (is required)3
Recommended courses include creative writing, journalism, and business writing3
Total Hours12

English language requirements

  1. ENGL 2810, Traditional Grammar Students with sufficient background may gain exemption from the ENGL 2810 requirement by passing the English-Education Test of Basic Grammar. This test may be taken only twice. Certification candidates must pass ENGL 2810 or the Test of Basic Grammar before applying for student teaching.
  2. ENGL 4810, English Grammar
  3. ENGL 4800, Linguistics, or ENGL 4820, History of the English Language 

Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education with an Emphasis Area in English

All candidates for certification to teach English must enroll in a program in the College of Education involving Level I, Level II, and Level III coursework plus student teaching. See the Division of Teaching and Learning in this Bulletin for information.

The required courses in English and professional education are the same as those for the B.A. with certification for secondary education. However, students fulfill the general education requirements of the College of Education rather than those of the College of Arts and Sciences. For example, students seeking the B.S. in Education are not required to study a foreign language.

Certification to Teach Secondary Speech and Drama

All candidates for certification to teach Speech and Drama must enroll in a program in the College of Education involving Level I, Level II, and Level III coursework plus student teaching. See the Division of Teaching and Learning in this Bulletin for information.

In addition, undergraduates who wish to be certified to teach Speech and Drama must meet the requirements for a major in Communication as well as requirements set by the Theatre faculty.

Minor in English

A student may minor in English by taking at least 18 hours of English courses exclusive of Basic Writing, ENGL 1100, First Year Writing, and ENGL 1110, First Year Writing for International Students. ENGL 3090 is required, and 12 of the 18 hours must be in literature courses, 9 of which must be in courses at the 3000 or 4000 level. Every student taking a minor in English must consult with an adviser in the English department to ensure a coherent program of studies. The GPA in courses for the minor must be 2.0 or better. Nine of the 18 hours must be taken in residence at UMSL. No more than 3 hours taken on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis may be counted toward the 18-hour minimum.

Professional Writing Certificate

Students earn the Professional Writing Certificate by completing 18 hours in selected writing courses with a grade point average of 3.0 or better. Twelve of the 18 hours must be taken at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Courses may not be taken on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.

Students who wish to pursue a technical writing emphasis should contact the Coordinator for information about appropriate courses and internships.

Professional Writing Courses
MEDIA ST 2212Broadcast Writing And Reporting3
ENGL/MEDIA ST 2080Advertising Copywriting3
ENGL 3140/MEDIA ST 3214News Writing3
ENGL/MEDIA ST 3150Feature Writing3
ENGL 3180Reporting3
ENGL 3280/MEDIA ST 2228Public Relations Writing3
ENGL 4160Special Topics In Writing3
ENGL 4810English Grammar3
ENGL 4850Topics In The Teaching Of Writing1-3
ENGL 4860Editing3
ENGL 4870Advanced Business And Technical Writing3
ENGL 4880Writing For Teachers3
Academic Writing Courses
ENGL 2120Topics In Writing3
ENGL 2810Traditional Grammar3
ENGL 3090Writing about Literature3
ENGL 3100Junior-Level Writing3
HONORS 3100Honors Advanced Composition: Writing The City3
ENGL 3110Junior Level Writing For International Students3
ENGL 3120Business Writing3
ENGL 3130Technical Writing3
ENGL 3160Writing In The Sciences3
Creative Writing Courses
Students may take up to 2 creative writing courses.
ENGL 2040Beginning Fiction Writing3
ENGL 3030Poetry Writing Workshop3
ENGL 3040Fiction Writing Workshop: Narrative Techniques3
ENGL 4130Advanced Poetry Writing Workshop3
ENGL 4140Advanced Fiction Writing Workshop3
ENGL 4895Editing "Litmag3
Capstone Course
ENGL 4890Writing Internship (Required. Usually taken as the last course in the program. Must include an extensive final project.)3
ENGL 4892Independent Writing Project3

When the student has completed requirements for the certificate, the coordinator will notify the university registrar and the college from which the student will graduate. Upon the student’s graduation, completion of the Professional Writing Certificate will be noted on the official transcript and a certificate will be mailed to the student’s residence. Students who have graduated before completing the Professional Writing Certificate will receive the certificate in the mail and will have the certificate entered on their official transcripts.

Creative Writing Certificate

Students earn the Certificate in Writing by completing 18 hours in selected writing courses with a grade point average of 3.0 or better. Twelve of the 18 hours must be taken at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Courses may not be taken on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.

Students in the creative writing emphasis produce original fiction or poetry. Courses in creative nonfiction, editing, feature writing and copywriting may also be taken for this emphasis.

Students should choose courses for the certificate with the guidance of the Writing Certificate Coordinator. Students electing English 4890 as part of the certificate should meet with the coordinator to arrange the internship.

To receive this certificate, the student must take 18 hours chosen from the courses listed below.

Select at least two of the following courses (at least one must be a 4000-level course):6
Poetry Writing Workshop
Fiction Writing Workshop: Narrative Techniques
Advanced Poetry Writing Workshop
Advanced Fiction Writing Workshop
Editing "Litmag
2000-level Courses
Students may take no more than two 2000-level courses.
ENGL 2040Beginning Fiction Writing3
ENGL 2330Introduction To Poetry3
ENGL 2340Introduction To Drama3
Creative Writing Courses
ENGL 3030Poetry Writing Workshop3
ENGL 3040Fiction Writing Workshop: Narrative Techniques3
ENGL 3090Writing about Literature3
ENGL 3100Junior-Level Writing3
ENGL 4130Advanced Poetry Writing Workshop3
ENGL 4140Advanced Fiction Writing Workshop3
ENGL 4160Special Topics In Writing3
ENGL 4890Writing Internship3
ENGL 4892Independent Writing Project3
ENGL 4895Editing "Litmag3
Professional Writing Courses
Students are encouraged to take at least one professional writing course, but no more than two.
ENGL/MEDIA ST 2080Advertising Copywriting3
ENGL/MEDIA ST 3150Feature Writing3
ENGL 4860Editing3

Students may use ENGL 4895, ENGL 4890, ENGL 4140, or ENGL 4130 as their capstone course. If ENGL 4890 is used, it will be an internship in literary publishing, feature writing, or advertising copywriting. To use ENGL 4130 or ENGL 4140, the student must obtain the teacher’s permission and do extra work in the course. The Editing Litmag course, ENGL 4895, may also be used as the final course for this certificate.

When the student has completed requirements for the certificate, the coordinator will notify the university registrar and the college from which the student will graduate. Upon the student’s graduation, completion of the Creative Writing Certificate will be noted on the official transcript and a certificate will be mailed to the student’s residence. Students who have graduated before completing the Creative Writing Certificate will receive the certificate in the mail and will have the certificate entered on their official transcripts.

 

Technical Writing Emphasis

The technical writing emphasis provides a more career-specific strategy for students enrolled in the Writing Certificate program. The technical writing emphasis is composed of:

Required Courses
ENGL 3130Technical Writing3
ENGL 4860Editing3
ENGL 4890Writing Internship3
Electives
Select three of the following:9
Business Administration
Computers And Information Systems
Media
Internet Media
Computer Science
Introduction To Computing 1
English
Business Writing
News Writing
Feature Writing
Writing In The Sciences
Public Relations Writing
Writing Internship 3
Total Hours18
1

Prerequisite: MATH 1030, College Algebra

2

If ENGL 4890 is taken as requirement.

Graduate Studies

 

Admission Requirements

To enter the graduate program in English a candidate must satisfy the requirements both of the Graduate School and the Department of English. A candidate should have a bachelor’s degree, with at least 18 hours in English above the freshmen level, 12 of which must be in literature. Normally, only students with a grade point average of 3.0 in undergraduate English courses and an overall undergraduate average of 2.75 will be considered. Though the English department welcomes scores from the Graduate Record Aptitude Exam and letters of recommendation, it does not require either of these. (Students applying for Teaching Assistantships, please see “Financial Aid and Teaching Assistantships.”)

The graduate coordinator of the English Department with the advice of the graduate committee will use the undergraduate record and, and if available, the scores of the GRE general test as the basis for a decision. We welcome letters of recommendation from the applicant’s former English instructors and a sample of expository prose. Applications to the MA in English are considered at all times. However, because spaces in graduate courses are limited, it is strongly advised that prospective students submit their applications well before the semester begins in order to gain admission into their appropriate classes.

Teaching Assistantships

A number of teaching assistantships are available for qualified applicants. In addition to the undergraduate record and the scores on the GRE general test, applications should include two letters of recommendation from former English instructors. Applications should be submitted to the graduate coordinator of the English department no later than March 15 preceding the academic year for which the appointment is desired.

Degree Requirements

Master of Arts in English

In addition to the Graduate School requirements, students must complete at least 36 hours, 24 hours of which must be in 5000-level courses. Twelve hours may be taken in 4000-level courses approved by the department and Graduate School.

Required of both concentrations, literature and writing studies:

  • ENGL 5000: Introduction to Graduate Study in English. Focuses upon bibliography, research methods, and literary criticism. Should be taken at the outset of the program, for graduate (not undergraduate) credit.

Students who choose a literature track must also take at least one course in each of the following six areas:

  • Area 1, British literature before 1660
  • Area 2, British literature between 1660 and 1900
  • Area 3, Twentieth-century literature (British, American, post-colonial, or in translation)
  • Area 4, American literature
  • Area 5, Theories of writing, criticism, language, and/or culture
  • Area 6, Literature in translation study of a particular literary genre, or a course in another relevant discipline

Students who choose the writing studies track must take:

  • 18 hours in literature courses providing broad coverage rather than a narrow focus on a particular genre or historical period (ENGL 5000 constitutes three of these required literature credits)
  • 18 hours in writing studies courses (including ENGL 5840)

If students choose the thesis option (6 hours) they will take 15 hours in literature and 15 hours in writing studies.

Thesis Options

Students may elect the thesis option, which requires a total of 6 hours of thesis credit. The thesis will engage the student in sustained and self-motivated study through the processes of research, conferring with advisors, drafting and revising text. The thesis must be approved and assigned a grade by a thesis committee. The student will select a major professor who, after consulting with the chair and the graduate coordinator, will select two other members of the committee.

Literature Emphasis: The thesis should demonstrate original thought and substantial research and may be a critical study of literary works or a theoretical exploration of issues related to literature.

Writing Studies Emphasis: The final document will demonstrate significant familiarity with scholarship in Writing Studies through the critical analysis and clear synthesis of published research, observational data (where appropriate) and the student’s thoughts/views/reflections/positions. The thesis may be a critical study, theoretical exploration or descriptive assessment of fieldwork drawing on writing, language, rhetorical, socio-cultural or reading theories; literacy; and the history of writing instruction; composition pedagogies; technologies.

 

Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing

The application process is identical to that for the master of arts degree, with these exceptions: there is one annual deadline for all applications, Feb. 15; a writing sample is required (15-20 poems or 20-40 pages of fiction); the GRE test is required only if the applicant seeks financial aid or a teaching assistantship.

In addition to the Graduate School requirements, students must complete at least 39 hours, 30 of which must be in 5000-level courses. Nine hours may be taken in 4000-level courses approved by the department and Graduate School. Students will specialize in one genre, poetry or fiction. They must complete the following course work: 15 hours of workshops, three hours of literary journal editing (ENGL 5190), 3 hours of either ENGL 5170 or ENGL 5180 depending on specialization (fiction writers take ENGL 5170 and poets take ENGL 5180), 3 hours thesis (ENGL 6010). Total designated hours, 24. Any of the following can make up the remaining 15 hours, but we especially recommend the first three:

  1. ENGL 5180 for fiction writers and ENGL 5170 for poets, the opposite of the students’ specialization.
  2. A contemporary literature class offered by the MFA program or the MA program
  3. A composition theory course, recommended mainly for those who want to teach later
  4. another workshop
  5. ENGL 5190, literary journal editing, a second time
  6. Any other graduate level class in literature, linguistics, or composition offered by the Department of English
  7. 5200-MFA readings course, or an independent study-IF you can find someone to work with you.
  8. Up to 3 (9 hours) of 4000 level undergrad lit or linguistics classes offered by the Department of English, recommended especially for those without an English background.
  9. One three hour class outside the Department of English, at least a 4000 level, and with all needed permissions from both departments that will enhance the student’s writing.

Complete information may be found in The Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, available from the English department.

 

Graduate Certificate in the Teaching of Writing, Gateway Writing Project.

Jointly housed in the Division of Teaching and Learning and the Department of English, this Graduate Certificate prepares teachers at all levels (K-12, college, adult) to improve their students’ performance in writing. The program also emphasizes using writing as a means to promote learning in all content areas. All courses provide opportunities for teachers to write, revise, share feedback, and reflect on their own writing development. Based on the National Writing Project’s core belief that teachers of writing must themselves be writers, the Graduate Certificate in the Teaching of Writing brings together sound pedagogy, composition theory, and writing practice.

The Certificate is an 18-hour program through the Gateway Writing Project (GWP); it may also be coordinated with other graduate programs. Certificate courses may be applicable to the M.A. in English with emphasis in composition or to various M.Ed. programs. The GWP Certificate is especially appropriate for post-master’s candidates who wish to pursue a specialization in teaching writing. The Graduate Certificate in the Teaching of Writing requires a 12 semester-hour core of courses developed by the Gateway Writing Project: The GWP invitational institute (6 hrs), a designated “topics” course (3 hrs.), and an exit course (3 hrs.). The Certificate requires a minimum of 12 semester hours at the 5000 or 6000 level or above. Electives (6 hrs.) may be chosen from approved offerings in English or Education.

Admission

Applicants must be admitted to Graduate School and be selected by the faculty admissions committee for the Gateway Writing Project’s Certificate in the Teaching of Writing. The committee will review candidates on the basis of an interview, an application essay, and supporting documentation. Criteria include experience teaching writing at any level and academic record, especially in writing and the teaching of writing.

Prerequisites

 

ENGL/SEC ED 4880Writing For Teachers (or an equivalent course in teaching writing )3
Coursework or competency in basic computer application.

Required Core Courses

ENGL 4850/TCH ED 5850Topics In The Teaching Of Writing (designated topics)3
ENGL 6880Gateway Writing Project6
TCH ED 6890Seminar In Professional Writing For Teachers (exit course)3
Total Hours12

Electives

Electives may be chosen from other Gateway Writing Project offerings or from courses offered by the appropriate academic department with advisor’s approval. These electives must include at least one more 5000-6000 level course.

Electives6
Suggested electives applicable to an MA in English with writing emphasis:
Modern Linguistics
Theories Of Writing
Writing/Reading Theory
Composition Research
Teaching College Writing
Suggested electives applicable to an M.Ed. in Elementary or Secondary Education ELE:
Literacy Acquisition And Learning For Diverse Students
Problems And Research In Teaching Elementary School
Action Research In Education
Total Hours6

Courses in adult and higher education may also be appropriate. For complete information, see The GatewayWriting Project’s Graduate Certificate in Teaching Writing, available from the English Department, the Division of Teaching and Learning, and the GWP Director.

Sample Four Year Plan 

First Year
FallHoursSpringHours
INTDSC 100311Foreign Language 10025
ENGL 11003ENGL 27203
MATH 1020 or 10303ENGL 28103
Foreign Language 10015Elective or minor1
General Education3General Education 3
 15 15
Second Year
FallHoursSpringHours
ENGL 23203ENGL 23103
ENGL 2280, 2510, or 25203ENGL 27103
Foreign Language 21013General Education 9
General Education 3 
Elective or minor3 
 15 15
Third Year
FallHoursSpringHours
ENGL 30903ENGL British Literature after 1790 course3
General Education3ENGL America Literature course3
Elective or minor3ENGL Emphasis Area3
ENGL British Literature to 1790 course3Elective or minor6
ENGL emphasis area3 
 15 15
Fourth Year
FallHoursSpringHours
ENGL 4000+ level course3ENGL 4000+ level course3
ENGL emphasis area3ENGL emphasis area3
Elective or minor9Elective or minor9
 15 15
Total Hours: 120
1

INTDSC 1003 is required only for first-time freshmen and transfer students with less than 24 college credits.

Please Note: This plan is an example of what a four year plan could look like for a typical student. Placement exam scores in math as well as the completion of coursework may change the plan. It should not be used in the place of regular academic advising appointments. All students are encouraged to meet with their advisor each semester. All requirements are subject to change.

Courses in this section are grouped as follows: Composition; Language; Literature; and Special Offerings.

Composition Courses:

ENGL 1100 First-Year Writing: 3 semester hours

Integrates critical reading, writing, and thinking skills and studies actual writing practices. Sequenced reading and writing assignments build cumulatively to more complex assignments. Includes formal and informal writing, drafting and revising, editing for correctness, synthesizing source material, and documenting sources accurately. Fulfills 3 hours of the General Education requirement for Communicating Skills. Does not count toward the major in English.

ENGL 1110 First-Year Writing For International Students: 3 semester hours

Prerequisite: Essay proficiency test or a TOFEL score off 500 or above. Designed for any student whose first language is not English. Integrates critical reading, writing, and thinking skills and studies actual writing practices. Sequenced reading and writing assignments build cumulatively to more complex assignments. Includes formal and informal writing, drafting and revising, editing for correctness, synthesizing source material, and documenting sources accurately. Special attention given to verb tenses, idioms, articles, and syntax. Does not count toward the major in English. Substitutes for ENGL 1100 in all university requirements.

ENGL 3100 Junior-Level Writing: 3 semester hours

Prerequisites: ENGL 1100 or equivalent (3-6 credit hours) and 56 credit hours. Focuses on writing and literacies in various contexts. Builds on intellectual maturity, knowledge, and abilities gained through prior university studies. Enhances analytical, communicative, persuasive, and explanatory capabilities. Includes complex readings and research. Fulfills the university's requirement for a junior-level course in Communicative Skills. Counts toward the Certificate in Writing. May not be taken on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.

ENGL 3110 Junior Level Writing For International Students: 3 semester hours

Prerequisites: ENGL 1110 or equivalent (3-6 credit hours) and 56 credit hours. Designed for any student whose first language is not English. Builds on intellectual maturity, knowledge, and abilities gained through prior university studies. Enhances analytical, communicative, persuasive, and explanatory capabilities in contemporary American English. Includes formal research and documentation methods from a variety of fields. Emphasizes students' reading abilities, both comprehension and vocabulary. Fulfills the university's requirement for a junior-level course in Communicative Skills. Counts toward the Certificate in Writing. May not be taken on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.

Writing Courses:

ENGL 1100 First-Year Writing: 3 semester hours

Integrates critical reading, writing, and thinking skills and studies actual writing practices. Sequenced reading and writing assignments build cumulatively to more complex assignments. Includes formal and informal writing, drafting and revising, editing for correctness, synthesizing source material, and documenting sources accurately. Fulfills 3 hours of the General Education requirement for Communicating Skills. Does not count toward the major in English.

ENGL 1110 First-Year Writing For International Students: 3 semester hours

Prerequisite: Essay proficiency test or a TOFEL score off 500 or above. Designed for any student whose first language is not English. Integrates critical reading, writing, and thinking skills and studies actual writing practices. Sequenced reading and writing assignments build cumulatively to more complex assignments. Includes formal and informal writing, drafting and revising, editing for correctness, synthesizing source material, and documenting sources accurately. Special attention given to verb tenses, idioms, articles, and syntax. Does not count toward the major in English. Substitutes for ENGL 1100 in all university requirements.

ENGL 2040 Beginning Fiction Writing: 3 semester hours

Prerequisites: ENGL 1100 or equivalent. An introduction to the writing of fiction and an exploration of contemporary short stories as models for the writer. Students who have taken English 2060 may not take ENGL 2040 for credit. The course counts toward the Certificate in Writing.

ENGL 2080 Advertising Copywriting: 3 semester hours

Same as MEDIA ST 2080. To give students a hands-on approach for writing advertising material for print and broadcast against tight deadlines in a professional setting.

ENGL 2120 Topics In Writing: 3 semester hours

Prerequisite: ENGL 1100 or ENGL 1110. This course will introduce the student to writing in specific areas. The department will announce topics and course content in the schedule. Possible topics are argumentation, reading and writing about public affairs, sports reporting and writing, and writing about science. A student may repeat the course once when topics are different. The course counts toward the certificate in writing.

ENGL 3030 Poetry Writing Workshop: 3 semester hours

Prerequisite: ENGL 1100 or the equivalent or consent of instructor. Workshop in poetry writing that may also focus on close reading of published works and poetic forms. May be repeated once for a total of 6 credit hours. Counts toward the Certificate in Creative Writing, and if taken twice, the second time counts toward the Emphasis in Creative Writing for English majors.

ENGL 3040 Fiction Writing Workshop: Narrative Techniques: 3 semester hours

Prerequisite: ENGL 2040 or ENGL 2060 or the equivalent or consent of instructor. Workshop in fiction writing. The course counts toward the Certificate in Writing.

ENGL 3090 Writing about Literature: 3 semester hours

Prerequisites: ENGL 1100 Or Equivalent (3-6 credit hours) and 56 credit hours. Acquaints students with the basic methods of literary criticism and trains them in explicating particular texts and writing about literature. Introduces students to basic research and proper MLA documentation. Required of all English majors. Does not count toward the major in English. May not be taken on satisfactory/unsatisfactory option. Counts toward the Certificate in Writing.

ENGL 3100 Junior-Level Writing: 3 semester hours

Prerequisites: ENGL 1100 or equivalent (3-6 credit hours) and 56 credit hours. Focuses on writing and literacies in various contexts. Builds on intellectual maturity, knowledge, and abilities gained through prior university studies. Enhances analytical, communicative, persuasive, and explanatory capabilities. Includes complex readings and research. Fulfills the university's requirement for a junior-level course in Communicative Skills. Counts toward the Certificate in Writing. May not be taken on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.

ENGL 3110 Junior Level Writing For International Students: 3 semester hours

Prerequisites: ENGL 1110 or equivalent (3-6 credit hours) and 56 credit hours. Designed for any student whose first language is not English. Builds on intellectual maturity, knowledge, and abilities gained through prior university studies. Enhances analytical, communicative, persuasive, and explanatory capabilities in contemporary American English. Includes formal research and documentation methods from a variety of fields. Emphasizes students' reading abilities, both comprehension and vocabulary. Fulfills the university's requirement for a junior-level course in Communicative Skills. Counts toward the Certificate in Writing. May not be taken on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.

ENGL 3120 Business Writing: 3 semester hours

Prerequisites: ENGL 1100 or equivalent (3-6 hours) and junior standing. This course further develops the experienced writer's style and analytical capabilities to the level of sophistication necessary for upper-division writing assignments and for business and professional settings. Writing assignments may include business correspondence, reports, resumes, proposals, analyses, feasibility studies, and articles for in-house publications. The course emphasizes clarity, consciseness, organization, format, style, tone and mechanical correctness; expands upon students' research and documentation skills; and requires research in university libraries. Fulfills the University's requirement for a junior-level course in communicative skills. It may not be taken on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.

ENGL 3130 Technical Writing: 3 semester hours

Prerequisite: ENGL 1100 or equivalent (3-6 hours) and junior standing. The major elements of industrial technical writing. Writing assignments include technical definitions, abstracts and summaries, mechanism descriptions, instructions, process analyses, technical reports and proposals. Emphasis is placed on clarity , conciseness, organization, format, style and tone. The course includes an introduction to research methods and documentation. All readings are selected from industrial material. Fulfills the University requirement for junior-level course in communicative skills, subject to the approval of the student's major department. May not be taken on the satisfactory/unsatisfactory option.

ENGL 3140 News Writing: 3 semester hours

Same as MEDIA ST 3214. Prerequisite: ENGL 1100 or equivalent. An introduction to news writing and reporting. Course covers basic components of news, reporting principles, and news writing style and structure. Daily writing assignments include coverage of speeches, meetings and interviews, accidents, deaths, courts, sports, consumer affairs and government. Emphasis on clarity, accuracy and speed. The course counts toward the Certificate in Writing.

ENGL 3150 Feature Writing: 3 semester hours

Same as MEDIA ST 3150. Prerequisite: ENGL 1100 or equivalent. Study of freelance and staff-written magazine or newspaper feature articles. Emphasis on relationship between types of publication and article content, research methods, and writing style. Frequent short assignments -- journal entries, interviews, library projects, article critiques, and market reports -- lead to production of full-length feature articles. May not be taken on the S/U option. The course counts toward the Certificate in Writing.

ENGL 3160 Writing In The Sciences: 3 semester hours

Prerequisites: ENGL 1100 or equivalent (3-6 hours) and junior standing Designed to teach students how to write effectively in the sciences. Writing assignments include short reports, proposals and a major project. Students are encouraged to select projects that will reflect work in a science course which may include a research or analytical report, a formal proposal or a procedures/instructions manual. Emphasis is placed on clarity, conciseness, organization, format, style, and tone. The course will include an introduction to research methods and documentation. Fulfills the University requirement for a junior-level course in communicative skills, subject to the approval of the student's major department. May not be taken on the satisfactory/unsatisfactory option.

ENGL 3180 Reporting: 3 semester hours

Same as MEDIA ST 3180. Prerequisite: ENGL 3140 or equivalent. Theory and practice of reporting news for publication in the print media. Includes one classroom session and one field assignment weekly. Stories must be filed within deadline limits. Writing emphasis is on clarity, conciseness, and accuracy. The course counts toward the certificate in writing.

ENGL 3280 Public Relations Writing: 3 semester hours

Prerequisite: ENGL 3100 or equivalent. An introduction to the process of planning, producing, and evaluating written public relations messages. Writing assignments includemedia releases. letters, memos, position papers, background papers, brochures, and reports and proposals.

ENGL 4130 Advanced Poetry Writing Workshop: 3 semester hours

Prerequisites: ENGL 3100 or equivalent; ENGL 2030 or ENGL 3030 or consent of instructor. Advanced workshop in poetry writing. The course counts toward the Certificate in Writing.

ENGL 4140 Advanced Fiction Writing Workshop: 3 semester hours

Prerequisites: ENGL 3100 or equivalent; ENGL 2040 or equivalent or consent of instructor. Advanced workshop in fiction writing. The course counts toward the certificate in Writing.

ENGL 4160 Special Topics In Writing: 3 semester hours

Prerequisites: ENGL 3100 or equivalent. Special topics in writing that are not covered in other 4000level English courses. Since the topics of ENGL 4160 may change each semester, the course may be repeated for credit if the topics are substantially different.

ENGL 4850 Topics In The Teaching Of Writing: 1-3 semester hours

Same as TCH ED 5850. Prerequisites: ENGL 3100 or equivalent Special topics in the practice of and pedagody of writing designed for in-service teachers. Topics may include writing at specific grade levels, writing/reading workshops, writing in urban settings, writing across the curriculum, action research, new technology, classroom and district-level assessment. May be repeated once for credit if topics differ. Counts toward Certificate in Writing.

ENGL 4860 Editing: 3 semester hours

Prerequisites: ENGL 3100 or its equivalent as judged by instructor; English ENGL 2810 or ENGL 4810. Introduction to the language and processes of editing. Includes copy editing, the study of style manuals, and an overview of the production process. Counts toward requirement for the Writing Certificate.

ENGL 4880 Writing For Teachers: 3 semester hours

Same as SEC ED 4880. Prerequisite: ENGL 3090 or junior level English. Writing for Teachers is an English-education course that supports writing across the curriculum for both pre-service English and content area teachers. Teacher candidates learn writing theories and literacy strategies to help their future students construct meaning from their discipline. The course works best for those who are completing level II or beginning level III education courses. The course counts toward the Certificate in Writing.

ENGL 4890 Writing Internship: 3 semester hours

Prerequisites: ENGL 3100 or its equivalent as judged by the instructor. Course limited to students who are completing certificates in writing. May be taken concurrently with the final course in the certificate sequence. Students work in a supervised internship to complete professional writing assignments. Special consent form required.

ENGL 4892 Independent Writing Project: 3 semester hours

Prerequisites: ENGL 3100 or equivalent as judged by instructor. Course limited to students who are completing their certificates in writing. May be taken concurrently with the final course in the certificate sequence. Students work individually with an instructor to complete an extensive creative writing or critical analysis writing project. This course is available on a limited basis only with the approval of the Coordinator and faculty sponsor. Special consent form is required.

ENGL 5100 Graduate Workshop In Poetry: 3 semester hours

Prerequisites: Open to students in the creative writing program and to others with permission of instructor. Consists of a writing workshop in which the poetry written by the students enrolled in the course is discussed and analyzed by the intructor and members of the class. Students taking this course will be expected to write original poetry throughout the course. May be repeated for maximim graduate credit of fifteen (15) hours.

ENGL 5110 Graduate Workshop In Fiction: 3 semester hours

Prerequisites: Open to students in the creative writing program and to others with permission of instructor. Consists of a writing workshop in which the fiction (short stories or chapters of a novel) written by the students enrolled in the course is discussed and analyzed by the instructor and members of the class. Students taking this course will be expected to write original fiction thoughout the course. May be repeated for maximum graduate credit of fifteen (15) hours.

ENGL 5130 Graduate Workshop In The Novel: 3 semester hours

Prerequisites: Permission of instructor, based on submission of sample of novel manuscript A writing workshop in which a novel written by the student is discussed and analyzed by the instructor and members of the class. Students must have a complete novel manuscript (50,000 words minimum) ready for discussion by the beginning of class. May be repeated for maximum graduate credit of fifteen (15) hours.

ENGL 5140 Graduate Workshop In Nonfiction: 3 semester hours

Prerequisites: Open to students in the MFA program and to others with permission of instructor. A variable-topics writing workshop focusing on one or more of the following forms: personal essay, memoir, travel writing, literary journalism, biography, or other types of literary nonfiction. May be repeated for maximum graduate credit of fifteen (15) hours.

ENGL 5150 Magical Realism Workshop: 3 semester hours

Prerequisites: Open to students in the MFA Program and other graduate students with consent of instructor. Half of this course will be a study of the classic texts of magical realism and the other half will be a fiction workshop in which the members of the class will write in this imaginative and symbolic genre. Non-MFA students will write a critical study of magical realism.

ENGL 5170 Techniques, Methods, And Effects In Fiction Writing: 3 semester hours

Prerequisite: Open to students in the MFA program and to others with consent of the instructor. This course analyzes the technical choices made by important contemporary fiction writers in the areas of point of view, tone, setting, form, and plot structure, and it examines the effects of those choices. Close consideration is given to fictional techniques that contribute to a story's characterization, tension, interest, reliability, drama, irony, and humor. The course is primarily for creative writers.

ENGL 5180 Form And Theory Of Poetry: 3 semester hours

Prerequisites: Open to students in the MFA Program and other graduate students with consent of instructor. This course explores various aspects of traditional and contemporary poetry. The student will gain an understanding of formal poetry-rhyme and meter-as well as of traditional types of poetry, for example, the lyric and the narrative. Throughout the course, an emphasis will be maintained on free verse and a greater understanding of its practice. Students will read selectvely in the poetry, theory, and critical approaches of various periods, for example, the romantic and the modern, and within various movements, such as the symbolist or confessional.

ENGL 5190 Literary Journal Editing: 3 semester hours

Prerequisites: Open to students in the MFA program who have had at least two graduate writing workshops and to others with consent of the instructor. In this course students serve as the first readers of all submissions to the university's literary magazine, Natural Bridge. Students will read and evaluate poems, short stories, and essays and recommend a body of work to the editorial board of the magazine. The editorial board will then consider the class consensus in its final selection of material for publication. In addition to this primary task of editorial selection, students will also be involved in the productions of an issue of the magazine. May be repeated for maximum graduate credit of nine hours.

ENGL 5200 MFA Readings: 3 semester hours

Prerequisites: Open to students in the MFA program and to others with consent of the instructor. This is an independent reading course. In consultation with an MFA faculty member, students choose works from the MFA Reading List and read them with the goal of broadening and sharpening their technical skills as writers. Students ordinarily choose works in one genre: poetry, the short story, or the novel. Each week the student reads and reports on at least one work. The course may be taken only once.

ENGL 5840 Theories Of Writing: 3 semester hours

An analysis of major modern theories in composition.

ENGL 5850 Studies In Composition: 3 semester hours

The study of special topics in composition. Topics may include history of composition, psychology of writing, reader response theory, etc.

ENGL 5860 Writing/Reading Theory: 3 semester hours

This course studies the parallel evolution of reading and writing theory and pedagogy. Topics include the influence of psycholinguistics and reader-response theory and the link between reading and writing theory and instruction.

ENGL 5870 Composition Research: 3 semester hours

This course equips students both to analyze and conduct research in composition. Coursework will teach students to evaluate methodologies and implications, to analyze data, and to design their own research projects.

ENGL 5890 Teaching College Writing: 3 semester hours

This course provides the opportunity for practical application of composition theory with an emphasis on improving teaching skills. Strongly recommended for graduate teaching assistants.

ENGL 6880 Gateway Writing Project: 3-6 semester hours

Same as TCH ED 6880. An intensive course in the writing process and the writing curriculum, designed for experienced teachers. Readings of current theory and research will be related to participants' experience as writers and as teachers. Topics may vary. May be repeated for credit. No more than 6 hours may be applied toward the M.Ed. Counts toward the Graduate Certificate in Teaching Writing.

Language Courses:

ENGL 2810 Traditional Grammar: 3 semester hours

An introduction to the terms and concepts of traditional grammar, beginning with functions of the noun and forms of the verb in simple sentences, moving to more complex structures such as subordinate clauses and verbal phrases, and ending with the application of this material to issues of Standard English.

ENGL 4800 Linguistics: 3 semester hours

Prerequisites: ENGL 3100; majors, ENGL 3090. A survey of linguistics with emphasis on what the field reveals about the English language. Topics include the sounds of language, grammar, writing systems, language acquisition, language in society, language history, dialects, and usage.

ENGL 4810 English Grammar: 3 semester hours

Prerequisites: ENGL 3100; majors, ENGL 3090; ENGL 2810 or passing grade on English-Education Test of Basic Grammar A study of modern English grammar from the perspectives of traditional, structural, and transformational grammar.

ENGL 4820 History Of The English Language: 3 semester hours

Prerequisites: ENGL 3100 or equivalent A historical survey of the English language from its IndoEuropean roots through Old and Middle English to the present. Topics include changes in sound, meaning, and grammar, as well as developments in American English, including regional and social dialects.

ENGL 5800 Modern Linguistics: 3 semester hours

Prerequisite: None. A study of selected topics in the structure of the English language, combining readings in current linguistics publications with original research.

Literature Courses:

ENGL 1120 Introduction to Literature: 3 semester hours

The student is introduced to the various literary types, including poetry, drama, fiction, and the essay.

ENGL 1170 American Literary Masterpieces: 3 semester hours

An introduction to major authors, works, and themes in American Literature from the nineteenth century to the present.

ENGL 1710 Native American Literature: 3 semester hours

Same as ANTHRO 1710. The course surveys the literature of American Indians from its oral tradition of myth, legend, song and oratory through its modern forms. The course satisfies the ethnic literature requirement for Missouri state certification in secondary education and the College of Arts and Sciences non-Euro-American study requirement.

ENGL 1950 Topics In Literature: 3 semester hours

This course will introduce the student to selected literary topics and/or genres. Each semester the department will announce topics and course content. Topics such as alienation, justice, and the absurd, and genres such as science fiction and contemporary drama are typical possibilities.

ENGL 2240 Literature Of The Old Testament: 3 semester hours

A comprehensive understanding of the Old Testament, its literary background and significance for western civilization.

ENGL 2250 Literature Of The New Testament: 3 semester hours

A comprehensive understanding of the New Testament, its literary background and significance for western civilization.

ENGL 2280 Contemporary World Literature: 3 semester hours

Selected World Literature from the 20th and 21st centuries with emphasis on non-European literatures. This course may include works from Europe, Latin American, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia; it excludes literature from the United States and England. It satisfies the cultural diversity requirement of UMSL.

ENGL 2310 English Literature Before 1790: 3 semester hours

The development of English literature from the Middle Ages through the eighteenth century. Introduces students to major literary movements and themes through the reading and analysis of representative works of selected major authors.

ENGL 2320 English Literature After 1790: 3 semester hours

The development of English Literature from the beginning of the nineteenth century. Introduces students to major literary movements and themes through the reading and analysis of representative works of selected major authors.

ENGL 2330 Introduction To Poetry: 3 semester hours

A close study of poems, with special emphasis on the varieties of poetic form, and the means of interpretation and evaluation.

ENGL 2340 Introduction To Drama: 3 semester hours

A close study of major dramatic works in various modes, to introduce the student to the forms and techniques of dramatic literature.

ENGL 2510 World Literature Before 1650: 3 semester hours

Prerequisite: ENGL 1100. A survey of World Literature from the earliest times to 1650. Diverse literary works in a variety genres and voices will be studied. This course excludes literature from the United States and England. To satisfy the cultural diversity requirement of UMSL, the course will include literary works from diverse traditions from throughout the world.

ENGL 2520 World Literature After 1650: 3 semester hours

Prerequisites: ENGL 1100. A survey of World Literature from 1650 to the present. Diverse literary works in a variety genres and voices will be studied. This course excludes literature from the United States and England. To satisfy the cultural diversity requirement of UMSL, the course will include literary works from diverse traditions from throughout the world.

ENGL 2710 American Literature Before 1865: 3 semester hours

Representative selections from American authors from the early seventeenth century to the Civil War.

ENGL 2720 American Literature After 1865: 3 semester hours

Representative selections from American authors from the Civil War to the present.

ENGL 3800 Topics In Women And Literature: 3 semester hours

An examination of the role of women in literature, either as figures in literary works or as writers. Specific topics to vary from semester to semester. Since the topics of ENGL 3800 may change each semester, the course may be repeated for credit if the topics are substantially different.

ENGL 4030 Contemporary Critical Theory: 3 semester hours

This course is to acquaint students with a range of critical methodologies that have gained currency since the 1960's; topics may include formalist, structuralist, post-structuralist, Marxist, reader-response, psychoanalytic, feminist, cognitive, and evolutionary approaches to literature and culture.

ENGL 4060 Adolescent Literature: 3 semester hours

The course will expose students to the large variety of quality adolescent literature available for reading and study in middle and high school classes. It will also examine the relevance of a variety of issues to the reading and teaching of adolescent literature, among them: reader response; theory and practice; multi-culturalism; literacy; the relation of adolescent literature to "classic" literature the role of adolescent literature in interdisciplinary studies; adolescent literature as an incentive to extracurricular reading.

ENGL 4080 Narrative, Cognition, And Emotion: 3 semester hours

Prerequisites: ENGL 2320; ENGL 3090, prerequisite or co-requisite Examines narrative theory in the light of recent research into cognitive organization and the structure of the emotions. Traditional and contemporary theories of narrative--or realism, symbolism, point of view, tone, and genre--are developed through recent findings in empirical science. A variety of stories and novels are used as test cases for theoretical propositions.

ENGL 4260 Chaucer: 3 semester hours

The course concentrates on the poetry of Geoffrey Chaucer, including the Canterbury Tales, early poetic works, and the Troilus and Criseyde. All readings are in the original Middle English.

ENGL 4270 Medieval English Literature: 3 semester hours

A survey of old and middle English literature from Beowulf to Malory's Morte d'Arthur, exclusive of Chaucer. All works are read in modern English translations.

ENGL 4320 Sixteenth-Century Poetry and Prose: 3 semester hours

A broad selection of writers from the late 15th century through 1603, including Thomas More, the Sidneys, Spenser, and Shakespeare's sonnets.

ENGL 4340 Early Seventeenth Century Poetry And Prose: 3 semester hours

A broad selection of writers from 1603 through 1675, exclusive of Milton, including Bacon, Donne, Jonson, and Lanyer.

ENGL 4350 Milton: 3 semester hours

All the minor poems and the three longer poems with some attention to the major prose, Milton and his relation to the politics, theology and literature of the seventeenth century.

ENGL 4360 Tudor And Stuart Drama: 3 semester hours

A survey of the dramatic writings of the period from the interludes of John Heywood to the closing of the theatres in 1642, with particular attention to the plays of Marlowe, Jonson, Webster and Ford. Though Shakespeare will not be studied in this course; connections between his works and those of his contemporaries will be discussed.

ENGL 4370 Shakespeare: Tragedies And Romances: 3 semester hours

A study of the structure and language of Shakespeare's tragedies and romances, with particular attention to their genre as well as their relation to the cultural issues of Shakespeare's time. Shakespeare's narrative poems may also be included.

ENGL 4380 Shakespeare: Comedies And Histories: 3 semester hours

A study of the structure and language of Shakespeare's comedies and histories, with particular attention to their genre as well as their relation to the culture issues of Shakespeare's time. Shakespeare's sonnets may also be included.

ENGL 4420 Age Of Dryden And Pope: 3 semester hours

The beginnings of English neo-classic literature in the Restoration and its development through the first half of the eighteenth century, focusing on Dryden, Swift and Pope.

ENGL 4450 The Eighteenth-Century English Novel: 3 semester hours

The origins and early development of the English novel, from Defoe to Jane Austen.

ENGL 4520 Romantic Poetry and Prose: 3 semester hours

A broad selection of poetry and prose from the English Romantic movement. Primary focus on Blake, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Byron, Keats, and Shelley. Additional authors may include Mary Wollstonecraft, Robert Burns, Thomas De Quincey, Mary Shelley, John Clare, Felicia Hemans, Ottobah Cugoano, Olaudah Equiano,and others.

ENGL 4540 The Nineteenth-Century English Novel: 3 semester hours

Novels of the Romantic and Victorian periods, from Austen to George Eliot.

ENGL 4550 Novels into Films: The Nineteenth Century: 3 semester hours

Prerequisites: ENGL 2320, ENGL 3090. Novels by Austen, Eliot, Wilde, Hardy, and others read in themselves and as interpreted in film. Comparisons of the representational and aesthetic techniques available to novels and film.

ENGL 4560 Prose And Poetry Of The Victorian Period: 3 semester hours

Critical readings of selections from Tennyson, Browning, Arnold and others, in addition to selections from the major prose writing.

ENGL 4580 Literature Of The Late Nineteenth And Early Twentieth Centuries: 3 semester hours

Literature of the period between 1870 and the First World War, including works by writers such as Hardy, Conrad, James, Wilde, Stevenson, Shaw, Jefferies, and Wells.

ENGL 4610 Selected Major American Writers I: 3 semester hours

American literature of the nineteenth century: Emerson, Thoreau, Hawthorne, Melville, Whitman and others.

ENGL 4620 Selected Major American Writers II: 3 semester hours

American literature of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries: Dickinson, James, Twain, Cather, Frost, Dreiser and others.

ENGL 4640 American Fiction To World War I: 3 semester hours

Development of the novel and short story in America.

ENGL 4650 Modern American Fiction: 3 semester hours

The novel and short story in America since World War I. There may be some attention to British and continental influences.

ENGL 4740 Poetry Since World War II: 3 semester hours

Reading and analysis of contemporary poetry.

ENGL 4750 Modern British Fiction: 3 semester hours

Critical reading and analysis of British fiction of the twentieth century. There may be some attention to American and continental influences.

ENGL 4760 Modern Drama: 3 semester hours

British, American and European drama of the last one hundred years: the well-made play, the problem play, verse drama, new definitions of tragedy, the angry theater, theater of the absurd.

ENGL 4770 Modern Poetry: 3 semester hours

Critical reading and analysis of poetry of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Yeats, Eliot, Frost, Williams and others.

ENGL 4920 Major Works Of European Fiction: 3 semester hours

Prerequisites: 2 college courses in literature The development of the European novel in the 19th and 20th centuries. Representative of works of writers such as Balzac, Flaubert, Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Kafka, and Proust, read in translation.

ENGL 4925 The Short Story in World Literature: 3 semester hours

Students will read a wide variety of short fiction, from very brief pieces to novellas, including stories from all over the world and from several different centuries either in translation or in the original English. The course will also cover short theoretical works on narrative and critical commentaries on some of the fiction.

ENGL 4930 Studies In Gender And Literature: 3 semester hours

Same as GS 4930. The course examines the role of gender in literature, including the transformation of literary genres by women writers, writings by women during a particular historical period, and gender relations in literature. Specific topics vary from semester to semester. The course may be repeated for credit with departmental approval.

ENGL 4931 English Women Writers, 1300-1750: 3 semester hours

Same as GS 4931. Works will be read ranging in scope from closest drama and romance to lyrics to personal, political, and religious writing by women, such as Margery Kempe, Mary Sidney, and Amelia Lanyer, who wrote during a period when reading and writing were not the female norm.

ENGL 4932 Female Gothic: 3 semester hours

Same as GS 4932. The course examines the historical development of the female gothic, a genre which employs narrative strategies for expressing fears and desires associated with female experience. From the late 18th century to the present, we will trace the persistence of the Gothic vision in fiction and film.

ENGL 4934 Austen And The Brontes: 3 semester hours

Same as GS 4934. This course covers the novels of the major 19th century British writers Jane Austen and the three Bronte sisters, Anne, Emily, and Charlotte. The course will be devoted to Austen's romantic comedies and the historical/cultural contexts that inform the novels, as well as the darker romanticism of the Brontes, along with the biographical, cultural, philosophical, and religious contexts of their work.

ENGL 4936 Tales Of The Islamic East: 3 semester hours

Same as GS 4936. Adventure, gender, and power in British and post-colonial writing: Lady Montague on Turkey, Gibbon on Islam, Byron and Hemans on harems and heroes, Disraeli on the Jewish Caliph of Bagdad, T.E. Lawrence on Arabia, and el Saadawi and Rushdie on (post)modern gender and the Islamic East.

ENGL 4938 American Women Poets Of The 20Th/21St Centuries: 3 semester hours

Same as GS 4938. Introduction to American women poets since 1900: anarchists, Imagists, harlem formalists, white lyricists, modernists (Ridge, H.D., Dunbar-Nelson, Millary, Stein); mid-century giants (Rukeyser, Brooks) and Confessionals (Sexton, Plath); feminists and multiculturalists (Rich, Lorde, Giovanni, Hogan), poets of witness and the play of language and the mind (Klepfisz, Olds, Mullen, Perillo).

ENGL 4950 Special Topics In Literature: 3 semester hours

Special topics in literature that are not covered in other 4000-level English courses. Since the topics of ENGL 4950 may change each semester, the course may be repeated for credit if the topics are substantially different.

ENGL 5000 Introduction To Graduate Study In English: 3 semester hours

A course designed to prepare students for the professional study of English. The course will both familiarize students with basic bibliographic tools and scholarly methods and introduce them to issues that are of current critical interest to those engaged in the advanced study of literature. These issues include gender, textuality, reader-response, multiculturalism, feminism, psychoanalysis, cultural studies, literary history and the relationship of literature to philosophy, history, and science. Must be taken within the first twelve hours of graduate study.

ENGL 5250 Studies In Middle English Literature: 3 semester hours

Special topics in English literature before 1500.

ENGL 5300 Renaissance Literature: 3 semester hours

Special topics in English literature from 1500 to 1660.

ENGL 5400 Eighteenth Century Literature: 3 semester hours

Studies in Augustan poetry and prose, including drama and fiction, with emphasis on background and major figures.

ENGL 5500 Nineteenth Century Literature: 3 semester hours

Special topics in English romanticism, in Victorian life and thought, and in the development of the novel and of poetry between 1797 and 1914.

ENGL 5600 American Literature Before 1900: 3 semester hours

Selected American writers or topics from the colonial period to 1900.

ENGL 5700 Twentieth-Century American Literature: 3 semester hours

Selected American writers or topics from 1900 to the present.

ENGL 5750 Twentieth-Century British Literature: 3 semester hours

Selected British and Commonwealth writers of the twentieth century.

ENGL 5920 Studies In Fiction: 3 semester hours

Study of a few selected British and American novelists and short story writers.

ENGL 5940 Seminar In Gender And Literature: 3 semester hours

Same as GS 5940 Gender studies in literature of different periods, types, and genres; satisfies area requirement (1-6) appropriate to its period, national literature, and genre.

ENGL 5950 Seminar In Special Topics: 1-3 semester hours

Special topics which are not covered in other graduate-level English courses.

ENGL 5970 Independent Reading: 1-3 semester hours

Directed study in areas of English for which courses are not available.

ENGL 6000 Thesis: 1-6 semester hours

PREREQUISITE: 3.5 graduate GPA Thesis research and writing on a selected topic in English studies. May be taken over two semesters, three (3) hours each semester.

Special Offerings:

ENGL 3500 Special Studies: 1-3 semester hours

Prerequisite: A course in area of proposed work and consent of instructor. Individual work, with conferences adjusted to needs of the student. May not be used to meet specific English department distribution and language requirements. May be repeated for a maximum total of four hours credit.

Francis Grady
Professor and Chair
Ph.D., University of California-Berkeley

Joseph Carroll
Curators' Professor
Ph.D., University of California-Berkeley

Eamonn Wall
Jefferson Smurfit Professor of Irish Studies and Professor
Ph.D., City University of New York

Richard M. Cook
Professor
Ph.D., University of Michigan

Sally Barr Ebest
Professor
Ph.D. , Indiana University

Mary Troy
Professor
M.F.A. , University of Arkansas

Deborah Aldrich-Watson
Associate Professor
Ph.D., Columbia University

John Dalton
Associate Professor
M.F.A., University of Iowa

Suellynn Duffey
Associate Professor
Ph.D., The Ohio State University

Kathy Gentile
Associate Professor
Ph.D., University of Oregon

Steven Schreiner
Associate Professor
Ph.D., Wayne State University

Benjamin Torbert
Associate Professor
Ph.D., Duke University

Lauren Obermark
Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Ohio State

Kurt Schreyer
Assistant Professor
Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania

Shane Seely
Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Syracuse University

William Klein
Teaching Professor
Ph.D., Michigan Technological University

Jennifer MacKenzie
Teaching Professor
M.A., Purdue University

Deborah Maltby
Associate Teaching Professor
Ph.D., Univeristy of Missouri - Kansas

Thomas Scott McKelvie
Associate Teaching Professor
M.A., University of Missouri-St. Louis

Barbara Van Voorden
Associate Teaching Professor
M.A., Washington University

Kathleen Butterly Nigro
Associate Teaching Professor
Ph.D., St. Louis University

Lynn Staley
Associate Teaching Professor
Ph.D., St. Louis University

Drucilla Wall
Associate Teaching Professor
Ph.D., University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Thomas Glen Irwin
Assistant Teaching Professor
M.A., University of Missouri-St. Louis

Jeannie Allison
Assistant Teaching Professor
M.A., University of Missouri - St. Louis

Paula Coalier
Assistant Teaching Professor
M.A., University of Missouri - St. Louis

Kathryne Dwiggins
Lecturer
M.F.A., University of Missouri - St. Louis

Matthew Kimbrell
Lecturer
M.A., University of Missouri - St. Louis

Christopher Schott
Lecturer
M.A., University of Missouri - St. Louis

Sylvia J. Cook
Founders Professor
Ph.D., University of Michigan

Peter Wolfe
Curators' Professor Emeritus
Ph.D. , University of Wisconsin

Jane Zeni
Professor Emerita
Ed.D. , University of Missouri-St. Louis

David Carkeet
Professor Emeritus
Ph.D. , Indiana University

Charles Dougherty
Professor Emeritus
Ph.D. , University of Toronto

Howard Schwartz
Professor Emeritus
M.A., Washington University

James E. Tierney
Professor Emeritus
Ph.D. , New York University

Nanora Sweet
Associate Professor Emerita
Ph.D., University of Michigan

Jane Williamson
Associate Professor Emerita
Ph.D., Bryn Mawr College

Bruce L. Liles
Associate Professor Emeritus
Ph.D., Stanford University

David Rota
Teaching Professor Emeritus
Ph.D., Southern Illinois University-Carbondale

Ellie Chapman
Senior Lecturer Emerita
M.A., Murray State University

Judy Gurley
Senior Lecturer Emerita
M.A., University of Arkansas

Judith Linville
Senior Lecturer Emerita
M.A., University of Arkansas

Terence Martin
Senior Lecturer Emerita
Ph.D. , Southern Illinois University-Carbondale

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