Department of English

Department Head: Dr. Andrea Porter, aporter@jsu.edu

MA Coordinator: Dr. Randy Davis, rdavis@jsu.edu

The Department of English offers courses leading to the Master of Arts (MA) degree with a major in English and supporting courses for the Master of Arts (MA) degree with a major in Integrated Studies. For students majoring in Secondary Education with a teaching field in English Language Arts, supporting courses are offered for the Master of Science in Education (MSE) degree.

The Department of English also offers courses leading to Graduate Certificates and Microcredentials in Teaching College Literature and Teaching College Writing.

Mission Statement:
Using innovative teaching approaches, the Department of English empowers students to write and communicate across numerous current and emerging fields, to think critically, and to solve problems creatively. At all levels of instruction—from first-year composition through graduate classes—the Department of English establishes a firm foundation for students to begin their exploration of the world and, for English majors, builds on that foundation with opportunities to enrich their cultural and intellectual lives through classes that emphasize deep analysis, careful research, and rigorous writing across several fields including the study of literature, creative writing, and professional writing. The Department of English both serves the needs of the University and strives to become a destination department for those students whose personal goals and intellectual curiosity align with the Department’s mission.

EH 401  Chaucer  (3)  

Prerequisite(s): EH 102, EH 104, or EH 106.

The poet against the background of the Middle Ages.

EH 402  Special Studies in the English Renaissance  (3)  

Prerequisite(s): EH 102, EH 104, or EH 106.

Dedicated to selected writers, themes or genres. May be duplicated for credit for a total of nine (9) semester hours, as long as each course taken is on a different special topic.

EH 405  Shakespeare's England  (3)  

Prerequisite(s): EH 102, EH 104, or EH 106.

Program of study in Stratford-upon-Avon with visits to places associated with Shakespeare. Readings by Shakespeare and in social history of the period. Offered infrequently.

EH 408  Theory of Composition  (3)  

Prerequisite(s): EH 102, EH 104, or EH 106.

An introduction to the history and theory of rhetoric and composition and how they inform the teaching of composition.

EH 409  The Art of the Film (WI)  (3)  

Prerequisite(s): EH 102, EH 104, or EH 106.

A consideration of the motion picture in its artistic, technical, and historical contexts. A number of films by major directors will be viewed, ranging from the comedies of the thirties and forties to the work of Alfred Hitchcock and the fantasy of the Hollywood musical. (Writing Intensive Course)

EH 410  American Drama  (3)  

Prerequisite(s): EH 102, EH 104, or EH 106.

An examination of American drama both as theatre and literature, considering early plays in their historical contexts, with emphasis on major American dramatists beginning with Eugene O'Neill and progressing through Tennessee Williams, Arthur Miller, Edward Albee, Beth Henley, August Wilson, and others.

EH 411  Eighteenth-Century Literature  (3)  

Prerequisite(s): EH 102, EH 104, or EH 106.

A survey of eighteenth-century English writers, focusing on major satirists, such as Dryden, Pope, Swift, and Fielding; also including Johnson and his circle, some of the major novelists and dramatists; and ending with a survey of the "Pre-Romantics" (the "poets of sensibility").

EH 412  Victorian Poetry  (3)  

Prerequisite(s): EH 102, EH 104, or EH 106.

Tennyson, Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning, Arnold, Swinburne, and other poets of the Victorian Era.

EH 413  English Drama  (3)  

Prerequisite(s): EH 102, EH 104, or EH 106.

Medieval background of Elizabethan drama and the reading of representative plays of the Tudor and Stuart periods.

EH 417  Writing the Vietnam War  (3)  

Prerequisite(s): EH 102, EH 104, or EH 106.

A study of texts by and about American and Vietnamese soldiers, both during and after the Vietnam War, focusing on how the war is portrayed in writing, film, and music, including various cultural, political, and historical events/topics as they relate to these texts.

EH 419  Milton  (3)  

Prerequisite(s): EH 102, EH 104, or EH 106.

Poetry and prose of John Milton, with special attention to Paradise Lost.

EH 420  Women's Literature  (3)  

Prerequisite(s): EH 102, EH 104, or EH 106.

Six centuries of representative literature by women. Emphasis on recent British and American, including ethnic-American, authors. Discussion of women writers in relation to the traditional canon.

EH 431  Non-Western Literature  (3)  

Prerequisite(s): EH 102, EH 104, or EH 106.

An introduction to literature of the non-Western world from ancient times to the twenty-first century. This course will examine different genres of literature originating in the following regions or cultures: Asia, the Middle East, Africa, South and Central America, as well as other cultures whose heritage is not primarily based on the Western tradition.

EH 441  The History of the English Language  (3)  

Prerequisite(s): EH 102, EH 104, or EH 106.

Study of the origins and development of the English language from Old English through Modern English, focusing on the historical, cultural, and linguistic forces affecting language change.

EH 442  Contemporary African American Writers  (3)  

Prerequisite(s): EH 102, EH 104, or EH 106.

A study of major twentieth- and twenty-first-century African American writers.

EH 452  Literary Criticism  (3)  

Prerequisite(s): EH 102, EH 104, or EH 106.

Prominent themes and theories, various critical approaches, and outstanding examples of literary criticism from Plato to feminism and African-American literary theory.

EH 467  Twentieth-Century English Fiction  (3)  

Prerequisite(s): EH 102, EH 104, or EH 106.

British fiction of the twentieth century, including short stories and novels by modern and postmodern authors.

EH 482  Grantwriting  (3)  

Practical course instructing the steps involved in the grantwriting process. The course includes strategic planning, research, finding appropriate grant sources and writing the grant. EH 482 is cross listed with PSC 482, and only one may be taken for credit.

EH 501  Introduction to Graduate Study in English  (3)  

Techniques of literary research, critical and theoretical approaches, varieties of scholarly production, analysis and interpretation of literary texts. English M.A. students must successfully complete this course within their first 15 hours of graduate English study.

EH 502  Studies in Ninteenth-Century American Literature  (3)  

Important literature of the century; writers examined may include Emerson, Thoreau, Whitman, Hawthorne, Melville, Twain, Dickinson, Douglass, and Jacobs.

EH 510  The Eighteenth-Century Novel  (3)  

Major novels of Defoe, Richardson, Fielding and such minor figures as Behn, Smollett, Goldsmith, Burney, and the early Gothic novelists.

EH 512  Organizational Speech Communication  (3)  

Analysis of speech communication variables operating in educational, volunteer, and governmental organizations.

EH 525  Major Authors Seminar  (3)  

A curated seminar of major authors, including major authors of a particular era, literary movement, region, nationality, and/or genre. May be duplicated for credit for a total of nine (9) semester hours, as long as each course taken is on a different topic.

EH 531  Teaching College Writing Practicum I  (0)  

Required of all English Graduate Teaching Assistants teaching EH 101 - English Composition I. A weekly workshop to discuss ongoing pedagogical issues and best practices for the first-year writing classroom. An Orientation workshop at the beginning of the semester is also mandatory. Course may be repeated up to four times. Grades: Pass/No Credit.

EH 532  Teaching College Writing Practicum II  (0)  

Required of all English Graduate Teaching Assistants teaching EH 102 - English Composition II. A weekly workshop to discuss ongoing pedagogical issues and best practices for the first-year writing classroom. An Orientation workshop at the beginning of the semester is also mandatory. Course may be repeated up to four times. Grades: Pass/No Credit.

EH 533  Teaching College Writing I  (3)  

A survey of composition theory and practice, with emphasis placed on preparing the student to teach English Composition I at the college level. Required course for all English Graduate Teaching Assistants teaching English Composition I.

EH 534  Teaching College Writing II  (3)  

Prerequisite(s): EH 533.

A survey of composition theory and practice, with emphasis placed on preparing the student to teach English Composition II at the college level. Required course for all English Graduate Teaching Assistants teaching English Composition II.

EH 535  Teaching College Literature: The American Survey  (3)  

Theoretical and practical approaches to teaching the American literature survey at the college level.

EH 536  Teaching College Literature: The English Survey  (3)  

Theoretical and practical approaches to teaching the English literature survey at the college level.

EH 551  Writing Project Summer Institute  (3)  

Prerequisite(s): Admission to JSU Writing Project.

Corequisite(s): EH 552.

Extensive study of theory and methodology of composition and composition instruction.

EH 552  Summer Institute Practicum  (3)  

Prerequisite(s): Admission to JSU Writing Project.

Corequisite(s): EH 551.

Extensive writing and critiquing, with research and presentations on writing.

EH 553  Contemporary American Literature  (3)  

Contemporary American literature, with emphasis on the work of major poets, novelists, dramatists, and non-fiction writers.

EH 554  Contemporary European Literature  (3)  

Contemporary European literature, with emphasis on the work of major poets, novelists, dramatists, and non-fiction writers outside the British Isles.

EH 555  Literature of the South  (3)  

Best of Southern literature with emphasis on the work of major writers.

EH 556  Victorian Literature  (3)  

Prose fiction and nonfiction of the Victorian Age.

EH 557  Studies in Non-Dramatic Elizabethan Literature  (3)  

Literature of the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries, with emphasis as the instructor desires.

EH 558  Studies in Romantic Literature  (3)  

English literature of the late eighteenth and early ninteenth centuries; emphasis on Blake, William and Dorothy Wordsworth, Coleridge, Byron, Mary and Percy Shelley, and Keats; writers such as Godwin, Wollstonecraft, Burke, Paine, Barbauld, Smith, Hemans, Hazlitt, Hunt, and Clare also featured.

EH 562  Studies in Shakespeare  (3)  

Reading of representative works of Shakespeare, with attention to the history of Shakespearian scholarship and criticism.

EH 564  Middle English Literature  (3)  

Literature of England during the Middle Ages with emphasis on the romance and its background in general European literature.

EH 565  Seventeenth-Century English Literature  (3)  

Poetry and prose of the seventeenth century.

EH 569  Study Away  (3)  

Topics, excursions, and requirements determined by department. Infrequently scheduled and subject to minimum and maximum hours. Advance deposit required. May be duplicated for credit for a maximum of 9 semester hours, as long as each course taken is on a different special topic. Grades: Pass/Fail.

EH 570  Special Problems  (3)  

Special readings and assignments approved by department head and instructor after consideration of the student's background.

EH 590  Writing Center Practicum  (0)  

Required of all Writing Center Consultants each semester they work in the Writing Center. An ongoing workshop to train Writing Center Consultants and address pedagogical issues and best practices for the Writing Center. An Orientation workshop at the beginning of the semester is also mandatory. Course may be repeated for a total of 12 times. Grades: Pass/No Credit.

EH 599  Thesis  (3)  

Prerequisite(s): Dean's Approval and Approval of Application for Thesis Option.

See "Thesis Option and Procedures." May be duplicated for credit for a total of 6 semester hours. Grade: Pass/Fail.