Department Head: Dr. Andrea Porter, firstname.lastname@example.org
MA Coordinator: Dr. Randy Davis, email@example.com
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.
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.
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)
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.
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").
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.
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.
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.
Important literature of the century; writers examined may include Emerson, Thoreau, Whitman, Hawthorne, Melville, Twain, Dickinson, Douglass, and Jacobs.
Major novels of Defoe, Richardson, Fielding and such minor figures as Behn, Smollett, Goldsmith, Burney, and the early Gothic novelists.
Analysis of speech communication variables operating in educational, volunteer, and governmental organizations.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Theoretical and practical approaches to teaching the American literature survey at the college level.
Theoretical and practical approaches to teaching the English literature survey at the college level.
Prerequisite(s): Admission to JSU Writing Project.
Corequisite(s): EH 552.
Extensive study of theory and methodology of composition and composition instruction.
Prerequisite(s): Admission to JSU Writing Project.
Corequisite(s): EH 551.
Extensive writing and critiquing, with research and presentations on writing.
Contemporary American literature, with emphasis on the work of major poets, novelists, dramatists, and non-fiction writers.
Contemporary European literature, with emphasis on the work of major poets, novelists, dramatists, and non-fiction writers outside the British Isles.
Best of Southern literature with emphasis on the work of major writers.
Prose fiction and nonfiction of the Victorian Age.
Literature of the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries, with emphasis as the instructor desires.
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.
Reading of representative works of Shakespeare, with attention to the history of Shakespearian scholarship and criticism.
Literature of England during the Middle Ages with emphasis on the romance and its background in general European literature.
Poetry and prose of the seventeenth century.
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.
Special readings and assignments approved by department head and instructor after consideration of the student's background.
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.
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.