Graduate Curricula

Required Major Courses for Concentrations

Master of Arts - English and African American Literature (30 total hours)

  • ENGL 700: Introduction to Literary Analysis and Criticism
  • ENGL 753: Introduction to Graduate Literary Studies
  • ENGL 755: Contemporary Practices in Grammar and Rhetoric

Students who register for this concentration must also take 12 hours in African American literature and 9 hours in English and American literature. Thesis option requires only 9 hours of African American literature.

Prerequisites: (18 hours of ENGL) if needed

  • ENGL 220: OR 221: English literature I or II (3)
  • ENGL 240: Advanced Grammar (3)
  • ENGL 333 or 334: African American Literature I or II (3)
  • ENGL 300: Advanced Composition (3)
  • ENGL 410 : Shakespeare (3)
  • ENGL 430: American Literature I or II (3)

Courses for Senior Undergraduates and for Graduates

  • ENGL 600 Language Variations in American English
  • ENGL 603 Introduction to Folklore
  • ENGL 626 Children’s Literature
  • ENGL 627 Young Adult Literature
  • ENGL 628 The American Novel
  • ENGL 631 Black Women Writers of Africa and the Diaspora
  • ENGL 650 African American Folklore
  • ENGL 652 African American Drama
  • ENGL 653 Teaching English as a Second Language
  • ENGL 654 African American Novel I
  • ENGL 656 African American Novel II
  • ENGL 658 African American Poetry I
  • ENGL 660 African American Poetry II
  • ENGL 672 Directed Study in English

Graduate Courses: Open Only to Graduate Students

  • ENGL 700 Introduction to Critical Theory
  • ENGL 701 English Renaissance Literature
  • ENGL 703 Seventeenth-Century English Literature
  • ENGL 704 Eighteenth-Century English Literature
  • ENGL 705 Romantic Literature
  • ENGL 706 Victorian Literature
  • ENGL 707 Modern British Fiction
  • ENGL 709 Medieval Literature
  • ENGL 710 Language Arts for Elementary Teachers I
  • ENGL 711 Secondary Education: The Classroom as Clinic
  • ENGL 712 Teaching of Freshman Writing
  • ENGL 721 Major American Writers I
  • ENGL 722 Major American Writers II
  • ENGL 723 Modern American Poetry
  • ENGL 724 American Multi-Cultural Literature
  • ENGL 726 From Pen to Power: Empowerment through Enhancement of Critical Thinking and Writing Behaviors
  • ENGL 730 Directed Study in English
  • ENGL 731 Technology in Teaching and Research in the Humanities
  • ENGL 744 Postcolonial Novel and Theory
  • ENGL 753 Introduction to Graduate Literary Studies
  • ENGL 754 History and Structure of the English Language
  • ENGL 755 Contemporary Practices in Grammar and Rhetoric
  • ENGL 760 Non-Fiction by African American Writers
  • ENGL 762 Short Fiction by African American Writers
  • ENGL 764 African American Aesthetics
  • ENGL 766 Seminar in African American Literature and Language
  • ENGL 770 Seminar
  • ENGL 775 Thesis Research

2. Master of Arts in Teaching - English Education (30 total hours )

A. Certification Phase

  • CUIN 618: Learning Theories
  • CUIN 627: Content Area Literacy
  • CUIN 715: Assessment and Evaluation for 21st Century Learners
  • SPED 660: Teaching Students with Exceptionalities OR CUIN 729: Diversity Issues in K-12 Schools
  • ENGL 627: Teaching High School Literature
  • CUIN 640:  Methods of Teaching OR ENGL 602: Advanced Methods of Teaching English
  • CUIN 785:  Clinical teaching in P-12 Schools

B. Benchmark

  • CUIN 670 Capstone Experience in Teacher Education (3)
  • Possess a 3.0 Cumulative GPA
  • Pass Praxis II exams #5038 (min. score 167) and #5624 (min. score 157)
  • Apply for Licensure

C. Degree Phase 

  • ENGL 753: Bibliography and Research
  • ENGL 755 Contemporary Practices in Grammar and Rhetoric
  • English Elective (Must be at 700 level or above)