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Graduate Courses

Graduate Courses


• Master of Arts


The Master of Arts in English is designed to provide both theoretical and practical foundations for teaching English in community colleges or high schools. It is a 33-credit-hour program whose courses are offered in the evening and on weekends. Two required core courses will give a solid base for graduate English studies, while two 600-level advanced seminars will offer rigorous opportunities to explore various disciplinary topics in depth. The flexibly conceived Masters Project will provide an opportunity for students to further explore their topic of interest in literary works or in teaching composition.


The Master of Arts in English is open to any applicant who has successfully completed the requirements for a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education. In addition to the admission requirements as explained in the “Graduate Admissions” section of the graduate catalog, all applicants should submit two letters of recommendation and a substantial writing sample that demonstrates adequate preparation and potential for graduate work in English. After reviewing the completed application package, the Graduate Coordinator will schedule a personal interview.


To complete the master’s degree, students must complete 33 credits of approved coursework

from the following requirements:

Two Required Core Courses

  • ENG 501 Foundations of Graduate English Studies (3 hours)
  • ENG 514 Literary Criticism (3 hours)

Two Required Advanced Seminar Courses

  • Two 3 credit hour Advanced Seminar courses (600 level courses)

Masters Project

  • ENG 660 Directed Reading (3 hours)
  • ENG 665 Masters Project (3 hours) 


15 credits; any mix chosen from 1-4 credit elective courses, seminars, or one independent study course (no more than 3 credit hours)

ENG 501 Foundations of Graduate English

This course introduces students to graduate studies in English literature and language. It focuses on current professional issues in the field, various contemporary theoretical approaches to literature and language, their practical implications in writing and teaching, and the principles and procedures of scholarly research.

  • Hours: 3

ENG 510 Detroit in Literature

This course examines representations of Detroit in poetry and fiction produced between the 1930s and the present. By reading and discussing works of such authors as Robert Hayden, Harriet Arnow, Dudley Randall, Joyce Carol Oates, Philip Levine, Lawrence Joseph, Jim Daniels, Jeffrey Eugenides, and others, the course studies the translation of a familiar environment into literature and “places” Detroit in modern American culture.

  • Hours: 3

ENG 514 Literary Criticism

This course will focus on examination and application of the theoretical concepts and contexts that are critical to success in graduate literary studies, including such concepts as deconstruction, formalism, new historicism, and Marxism.

  • Hours: 3

ENG 520 Dickinson and Frost

This course examines the work of two New England poets who share not only the imagery of a common natural landscape but also a set of common philosophical and literary traditions. Course sessions will consist of close reading and explication of individual poems by the entire class and discussion of the issues raised in them.

  • Hours: 3

ENG 521 Adolescent Literature: Realism, Fantasy, and Historical Fiction

This course will concentrate on analyzing literary works whose primary audience is middle and high school age students. The course will focus on works in the genres of realistic fiction, historical fiction, and fantasy/science fiction. Literature will be broadly defined to include printed texts, films, television, and games, including works by authors such as Lois Duncan, Rosa Guy, Virginia Hamilton, S.E. Hinton, Ursula K. Le Guin, Mildred D. Taylor, and Cynthia Voigt.

  • Hours: 3

ENG 524 Selected Topics

In-depth study of major authors, periods, or topics as chosen by the instructor.

  • Hours: 3

ENG 525 Contemporary Drama 1970-Present

This course examines works of influential drama from the 1970s to the present.

  • Hours: 3

ENG 529 Studies in African American Literature

This course examines the work of influential black writers of the 20th century such as Nella Larsen, Toni Morrison, Dorothy West, Paule Marshall, Charles Johnson, Clarence Major, and John Edgar Wideman. The course provides a window into how these innovative writers have documented, critiqued, and responded to the major historical and literary movements that have shaped their ideologies and informed their world views.

  • Hours: 3

ENG 530 19th Century Novel

This course will examine canonical novels of the European 19th Century, such as Crime and Punishment, Madame Bovary, Sons and Lovers, and select from Dickens, Thomas Hardy, Thackeray, Zola, Bronte, and others.

  • Hours: 3

ENG 534 Studies in Modern British Literature

This course introduces the student to the historical, intellectual, and formal aspects of British literary modernism. The course will attempt to provide a broad, if necessarily selective, picture of modernist literary works in all its considerable variety, and will also focus on modernism’s recurrent preoccupations, particularly its concern with modernity itself. Readings might include selected works of authors such as Yeats, Joyce, Woolf, Lawrence, Forster, Ford, West, Ishiguro, and Bowen.

  • Hours: 3

ENG 535: Studies in Multi-Ethnic Literature

This course will explore a range of texts that reveal the ethnic diversity of North American literature, asking readers to consider both common themes and cultural specificities found in diverse “minority” literatures. The course will explore themes and theories of alienation, fragmentation, dislocation, hybridity, borderlands/border crossing, appropriation, resistance, and generational difference. The course will pay particular attention to language and the role it plays in defining reality. The course explores the ways ethnic writers both resist and appropriate dominant languages in an attempt to formulate their own modes of communication.

  • Hours: 3
  • Prerequisite: None

ENG 538 The Romantic Poets

This course will survey the major poets and poetry of the British Romantic period (roughly 1789-1832), with an emphasis on how the poetry responded to the turbulent social, emotional, intellectual, and political dislocations of the times. The course will provide the key terms and texts for the study of Romanticism as both a period of literature and a set of aesthetic practices that may be applied beyond that period.

  • Hours: 3

ENG 539 Witchcraft and Gender

This course will explore early American notions of gender, especially as they relate to and inform the infamous witch hunts in Salem and beyond. The course will examine relevant early American literature to connect and complicate the relationship between conceptions of womanhood and the hysteria of the witch-craze.

  • Hours: 3

ENG 541 Approaches to Rhetoric

This course examines important contemporary critical theories and questions that have shaped the conversations of writing teachers and researchers, particularly over the last four decades.

  • Hours: 3

ENG 542: Practicum in Teaching Writing

This course provides the guidance and support necessary to the practical work of teaching English. Topics for discussion include exploring major theories of teaching writing and how they inform practice, incorporating rhetorical practices in the classroom, crafting successful assignments, evaluating and responding to student writing, creating a learning community in the classroom, and developing a philosophy of teaching English.

  • Hours: 3
  • Prerequisite: None
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Graduate Coordinator

Audrey Becker, Ph.D.
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Department Chair

Darcy L. Brandel, Ph.D.
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