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Course Descriptions

Required Courses


ENG 5317 Rhetorical Theory and Criticism (3 hrs.)
A study of major rhetorical theories and criticism


ENG 5301 Contemporary Composition Theory (3.hrs)
A study of contemporary composition theory in first-year college writing.


ENG 5302 Multicultural Composition Pedagogy (3 hrs.)
Studies of a range of scholars across the spectrum of multiculturalism from the theoretical to the practical.



Qualifying Courses

ENG 5327 Teaching College Writing Practicum (3 hrs.)
A survey of major perspectives on the teaching of college composition with an examination of models of best practices for curricular development for use in multicultural writing courses. This course is a prerequisite to serving the English department as a Teaching Assistant.


ENG 6393 MA Thesis (6 hrs.)
ENG 6393 will be taken twice as the student prepares a long-form piece of scholarship in the areas of composition and rhetoric. A non-thesis option consists of two additional electives in which the student will produce a seminar papers on topics related to rhetoric and/or composition.



Elective Courses


Rhetoric Courses

ENG 5306 Critical Theory (3 hrs.)
A study of major schools of critical theory.


ENG 5316 History of Rhetoric (3 hrs.)
An advanced study of rhetoric with an investigation of its development as a discipline.


ENG 6316 Multicultural Rhetoric (3 hrs.)
A study of diverse rhetorics from around the world with a focus on how they expand upon and differ from traditional European assumptions about communication and rhetoric.


ENG 6399 Special Topics in Rhetoric and Composition (3 hrs.)
A semester long study in a particular topic related to the pedagogy or practice of writing and rhetoric.



Composition Pedagogy Courses

ENG 6301 Composition Pedagogy (3 hrs.)
A study of composition theory, technology, and assessment as guides for teaching practices.


ENG 6320 Teaching Writing in Multi-lingual Environments (3 hrs.)
A survey of pedagogical methods in multi-lingual writing classrooms.


ENG 6326 Theories of Developmental Writing and Reading (3 hrs.)
An examination of current scholarship in the teaching of secondary and college developmental writing and reading in preparation for effective teaching of underprepared students in multicultural classrooms.



Composition Theory Courses

ENG 6318 Stylistics and Editing (3 hrs.)
Trains students in the examination and assessment of the rhetorical effects of style and editing and in the application of appropriate choices to documents, audiences, and settings. Covers information processing theory and practice.


ENG 6327 Studies in Literacy (3 hrs.)
This course will examine historical, current, and emerging trends in the field of literacy studies, with the understanding that literacy is defined by the contexts and cultures in which it appears. Students will read and write within traditional text-based literacies as well as multimodal and digital literacies.


ENG 6370 Theories of Collaborative Writing (3 hrs.)
An advanced survey of collaborative writing and learning theories, with strategies and applications.


ENG 6371 Strategies for Writing Assessment (3 hrs.)
A study of the theory and practice of writing assessment, including the assessment of student writing.



English as a Second Language Courses

ENG6310 Intercultural and World Communication (3 hrs.)
Examines issues surrounding communication for and with multiple audiences with diverse linguistic and cultural patterns. Will consider implications of controlled language systems.


ENG 6317 Theory and Practice of Second Language Acquisition (3 hrs.)
An examination of theories of second language acquisition and an application of pedagogical methods.


ENG 6319 Language Variation and Adaptation (3 hrs.)
An examination of language development and its relevance to skills required in an educational environment. The course will focus on sound patterns, word formation patterns, sentence structures, and writing systems and standards.


Technology and Pedagogy

ENG 6322 Instructional Design (3 hrs.)
Surveys and applies the theory, research, creation, development, and delivery of courses in corporate and academic environments. Students will design and present curricula for classroom or industry use.


ENG 6323 Communication and Technology (3 hrs.)
Acquaints students with various computer software programs and their applications. Students will expand their knowledge of rhetorical principles and techniques for reporting statistical analyses and conveying them to specialized audiences.



Literature Courses

ENG 6306 Literary Theory and Interpretation
This course compares the theory and practice of two or three strategies for interpreting literature.


ENG 6307 Shakespeare (3 hrs.)
An in-depth study of Shakespeare, with attention to the literary and intellectual contexts, performance/film history, and contemporary critical approaches.


ENG 6313 British Literature Seminar
An examination of historical and rhetorical contexts, representative authors, literary texts, and/or major literary movements in British literature, including texts from Ireland, and/or Commonwealth nations. Course will introduce current approaches and critical debates in British literary studies to help prepare students for scholarly and multicultural pedagogical engagement.


ENG 6314 American Literature Seminar
A study of representative authors, literary texts, and major movements in American literature within their historical and rhetorical contexts. This course focuses on current critical debates and emphases in American literary studies to help prepare students for scholarly and multicultural pedagogical engagement.


ENG 6315 World Literature Seminar
Examines, within their historical and rhetorical contexts, representative authors, literary texts, and/or major literary movements in world literature.

Contact for more information:

Dr. Adam Ellwanger
Department of English
ellwangera@uhd.edu
(713) 226-5577


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