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​​Required Courses

ENG 5317 - Rhetorical Theory and Criticism (3 hrs.)
A study of major rhetorical t​​heories and criticism

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

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

Elect​​​ive Courses

Rhetoric Cour​​​ses

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 5390 - 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.

Compo​sition 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 an​d 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.

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 Directed Research (6 hrs.)
As the first half of the thesis sequence, this course will be taken as the student begins work on a long-form piece of scholarship relevant to composition and/or rhetoric. For more details on the thesis sequence, see the director of the degree. In the event that a student does not wish to write a thesis, a non-thesis option consists of two additional electives.

ENG 6394: MARC Thesis
As the second half of the thesis sequence, the course spans the period during which the student is actually composing, revising, and eventually defending the thesis with input from supervising faculty.​

Zero Credit Courses

ENG 3097 - Non-Thesis Option
Students who do not wish to write a thesis must take 2 additional elective courses. Upon making the decision to pursue the non-thesis option, the student must enroll in ENG 6097 – a zero-credit course that indicates this decision on the transcript.

ENG 6098 - MARC Portfolio
In the semester during which students will complete the M.A. degree, they must each enroll in ENG 6098.  Their only responsibility in this zero-credit course is to submit a portfolio to the director of the program by the end of the semester.  This portfolio should include three major projects (typically essays written during MARC courses) that represent the student’s best work in each of three areas: composition, rhetoric, and pedagogy.  (See the director of the program for more details).

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