Graduate Courses

ENGLISH 501 Christian Poetics (3)
This course assists the student in developing, through reading and discussion of salient critical texts, a distinctly Christian poetics: a set of principles by which the reader analyzes, interprets, and evaluates literature in a manner consistent with a Biblical worldview.

ENGLISH 503 Bibliography and Research (3)
English 503 provides students with an introduction to graduate-level research and bibliography methods in the field of English. In addition, students will practice the primary forms of writing expected of graduate students.

ENGLISH 505 Advanced Literary Criticism (3)
An inquiry into the nature and functions of Anglo-American literary criticism and theory. A review of ancient, early Modern, and 18- and 19th-century figures as context for analysis and critique of a selected recent theorist.

ENGLISH 507 Teaching Composition (3)
This course introduces composition studies—its theory, research, scholarship and pedagogy—and the teaching of academic composition classes. Students will engage in both theoretical and practical approaches to teaching writing. This course is required of all Graduate Teaching Assistants who plan to teach English composition classes at Liberty and must be taken prior to or concurrently with their first semester of teaching.

ENGLISH 510 Studies in Ancient Literature/Classics (3)
A study of the literature of the ancient Greek and Roman world, with the works studied each semester to be determined by the genre emphasized (epic, tragedy, comedy). The inquiry into the nature of this body of literature will revolve around an investigation of the poets’ peculiar visions and the limits of the genre studied, with reference the theories of Aristotle and Plato regarding the nature and purpose of poetry and civil life.

ENGLISH 511 Christian Authors (3)
This course offers advanced study of selected authors, themes, or genres that either reflect or respond to Christian belief as well as analysis of the relationship of such texts to both Christian culture and the larger world.

ENGLISH 512 Seminar in British Authors (3)
This course explores the works and contexts, both critical and historical, of a major British author. Authors studied might include Chaucer, Spenser, Fielding, Thackeray, or Joyce, among others.

ENGLISH 513 Linguistics (3)
This course lays a foundation for studying and understanding not only English, but any language, primarily from the functional/typological approach, but also from the generative one. Principles will be learned via text analysis, breaking down a language into its basic constituents relative to its phonology, morphology, syntax and discourse.

ENGLISH 515 Studies in British Literature (3)
This course offers a focused study of a specific time period, genre, or major figure in British literature.

ENGLISH 517 Old English Literature (3)
This course is an introduction to Old English language, literature, and culture. It will focus on an introduction to the language itself with a central view to reading the literature of the Anglo-Saxon world. The course will therefore also involve an introductory study of Anglo-Saxon culture and the history of the Anglo-Saxon peoples.

ENGLISH 523 Shakespeare (3)
A study of selected works from the Shakespearean canon, with the chief focus each semester determined by genre (tragedy, comedy, or history).

ENGLISH 529 Studies in American Literature (3)
This course offers a focused study of a specific time period, genre, or major figure in American literature.

ENGLISH 532 Seminar in American Authors (3)
An in-depth study of the life and literary works of one major American writer who made significant contributions to the canon of American literature.

ENGLISH 533 Advanced Grammar (3)
Advanced Grammar will encompass the basic as well as the most complex constituents of the English language, not just in sentence structures, but in phonology, morphology, and discourse.

ENGLISH 537 African-American Literature (3)
This course is a study of selected African-American Literature from the Seventeenth-Century (including the vernacular tradition) through the present, introducing students to the literary, cultural, and historical contexts of selected works. The course focuses on each of the three major genres of poetry, prose, and drama from a representative sample of periods of African American literature - 17th Century, 18th Century, 19th Century and 20th Century - in an attempt to show the breadth and variety of African-American literary tradition.

ENGLISH 550 Nonfiction Writing (3)
This course will survey various tools and techniques which assist in the writing of nonfiction works: essays, articles, memoirs, trade books, travelogues, biographies, etc. Exemplary nonfiction works will be reviewed. Attention will also be given to the roles of agents, editors, and publishers in the production of nonfiction literature. A significant portion of the course will be dedicated to the production of publishable works by the students.

ENGLISH 551 Poetry Writing (3)
Integrating instruction, exercise, and feedback on work from the instructor and classmates, this course teaches students techniques in producing publishable poetry as well as in creating a variety of poetic forms.

ENGLISH 552 Fiction Writing (3)
Integrating instruction, exercise, and feedback on work from the instructor and classmates, this course teaches students the craft of fiction writing with attention to setting, mood, theme, character, dialogue, plot, point of view, tone and style, description, technique and publication.

ENGLISH 554/ Teaching Writing Across the Curriculum (3)
This course investigates theories and applications of writing to learn, using writing as a means of learning in the English classroom and within the disciplines.

ENGLISH 562 Text Analysis (3)
This course in an in-depth examination and application of principles and practices of text analysis, both oral and written. Focus will be upon the full range of genres; narrative, procedural, hortatory and expository discourse.

ENGLISH 564 History of the English Language (3)
Assuming a general background in the histories of Old, Middle, and Modern English, this course focuses on the rise of English to a global language, beginning with the ages of exploration, science and technology, and the rise of the political, economic and cultural influences of English speaking peoples.

ENGLISH 595 Directed Research (3)
Prerequisite: Approval of program director is required.
This course will allow a student to work individually with a professor or to take an approved course outside of the English program for credit.

ENGLISH 613 Contemporary and Postmodern Literature (3)
A study of contemporary (post-World War II) fiction, poetry, and/or drama and of postmodern world literature. Readings include American, English, and world literature.

ENGLISH 656 World Literatures (3)
This course is a study of selected western and non-western masterpieces from antiquity to the present.

ENGLISH 689 Thesis Proposal and Research (3)
This course is designed to help students complete their M.A. Thesis. It is expected that research for the thesis project will be relevant to the student’s study in the master’s program and will make an academic contribution to the research in English.

ENGLISH 690 Thesis Defense (3)