Graduate Course Descriptions


ENGL 500. Studies in Poetry. This reading and writing-intensive course involves in-depth study of selected poets, poetic genres (i.e. epic, lyric, narrative), or periods in the history of English and/or American poetry (i.e. Romantic, Victorian, Modern American, Modern British). (3)


ENGL 501. Studies in Ancient and Medieval Literature. This reading and writing intensive course involves in-depth study of selected classic works of literature from the ancient and medieval periods in the history of Western civilization. Readings will be selected from works by Homer, Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, Plato, Aristophanes, Marcus Aurelius (Meditations), Augustine (Confessions), Chaucer (Canterbury Tales), Malory (Le Morte d'Arthur), Chretien de Troyes (Arthurian Romances), Gottfried von Strassburg (Tristan), Machiavelli (The Prince) and/or other ancient and medieval authors. (3)


ENGL/CCHS 506. Chicano Literature and Critical Theory. An introduction to critical theory as prescribed by Karl Marx, Mikhail Bahktin, Elaine Showalter and others, and its relationship to the understanding and analysis of Chicano Literature. (3)


ENGL 507. Modern Continental Literature. Studies, in translation, of recent literary works of continental writers which thematically and stylistically supplement and illuminate the work of modem British and American writers. (3)


ENGL 511. The American Novel. Readings in American fiction from 1945 to the present. (3)


ENGL 515. Life and Literature of New Mexico. Study of the fiction, travels, memoirs, and folklore of New Mexico with emphasis on those writings which reflect the cultural heritage and the literary accomplishments of the area. (3)


ENGL 518. Studies in English Literature. Advanced study in a particular period, author, theme, or genre in English literature; serves as an in-depth follow-up to the most recently offered English literature survey course. (3)


ENGL/WRTG 519. Advanced Composition. Intensive work in expository writing. (3)


ENGL 520. Studies in American Literature. Selected studies in periods, genres, and figures in American literature; appropriate areas of study selected by teachers and students. (3)


ENGL 521. The British Novel. Studies in the history and development of the British novel; an analysis and interpretation of the socioeconomic conditions which it reflects. (3)


ENGL 522. Shakespeare and his Contemporaries. Studies in Shakespeare and his contemporaries (including but not limited to Jonson, Marlowe, Sydney, Drayton, Donne), focusing on the distinctive stylistic and thematic characteristics of Elizabeth and Jacobean drama and poetry. This course does not and cannot substitute for English 540 (Shakespeare), whose scope and purpose are different. (3)


ENGL 524. Greek Tragedy. Offers a concentrated study of the tragedies of Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides, focusing on the nature of the tragic hero, recurrent themes and problems of plays, and differences between the playwrights' techniques. (3)


ENGL 525. Studies in the Short Story. This reading- and writing- intensive course involves in depth study of the art of the short story and of selected works by American, English, French, and Russian authors acknowledged as masters in the genre. Students will also be introduced to the historical and cultural context within which these authors produced their work. (3)


ENGL 530. Contemporary British Literature. Readings in British literature from 1945 to the present. (3)


ENGL 538. Women as Writers. Examination of selected writings by English and American women from the sixteenth to twentieth centuries, with special consideration given to the ways in which women portray women’s experience, image, self-concepts and role in society. (3)


ENGL 540. Shakespeare. Study of the major plays, including representative tragedies, comedies, and histories, with emphasis on language and theme. (3)


ENGL/HIST 547. The Enlightenment. Acquaints the student with the significant changes in ideas and values which swept Europe and the Americas in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. (3)


ENGL 550. Secondary English Methods. Techniques and texts appropriate to the high school classroom. Offered every third semester. (3)


ENGL 551. Literature of the American West. Survey of the literature of the west with emphasis upon historical narratives, folk literature, nature writing, and fiction. (3)


ENGL 555. Psychological Perspectives on Literature. Will investigate the many ways in which psychological experience becomes the thematic material of literature. Even though the specialized discipline of psychology did not emerge until the later nineteenth century, literary artists have explored human mental experience for many centuries and continue to do so today. This course uses literary texts (drama, personal memoir, fiction, poetry) to study the literary representation of primary mental disorders such as paranoia, delusional psychosis, schizophrenia and suicidal depression. (3)


ENGL 565. Critical Approaches to Literature. Intensive study of literatures through the application of various insights and knowledge from other fields that can reveal more about the literatures as well as more about the students exploring the literature. (3)


ENGL 570. Feminist Theories of Literature. Highlights women’s issues and women’s literature, and investigates theoretical approaches to all literature, building on students’ understanding of the literary canon, women’s social and historical issues, and literary theory, with emphasis on extensive research and writing. (3)


ENGL 598. English Thesis. (3-6)




WRTG 502. Writing Poetry. Students will study poetic forms, write in established forms, research contemporary published poetry, write in free form, research submission processes, and submit poetry to respected literary journals. (3)


WRTG 503. Writing the Screenplay. Advanced practice in writing the screenplay, including critical attention to formatting, dialogue and description. Marketing the finished product will also be emphasized. Students prepare a synopsis, write a screenplay using the proper format, post acts of the play online and review and critique each other's work. (3)


WRTG 505. Writing the Philosophical Reflection. Advance practice in writing from a philosophical perspective which incorporates the application of valid logical and rhetorical strategies. Students choose from a broad range of subjects, reflect upon them by applying philosophical techniques, post writing assignments online and review each other's work. Philosophical literature will also be reviewed. (3)


WRTG 508. Creative Non-Fiction Writing. Advanced practice in writing creative non-fiction, including the understanding of fiction techniques as applied to non-fiction writing. Students choose non-fiction subjects, articulate criteria for these assignments, apply dramatic techniques, post their writing assignments online, and review each other's work. (3)


WRTG 509. Memoir Writing. Students will use in-depth writing exercises to "mine for memories" which they will use as material for a possible book-length manuscript of non-fiction prose. This is not an autobiography; it is a focused study of one theme in the writer's life. Students will have the opportunity to leave this class with experience and practice of gathering, focusing, composing, editing - and perhaps even submitting for publication - experiences from their own lives in a creative, non-fiction manuscript. (3)


WRTG 510. Advanced Creative Writing. Advanced practice in original composition with a focus on research and publication within a chosen genre; demands a sophisticated understanding of the English language, an application of critical thought, and a commitment to creativity. (3)


WRTG 515. Publishing in the 21st Century. Exploration of current issues and trends in the field of publishing, including self-publishing. Students will get hands-on experience in publishing a print-on-demand book either in a collaborative group or as an individual project. (3)


WRTG/ENGL 519. Advanced Composition. Intensive work in expository writing. (3)


WRTG 526. Writing Children's Literature. Practice in the writing of children's literature - including picture books, middle-grade books, and young adult. Genres of writing can be poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. Analysis of the conventions of children's literature and its role as a literary form in the twenty-first century. (3)


WRTG 527. Nature Writing. Practice in the genre called nature writing- including but not limited to writing about the natural world, environmental issues, living in place, and the biological sciences. Analysis of the history of nature writing and the new role of nature writing in the twenty-first century. (3)


WRTG 545. Writing Fiction. Practice in the writing of adult literary fiction, both short story and novel form. Some genre fiction is allowed with permission from the instructor. Students will look at key elements of writing fiction, including plot, development of characters, and point of view. Students who have taken Writing Children's Literature can continue in this form with permission from the instructor. (3)


WRTG 566. Writing for Magazines. Practice in writing for magazines, feature articles as well as shorter how-to pieces, columns, and news reports. Some discussion of how and where to publish. (3)


WRTG 567. Writing for Social Change. Exploration of how writing can be used to generate and encourage social change, from opinion pieces in local newspapers to bestselling books on global issues. Students will discuss how such writing has affected their lives, what issues they wish to write about as advocates of social change, what writing forms best fit those issues, and what writing strategies best fit those forms. (3)


WRTG 569. Writing for Professionals. Advanced practice in the kind of writing required in professional employment, including but not limited to nursing, teaching, law enforcement, and business. Students choose writing activities related to their chosen profession, articulate criteria for these assignments, post their writing assignments online, and review each other's work. (3)