Course Descriptions for the English Studies & Communications Skills Department

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List of all courses and their descriptions
List of all courses, their descriptions and offerings in the schedule book

ENGL6000 - Rhetoric and Composition
Spring 2014

This course introduces students to composition and rhetoric as a field of research and study. This field of inquiry involves analyzing theory, historicizing composition and rhetoric, studying literacy and culture, and teaching writing. English 6000 is primarily a reading course. Students will do extensive reading in contemporary composition theory and in theoretical work that has been influential in composition studies. Most of what will be read and discussed has been written since 1963, the date many scholars use to identify the birth of contemporary composition as an academic field, but students will also review rhetorical theory dating to Plato and Aristotle in order to glean principles of rhetoric and composition from these thinkers.
Prerequisite: Graduate status, or permission of department head.
3 Credits

ENGL6010 - Linguistics and Pedagogy
Spring 2014

This course has students focus on five topics of language study: First, students study the formal aspects of linguistics-- phonetics, phonology, morphology, and syntax. Second, they study the varieties, histories, and elements of the English language to understand the place on English in the contemporary world. Third, they examine the social and political implications of language policy and teaching in our own country as well as language issues abroad. Fourth, students examine semantics and the meaning of meaning. And, last, they compare the structures of other languages, both living and dead, to see what we can learn from their idiosyncratic solutions to universal language problems and to learn about the place of English in the world of commerce and media. Student also will examine the disciplinary nature of linguistics, consider the critical issues of the field, and consider the pedagogical applications of linguistics.
Prerequisite: Graduate status, or permission of department head
3 Credits

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