Course Requirements and Descriptions

Course Requirements for the MA in English

All MENG students will be required to complete the Core Requirements as part of their degree. In addition to the Core, students need to complete one of the options.

CORE REQUIREMENTS

Core Research Methods
MENG 6010 Introduction to Graduate Studies

 (3) One course in three of the following four areas (3 courses)

Core Literature
MENG 6030* Studies in Literary Theory and Criticism (3)
MENG 6610* Advanced Studies in Genres (2-3)
MENG 6710* Variable Topics (2-3)

Core Seminars
MENG 6510* Seminar in Eminent Writers (2-3)
MENG 6520 Seminar in Shakespeare (3)

Core Language
MENG 6310 Language and Linguistic for Teachers (3)
MENG 6320 World Languages (3)
MENG 6330 Literary and Rhetorical Stylistics (3)
MENG 6410 Strategies and Methodology of Teaching ESL/Bilingual (3)
MENG 6420 English Phonology and Syntax for ESL/Bilingual Teachers (3)
MENG 6450 ESL/Bilingual Assessment: Theory, Methods, and Practices (3)

Core Teaching
MENG 6110 Writing for Teachers (3)
MENG 6120 Teaching Traditional and Contemporary Young Adult Literature (4)
MENG 6230 Wasatch Range Writing Project Summer Institute (1-6)
MENG 6280 TESOL Practicum (3)
MENG 6400 Multicultural Perspectives on Literature for Young People (3)
MENG 6821 Teaching Developmental Reading and Writing (2)
MENG 6822 Teaching College Writing (2) MENG 6823 Teaching Practicum (1)

* May be repeated for elective credit with different content.

LITERATURE OPTION

All MENG students will be required to complete the Core Requirements as part of their degree.

Seminars in Literature  Three courses from at least two of the following repeatable seminars (9 credit hours)
MENG 6240 Seminar in American Literature: Variable Title (3)
MENG 6250 Seminar in British Literature: Variable Title (3)
MENG 6260 Seminar in World Literature: Variable Title (3) 

Electives  Elective courses may be taken to fulfill the minimum 33 credit hours required to graduate. All program courses not taken as a required course may be taken as electives. No more than three hours of directed readings credit (MENG 6830) may apply toward the Master of Arts in English degree unless approved by the program director. 

SECONDARY LICENSURE OPTION

All MENG students will be required to complete the Core Requirements as part of their degree.

Literature
One of the following courses (may be used to also fulfill the Core Literature)
MENG 6030 Studies in Literary Theory and Criticism (3)
MENG 6610 Advanced Studies in Genres (2-3)
MENG 6710 Variable Topics (2-3)

Seminars
One of the following courses (may be used to also fulfill the Core Seminars)
MENG 6510 Seminar in Eminent Writers (2-3)
MENG 6520* Seminar in Shakespeare (3) * Strongly recommended

Linguistics
One of the following courses (may be used to also fulfill the Core Language)
MENG 6310 Language and Linguistic for Teachers (3)
MENG 6410 Strategies and Methodology of Teaching ESL/Bilingual (3)

Writing
One of the following courses (3 credit hour minimum; may be used to also fulfill the Core Teaching)
MENG 6110 Writing for Teachers (3)
MENG 6230 Wasatch Range Writing Project Summer Institute (1-6)

Seminars in Literature
One course in two of the three following seminars (6 credit hours)
MENG 6240 Seminar in American Literature: Variable Title (3)
MENG 6250 Seminar in British Literature: Variable Title (3)
MENG 6260 Seminar in World Literature: Variable Title (3)

Electives
Elective courses may be taken to fulfill the minimum 33 credit hours required to graduate if the secondary licensure is not pursued.

Secondary Licensure Teaching MED 6060 must be taken prior to MENG 5210/6120; MENG 5210 and MENG 6120 must be taken concurrently. It is strongly recommended that MENG 6110 or MENG 6230 be taken prior to MENG 5210/6120.

MENG 5210 Practicum in Teaching English (2)
MENG 6120 Teaching Traditional and Contemporary Young Adult Literature (4)

Students seeking to fulfill the secondary licensure requirements though the Utah State Office of Education must also apply and be accepted into the Master of Education (MEd) Secondary Licensure Track. For all requirements related to pursuing a secondary licensure, please refer to the Master of Education Secondary Licenure Track in this catalog and contact the MEd Program offices. A minimum of 16 credit hours will be required from MEd for licensure. Credit taken in the MEd Program will meet elective requirements for the 33 credit hour minimum in MENG.

MASTER LEVEL COURSES (MENG)

MENG 5010. Introduction to Linguistics (3)

This course introduces students to the scientific study of language. It explores what languages have in common, as well as what distinguishes them. Students learn basic analytic techniques in articulatory phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, and semantics and apply them to data drawn from various languages. These core concepts may be expanded and applied to other areas, such as language acquisition, language history, language and culture, language and thought, and language and literary expression. This course is designed for students with bachelor's degrees who have no upper-division undergraduate coursework in linguistics.

MENG 5020. Introduction to the Study of Language for Teachers (3)

This course is designed for English teaching majors and minors. It introduces students to the nature of language and linguistics and reviews the elements of traditional grammar. This course surveys prescribed applications for prospective secondary school English teachers, including language variation, contemporary alternatives to traditional grammar, the history of English, and linguistics and composition. This course is designed for students who have no upper-division undergraduate coursework in linguistics.

MENG 5050. Grammar, Style, and Usage for Advanced Writing (3)

This course presents the concepts and nomenclature of traditional grammar as a context for students wishing to increase their control of punctuation, style, and usage to become more proficient writers. Its offers practical guidance in how grammatical concepts can be applied to revising and editing one's own or others' writing to more effectively express one's intended meaning. The course is designed for students with bachelor's degrees who have no upper-division undergraduate coursework in linguistics.

MENG 5080. Critical Approaches to Literature (3)

Students will study and practice critical approaches to literature. The course will begin with New Criticism and proceed to study more resistant reading strategies such as feminism, Marxism, and deconstruction. Students will not only learn the theoretical premises behind these theories, but also practice explicating various texts from a particular critical perspective.

MENG 5210. Practicum in Teaching English (2)

This course provides a broad, practical background in teaching young adult (YA) literature for MENG students seeking secondary school licensure. Selection, evaluation, curriculum planning, and assessment in teaching literature will receive primary emphasis. Issues concerning community values and censorship will also receive our attention. MED 6050 Curriculum Design, Evaluation, Assessment (3) must be taken prior to MENG 5210/6120. MENG 5210 and MENG 6120 must be taken concurrently. We strongly recommend that MENG 6110 Writing for Teachers (3) or MENG 6230 Wasatch Range Writing Project Summer Institutes (3) be taken prior to MENG 5210/6120.

MENG 5510. World Literature (3)

Students in this course read texts from a variety of eras and of authors and regions outside the United States and Great Britain.  This course may not be applied to graduate degree requirements if an undergraduate survey covering the same period was applied toward an undergraduate degree.

MENG 5520. American Literature: Early and Romantic (3)

Students in this course read texts from the late eighteenth century to the decades just before the Civil War.  This course may not be applied to graduate degree requirements if an undergraduate survey covering the same period was applied toward an undergraduate degree.

MENG 5530. American Literature: Realism and Naturalism (3)

Students in this course read texts from the Civil War through World War I.  This course may not be applied to graduate degree requirements if an undergraduate survey covering the same time period was applied towards undergraduate degree. 

MENG 5540. American Literature: Modern (3)

Students in this course read texts from the first half of the twentieth century.  This course may not be applied to graduate degree requirements if an undergraduate survey covering the same time period was applied towards an undergraduate degree. 

MENG 5550. American Literature: Contemporary (3)

Students in this course read texts from the 1950s to the present. This course may not be applied to graduate degree requirements if an undergraduate survey covering the same time period was applied towards undergraduate degree. 

MENG 5610. British Literature: Medieval (3)

Students in this course read texts from the eighth century to the end of the fifteenth century.  Works written in Anglo-Saxon English and northern medieval dialects will be read in modern translations. This course may not be applied to graduate degree requirements if an undergraduate survey covering the same time period was applied towards undergraduate degree. 

MENG 5620. British Literature: Renaissance (3)

Students in this course read texts from the beginning of the sixteenth century to the middle of the seventeenth. This course may not be applied to graduate degree requirements if an undergraduate survey covering the same time period was applied towards undergraduate degree.  

MENG 5630. British Literature: Neoclassical and Romantic (3)

Students in this course read texts from the late seventeenth century to the early nineteenth century.  This course may not be applied to graduate degree requirements if an undergraduate survey covering the same time period was applied towards undergraduate degree. 

MENG 5640. British Literature: Victorian (3)

Students in this course read texts from 1830 until roughly World War I.  This course may not be applied to graduate degree requirements if an undergraduate survey covering the same time period was applied towards undergraduate degree. 

MENG 5650. British Literature:  Modern (3)

Students in this course read texts from the first half of the twentieth century.  This course may not be applied to graduate degree requirements if an undergraduate survey covering the same time period was applied towards undergraduate degree. 

MENG 5660. British Literature: Contemporary (3)

Students in this course read British and Anglo-Irish literature since 1950.  This course may not be applied to graduate degree requirements if an undergraduate survey covering the same time period was applied towards undergraduate degree. 

MENG 5730. Literature of Cultures and Places (3)

Students in this course read texts focusing on a single national culture or works from various cultures.  This course may not be applied to graduate degree requirements if an undergraduate survey covering the same time period was applied towards undergraduate degree. 

MENG 5750. Classical Literature (3)

Students in this course read texts from the Golden Age of Greece to the fall of the Roman Empire.  This course may not be applied to graduate degree requirements if an undergraduate survey covering the same time period was applied towards undergraduate degree.

MENG 5840. Methods and Practice in Tutoring Writers (3)

Faculty supervised experience in tutoring student writers in all disciplines. This course is limited to teaching assistants in the MENG program.

MENG 5920. Short Courses, Workshops, Institutes and Special Programs (1-4)

In order to provide flexibility and to meet many different needs, a number of specific offerings are possible using this catalog number. When the number is used it will be accompanied by a brief and specific descriptive title. The specific title with the credit authorized for the particular offering will appear on the student transcript.

MENG 6005. Intercultural Classroom Discourse (3)

Students will read, discuss and experience interactive learning tools from the fields of sociolinguistics, intercultural communication, and TESOL pedagogy. Students will analyze dialects and personal/social conversational styles. Examples from literature and film will help provide a contextualized means of observing and understanding cultural identities.

MENG 6010. Introduction to Graduate Studies (3)

Students will learn research methods and methodologies that will allow them to produce publishable, sophisticated pieces of academic prose of the kind expected of professional academics. Students will compose abstracts, conference paper proposals, annotated bibliographies, and surveys of scholarship. Students will explore academic databases extensively and learn to evaluate rigorously other scholars' work. Students will be encouraged to submit their work in the class to journals, conferences, or collections of essays. Students should take this course within their first year of study and focus their research on topics that may support future work on a thesis or project. 

MENG 6030. Studies in Literary Theory and Criticism: Variable Title (3)

Students will study influential works in literary theory--potentially ranging from Plato's REPUBLIC to Gayatri Spivak's groundbreaking feminist studies to Stephen Greenblatt's New Historicist studies to Homi Bhabha's postcolonial analyses--paying specific attention to the influence of these theories on English studies.

MENG 6110. Writing for Teachers (3)

Designed primarily for in-service teachers, this course explores the most current research and theory concerning the teaching of writing and applies it to issues in the secondary classroom.

MENG 6120. Teaching Traditional and Contemporary Young Adult Literature (4)

This course provides a broad, practical background in young adult literature, both traditional and contemporary, with emphasis on current theories and methods in literature pedagogy. Selection and evaluation of texts that appeal to young adults, reading strategies, censorship, themes and genres will be given special attention. MED 6050 Curriculum Design, Evaluation, Assessment (3) must be taken prior to MENG 5210/6120. MENG 5210 and MENG 6120 must be taken concurrently. We strongly recommend that MENG 6110 Writing for Teachers (3) or MENG 6230 Wasatch Range Writing Project Summer Institutes (3) be taken prior to MENG 5210/6120.

MENG 6210. Teaching Literature in the Secondary Schools (3)

Designed primarily for in-service teachers, this course explores the most current research and theory concerning the teaching of literature and applies it to issues in the secondary classroom.

MENG 6230. Wasatch Range Writing Project Summer Institute (1-6)

This course is designed to follow the National Writing Project model. The four-week Invitational Institute is for inservice teachers nominated by their school district or their peers. It is designed to develop leadership skills in those teachers to enable them to impact the quality of writing instruction in their individual schools and district. It is also designed to develop teacher leadership for the Wasatch Range Writing Project. The One Week Open Institute is open to any in-service teacher wishing to improve writing instruction in his/her classroom. Can be repeated once up to eight (8) credit hours total.

MENG 6240. Seminar in American Literature: Variable Title (3)

This seminar explores major texts of one particular American era. The course focuses on literature which articulates the selected period. This variable emphasis course may be repeated for credit with different content.

MENG 6250. Seminar in British Literature: Variable Title (3)

This seminar explores major texts of one particular British era. This course focuses on the literature which articulates the selected period. This variable emphasis course may be repeated for credit with different subject matter.

MENG 6260. Seminar in World Literature: Variable Title (3)

This seminar explores literature other than American or British. The course focuses on the literature which articulates the selected time and place. This variable emphasis course may be repeated for credit with different subject matter.

MENG 6280. TESOL Practicum (3)

TESOL practicum provides guided and supported experience in one or more of the following: tutorial, small group teaching, whole class lesson planning. Candidates will practice a variety of instructional modes for speaking, reading and writing.

MENG 6310. Language and Linguistics for Teachers (3)

Designed primarily for in-service teachers, this course explores recent research in linguistics and applies it to
issues in the secondary classroom.

MENG 6320. World Languages (3)

This course broadens students’ awareness of diversity among the world’s languages, thereby fostering understanding and appreciation of the nature of human language in general. Issues may include language obsolescence and maintenance, writing systems of the world, prosody and poetic forms in other languages, language history, and language families. Some prior experience in linguistics or language structures will be helpful as students study profiles of selected languages representing major language families of the world and various geographical areas.

MENG 6330. Literary and Rhetorical Stylistics (3)

This course surveys the literature on style in linguistics, literature, and rhetoric. Some prior background in grammar will be useful as students engage in quantitative and qualitative stylistic analysis of texts from a literary period, genre, or particular author and learn how diction, syntax, and figurative language can be deployed to communicative and artistic ends.

MENG 6400. Multicultural Perspectives on Literature for Young People (3)

This course examines the theories of literature and multicultural education for young people K-12, as well as the use of multicultural literature in and out of the classroom. Students will apply the latest critical and pedagogical theories to extensive readings in Young Adult literature. This course is especially suited to in-service teachers, librarians and others who work with young people.

MENG 6410. Strategies and Methodology of Teaching ESL/Bilingual (3)

This course emphasizes practical strategies and methods of teaching English as a Second Language in elementary and secondary schools.

MENG 6420. English Phonology and Syntax for ESL/Bilingual Teachers (3)

This course provides the foundation for ESL/Bilingual teachers in the workings of the English language: its pronunciation and spelling systems, its word-forming strategies, and its sentence structure patterns.

MENG 6450. ESL/Bilingual Assessment: Theory, Methods, and Practices (3)

This course explores how to evaluate and implement assessment processes effectively for ESL/Bilingual pupils in public schools.  Students will gain experience with both standardized test and authentic assessment.

MENG 6510. Seminar in Eminent Writers: Variable Title (2-3)

This seminar examines significant works of and relevant criticism on an influential writer or a small group of writers. This variable emphasis course may be repeated for credit with different subject matter.

MENG 6520. Seminar in Shakespeare (3)

This seminar examines a range of Shakespeare's major works as well as relevant criticism.

MENG 6610. Advanced Studies in Genre: Variable Title (2-3)

Students will analyze primary and secondary texts about one genre or sub-genre to develop a definition and understanding of the form. This variable emphasis course may be repeated for credit with different subject matter.

MENG 6710. Variable Topics: Variable Title (2-3)

Topics will vary based on student interest and instructor expertise. This course may be repeated for credit with different subject matter.

MENG 6821. Teaching Developmental Reading and Writing (2)

This course introduces first-time teachers to the theory and practice of teaching developmental reading and writing.

MENG 6822. Teaching College Writing (2)

This course introduces first-time teachers to the theory and practice of teaching college writing.

MENG 6823. Teaching Practicum (1)

This course supports teachers in their second semester of teaching college writing. Students will meet regularly to develop teaching strategies, enhance grading skills, resolve problems that have arisen in their classes, and plan strategies and procedures for classes they are teaching.

MENG 6830. Directed Readings (1-3)

This course allows students credit for individual study with a professor, usually for further study that grows out of course work. The student and professor agree to a written contract for study which must be approved by the program director. No more than 3 credit hours of directed readings may apply toward the MA degree unless approved by the program director. This course is designed to allow students to explore in depth and/or breadth, subject matter which goes beyond the established courses in the Master’s Degree Program.

MENG 6920. Short Courses, Workshops, Institutes and Special Programs (1-4)

In order to provide flexibility and to meet many different needs, a number of specific offerings are possible using this catalog number. When the number is used it will be accompanied by a brief and specific descriptive title. The specific title with the credit authorized for the particular offering will appear on the student transcript.

MENG 6940. Masters Project (2-6)

This course provides for the creation and execution of a project growing out of graduate study particularly as it applies to the workplace. Project credit may be taken in increments of 1-3 hours in any term.

MENG 6960. Thesis (6)

Thesis credit may be taken in increments of 1-3 hours in any term. The thesis is a capstone research and scholarly writing course for the Master’s Degree Program.


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