Graduate Courses in Rotation

Current and Recent Graduate Course Descriptions

501. Advanced Grammar. 3 hrs. Introduces structural and transformational grammar.
503. Introduction to Linguistics. 3 hrs. Introduces the principles of descriptive linguistics.
506. History of the English Language. 3 hrs. Surveys the development of the English language from Old English to the present.
511. Studies in Postcolonial Literature. 3 hrs. Examines postcolonial literature from the 19th century to the present.
513. Survey of the Modern Novel. 3 hrs. Examines major British and Continental novels of the last 100 years.
515. Survey of Modern Poetry. 3 hrs. Acquaints students with the work of the significant modern poets, as well as the modern period’s important poetic innovations and movements.
517. Survey of Modern Drama. 3 hrs. Surveys important British and Continental dramas of the 20th century.
518. Literature for the Adolescent. 3 hrs. Study of literature and pedagogical theory for use with secondary school students.
519. Studies in World Literature. 3 hrs. Focuses on Continental, British, and American writers of the 19th and 20th centuries. Repeatable to 9 hours.
540. Literary Criticism. 3 hrs. Provides a historical approach to the study of literary criticism from the classical period to the present. Emphasis will be on major texts and major critics.
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545. Studies in Children's and Young Adult Literature. 3 hrs. Explores various literary topics in children's or young adult literature in a seminar setting. Repeatable to 6 hours.
550. Survey of Medieval Literature, 500-1500. 3 hrs. Surveys world literature of the period.
551. Chaucer. 3 hrs. Emphasizes a close reading of The Canterbury Tales.
552. Arthurian Literature. 3 hrs. Surveys the literature treating the legend of King Arthur.
554. Survey of Shakespeare. 3 hrs. Studies a selected group of Shakespeare’s work, including plays of several genres.
555. Studies in Shakespeare. 3 hrs. Studies a selected group of Shakespeare’s work according to genre, theme, or special topic.
556. Survey of 16th-Century British Literature. 3 hrs. Studies the more important British writers of this period.
557. Survey of the Development of British Drama to 1642. 3 hrs. Studies British drama from its beginnings to 1642, exclusive of Shakespeare.
558. Survey of 17th-Century British Prose and Poetry. 3 hrs. Surveys British literature of the period 1600 to 1660, with emphasis on the “schools” of Donne and Jonson.
559. Milton. 3 hrs. Studies the poetry and prose of Milton with emphasis on the major works.
560. Survey of British Literature, 1660-1740. 3 hrs. Surveys British literature from the Restoration to 1740.
562. Survey of British Literature, 1740-1798. 3 hrs. Surveys British literature from 1740 to 1798.
563. Victorian Fiction Prose. 3 hrs. Survey of British fiction and nonfiction prose in the period 1830-1900.
564. Survey of the British Novel to 1900. 3 hrs. Surveys the development of British fiction from Richardson through Hardy.
565. Survey of 19th-Century British Literature: Romantic. 3 hrs. Surveys poetry and prose of the period 1790 to 1830.
566. Victorian Poetry and Drama. 3 hrs. Survey of British poetry and drama of the period 1830-1900.
567. Survey of 20th-Century British Literature. 3 hrs. Studies major 20th-century British writers, emphasizing novelists and dramatists.
568. British Women Writers. 3 hrs. Literature written by British women writers. Variable content.
569. Studies in British Literature. 3 hrs. Examines various topics in British literature. Repeatable to 9 hours.
570. Survey of the American Literary Renaissance, 1820-1870. 3 hrs. Examines the writings of Emerson, Thoreau, Hawthorne, Melville, Whitman, and others.
571. Survey of the Rise of Realism in American Literature, 1870-1920. 3 hrs. Examines American literature after the Civil War, focusing on the terms realism and naturalism.
572. Survey of American Drama. 3 hrs. Studies American drama from its beginnings to the present, with emphasis on the 20th century.
573. Studies in African-American Literature. 3 hrs. Focuses on specific genres, topics, or writers of African-American Literature.
577. Survey of the American Novel, 1920 to 1960. 3 hrs. Studies techniques and historical backgrounds of the major novelists.
578. American Women Writers. 3 hrs. Literature written by American women writers. Variable content.
585. Literature of the South. 3 hrs. Emphasizes the fiction, poetry, and drama of Southern writers.
589. Studies in American Literature. 3 hrs. Studies notable movements, genres, and problems of American literature. Repeatable to 9 hours.
593. Irish Studies. 4 hrs. A three-week course taught in Ireland as part of the Southern Miss British Studies Program. Content will vary.
596. Caribbean Studies. 3 hrs. Variable content. Lecture series under the auspices of the Center for International and Continuing Education.
597. Special Topics in British Literature. 6 hrs. A five-week course taught in London, England, offering an intensive study of special topics in British literature.
598. British Studies I. 3-6 hrs. A five-week course taught in London, England. Generally offers an intensive study of topics and figures from the beginning of English literature to 1800.
599. British Studies II. 3-6 hrs. A five-week course taught in London, England. Generally offers an intensive study of topics and figures in English literature from 1800 to the present.
609. Dimensions of Learning in English Education I. 3 hrs. Prerequisites: CIS 603, SPE 500, REF 632, CIS 700. Corequisite: REF 601. Seminar and field experience in English education.
610. Dimensions of Learning in English Education II. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: ENG 609. Corequisite: CIR 754. Seminar and field experience in English education. Includes a classroom-based research project.
611. Topics in Contemporary Literature. 3 hrs. A critical examination of a theme or themes in contemporary literature. Repeatable to 6 hours.
612. Studies in Genre. 3 hrs. Provides a focused survey of a literary genre and its critical history. Repeatable to 6 hours.
620. Poetic Forms. 3 hrs. This course will provide a study of the elements of craft necessary for the construction of various forms of poetry.
625. Readings in Fiction. 3 hrs. Studies in contemporary fiction. Repeatable to 6 hours.
626. Readings in Poetry. 3 hrs. Studies in contemporary poetry. Repeatable to 6 hours.
627. Introduction to Publishing. 3 hrs. A practical introduction to the business of literary publishing, concentrating on publishing and marketing.
628.  Teaching Creative Writing.  3 hrs.  Introduces students to creative writing pedagogy.
630. Teaching Composition. 3 hrs. Introduces students to composition pedagogy.
631. Composition Research and Scholarship. 3 hrs. Examines resources and methods for research and scholarship; emphasizes empirical, rhetorical, and historical frameworks.
632. Contemporary Composition Theory. 3 hrs. Surveys contemporary theories of composition and considers their implications for teaching writing.
633. Rhetorical Dimensions of Composition. 3 hrs. Examines historical and contemporary theories of rhetoric in the context of composition theory and practice.
640. Critical Reading and Methods in English. 3 hrs. Instruction in the collection, evaluation, and presentation of research materials.
641. Advanced Research and Methods in English.  Instruction in the collection, evaluation, and presentation of research materials and the development of scholarly methodologies.
644. Topics in Literary Theory. 3 hrs. A critical examination of important trends, movements, or issues in literary theory. Repeatable to 6 hours.
645. Topics in Children's and Young Adult Literature. 3 hrs. Critical examination of a theme or themes in children's and young adult literature. Repeatable to 6 hours.
650. Studies in Medieval Literature. 3 hrs. Provides a focused survey of world literature from the period 500-1500. Repeatable up to 6 hours.
655. Studies in Shakespeare. 3 hrs. Provides a survey of a group of Shakespeare’s plays chosen on the basis of genre, period, or theme. Repeatable to 6 hours.
658. Studies in Renaissance Literature. 3 hrs. Provides a focused survey of literary works from the 16th and 17th centuries. Repeatable to 6 hours.
661. Studies in the Restoration and 18th-Century British Literature. 3hrs. Provides a focused survey in the literature of the restoration period through the 18th century. Repeatable to 6 hours.
663. Studies in 19th-Century British Literature. 3 hrs. Provides a focused survey of the poetry or prose of the 19th century. Repeatable to 6 hours.
667. Studies in 20th-Century British Literature. 3 hrs. Provides a focused survey of 20th-century British literature. Repeatable to 6 hours.
669. Topics in British Literature. 3 hrs. A critical examination of important trends, movements, and issues in British literature. Repeatable up to 6 hours.
670. Studies in American Literature I. 3 hrs. Provides a focused survey of selected American writers and movements before 1900. Repeatable to 6 hours.
671. Studies in American Literature II. 3 hrs. Provides a focused survey of selected American writers and movements since 1900. Repeatable to 6 hours.
672. Topics in American Literature. 3 hrs. A critical examination of a theme or themes in American literature. Repeatable to 6 hours.
673. Topics in African-American Literature. 3 hrs. A critical examination of genres, topics, or writers of African-American literature. Repeatable to 6 hours.
678. Topics in Writing by Women. 3 hrs. A critical examination of a genre, topic, or theme in women’s literature. Repeatable to 6 hours.
690. Teaching Freshman Composition. 1 hr. Paces English 101 and 102. Provides practical models for writing assignments, teaching techniques, and classroom management for teachers of Freshman Composition. Repeatable to 4 hours. Credit hours do not count toward degree.
692. Special Problems. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Provides the opportunity to pursue a special topic or area of interest. Repeatable to 6 hours.
694. Studies in Basic Writing. 3 hrs. Examines theoretical, historical, and cultural issues in the teaching of basic writing.
695. Advanced Methods in English. 3 hrs. Analyzes recent theories and practices in the teaching of composition, literature, and language in post-elementary institutions. Repeatable to 9 hours. Credit hours do not count toward English degree.
696. Scholarly Publishing. 3 hrs. An introduction to scholarly and academic publishing.
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697. Independent Study and Research. 1-9 hrs. arranged. Not to be counted as credit toward a degree. Students actively working on a thesis, consulting with the major professor, or using other resources of the university may enroll in this course. Students who are not in residence and are not enrolled in at least 3 hours of thesis but who are actively working on a thesis, consulting with the major professor, or using other resources of the university must enroll in this course for at least 3 hours each semester.
698. Thesis. 1-6 hrs. for a total of 6 hours.
711. Seminar in Postcolonial Literature. 3 hrs. Examines postcolonial literature from the 19th century to the present.
714. Tutorial in English and Germanic Philology. 3 hrs. Develops specialized area of inquiry unavailable in the regular curriculum.
716. Seminar in Modern World Literature. 3 hrs. Examines varying topics in British and Continental literature of the 20th century: authors, movements, and genres. Repeatable to 9 hours.
721. Seminar in Fiction Writing. 3 hrs. Prerequisites: Graduate standing, permission of instructor, and enrollment in Center for Writers. Workshop in fiction writing. Repeatable to 9 hours for M.A., to 18 hours for Ph.D.
722. Seminar in Poetry Writing. 3 hrs. Prerequisites: Graduate standing, permission of instructor, and enrollment in Center for Writers. Workshop in poetry writing. Repeatable to 9 hours for M.A., to 18 hours for Ph.D.
723. Seminar in Nonfiction Writing. 3 hrs. Workshop in the writing of nonfiction prose, memoir, and personal essay. Repeatable to 9 hours.
730. Seminar in Literacy Theory. 3 hrs. Considers the role of writing in current conceptions of literacy and explores literacy practices from a cultural perspective.
733. Teaching/Administrative Internship in Writing. 1-3 hrs. Prerequisite: Completion of 15 hours of coursework in rhetoric and composition and permission of instructor. Provides doctoral-level students with supervised experience in teaching writing or directing writing programs.
735. Issues in Writing Program Administration. 3 hrs. Focuses on issues and research relating to writing program administration in post-secondary institutions.
744. Seminar in Literary Criticism. 3 hrs. Examines specific issues in critical theory. Repeatable to 9 hours.
745. Seminar in Children's and Young Adult Literature. 3 hrs. Provides an extensive study of an author, topic, or genre in children's or young adult literature. Repeatable to six hours.
750. Anglo-Saxon. 3 hrs. Examines the Old English language and representative English literature prior to 1066.
751. Beowulf. 3 hrs. Reading Beowulf in Anglo-Saxon.
753. Middle English. 3 hrs. Presents readings in Middle English literature exclusive of Chaucer, emphasizing the language and dialects of English from 1100 to 1500.
754. Seminar in Medieval Literature. 3 hrs. Focuses on the works of a major English medieval writer or group of writers. Repeatable to 9 hours.
758. Seminar in Renaissance Literature. 3 hrs. Studies the works of a major English Renaissance writer or group of writers. Repeatable to 9 hours.
760. Seminar in 17th-Century British Literature. 3 hrs. Provides extensive study of an author, topic, or genre in 17th-century British literature. Repeatable to 9 hours.
761. Seminar in 18th-Century British Literature. 3 hrs. Provides extensive study of an author, topic, or genre in 18th-century British literature. Repeatable to 9 hours.
763. Seminar in English Romanticism. 3 hrs. Provides extensive study of selected poets and topics from the Romantic Era (1790-1830). Repeatable to 9 hours.
764. Seminar in Victorianism. 3 hrs. Provides extensive study of selected authors and topics from the Victorian Era (1830-1910). Repeatable to 9 hours.
769. Seminar in Modern British Literature. 3 hrs. Offers an examination of important modern British figures and movements. Repeatable to 9 hours.
770. Seminar in American Literature I. 3 hrs. Presents a detailed study of selected American writers and movements before 1900. Repeatable to 9 hours.
771. Seminar in American Literature II. 3 hrs. Presents a detailed study of selected American writers and movements since 1900. Repeatable to 9 hours.
772. Readings in American Literature. 3 hrs. Presents a detailed study of selected American writers and movements. Repeatable to 9 hours.
773. Seminar in African-American Literature. 3 hrs. Provides a detailed study of selected genres, topics, or writers of African-American literature. Repeatable to 9 hours.
790. Seminar in Rhetoric and Composition. 3 hrs. Provides extensive study and research in a special topic (such as Writing Assessment, Feminist Perspectives on Language and Literacy, Discourse Analysis, Cultural Studies and Composition, Composition and the Postmodern). Repeatable to 9 hours.
791. Research in English. 1-16 hrs. Prerequisite: Approval of major professor. Must be taken pass/fail. Credit hours do not count toward degree.
792. Special Problems. 1-6 hrs. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Provides the opportunity to pursue a special topic or area of interest. Repeatable to 6 hours.
797. Independent Study and Research. 1-9 hrs. arranged. Not to be counted as credit toward a degree. Students actively working on a dissertation, consulting with the major professor, or using other resources of the university may enroll in this course. Students who are not in residence and are not enrolled in at least 3 hours of dissertation but who are actively working on a dissertation, consulting with the major professor, or using other resources of the university must enroll in this course for at least 3 hours each semester.
898. Dissertation. 1-12 hrs.