Current English courses are described below and future course descriptions are available as schedules are finalized. For descriptions of all English graduate courses, refer to the Graduate Catalog.
ENG 520: Introduction to Linguistics Science
ENG 601: Research Methods in Linguistics
ENG 610: Theory of Creative Writing - Reading and Writing Across the Genres
ENG 611: Workshop in Creative Nonfiction - Writing the Personal Essay
ENG 616: Introduction to Theories of Language Learning
ENG 617: TESOL Methods
ENG 621: Approaches to Modern English Grammar
ENG 627: Sociolinguistics
ENG 629: Special Topics in Applied Linguistics: Crosslinguistic and Crosscultural Pragmatics
ENG 644: Early Twentieth-Century American Literature
ENG 660: Studies in British Authors
ENG 667: Victorian Studies: Embodying the Victorians
ENG 694: Classical Rhetoric
ENG 697: Contemporary Rhetoric
Professor: Elizabeth M. Riddle
This course will serve as a basis for further graduate work in linguistics and TESOL and will be more complex than an undergraduate introductory class. It will introduce students to the nature of human language, its systematicity, its complexity, and its variety. We will briefly survey major fields of linguistic study and consider some practical applications of linguistics to other fields and everyday life and social issues. The course will challenge some popular conceptions about language and will foster the development of critical thinking, analytical, and research skills.
Professor: Carolyn MacKay
This course is a graduate-level introduction to research methods in linguistics, applied linguistics and TESOL. The course will focus on research methodology: project design, data collection, and data analysis. This course will also introduce students to the writing of grant proposals, abstracts for professional conferences, and review articles. Students will get hands-on experience in working with issues related to original research. As a final paper they will be expected to design a research project (choosing a topic, articulating hypotheses and goals, describing the significance of the project, researching the literature available, and determining the methods of data collection and analysis). Students will write a conference abstract, a literature review for the project, and will write a book review of one of the key sources for their topic. The final paper is a complete research proposal.
Professor: Matt Mullins
This graduate creative writing course is designed specifically for MA students in English who are beginning the Creative Writing program at Ball State, but is open to all graduate students interested in reading and writing in multiple genres. Our program encourages cross-genre work and this course will ask students to consider the fundamentals and possibilities inherent in the writing of fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and screenplays with the goal of inspiring students to think critically about creativity and the mechanical elements of their craft as they experiment with various forms and styles.
In addition to reading notable examples of writing across genres, and various writers’ essays on writing (on topics such as creativity, imaginative and critical processes, language usage, and creative writing pedagogy), students will read, write, and critique original fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and screenplays. Class time will consist of discussion of assigned reading, writing assignments and experiments, writer visits (including all members of the graduate faculty in Creative Writing talking about their own work), and workshop.
Professor: Jill Christman
“Don’t Spread it around, but it’s a sweet time to be an essayist.” ~Joseph Epstein
In this graduate-level creative nonfiction class we will focus on the techniques and art of the personal essay to explore how we think and why. Using our own experiences and perceptions as the lens through which we record the world, we’ll start by writing about the self (in a memoir piece) and as the term progresses we’ll expand our scope to write about things beyond the self—other people, other places, other ways of living in the world. We’ll work on the nuts-and-bolts of the writing (research and interview strategies, structure, point of view, storytelling, language) as we tackle the big questions facing us: What do I want to write about and why? What about memory and forgetting? What shape might best serve the essay? What does it mean to say something true? Truer? Truest? Class time will be divided between discussions of published works, regular writing exercises (generative techniques, constraints, maybe a field trip or two), and both small and large group workshops of student writing.
Professor: Megumi Hamada
This course introduces basic theories of language learning, with a primary focus on English as a second language learning, by examining linguistic, psychological, and sociocultural factors that influence learning success. The overall objectives of this course are to understand the basic mechanisms and phenomena of second language learning and to apply that understanding to teaching and research.
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