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Future Courses

Summer 2014 and Fall 2014 English courses are described below. For descriptions of all English courses, refer to the Graduate Catalog

First Summer Session 2014 

ENG 612: Fiction Workshop
ENG 629: Topics in Applied Linguistics - Quantitative Research Design and Analysis
ENG 650: Seminar in Literature - American Literature and Culture in the Gilded Age
ENG 690: Seminar in Composition - Writing Program Administration 


ENG 612: Fiction Workshop 

SEC 1: Monday - Friday, 11:00 am - 12:35 pm  


Professor: Sean Lovelace

The majority of this class will be READING quality works, DISCUSSION of craft, and WORKSHOPPING your own quality manuscripts. You will write several original fiction texts.

This class will focus on the world as potential structure for fiction writing. Structure, for creating prose, is everywhere. Might be a complaint letter, a Facebook post (with comments), a list, a recipe, a syllabus, a Monopoly game, a feedback card for Wendy’s restaurant, on and on (and on again). Might be a long walk or research into a celebrity or writing about writing itself. In this class, we will attempt to develop our understanding and use of various structures. We will produce many original manuscripts. We will workshop (AKA peer review). We will engage in serious play.   

WORKSHOP requirements: A section of the class will be dedicated to workshop, or peer review, of your own original fiction (knowing this, you shouldn’t submit any work that you aren’t comfortable sharing with the class). Every student is expected to thoroughly read their peers’ work, and to give thoughtful and respectful feedback. Although focusing on workshopping student stories at this time, we will continue with fiction concepts and our discussions of published fiction as well.

Contact Professor Lovelace (salovelace@bsu.edu) with any questions. 



ENG 629: Topics in Applied Linguistics - Quantitative Research Design and Analysis

SEC 1: Monday and Thursday, 9:30 am - 12:10 pm (in RB) 
Tuesday, 5:30 pm - 8:10 pm (in WB lab) 

Professor: Megumi Hamada 

This course introduces the practical aspects of quantitative research design and analysis that are directly relevant to studies in applied linguistics. Through discussion and hands-on activities using various materials (an introductory statistics textbook, journal articles, the APA publication manual, Microsoft Excel, and the statistical software, SPSS), upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to (a) interpret common statistical results in applied linguistics research, (b) select a research design and appropriate analysis procedures, (c) perform analyses, and (d) report the results in writing.



ENG 650: Seminar in Literature - American Literature and Culture in the Gilded Age 

SEC 1: Monday - Friday, 9:15 am - 10:45 am 


Professor: Robert D. Habich

In this seminar we will take an integrated approach to American letters during the era Mark Twain termed the “Gilded Age,” roughly from the end of the Civil War (1865) through the election of Teddy Roosevelt (1901). The readings and discussion in this course are organized around three topics in American social history: Industrialization, urbanization, and the rise of big business; domesticity and women’s issues; and race and ethnicity.  By examining six novels that address these social issues, we will see how literature reflects and dramatizes the tensions in its cultural and political world. We will also address issues in literary history—the rise of realism, the presence of “local color” and regionalist writing, the importance of literary celebrity—that graduate students in English ought to be familiar with.


ENG 690: Seminar in Composition - Writing Program Administration 

SEC 1: Monday - Friday, 2:30 pm - 4:05 pm

Professor: Michael Donnelly

A historical, theoretical, and practical overview of the issues involved in writing program administration.  The focus will be on directing first-year writing programs, but with some attention to writing centers and WAC/WID programs. Based loosely on the Council of Writing Program Administrators’ annual workshop, the course will include readings and discussion of management, curriculum, faculty development, negotiating the institution, assessment; theory and research; junior faculty and tenure; and more. 



Fall 2014 

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 655: Gender Studies
ENG 667: Victorian Studies: Embodying the Victorians
ENG 694: Classical Rhetoric 
ENG 697: Contemporary Rhetoric


SEC 1: Tuesday, Thursday 9:30 and - 10:45 am 

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.  





SEC 1: Tuesday, 2:00 pm – 4:40 pm 

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.


ENG 610: Theory of Creative Writing - Reading and Writing Across the Genres 

SEC 1: Tuesday, Thursday 2:00 pm – 3:15 pm 

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.


ENG 611: Workshop in Creative Nonfiction - Writing the Personal Essay 

SEC 1: Monday, Wednesday, 5:00 pm - 6:15 pm  

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.   


ENG 616: Introduction to Theories of Language Learning 

SEC 1: Tuesday 6:30 pm - 9:10 pm  

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.


ENG 617: TESOL Methods 

SEC 1: Wednesday, 12:00 pm - 2:40 pm 

Professor: Lynne Stallings

The aim of this course is to prepare students not only to understand and recognize, but to also address, the language acquisition challenges of non-native English speakers, both in the U.S. and abroad.  Students will consider a) the methods that have been used historically in the field and b) the post-method approach that often guides current practices in ESL and EFL settings.  Students will apply this information along with what they know about second language acquisition theories to develop their own principle-based approach to teaching ESL and EFL.



SEC 1: Wednesday, 6:30 pm – 9:10 pm 

Professor: Elizabeth M Riddle



A critical and in-depth study, from a semantico-pragmatic/discourse-functional and cognitive linguistic perspective, of aspects of Modern English grammar especially significant for the teaching of EFL/ESL and for further linguistics study.  Key theoretical linguistic concepts will be introduced throughout the course in conjunction with the study of particular grammatical phenomena.  Since it is not possible to cover in one semester all important aspects of the grammatical structure of English, an essential feature of the course will be to develop students’ critical thinking skills about the structure of English and to provide students with the knowledge and resources to continue to learn on their own. Specifically, students will develop their analytical skills about the structure of English in order to adequately handle needs such as the following in their future teaching:  EFL/ESL error diagnosis and correction, evaluation of treatments of grammar in teaching materials, and answering EFL/ESL students’ questions grammatical phenomena inadequately treated in the professional literature.  A basic understanding of traditional English grammar concepts is assumed.  Readings will be journal articles and book chapters placed on reserve in Bracken library, with supplementary handouts distributed in class.





Section 1: Thursday, 2:00 pm – 4:40 pm 

Professor: Carolyn MacKay



This course is a graduate-level introduction to sociolinguistics that investigates how social structure influences the way people talk.  We will focus on regional variation in American English and the correlation between language use and social factors such as age, gender, social class, social networks, ethnicity, and identity.  The requirements for the course are 2 papers.  The first paper will discuss in detail an aspect of linguistic variation of interest to the student (e.g. Chicano English, the use of non-standard 'like', uptalk, the origin of African American English, the Northern Cities Shift, Gullah, gender differences in language use, Hoosier dialect, etc.) while the second paper involves data collection and an analysis of linguistic variation found in conversational styles.





SEC 1: Monday, 6:30 pm - 9:10 pm 

Professor: Elizabeth M. Riddle

This course will focus on selected aspects of pragmatic variation across languages and cultures, i.e. on language use in its grammatical, discourse, and social contexts.  Areas of concern will include pragmatic conditioning of grammatical structures, the expression of speaker attitude through linguistic structures, indirectness vs. directness in conveying meaning, politeness and impoliteness in speech acts, conversational style, humor, and language in public discourse.  The languages under consideration will represent both languages known by the students who register and other languages from around the world, with special attention to those spoken by many EFL/ESL learners.  

Course Goals:

  • Improve students’ knowledge of how a variety of languages are similar and different in contextualized aspects of language use in varied cultural settings. 
  • Increase students’ knowledge of pragmatic theory and the pragmatics literature. 
  • Improve students’ research, analytical, and writing skills in linguistics.    

Course Readings:    

Book:  TBA
Articles/Chapters:  Will be placed on electronic reserve.  Some of these will be the original research papers by other students in the class.  

Course Requirements:

  • Written homework and class participation:  15% 
  • One original research paper of 15-20 pages, with oral presentation: 50%
  • One oral and written critique of another student’s paper:  25 % 
  • Revision of own paper in the light of the comments received: 10%.  



Section 1: Wednesday, 6:30 pm 

Professor: Deborah Mix

This course is designed to provide an overview of the fiction, poetry, and drama of the first half of the twentieth century.  While literary modernism is part of that picture, our focus will be more broadly on “modernity” as a force.  The changes occurring in American culture in the early years of the twentieth century wrought havoc on received notions of identity, community, aesthetics, and politics.  We will consider the ways in which a range of American authors sought to represent, to resist, and to come to grips with some of these forces.  We’ll also pay particular attention to the cultural contexts for the works we’re reading.

ENG 655: Gender Studies 

Section 1: Tuesday, 6:30 pm -9:10 pm 

Professor: Miranda Nessler

Gender is a cultural force that undeniably shapes our experience as individuals as well as the texts that we confront on a daily basis.  This seminar on gender and performance will familiarize students with the fundamental vocabularies of gender criticism and theory by asking them to consider historical approaches to makeup and costume as represented in literature and film.

Throughout the semester, students will explore such questions as:

  • What is invested in the actions of “putting on” or “taking off”?
  • To what degree does gender instruction oppress and/or/simultaneously empower individuals to use their bodies erotically, economically, politically, or expressively? 
  • What props and attitues communicate (or confuse communication about) gender? 
  • Is it possible to “dress straight” or are we all engaged in cross-dressing and costuming? Where do the distinction lie? 
  • What is the role of intention in performance? 
  • What counts as cosmetic or costume? 

ENG 667: Victorian Studies: Embodying the Victorians 

Section 1: Monday, 6:30 pm – 9:10 pm 

Professor: Joyce L. Huff  

According to a popular legend, the Victorians were so priggish that they covered the "legs" of pianos with little skirts so as to avoid even an indirect reference to the human body in polite society. This myth, however, has proved to be entirely unfounded. In fact, current research suggests that the human body was a hot topic for discussion in Victorian Britain. Over the course of Victoria's reign, there was a huge increase in self-help literature offering advice to the public on how to manage and maintain their bodies. Cutting edge medical theories appeared in popular periodicals and informed conversations about everything from the role of women to the education of children. The body entered the political arena in debates on issues such as the management of pauper diet and public sanitation. In addition, it was the time of the freak show, which made extraordinary bodies into public spectacles. In this class, we will look at how a variety of Victorian writers, working in different genres, represented the human body. In so doing, we will think about the cultural assumptions underlying these representations and their relationship to other important Victorian issues, such as gender, health, class, empire, children, sexuality, progress, morality, work and aesthetics. Students will be given the opportunity to discuss a wide range of Victorian texts and to participate in one important branch of the current critical debate on the Victorians.


ENG 694: Classical Rhetoric 

Section 1: Monday, 6:30 pm 

Professor: Paul W. Ranieri

Classical Rhetoric, embodied in the primary texts of such figures as the pre-Sophists, Sophists, Aspasia, Plato, Aristotle, Isocrates, Cicero, Quintilian, and Augustine, is not only the heart of education in antiquity, but also the touchstone to which contemporary thought on writing and rhetoric always returns, if only to disclaim or deny.  This course will study those primary texts that have been the core of classical rhetoric; it will frame those ideas in context of ancient education, it will look at contemporary responses to these texts, particularly in relation to teaching and learning; and it will lead up to the demise of ancient influences as the Roman empire dissolved and Europe moved into the early medieval era.


ENG 697: Contemporary Rhetoric

Section 1: Tuesday, 6:30 pm - 9:10 pm 

Professor: Mike Donnelly

This course focuses on rhetoric in the 20th and early 21st Centuries, as both cultural practice(s) and an area of academic study. How have the major historical, social, technological, and cultural shifts of the last 100 Years altered the ways in which rhetoric is theorized (academically), understood (culturally), and practiced (socially)? We’ll explore some of the major scholars, theories, and movements of rhetoric in the context of the historical moments that produced them, including (especially) World Wars I and II, Vietnam, Civil and Women’s Rights, 9/11, and the emergence of both television and digital media.

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