Below you will find a list of all M.A. Humanities graduate coursework on the books for the academic year 2018-2019. This is not all of the coursework M.A. Humanities students have access to; it simply provides a list of primary courses in the area. Depending upon circumstances, M.A. Humanities students may also access coursework in Education, Education Technology, Business and Leadership, Environmental Sciences, Fine Arts, and more.

Unless otherwise noted, courses in Spanish (SPN) are offered in both Spanish and English translation.

HUM 510 Methods and Materials of Humanities Research
Introduces students to the study, practice, and materials of humanities scholarly inquiry, especially in preparation for further graduate-level work. Students will learn how to craft and answer inquiries typically found within the humanities field. Through analytic reading, guided discussion, and intensive study of best research practices, students will explore the disciplinary knowledge, modes of inquiry, defining principles, and core ideas of the humanities.

     KEY
     LL = English Language and Literature track
     AC = Arts and Culture track
     WS = Women’s Studies track
     CT = Critical and Cultural Theory track

 

COM 503 Communications Law and Ethics
Legal and ethics-based study of court rulings and other issues that concern media practitioners, especially with respect to censorship, obscenity, libel, copyright, privacy and First Amendment rights and responsibilities. LL

COM 504 Media Theory

Examines the influence of traditional forms of media as well as new media technologies and the cultural conditions they establish. The course explores the history and theories of print media, communications, and digital technology, and their impact upon and implications for contemporary society and intercultural dialogue. CT, LL

CRW 510 Praxis: Creative Writing
Students examine histories, theories, and practices in writing-based art forms drawn from the last 100 years. Rotating topics place the writers studied in the sociopolitical context of their times. May include both practice-led and academic scholarship. LL, AC

ENG 511 History and Structure of the English Language
Linguistic analysis of phonemic, morphemic and syntactic structure of English. Comparison of traditional and non-traditional methods of grammatical analysis. Study of significant language change from the Old English through the modern period. Projects involving field research. Graduate-level course includes additional work in secondary language acquisition and development. Graduate course has four lecture hours. LL

ENG 517 American Literature Since 1945
New directions in poetry, drama, fiction and literary innovations in the context of international conflict, feminism, environmentalism, civil rights and gay rights. LL

ENG 518 Chaucer
Detailed analysis and study of The Canterbury Tales. Includes close, critical readings of the original Middle English text and examination of the social, political, and cultural climate in which Chaucer composed. LL

ENG 535 Film Genres and Genders
Historical study of Hollywood film genres and their relation to dichotomous gender. Emphasis on the genres of screwball comedy, maternal melodrama and film noir. Advanced readings in gender-analysis and film-studies scholarship. Representative directors include Pabst, Hawks, Sturgess, Rapper, Dmytryk, Ray, Hitchcock and Aldrich. AC, LL, WS

ENG 521 Adv Creative Writing: Poetry
Intensive study and practice in the creation of poetic writing, including detailed craft and skill-building instruction, written and oral peer-critiquing, self-reflective analysis, regular examination of contemporary theoretical trends in creative writing poetry, and the completion of several significant projects. LL

ENG 523 Adv Creative Writing: Fiction
Intensive study and practice in the creation of prose fiction, including detailed craft and skill-building instruction, written and oral peer-critiquing, self-reflective analysis, regular examination of contemporary theoretical trends in creative writing fiction, and the completion of several significant projects. LL

ENG 525 Topics in Creative Writing Rotating topics in the study of creative writing. Course includes detailed craft and skill-building instruction, written and oral peer-critiquing, self-reflective analysis, regular examination of contemporary theoretical trends in creative writing, and the completion of several significant projects. LL

ENG 545 Shakespeare’s Histories and Comedies
Critical reading of representative histories and comedies, including a strong theoretical approach to the texts. LL

ENG 546 Shakespeare’s Tragedies and Romances
Critical reading of representative romances, tragedies, and genres, including a thorough introduction to Shakespeare and his sonnets. LL

ENG 560 Language and Culture
This course focuses on the interconnected relationship of language to culture, including exploring issues of cultural identity, acculturation and resistance, ethnocentrism, medial diffusion, and language study. LL, AC

ENG 561 Applied Linguistics
This course studies language as an integrative system of component parts. Students gain both a theoretical grounding and an understanding of scaffolding content for English language learners, including exploring learner strategies. Topics include syntactic structure, the English sound system, oral and written language variation, and pragmatics and semantics. LL

ENG 570 Topics: Multicultural Environmental Literature
This course examines inequality in access to natural resources and the wealth they produce, in exposure to toxins, and in participation in environmental decision-making as represented through literature by Native American, African-American, Latino, and Asian-American authors. LL

ENG 570 Topics: Fiction and Film Noir
A study of hard-boiled fiction and crime films that focuses on the figures of the private detective and the femme fatale (i.e., fatal woman). Representative authors include Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler, Chester Himes, and Walter Mosley. In-class screening of films noir by such directors as John Huston, Billy Wilder, Fritz Lang, Jacques Tourneur, Ida Lupino, Rob Rafelson, and Carl Franklin. LL, AC

ENG 570 Topics: Nineteenth-Century Women Writers Examines British and American women’s imprint on the novel, the short story, and the slave narrative. Studies of texts in relation to the social and intellectual milieu of the nineteenth century. LL

ENG 570 Topics: Robert Burns A comprehensive look at the poetical works and influence of Scottish poet Robert Burns. Course includes intensive study of Burns' work plus critical discussion of his poetry. LL

ENG 570 Topics: Christopher Marlowe
Intense study of the works of a seminal Renaissance playwright. Plays examined include Tamburlaine 1 and 2, Dr. Faustus, The Jew of Malta, and Edward II. Course also includes study of the author’s poetry (including Hero and Leander) and films based on Marlowe’s works and themes. AC, LL

ENG 580 Literary and Cultural Interpretation
In-depth study of developments in the history of interpretation. Representative methods include hermeneutics, feminism, psychoanalysis and semiotics. AC, CT, LL

FA 510 Praxis: Visual Arts
Students examine histories, theories, and practices in visual-based art forms drawn from the last 100 years. Rotating topics place the visual artists studied in the sociopolitical context of their times. May include both practice-led and academic scholarship. AC, CT
 
FA 523 Praxis: Movement Arts
Students examine histories, theories, and practices in movement-based art forms drawn from the last 100 years. Rotating topics place the movement-based artists studied in the sociopolitical context of their times. May include both practice-led and academic scholarship. AC

HUM 535 Interpersonal Dynamics
The course provides students with a greater understanding of interpersonal communications in a data-gathering setting. Students learn to assess verbal and nonverbal behavior and become more effective at obtaining information through individual interviews and interactions. Instruction covers non-confrontational interview techniques; techniques for conflict resolution and negotiation become integral parts of these activities.

HUM 555 M.A. Internship
A practical course in experiential learning that combines research components, authorship and manuscript generation, and the presentation of appropriate materials.

HUM 570 Cultural Theory
Survey of key concepts and schools of thought in the interdisciplinary field of contemporary critical and cultural theory. Topics include textual analysis, political economy, and audience research, with emphasis on the application of such theories and methods to a wide range of literary and media texts. LL, AC, CT

HUM 597 Master’s Project
Preparation and completion of a significant project carried out under the supervision of a project director in the final semester of study. Student will complete 10,000 word academic article; abstract; and oral defense. Prerequisite: HUM 510; permission of program director.

HUM 598 Master’s Thesis I
Preparation of thesis for M.A. degree carried out under supervision of thesis director. A student preparing a thesis must complete the thesis sequence in consecutive semesters (excluding the January term) and must be in the final two semesters of degree study. Prerequisite: HUM 510; completion of thesis proposal; permission of program director.

HUM 599 Master’s Thesis II
Completion of thesis for M.A. degree carried out under supervision of thesis director. A public oral defense of thesis is required. A student preparing a thesis must complete the thesis sequence in consecutive semesters (excluding the January term) and must be in the final two semesters of degree study. Prerequisite: HUM 598.

PHI 535 Aesthetics
Advanced survey of classical and contemporary theories of the meaning and function of art (including visual art, literature, music, dance and other art forms), beauty and aesthetic value and the interpretive process. CT, AC

PHI 570 Topics: Love and Friendship
Multidisciplinary exploration of love through representations in the arts, literature, science and medicine, and popular culture. Topics include romance, sex, friendship, and philosophical and religious love. AC, LL

PHI 570 Topics: Postnatural Humanities Drawing on science, art, literature, pop culture, religion, and philosophy, this course explores representations of the human role in destroying nature, decimating biological life, and polluting soil, water, and food, even as it challenges us to consider prospects for human creativity and meaning at nature’s end. AC, LL

SOC 580 Qualitative Methods of Social Research
Introduces students to basic research procedures for collecting qualitative data in the social sciences. Students learn to analyze qualitative data, and to conduct archival research, participant observation, and depth-interviews. Considers theoretical underpinnings of qualitative research with special attention to research ethics and project design. CT

SPN 520 Hispanic Film Studies
Designed to familiarize students with Hispanic cultures through the lens of film. Students will study cultural themes of major importance to the Hispanic world, as seen in both Latin American and Spanish cinema, as well as become familiar with both major and minor directors and film movements in the Spanish-speaking world. AC, LL

SPN 522 Spanish Translation
Focuses on English-Spanish and Spanish-English translation of a variety of types of texts, thus refining students' linguistic proficiency and cultivating understanding of the cultural nuances of translation. Pre-requisite: Permission. LL
Note: Course offered in Spanish only

SPN 523 Coloniality in the Hispanic World
Focuses on the various forms of colonialism (imperial, racial, ethnic and gendered) perpetrated and perpetuated in the Hispanic world (Spain and the Americas) through analysis of theoretical formulation and cultural constructions, such as literature, art, philosophy, politics and economics. AC, CT

SPN 524 The Latina Testimonio
Focuses theoretically and practically on how women writers were able to open up spaces for their own artistic creation within the traditional, patriarchal boundaries erected by masculine authority/authorship in the Hispanic world. LL, WS

SPN 531 Golden Age Literature
A study of the poetry of Garcilaso de la Vega, San Juan de la Cruz, Fray Luis de Leon, Lope de Vega, Quevedo and Gongora, and the theater of Lope de Vega and Calderon de la Barca with emphasis on the literary traditions and socio-historical context of the Golden Age. LL

SPN 532 Cervantes’ Don Quijote de la Mancha
Close reading and discussion of Don Quijote. Background lectures will depict the contexts (historical, social, cultural) in which Cervantes wrote his masterpiece. Additional readings will acquaint students with some of the most important criticism relating to Don Quijote, particularly its role as perhaps the first metafictional modern novel. LL

SPN 570 Topics: Gender and Spanish Modernity
This course works toward the establishment of a historical time-line for the development of female writing strategies throughout Spanish modernity. "Masquerade" strategies, employed in earlier modern creations, allowed women to "put on" the clothes of the harlot or the angelic nun to ironically criticize traditional masculine conceptions of feminine identity. Later "transvestite" tactics, on the other hand, offered women the opportunity to subvert, challenge and alter the patriarchy from the inside-out, as they disguised themselves both visually and textually in masculine attire. Finally, with the use of “enveilment,” women discovered ways to create in a novel, “feminine language,” positing meaning in the silences, gaps and fissures found in dominant, hegemonic patriarchal language. LL, WS

WS 520 Feminist Theory: Visual Culture
A study of feminist theory that explores the mutually constructive relationship between gender identities and visual cultures; analyzes the way in which feminist insights drive many modes of understanding visual culture; and recognizes that visual experience is one of the key modes by which gender is culturally inscribed. AC, CT, WS

WS 521 Feminist Theory: Literary Analysis
A study of feminist theory that explores how women have been able to actively author texts despite being considered passive objects by patriarchal authority, thus analyzing how creative literary expression has enabled these women to literally write their subjectivity into existence. WS, CT, LL