Curriculum

Outline



Literature
Bibliography and Research Methodology is a compulsory course offered every year to literature majors in the M.A. program, and must be taken within 2 semesters of matriculation.

Courses listed in black  are proseminars.
Course listed in green  are seminars specialized by period and genre.
Courses listed in blue are advanced seminars specialized by topic and area of focus. If they are secondary courses and have different subtitles, they will not count as overlapping courses.

 
Bibliography and Research Methodology  (103.502)
This course studies the major concepts of literary analysis and critical methods. It also offers training in composing academic papers. This course is required for all entering graduate students of literature.

English Medieval Literature (103.631A)
Pro-seminar in English literature from the Old English Period to the late fifteenth century; lecture-oriented period study encompassing all literary genres; course requirement includes comprehensive exam.

English Renaissance Literature (103.676)
Pro-seminar in English Literature from the early sixteenth to the mid-seventeenth century; lecture-oriented period study encompassing all literary genres; course requirement includes comprehensive exam.

18th-Century English Literature (103.677)
Pro-seminar in English literature from the Restoration to the late eighteenth century; lecture-oriented period study encompassing all literary genres; course requirement includes comprehensive exam.

19th-Century English Literature (103.678)
Pro-seminar in English literature from the late eighteenth to the late nineteenth century; lecture-oriented period study encompassing all literary genres; course requirement includes comprehensive exam.

American Literature up to 1900  (103.680)
Pro-seminar in American literature from the Colonial Period to the late nineteenth century; lecture-oriented period study encompassing all literary genres; course requirement includes comprehensive exam.

20th-Century English Literature (103.679)
Pro-seminar in English literature from the early twentieth century to the present; lecture-oriented period study encompassing a literary genres; course requirement includes comprehensive exam.

20th-Century American Literature (103.681)
Pro-seminar in American literature from the early twentieth century to the present; lecture-oriented period study encompassing all literary genres; course requirement includes comprehensive exam.

English Renaissance Poetry (103.615)
This seminar in English non-dramatic poetry covers poetry from the Tudor Period to the Interregnum, including Milton. Discussions will be on the individual achievements of the major authors, literary traditions of the periods, and the socio-historical backgrounds of the literature.

Shakespeare (103.626A)
Students will discuss select topics within the works of Shakespeare. Content and emphasis may vary with instructors.

18th-Century English Novel (103.657A)
This is a seminar course in the English novel of the eighteenth century from Defoe to Austen. Special emphasis is placed on the rise of the novel.

19th-Century English Poetry (103.617A)
In this seminar, students will discuss the poetics and poetic achievements of the English Romantics and the earlier Victorians.

American Poetry (103.630A)
Seminar on American poetry includes works of Bradstreet, Whitman, Dickinson, Frost, Pound, Stevens, Williams, and Plath. It can be organized either as a historical survey or as a thematic study concentrating on a select number of authors.

19th-Century English Novel (103.658A)
This is a seminar course in the English novel of the nineteenth century from the beginning of the century to the late Victorians.

19th-Century American Novel (103.659A)
This is a seminar course in the American novel of the nineteenth century. Authors studied in the course include Hawthorne, Poe, Melville, Twain, Crane, and James.

Modern English and American Poetry (103.618)
Seminar on English and American poetry of the Twentieth Century. Special emphasis will be placed on Eliot and Pound.

Modern English Novel (103.621A)
Seminar on the English novel of the Twentieth Century. Special emphasis will be on Joyce, Woolf, and Lawrence.

Modern American Novel (103.622)
Class will be conducted as a seminar and focuses on the American novel of the Twentieth Century. Authors include early twentieth-century novelists such as Faulkner, Hemingway, Fitzgerald, post-Modernists, and contemporaries.

Contemporary English and American Novel (103.682)
Seminar in contemporary English and/or American fiction; focuses on Anglophone authors not coverable in “20th- Century English Novel” and “20th-Century American Novel”

Modern English and American Drama (103.625A)
Seminar will focus on the modern English, Irish, and American drama from the time of Ibsen to that of the theater of the absurd.

Literary Theory 1 (103.627B)
This advanced seminar concentrates on the comprehensive introduction to and survey of the criticism and theory in contemporary terrain of discourses.

Literary Theory 2 (103.627A)
An intensive advanced seminar on specific literary theories, including, among others, Historicism, Marxism, New Criticism, Structuralism, Poststructuralism, New Historicism, Feminism, Psychoanalysis, and etc.

Topics and Issues in English and American Literature 1 (103.673)
Advanced seminar in special topics, issues, genres, and authors in English and American literature. It deals with above categories and others regardless of the periods and may vary from semester to semester.

Topics and Issues in English and American Literature 2 (103.674)
Advanced seminar in special topics, issues, genres, and authors in English and American literature. It deals with above categories and others regardless of the periods and may vary from semester to semester.

Topics and Issues in English and American Literature 3 (103.675)
Advanced seminar in special topics, issues, genres, and authors in English and American literature. It deals with above categories and others regardless of the periods and may vary from semester to semester.

Topics and Issues in English and American Literature 4 (103.676)
Advanced seminar in special topics, issues, genres, and authors in English and American literature. It deals with above categories and others regardless of the periods and may vary from semester to semester.




Linguistics
Courses listed in green will not count as overlapping courses if they have different subtitles.


Old and Middle English  (103.601)
This course investigates the grammatical features of Old and Middle English. It also offers training in reading a variety of texts from the earliest recorded texts in English to the fifteenth century.

History of English Language (103.603)
This course provides a general overview of the history of the English language. It focuses on the various linguistic developments in phonology, morphology, and syntax, exploring the origins and grammatical changes of each.

English Phonology (103.605)
This course introduces students to the basic concepts and issues of generative phonology, surveying topics related to English phonetics, distinctive feature theory, feature geometry, syllabification, and stress.

English Syntax (103.606)
This course introduces students to the fundamental ideas and analytic methods of syntactic theory and to the major empirical syntactic phenomena of English.

English Semantics (103.608)
This course is an introduction to the semantic and pragmatic analysis of central phenomena in English. The aim of this course is to gain understanding of major theoretical approaches of presupposition, implication, quantification, entailment, and information packaging.

English Morphology  (103.614)
This course is an introduction to theoretical and empirical issues of morphological categories, processes, as well as those found in the interaction of morphology with other components of English grammar.

College English Education (103.635)
This course is a general overview of the principal issues and theories related to second-language acquisition and their applications to English language teaching and research.

Seminar in English Grammar (103.661)
This is an advanced-level course in English syntax or English education that aims at deepening students' understanding of theoretical approaches and their applications.


Seminar in English Linguistics (103.648)
This is an advanced-level course in English phonology or semantics that aims at deepening students' understanding of theoretical approaches and empirical issues.




Courses Listed in Common

Research Methods in English Studies 1 and Research Methods in English Studies 2 are offered to both literature and linguistics majors, and are reserved for Ph.D. students. Students may take one of these two courses after fulfilling 1/2 of their course requirements.

Research Methods in English Studies 1  (103.701)
This course aims at examining the methods in theses writing in relation to individual topic and enhancing the level of post-graduate research. Students in this course are arranged individually with dissertation supervisor.

Research Methods in English Studies 2  (103.702)
This course is a continuation of Reasearch Methods in English Studies I. It further enhances the graduate research and study skills that the students learned in the previous class. As with Reasearch Methods in English Studies I students are arranged individually with a dissertation supervisor.

Dissertation Research (103.803)
This course is set in a style of an independent study. Students will select a topic and study on it individually with a dissertation supervisor