Course Descriptions

English – Literature

EN 501 Building Textual Interpretation

This course familiarizes students with the processes of critical analysis and scholarly research at the graduate level by examining texts — both the read and the written — as constructed texts. It emphasizes two skill sets necessary for graduate-level work in literature and cultural studies: the first set focuses on the key building blocks of critical and textual analysis; the second relates to bibliographic and research methodologies, drawing where possible on the wealth of resources in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area. (3)

EN 520 Seminar in Literature, pre-1800

This is a topics course that will provide an in-depth study of a specific literary movement or theme during a time period before 1800. The course may examine works from various genres within a given literary movement or time period, or delve deeply into a specific issue or topic relative to its cultural moment or style. Students will study these works within their critical and historical context. Specific topics will rotate, and the course may be taken more than once provided the student selects different literary topics. (3)

EN 525 Seminar in Literature, post-1800

This is a topics course that will provide an in-depth study of a specific literary movement or theme after 1800. The course may examine works from several genres within a given literary movement or time period, study a specific work or works within their critical and historical contexts, or delve into a focused topic relative to its cultural moment or style. Specific topics will rotate, and the course may be taken more than once provided the student selects different literary topics. (3)

EN 551 Composition: Theory and Practice

This course provides a theoretical and practical overview of the teaching of composition. Students read and respond to theories of composition as well as to central debates in the field. They study the composition practices of a single classroom while reflecting on their own experiences as academic writers. The course culminates in a research paper that synthesizes and analyzes current research on one issue in the field of composition and in a teaching portfolio that includes course materials and teaching philosophy. (3)

EN 554 Applied Grammar

This course involves an analysis of contemporary English grammar that investigates meaning in written and oral discourse. Emphasis is given to the application of English grammar in second-language learning. (3)

EN 558 History of the English Language

This courses traces the development of English from its Anglo-Saxon roots to its present-day form. (3)

EN 559 Studies in Creative Writing

This course involves an investigation into the stylistic, theoretical, and technical elements of several creative genres, such as fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and/or writing for performance, through contemporary literature, literary theory, and writing exercises. This course is provided in both a seminar and workshop for-mat. It concentrates on the analysis of contemporary literature as well as the production, critique, and revision of student writing. It may be taken more than once provided that the course content changes. (3)

EN 560 Topics in Performance

This topics course will provide an in-depth study of a specific performance moment, style, or theme. The course may focus on dramatic, cinematic, or performative movements or time periods, or explore modes of performance and creativity in a broader context. Specific topics will rotate, and the course may be taken more than once provided the student selects different topics. (3)

EN 561 Topics in College Composition

Provides an in-depth study of one issue important to the field of composition studies. The course will examine the historical significance of this issue as well as its current theoretical and pedagogical debates. Special attention will be paid to analyzing research studies about the issue. Specific topics will rotate and the course may be taken more than once, provided the student selects different topics. (3)

EN 571 Technology for Literature and Writing

In this course, students will explore and evaluate a range of technologies that impact writing pedagogy, literary analysis, and how knowledge is shared with others. Students will analyze key theories and debates about the promise and dangers of using technology in English pedagogy and scholarship. This course combines theoretical foundations with practical application. (3)

EN 575 Proposal Writing

This course provides the skills and knowledge required to prepare proposals for large projects such as a practicum, a thesis, conferences, or grants. The course emphasizes professional skills in research, proposal writing, and presentation. Areas of focus include developing an effective writing process, organizing research and bibliographies, editing and revision, and locating appropriate venues for research presentation, funding, or publication. (3)

EN 580 Independent Study

This course gives students the opportunity to pursue in depth, and under the direction of a faculty member, a topic in literature and/or language for which no formal course is available. (3)

EN 590 Major Author(s)

This course provides an in-depth study of one or two major writers. Author(s) will be announced in the course schedule. This course may be taken more than once provided that the student selects different authors. (3)

EN 690 Practicum

This course serves as a capstone experience for students pursuing the master’s degree for career enhancement or career change rather than as a basis for further advanced study. It provides students with an opportunity to apply and extend the skills and knowledge developed in their graduate courses and to foster increased self-knowledge and reflection on their career goals and on their strengths and weaknesses. (3)

EN 695 Master’s Project

This capstone course offers the student an opportunity to write a substantial and original critical/interpretive paper in literary and/or linguistic studies and to present its main features to an audience of peers and faculty members. This paper should draw on various aspects of the student’s previous studies. (3)

Fine Arts

FA 510 Topics in Art History

This graduate course in art history is designed to take advantage of works of art in the Washington-Baltimore area and use them as the basis for a seminar-style discussion of particular topics in the history of art. Students will analyze the subject and style of different works of art in the context of the society and culture where the works were produced. These works will also serve as the basis for a discussion of art historical methodology. Repeatable course provided the student selects different topics. (3)

History

HI 500 Topics in History

This course is a graduate-level introduction to the historical discipline through the lens of a particular theme. The chosen theme will be one that has long engaged historians, such as liberty, justice, war, law, or power. By exploring this theme, students will learn to develop skills in historical perspective, investigation, and analysis. Particular attention will be paid to the ways the work of historians is tied to other disciplines in the humanities as well as the relevance of historical context to contemporary concerns. Specific topics will rotate, and the course may be taken more than once provided the student selects different topics. (3)

Humanities

HUM 549 Topics in Humanities

This course explores a thematic approach to a specific question of current importance in the humanities and seeks to engage students in interdisciplinary, inquiry-based research. Topics will rotate and address multidisciplinary or interdisciplinary questions that connect among the fields of literature, fine arts, history, philosophy, and theology/religious studies. Specific topics will rotate, and the course may be taken more than once provided different course content is involved. (3)

HUM 574 Gender, Race, and Empire

This course explores the impact of empire and empire-building on culture, with an emphasis on attitudes concerning the “other” in society – women, the working class, and people of color. Students will also explore the ways in which attitudes toward gender roles and race shape the discourses of empire. This course may be taught from a number of humanities disciplines. (3)

HUM 599 Independent Study

An interdisciplinary investigation of a topic under the supervision of a faculty advisor. Topics must be approved by the Literature, Language and the Humanities program director; students should refer to the Guidelines for In-dependent Study issued by the School of Arts and Sciences. The thematic group and the disciplinary focus of each section will be determined by the topic of the individual investigation. (3)

HUM 690 Practicum

This course offers the student an opportunity to gain experience in a humanities-based institution in the Washington, DC, metropolitan region. All students will keep a journal of their on-site experiences; each student will choose either to contribute in a substantial way to a major project at the institution or to produce a re-searched essay based on that experience. Prerequisites: completion of 8 graduate courses. (3)

HUM 695 Master’s Project

This course offers the student an opportunity to research and write a substantial and original critical/interpretive thesis on an interdisciplinary topic in the humanities, and to present its main features to an audience of peers and faculty members. This thesis must demonstrate the student’s ability to integrate materials from different disciplines, and must support independent conclusions in writing of commendable quality. Prerequisites: completion of 8 graduate courses. (3)

Information Technology

IT 502 Creating Websites

An introductory course that investigates the business and technology of websites. Students study design issues such as navigation, usability, site architecture, search engine optimization, and Web 2.0 techniques. Students explore basic Web creation techniques, such as HTML, JavaScript, and Cascading Style Sheets (CSS). They learn how to interface with IT professionals to specify complex requirements. They create and publish their own sites to demonstrate their understanding of these issues. (3)

IT 550 Ethics, Law, and Policy in the Information Age

Introduces students to the ethical, legal, and policy issues raised by designing, developing, and using information technology. Issues that are researched and debated in the course include subjects such as information privacy, environmental conservation, effective energy use, limits on the use of technology, the digital divide, customer pro-filing, open source, copyright violation, globalization, and outsourcing. Students are expected to independently research the issues, make presentations to the class, and support their case. (3)

Interior Design

ID 554 Historic Preservation Seminar

Explores the significance of the historic preservation movement in this country emphasizing its relationship to interior design. Through individual readings, site visits, and presentations, students research and analyze the history of preservation and its legislative initiatives, as well as preservation projects and practices. (3)

Management

MGT 537 Nonprofit Management

A graduate-level introduction to the field of nonprofit management. Topics addressed include managing the nonprofit and nonprofit leadership, the structure of the nonprofit enterprise, nonprofit lobbying and advocacy, nonprofit fundraising, and nonprofit financial management. The course offers both a theoretical and a practical application-oriented overview of the field. (3)

Philosophy

PH 504 Philosophy and the Humanities

A graduate-level introduction to philosophy as a context for humanistic inquiry. Readings and class discussion will focus on foundational issues such as the distinction between the sciences and the humanities, theories of truth, interpretation, and historical knowledge, and theories of art and aesthetic value. Students will learn to interpret and evaluate primary source texts to appreciate how influential philosophers have framed questions and constructed theories about these subjects. In addition, during the semester, students will attend one or more relevant academic events at a DC area research institution to learn about contemporary philosophical research. (3)

Theology and Religious Studies

TRS 565 Violence, Religion, and Peacemaking

This course takes an interdisciplinary perspective to explore the phenomenon of religious violence and religious peacemaking. Students will examine historical and contemporary examples of religiously justified violence and peacemaking in a variety of religious traditions and undertake a research project on a specific case study. (3)