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MA in English for Educators

Curriculum

The M.A. in English for Educators requires nine courses plus a critical-pedagogical project for a total of 30 credits.

Beyond the five 500 level core courses, the M.A. in English for Educators requires three 600 level English graduate courses and one elective in graduate Education.

English 501: Proseminar in Critical and Pedagogical Theory
This gateway course to the graduate program examines the comparative and contrastive relationships between critical and pedagogical theory. The course’s approach is both historical and international with the dual aims of making students keener readers of literature and of preparing them better to show others how to become such readers.

English 551: Readings in American Literature and Culture
Students will apply both practical and theoretical approaches to various texts of American literature. Readings will vary in time period, selection, and genre. Attention will be paid to both the traditional and the ever-expanding canon. Assignments will be writing intensive.

English 556: Readings in British Literature and Culture
Students will apply both practical and theoretical approaches to various texts of British literature. Readings will vary in time period, selection, and genre. Attention will be paid to both the traditional and the ever-expanding canon. Assignments will be writing intensive.

English 561: Readings in Western World Cultures and Literature in Translation
Students will apply both practical and theoretical approaches to various texts of Western world literature. Readings will vary in time period, selection, and genre. Attention will be paid to both the traditional and the ever-expanding canon. Assignments will be writing intensive.

English 562: Readings in Non-Western World Cultures and  Literature in Translation
Students will apply both practical and theoretical approaches to various texts of non-Western world literature. Readings will vary in time period, selection, and genre. Attention will be paid to both the traditional and the ever-expanding canon. Assignments will be writing intensive.

English 641: Composition and Rhetoric Studies
This course provides various approaches to the writing process and grounds students in the formal history of rhetoric with an eye to the various modes writers use to inform and persuade audiences.

English 642: Creative Writing
This course allows students an opportunity for directed practice in creative writing and helps them develop techniques and approaches for offering such directed practice to others. The course is structured to respond to student interest in any of the four major genres: playwriting, fiction writing, non-fiction writing, and writing poetry.

English 643: Language Studies
This course studies how language functions in both literary and non-literary contexts. It allows students to examine such issues as the general principles of linguistics, the history of the English language, types of dialects, kinds of grammars, and the use of language in advertising, propaganda, and shifting cultural situations.

English 651: Media and Technology Studies
This course studies the intersection of the theory and practice of ever-expanding digital technology with literary and pedagogical issues. Seminar emphasis may vary from semester to semester, but one goal will be to provide a framework for teachers expecting to teach Web and print design at the high school or college level. Student projects may be integrated with publications and Web sites of Philadelphia-area organizations.

English 661: Cultural Studies
This course allows students to ground literary works within their cultural contexts with attention to the historical circumstances and contemporary issues that inform writers and their works.

English 662: Philadelphia and Regional Studies
This course examines selected writers from the greater Philadelphia region (such as Benjamin Franklin, Charles Brockdon Brown, Edgar Allan Poe, Walt Whitman, Owen Wister, Christopher Morley, John Edgar Wideman, Lorene Carey, Chaim Potok, Sonia Sanchez, Toby Olsen, David Bradley) in terms of various frameworks and contexts, including the cultural and historical development of the Philadelphia region, the patterns of immigration and migration that have produced the area’s ethnic and racial diversity, and the insights into that literature suggested by contemporary critical theories.

English 671: Drama and Theatre Practice
This course studies drama from a number of historical and cultural traditions with an eye both to reading and producing the play text. Students will study in detail the production history of both established and cutting-edge dramatic pieces; this course will also suggest ways for students to stage theatrical productions under their own direction. Students will also have the opportunity to interact with professional theatre artists associated with theatres in Philadelphia.

English 672: Literature and the Other Arts
This course studies the relationship between literary texts and works of art, music, and film by allowing students to look at examples of literature that reflect, adapt, or make use of materials from a variety of artistic media.

One Graduate Education elective

English 791: Critical Pedagogical Project
In consultation with the graduate director, students will undertake a substantive critical pedagogical project approved by the graduate director and advisory committee.

No comprehensive examination or thesis


Stephen Smith, Ph.D.

Stephen Smith, Ph.D.
Director

M.A. in English Programs
1900 West Olney Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19141 USA
Phone: 215.951.1145
E-mail: gradenglish@lasalle.edu


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