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English Education & Writing

This program is designed for teachers of English interested in furthering their studies in writing, literature, and pedagogy through an array of strategies that are appropriate for diverse school cultures.

Admission

Students admitted to the English Education and Writing concentration are expected to have an undergraduate English major with a minimum of 30 hours of literature and a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.00 (4.0 scale). Consideration will be given to those having an English minor (a minimum of 18 hours), depending on the courses taken, but more undergraduate preparation may be required at the discretion of the departmental graduate committee.

 

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Required First Semester after Graduate Admission (3):

  • English 606 Introduction to Graduate English Studies (3)

Required Education & Writing Courses (12):

Select a minimum of four (4) from the following:

  • English 510 Teaching College Composition: Theory and Practice (3)
  • English 546 Studies in Young Adult Literature (3)
  • English 570 Professional Writing and Editing (3) 
  • English 575 Advanced Dramatic Writing (3)
  • English 576 Advanced Fiction Writing (3)
  • English 577 Advanced Poetry Writing (3)
  • English 578 Advanced Creative Nonfiction Writing (3)
  • English 579 Writing: Theory and Practice for the Middle and Secondary Classroom (3)

Required Literature Courses (12):

Select a minimum of four (4) from the following (At least 2 must be 600 level courses, and all courses may be repeated for credit when the topics change.): 

  • English 511 The Epic (3)
  • English 512 Poetry (3)
  • English 513 The Novel (3)
  • English 514 Short Story (3)
  • English 515 Drama (3)
  • English 516 The Bible as Literature (3)
  • English 522 Major Figures in Fiction (3)
  • English 523 Major Figures in Poetry (3)
  • English 525 Studies in Shakespeare (3)
  • English 531 Arthurian Literature (3)
  • English 532 Women and Literature (3)
  • English 538 Studies in World Literature (3)
  • English 540 Studies in Literary History (3) 
  • English 541 Ethnic Literature (3)
  • English 542 Regional Literature (3)
  • English 543 Postcolonial Literature (3)
  • English 544 Literature and Culture (3)
  • English 545 Studies in Children's Literature (3)
  • English 562 Literary Criticism (3)
  • English 590 Independent Study (3)
  • English 595 Special Topics (1-3)
  • English 611 Studies in British Medieval Literature (3)
  • English 621 Studies in the English Renaissance (3)
  • English 631 Studies in British Neoclassicism and the Eighteenth Century (3)
  • English 641 Studies in British Romantic and Victorian Literature (3)
  • English 651 Studies in Modern and Contemporary British Literature (3)
  • English 661 Studies in American Colonial Literature (3)
  • English 671 Studies in American Romanticism (3)
  • English 681 Studies in American Realism and Naturalism (3)
  • English 691 Studies in Modern and Contemporary American Literature (3)
  • English 695 Studies in Special Topics (1-3)

Required Elective Courses (9):

Select one (1) to three (3) from the following: 

  • Education 502 Research Design (3)
  • Education 530 Teaching Reading in the Content Area (3)
  • Education 543 Curriculum Development in the Middle and Secondary School (3)
  • Education/School Library Media 560 Informational Sources and Services (3)
  • English 511 The Epic (3)
  • English 512 Poetry (3)
  • English 513 The Novel (3)
  • English 514 Short Story (3)
  • English 515 Drama (3)
  • English 516 The Bible as Literature (3)
  • English 522 Major Figures in Fiction (3)
  • English 523 Major Figures in Poetry (3)
  • English 525 Studies in Shakespeare (3)
  • English 531 Arthurian Literature (3)
  • English 532 Women and Literature (3)
  • English 538 Studies in World Literature (3)
  • English 540 Studies in Literary History (3)
  • English 541 Ethnic Literature (3)
  • English 542 Regional Literature (3)
  • English 543 Postcolonial Literature (3)
  • English 544 Literature and Culture (3)
  • English 545 Studies in Children's Literature (3)
  • English 562 Literary Criticism (3)
  • English 590 Independent Study (3)
  • English 595 Special Topics (1-3)
  • English 600 Thesis (6) (Required for students opting to write a thesis)
  • English 611 Studies in British Medieval Literature (3)
  • English 621 Studies in the English Renaissance (3)
  • English 631 Studies in British Neoclassicism and the Eighteenth Century (3)
  • English 641 Studies in British Romantic and Victorian Literature (3)
  • English 651 Studies in Modern and Contemporary British Literature (3)
  • English 661 Studies in American Colonial Literature (3)
  • English 671 Studies in American Romanticism (3)
  • English 681 Studies in American Realism and Naturalism (3)
  • English 691 Studies in Modern and Contemporary American Literature (3)
  • English 695 Studies in Special Topics (1-3)
  • English 699 Comprehensive Exam (0) (Required for students not writing a thesis)
  • Special Education 515 Survey of Exceptional Students (3)

Total Credit Hours Required: 36

 

Program Coordinator

Dr. Robin D. Smith
Grainger G04    434.395.2529
smithrd@longwood.edu

 

Culmination

This program culminates in either the writing and oral defense of a thesis or the taking of a comprehensive examination.

Thesis Manual

Checklist for Planning Your Program with the Thesis

Checklist for Planning Your Program with the Comprehensive Exam