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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Graduate Courses

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Graduate (500-level)

503: Selected Authors

Content changes. May be repeated.

516: Film Theory & Criticism
Trends in film theory and criticism. Practice in critical analysis.

525: Topics in Children’s Literature
Topics in genres such as fantasy and historical fiction and thematic topics such as survival or journeys. May be repeated with different subject matter.

526: Selected Periods
Selected periods of literary study.

532: Selected Studies: Novel
Content changes. May be repeated.

533: Selected Studies in World Literature 
Topics on themes, issues, and developments in genres of the literatures of the world.

535: The World Novel
A study of selected novels from a variety of time periods and cultures, including Eastern and Western Europe, Asia, Africa, and Latin America.

536: Native American Literature
This course surveys the earliest Native American literary works, from oral tradition and songs to contemporary works and authors, with a particular emphasis on tribal and cultural contexts that identify these works as Native American.

538: African American Literature
This course surveys the earliest African American literary works, including slave narratives, poetry, folklore, and oration, through the 20th century movements such as the Jazz Age, Harlem Renaissance, and the Black Arts movements of the 1960s, to contemporary works and authors.

563: Adolescent Literature
Motivation and interests of and materials for adolescent readers.

565: World Literature for Children and Young Adults 
Selected works of literature for students in grades 5-12 from a variety of countries and cultures.

592: Selected Topics
Topics in literary study. May be repeated with change of topic.

595: Special Studies

Graduate (600-level)

603: Seminar: Selected Authors

Studies in selected authors in British, American, Multicultural, or World Literature. May be repeated with different subject matter.

605: Seminar: Shakespeare
Study of works of Shakespeare, including comedies, histories, tragedies, tragic-comedies, and some shorter poetic works, including sonnets.

606: British Literary History and Criticism
This course is designed to give first-year graduate students a foundation in British literary history and criticism. The course focuses on the major writers, genres and periods in British literature with an emphasis on historical and critical trends in order to provide an analytical framework that will support subsequent work.
Required: All first year students

607: American Literary History and Criticism 
This course is designed to give first-year graduate students a foundation in American literary history and criticism. The course focuses on the major writers, genres and periods in American literature with an emphasis on historical and critical trends in order to provide an analytical framework that will support subsequent work.
Required: All first year students

608: Seminar: British Literature to 1800
Studies in topics/periods in British Literature to 1800. Emphasizes close readings of primary works, analysis of pertinent secondary works, detailed class discussion, and analytical writing. May be repeated with different subject matter.

609: Seminar: British Literature after 1800
Studies in topics/periods in British Literature after 1800. Emphasizes close readings of primary works, analyzing pertinent secondary works, detailed class discussion, and analytical writing. May be repeated with different subject matter.

610: Seminar: American Literature to 1865
Analysis of topics/periods in American Literature before 1865. Emphasizes close reading of primary works, analysis of pertinent secondary works, detailed class discussion, and analytical writing. May be repeated with different subject matter.

611: Seminar: American Literature after 1865
Analysis of topics/periods in modern and contemporary American Literature, i.e. fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and drama. Emphasizes close reading of primary works, analysis of pertinent secondary works, detailed class discussion, and analytical writing. May be repeated with different subject matter.

612: Seminar: Gender in Literature
Study of selected works by women writers up through the twentieth century with attention to their works within cultural contexts. May be repeated with different subject matter.

618: Seminar: Multicultural American Literature
Studies in selected authors, topics, or periods of American multicultural literatures, particularly those of Native American, African American, Chicano/Latino American, and Asian American groups. Emphasizes close readings of primary works, analyzing secondary sources, and analytical writing. May be repeated with different subject matter.

635: Seminar: World Literature
Studies in selected national literature or in topics/periods of world literature. May be repeated with different subject matter.

651: Bibliography & Research
Cornerstone course of MA English: English Studies option, covering research and critical writing strategies for masters level and professional work in the field. Enables students to develop a concrete focus for the thesis or the alternate plan paper.

654: Teaching College-Level Literature
This course examines the teaching of literature across collegiate levels and is designed for English graduate students. It is both practical and theoretical, examining topics such as: the purposes for teaching literature and teaching critical thinking; pedagogical approaches for teaching literature; and designing syllabi, lesson plans, and assignments. We will explore these topics through a variety of texts and perspectives. Assignments will include creating syllabi and lesson plans, reviewing scholarship on a particular topic related to the teaching of literature, and a conference paper on some aspect of the teaching of literature.

661: Topics in Children's & Young Adult Literature
Topics of interest to the teacher or professional working in the field of children's and young adult literature. May be repeated with different subject matter.

671: Seminar: Literary Theory and Criticism
Advanced study of theories of literature and its production and use.

677: Individual Study
Focused study on a topic not covered in regularly scheduled courses.

688: Portfolio
This course will involve the preparation of a portfolio in consultation with the instructor.

691: Colloquium
Advanced studies in language, literature, film, or theory. Permission required.

694: Alternate Plan Paper
Independent capstone experience, focusing on secondary research sources; paper may have other guidelines specific to the program option.

698: Internship
On-site field experience, the nature of which is determined by the specific needs of the student’s program option.

699: Thesis