ENGL 897. Preparation for the M.A. Examination. 1-6 Hours.
An independent reading course for students preparing to take the M.A. examination. Graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis. Prerequisite: Consent of the Director of Graduate Studies. RSH.
KU's English Department is at the core of the humanities, highlighting the "human" through our individual, one-on-one interactions with our students, our emphasis on community and global engagement, and our abiding interest in our shared humanity through the stories of others. We seek to challenge the mind and to engage the imagination of our students, to teach them to ask questions and to seek for answers. We encourage them to grapple with the complexity of a culturally and commercially interconnected world and the global networks and processes of cultural exchange. We believe that words and ideas will shape the world. We teach our students life-long skills, so that they learn to write clearly, creatively, and effectively—discovering themselves even as they lay a solid foundation for professional success.
Why study English language and literature? Because reading and writing shape the world. The M.A. in Literature and the M.A. in Literature & Literary Theory provide students with a broad knowledge of literatures in English across a range of time periods, as well as an introduction to the basic concepts and methods of the discipline. This program has special strengths in ecocriticism and posthuman studies, African American & African diaspora literatures, nineteenth-century U.S. literature, science fiction & fantasy, and Victorian literature. The M.A. in Rhetoric & Composition provides students with a broad knowledge of writing and the teaching of writing, including the study of composing across multiple genres, media and situations. This program has special strengths in genre and language theory, multimodality and digital rhetorics, public rhetoric, and writing pedagogy. The M.A. in English Language Studies provides students with a broad introduction to empirical approaches to the study of the English language. This program has special strengths in historical linguistics, sociolinguistics, pragmatics, and discourse analysis.