Our Course

ENGL 511.01 | Fall 2023 | Hybrid–F2F (alternating Wednesdays 5:30 – 8:15) and Online

Pre-requisites: None

Co-requisites: None

This course offers a practical introduction to research and writing for graduate study in English. Everything that we cover in this course will be something that you can put to use in your future MA classes. We will cover theoretical approaches to literary and cultural interpretation; the discovery, analysis, evaluation, and integration of primary and secondary sources; and strategies for and strategies for generating, composing, and revising sophisticated arguments. This course also seeks to broaden awareness of career paths and professional development opportunities for graduates of our MA program.

Student Learning Outcomes

Course Outcomes

Students successfully completing this course will be able to:

  1. Understand and effectively practice basic rhetorical conventions of contemporary literary and cultural criticism.
  2. Summarize contemporary scholarly and critical writing.
  3. Understand the practice of criticism through the metaphor of conversation and demonstrate this understanding in their own critical writing.
  4. Recognize a range of contemporary theoretical models for analyzing and interpreting texts and incorporate theoretical perspectives into their own writing.
  5. Reflect on how MA-level work in English Studies and in the joint program may serve their personal and professional goals

Required Texts to Purchase

Additional readings will be posted on OAKS in the Readings module and on individual week modules on the course schedule.


While this course website hosted by WordPress hosts our primary syllabus with the course schedule, this class will employ OAKS, the College’s online learning management system. We will use OAKS for additional required readings, discussions, and the grade book function. 

MA Program Outcomes

In addition to the course-specific learning outcomes, this course is intended to lay the groundwork for the MA program learning outcomes, which will lead you to:

  • Use close reading and textual analysis to interpret literary and cultural texts.
  • Convey sound research-based arguments in accordance with standard expectations in academic writing.
  • Select relevant critical, historical, cultural, and theoretical sources to inform contributions to scholarly conversations.
  • Understand how the MA in English can serve as preparation and/or credential to enter or advance within a range of career goals or paths.

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