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Course Descriptions - MENG


Master of Arts in English Program Go to MENG

Courses

  • MENG 5010G - Introduction to Linguistics

    Credits: (3)
    Typically taught:
    Fall [Full Sem]
    Spring [Full Sem]


    This course introduces students to the scientific study of language. It explores what languages have in common, as well as what distinguishes them. Students learn basic analytic techniques in articulatory phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, and semantics and apply them to data drawn from various languages. These core concepts may be expanded and applied to other areas, such as language acquisition, language history, language and culture, language and thought, and language and literary expression. This course is designed for students with bachelor’s degrees who have no upper-division undergraduate coursework in linguistics.
  • MENG 5020G - Introduction to the Study of Language for Teachers

    Credits: (3)
    This course is designed for English teaching majors and minors. It introduces students to the nature of language and linguistics and reviews the elements of traditional grammar. This course surveys prescribed applications for prospective secondary school English teachers, including language variation, contemporary alternatives to traditional grammar, the history of English, and linguistics and composition. This course is designed for students who have no upper-division undergraduate coursework in linguistics.
  • MENG 5050G - Grammar, Style, and Usage for Advanced Writing

    Credits: (3)
    This course presents the concepts and nomenclature of traditional grammar as a context for students wishing to increase their control of punctuation, style, and usage to become more proficient writers. Its offers practical guidance in how grammatical concepts can be applied to revising and editing one’s own or others’ writing to more effectively express one’s intended meaning. The course is designed for students with bachelor’s degrees who have no upper-division undergraduate coursework in linguistics.
  • MENG 5080G - Critical Approaches to Literature

    Credits: (3)
    Typically taught:
    Fall [Full Sem]
    Spring [Full Sem]
    Summer [1st Blk, 2nd Blk]


    Students will study and practice critical approaches to literature. The course will begin with New Criticism and proceed to study more resistant reading strategies such as feminism, Marxism, and deconstruction. Students will not only learn the theoretical premises behind these theories, but also practice explicating various texts from a particular critical perspective.
  • MENG 5510G - World Literature

    Credits: (3)
    Typically taught:
    Fall [Full Sem]
    Spring [Full Sem]


    Students in this course read texts from a variety of eras and of authors and regions outside the United States and Great Britain. This course may not be applied to graduate degree requirements if an undergraduate survey covering the same period was applied toward an undergraduate degree.
  • MENG 5520G - American Literature: Early and Romantic

    Credits: (3)
    Typically taught:
    Fall [Full Sem]
    Spring [Full Sem]


    Students in this course read texts from the late eighteenth century to the decades just before the Civil War. This course may not be applied to graduate degree requirements if an undergraduate survey covering the same period was applied toward an undergraduate degree.
  • MENG 5530G - American Literature: Realism and Naturalism

    Credits: (3)
    Typically taught:
    Fall [Full Sem]
    Spring [Full Sem]


    Students in this course read texts from the Civil War through World War I. This course may not be applied to graduate degree requirements if an undergraduate survey covering the same time period was applied towards undergraduate degree.
  • MENG 5540G - American Literature: Modern

    Credits: (3)
    Typically taught:
    Fall [Full Sem]
    Spring [Full Sem]


    Students in this course read texts from the first half of the twentieth century. This course may not be applied to graduate degree requirements if an undergraduate survey covering the same time period was applied towards an undergraduate degree.
  • MENG 5550G - American Literature: Contemporary

    Credits: (3)
    Typically taught:
    Fall [Full Sem]
    Spring [Full Sem]


    Students in this course read texts from the 1950s to the present. This course may not be applied to graduate degree requirements if an undergraduate survey covering the same time period was applied towards undergraduate degree.
  • MENG 5570G - American Literature I

    Credits: (3)
    Typically taught:
    Fall [Full Sem]
    Spring [Full Sem]
    Summer [1st Blk; 2nd Blk]


    This course will introduce students to the study of American Literature from its earliest known works to those produced prior to the American Civil War.  We will examine its history, major works, and literary concepts.
  • MENG 5580G - American Literature II

    Credits: (3)
    Typically taught:
    Fall [Full Sem]
    Spring [Full Sem]
    Summer [1st Blk; 2nd Blk]


    This course will introduce students to the study of American Literature from the American Civil War to the contemporary period.  We will examine its history, major works, and literary concepts.
  • MENG 5610G - British Literature: Medieval

    Credits: (3)
    Typically taught:
    Fall [Full Sem]
    Spring [Full Sem]


    Students in this course read texts from the eighth century to the end of the fifteenth century. Works written in Anglo-Saxon English and northern medieval dialects will be read in modern translations. This course may not be applied to graduate degree requirements if an undergraduate survey covering the same time period was applied towards undergraduate degree.
  • MENG 5620G - British Literature: Renaissance

    Credits: (3)
    Typically taught:
    Fall [Full Sem]
    Spring [Full Sem]


    Students in this course read texts from the beginning of the sixteenth century to the middle of the seventeenth. This course may not be applied to graduate degree requirements if an undergraduate survey covering the same time period was applied towards undergraduate degree.
  • MENG 5630G - British Literature: Neoclassical and Romantic

    Credits: (3)
    Typically taught:
    Fall [Full Sem]
    Spring [Full Sem]


    Students in this course read texts from the late seventeenth century to the early nineteenth century. This course may not be applied to graduate degree requirements if an undergraduate survey covering the same time period was applied towards undergraduate degree.
  • MENG 5640G - British Literature: Victorian

    Credits: (3)
    Typically taught:
    Fall [Full Sem]
    Spring [Full Sem]


    Students in this course read texts from 1830 until roughly World War I. This course may not be applied to graduate degree requirements if an undergraduate survey covering the same time period was applied towards undergraduate degree.
  • MENG 5650G - British Literature: Modern

    Credits: (3)
    Typically taught:
    Fall [Full Sem]
    Spring [Full Sem]


    Students in this course read texts from the first half of the twentieth century. This course may not be applied to graduate degree requirements if an undergraduate survey covering the same time period was applied towards undergraduate degree.
  • MENG 5660G - British Literature: Contemporary

    Credits: (3)
    Typically taught:
    Fall [Full Sem]
    Spring [Full Sem]


    Students in this course read British and Anglo-Irish literature since 1950. This course may not be applied to graduate degree requirements if an undergraduate survey covering the same time period was applied towards undergraduate degree.
  • MENG 5670G - British Literature I

    Credits: (3)
    Typically taught:
    Fall [Full Sem]
    Spring [Full Sem]
    Summer [1st Blk; 2nd Blk]


    This course will introduce students to the study of British Literature from its earliest known works to those produced in the eighteenth century.  We will examine its history, major works, and literary concepts.
  • MENG 5680G - British Literature II

    Credits: (3)
    Typically taught:
    Fall [Full sem]
    Spring [Full Sem]
    Summer [1st Blk; 2nd Blk]


    This course will introduce students to the study of British Literature from the eighteenth century to the contemporary period.  We will examine its history, major works, and literary concepts.
  • MENG 5730G - Literature of Cultures and Places

    Credits: (3)
    Typically taught:
    Fall [Full Sem]
    Spring [Full Sem]


    Students in this course read texts focusing on a single national culture or works from various cultures. This course may not be applied to graduate degree requirements if an undergraduate survey covering the same time period was applied towards undergraduate degree.
  • MENG 5750G - Classical Literature

    Credits: (3)
    Students in this course read texts from the Golden Age of Greece to the fall of the Roman Empire. This course may not be applied to graduate degree requirements if an undergraduate survey covering the same time period was applied towards undergraduate degree.
  • MENG 5840G - Methods and Practice in Tutoring Writers

    Credits: (3)
    Typically taught:
    Fall [Full Sem]

    Faculty supervised experience in tutoring student writers in all disciplines. This course is limited to teaching assistants in the MENG program.
  • MENG 5850G - Principles & Practicum in Tutoring Writing

    Credits: (2)
    Typically taught:
    Fall [Full Sem]
    Spring [Full Sem]


    This course provides writing center tutors with the theoretical knowledge of the writing process critical to effective tutoring. In addition, the course provides students with an understanding of various approaches to and methods of tutoring. The course is effectively divided into three parts: tutoring and writing theory, College Reading and Learning Association certification, and practicum.
  • MENG 5920G - Short Courses, Workshops, Institutes and Special Programs

    Credits: (1-4)
    In order to provide flexibility and to meet many different needs, a number of specific offerings are possible using this catalog number. When the number is used it will be accompanied by a brief and specific descriptive title. The specific title with the credit authorized for the particular offering will appear on the student transcript. May be repeated 5 times with a maximum of 6 credit hours.
  • MENG 6005 - Intercultural Classroom Discourse

    Credits: (3)
    Students will read, discuss and experience interactive learning tools from the fields of sociolinguistics, intercultural communication, and TESOL pedagogy. Students will analyze dialects and personal/social conversational styles. Examples from literature and film will help provide a contextualized means of observing and understanding cultural identities.
  • MENG 6010 - Introduction to Graduate Studies

    Credits: (3)
    Typically taught:
    Fall [Full Sem]
    Spring [Full Sem]


    Students will learn research methods and methodologies that will allow them to produce publishable, sophisticated pieces of academic prose of the kind expected of professional academics. Students will compose abstracts, conference paper proposals, annotated bibliographies, and surveys of scholarship. Students will explore academic databases extensively and learn to evaluate rigorously other scholars’ work. Students will be encouraged to submit their work in the class to journals, conferences, or collections of essays. Students should take this course within their first year of study and focus their research on topics that may support future work on a thesis or project. Required in first or second semester.
  • MENG 6030 - Studies in Literary Theory and Criticism

    Credits: (3)
    Variable Title
    Students will study influential works in literary theory–potentially ranging from Plato’s REPUBLIC to Gayatri Spivak’s groundbreaking feminist studies to Stephen Greenblatt’s New Historicist studies to Homi Bhabha’s postcolonial analyses–paying specific attention to the influence of these theories on English studies. May be repeated 10 times for credit hours with different content.
  • MENG 6110 - Writing for Teachers

    Credits: (3)
    Typically taught:
    Fall [Full Sem]

    Designed primarily for in-service teachers, this course explores the most current research and theory concerning the teaching of writing and applies it to issues in the secondary classroom. Permission of instructor required to register.
  • MENG 6120 - Teaching Traditional and Contemporary Young Adult Literature

    Credits: (4)
    Typically taught:
    Spring [Full Sem]

    This course provides a broad, practical background in young adult literature, both traditional and contemporary, with emphasis on current theories and methods in literature pedagogy. Selection and evaluation of texts that appeal to young adults, reading strategies, censorship, themes and genres will be given special attention.  Prerequisite: MED 6050  Curriculum Design, Evaluation, Assessment (3) must be taken prior to MENG 5210G/6120.  We strongly recommend that MENG 6110  Writing for Teachers (3) or MENG 6230  Wasatch Range Writing Project Summer Institutes (3) be taken prior to MENG 5210G/6120. MENG 5210G  and MENG 6120 must be taken concurrently. Permission of instructor required to register.
  • MENG 6210 - Teaching Literature in the Secondary Schools

    Credits: (3)
    Designed primarily for in-service teachers, this course explores the most current research and theory concerning the teaching of literature and applies it to issues in the secondary classroom.
  • MENG 6230 - Wasatch Range Writing Project Summer Institute

    Credits: (1-6)
    Typically taught:
    Summer [1st Blk, 2nd Blk]

    This course is designed to follow the National Writing Project model. The four-week Invitational Institute is for inservice teachers nominated by their school district or their peers. It is designed to develop leadership skills in those teachers to enable them to impact the quality of writing instruction in their individual schools and district. It is also designed to develop teacher leadership for the Wasatch Range Writing Project. The One Week Open Institute is open to any inservice teacher wishing to improve writing instruction in his/her classroom. Can be repeated once up to eight (8) credit hours total. Permission of instructor required to register.
  • MENG 6231 - Wasatch Range Writing Project Advanced Institute

    Credits: (1-6)
    Variable Title and Credit Course
    This is a variable topics variable title course designed for Wasatch Range Writing Project Teacher Consultants, teachers who have taken the WRWP Summer Institute and work with WRWP providing professional development to local school districts. It allows those teachers to increase their effectiveness as teachers, add to their expertise for work with inservice teachers and research possible solutions to literacy issues facing elementary and secondary education in our region. Course titles may include: Developing Utah State Core Standards Workshops, Digital Writing, Developing Argument Writing Across the disciplines. Only six hours can be used for meeting elective requirements in the MENG program. Prerequisite: Six hours credit in MENG 6230 . May be repeated 6 times and up to 18 credit hours.
  • MENG 6240 - Seminar in American Literature

    Credits: (3)
    Variable Title
    This seminar explores major texts of one particular American era. The course focuses on literature which articulates the selected period. This variable emphasis course may be repeated 10 times for credit with different content.
  • MENG 6250 - Seminar in British Literature

    Credits: (3)
    Variable Title
    This seminar explores major texts of one particular British era. This course focuses on the literature which articulates the selected period. This variable emphasis course may be repeated 3 times up to 6 credit hours with different subject matter.
  • MENG 6260 - Seminar in World Literature

    Credits: (3)
    Variable Title
    This seminar explores literature other than American or British. The course focuses on the literature which articulates the selected time and place. This variable emphasis course may be repeated 10 times for credit with different subject matter.
  • MENG 6280 - TESOL Practicum

    Credits: (1)
    Typically taught:
    Fall [Full Sem]
    Spring [Full Sem]
    Summer [1st Blk]


    TESOL practicum provides guided and supported experience in one or more of the following: tutorial, small group teaching, whole class lesson planning. Candidates will practice a variety of instructional modes for speaking, reading and writing. Instructor permission is required for registration.
  • MENG 6310 - Language and Linguistics for Teachers

    Credits: (3)
    Designed primarily for in-service teachers, this course explores recent research in linguistics and applies it to issues in the secondary classroom.
  • MENG 6320 - World Languages

    Credits: (3)
    This course broadens students’ awareness of diversity among the world’s languages, thereby fostering understanding and appreciation of the nature of human language in general. Issues may include language obsolescence and maintenance, writing systems of the world, prosody and poetic forms in other languages, language history, and language families. Some prior experience in linguistics or language structures will be helpful as students study profiles of selected languages representing major language families of the world and various geographical areas.
  • MENG 6330 - Literary and Rhetorical Stylistics

    Credits: (3)
    This course surveys the literature on style in linguistics, literature, and rhetoric. Some prior background in grammar will be useful as students engage in quantitative and qualitative stylistic analysis of texts from a literary period, genre, or particular author and learn how diction, syntax, and figurative language can be deployed to communicative and artistic ends.
  • MENG 6400 - Multicultural Perspectives on Literature for Young People

    Credits: (3)
    This course examines the theories of literature and multicultural education for young people K-12, as well as the use of multicultural literature in and out of the classroom. Students will apply the latest critical and pedagogical theories to extensive readings in Young Adult literature. This course is especially suited to in-service teachers, librarians and others who work with young people.
  • MENG 6410 - Strategies and Methodology of Teaching ESL/Bilingual

    Credits: (3)
    Typically taught:
    Fall [Full Sem, Online]

    This course emphasizes practical strategies and methods of teaching English as a Second Language in elementary and secondary schools.
  • MENG 6420 - English Phonology and Syntax for ESL/Bilingual Teachers

    Credits: (3)
    Typically taught:
    Fall [Full Sem]

    This course provides the foundation for ESL/Bilingual teachers in the workings of the English language: its pronunciation and spelling systems, its word-forming strategies, and its sentence structure patterns.
  • MENG 6450 - ESL/Bilingual Assessment: Theory, Methods, and Practices

    Credits: (3)
    This course explores how to evaluate and implement assessment processes effectively for ESL/Bilingual pupils in public schools. Students will gain experience with both standardized test and authentic assessment.
  • MENG 6510 - Seminar in Eminent Writers:

    Credits: (2-3)
    Variable Title
    This seminar examines significant works of and relevant criticism on an influential writer or a small group of writers. This variable emphasis course may be repeated 10 times for credit with different subject matter.
  • MENG 6520 - Seminar in Shakespeare

    Credits: (3)
    Typically taught:
    Summer [2nd Blk]

    This seminar examines a range of Shakespeare’s major works as well as relevant criticism.
  • MENG 6610 - Advanced Studies in Genre

    Credits: (2-3)
    Variable Title
    Students will analyze primary and secondary texts about one genre or sub-genre to develop a definition and understanding of the form. This variable emphasis course may be repeated 10 times for credit with different subject matter.
  • MENG 6710 - Variable Topics

    Credits: (2-3)
    Variable Title
    Topics will vary based on student interest and instructor expertise. This course may be repeated 10 times for credit with different subject matter.
  • MENG 6730 - Creative Writing Forms and Crafts

    Credits: (3)
    Variable Title
    Typically taught:
    Fall [Full Sem]

    This course will investigate the relationship of form and function in creative work and explore how the underlying structure affects the impact of the work. This course will examine a variety of work to examine the effect of formal choices on readers’ response. The course will then put these strategies and insights to work by drafting, workshopping, and revising students’ own original writing. May be repeated 2 times and up to 9 credit hours.
  • MENG 6740 - Creative Nonfiction Writing

    Credits: (3)
    Variable Title
    Typically taught:
    Spring [Full Sem]

    In this course, students will study the art and craft of writing creative nonfiction. Along with writing their own original work, students will read a variety of contemporary texts and will critique their peers’ writing. May be repeated 2 times and up to 9 credit hours.
  • MENG 6750 - Fiction Writing

    Credits: (3)
    Variable Title
    Typically taught:
    Summer [Full Sem]

    In this course, students will study the art and craft of writing fiction. Along with writing their own original work, students will read a variety of contemporary texts and will critique their peers’ writing. May be repeated 2 times and up to 9 credit hours.
  • MENG 6760 - Poetry Writing

    Credits: (3)
    Variable Title
    Typically taught:
    Spring [Full Sem]

    In this course, students will study the art and craft of writing poetry. Along with writing their own original work, students will read a variety of contemporary texts and will critique their peers’ writing. May be repeated 2 times and up to 9 credit hours.
  • MENG 6821 - Teaching Developmental Reading and Writing

    Credits: (2)
    This course introduces first-time teachers to the theory and practice of teaching developmental reading and writing. Permission of instructor required to register.
  • MENG 6822 - Teaching College Writing

    Credits: (2)
    This course introduces first-time teachers to the theory and practice of teaching college writing. Permission of instructor required to register.
  • MENG 6823 - Teaching Practicum

    Credits: (1)
    This course supports teachers in their second semester of teaching college writing. Students will meet regularly to develop teaching strategies, enhance grading skills, resolve problems that have arisen in their classes, and plan strategies and procedures for classes they are teaching. Permission of instructor required to register.
  • MENG 6830 - Directed Readings

    Credits: (1-3)
    This course allows students credit for individual study with a professor, usually for further study that grows out of course work. The student and professor agree to a written contract for study which must be approved by the program director. No more than 3 credit hours of directed readings may apply toward the MA degree unless approved by the program director. This course is designed to allow students to explore in depth and/or breadth, subject matter which goes beyond the established courses in the Master’s Degree Program. May be repeated 3 times with a maximum of 9 credit hours.
  • MENG 6861 - Practicum in Secondary English Education

    Credits: (2)
    Typically taught:
    Spring [Full Sem]

    This course provides a broad, practical background in teaching young adult (YA) literature for MENG students seeking secondary school licensure. Selection, evaluation, curriculum planning, and assessment in teaching literature will receive primary emphasis. Issues concerning community values and censorship will also receive our attention. Prerequisite: MED 6050  Curriculum Design, Evaluation, Assessment (3) must be taken prior to MED 6120 /6861.  We strongly recommend that MENG 6110  Writing for Teachers (3) or MENG 6230  Wasatch Range Writing Project Summer Institutes (3) be taken prior to MENG 6120 /6861. MENG 6120 and MENG 6861 must be taken concurrently.
  • MENG 6920 - Short Courses, Workshops, Institutes and Special Programs

    Credits: (1-4)
    In order to provide flexibility and to meet many different needs, a number of specific offerings are possible using this catalog number. When the number is used it will be accompanied by a brief and specific descriptive title. The specific title with the credit authorized for the particular offering will appear on the student transcript. May be repeated 5 times with a maximum of 6 credit hours.
  • MENG 6940 - Masters Project

    Credits: (2-6)
    This course provides for the creation and execution of a project growing out of graduate study particularly as it applies to the workplace. Project credit may be taken in increments of 1-3 hours in any term. May be repeated twice up to 6 credits.
  • MENG 6950 - Creative Writing Thesis: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry

    Credits: (1-6)
    Typically taught:
    Fall [Full Sem]
    Spring [Full Sem]


    The course is designed as a rigorous academic and professional mentorship for students who intend to produce a MA thesis in creative writing. The thesis will include a manuscript of original writing with a critical foreword, both of which require extensive research and substantial writing on the thesis topic. The manuscript can be a creative response to literary works or original creative poetry, fiction, and/or nonfiction.  The critical introduction will situate the creative component within the literary, historical, and/or theoretical context(s) of the creative component. Minimum of 3 hours required, with a possible maximum of 6 hours with approval.  Credit/No Credit grading. Prerequisite: MENG 6730 - Creative Writing Forms and Crafts (3) , must complete at least two workshops (6 Credits), MENG 6740 - Creative Nonfiction Writing (3) *, MENG 6750 - Fiction Writing (3) *, MENG 6760 - Poetry Writing (3) *.  *Repeated with different titles.
  • MENG 6960 - Thesis

    Credits: (1-6)
    Thesis credit may be taken in increments of 1-3 hours in any term. The thesis is a capstone writing course for the Master’s Degree Program. May be repeated 5 times with a maximum of 6 credit hours.
  • MENG 6990 - Extension of Thesis/Project

    Credits: (1)
    Typically taught:
    Fall [Full Sem]
    Spring [Full Sem]
    Summer [Full Sem]


    This course allows students to continue to work on their thesis/project. The course is graded credit/no credit and may be repeated up to two times.