English (ENGL) Courses
ENGL 401G ADVANCED NONFICTION WRITING (3-0-3)(F/S). Advanced practice in nonfiction genres, and study of how writers read and learn from other writers. Experimentation with subjects, voice, organization, and style. Students may take the course twice, for a total of 6 credits. Students seeking graduate credit will produce a greater quantity and high quality of original work, will have a separate and more extensive reading list, and will be expected to participate more fully in class activities. PREREQ: ENGL 201.
ENGL 406G ADVANCED POETRY WRITING (3-0-3)(F/S). Intensive work in writing and critiquing poetry. Students seeking graduate credit will produce a greater quantity and higher quality of original work, will have a separate and more extensive reading list, and will be expected to participate more fully in class activities. May be repeated for up to six credit hours.
ENGL 407G ADVANCED FICTION WRITING (3-0-3)(F/S). Intensive work in writing and critiquing fiction. Students seeking graduate credit will produce a greater quantity and higher quality of original work, will have a separate and more extensive reading list, and will be expected to participate more fully in class activities. May be repeated for up to six credit hours.
ENGL 500 RESEARCH METHODS IN LITERARY STUDIES (3-0-3)(F/S). An introduction to research techniques and resources in advanced literary study. The course includes the use of bound and electronic reference sources, methods of bibliography and textual criticism, the significance of biographical, archival, and historical evidence in literary study, and standard conventions of scholarly documentation. PREREQ: ADM/PROG or PERM/INST.
ENGL 501 TEACHING WRITERS IN SECONDARY SCHOOL COMMUNITIES (3-0-3)(F,S,SU). Students synthesize and apply theory and research related to the teaching of writers, with a focus on helping writers navigate writing processes, rhetorical situations, and writing environments. In order to design inclusive writing communities, students identify and build on writers’ strengths and resources.
ENGL 502 TEACHING CREATIVE NONFICTION, POETRY, AND FICTION WRITING (3-0-3)(F/S). Theories and practices for teaching secondary school students, college students, and others how to write in genres such as creative nonfiction, poetry, and fiction. Emphasis is on teaching in classroom and workshop settings. PREREQ: ADM/PROG or PERM/INST.
ENGL 503 WRITING CENTER PEDAGOGY AND ADMINISTRATION (3-0-3) (F). Emphasis on composition theory, writing pedagogy, and writing program administration as they pertain to tutoring and writing center work. A writing-center based empirical research project is required. Includes tutoring and administrative duties in the Boise State Writing Center. PREREQ: PERM/INST.
ENGL 505 LINGUISTICS (3-0-3)(F/S)(Alternate years). Modern linguistic theories and their application to literature and teaching English. An examination of how various grammatical models represent the complexities of language sound, sequence, and structure. Application of theory to language at work. Alternate years. PREREQ: ADM/PROG or PERM/INST.
ENGL 509 (CW 509) BOOK ARTS (3-0-3)(S). A historical survey of various aspects of bookmaking, including papermaking, typography, printing, binding, and desktop publishing, as well as book distribution/marketing, and production of artist’s and eccentric bookworks. Course culminates in production of a classroom edition of each student’s original writings or art works in an appropriate format devised by the student. PREREQ: Admission to program or PERM/INST.
ENGL 510 SEMINAR IN MAJOR AMERICAN OR ENGLISH WRITER (3-0-3)(F/S). A consideration of minor and major artistic creations of an author with attention to major influences on the writer and his/her influences on others. Aspects of investigation to include the life of the author and its relation to his/ her work, the society and culture of the times, his/her place and stature in the genres in which he/she worked, his/her use or disregard of tradition, as well as an investigation of contemporary criticism and critical evaluation since the writer’s time. Repeatable for credit. PREREQ: ADM/PROG or PERM/INST.
ENGL 511 RHETORICAL THEORY FOR WORKPLACE WRITERS (3-0-3)(F). An introduction to rhetorical theories and concepts relevant to workplace settings, such as rhetorical genre theory, applied linguistics, ethics, and the rhetoric of science. Interdisciplinary approaches include cultural studies, STEM communication, linguistics, psychology and sociology.
ENGL 512 TECHNICAL RHETORIC AND APPLICATIONS (3-0-3)(S). An advanced study of technical communication for those students who are or expect to become professional technical communicators. Topics of study include modern theories of rhetoric, focusing on semantics, syntax, readability, pragmatics, and hypertext. Students will write reports, proposals, manuals, and online documents related to their own backgrounds and fields of interest. PREREQ: ADM/PROG or PERM/INST.
ENGL 513 TECHNICAL EDITING (3-0-3)(F). An advanced course in the editing of technical documents. Major projects are related to each student’s field of interest. Topics of study include the theory and ethics of editing, content editing, copy editing, developmental editing, production editing, and online editing. PREREQ: ADM/PROG or PERM/INST.
ENGL 515 VISUAL RHETORIC AND INFORMATION DESIGN (3-0-3)(S). A study and application of the rhetorical elements of design, including color, line, form, images, and type. Students will be introduced to desktop publishing, graphics, and Web-authoring software. Students will apply principles of visual rhetoric in creating print and online technical documents. PREREQ: ADM/PROG or PERM/INST.
ENGL 516 TOPICS IN PRINT DOCUMENT PRODUCTION (3-0-3)(F)(Even years). Study and application of the principles and techniques involved in taking print documents from conception to production. Topics will vary but can include desktop publishing, estimating time and cost, selecting paper and binding, working with pre-press and printing companies, and selecting appropriate distribution systems. The course assumes experience with personal computers and desktop publishing software. May be taken twice for credit. PREREQ: ADM/PROG or PERM/INST.
ENGL 518 WRITING SOFTWARE DOCUMENTATION (3-0-3)(S)(Odd years). The study and application of principles for creating effective print and online documentation. Topics can include content design and organization, writing style, graphic design, hypertext, and usability testing. The course also addresses strategies for working successfully as a technical communicator. PREREQ: ADM/PROG or PERM/INST.
ENGL 519 TECHNICAL PUBLICATIONS MANAGEMENT (3-0-3)(S)(Odd years). Analysis and application of the principles of management and organizational behavior as they apply to the technical publications field. In a case-study environment focused on the publications process, students learn the techniques and practices of managing technical publications groups within organizational settings, while studying relevant principles of motivational theory and human behavior. PREREQ: ADM/PROG or PERM/INST.
ENGL 520 GENRE (3-0-3)(F/S). A study of a well defined literary category, such as novel, short story, epic, or tragedy. Examination of representative texts in order to discover the evolution of a specific literary genre while at the same time establishing its typical features. Repeatable for credit. PREREQ: ADM/ PROG or PERM/INST.
ENGL 521 TOPICS IN ON-SCREEN DOCUMENT PRODUCTION (3-0-3)(S)(Even years). Study and application of the principles involved in designing, creating, and managing information on the screen. Topics vary but can include advanced Web design, help systems, and multimedia applications. Students practice effective hypertext and screen-design techniques from the fields of cognitive science, software psychology, and human factors. May be taken twice for credit. PREREQ: ADM/PROG or PERM/INST.
ENGL 525 LITERARY TRANSLATION WORKSHOP (3-0-3)(F/S). Students read works of theory and practice in literary translation, translate short works of literature, submit their work for workshop critique, and contribute to the discussion of others’ writing. Languages and genres translated vary with instructor. Repeatable for credit. PREREQ: ADM/PROG or PERM/INST.
ENGL 530 STUDIES IN A LITERARY PERIOD (3-0-3)(F/S). A study of a selected chronological period of American or British literature with focus on major authors, genres, or topics. Repeatable for credit. PREREQ: ADM/PROG or PERM/INST.
ENGL 535 USER EXPERIENCE (3-0-3)(F). User experience focuses on understanding—and designing experiences tailored to—human behavior. In this course learn to create successful visual and emotional user experiences while exploring links between usability and desirability, humanity and technology. PREREQ: ADM/PROG or PERM/INST.
ENGL 536 PROPOSAL DEVELOPMENT (3-0-3)(F)(Odd years). Study of principles of effective proposal development and grant writing for businesses and nonprofits. Topics include identifying funding sources, developing grant applications, creating proposals in response to requests/call for proposals, writing collaboratively within an organization, and giving convincing and audience-appropriate presentations. PREREQ: ADM/PROG or PERM/INST.
ENGL 537 WRITING FOR SOCIAL MEDIA AND ONLINE COMMUNITIES (3-0-3)(S)(Even years). Apply interactive Internet-based technologies to easily collaborate, share, link and generate content. Analyzing user-created content and online communities, students will learn techniques and best practices for using the social web to enhance workplace communication using tools such as blogs, micro-blogs, wikis, social networking sites, tag clouds, and syndication. PREREQ: ADM/PROG or PERM/INST.
ENGL 538 (OPWL 517) WRITING IN PROFESSIONS (3-0-3)(F). Overview of communication practices and standards in workplace settings. Topics include editing and revision, research and citation practices, social and cultural aspects of technical communication, workplace-writing style, and common documents produced in business and industry, such as proposals, informal reports, formal reports, and prospectuses. Not for credit toward degrees from the English department. May be taken for ENGL or OPWL credit, but not both. PREREQ: PERM/INST.
ENGL 540 ISSUES IN WRITING, TEACHING, AND LEARNING (3-0-3)(F/S). Investigates the theories, practices, and conditions that influence the development of writing ability and other literacies. May focus on issues in learning theory, an examination of composing practices, or social contexts that influence student growth. Topics might include transfer and inquiry-based learning, practices like revision or teaching with technology, or writing in social contexts like community-based organizations. Repeatable once for credit. PREREQ: ADM/PROG or PERM/INST.
ENGL 545 CONTEMPORARY ISSUES AND INSTITUTIONAL CONTEXTS IN RHETORIC AND COMPOSITION (3-0-3)(F/S). Theoretical exploration of current topics in rhetoric and composition as well as contexts for writing instruction and research. Introduces students to emerging issues in the discipline like multimodal composing, contemporary rhetorical theory, cultural studies, and new technologies. May also examine contemporary contexts for literacy instruction and practices as well as theories of composing in the workplace and community. Repeatable once for credit. PREREQ: ADM/PROG or PERM/INST.
ENGL 550 LITERATURE AND CULTURE (3-0-3)(F/S). The interaction between a body of literature and the social, economic, and political forces that characterize the culture in which it originates. The influence of culture on literary form and content. Repeatable for credit. PREREQ: ADM/PROG or PERM/INST.
ENGL 554 METHODS FOR RESEARCH IN WRITING AND RHETORIC (3-0-3)(F/S). An introduction to research methods appropriate for conducting research in various writing contexts. Explores a range of empirical and rhetorical strategies for research, including developing research questions, choosing appropriate research methods, and addressing ethical issues in conducting research with human subjects. PREREQ: ADM/PROG or PERM/INST.
ENGL 555 WRITING IN RHETORIC AND COMPOSITION STUDIES (3-0-3)(F). Provides an overview of writing expectations and publication opportunities in the field of rhetoric and composition as well as identifying opportunities for the study and practice of rhetoric and writing beyond the field (e.g., community organizations, political discourse, interdisciplinary conversations). Helps students consider options for the culminating activity of the program. PREREQ: Admitted to the MA in English, Rhetoric and Composition program or PERM/INST.
ENGL 561 COMPOSITION THEORY AND PRACTICE (3-0-3)(F)(even years). A study of writing as both subject and activity. Examines theories and their application in multiple contexts with attention to the ethical dimensions of writing, including cultural awareness. PREREQ: ADM/PROG or PERM/INST.
ENGL 562 THEORIES OF RHETORIC (3-0-3)(F)(odd years). Main currents in historical and contemporary rhetorical theory. Attention is given to the Western tradition as well global rhetorics. Themes may include the importance of rhetoric in the public forum, the role of rhetoric in education, and the ethical obligations of the rhetor. PREREQ: ADM/PROG or PERM/INST.
ENGL 566 DISCOURSE AND DIALOGUE IN SECONDARY SCHOOL COMMUNITIES (3-0-3)(F,S,SU). Students synthesize and apply theory and research related to the ways speaking and listening serve as resources for thinking and learning in secondary classroom communities with a focus on facilitating whole-class and small group conversations and creating democratic learning environments in which learners become active participants in shaping the direction of classroom discourse.
ENGL 567 TEACHING LANGUAGE LEARNERS IN SECONDARY SCHOOL COMMUNITIES (3-0-3)(F,S,SU). Students synthesize and apply theory and research related to the teaching of language in secondary schools, including inquiring into diverse forms of language use, teaching multilingual learners, and teaching grammar in the context of writing.
ENGL 576 INQUIRY INTO ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS LEARNING COMMUNITIES (3-0-3)(F,S,SU). Students practice taking on an inquiry stance that takes a systematic look into learners’ experiences in their classrooms, including a focus on analyzing artifacts of learning (student products, self-assessment), observations of learning, and the words and ideas of learners (surveys, interviews, focus groups).
ENGL 577 INQUIRING INTO CLASSROOM PRACTICES AND CURRICULA (1-0-1)(F). Students develop and practice teacher inquiry stances and strategies. Students apply their inquiries by revising and re-imagining their instructional practices. This is the first-course in a year-long sequence. PREREQ: PERM/INST.
ENGL 578 PARTICIPATING IN TEACHER INQUIRY COMMUNITIES (2-0-2)(S). Students practice and publicly share their inquiries into their classroom practices and curricula within and beyond the course community. This is the second-course in a year-long sequence. PREREQ: ENGL 577 or PERM/INST.
ENGL 579 BOISE STATE WRITING PROJECT INVITATIONAL INSTITUTE (6-0-6)(SU). Students engage in the National Writing Project’s six social practices of writing and reading for personal and professional purposes; going public with practice through a teaching demonstration; learning/engaging with the profession; collaborating with/responding to one another as writers, readers, teachers, and learners; leading by becoming thinking partners with colleagues; and advocating for inclusive and equitable conditions for teachers and learners. PREREQ: Must apply and be invited to participate.
ENGL 580 LEADING AND CHANGING SECONDARY SCHOOL COMMUNITIES THROUGH THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS (3-0-3)(F,S,SU). Students synthesize critical and sociocultural theories of learning and learning communities related to the teaching of English language arts, and they apply that synthesis to create a plan/project that strengthens one of their communities through the English language arts.
ENGL 581 TEACHING READERS OF LITERARY TEXTS IN SECONDARY SCHOOL COMMUNITIES (3-0-3)(F,S,SU). Students synthesize and apply theory and research related to the teaching of readers of literary texts in secondary schools, with a focus on helping young people become creative and critical readers within participatory and inclusive reading communities.
ENGL 582 SELECTED TOPICS IN TEACHING ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS (3-0-3)(F,S,SU). Students study current theories and topics in teaching the English Language Arts. A specific focus will be announced each time the course is offered. PREREQ: P ERM/INST.
ENGL 585 SELECTED TOPICS IN LINGUISTICS (3-0-3)(F/S). An investigation of a particular topic in linguistics, drawn generally from psycholinguistics, sociolinguistics, semantics, pragmatics, discourse, syntax, or morphology. Course work will include lecture, discussion, and a paper or project, depending on the nature of the topic. Repeatable once for credit. PREREQ: LING 305 and admission to program, or PERM/INST.
ENGL 588 SURVEY OF CRITICAL THEORY (3-0-3)(F/S). A survey of major contemporary theories of literary criticism and their effects on literary studies. PREREQ: ADM/PROG or PERM/INST.
ENGL 598 SEMINAR (TEACHING ASSISTANTS) (3-0-3)(F). Focuses on writing theory and practice, the teaching community, and the Department’s English Composition courses for first semester Teaching Assistants. The seminar will provide information and support for the assistants while they learn to meet their obligations as classroom teachers. PREREQ: PERM/INST.
Refer to the University-wide Graduate Courses section in this catalog for additional course offerings.