University of Dayton
Academic Catalog 2014-15


R. Andrew Slade, Chairperson
Tereza Szeghi, Graduate Program Director

The English graduate program leading to the Master of Arts degree allows students to concentrate in one of the following track options:

  1. English and American literature
  2. Writing
  3. Teaching

The program accommodates both full-time and part-time students, allows them to achieve different goals, and prepares them for a wide variety of careers. The English and American literature track serves prospective Ph.D. students in literature and students generally seeking greater literary understanding or research skills; the writing track prepares students who go on to doctoral programs in rhetoric, composition, and writing as well as those seeking careers in professional, business, technical, or creative writing; the teaching track provides students with advanced work in the content area for teachers of English.


Graduate teaching assistantships are offered to qualified students in the M.A. program. Assistantships provide tuition remission for the 30-hour program, a stipend, and benefits. Applications for assistantships are part of the online admission form. Students making satisfactory progress toward their degree may renew their contract for a second year.s can expect to assist faculty in teaching or research, work as consultants in the Write Place, the University's writing center, and in the second-year, may teach in the department’s composition program. 

Teaching assistants can expect to assist faculty in teaching or research, work as consultants in the Write Place, the University's writing center, and in the second-year, may teach in the department’s composition program.

Master of Arts in English (ENG)

Normally 30 semester hours are required. Every student both in the literary track and in the teaching track who has attained a grade point average of at least 3.00, after completing 12 hours of graduate work, will take a Diagnostic Examination. This examination will be reviewed by a faculty committee consisting of the candidate's advisor, the graduate program director, and another member of the graduate faculty or staff.

ENG 601 Grad Studies in ENG is required of applicants for the degree. ENG 588 Literary Theory is required of each student in the literature track. ENG 596 Composition Theory is required of each applicant in the writing track. Students in the teaching track may select either course to fulfill their theory requirement. Students in the teaching track are required to take two courses from the department of Teacher Education and should consult with the Director of Graduate Studies about those courses.


ENG 505. Creative Writing. 3 Hours

Supervised practice in various literary forms. Both group discussions and individual conferences and critiques. Permission of chair required.

ENG 507. Studies in Writing. 1-6 Hours

Special topics in composition, argumentation, technical writing, report writing, and the like.

ENG 514. Medieval English Literature. 3 Hours

A study of the dominant types in the literature of England from the beginning to 1500.

ENG 538. Milton. 3 Hours

Study of the major and minor poems and selected prose of Milton.

ENG 552. English Romanticism. 3 Hours

Study of the major poets and critics of the Romantic Age.

ENG 556. Studies in Nineteenth-Century Literature. 3 Hours

Study of the literature in England in the nineteenth century.

ENG 560. Twentieth-Century British Literature. 3 Hours

Consideration of significant developments in modern British literature.

ENG 580. American Realism & Naturalism. 3 Hours

Study of representative writers from the post-Civil War period in American literature.

ENG 584. Studies in Twentieth-Century American Literature. 3 Hours

Study of significant developments in American literature of the twentieth century.

ENG 587. Contemporary Rhetoric. 3 Hours

An examination of one or more contemporary forms of argumentation and their application in writing.

ENG 588. Literary Theory. 3 Hours

A study of significant trends in theoretical and/or practical criticism.

ENG 589. Studies in Criticism. 3 Hours

A treatment of specific topics or approaches within the field of critical theory or applied criticism.

ENG 590. Teaching in College English. 0.5 Hours

Discussion, instruction, and practice in the methods of teaching composition and literature. Required of and open only to graduate assistants.

ENG 591. Studies in Literature. 1-6 Hours

An analysis of selected literary problems or areas.

ENG 592. History of English. 3 Hours

Study of stages in the development of the English language and of influences shaping its development from the beginning to the present time.

ENG 594. Structure of English. 3 Hours

No description available.

ENG 596. Composition Theory. 3 Hours

Study of the principal current theories of composition, with application to the teaching and evaluating of writing.

ENG 599. Thesis. 3-6 Hours


ENG 601. Introduction to Graduate Studies in English. 3 Hours

An introduction to the field of English studies. The course provides an overview of bibliographic studies, relevant research methodologies, and current critical trends in scholarship. Required of all degree applicants.

ENG 605. Studies in an Author. 3 Hours

Consideration of the body of an author's work and its relationship to the life of the author.

ENG 609. Studies in a Genre or Mode. 3 Hours

An intensive analysis of a significant literary form or mode.

ENG 621. Studies in the Teaching of Literature. 3 Hours

An exploration of ways to teach literature more effectively for particular students.

ENG 624. Teaching Writing in High School & College. 3 Hours

This course introduces students to the pedagogical methods and relevant research which informs contemporary writing instruction at the secondary and post-secondary level. Required of all teaching assistants.

ENG 625. Studies in the Teachings of Composition. 3 Hours

An exploration of ways to teach writing more effectively for particular groups of students.

ENG 627. Professional Writing. 1-3 Hours

Analysis of and practice in professional writing in different contexts, for example, proposal writing, evaluative report writing, and editing skills.