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Department of English

Peter Parolin, Department Chair
201 Hoyt Hall
Phone: (307) 766-6452, FAX: (307) 766-3189
Website: http://www.uwyo.edu/english

Professors:

SUSAN ARONSTEIN, B.A. Seattle Pacific University 1980; M.Sc. Edinburgh University 1984; Ph.D. Stanford University 1987; Professor of English 2006, 1987.
SUSAN C. FRYE, B.S. Smith College 1974; M.A. University of New Mexico 1981; Ph.D. Stanford University 1986; Professor of English 2001, 1986.
CAROLINE McCRACKEN-FLESHER, M.A. University of Edinburgh 1980; M.A. Brown University 1986; Ph.D. 1989; Professor of English 2004, 1989.
ERIC W. NYE, B.A. St. Olaf College 1974; M.A. University of Chicago 1976; Ph.D. 1983; Professor of English 2015, 1983.

Associate Professors:

CAROLYN ANDERSON, B.A. Auckland University 1981; M.A. 1984; Ph.D. Stanford University 1992; Associate Professor of English 2001, 1993.
ANDREW FITCH, B.A. University of Wisconsin, Madison 1997; Ph.D. Graduate Center of the City University of New York 2009; Associate Professor of English and Creative Writing 2015, 2009.
JEANNE E. HOLLAND, B.A. Auburn University 1978; M.A. 1981; Ph.D. State University of New York-Buffalo 1989; Associate Professor of English 1995, 1989.
KELLY KINNEY, B.A. Purdue University 1992; M.A. University of Nebraska-Omaha 1996; Ph.D. Ohio University 2005; Associate Professor of English and Director of Writing Programs 2015.
MICHAEL KNIEVEL, B.A. Creighton University 1995; M.A. 1997; Ph.D. Texas Tech University 2002; Associate Professor of English 2009, 2002.
CLIFFORD J. MARKS, A.B. University of Michigan-Ann Arbor 1983; M.A. State University of New York-Buffalo 1988; Ph.D. 1992; Associate Professor of English 2000, 1993.
PETER PAROLIN, B.A. University of British Columbia 1988; M.A. University of Pennsylvania 1991; Ph.D. 1997; Associate Professor of English 2003, 1997.
CHRISTOPHER CASKEY RUSSELL, B.A. Western Washington University 1993; M.A. 1996; Ph.D. University of Oregon 2001; Associate Professor of English 2009, 2004.
JASON THOMPSON, B.A. Pacific Lutheran University 1996; MFA University of Arizona 2000; Ph.D. 2008; Associate Professor of English 2015, 2008.

Assistant Professors:

JASON BASKIN, A.B. Harvard University 2000; M.A. Princeton University 2006; Ph.D. 2008; Assistant Professor of English 2010.
MICHAEL EDSON, B.A. Virginia Tech University 2003; M.A. University of Delaware 2005; Ph.D. 2011; Assistant Professor of English 2014.
ERIN FORBES, B.A. Reed College 2002; M.A. Princeton University 2005; Ph.D. Princeton University 2009; Assistant Professor of English 2010.
SCOTT HENKEL, B.A. Western Michigan University 1997; M.A. Ohio University 2000; Ph.D. Michigan State University 2007; Assistant Professor of English 2015.
JULIA OBERT, B.A. University of Western Ontario 2004; M.A. University of British Columbia 2006; Ph.D. University of California, Irvine 2011; Assistant Professor of English 2011.
DANIELLE PAFUNDA, B.A. Bard College 1999; M.F.A. New School University 2002; Ph.D. University of Georgia 2008. Assistant Professor of English 2008.
ARIELLE ZIBRAK, B.A. University of Rochester 2003; M.A. Boston University 2007; Ph.D. 2013; Assistant Professor of English 2014.

Senior Lecturers:

APRIL HEANEY, B.A. University of Wyoming 1998; M.A. 2000. Senior Lecturer in English and Creative Writing 2015, 2005.
MARGARET VAN BAALEN-WOOD, B.A. University of Wyoming 1983; M.A. 2003. Senior Lecturer in English 2015, 2004.

Associate Lecturers:

PAUL BERGSTRAESSER, B.A. Oberlin College 1989; M.A. Northern Michigan University 2000; Ph.D. University of Illinois, Chicago 2007; Associate Lecturer in English and Creative Writing 2013, 2007.
RICK FISHER, B.A. University of Wyoming 2002; M.A. 2006; Associate Lecturer in English 2015, 2011.
VAL PEXTON, B.A. Humboldt State University 1986; B.A. University of Wyoming 1998; M.A. 2001; M.F.A. 2008; Associate Lecturer in English and Creative Writing 2013, 2009.
JOYCE STEWART, B.A. Felician College 1994; M.A. Creighton University 1998; Associate Lecturer in English 2013, 2008.

Assistant Lecturer:

JASON KIRKMEYER, B.A. University of Wyoming 2002; M.A. 2004; Assistant Lecturer of English 2011.

English

Study in the English department today embraces literature, creative and expository writing, and the nature and workings of language. Students in the department's programs can learn to read with pleasure and understanding, to write with grace, clarity and force, and to think with greater penetration and breadth. With these accomplishments, students are prepared for lives and work in which their power to understand, read, write and communicate will serve themselves and others, some specifically in careers in writing or teaching, some in professions of law, medicine, administration or almost any other field.

English studies center on the reading of what people have said, sung or written about their lives, their desires and the whole experience of being human. Literature is a great inheritance, a tradition that reaches back through the centuries, but it is also continually growing and changing. New theories about literature, and new and rediscovered literature itself, renew the ancient functions of literature to reflect, support and enhance the lives of the men and women who read it.

Assessment of English Undergraduate Learning

Through an active and ongoing assessment of our program, we have identified the following outcomes that are expected of each student graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in English. We will continue to assess our curriculum to ensure these outcomes are being met:

UW students graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in English will have demonstrated an ability to:

1. Read, interpret, and write about a diverse range of texts in English, for example literature, film, digital media, and popular culture;
2. Understand those texts analytically and critically;
3. Understand those texts on the basis of careful close reading;
4. Understand those texts through past and current literary theory;
5. Understand that those texts are culturally constructed in time, place, and tradition;
6. Understand how those texts inform culture;
7. Participate in the critical and cultural discourses of English;
8. Participate clearly and appropriately through multiple spoken and written forms.

The English Undergraduate Major

The English major requires 36 hours of work within the major and an additional 12 hours of a single foreign language. 21 of the hours within the major must be taken at the upper division. Only those courses in which a grade of C or better has been earned may count toward the 36 hours required for the B.A. and the foreign language requirement. Non 1000-level courses count toward the B.A.

Prerequisites

Most 2000-level courses require the completion of the COM1 requirement. Normally, 3000-level courses have the COM1 and ENGL 2025 as prerequisites, and 4000-level courses have 6 hours of 2000-level English courses as prerequisites. Students without certain prerequisites should consult the English department for permission to enroll.

English Tracks

There are two tracks within the English degree: a Literary Studies track and an English Studies track. The former focuses on the study of literature and culture, while the latter balances literary study with courses in rhetoric and composition and professional writing. All English Education students are required to take the English Studies track.

Literary Studies Track
Requirements Hours
1. Gateway to the English Major
ENGL 2025: Introduction to English Studies (COM2)
3

2. Historical Period Classes
Take 4 or the 5 following courses:
ENGL 3200: Medieval Literature
ENGL 3300: Shakespeare/Renaissance Literature
ENGL 3400: 18th Century Literature
ENGL 3500: 19th Century Literature
ENGL 3600: 20th Century & Contemporary Literature

Students may also take up to 6 credits of English survey courses
(ENGL 2425, 2430, 2435) for credit in historical period categories.

12
3. Expanding the Canon Classes 6
4. Literary Studies Methods Course
ENGL 3000: Literary Theory
3
5. Electives
Students can select from any of our courses for credit in this category;
one of the three electives must be in either Rhetoric & Composition or Creative Writing
9
6. Capstone Course
ENGL 4999: Senior Seminar (COM3)
3
Total Hours 36

Note: At least 21 of the 36 credit hours must be upper division (3000-level or higher).

English Studies Track
Requirements Hours
1. Gateway to the English Major
ENGL 2025: Introduction to English Studies (COM2)
3

2. Historical Period Classes
Take 3 of the following 5 courses:
ENGL 3200: Medieval Literature
ENGL 3300: Shakespeare/Renaissance Literature
ENGL 3400: 18th Century Literature
ENGL 3500: 19th Century Literature
ENGL 3600: 20th Century & Contemporary Literature

Students may also take up to 6 credits of English survey courses
(ENGL 2425, 2430, 2435) for credit in historical period categories.

9
3. Expanding the Canon Classes 6
4. English Studies Methods Course
ENGL 3010: Approaches to Rhetoric, Composition Pedagogy, and Professional Writing
3
5. Foundations of Language
One class in History of the English Language or Social Linguistics
3
6. Electives
3 courses from the list of Rhetoric/Composition/Professional Writing courses offered by
English and approved courses offered by other departments. Sample course topics include
Writing for the Web, Publication Editing, and Rhetorical Theory.
9
7. Capstone Course
ENGL 4999: Senior Seminar (COM3)
3
Total Hours 36

Note: At least 21 of the 36 credit hours must be upper division (3000-level or higher).

English Honors Program

Requires a 3.500 GPA and a senior honors paper and defense. See the English Department web site for information.

Minor in Literary Studies

To minor in literary studies, a student must complete the following sequence of courses:

Requirements

Hours

1. Gateway to the English Major
ENGL 2025: Introduction to English Studies (COM2)

3

2. Historical Period Classes
Take any 2 of the following courses:
ENGL 3200: Medieval Literature
ENGL 3300: Shakespeare/Renaissance Literature
ENGL 3400: 18th Century Literature
ENGL 3500: 19th Century Literature
ENGL 3600: 20th Century & Contemporary Literature
ENGL 2425: Literatures in English I
ENGL 2430: Literatures in English II
ENGL 2435: Literatures in English III

6

3. 4000-level literature courses
Take any 3 4000-level literature courses.

9

Minor in Professional Writing

To minor in professional writing, a student must complete the following 18-credit sequence of courses:

Requirements Hours
1. Foundations Course
ENGL 2035 or ENGL 2005 (COM2)
3
2. Program Electives
Take any 2 of the following courses:
ENGL 4010: Technical Writing in the Professions (COM3)
ENGL 4020: Editing for Publication
ENGL 4025: Writing for the Web (COM3)
ENGL 4050: Writer’s Workshop in:
ENGL 4075: Writing for Non-Profits (COM3)
ENGL 4970: Writing Internship
6
3. Other Electives
Courses from any discipline that relates to professional writing;
consult with a Professional Writing Minor advisor.
6
4. Professional Writing Minor Capstone
ENGL 4000
3

Teacher Certification

Students seeking the B.A. in English may also be certified for public school teaching by completing additional requirements set forth by the College of Education, via a concurrent major in English and English Education.

Graduate Program

The M.A. program in English offers two concentrations leading to the master of arts degree: Literary Studies, and Composition and Rhetoric.

Program Specific Admission Requirements

Master of Arts in English

In addition to the minimum requirements set forth in this Catalog, the Department of English requires that students demonstrate by means of an official transcript that they have a solid undergraduate record with course work in English. That said, the department welcomes degrees in English or other disciplines from four-year colleges or universities.

Depending on their undergraduate preparation, some successful applicants may be required to take additional or specific courses toward the English master's degree.

Students must show knowledge of one foreign language, ordinarily ancient or modern European. Students may complete a language requirement concurrently with their program.

Candidates must submit GRE general test scores, a writing sample, and a 500-word statement of purpose.

Students should consult the M.A. web site or contact the department for specific admission information and deadlines.

Program Specific Graduate Assistantships

Teaching assistantships are available to qualified applicants. Full assistantships carry an annual stipend and a remission of full-time tuition and fees, and require the teaching of freshman English - currently one section per term. (Sections meet three hours each week and are composed of a maximum of 23 students.)

Each fall the department conducts a week-long orientation for new teaching assistants and a subsequent series of colloquia for all graduate assistants. Each assistant is assigned an experienced teacher in the department as a mentor, to be available throughout the semester for consultation on teaching and grading techniques.

Program Specific Degree Requirements

Master of Arts in English Plan A (thesis)

The Department of English offers two concentrations within the master of arts degree. A concentration consists of three courses chosen from among those designated by the department as belonging to that concentration, together with other courses to total 26 hours. The concentration insures coherence in each student's graduate program; breadth is insured by a distribution of courses. Much of each student's program is taken in courses outside the concentration. Seminars will usually include students from all concentrations.

Literary Studies. Working from a variety of perspectives, this concentration focuses on the study of literature and of other culturally significant texts and materials, including, for example, film, oral materials, and political documents.

Rhetoric and Composition. Founded in the reflective practice of different kinds of writing, this concentration emphasizes the theory, research, and scholarship bearing on the production of discourse; it offers training for writing and for teaching that can include teaching of ESL, composition, and creative writing.

26 hours of coursework and a thesis for 4 additional hours (ENGL 5960).

A one credit course in bibliography and research methods.

A course in contemporary theory.

Courses in at least three different periods, genres, major figures, or approaches.

A reading exam and final oral examination covering coursework as well as the thesis.

With approval of the graduate adviser, a student may take a maximum of three hours credit outside the department.

Students take most of their courses at the 5000 level; a student may take no more than two 4000-level courses toward the M.A. degree.

English (ENGL) Courses


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