Master’s courses

M.A. Course Catalog (last revised March 2016)

ENGL 5035 Travel Study in Literature, Communication, and Linguistics
Credit hours: 3
Prerequisites: All students need the approval of the professor and the ability to engage in the travel portion of the course. Cost of travel must be met in a timely manner.
Description: A combination of study and travel in which students will be able to encounter the places, cultural artifacts and history of subjects in the study of literature, communication, or linguistics. Different variants of study trips will be offered to give students the experience of travel to the countries of the literature, communication, or linguistics studied and give them the opportunity to engage directly with the culture, language, discourse, history, art, architecture of the periods, authors or types of literature, or to acquire first-hand experience of the communication or linguistic topics being studied. (Can be taken up to three times when topics are different).

ENGL 6029 Special Topics Literature
Credit hours: 3
Description: A specialized topics course reflecting current trends and issues in the study of literature and culture. Topics vary per semester.

ENGL 6035 African Literature
Credit hours: 3
Description: A study of some of the major creative writings and films by Twentieth-Century and contemporary African authors. Special emphasis is given to the development of distinctively African techniques and themes.

ENGL 6037 Studies in Fiction
Credit hours: 3
Description: A specialized topics course reflecting trends and issues in the study of fiction. Topics vary per semester.

ENGL 6045 Language and Culture
Credit hours: 3
Description: A study of the relationship of language and culture. An examination of sociolinguistics, ethnography of speaking, language and variation, methodologies of investigation, and current research in the field.

ENGL 6049 Contemporary US Latino/a Literature
Credit hours: 3
Description: A comprehensive study of contemporary U.S. Latino/a literature within a social/cultural/historical framework that lends itself to theoretical readings and in-depth critical literary analysis.

ENGL 6051 Syntax I
Credit hours: 3
Description: An introduction to modern syntactic theory, with a
focus on English.

ENGL 6052 Syntax II
Credit hours: 3
Description: Continuation of Syntax I. An in-depth study of influential literature in modern syntactic theory.

ENGL 6059 Current Trends in Literary Criticism & Theory
Credit hours: 3
Description: A specialized topics course reflecting trends and issues in the study of literary criticism and theory. Topics vary per semester.

ENGL 6066 Texts/Authors and Their Critics
Credit hours: 3
Description: This course will focus on one or a related set of authors and their texts as well as the criticism surrounding their works.

ENGL 6067 Studies in Literature and Film
Credit hours: 3
Description: A specialized topics course reflecting trends and
issues in the study of Literature and film. Topics vary per
semester.

ENGL 6069 Minorities and Cultures of the Caribbean
Credit hours: 3
Description: This course examines the literatures of ethnic minorities in Caribbean theory and literatures. The focus is on the unstudied literary representations of groups whose histories and cultures have been integral to the formation of Caribbean cultures, but which hitherto, have been neglected, erased, marginalized and/or silenced in the booming scholarship in Caribbean literary and cultural studies. This course explores the voices and representations of minority groups including the
Chinese, Arabs, Jews, and Muslims in the Caribbean.

ENGL 6100 Introduction to Linguistics
Credit hours: 3
Description: Designed for students with little or no background in linguistics and the study of language. The course includes an introduction to the study of contemporary linguistic theory in the following areas: phonetics and phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, applied linguistics, discourse analysis, as well as language variation and change. This course has a twofold purpose: to familiarize the student interested in language instruction with field-specific problems and terminology; and to provide a theoretical background for those interested in continuing the study of language.

ENGL 6105: Gender and Sexuality Discourses
Credit hours: 3
Description: Introduction to the paradigms that inform influential theories of gender and sexuality. An exploration of the ways various discourses of gender and sexuality construct the relationship between theory and practice and between identity and community.

ENGL 6106 Applied Linguistics
Credit hours: 3
Description: This course considers how the field of linguistics contributes to the solution of real-world problems involving language learning/ teaching, language testing, curriculum design, literacy, and language planning. All material presented is applied to the existing language situation of Puerto Rico in order to clarify for students possible avenues for change in their praxis as teachers.

ENGL 6127 20th-Century U.S. Literature
Credit hours: 3
Description: A study of the literary forms and shifts in period style as well as the cultural logic that informed U.S. literature of the 20th Century.

ENGL 6205 Seminar in Critical Writing
Credit hours: 3
Description: An intensive course to practice the writing of essays on literature and language. Students will make full use of the library, computing, and the Internet.

ENGL 6405 Seminar in Nineteenth-Century American
Literature
Credit hours: 3
Description: A study of selected works and movements of the period excluding Romanticism and Transcendentalism.

ENGL 6408 Comparative Analysis of the Phonology of English and Spanish
Credit hours: 3
Description: Phonetic and phonemic analysis of the sound systems of English and Spanish, including major dialectal varieties, vocalic, consonantal, and syllabic structures, stress and intonation patterns.

ENGL 6410 Caribbean Poetry and Drama
Credit hours: 3
Description: A detailed study of major works in these genres by Caribbean writers in English. Social and historical background will provide a frame for the discussion of the works.

ENGL 6415 Introduction to Literary Criticism and Theory
Credit hours: 3
Description: A study of the major literary theories and schools of
criticism.

ENGL 6425 Seventeenth-Century British Literature
Credit hours: 3
Description: Trends in early seventeenth-century literature.

ENGL 6426 Chaucer
Credit hours: 3
Description: The language and poetic techniques. Focus on The Canterbury Tales, its cultural background and its continental influences. Study of the shorter poems.

ENGL 6428 Nineteenth-Century-American Romanticism and Transcendentalism
Credit hours: 3
Description: An intensive study of earlier nineteenth-century American Literature with stress on Romanticism and Transcendentalism. Focus is on the major figures of the period: Poe, Hawthorne, Melville, Emerson, Thoreau, and Whitman.

ENGL 6430 Shakespeare: Selected Topics
Credit hours: 3
Description: A study of representative tragedies, comedies, romances, and history and problem plays.

ENGL 6435 Grammatical Structures of English and Spanish
Credit hours: 3
Description: A study of similarities and differences between the principal syntactic and morphological structures of the two languages.

ENGL 6438 Sex, Love, and Marriage in Restoration and Eighteenth-Century British Literature
Credit hours: 3
Description: Study of sex, love, and marriage and related gender, legal, and cultural issues as portrayed in poetry, prose, drama and fiction from 1660 to1820.

ENGL 6439 Studies in Poetry
Credit hours: 3
Description: A specialized topics course reflecting trends and issues in the study of poetry. Topics vary per semester.

ENGL 6440 Dialects of American English
Credit hours: 3
Description: Phonological, grammatical, and lexical variations of Spoken English in North America and the Caribbean.

ENGL 6446 The Language of Earlier Literature
Credit hours: 3
Description: Detailed study of the language and rhetoric of literary texts spanning the major periods of the history of English.

ENGL 6447 Studies in Drama
Credit hours: 3
Description: A specialized topics course reflecting trends and issues in the study of drama. Topics vary per semester.

ENGL 6449 Major Themes in Medieval and Renaissance Literature
Credit hours: 3
Description: A study of a series of works and themes in which source study and comparative analysis will be used in order to read the works in their largest possible contexts. Consideration of European backgrounds followed by close analysis of the main texts.

ENGL 6456 The Age of Satire (1660-1750)
Credit hours: 3
Description: The art of satire as practiced during the Neoclassical Period, including background and theory. Emphasis on Dryden, Pope, and Swift.

ENGL 6466 Studies in Bilingualism
Credit hours: 3
Description: A study of bilingualism in Puerto Rico, the Americas, and elsewhere.

ENGL 6467 History and Development of English
Credit hours: 3
Description: The historical stages in the development of the English language. Analysis of the important external and internal events from the 6th century to the present.

ENGL 6469 Creole Languages
Credit hours: 3
Description: A study of Creole languages, primarily of the Western Hemisphere. Examination of the socio-historical and sociolinguistic factors involved in linguistic and cultural creolization.

ENGL 6475 Dialectology of the English-speaking World(s)
Credit hours: 3
Description: A study of English as a native, second, and international auxiliary language. Analysis of the structure and functions of these varieties.

ENGL 6480 Age of Shaw
Credit hours: 3
Description: British drama before the Second World War, with special emphasis on the drama of George Bernard Shaw.

ENGL 6486 Caribbean Theory and Literature
Credit hours: 3
Description: A study of the literary and cultural theory from the Caribbean in relation to literary texts from the region.

ENGL 6488 The Literature, Language and Culture of the English- speaking Caribbean
Credit hours: 3
Description: The leading contemporary poets and novelists with special attention to their use of English Creole languages and with reference to their socioeconomic and historical backgrounds. (This, or a professor’s authorization, is a prerequisite for all
doctoral courses.)

ENGL 6489 Caribbean Narrative
Credit hours: 3
Description: A study of Caribbean fiction in English with emphasis on the development of distinctively Caribbean themes, techniques, and language.

ENGL 6490 Introduction to Anglo-Saxon Language and Literature (Old English)
Credit hours: 3
Description: The phonology, grammar, vocabulary of Anglo-
Saxon. Readings for analysis.

ENGL 6491 Studies in Anglo-Saxon Literature
Credit hours: 3
Description: The study of the major works of Anglo-Saxon Literature in their textual and cultural contexts.

ENGL 6496 Topics in the Analysis of Contemporary English
Credit hours: 3
Description: Examination of a current topic in linguistics of relevance to the analysis of English. The topic may change from semester to semester.

ENGL 6497 Colonial and Eighteenth-Century American Literature
Credit hours: 3
Description: A study of the primary religious, political,
philosophical, journal, and creative writers in North America
during the colonial period and the first years of independence

ENGL 6499 Phonology of English
Credit hours: 3
Description: Current approaches to the analysis of the phonology of contemporary English.

ENGL 6505 Semantics of Modern English
Credit hours: 3
Description: Detailed consideration of selected topics in semantic representation, with examples from contemporary English. Consideration of various theoretical approaches.

ENGL 6507 The Acquisition of English
Credit hours: 3
Description: Language acquisition is considered from various theoretical perspectives.

ENGL 6891 MA Research Essay in English Literature I
Credits: 3
Description: Study and development of the research methods and sources necessary for the successful writing of a Research Essay in English-language literature and culture. Special emphasis is placed on archival and bibliographical research in literature, creative writing, literary history, oral literature, and performance.
The focus on print, electronic, fieldwork, and experiential research varies in relation to the nature of the chosen theme of the essay. Students enrolled in Research Essay in English Literature I receive full-time student status. (This course replaces the MA
thesis course.) [Full description:http://humanidades.uprrp.edu/ingles/?page_id=283]

ENGL 6892 MA Research Essay in English Literature II
Credits: 3
Description: Continuation of study and development of the research methods and sources necessary for the successful writing of a Research Essay in English-language literature and culture. Special emphasis is placed on archival and bibliographical research in literature, creative writing, literary history, oral literature, and performance. The focus on print, electronic, fieldwork, and experiential research varies in relation to the nature of the chosen theme of the essay. Students enrolled in
Research Essay in Literature II receive full-time student status. (This course replaces the MA thesis course.)

ENGL 6893 MA Research Essay in English Linguistics I
Credits: 3
Description: Study and development of the research methods and sources necessary for the successful writing of a Research Essay or Project in English-language linguistics and culture. Special emphasis is placed on archival and bibliographical research in the study of language and linguistics. The focus on print, electronic,
fieldwork, and experimental research varies in relation to the nature of the chosen theme of study. Students enrolled in Research Essay in English Linguistics I receive full-time student status. (This course replaces the writing of the MA thesis.) [Full
description: http://humanidades.uprrp.edu/ingles/?page_id=283 ]

ENGL 6894 Research in English Linguistics II
Credits: 3
Description: Continuation of study and development of the research methods and sources necessary for the successful writing of a Research Essay or Project in English-language linguistics and culture. Special emphasis is placed on archival and bibliographical research in the study of language and linguistics. The focus on print, electronic, fieldwork, and experimental research varies in relation to the nature of the chosen theme of study. Students enrolled in Research Essay in English Linguistics
II receive full-time student status. (This course replaces the writing of the MA thesis.)

ENGL 6895 M.A. Thesis
Credit hours: 0
Enrollment: One semester only.

ENGL 6896 M.A. Thesis
Credit hours: 0
Enrollment: Continuation; enrollment up to a maximum of three semesters.

ENGL 6900 M.A. Comprehensive Examination
Credit hours: 0
Enrollment: One semester only.

ENGL 6905 Independent Study
Credit hours: 3
Enrollment: Up to a maximum of two semesters

Note: New MA Research Essay in Literature course (replaces old MA thesis)

New MA Research Essay in Linguistics course (replaces old MA thesis)

M.A. Lit student Xavier Navarro giving workshop on creative writing at UPR Humacao

M.A. Lit student Xavier Navarro giving workshop on creative writing at UPR Humacao