Graduate Courses: Fall 2016


ENG 427 | Writing for Nonprofits

Sally Stanton
Section 201 | Online

This course explores the theory, practices, lore, and written communication used by professional writers in nonprofit or social sector workplaces, such as theatres, museums, libraries, social service agencies, art centers, humane societies, and other community organizations.

Students will:

  • Learn the purpose and defining characteristics of the nonprofit sector.
  • Understand the role of written messages in communicating social sector values and results.
  • Explore persuasive writing strategies for nonprofits (including case statements, donor and constituent messages, and proposal-related communications).
  • Adapt business communication theories and strategies to the nonprofit sector.
  • Apply sector-specific theory and approaches to producing annual reports, websites, social media, grant reports, and unique documents such as artist statements and resumes, exhibition catalogs, and advocacy materials.

Students will gain practical experience in researching, designing, and writing several documents commonly prepared by nonprofit professionals. Assignments will also require learning effective strategies for managing writing projects, audience analysis, and collaboration.

Note: Course includes a hands-on group service-learning project

For more information, contact Sally Stanton at

ENG 443 | Grant Writing

Sally Stanton
Section 201 | Online

Grant Writing combines richly descriptive storytelling and subtle persuasion within technical limits established by potential charitable funders of these organizations. The practical skill of preparing clear, concise grant proposals is valued and desired by employers in higher education, engineering, science and medicine, human services, the arts, and cultural institutions.

In this course, students will learn the basics of researching and writing effective, persuasive grants, and will then develop and apply that knowledge in a writing internship with a community-based nonprofit organization. They will learn how to find and research the sources of charitable funding information available to nonprofit community organizations and how to effectively organize and present that information for writing grants. Students will learn about charitable foundations, professional grant writers, and the nonprofit sector to develop their knowledge of the nonprofit-funding world and successful grant writing. Students will leave this course with marketable skills and a greater understanding of the ways in which effective communication adds value to the workplace.

Note: Course requires an integrated, individualized service-learning experience in the community.

For more information, contact Sally Stanton at

ENG 775 | Modern English Literature

Fabulism and Magical Realism
José Lanters
Section 1 | R, 3:30 p.m. – 6:10 p.m.

In this class we will explore the mode(s) of writing broadly referred to as fabulism and magical realism, through the lens of a range of narrative texts by writers from Britain, elsewhere in Europe, and Latin America. The boundaries between modern fable, contemporary fairy tale, and magical realism “proper” are not easy to draw. In such texts, what seems recognizably realistic, familiar, and rational merges with or includes the inexplicable in the form of fabulous or fantastical occurrences more often encountered in myth or dream. Such texts often include elements of allegory and metafiction, and frequently use techniques associated with postmodernist or postcolonial discourse. Stories (tales) and novels from different regions and with a variety of emphases will allow us to explore the contexts, boundaries, definitions, and manifestations of fabulist writing, including magical realism.

For more information, contact José Lanters at

ENG 885 | Seminar in Critical Theory

Critical Race Theory and Cultural Studies
Gregory Jay
Section 1 | M, 4:30 p.m. – 7:10 p.m.

This graduate research seminar will explore the field of “critical race theory” and its applications in the study of culture and society, literature, art history and film (among others). The definition of the field remains broad, including investigations of the social and historical construction of race and the articulation of such constructions through legal, political, pedagogical, aesthetic, and cultural practices. Recent theory highlights the intersectionality of race, class, and gender in social and cultural critique, and that larger view will inform our readings. Other new developments in critical race theory have included critical whiteness studies, queer theoretical analyses of race, and comparative racialization studies within a postcolonial context, all of which we will sample.

The semester will begin with Delgado and Stefancic’s introduction to critical race theory. We will then start working our way through the Andersen and Collins anthology. Having read mostly theory up to this point, we will turn to cultural studies through Harris’s book on race and visual representation, when I hope we will have time for some screenings of film/video material. The semester will end with an anthology of short fiction by mixed-race writers. Their work underscores anti-essentialist thinking about the categories of “race” and explores myriad issues in the personal and social experience of racialized life.

Students from all disciplines and departments are welcome. Early in the semester, each seminar student will design and submit a proposal for an individual research project on a topic or problem of their choice and relevant to their discipline. Completion of the research project, typically resulting in a paper aimed at publication, will be the primary assignment for the semester. The readings for the course will be used to establish key concepts and issues useful to students as they undertake their research. Students will post weekly critical responses to the readings. Each week one student will prepare a brief presentation on one of the readings and be the discussion leader.

Required Texts (some additional readings in PDF may be added):

  • Note: You will want to rent this core text or read on Kindle, since the purchase price is prohibitive: Race, Class, & Gender: An Anthology 9TH Edition, ed. by Margaret L. Andersen (Author), Patricia Hill Collins (Author)
  • Critical Race Theory: An Introduction, Second Edition. by Richard Delgado (Author), Jean Stefancic (Author). ISBN-13: 978-0814721353
  • Colored Pictures: Race and Visual Representation. By Michael D Harris. ISBN-13: 978-0807856963
  • Mixed: An Anthology of Short Fiction on the Multiracial Experience. Ed. by Chandra Prasad. Introduction by Rebecca Walker. ISBN-13: 978-0393327861.

For more information, contact Gregory Jay at