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Specialization in Writing Studies for MATESL Students

Within the pedagogical and research tracks, candidates may choose to use their elective units to develop a Specialization in Writing Studies (SWS), an option approved jointly by Linguistics and the Center for Writing Studies (CWS). The requirements for such a specialization are the following:

1. Course Requirements

  1. ENGL 505/C&I 563 Writing Studies I
  2. ENGL 506/C&I 564 Writing Studies II
  3. EIL 445 Second Lang Reading and Writing

2. Research/Elective Requirements

  1. Candidates who qualify for and choose to write a master's thesis under MATESL guidelines (See Master's Thesis document)
    1. must include on their thesis committee, as thesis director, a MATESL faculty member affiliated with CWS;
    2. must focus the thesis on a topic related to pedagogy, administrative problems, or research on a writing-related topic in the context of second language research. Students may develop and test instructional materials, design and evaluate an administrative procedure or program, or design and conduct a research project;
    3. must prepare a formal proposal describing the research, to be submitted to a MATESL faculty member affiliated with CWS for approval at least six weeks prior to the start of the project;
    4. must deposit the Master’s Thesis in the Writing Studies Office within two weeks of completion; and
    5. must complete all requirements stated in the Master's Thesis document
  2. Candidates who do not write a master's thesis may choose one of the following two options:

    Option A: take one additional non-MATESL course in Writing Studies, chosen from the list approved by CWS and DEIL for the specialization in Writing Studies (see page 2 for this list)

    Option B: conduct a Master’s Project by completing a four-hour EIL 591 independent study under the direction of a MATESL faculty member affiliated with CWS. The EIL 591 independent study must result in a Master’s Project that, when completed, would be deposited in the Writing Studies Office within two weeks of its completion. The Master's Project must be related to pedagogy, administrative problems, or research on a writing-related topic in the context of second language research. Students may develop and test instructional materials, design and evaluate an administrative procedure or program, or design and conduct a research project.

List of elective courses approved by CWS and Linguistics for the specialization in Writing Studies: (* = recommended by Linguistics)

English Department

  • ENGL 481* Comp Theory & Practice
  • ENGL 482* Writing Technologies
  • ENGL 583* Topics Writ Pedagogy & Design
  • ENGL 584* Topics Discourse and Writing
  • ENGL 593 Prof Seminar College Tchg (Business & Technical Writing; First-Year Rhetoric)
  • BTW 490 Special Topics Prof Writing

Speech Communication

  • SPCM 529 Seminar Communication Theory
  • SPCM 538 Seminar Rhetorical Theory

Education

  • CI 507 Prob Trends in Spec Fields
  • (old C & I 460) Research and Trends of the Language Arts Curriculum
  • CI 561* Theory Prac in Child Comp
  • CI 562 Ling and the School Curr
  • EPSY 457 Computer Use in Education
  • EPSY 562* Literace Across Cultures

Graduate School of Library and Information Science

  • LIS 491 Literacy in the Info Age
  • LIS 590 Advanced Problems in LIS
  • LIS 590 Advanced Problems in LIS

Women’s Studies

  • GWS 550 Fem Theories Humanities
  • GWS 570 Fem Research Soc Sci
  • GWS 432 Gender and Language