Master of Humanities

MH with a concentration in English

The best teachers teach for the love of the subject. With master classes focusing on English, you will hone your teaching skills as you develop effective syllabi, identify creative learning objectives and push yourself more than you ever have with a series of creative writing workshops in fiction, poetry and performance writing. Students will see your love of English and carry it on.

Graduate Program Tabs

This online course of study allows Tiffin University students to explore both canonical and contemporary literature from around the world in courses such as The Culture and Literature of Modernity, Ethnic Voices and Literary Theory. Our very popular creative writing courses in the short story, the novel, creative nonfiction, screenwriting and poetry help students develop unexplored creative potential, while courses such as Teaching College English support those who wish to teach at the community college level.

Tiffin University’s Master of Humanities English concentration offers the benefits of a comprehensive curriculum taught by professors who are highly qualified academically and professionally, in an online environment that provides students with the flexibility they need to balance life and learning.

This concentration offers an excellent balance of canonical literature and creative writing, which prepares students for a variety of teaching, scholarly and creative endeavors.

 

Did you know?

  • According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for Editors was $53,880 in May, 2012.
  • Employment of technical writers is projected to grow 15 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations. Employment growth will be driven by the continuing expansion of scientific and technical products and by growth in Web-based product support.

 

Potential Career Opportunities in English:

  • Author
  • Copywriter
  • Corporate Blogger
  • Editor
  • Education/Instructor
  • Public Relations/Advertising
  • Search Engine Marketing
  • Technical Writer

English Concentration 18 hours

  • ENG561 Survey of British Literature
  • ENG562 Survey of American Literature
  • ENG563 Survey of World Literature

Choose three of the following 3-credit courses

  • ENG515 Teaching College English
  • ENG530 The Culture and Literature of Modernity
  • ENG531 Studies in Genre Fiction
  • ENG541 Creative Writing: Short Story
  • ENG542 Creative Writing: The Novel
  • ENG543 Creative Writing: Poetry
  • ENG544 Creative Writing: Genre Writing
  • ENG545 Creative Writing: Performance Writing
  • ENG570 Ethnic Voices: Poetry
  • ENG571 Women in Literature
  • ENG583 Poetics of Western Drama

Master of Humanities: Interdisciplinary Core 9 hours

  • ART623 Aesthetics
  • ENG564 Literary Theory
  • HUM510 Introduction to Graduate Humanities

Capstone or Exam Option 3 hours

  • HUM680 Capstone Project or HUM681 Comprehensive Exam

Total MH 30 hours

 

This is a sample course sequence to illustrate course offerings for this major. Consult the official Academic Bulletin for detailed registration and advising information.

Online - Offered in a 15-week format with start dates in January, May and August

Teaching College English (ENG515) - This course will investigate both theoretical and practical issues related to teaching First-Year composition. Topics will include developing effective syllabi, identifying and articulating learning objectives, designing effective writing assignments, assessing college writing, understanding and creating rubrics, and developing an effective critique process. Students will develop a portfolio that includes a teaching philosophy, syllabi, and sample lesson plans. The final assignment will be the development of a syllabus with a paper explaining the rationale for that syllabus in terms of pedagogical goals for the course and best teaching practices.

The Culture and Literature of Modernity (ENG530) - Readings in cultural and literary identity: 1880-1920. Coming after Karl Marx, Charles Darwin, and Sigmund Freud, the style and traditions of literature, music, dance, and art took on a new reality that shattered old artistic conventions. The course will examine the novels of Virginia Woolf and James Joyce, the music of Igor Stravinsky and American jazz artists, the art of the cubists, the dance forms of Isadora Duncan and the evolution of modernism.

Creative Writing Workshop: Short Story (ENG541) - The Creative Writing Workshops are writing courses in the tradition of the classic writer’s workshop with the advantage of being online. Students will write and criticize their own and each other’s material in light of critical study of the writing of short fiction.

Creative Writing: Performance Writing (ENG545) - This course develops skills in the art and craft of telling stories through performance media such as films and plays. Through writing scenes, scripts for short films, and tightly focused writing exercises, students will learn correct screenplay format, develop a “feel” for screenwriting style, enhance their powers of description, their skills in writing dialogue and action, and in constructing scenes and plot. The overarching emphasis is on learning how to translate mental moving images (the film or play that the writer sees in his or her head and all it encompasses or evokes), to words on the page in a way that those words create approximately the same moving images in the reader’s mind.

Poetics of Western Drama (ENG583) - Readings from ancient dramatic works including those of Sophocles, Euripides, Aeschylus, and Aristophanes. Exploration of the unique nature and continuing significance of Greek tragedy and Greek theater in the drama of Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides. All discussion will stem from Aristotle’s Poetics as the basis for western dramatic traditions and conventions. Topics of study from the texts will include such issues as the tragic voice, the role of women, the nature of heroism, human beings’ relationship to the divine, and the role of the fate in human affairs.

If you want to learn more about our online or on-campus programs for working adults, click here.

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    - Omar Alfehri, Saudi Arabia

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  • “The main challenge I overcame in order to become a Dragon was the language barrier and the financial situation. However, Tiffin University gave the opportunity to join my passion for soccer with my dream of having an education in the U.S. As part of the soccer team, I was able to overcome my language barrier and have the best experience of my life. For that, I will always be thankful.”

    Talita Russo
    Class of 2013
    Sao Paulo, Brazil

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  • "What I love about Tiffin University is the fact that I am learning about real-life experiences inside the classroom. Once I graduate, I know I will be prepared for a career in my field. I am thankful for the support I have received from my professors and classmates."

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    "What I love about Tiffin University is the fact that I am learning about real-life experiences inside the classroom. Once I graduate, I know I will be prepared for a career in my field. I am thankful for the support I have received from my professors and
  • "TU wasn’t just the place I went to get my degree. It was the place I grew up and I am forever thankful for my Dragon family. It’s always a great day to be a Dragon.”

    – Allison Marie Staunton, Class of 2016

    "TU wasn’t just the place I went to get my degree. It was the place I grew up and I am forever thankful for my Dragon family. It’s always a great day to be a Dragon.”  – Allison Marie Staunton, Class of 2016
  • “There is always gonna be a little doubt in any person's mind when it comes to new things. But for me, I think proving people, who said I couldn't do it, wrong is my biggest motivation. There's really nothing that seems impossible to me anymore, the world is constantly changing and I feel like I am much more capable of adapting to those changes now compared to when I was walking on to TU's campus for the first time.”

    Alexandra Tozzie
    Class of 2018
    Louisville, Colorado

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