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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - ENG6067
Tracking Number - 2034

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Current Status: Approved, Permanent Archive - 2004-03-18
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  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2003-10-07
  2. Department: English
  3. College: AS
  4. Budget Account Number: 1223000
  5. Contact Person: John S. Hatcher
  6. Phone: 45763
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: ENG
  9. Number: 6067
  10. Full Title: History of the English Language
  11. Credit Hours: 3
  12. Section Type: C - Class Lecture (Primarily)
  13. Is the course title variable?: N
  14. Is a permit required for registration?: N
  15. Are the credit hours variable?: N
  16. Is this course repeatable?:
  17. If repeatable, how many times?: 0
  18. Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum): History of English Language
  19. Course Online?: -
  20. Percentage Online:
  21. Grading Option: R - Regular
  22. Prerequisites: none
  23. Corequisites: none
  24. Course Description: This course traces the evolution of the English Language from its early Germanic and Scandinavian roots to its emergence in time as tantamount to a universal language. The course uses literary works to show the stages of dramatic change.

  25. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course: This History of the English Language is offered at every major university on both undergraduate and graduate levels. It is often mandatory for graduate studies. We offer it on the undergraduate level but have been teaching it at the graduate level for man
  26. What is the need or demand for this course? (Indicate if this course is part of a required sequence in the major.) What other programs would this course service? This course is most often taught by teachers who also teach courses in Old and Middle English literature because it uses passages from these periods to demonstrate some of the major historical linguistic changes in English. Of late, however, the course has become more widely viewed as a continuing process, particularly as this subject caught hold a decade ago with the now widely used "Story of English" series on PBS, which has become a best selling tape and a fine textbook to demonstrate the varieties of English that now cover the planet. The graduate committee wishes to make this course one of the core courses in the graduate curriculum.
  27. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times? It is usually offered at least once a year -- sometimes twice a year -- as a special topics course. It always does well, and after it becomes a core course, it will naturally become extremely important. It has been taught on the undergraduate level abou
  28. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.) In addition to having had this course on a graduate level, or comparable training in linguistic or literary history, the instructor should have a fairly solid background in Anglo-Saxon literature or at least in Middle English literature, even though it is not essential to have this background to be capable of explaining the laws of linguistic change that govern the evolution of the language. New texts which have recently emerged make teaching this course much easier than it once was, and the emphasis on the various current types of the language in relation to cultural studies make the course a must.
  29. Objectives: To enable the student to understand the origin of English from the Indo-European family of languages, the fundamental changes of English from Anglo-Saxon, to Middle English, to Modern English, and to comprehend the quasi-universal status of English today, in spite of its amazing diversity of dialects and classifications. To enable the student to understand the difference between descriptive and prescriptive grammar.
  30. Learning Outcomes: The student should be able to explain the fundamental stages of the origin of English, to show how these historical backgrounds contribute to the continuity of English thought and letters, and to use this background to invigorate classes in surveys of English literature.
  31. Major Topics: The Indo-European Family of Languages--their origin and major divisions;

    The evolution of English from the amalgamation of Saxon, Frisian, Franconian, through the ages of Alfred the Great, Chaucer, Shakespeare, up through contemporary dialects;

    The influence of Colonialism on the spread of English and the development of the various dialects

    The evolution of English from the amalgamation of Saxon, Frisian, Franconian, through the ages of Alfred the Great, Chaucer, Shakespeare, up through contemporary dialects

    The influence of Colonialism on the spread of English and the development of the various dialects.

  32. Textbooks: "A History of the English Language" by A.C. Baugh is the oldest text and has recently been revised and updated.

    "The Story of English" narrated by Robert MacNeil on tape and turned into an international bestseller in the book that is a companion to the PBS television series.

    And there are many others coming out all the time now that this subject is no longer the province solely of historical linguists.

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