- Omar Alfehri, Saudi Arabia
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:
- Corporate Blogger
- Public Relations/Advertising
- Search Engine Marketing
- Technical Writer
English Concentration 18 hours
Choose six 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
History of the English Language (ENG221) - This course studies language and writing with a special emphasis on the history and evolution of English from its origins in Old English through Middle English to Modern English. It may look at British English, American English, and World English's and how words are adopted into the language and adapted to meet new needs. Students will study the English language as an ever-growing, ever-changing phenomenon.
Advanced Grammar (ENG223) - This course is an in-depth study of modern English grammar that blends descriptive and prescriptive approaches. It emphasizes the distinction between grammatical form and function and the recognition of basic patterns underlying complex sentences and it stresses the rhetorical value of competency in sentence-level grammar.
British Literature I (Old English through the Restoration) (ENG291) - This course is a survey of the major literary works and their themes in British literature from the eighth through the eighteenth centuries. By responding critically to early works such as the Old English epic Beowulf, Middle English works by authors such as Chaucer and Langland, Renaissance works by authors such as Shakespeare, Marlow, More and Restoration and eighteenth-century works by Milton, Dryden, Swift, Pope and Johnson, students will gain an understanding of the cultural, societal, political, religious and linguistic influences that shaped British literature. This is a writing intensive course.
American Literature I (Colonial to Civil War) (ENG293) - This course will introduce students to major trends in American literature from the Colonial Period through the Civil War. Students will read works by authors such as John Winthrop, William Bradford, Mary Rowlandson, Benjamin Franklin, Frederick Douglass, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Edgar Allan Poe and Herman Melville with a focus on issues such as American identity and purpose, the relationship of self to community, the role of religion in early American life, the impact of secularism, the value and the limits of human reason and the role of imaginative expression in human life. This is a writing intensive course.
Literary Theory (ENG463) - This course is a study of critical theory beginning with selected classical texts by authors such as Plato, Aristotle, Dryden, Nietzsche, Tolstoy and others. Approaches such as Marxist, psychological, structural, post-structural, feminist, reader-response and contemporary theorists, such as Jacques Derrida, Donna Haraway, Jean Baudrillard, Michel Foucault and Jean-Francois Lyotard will also be discussed and analyzed. Through examination of sample texts and the theoretical approaches to their analysis, students will learn to move from literal to figurative interpretations of a work of literature and to consider multiple interpretations of a text. The interrelationships between writer, reader and analysis will be explored though advanced critical theory. This is a writing intensive course.
Stephanie Opfer, Ph.D.
Dr. Stephanie Opfer earned her Ph.D. in English Literature, with a specialization in Medieval Literature, from Northern Illinois University. Her dissertation was a linguistic analysis of the Old English elegies in order to find similar characteristics shared by the poems which would lead to a more specific genre definition. She earned her Master of Arts in English at the University of Toledo and her Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Criminal Justice and Political Science, from Ohio Northern University. She also completed the teacher certification program for Integrated Language Arts at Bowling Green State University.
Prior to Tiffin University, Dr. Opfer has taught grammar, composition, and literature at the University of Toledo, Owens Community College, Northern Illinois University, Kishwaukee College, and Rock Valley College. She has also been a fellow at the National Endowment for the Humanities “Teaching Beowulf in the Context of Old Norse-Icelandic Literature” Summer Institute at Western Michigan University. In addition to composition and general literature courses, her specific teaching and research interests include Old and Middle English language, Anglo-Saxon literature (Beowulf in particular), linguistics, mythology, Chaucer, and pedagogical techniques for teaching medieval literature.
Outside of Tiffin University, Dr. Opfer occasionally participates in summer “Shakespeare in the park” productions in Fremont, Ohio, and she enjoys playing the flute in various community groups.
Teresa Collins, Ph.D.
A native of Findlay, Dr. Terry Collins joined the Tiffin University faculty in 2005. For twenty-five years prior to that, she served as a U.S. Army bandsman at installations throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. She also has the distinction of being the first woman to integrate the Military Band Program. For the past several years she has worked as a classroom teacher in both music K-12, English 6-12, and as an adjunct lecturer at the University of Maryland, Central Texas College, Tabernacle Baptist Bible College & Seminary, and Old Dominion University.
Vincent Moore, Ph.D.
Dr. Vincent Moore has worked in a number of non-academic fields and has lived in eleven states while pursuing his educational and career goals. Growing up in Oberlin, OH, he earned his B.A. in Psychology at Oberlin College (1985). He studied for an M.S. in Exercise Physiology, but instead earned an M.A. in Creative Writing at Miami University (1992). In 1998 he earned his doctorate in English (main focus: Writing; secondary areas are 20th Century American Literature, Film, and Post Human Literary Theory) at the University of Southern Mississippi. Since 1992 he has been teaching at the college level, first as an adjunct, then full time at Kutztown University in Pennsylvania and later at St. Paul’s College in Virginia before coming to Tiffin University.
Dr. Moore has been at Tiffin University since fall, 2002. A fourth degree black belt, he also leads the Tiffin University Martial Arts Club. His teaching interests are Composition, Creative Writing, Modern and Postmodern Literature, and Film. Three of his novels are available on Amazon.com.