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
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

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.

Faculty

Stephanie Opfer
Stephanie Opfer

Stephanie Opfer, Ph.D.

opfersk@tiffin.edu
419-448-3341

Assistant Professor of English, Chair of the Masters in Humanities program

School of Arts & Sciences
Degrees & Certificates
  • B.A., in Criminal Justice and Political Science, Ohio Northern University
  • Ohio Teaching Certification, Bowling Green State University
  • M.A., in English Literature, University of Toledo
  • Ph.D., in English Literature, Northern Illinois University

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.

Stephanie Opfer, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of English, Chair of the Masters in Humanities program
Stephanie Opfer, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of English, Chair of the Masters in Humanities program
Teresa (Terry) Collins, Ph.D
Teresa (Terry) Collins, Ph.D

Teresa Collins, Ph.D.

CollinsT@tiffin.edu
419-448-3432

Professor of Education

School of Arts & Sciences
Degrees & Certificates
  • B.Mus., Georgia State University
  • M. Mus., Georgia State University
  • B.A., University of Findlay
  • M.A., Morehead State University
  • Ph.D., New York University

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.

Teresa Collins, Ph.D.
Professor of Education
Teresa Collins, Ph.D.
Professor of Education
Vincent Moore
Vincent Moore

Vincent Moore, Ph.D.

MooreV@tiffin.edu
419-448-3345

Professor of English

School of Arts & Sciences
Degrees & Certificates
  • B.A., Oberlin College
  • M.A., Miami University
  • Ph.D., University of Southern Mississippi

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.

 

Vincent Moore, Ph.D.
Professor of English
Vincent Moore, Ph.D.
Professor of English

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