Class Descriptions

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Classes with an asterisk * beside the course number have a note attached below. Click on the link to download the syllabus. Syllabi are subject to change.

Required Classes

*STOR 5147 Basic Storytelling (3 credits) — Study of and practice in storytelling. Use of storytelling in various settings including classrooms, libraries, churches, and homes and as public events.

STOR 5190 Languages of Storytelling (3 credits) — Relationships of local dialects to reading; alphabets; phonology; morphology, syntax, and semantics as related to reading; aspects of psycholinguistics which are primarily linguistic.

STOR 5890 Historical and Psychological Foundations of Storytelling (3 credits) — Prerequisite : P ermission of instructor. This course analyzes the historical aspects of the story/content, the teller/delivery, and the audience/reception.

STOR 5241 Practicum (1-3 credits) — Prerequisite : 12 graduate credits in reading. Supervised individual and/or group teaching or storytelling activity; may be repeated for a maximum of (up to) six semester hours of credit.

STOR 5230 Advanced Storytelling (3 credits) — An in-depth study of specific, advanced techniques of storytelling in both delivery and use. Includes an analysis of nationally known tellers and current issues in storytelling.

EDFN 5950  Methods of Research (3 credits) — This course includes the study of research as an approach to problem solving, methods of conducting qualitative and quantitative research, research designs, statistics used in experimental and descriptive research, principles of research interpretation, and the effective communication of research results. The course includes the preparation of a research prospectus or action research plan.


Elective Classes


STOR 5200 Contemporary Issues in Storytelling (1-3 credits) — This course addresses current issues and developments in the discipline of storytelling. Subjects range from artistic and practical aspects of performance to specialized uses of storytelling in the professions. The focus is on advanced performance techniques, technological advances and/or uses of storytelling in various venues such as education, business, health occupations, etc.

STOR 5830 Storytelling Institutes (1-2 credits) — Prerequisite : Permission of instructor . This course is designed to develop and refine the student's ability as a storyteller.

STOR 5840  Story Dramatization (3 credits) — Prerequisite : Permission of instructor . This course provides an introduction to creative drama techniques for the classroom, the library, or in storytelling performance.

STOR 5850 Story Performance (1-3 credits) — Prerequisite : Permission of instructor . This course is designed to prepare the student to perform as a storyteller. Emphasis will be placed on voice, movement, non-verbal behaviors, dialect and linguistic factors, appearance, and posture. May be repeated for a maximum of (up to) three semester hours of credit.

STOR 5860 Story Research and Creation (1-3 credits)
—  Prerequisite : Permission of instructor. This course will research story motifs and culminate in the creation of original stories. May be repeated for a maximum of (up to) three semester hours of credit.

STOR 5870 Multicultural Storytelling (1-3 credits) — Prerequisite : Permission of instructor. This course provides an overview of multicultural storytelling and an examination of the research of the impact of specific cultures on the storytelling medium. May be repeated for a maximum of (up to) three semester hours of credit.

STOR 5880  Storytelling Research and Writing (1 credit) —  Prerequisite : Permission of instructor . This course provides students with experiences in the creation of a storytelling journal. The seven-step process for journal completion will be studied.

STOR 5900  Independent Study (1-6 credits)

STOR 5960  Thesis (3-6 credits) — Prerequisite : Permission of the major advisor . A major research project conducted and reported in approved research style.

STOR 5961 Capstone Project (3 credits)— Prerequisite: permission of advisor. A major creative, research-, or service-based piece of work. Flexible format that can combine written work with performance and audio- or videotape documentation.

STOR 5990  Readings and Research (1-3 credits) — Students who are not enrolled in other coursework but require the use of university facilities and/or faculty guidance for studies, research, or preparation of a prospectus MUST enroll for Readings and Research. Variable credits (1-3) of Readings and Research may also be used, as approved by student's advisory committee in conjunction with other coursework, to document such activities as development of research and scholarly skills that would not be appropriately covered by other types of independent study. Readings and Research credits do not count toward degree requirements. Grading of Readings and Research will be either satisfactory completion (S), satisfactory progress (SP), or unsatisfactory (U).

*STOR 5817 Practical Applications of Storytelling: National Storytelling Festival Experience (1 credit) — Prerequisite : Permission of instructor. This course provides the student with training in planning, directing, and administering a storytelling festival. Festival activities introduce the student to various telling styles and content.

*STOR 5827  Storytelling Resource Evaluation (1-6 credit) — Prerequisite : Permission of instructor. This course is designed to prepare the student to expertly evaluate storytelling resources May be repeated (fall and spring semester).

*STOR 5957  Special Topics in Storytelling     (1-6 credits) — Prerequisite : Dependent on subject matter . Selected topics of current interest in reading. Offered upon sufficient demand for specific subject matter. May be repeated for different topics. Consultation with the instructor is recommended before enrollment.

*Note: Course numbers ending in “7” (i.e. STOR 4147/5147 or STOR 4957/5957) are classes available to undergraduate and graduate students at the same time. These courses may only make up a maximum of 30% of a graduate student's total program of study.


Undergraduate Courses


READ 4146 Storytelling and Literacy (3 credits) — Study of storytelling and narrative as essential modes of expression, communication, and learning. The course focuses on developing oral delivery skills and applying storytelling to stimulate imagination and create lifelong learners.

STOR 4147 Basic Storytelling (3 credits) — Study of and practice in storytelling. Use of storytelling in various settings including classrooms, libraries, churches, and homes and as public events.

STOR 4817 Practical Applications of Storytelling: National Storytelling Festival Experience (1 credit) — Prerequisite : Permission of instructor. This course provides the student with training in planning, directing, and administering a storytelling festival. Festival activities introduce the student to various telling styles and content.

STOR 4900  Independent Study (1-6 credits)

STOR 4957  Special Topics in Storytelling     (1-6 credits) — Prerequisite : Dependent on subject matter . Selected topics of current interest in reading. Offered upon sufficient demand for specific subject matter. May be repeated for different topics. Consultation with the instructor is recommended before enrollment.