English Courses

Code Course Name Description Credits
ENGL 160 Writing Skills Helps prepare students for college-level, process-based academic writing. While learning to write well in various contexts is an ongoing process, ENGL 160 lays strong foundations for argumentative and inquiry-based writing by increasing rhetorical awareness and analytical skills. Through guided practice, students gain experience in using research to join ongoing academic conversations. 3
ENGL 170 Introduction to Literary Studies Introduction to the discipline of English and the practices of literary study, including (but not limited to) conventions of literary analysis, close reading, and genre formation as well as approaches to writing about literature. Prerequisite: ENGL 160. Required for English and English/Secondary Education majors. 3
ENGL 180 Introduction to World Literature This course surveys the literature of the world, both Western and Non-Western. Students will read landmark texts in several genres. Course content will vary by instructor. Prerequisite: ENGL 160. 3
ENGL 310 Short Story Examines the major features and trends in short fiction of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Representative authors include Conrad, Fitzgerald, Frank O'Connor, John Updike, Hemingway, Philip Roth, James Agee, Nabokov, Faulkner, and Robert Penn Warren, among others. 3
ENGL 311 Satire Provides in-depth study of a genre popular since classical times, covering a wide range of authors and satiric topics. Emphasizes an understanding of the nature of satire and an appreciation of the techniques employed by skilled satirists. 3
ENGL 312 Poetry Examines the development of free verse, as well as more contemporary trends. Representative writers may include Eliot, Williams, Stevens, Frost, Roethke, Levertov, Plath, Creeley, and Dickey, among others. 3
ENGL 314 Mythology Approaches the topic of mythology by way of universal themes and investigates the connections between ancient myths and the myths of contemporary cultures in a fascinating variety of literature. 3
ENGL 318 Women Writers This course will introduce students to the unique voices of women who have adopted feminist principles in their lives and their writing. Students will develop a critical awareness of the historical, cultural and social contexts that shape women's presence as writers, characters, and critics in literary and cultural studies. 3
ENGL 320 Ten Short Novels Investigates the short novels of Tolstoy, Dostoyevsky, Crane, Conrad, Kafka, Cather, Joyce, O'Connor, Lessing, and Baldwin. 3
ENGL 321 The Essay as Literature Investigates the methods and techniques of several types of nonfiction: autobiography, personal and narrative essay, history, literary journalism, political humor, and the nonfiction novel. Authors may include Joan Didion, Richard Rodriguez, Maxine Hong Kingston, and Jamaica Kincaid, among others. 3
ENGL 323 Literary Criticism and Theory This course examines the history, theory, and practice of literary criticism. Beginning with a study of classical sources, the course investigates how thinkers at various times have defined reading, writing, and the "literary" to analyze and evaluate texts. Much of the course is dedicated to twentieth-century literary theory, including psychoanalysis, Marxism, feminism, new criticism, reader-response, structuralism, deconstruction, new historicism, and post-colonial. 3
ENGL 331A Literature and Medicine Studies selections from modern and contemporary world literature to examine universal concerns of health, illness, and healing as they are situated in a culture. The readings will foreground issues of illness treatment, and healing from the perspectives of medical practitioners, patients, caregivers, family, and others. 3
ENGL 332 Mid and Far East Literature This course surveys the literatures of the Mid and Far East, from Buddha to Chairman Mao, with emphasis on China, Japan, and India. Attempts to broaden the student's worldview through literature and culture. 3
ENGL 336 Film As Art Enables students to acquire a critical awareness of how films work. Basic techniques and theories are explained and then illustrated by means of movie clips. Film classics are discussed and analyzed; students submit critiques of recent films. 3
ENGL 336A International Film Students will learn film theory and vocabulary in order to analyze contemporary films from around the world in terms of content, form, and cultural context. 3
ENGL 337 Mystical Writers Studies selections from the poetry, essays, and fiction of mystical writers. Representative authors may include D.H. Lawrence, Wallace Stevens, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Gerard Manley Hopkins, and Walt Whitman, among others. Aims at generating an understanding of the metaphysical philosophy of each writer. 3
ENGL 339 Children's Literature Surveys children's literature from classical fables and fairy tales through the modern era. Class discussions will focus especially on the writings of British and American authors, past and present. 3
ENGL 339A Young Adult Literature Investigates the development of this unique genre and devotes significant attention to very recent titles. Explores questions of audience, censorship, form, identity, and social issues. Representative authors may include Hinton, Blume, Crutcher, Myers, Johnson, and Pullman, among others. 3
ENGL 341 Native Americans in Literature and History Treats the experiences of native American people of North America as they are revealed in historical documents and literary works. May be taken to fulfill either English or History requirements. Students must register accordingly. Interdisciplinary 3
ENGL 342 History of Postmodern Women: Literature and Art Surveys the history of art and literature produced by women since the feminist movement of the 1970s. Works explore representative themes of historical, cultural, and political developments associated with the movement. May fulfill either English or Art History requirements. Students must register accordingly. Interdisciplinary 3
ENGL 347 African American in History and Literature This course will treat the experiences of African-American people in the United States as they are revealed in historical documents and literary works. It may be taken to fulfill either English or History requirements. Students must register accordingly. Interdisciplinary 3
ENGL 349 Nature Studies The course surveys selected nature writings from the Western and Eastern worlds by past and contemporary writers of both genders. Poems, short stories, essays, and excerpts from journals, biographies, and novels are examined for their contributions to our understanding of nature, self, and spirit; inner places and outer spaces; and the uncultivated versus the civilized. 3
ENGL 350 American Short Fiction Provides an in-depth examination of the initiation theme organized to enable the student to recognize, identify, and appreciate the varying styles of major American authors. Pays much attention to irony, paradox, symbol, motif, and foreshadowing in the works of representative authors such as Nathaniel Hawthorne, Ambrose Bierce, Henry James, Stephen Crane, and Edith Wharton, among others. 3
ENGL 354 The Contemporary American Novel This course examines a variety of representative contemporary American novels. 3
ENGL 355 Post-Modern America in History and Literature Explores American identity since the mid-twentieth century, through history and literature. 3
ENGL 356 Rural Literature Through reading major works in several genres, students will investigate the massive transformations in rural America during the last century and a half. The course studies how rural-based texts respond to issues of race, class, gender, and the environment -- issues central to any definition of America. Authors may include Willa Cather, John Steinbeck, Zora Neale Hurston, Luis Valdez, and Jane Smiley, among others. 3
ENGL 357 Survey of American Literature The course explores the work of major literary figures in American literature from the post-Civil War period to the present. The course stresses close critical readings of representative works within their literary and cultural contexts. 3
ENGL 357A Survey of Early American Literature Course surveys early American literature from the Colonial Period to the Civil War. Course explores representative works within their historical and cultural contexts. 3
ENGL 360 Medieval and Early Modern British Literature This course will survey British literature from the Anglo-Saxon period through the early eighteenth century. We will read works from several different genres by a wide array of authors, including such women writers as Mary Tudor Brandon and Aemilia Lanyer, as well as such canonical writers as Chaucer, Shakespeare, Milton, and Swift. 3
ENGL 360A Early Modern British Women Writers Students will study early modern British women's literary and rhetorical strategies by examining primary texts in several different genres including drama, poetry letters, diaries, pamphlets, petitions, religious tracts, and other forms of prose, as well as by reading contemporary scholarship on these women. 3
ENGL 362 British Victorian Writers Explores the work of major literary figures of the Victorian age in relation to one another and to the history and ideologies of their times. Studies representative texts from a range of genres: poetry, drama, the essay, the short story, and the novel. Includes such writers as Tennyson, the Brownings, Carlyle, the Rossettis, Arnold, and Wilde. 3
ENGL 363 Modern British Novel Investigates the themes and styles of representative authors of modern British fiction. This course may include such writers as Joseph Conrad, E.M. Forster, Virginia Woolf, Graham Greene, Ford Madox Ford, Margaret Drabble, and D.H. Lawrence, among others. 3
ENGL 364 Major British Writers Surveys the work of leading British authors from the Romantic, Victorian, and Modern eras. Explores the relation of each of these literary periods to one another and their broader cultural context. 3
ENGL 365A Early English Drama Course surveys early English drama, from the medieval mystery, morality, and folk plays and ritual dance to the early Tudor comedies and interludes to Renaissance drama, including Kyd, Marlowe, Shakespeare, and Jonson. 3
ENGL 367 British and American Poets An upper-division study of poetry resulting in the ability to understand, explicate, and appreciate representative samples taken from British and American sources. 3
ENGL 368A Renaissance Poetry This course asks students to explore a broad range of English Renaissance poetry that may include lyric poems, epic, satire, or dramatic verse. We will place works within the context of the period, considering issues of patronage, methods of circulations, revision, and Renaissance literary theory. Authors studies may include, but are not limited to, John Donne, Mary Wroth, William Shakespeare, Christopher Marlow, Edmund Spenser, Philip Sidney, Isabella Whitney, John Milton, Margaret Cavendish, and Alexander Pope. 3
ENGL 369 The Nineteenth-Century British Novel Investigates the development of the British novel over the nineteenth century and examines how representative texts reflected and shaped their historical and cultural contexts. Authors may include Jane Austen, Charlotte Bront?, Charles Dickens, George Eliot, Thomas Hardy, and Bram Stoker, among others. 3
ENGL 370 Shakespeare Provides an in-depth study of Shakespeare's most enduring and representative tragedies, comedies, and histories. Provides an in-depth study of the human condition as Shakespeare sees it as well as a thorough investigation of his view of language. 3
ENGL 371 Faulkner and Hemingway Presents selected short stories and one or two novels by each author in order to familiarize the student with each of these outstanding modern American writers. Closely examines individual style and recurring themes. Typically fulfills the American literature requirement. 3
ENGL 376 Poe and Twain Studies the major works of two profound influences in American literature. Typically fulfills the American literature requirement. 3
ENGL 378 Plath, Sexton, and Company Seminar/small group experience, focusing on two women writers who influenced and forever changed the way women express themselves. Some topics: the Confessional company, suicide, sexuality, and women's issues. 3
ENGL 381 Chaucer This course will examine in depth some of Chaucer's major works, including The Canterbury Tales, as well as a selection of his shorter poetry. In order to appreciate the full meaning of Chaucer's words, we will read the texts in the original language, but a prior knowledge of Middle English is not required. Typically fulfills the British literature requirement. 3
ENGL 399 Special Topics An in-depth exploration of a specific author, genre, theme, literary period, or rhetorical mode not regularly offered. 3
ENGL 400 Structure of Linguistics Designed for students in communications, English, education, and related areas who require a sense of the historical development of the English language. Introduces the major grammar systems (traditional, structural, and transformational); reviews classical diagramming, explores theories of language acquisition; and considers the social and cultural dimensions of language use. 3
ENGL 412A Teaching Writing This course offers students the opportunity to learn how to teach written composition. Provides students guidance in the creation of appropriate lesson plans and grading techniques. Instruction in teaching grammar is also included. Required of all English majors in the secondary education program; must be taken before student teaching. 3
ENGL 412B Teaching Literature This course offers students the opportunity to learn how to teach literature to high school students. Investigates test-making, grading the theme, lesson planning, disciplines, and other units. Required of all English majors in the secondary education program; must be taken before student teaching. 3
ENGL 450 Writing for the Social Sciences Writing for the Social Sciences is a course designed to help the student write clearly and effectively about issues, problems, and questions that interest social scientists. The course assumes that the student has background knowledge of at least one social science, but the focus of the course is on broad principles of writing: selecting and focusing a topic, accommodating writing to particular audiences, organizing information and developing a range of styles appropriate to various audiences, and rhetorical situations. Assignments include: position paper, letter of inquiry, interview, translation, evaluation, pamphlet, abstract, and annotated bibliography. 3
ENGL 451 Internship Offers students on-the-job training under the supervision of qualified professionals at cooperating institutions and organizations. ) Requires 45 hours per academic credit.
ENGL 460 Creative Writing Students gain experience writing, critiquing, revising, and sharing both poetry and short fiction. 3
ENGL 470 Business and Technical Writing The course offers practice in writing documents common to business and technical fields, including such documents as memos, letters, technical descriptions, proposals, reports, and the like. Emphasis is on content, form, and style. 3
ENGL 475 Composition: Theory and Practice Focuses on various theories that have informed the growing field of composition studies and provides students with opportunities to apply their ideas. 3
ENGL 480 Advanced Writing Refines students' abilities to write persuasive arguments for particular rhetorical contexts. The course focuses on strategies of research, invention, arrangement, and style. 3
ENGL 484 Political Writing and Rhetoric Students will study political writing and present, focusing primarily on current presidential, congressional, and/or gubernatorial elections. Using speeches, debate transcripts, websites, advertising, and other examples of candidates' rhetoric, as well as political writing and rhetorical treatises from throughout history, students will learn to analyze and employ techniques of persuasive writing. The course is writing intensive and emphasizes oral presentations and discussion. 3
ENGL 485 Writing and Cultural Studies Focuses on developing writing abilities while critically examining the cultural communities to which we belong, especially in terms of popular culture power dynamics and issues of social justice. The cultural texts students will analyze through writing include various parts of everyday life such as cars, celebrities, and coffee shops. 3
ENGL 490 Feminist Writing and Rhetoric Course explores the nature of feminist writing through reading and writing assignments. Course will focus on feminist revisions of well-known texts, practical documents that work for political or social change, and the implications of traditional writing conventions. 3
ENGL 495 Senior Seminar Students will consider issues related to the discipline while building on research and critical thinking skills as they pursue an individual research project that culminates in a seminar paper. The course emphasizes drafting, the writing process, critical thinking, research methods, and oral presentations. It is required of all English (but not English/Secondary Education) majors. 3
ENGL 499 Independent Study See the chairperson for details of Independent Study and differentially scheduled courses. 3