English Courses

Code Course Name Description Credits
ENGL 160 Composition and Rhetoric

Course lays strong foundations for college-level argumentative and inquiry-based writing by increasing rhetorical awareness, analytical skills, and research proficiency. Through guided practice with process-based academic writing, students produce original arguments that employ research to engage in ongoing academic conversations. Minimum grade of “C” required.

3
ENGL 170 Introduction to Literary Studies

Introduction to the discipline of English and the practices of literary and writing studies, including (but not limited to) close reading, research in the discipline, principles of literacy and rhetorical analysis, conventions of various genres of literature and writing, and genre formation, as well as approaches to writing about literature. Prerequisite: ENGL 160. Required for English: Literature, English: Writing, and English/Secondary Education majors.

Prerequisite: ENGL 160. Required for English and English/Secondary Education majors.

3
ENGL 180 Introduction to World Literature

Course surveys western and non-western literature of the world. Students will read texts in several genres. Course content will vary by instructor. Prerequisite: ENGL 160.

Prerequisite: ENGL 160.

3
ENGL 310 Short Story

Course provides a study of the art of short story writers through in-depth examination of the elements of fiction: plot, character, setting, style, point of view, and theme.

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

Course explores definitions of poetry and ways to enjoy, think about, and write about poetry, with attention to literary elements and the ways these contribute to a poem’s meaning and effect.

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 The Novella

Course investigates the characteristics of the short novel by reading several representative works of the genre.

3
ENGL 321 The Essay as Literature

Course investigates the methods and techniques of several types of nonfiction: autobiography, personal and narrative essay, history, literary journalism, political humor, and the nonfiction novel.

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 criticism.

3
ENGL 326 Feminist Culture Criticism

Students will read and respond to foundational feminist texts from first wave, second wave, and third wave feminisms, and they will ultimately apply these ideas by analyzing pop culture and investigating current gender issues in their major field of study. This is a representative list.

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 334A Medieval Tolkien

Students will read a range of Anglo-Saxon and medieval texts that J.R.R. Tolkien translated, taught, edited, or studied in scholarly essays, and the use those texts as a lens to read critically Tolkien’s The Hobbit, Lord of the Rings, and other selections.

3
ENGL 336 Introduction to Film Criticism and Theory

Course enables students to acquire a critical awareness of how films work by studying a variety of techniques and theories; students will also analyze film classics, submit critiques of recent films, and read scholarship on film theory.

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

Course explores selections from the poetry, essays, and fiction of mystical writers. Aims at generating an understanding of the metaphysical philosophy of each writer.

3
ENGL 337A Contemporary Fantasy Literature

This course explores the genre of fantasy literature, considering the literary merits, rhetorical strategies, and stylistic features of novels and short stories written in recent years, as well as the ways these works comment on social and cultural issues in our world.

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

Course 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.

3
ENGL 341 Native Americans in Literature

Treats the experiences of native American people of North America as they are revealed in literary works.

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).

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 literary works.

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

Course provides a survey of American short fiction from the nineteenth through the early twenty-first century, with readings connected to literary periods and cultural contexts.

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.

3
ENGL 357 American Literature II

Course surveys later American literature from the post-Civil War period to the present. Course stresses close critical readings of representative works within their literary, historical, and cultural contexts.

3
ENGL 357A American Literature

Course surveys early American literature from the Colonial Period to the Civil War. Course stresses close critical readings of representative works within their literary, historical, and cultural contexts.

3
ENGL 358 Contemporary American Poetry

Immersion in the significant poets shaping American poetry from the 1970s to the present. Included will be major American poets as well as emerging poets. Some references to poets whose work informs American poetry but who are not American will also be included.

3
ENGL 360 British Literature I

Course surveys early British literature from the Anglo-Saxon period to the early eighteenth century. Course stresses close critical readings of representative works within their literary, historical, and cultural contexts.

3
ENGL 360A Early Modern British Women Writers

Students will study the literary and rhetorical strategies of women writers from the fourteenth through seventeenth centuries 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 reading contemporary scholarship on these women.

3
ENGL 362 British Victorian Writers

Course 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.

3
ENGL 362A Victorian Women Writers

The Victorian era was a time of sweeping change and intense debate with regard to women’s roles, opportunities, and participation in literary culture. This course explores some of the ways that Victorian women negotiated what was dubbed “the woman question,” particularly in relation to domesticity, education, creativity, marriage, sexuality, and identity. It examines texts by canonical writers (such as Browning, Eliot, and Gaskell), but gives particular attention to once-popular writers who are less well-known today.

3
ENGL 363 Modern British Novel

Course investigates the themes and styles of representative authors of modern British fiction.

3
ENGL 364 British Literature II

Course surveys later British literature from the eighteenth century to the present. Course stresses close critical readings of representative works within their literary, historical, and cultural contexts.

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 of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.

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

Course asks students to explore a broad range of early modern poetry, which may include lyric poems, sonnets, epic, satire, or dramatic verse. Students will consider work within the literary, historical, and cultural contexts of the period, considering issues of patronage, methods of circulation, revision, and early modern literary theory.

3
ENGL 369 The Nineteenth-Century British Novel

Course investigates the development of the British novel over the nineteenth century and examines how representative texts reflected and shaped their historical and cultural contexts.

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 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

Course focuses on two women writers who influenced and changed the way women express themselves. Some topics: the Confessional company, suicide, sexuality, and women’s issues. Typically fulfills the American literature requirement.

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.

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.

Required of all English majors in the secondary education program; must be taken before student teaching.

3
ENGL 420 Editing and Style

Students are required to learn and apply theories and strategies of editing and style that can improve academic writing, technical writing, web-based writing, business writing, and news writing. The class will also focus on conventions of grammar, mechanics, usage, and style sheets in various genres.

3
ENGL 425 Rhetoric and Persuasion

Students will study the history of rhetoric to learn classical principles of argumentation and explore various forms of persuasive writing to learn to recognize and analyze persuasive techniques while considering the various audiences of each work. Students will also learn to practice these techniques in their own writing.

3
ENGL 450 Writing for the Social Sciences

This course helps 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. Workplace writing.

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.

Requires 45 hours per academic credit.

ENGL 460 Creative Writing

Students gain experience writing, critiquing, revising, and sharing both poetry and short fiction. Creative writing.

3
ENGL 461 Writing Creative Nonfiction

Students will examine the field of creative nonfiction, reading representative examples of the genre and analyzing the different techniques. They will also produce a portfolio of creative nonfiction writing, all of which will be revised and honed through class workshops. Creative writing.

3
ENGL 464 Writing Poetry

Students will study the craft of writing poetry by reading a variety of traditional and contemporary works and then experiment with poetic devices and forms, producing a portfolio of original creative works of their own which they will discuss in class workshops. Creative writing.

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. Workplace writing.

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. Writing theory.

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 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. Activist writing, writing theory, workplace writing.

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. Activist writing.

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. Activist writing, writing theory.

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.

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