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College of Liberal Studies
Department Chair: Richard Sullivan
433A Wimberly Hall, (608)785-8295
Davidson, Gappa, Morzinski, Pandit, Treu;
Associate Professors: Butterfield, Cannon, Crutchfield, Graham, C., Jessee, Konas, Lan, Pribek, Schoen, Sullivan, Voiku, Young;
Assistant Professors: Barillas, Beck, Crank, Gray, Kopp, McMurran, Wood;
Lecturers: Handtke, Heckman, Sheppard.
English Major – Literature Emphasis
colleges, excluding Teacher Certification programs) — 36 credits.
I. Preparation: 4 credits. ENG 301, Foundations for Literary
Studies. May be taken concurrently with one 300-level literature course; must
complete ENG 301 before enrolling in a second 300 level literature course.
Foundational course work: 24 credits.
A. Shakespeare. 3 credits from ENG 363 or 364
B. Writing: 3 credits from ENG 304, 305, 313.
C. Language Studies: 3 credits from ENG 330, 332, 333, 334, 337, 338.
D.American/British Literary Traditions Before 1800: 3 credits from ENG 361, 362, 366, 370.
E. American/British Literary Traditions After 1800: 6 credits. 3 credits from ENG 367 or 368; 3 credits from ENG 371 or 372.
F. Multicultural/International Literatures: 3 credits from ENG 356, 380, 381, 385.
G. Genre: 3 credits from ENG 340, 341, 342, 343, 344, 347, 348, 349, 355.
Advanced Course work: 8 credits
A. Specialized Period/Author/Genre/ Topic Courses: 6 credits, from ENG 403, 432, 445, 446, 449, 462, 463, 464,466, 467, 469, 470, 471, 472, 476, 477, 478, 481, 482, 494, 495.
B. Capstone: 2 credits, ENG 484.
English Major - Rhetoric and Writing Emphasis (All
colleges, excluding Teacher Certification programs) — 37 credits. Courses
listed in more than one category may be counted only once.
I. Preparation: 4 credits. ENG 301, Foundations for Literary Studies. May
be taken concurrently with one 300 –level literature course. English Majors
must complete ENG 301 before enrolling in a second 300-level literature course.
II. Foundational course work:
A. Rhetoric and Composition: 3 credits, ENG 333.
B. Prose Style and Editing: 3 credits, ENG 313
C. Shakespeare: 3 credits, from ENG 363 or 364
D. Language and Grammar: 3 credits, from ENG 330, 332, 432
E. Literature: 3 credits, from any 300- or 400-level course.
III. Advanced course work: 9 credits.
A. Advanced Writing: 3 credits, from ENG 304, 305, 306, 307, 308, 309, 325, 326, 343
B. Senior Seminar: 3 credits, ENG 497, Seminar in Advanced Rhetoric and Writing Studies.
C. Capstone: 3 credits, ENG 413, Writing Portfolio.
IV. Electives: 9 credits.
Select from ENG 304, 305, 306, 307, 308, 309, 325, 326, 327, 330, 332, 334, 337, 343, 355, 403, 416, 417, 432, 434, 446, 449, 450. May choose one course from CST 314 or CST 370.
English Major (Teacher
Certification programs) — 36-37 credits beyond General Education. Courses
listed in more than one category may be counted only once.
I. Writing/Language: 9-10 credits, from ENG 301 or 305 or 306; 334; 330
II. Shakespeare: 3 credits, from ENG 363 or 364.
III. Adolescent Literature: ENG 341.
IV. Literature before 1800: 3 credits, from ENG 361, 362, 363, 364, 366,
370, 462*, 463, 464.
V. American 19th-20th Century: 3 credits, from ENG 371, 372, 380, 381,
470*, 471, 472, 476, 477, 478
VI. British 19th-20th Century: 3 credits, from ENG 367, 368, 462*, 466,
World Literature: 3 credits, from ENG 205, 206, 208, 356, 469, 494*, 495*.
Multicultural, Minority, Ethnic, and Women’s Literature: 3 credits,
from ENG 207, 210, 215, 380, 381, 385, 476, 477, 478, 481, 482, 494*, 495*.
Genre: 3 credits, from ENG 342, 343, 344, 347, 348, 349, 355, 363, 364, 445,
446, 449, 467.
X. Electives: 3 credits, from ENG 313, 325, 326, 327, 338, 340, 400, 403,
432, 434, 445, 494, 495, 497 and any not already taken from above groups.
Students may include in electives one 200-level English course not taken for the
major or General Education requirements.
*when appropriately focused
English Minor (All
colleges, excluding Teacher Certification programs and excluding English majors
with literature emphasis) 26 credits including ENG 110; 6-9 credits from the
following: ENG 203 or 204 and at
least one of the following: ENG 201, 202, 205, 206, 207, 208, 210, 215; and 14
to 17 credits of electives in English classes 338 and above; may also include
ENG 301 or 305; and ENG 330, 332 or 432.
English Minor (Middle
Childhood/Early Adolescence) — 26 credits beyond ENG 110, including 3 credits
from ENG 201, 202, 207, 210, 215; 3 credits from 203, 204, 208; 12 credits from
301 or 305 or 306, 330 or 332 or 432, 340, 363 or 364; and 8 credits of
electives in English courses 338 and above; may also include one 200-level
English Minor (Early
Adolescence/Adolescence) — 26 credits beyond ENG 110, including 3 credits from
ENG 201, 202, 207, 210, 215; 3 credits from 203, 204, 208; 12 credits from 301or
305 or 306, 330 or 332 or 432, 341, 363 or 364; and 8 credits of electives in
English courses 338 and above; may also include one 200-level English course.
Creative Writing Minor (All colleges) — 18 credits including ENG 305; (prior to enrolling in the remaining courses in the minor, students must meet with a creative writing adviser): three credits to be selected from ENG 301, 313, 320, 330, 332, 337, 338, 343; six credits to be selected from literature courses numbered 340 through 495, ENG 497; three credits to be selected from either ENG 446 or 449; and three credits to be selected from either ENG 416 or 417.
Professional Writing Minor (All
colleges except Teacher Certification programs and English majors with
writing/rhetoric emphasis) — 19 credits, including ENG 313 and ENG 413, with
15 credits to be selected from ENG 301, 303, 304, 305, 306, 307, 308, 309, 320,
325, 326, 327, 330, 332, 333, 334, 337, 338, 343, 432, 450 (up to three
credits), 434, 497 or up to six credits from CST 360, 370, 415 (except for CST
majors and public relations/organizational communications minors who may not
count CST credits toward the professional writing minor). Students should
consult a professional writing minor adviser before enrolling in ENG 413 or 450.
Note: Students can group courses in a variety of ways to create specific tracks
within the minor.
For English Majors/Writing Minors:
majors who elect to take one of the writing minors must complete the
requirements for both the major and the minor. Only three credits from the major
may also be counted toward the minor.
English Department Honors Program
A. Junior standing
B. 12 credits in the major, including one English course numbered 340 or above.
C. 3.25 cumulative grade point average in the major
D. Recommendation of two faculty members in the major
E. Submit application form
a. academic transcript
b. reasons for wishing to participate
c. signatures of recommending faculty members
A. Completion of the regular major program
B. English 403: Individual Projects — 2-3 credits. Registration with consent of regular adviser, instructor, department chair and the dean of the college in which the student is enrolled. Prerequisite: at least 30 credits and excellent grades in English courses
1. Until a greater number of students require more than one section offered more than once a year, ENG 403 will be offered each fall and will be staffed alternately by faculty whose fields of expertise are in American and English literature, with occasional staffing by those who teach world literature
2. One consulting reader for the paper or project developed in ENG 403 may at times be necessary if the topic is narrowly confined to an esoteric field.
C. Reading lists: three lists covering major works in major periods and
all appropriate genres in English, American, and world literature each to be
compiled by the appropriate literature committee. These are to be the basis for
the terminal examination.
D. Terminal examinations
1. These will be compiled yearly by the instructor responsible for ENG 403
2. Consultation with experts in given fields may be requested when necessary.
A. A cumulative 3.50 grade point average at graduation in the major
B. Distinguished performance on a paper or project developed in ENG 403
C. Presentation of the paper or project to a colloquium of faculty and students in the major
D. Superior performance on a terminal examination in analytic skills and knowledge of a chosen period or of a genre across two periods.
050 Cr. 3 transcript*
Fundamentals of Composition
English 050 will facilitate fluency in writing. It will prepare students for the writing demands encountered in English 110 and other academic environments. To learn conventions of formal academic writing and to understand and employ effective writing processes and habits are the objectives of this course. Pass/Fail grading. *Transcript credit does not count toward graduation.
ENG 110 Cr. 3
College Writing I
An introductory course in composition. The course will emphasize writing practice in various rhetorical modes with focus on all stages of the writing process and writing as a thinking process. (Students who qualify with a grade of “BC” or better in ENG 110 will be exempt from further writing requirements in the General Education skills category but this does not exempt students from the writing emphasis course requirement.) Prerequisite: ENG 050 or equivalent placement.
ENG 200 Cr. 3
Literature and Human Experience
Intensive study of selected literary texts, with emphasis on various ways of reading, studying, and appreciating literature as an aesthetic, emotional, and cultural experience. Content varies with instructor. Prerequisite: ENG 110.
ENG 201 Cr. 3
American Literature I
An exploration of American literature from early times to the late nineteenth century; including such authors as Bradstreet, Franklin, Hawthorne, Poe, Melville, and Dickinson. Prerequisite: ENG 110.
ENG 202 Cr. 3
American Literature II
An exploration of American literature from the late nineteenth century to the present; including such authors as Twain, Freeman, James, Chopin, Frost, Hemingway, Faulkner, Wright, and Bellow. Prerequisite: ENG 110.
ENG 203 Cr. 3
English Literature I
Encounters with major works of English literature from medieval times through the eighteenth century, including fiction, drama, essays, and poetry. Prerequisite: ENG 110.
ENG 204 Cr. 3
English Literature II
Encounters with major works of English literature of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, including fiction, drama, essays, and poetry. Prerequisite: ENG 110.
ENG 205 Cr. 3
Western Literature I
An examination of the expression and development of the ideas and values of Western Civilization in time-honored works of literature ranging from Biblical times, through the Greek and Roman eras, to the European Middle Ages and the Renaissance. Prerequisite: ENG 110.
ENG 206 Cr. 3
Western Literature II
An examination of the conflicting ideas and values of Western Civilization as expressed in the literature of the eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth centuries; with special attention to the literary and cultural impact of science and modern philosophy and the roots and identity of the modern age. Prerequisite: ENG 110.
ENG/ERS 207 Cr. 3
Multicultural Literature of the United States
This course examines cultural themes in American literature in an effort to enhance student awareness of the multi-ethnic nature of American culture. Students engage in close reading, discussion, analysis, and interpretation of texts written by individuals from a variety of American ethnic and cultural backgrounds. Content varies with instructors. Prerequisite: ENG 110. (Cross-listed with ERS; may only earn credit in ENG or ERS.)
ENG 208 Cr. 3
International Studies in Literature
A study of representative authors from selected regions and ages of the world, ranging from such non-Western traditions as the Indic, Arabic, African, Chinese, and Japanese to such Western traditions as the Icelandic, Scandinavian, Australian, Russian, and South American. Content and focus vary with instructors. Prerequisite: ENG 110.
ENG/ERS 210 Cr. 3
The Literature of Black America
Survey and exploration of Black American prose and poetry from their eighteenth century beginnings to the end of the Harlem Renaissance and the depression years. Prerequisite: ENG 110. (Cross-listed with ERS; may only earn credit in ENG or ERS.)
ENG/ERS 215 Cr. 3
African American Authors
A study of the principal post-depression (1940 to present) African American authors, critics, and scholars which clarifies the relationship between these writers and the general field of American literature and which illustrates their unique contributions as representatives of African American culture. Prerequisite: ENG 110. (Cross-listed with ERS; may only earn credit in ENG or ERS.)
ENG 220 Cr. 3
Women and Popular Culture
Fundamentals of cultural studies, with a focus on analyzing representations of women in modern American popular culture and their historical reception. Primary texts from media such as film, television, advertising, and popular fiction will be studied for how they communicate cultural values regarding women and femininity. Prerequisite: ENG 110.
301 Cr. 4
Foundations For Literary Studies
An introduction to foundational knowledge and skills for the advanced study of literature. The course fosters understanding of the importance of historical, cultural, and intellectual contexts for literary study as well as appreciation for diversity of literary expression. Facility for critical work with literature is developed through expanding students’ knowledge of literary genres and their understanding and use of basic literary terminology and through enhancing their abilities to do literary research, conduct close textual analysis, and write critically about literature. Prerequisite: Three credits in 200-level English courses.
303 Cr. 3
College Writing II
An advanced course devoted to the theory and practice of expository writing and related rhetorical forms, especially persuasion and argument. Emphasis placed on coherent organization, clear and forceful phrasing, logical thinking and other aspects of effective communication. Prerequisite: ENG 110 and at least sophomore standing. (Not open for credit in the English education major or minors except for credit in the professional writing minor.)
304 Cr. 3
Writing in the Arts and Humanities
An advanced writing course designed especially for students majoring in the arts and humanities. The course will focus on the types of inquiry and discourse appropriate to these disciplines. Students will be instructed in the rhetorical strategies of invention (that is, discovering content and establishing lines of reasoning, analyzing audience, and determining the writer’s purpose and persona), arrangement and style. Prerequisite: ENG 110 and at least sophomore standing. (Not open for credit in the English education major or minors except for credit in the professional writing minor.)
305 Cr. 3
An advanced course which emphasizes the writing of poetry, short fiction, and analytical-evaluative writing about each of these genres. The course is taught by a practicing and published fiction writer or poet and is intended as the basic course in the creative writing English minor. It is also for those students interested in writing short fiction and/or poems. Prerequisite: three credits in 200-level English courses.
ENG 306 Cr. 3
Writing for Teachers
An advanced writing course open to students who intend to become teachers in any field. This course helps students achieve several goals: understanding and practicing the several steps of the writing process and the various types of writing; exploring the ways in which writing can be a method of learning; strengthening composition skills; developing a “theory of composition” (a set of principles) which will serve students well both as writers and as teachers of writing. Prerequisite: ENG 110 and at least sophomore standing. (Not open for credit in the creative writing minor.)
307 Cr. 3
Writing for Management, Public Relations and the Professions
An advanced course focusing on written communication for relations with clients, boards, organizations, customers, constituents, or the public. Students practice writing as an effective process of gathering and conveying information, answering questions, and solving problems. The course will explore appropriate language, tone, and format for effective letters, memos, news releases, reports, proposals, abstracts, and summaries. There is emphasis on purpose, audience, and clarity. Prerequisite: ENG 110 and at least sophomore standing. (Not open for credit in the English education major or minors except for credit in the professional writing minor.)
308 Cr. 3
An advanced writing course designed for technically oriented students whose career goals require skill in conveying technical information through writing. Students will become acquainted with the types of writing forms and rhetorical styles which they are likely to encounter as professionals and will practice using these styles with technical subjects. Prerequisite: ENG 110 and at least sophomore standing. (Not open for credit in the English education major or minors except for credit in the professional writing minor.)
309 Cr. 3
Writing in the Sciences
An advanced writing course for students in the sciences. The course will focus both on the role writing plays in the conduct of scientific work and on the rhetorical and stylistic conventions of the various scientific disciplines: in short, on the relationship between writing and scientific knowledge. Taught through an inquiry process, students will be led to develop their composition skills and understanding as they discover the procedures and conventions of their individual disciplines. Prerequisite: ENG 110 and at least sophomore standing. (Not open for credit in the English education major or minors except for credit in the professional writing minor.) Offered occasionally.
313 Cr. 3
Prose Style and Editing
A practical course in developing a flexible and effective capacity for writing prose. Students will master techniques and strategies of emphasis, coherence, clarity, conciseness, balance, and rhythm. Use of tropes and figures (particularly metaphorical language and imagery) and tone will be explored in the context of rhetorical appropriateness and strategy. The course will provide students with the fundamentals of prose technique—the basis for an art, which they can continue to refine and develop for the rest of their lives. Prerequisite: ENG 110.
320 Cr. 3
Literary Journal Production/Publication
A workshop course in literary magazine production and publication. The class will assemble and publish a magazine of quality writing each semester. Emphasis will be placed on inter-disciplinary and multicultural content and participation. Prerequisite: 300-level writing course or consent of instructor. Repeatable for credit — maximum 6. Not applicable for credit in the English major or minor. Pass/Fail grading.
325 Cr. 3
Reporting and Copy Editing
Study of newsgathering methods; practice organizing and writing; assigning and directing reporting and writing; preparing news copy for publication. Prerequisite: ENG 110.
326 Cr. 3
Feature and Specialized Writing for Journalism
Writing feature articles for newspapers and magazines; includes study of genre and practice with information gathering, interviewing, and composing and editing techniques. Application of reporting and writing techniques to specialized areas of news, such as editorials, reviews, sports, science and business; includes critical and interpretive writing. Prerequisite: ENG 110.
327 Cr. 3
Planning, editing, designing of newspaper and magazine publications. Research, writing, editing, layout, design, photographs and art work included. Prerequisite: ENG 110.
330 Cr. 3
The English Language
The historical development of the English language and its structure and usage. Prerequisite: three credits in 200-level English courses, or qualifying conference with instructor. (Not applicable to the English minor for students who have had ENG 332.)
332 Cr. 3
Modern English Grammars: An Analysis of Language
An examination of traditional, structural, and transformational-generative grammar with special emphasis on one method of analyzing and describing the English language. Investigation of phonology, morphology, and syntax. Some treatment given to the historical development of grammar and the concept of usage. Prerequisite: three credits in 200-level English courses. (Not applicable to the English minor for students who have had ENG 330.)
333 Cr. 3
Introduction to Rhetoric and Writing Studies
An introductory course which presents theories of rhetoric and composition, emphasizing both conceptual knowledge and practical skills. Prerequisite: ENG 110 and at least sophomore standing.
334 Cr. 3
Language Studies for Secondary Teachers
Designed for secondary teachers, this course is intended to provide a theoretical base for structuring effective language education and for teaching writing and other language activities. It will cover issues basic to understanding how language acquisition is a developmental process and how language functions in thinking and learning. Prerequisite: three credits in 200-level English courses.
337 Cr. 3
The Rhetorics of Style
A rhetorical study of various styles, this class systematically examines the social/cultural as well as the literary implications and impact styles have had in history. The class focuses on how understandings of style have changed throughout history and how different understandings shape strategies for interacting with audiences. Prerequisite: ENG 110.
338 Cr. 3
Comparative Analysis of Styles
Linguistic analysis of the literary styles of various prose and poetry writers. The course will focus on how their careful selection of language produces intended effects on their readers. Prerequisite: three credits in 200-level English courses.
A basic course in literature for children of the primary grades through middle school. Special emphasis is given to picture books, easy books, storybooks, informational materials, folklore and poetry. Modern trends in the literature for this age level are highlighted. A short unit on censorship is included. No print material is used selectively. Prerequisite: three credits in 200-level English courses and junior or senior standing. (Not open for credit in the English minor except for elementary/middle education minors.) (Cross-listed with EDM; may only earn credit in ENG or EDM.)
Survey of literature suitable for reading by adolescent boys and girls. The course is designed primarily for secondary education students. Prerequisite: three credits in 200-level English courses and junior or senior standing. (Not open for credit in the English minor except for education minors.) (Cross-listed with EDM; may only earn credit in ENG or EDM.)
342 Cr. 3
The development of the essay form and extensive reading of contemporary examples. Prerequisite: three credits in 200-level English courses.
343 Cr. 3
An advanced course which emphasizes the personal essay, memoir, and other forms that blur the distinction between fiction and factual writing. While creative nonfiction may be informative, it may also be personal and lyrical. Students will study voice, prose style, and techniques of structuring content. Prerequisite: ENG 110 and three credits in 200-level English courses.
A course focusing on the history and development of the novel, from its putative origins in 18th-century England to its postmodern realizations on the world literature scene. Various theoretical explanations of the novel's forms and social functions will be examined. The course will foster an understanding of the way narrative discourse functions as a mode of rhetoric, capable of persuading individual readers and even influencing historical trends. The course will also address the variety of formal approaches within the genre, from epistolary, historical and gothic novels to novels of manners, novels of social protest, and psychological and stream-of consciousness novels. Individual instructors may select examples from both the "high" and "low" forms of the genre, and may include English translations of foreign works. Prerequisites: Three credits in 200-level English courses.
347 Cr. 3
The Short Story
Reading the great stories of the world. Some emphasis upon modern techniques. Prerequisite: three credits in 200-level English courses.
348 Cr. 4
Studies in Film and Literature
An introduction to the study of film and film criticism, with some attention to the history of the medium and its relation to literary genres. Prerequisite: three credits in 200-level English courses.
An introduction to dramatic literature of the world. This course prepares the student to understand the elements of dramatic writing and staging of plays. Dramatic works will be selected from a variety of countries and historical periods to provide an overview of this genre, as well as the foundations needed for future study. Lect. 3, Lab. 2. Prerequisite: ENG 301.
355 Cr. 3
This course focuses on generating a reflective understanding of the processes of reading, writing and interpretation of literature. Reading materials are drawn from various fields in humanities and culture studies. An informed understanding of concepts and methodologies — developed by various European, non-European and American theorists — facilitates a more systematic and insightful study of literature. Prerequisite: three credits in 200-level English courses.
356 Cr. 3
European Literature in Translation
A course focusing on classics of European literature. Individual instructors devise their own reading lists according to their own historical or thematic approaches, but most, if not all, of the readings will be translations from European languages other than English. This course aims to give students an understanding of various genres and traditions in European literature and to facilitate an enhancement of students’ critical and communicative skills. Prerequisite: three credits in 200-level English courses.
361 Cr. 3
Old and Middle English Literature
An introduction to the study of Old and Middle English literature with attention to the development of genres and styles which shaped early English literary traditions. Prerequisite: English 301.
362 Cr. 3
The English Renaissance
Study of the major writers of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries in England. Emphasis on Spenser, Sidney, Jonson, Marlowe, Herrick, Herbert, Donne and others. Shakespeare’s non-dramatic work also will be included in the study of this period. Prerequisite: 3 credits in 200- level English courses.
363 Cr. 3
Close study of several principal plays, chiefly from the early and middle parts of Shakespeare’s career. Prerequisite: three credits in 200-level English courses.
364 Cr. 3
Close study of principal plays, chiefly plays coming after “Hamlet.” Prerequisite: three credits in 200-level English courses.
366 Cr. 3
Restoration and Eighteenth-Century British Literature
Study of the principal works of the period 1660-1800, with emphasis on Dryden, Swift, Defoe, Pope, Fielding, Johnson, and Boswell. Prerequisite: three credits in 200-level English courses.
367 Cr. 3
Century British Literature
Study of the finest poetry, fiction, drama and essays of the Romantic and Victorian periods of British literature, 1798-1901, with attention to the social, philosophical, and literary movements that engendered them. Prerequisite: three credits in 200-level English courses.
368 Cr. 3
British Literature After 1900
A foundational course in the literature of the British Isles in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. The course focuses on major British writers and literary developments, with emphasis on the ways this literature reflects changing British cultural identity and maintains continuity with the literary heritage out of which it develops. Prerequisite: three credits in 200-level English courses.
370 Cr. 3
Early American Literature
Study of selected authors and works by and about the geographical region of North America which becomes the United States and bordering countries. Development of a literary audience and tradition with roots in, but separating from, English literature. Emphasis upon literature written in English, with selected works from Native traditions and colonists other than English. Most readings pre-date the U. S. Revolution. Prerequisite: 3 credits in 200-level English courses.
371 Cr. 3
Nineteenth Century American Literature
A foundational study of important writers, movements, and themes in 19th century American literature. American Romanticism, the cultural forces surrounding the Civil War era, industrialization, immigration, the rise of urban culture, expansion West, and other similar contexts may be developed to explore the literary styles and genres of the developing American literary sensibility. Prerequsite: three credits in 200-level English courses.
372 Cr. 3
American Literature After 1900
This course provides an introduction to some of the major 20th century writers and literary movements in the United States, in historical and cultural contexts. Historical currents and cultural movements will be primary emphases in text selection in order to familiarize students with literary developments such as Modernism and Post-modernism. Readings will be selected from major genres, including poetry, fiction, drama and autobiography. Prerequisite: three credits in 200-level English courses.
380 Cr. 3
Literature of American Ethnic and Minority Cultures
Study of selected works representative of American ethnic and minority cultures, including American Indian, Chicano, and Jewish. Emphasis will vary according to the interests of students and the instructor. For the current content, consult the instructor or the department chairperson. Prerequisite: three credits in 200-level English courses.
381 Cr. 3
American Indian Literature
A study of a broad range of American Indian literature, both traditional and contemporary, in cultural and historical contexts. Prerequisite: three credits in 200-level English courses.
385 Cr. 3
This course examines how women’s literature reflects the causes and nature of women’s places in society and their creation of alternative visions and strategies, with a focus on women’s negotiation of established traditions of authorship. Primary readings will span literary periods and genres. Authors may include Sappho, Marie de France, Katherine Phillips, Mary Astell, Mary Wollstonecraft, Mary Shelley, Charlotte Bronte, Phyllis Wheatley, Lillian Hellman, Djuna Barnes, George Eliot, Virginia Woolf, Angela Carter, Joyce Carol Oats, Toni Morrison, Zadie Smith. Prerequisite: three credits of 200-level English courses.
Projects involving trends and issues in composition, language, or literature related to various professional uses of English, with a central topic to be announced before each workshop. No more than three credits are applicable to an English major or minor. Repeatable for credit — maximum 6.
403 Cr. 1-3
Directed individual studies under the supervision of a department faculty member. Registration with consent of instructor and department chair. Prerequisite: 12 credits and excellent grades in English courses. Repeatable for credit — maximum 3.
413 Cr. 1 or 3
A workshop course in which students assemble portfolios of their work, demonstrating their abilities as writers. English majors with an emphasis in rhetoric and writing and professional writing minors will be in the same section; however, writing minors, unless they elect the 3-credit option, will meet the class only one a week and will have a 1-credit work load. Prerequisite: senior standing (be in his or her final or penultimate semester in completing the major or minor).
416 Cr. 3
Seminar in Advanced Fiction Writing
The writing of fiction under the guidance of an experienced fiction writer. Classes will operate on the workshop model, with as many individual conferences between students and teacher as possible. The class will also include information about literary magazines, ideas about publishing, and visits from other fiction writers. Prerequisite: ENG 305 and consent of instructor.
417 Cr. 3
Seminar in Advanced Poetry Writing
An advanced seminar in writing poetry with an experienced poet. Emphasis on the creative process, poetics, revision. Workshop format and individual tutorial meetings with poet. The class will also include information about literary magazines, ideas about publishing, and visits from other poets. Prerequisite: ENG 305 and consent of instructor.
Introduction to Linguistics
Investigation of the nature of linguistic systems (phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics), theories of language development and the acquisition of first and second languages in diverse cultural settings. Review of idiosyncratic elements as they pertain to second-language learning. Prerequisite: MLG 109 or a foreign language at the 200-level or ENG 332. Offered Sem. II.
434 Cr. 3
Chinese Discourse: Different Ways of Thinking and Writing
This course compares and contrasts discourse in China to that in the West. It examines the culturally similar and crucially different ways of creating, elaborating, and presenting the writer’s ideas. Introducing the students to a culture at once similar to and different from their own, the course activates the students’ implicit knowledge of their own cultural/discursive heritages and supplements that knowledge when necessary. Readings for this class include ancient and modern Chinese philosophical essays, literary works, and writings on both Chinese calligraphy and paintings in relation to Chinese thinking. All texts used are in English. Prerequisite: three credits 200-level English courses.
445 Cr. 3
Literature and Environmental Action
A study of literature of many genres written by nature and environmentalist writers, both traditional and contemporary, all serving as models for students’ essays and projects. Prerequisite: three credits in 200-level English courses.
446 Cr. 3
Forms of Fiction
An investigation of traditional and contemporary narrative forms and some problems involved in writing within them. Students will be invited to write fictions of various kinds and find solutions to specific writing problems. Each student will present a seminar paper on aspects of narrative form in the work of a representative writer. Prerequisite: ENG 305.
449 Cr. 3
Forms of Poetry
An investigation of traditional and contemporary forms of poetry. Students will be asked to write poems in various forms. In addition, each student will present a seminar paper on aspects of form in the work of an established poet. Prerequisite: ENG 305.
450 Cr. 2-6
An internship of the English Department to offer its majors and minors opportunities to learn, on the job, how to apply language skills acquired from course work. Students can select jobs or field experiences related to writing and communication skills. These experiences could be with government agencies, business firms, and industry or community agencies locally or throughout the United States. While many internships are remunerative, not all are necessarily so. Only jobs and experiences approved by an adviser in the English department and the English department chairperson are acceptable for credit. Students interning will be expected to make regular reports to their English adviser and to comply with any course arrangements that the adviser should deem suitable. Prerequisite: junior standing and consent of adviser; a cumulative grade point average of 2.50 required. Applies only to rhetoric/writing emphasis of the English major and to the professional writing minor. Pass/Fail grading. Repeatable for credit — maximum 6.
462 Cr. 3
Seminar in British Literature
A seminar in British literature which involves advanced study of major British authors, works, genres and sub-genres, techniques and styles. The seminar may explore a particular literary/aesthetic development or idea, trace its roots in the past and examine its relevance to the present. With a change in emphasis, the seminar may center on several major movements and representative authors across time studied in light of historical contexts and/or from the analytic and aesthetic perspectives provided by contemporary developments in literary and critical theory. Students in the seminar are expected to engage in independent reading and research. Prerequisite: ENG 301. Repeatable for credit-maximum 6. No more than 3 credits may be applied to an English major or minor. Junior standing or higher recommended.
463 Cr. 3
Careful study of the Canterbury Tales and selected other poems. Some attention to language and pronunciation. Prerequisite: three credits in 200-level English courses.
464 Cr. 3
Poetry and selected prose. Emphasis on Paradise Lost. Some attention given to Milton’s life and times. Prerequisite: three credits in 200-level English courses.
466 Cr. 3
British Romanticism (1770-1830)
This course examines the works of many British writers, as they broke free from the tenets of the Enlightenment on their individual paths to self-expression. Romantic writers pursued several literary genres (essays, poems, novels, personal narrative, memoir) as texts to explore the concerns of all individuals in society. Works by Anna Barbauld, Mary Robinson, Mary Wollstonecraft, William Blake, Charlotte Smith, William Wordsworth, Dorothy Wordsworth, Samuel Coleridge, Thomas Dequincey, Charles Lamb, John Keats, Percy Shelley, Mary Shelley, and others are studied. Prerequisite: three credits in 200-level English courses.
467 Cr. 3
Browning, Tennyson, the Pre-Raphaelites, and others. Prerequisite: three credits in 200-level English courses.
469 Cr. 3
Postcolonial Anglophone Literatures
The course surveys important works (poetry, fiction, non-fiction, drama, autobiography) of literature of Anglophone writers in a selection of the formerly colonized countries of the British Empire. The course examines literary texts within their historical contexts. Prerequisite: 3 credits in 200-level English courses.
Seminar in American Literature
A seminar in American literature, chosen from 17th century to the present, including American colonial culture and not strictly bounded by the borders of present-day United States; advanced study of author(s), works, genres and sub-genres, techniques and styles, theme or setting, and more. With change in emphasis and instructor, the seminar could present an historical development or an intense focus on a particular subject. Students are expected to engage in extensive independent reading and research, as well as presentation of research findings to class and moderating further discussion. Prerequisite: ENG 301. Repeatable for credit-maximum 6. No more than 3 credits may be applied to an English major or minor. Junior standing or higher recommended.
471 Cr. 3
Selected authors and works of Revolutionary, Federal, and Pre-Civil War America, romanticism describes a form and ideology continuing within the mainstream of American literature. Reading of “classic” writers like Washington Irving, Louisa May Alcott, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Edgar Allan Poe, and Nathaniel Hawthorne is complemented by writers dissenting from literary culture such as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Herman Melville, Margaret Fuller, Frederick Douglass, Emily Dickinson, and Walt Whitman, as well as writers of the southern and western states. Prerequisite: ENG 301. Junior standing or higher recommended.
472 Cr. 3
American Realism and Naturalism
Selected reading of authors and works of regions of the United States, to show Realism exists in variety as popular literature, primarily prose fiction and social commentary. Realism presumes diversity and multicultural literature, and its narrative technique requires readers to participate in creating and concluding “meaning.” Prerequisite: ENG 301. Junior standing or higher recommended.
476 Cr. 3
The Fiction and Nonfiction of Richard Wright
A study of Richard Wright’s fiction and nonfiction: illustrative of his versatility as a literary artist and of his aesthetic and intellectual leadership among African-American authors after the Harlem Renaissance. Prerequisite: three credits in 200-level ENG courses. ENG 210 or 215 recommended.
477 Cr. 3
African American Essay and Short Story
An examination of the African American literary short form, specifically the essay and short story, across literary periods, includes such writers as D. Walker, F. Harper, M. Delany, C. Chesnutt, P. Dunbar, P. Hopkins, W. DuBois, L. Hughes, C. McKay, Z. Hurston, R. Wright, J. Baldwin, A. Baraka, E. Cleaver, S. Sanchez, and I. Reed. Prerequisite: three credits in any 200-level literature course. ENG 210 or 215 recommended.
478 Cr. 3
Twentieth-Century African American Novels
A study of significant novels written by preeminent twentieth-century African American writers, including DuBois, Toomer, Wright, Ellison, Baraka, and Morrison. Prerequisite: three credits in 200-level English courses.
Seminar in Literature and Culture
Advanced study of literature within a focused cultural context. Emphases might include literatures of particular ethnic cultures; transnational or regional literatures; literatures of identity; and cultural studies approaches to other literary topics. Focus will vary with instructor. Prerequisite: ENG 301. Repeatable for credit-maximum 6. No more than 3 credits may be applied to an English major or minor. Junior standing or higher recommended.
482 Cr. 3
Advanced Study of Women’s Literature
This course builds on ENG 385, Women Authors, offering a more focused study of a particular aspect of women’s aesthetic expression – the novel, poetry, drama, film, autobiography, and other genres are possible primary texts. Students will engage with more advanced theoretical approaches and critical/contextual readings, while studying the gendered politics of producing and consuming women’s artistic work. Approaches might include cultural studies, psychoanalytic theory, socio-linguistics, global matriarchal traditions, new historicism, feminist theory, and so on. Focus will vary with instructors. Prerequisite: ENG 301 and 385. Repeatable for credit-maximum 6. No more than 3 credits may be applied to an English major or minor. Junior standing or higher recommended.
484 Cr. 2
Capstone: Literary Studies
A required course for senior English majors with literature emphasis. Readings representative of contemporary approaches to literary studies. (Students will formulate and develop an appropriate issue relating the course readings to material encountered in a prior or concurrent 400-level course and carry out independent research on the topic, culminating in a long paper.) Students will build a research community through proposals, presentations and discussions of their work for the course. Prerequisite: Completion of all 300-level course requirements; concurrent enrollment in one course from major category IIIA designated as seminar OR permission from department chair to substitute other 400-level course work for the research paper. Typically taken in the final semester of course work.
494 Cr. 1-3
Special Topics in Literature
Study of a literary topic of special interest. Topics will vary according to the interests of students and the instructor. For current content, consult the instructor or the department chairperson. Prerequisite: three credits in 200-level English courses. Repeatable for credit — maximum 6. Only three credits may be applied to an English major or minor.
495 Cr. 3
Advanced Study of Major Authors
Study beyond the survey or period level in the works of some English or American author or authors. Prerequisite: three credits in 200-level English courses. Repeatable for credit — maximum 6. Only three credits may be applied to an English major or minor.
497 Cr. 3
Seminar in Rhetoric and Writing Studies
A seminar for advanced study in rhetoric and composition. Topics will vary according to the instructor. For the current content, consult instructor or department chair. Prerequisite: ENG 333 and at least junior standing. Repeatable for credit—maximum 6. No more than 3 credits may be applied to an English major or minor.
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