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100 Level Courses

100 English Studies: Critical Thinking and Writing (4)

Provides intensive practice in the college level treatment of texts. Predominately a skills course that requires students to think critically, to respond in writing to a variety of readings, and to generate, revise, and edit texts of their own. Three classroom hours and one hour lab. ENGL 100 must precede and may not be substituted for ENGL 110. In order to advance to ENGL 110, students must complete ENGL 100 with a grade of C or higher.

 

110 English Composition: Critical Thinking and Writing (4)

Continued work with the fundamentals of written discourse. Study of rhetoric, grammar, and style as a means to effective prose. Readings and concomitant writing assignments. Predominately a skills course. Three classroom hours and one hour of lab. Prereq: successful completion of ENGL 100. In order to proceed to ENGL 112, students must complete ENGL 110 with a grade of C or higher.

 

111 English Composition (3)

Introduction to the fundamentals of written discourse. Study of rhetoric, grammar, and style as means to effective prose. Readings and concomitant writing assignments. Predominantly a skills course. Students must complete ENGL 111 and 112 in sequence. In order to proceed to ENGL 112, students must complete ENGL 111 with a grade of C or higher.

 

112 English Composition (3)

Further study of written English and practice in composition. Readings and research writing with documentation. Predominantly a skills course. Students must complete ENGL 111 and 112 in sequence. In order to proceed to ENGL 112, students must complete ENGL 112 with a grade of C or higher.

 

111, 112 Honors English Composition (3, 3)

An introduction to written discourse for students with Enhanced ACT scores in English of 28 or above.

 

200 Level Courses

200 Introduction to Literary Style (3)

Principles of and practice in literary analysis. Prereq: ENGL 111-112 

 

250 British Literary Tradition (3)

English literature from Beowulf through the Neoclassic period. Prereq: ENGL 111-112 

 

251 British Literary Tradition (3)

English literature from the Romantic period to the present. ENGL 251 may be taken before ENGL 250 . Prereq: 111-112

 

260 American Literary Tradition (3)

American literature from the pre-Colonial period through the Romantic period. Prereq: ENGL 111-112

 

261 American Literary Tradition (3)

American literature from the Realistic period to the present. ENGL 261 may be taken before ENGL 250 . Prereq: 111-112

 

270 World Literature (3)

A survey of world masterpieces (excluding American and British writers) from the beginnings through the Renaissance. Prereq: ENGL 111-112

 

271 World Literature (3)

A survey of world masterpieces (excluding American and British writers) from the eighteenth century to the present. ENGL 271 may be taken before ENGL 270. Prereq: ENGL 111-112

300 Level Courses

305 (505) The Art of the Essay (3)

Advanced study in the theory and practice of expository writing. Prereq: ENGL 111-112

     

310 (510) Fiction Writing (3)

Principles of and practice in writing fiction. Prereq: ENGL 111-112

 

315 (515) Poetry Workshop (3)

Principles of and practice in writing poetry. Prereq: ENGL 111-112

 

320 (520) Introduction to English Linguistics (3)

A linguistic study of the sound system, word structure, and syntax of English. Some attention to etymology and social and regional dialects.

 

325 (525) Technical Communications (3)

Introduction to written, oral, and electronic media in professional fields such as criminal justice, engineering, agriculture, and business. Topics include memoranda, letters, proposals, feasibility reports, oral presentations, and on-line communications. Prereq: ENGL 111-112 and one course within the student's major field of study.

 

330 (530) Topics in World Literature (3)

A study of selected authors, genres, or periods from world literature (Eastern and Western) in translation. Specific topics may include Greek and Roman Drama, Medieval European literature, the Modern European novel, Russian literature, and Japanese literature. Students may repeat the course with variation in topic. 

 

341 (541) Topics in American Literature before 1900

A study of selected authors, movements, and periods in American literature before 1900. Specific offerings may include Colonial American literature, American Renaissance, American Realism, and Naturalism, Nineteenth Century American Poetry, or Nineteenth Century Women Writers. Students may repeat the course with variation in topic.

 

343 (543) Literature of Contemporary America (3)

A study of literature representative of the many cultural groups in America, with emphasis on aspects of race, ethnicity, religious background, and gender since 1945.

 

345 (545) Black Writers in America (3)

Prose, poetry, and drama by black authors.

 

350 (550) Women Writers: Gender, Race, and Class

A historical survey of women writers, including contemporary writers, which focuses on women writers' concern with and presentation of issues such as race, ethnicity, religion, and class.

 

355 (555) Folklore (3)

A survey of folk literature and the significance as an aid to understanding racial and cultural heritage.

 

360 (560) Sixteenth Century British Literature (3)

A study of British literature written between 1485 and 1603 excluding Shakespeare.

 

365 (565) Restoration and Eighteenth-Century English Literature (3)

A study of English literature from 1660 to 1798.

 

370 (570) Romantic Prose and Poetry (3)

A study of English literature from 1798 to 1832.

 

375 (575) Development of English Drama (3)

A survey of English drama from the medieval beginnings to Shaw and Wilde.

 

380 (580) Modern Drama (3)

Major British, American, and Continental playwrights since Isben.

 

385 (585) Modern Poetry (3)

Major twentieth century poets and movements in England and America and their nineteenth century predecessors.

 

395 (595) Literature and Film (3)

A study of interrelationships among literary genres, scenarios, and the film form. Assignments include reading the literature as well as viewing films.

 

400 Level Courses

401 (601) Studies in British and Commonwealth Writers Since 1660 (3)

An intensive study of one to four authors from England, Scotland, Ireland, or the Commonwealth (Canada, New Zealand, Australia, India, and South Africa) writing after 1660.

 

420 (620) History of the English Language (3)

The development of English from its Indo-European backgrounds to the present day. Elementary readings in Old and Middle English illustrating various stages of the language.

 

425 (625) Advanced Grammar (3)

Study of system and pattern implicit in the English language, Basic sentence patterns, inflections, determiners, parts of speech, expansions, complementation, and usage.

 

440 (640) Southern Literature (3)

A study of humorists, local colorists, and realists in relation to the Southern tradition in literature from William Byrd to the present.

 

445 (645) The American Novel to Faulkner (3)

Representative novels from the beginnings to Faulkner, with attention to the historical development of the genre.

 

450 (650) Introduction to Literary Criticism (3)

The concepts, terminology, and procedures of formal literary study with readings in representative critics.

 

460 (660) Early English Literature (3)

A survey of Old and Middle English literature in translation (excluding Chaucer) from the beginnings to 1485

 

465 (665) Victorian Prose and Poetry (3)

A study of English literature from 1832 to 1901

 

470 (670) The British Novel to Joyce (3)

Representative novels to Joyce, with attention to the historical development of genre in Great Britain.

 

475 (675) Modern Novel (3)

Major twentieth century novelists and movements, primarily in Great Brain and America.

 

480 (680) Chaucer (3)

A study of representative works read in Middle English, with attention to the cultural context.

 

485 (685) Shakespeare (3)

A study of representative poems and plays, with attention to the cultural background and to the theatre of Shakespeare's age.

 

490 (690) Seventeenth Century British Literature (3)

A study of the British literature written between 1603 and 1660 including Milton's entire career.

 

494 Internship in English (3)

To gain experience in the use of written and oral communications in the world of work. Service positions are not monetarily compensated. Course performance based on an agreement between student and English department chair, who stipulates specific academic and work assignments. In all cases, grades will be based upon academic evaluation and work evaluation by on-the-job supervisors.

 

495 (696) Topics [title TBA] in Gender and Cultural Studies (3)

Special topics in gender and cultural studies issues in literature. May be repeated with variation in topic. Same WMST 496 when topic is on women's literature and issues.

 

496 (696) Seminar [title TBA] in British Literature (3)

Special topics in British Literature. May be repeated with variation in topic.

 

497 (697) Seminar [title TBA] in American Literature (3)

Special topics in American Literature. May be repeated with variation in topic.

 

498 (698) Seminar [title TBA] in Rhetoric and Writing (3)

Special topics in Rhetoric and Writing. May be repeated with variation in topic.

 

499 Critical Approaches to Literature: A Senior Capstone Course (1)

A capstone experience for English and Secondary English majors to read, write, review, evaluate, put the major's academic career in perspective, and have a better grasp of the nature of the discipline. A writing and speaking intensive course.

 

700-701 Graduate Studies in Language or Literature (3, 3)

Advanced study in literature or linguistics. Open to graduate students in education. May be repeated for credit.

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