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Course Descriptions - Major & Minor Requirements

110. Fundamental English (3) offers a study of grammar, punctuation, mechanics and usage. Writing from the sentence to the paragraph level and short essays. Does not count in the major, minor, education concentration, or LAE. Prerequisite: placement. Offered every fall.

121. Composition (3) requires students to write between five and six thousand words, applying rhetorical principles of literate discourse--principles as demonstrated in samples of effective writing by writers of diverse backgrounds. Includes grammar, levels of usage, the purposes of language, writing for different purposes and audiences. Does not satisfy hours for the major or minor. Prerequisite: placement or completion of 110. English 121 is a prerequisite for all English courses except 110, 213, and 217. Offered every semester.

123. Masterpieces of Literature (3) explores common themes found in literature. It examines their origins, their alterations and the techniques of their expression, so that readers may see that human concerns are universal and diverse and that humans are resourceful in imaginatively stating their concerns. Offered every semester.

124. Non-Western Literature (3) explores common themes found in literature. It examines their origins, their alterations and the techniques of their expression, so that readers may see that human concerns are universal and diverse. Emphasis is on literature from Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. Either 123 or 124 may be used to count towards the English major/minor, but not both. Offered every spring.

201. Advanced Writing (3) includes study and practice in the methods of organization and use of evidence to help students write more effectively and persuasively. Students read essays by writers of diverse backgrounds and learn to write for different purposes and audiences. Offered every fall.

202. Business Writing (3) concentrates on clarity and orderliness in preparing business correspondence, studies, reports and proposals. It pays particular attention to the conventions and requirements of business writing. Offered in rotation.

207. Print Reporting & Writing (3) is an introduction to the principles and concepts of journalism, the process of reporting and writing the news. Emphasis is on print journalism with some attention to the electronic media. The writing of basic news stories and an analysis of their purpose, value and content. Basic issues of taste and journalistic codes of conduct. Offered every spring.

208. Editing and News Design (3) covers the fundamentals of copy editing, including proofreading, headline writing, caption writing, grammar, and punctuation. Also introduces students to print and digital news design. Prerequisite: 207. Offered in rotation.

213. Design Practicum (1) offers students opportunities to develop layout and content for publications. A maximum of three practica may be taken for major or minor credit. Offered every semester.

217. Writing Practicum (1) offers students opportunities to develop their writing skills, sometimes in connection to publications. A maximum of three practica can be taken for major or minor credit. Offered every semester.

231. Tradition of British Literature I (3) studies the major literary movements and figures of British culture from Anglo-Saxon writings through the Neo-Classic Period. Offered every fall.

232. Tradition of British Literature II (3) examines the development of poetry and prose in Britain from the Romantic writers to the present. The political and intellectual contexts, as well as the subjects and styles of selected authors of both genders are studied. Offered every spring.

233. Tradition of American Literature I (3) surveys American literature from the Colonial Era through the age of Romanticism. Genres include essays, Native American legends, captivity narratives, slave narratives, short fiction, the novel, and lyric poetry. Intellectual and history contexts, as well as key authors, are covered. Offered every fall.

234. Tradition of American Literature II (3) surveys American literature from the Age of Realism to the present day. Genres include essays, short fiction, drama, poetry, and the novel. Intellectual and historical contexts, as well as key authors, are covered. Offered every spring.

235. Tradition of African-American Literature (3) examines the major trends in African-American literature, using historical, political, and social contexts. Genres include poetry, fiction, the slave narrative, and drama. Offered in rotation.

250. Topics in Literature, Film, and Culture (3) provides for study of a certain topic through works of literature, supplemented by film or other art forms. Possible topics include fantasy literature, science fiction, or something more broad such as war, love, or the family. May be repeated with topic change. Offered in rotation.

260. Introduction to Creative Writing (3) explores various genres and helps students to develop their individual perspectives and voices. The course involves writing exercises and prompts, group discussions of creative work, and many opportunities for feedback and revision. Offered every semester.

311. Adolescent and Young Adult Literature (3) involves critical study of literature intended for adolescent and pre-adolescent readers including world literature and historical traditions. Themes include formation of identity, community and society, and the journey. Students will become familiar with a variety of genres, which may include dystopian fiction, sci-fi and fantasy, contemporary realistic fiction, and non-fiction.  Attention will be given to how the identity formation process is affected when adolescents encounter people from different gender, racial, ethnic, cultural, religious, and/or economic backgrounds. For Education majors, the course will discuss pedagogical resources for the use of YA literature in the classroom. Offered in rotation.

316. Public Relations Writing (3) is a study of the current methods of writing copy for agencies, corporations, and not-for-profit organizations. The writing of press releases, with an analysis of their purpose, value, and content. Prerequisite: 207. Offered in rotation.

317. Journalism Ethics (3) studies ethical problems and issues in mass communication with a framework of basic theories and social roles of mass media. Surveys the major ethical issues that concern journalism. Describes ethical dilemmas that confront broadcast and print journalists. Matters of journalistic morality, codes of ethics, codes of conduct, taste, libel, shield laws, photo guidelines are covered. Prerequisite: 207. Offered in rotation.

319. Topics in Creative Nonfiction Writing (3) provides students the opportunity to explore the principles and practice of nonfiction writing. Topics might include memoir, personal essay, travel, food, humor, science, or others. May be repeated once with topic change. Offered in rotation.

320. Principles of Literary Study (3) explores the theoretical principles and the critical viewpoints based on them which underlie the thoughtful, purposeful study of literature and applies these principles to key literary works. Offered every spring.

323. Shakespeare (3) is an intensive study of Shakespeare's writings, including selected sonnets, comedies, histories, tragedies, and romances, with special attention to the major themes and to the Elizabethan and Jacobean contexts of his plays.  The course covers the practices and conventions of theatrical performance in Shakespeare's time and his development as a dramatist. Offered every odd fall.

329. Romantic and Victorian Literature (3) explores the relation of nature to culture in major Romantic and Victorian poetry and representative prose sections; the position of art, the process of myth and metaphor in nature/culture relations. Offered every even fall.

331. History of the British Novel (3) studies the novel as an important literary and social development in Britain and follows some of the important changes in the structure, purpose and audience of the novel through the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. (Included: Defoe, Austen, Dickens, Eliot, and Hardy). Offered every odd spring.

333. Modern and Contemporary British Fiction (3) examines the directions British fiction has taken in response to a changing social and literary scene: two world wars, the decline of the British Empire, the rise of working class, women and minority writers. The course considers experimental and traditional writers from Joyce to the present, including Joyce, Woolf, Lawrence, Forster. Offered every even fall.

341. Nineteenth Century American Fiction (3) studies the works of the American romantics, then moves to the realism, regionalism, and naturalism of the later part of the century. Authors studied may include Irving, Hawthorne, Melville, Twain, Chopin, Chesnutt, Crane, and Jewett. Offered every odd spring.

343. Modern and Contemporary American Fiction (3) studies the variety and richness of American fiction since the turn of the century, from the novelists of the 1920s through post-World War II writing and the contemporary novel. Topics include the 1920s novel, the war novel and women and minority writers. (Included: Wharton, Hemingway, Faulkner, Vonnegut, and Morrison). Offered every even spring.

351. Modern and Contemporary American Poetry (3) studies the life of poetry in recent American culture, from the early twentieth century through today. The course attempts to answer the question, “Why does poetry matter?” The emphasis will be on close reading along with an exploration of diverse methods of literary criticism, such as historical and biographical. Poets will be looked at in context (eg. the celebrity of Frost and Hughes; the notoriety of Ginsberg; posthumous responses to Plath), and poetic form will be considered as well, from iambic pentameter to spoken word and Slam. Offered in rotation.

361. Language: Structure and Usage (3) studies the theoretical views and methodological tools for an accurate understanding of language, its structure and usage. Emphasis is on the English language, covering topics such as language acquisition and development, the history of the English language, grammar, dialects and levels of usage. Offered every fall.

385. Readings in Literature (3) provides for the study of significant writers, genres, and themes. Possible subjects include Chaucer, Poe, Gender and Film, and Postmodernism, as well as other topics devised by faculty or requested by students. Offered most semesters. May be repeated with topic change.

386. Topics in Film and Literature (3) explores specific topics in film and literature. Students will view selected films, read selected texts, and apply theoretical approaches, close reading, and film analysis techniques. Topics may include cinematic adaptations of authors (e.g., Shakespeare, Dickens, Austen), genres (e.g., anime, comedy, sci-fi), or themes (e.g., gender in film and literature, dystopias in film and literature, sports in film and literature). May be repeated with topic change. Offered in rotation.

387. Topics in Literature and Gender (3) gives students the opportunity to explore literary texts through the lens of gender. Students will learn principles of gender theory and analysis, and they’ll also learn how to use these principles to understand and interpret texts. Topics might include LGBT literature, women’s literature, the literature of masculinity, marriage in the 19th-century novel, sexuality in science fiction, or others according to instructor interest and research area. May be repeated with topic change. Offered in rotation.

390. Advanced Creative Writing (3) provides students with practice in a variety of forms, increasing in complexity. Individual style and voice in students' work as well as in contemporary authors are explored. Prerequisite: 306. Offered every spring.

394. Classical Mythology (3) focuses on Greek and Roman mythology and their influence on English and American writers. Various examples of Greek and Roman literature will be read in translation. Offered every spring.

495. Seminar (3) is the capstone course for English majors; students share in intensive study of a major literary work and write a paper of suitable length, applying the theoretical principles of literary criticism to that work. Discussions focus on analyzing literature, critical reading, and research methods. Students are expected to make a brief oral presentation at the end of the semester, summarizing their work. Offered each semester on a subject selected by the instructor. Prerequisite or co-requisite: English 320, and senior status or permission of department chair. Offered every semester.

Major Requirements

The following 12 hours are required: English 231 Tradition of British Literature I OR 232 Tradition of British Literature II; English 233 Tradition of American Literature I OR 234 Tradition of American Literature II; English 320 Principles of Literary Study; English 495 Seminar. Any combination of English courses for the remaining 18 hours is allowed, with the requirement that at least 12 of those hours must be at the 300-level.

Minor Requirements

The student must take 15 hours of English offerings, excluding English 121, with the requirement that at least 3 hours must be at the 300-level.

Teacher Licensure

Integrated language arts, grades 7-12, includes an English major. Contact the Education Department for a specific list of course requirements.

EXPECTED COURSE OFFERINGS – ENGLISH DEPARTMENT

Every Semester

ENGL 121 Composition
ENGL 123 Masterpieces of Literature
ENGL 213 Design Practicum
ENGL 217 Writing Practicum
ENGL 260 Introduction to Creative Writing
ENGL 385 Readings in Literature (topics vary, may be retaken with change in topic) (offered most semesters)
ENGL 495 Seminar

Every Fall

ENGL 110 Fundamentals of English
ENGL 201 Advanced Writing
ENGL 231 Tradition of British Literature I
ENGL 232 Tradition of American Literature I
ENGL 361 Language, Structure and Usage

Every Spring

ENGL 124 Non-Western Literature
ENGL 207 Print Writing & Reporting [Journ 207]
ENGL 232 Tradition of British Literature II
ENGL 233 Tradition of American Literature II
ENGL 320 Principles of Literary Study
ENGL 390 Advanced Creative Writing
ENGL 394 Classical Mythology

Every Odd Fall

ENGL 323 Shakespeare and the Renaissance

Every Even Fall

ENGL 329 Romantic and Victorian Literature
ENGL 333 Modern and Contemporary British Fiction

Every Odd Spring

ENGL 331 History of the British Novel
ENGL 341 Nineteenth Century American Fiction

Every Even Spring

ENGL 343 Modern and Contemporary American Fiction

In Rotation

ENGL 202 Business Writing
ENGL 208 Editing and News Design [Journ 208]
ENGL 250 Topics in Literature, Film, & Culture
ENGL 235 Tradition of African-American Literature
ENGL 311 Adolescent and Young Adult Literature
ENGL 316 Public Relations Writing
ENGL 317 Journalistic Ethics
ENGL 319 Topics in Creative Nonfiction Writing
ENGL 351 Modern and Contemporary American Poetry
ENGL 386 Topics in Film & Literature
ENGL 387 Topics in Literature & Gender

SUGGESTED SCHEDULING PLANS

The following are possible four-year plans for students, but they are by no means the required plan. Each student should speak with his/her advisor to decide on the best possible plan for his/her unique situation.

English Major

English majors take or test out of English 121 (a prerequisite for most English classes) in the freshman year.  We strongly recommend senior status for English 495.

Sophomore Fall Sophomore Spring
231* or 232*
(either 231 or 232 required)
2xx elective 233*
   
Junior Fall Junior Spring
3xx elective 320*
3xx elective  3xx elective
   
Senior Fall Senior Spring
3xx elective 495
3xx elective  
 
  • * means that the course is available only in the fall or spring as indicated.  No * means the course can be taken either semester.

 

Middle School Language Arts Major

Freshman Fall Freshman Spring
121 124*
  123
   
Sophomore Fall Sophomore Spring
201* 233*
3xx elective  3xx elective
   
Junior Fall Junior Spring
311* 361
 
  • * means that the course is available only in the fall or spring as indicated.  No * means the course can be taken either semester.

Adolescent/Young Adult Requirements

Freshman Fall Freshman Spring
121 124*
  207
   
Sophomore Fall Sophomore Spring
201* 320*
[323* or 329*] (343*)
   
Junior Fall Junior Spring
231* 232*
311* 233*
(333* or 351*) [394*]
   
Senior Fall or Senior Spring

361

495
 
  • * means that the course is available only in the fall or spring as indicated.  No * means the course can be taken either semester.
  • Courses in parentheses are options. Student must take 343 or 333 or 351, not all three.
  • Courses in brackets are options. Student must take 323 or 329 or 394, not all three.