Academics

English Course Descriptions

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ENG 101 Expository Writing. 3 cr.
Workshop with emphasis on writing as a process. Students work on essay structure, idea organization and development, and grammatical correctness. Research and documentation skills also introduced. A student must earn a C or above to pass the course.
ENG 210 American Literature 1. 3 cr.
A survey of major American writers and literary movements from the Puritan era through the Transcendentalists.
ENG 211 American Literature 2. 3 cr.
Second part of American literature survey examining major writers and literary movements from Whitman to the present.
ENG 220 British Literature 1. 3 cr.
A survey of major British authors and literary movements from Beowulf through the late eighteenth century.
ENG 221 British Literature 2. 3 cr.
Second part of British literature survey examining major writers and literary movements from the Romantics to the present.
ENG 303 Professional Writing. 3 cr.
This workshop course introduces students to components of effective writing for business interactions, academic advancement, and professional prose more broadly. Students hone written and oral communication skills and demonstrate their ability to use technology to present ideas.
ENG 304 Advanced Writing. 3 cr.
This workshop course enables upper-level students to sharpen their approach to research and academic writing. Students critique their own writing and the writing of others with an eye toward thoughtful commentary and revision.
ENG 305 Creative Writing. 3 cr.
This workshop course allows students to craft original works of short fiction, poetry, and other literary genres. Composing and critiquing of student work required.
ENG 306 Technical and Scientific Writing. 3 cr.
Introduction to the theoretical foundation of technical and scientific writing, as well as the research, writing, and technological skills necessary for the preparation of technical and scientific documents and presentations.
ENG 307 Non-western Perspectives. 3 cr.
Students read selections that highlight contemporary nonwestern ethnic and minority perspectives. While the course may focus on a particular ethnic, racial, or cultural tradition, the readings (from fiction, poetry, or drama) expose students to a rich and diverse array of customs and cultural traditions.
ENG 310 Early American Literature. 3 cr.
Writings of exploration and colonization tracing literature from pre-Revolutionary times to the pre-Civil War period. Authors may include Bradford, Edwards, Franklin, Taylor, Cooper, and Poe.
ENG 311 American Renaissance. 3 cr.
A study of the major figures responsible for the flowering of American literature in New England in the middle 1800s. Authors may include Emerson, Thoreau, Hawthorne, Melville, Whitman, and Dickinson.
ENG 312 American Realism and Naturalism. 3 cr.
A study of major American authors of the late 1800s through the early 1900s. Authors may include Twain, Howells, James, Harte, Chopin, Wharton, Crane, Dreiser, Sinclair, London, Norris, and others.
ENG 313 Twentieth Century American Literature. 3 cr.
A study of form, theme, and context in American literature from World War I to the present with primary emphasis given to the novel. Writers may include Hemingway, Faulkner, Fitzgerald, Steinbeck, McCullers, Updike, Oates, Hurston, and Pynchon. Poets may include Frost, Robinson, Stevens, Cummings, and Plath.
ENG 320 Medieval and Renaissance Literature. 3 cr.
A study of medieval lyrics, narratives, and romances with emphasis on the works of Chaucer. In addition, reading of significant works by early Renaissance authors.
ENG 321 Shakespeare 1. 3 cr.
A study of several representative plays, including histories, comedies, and tragedies. Students will analyze Shakespeare's use of language in individual plays and test various interpretative strategies.
ENG 322 Shakespeare 2. 3 cr.
An examination of a particular critical theme or issue both within the context of both Shakespeare's plays, as well as the broader context of the early modern British culture.
ENG 323 Major British Authors, Seventeenth Century. 3 cr.
A study of several of the major literary figures in seventeenth-century England in their cultural and historical contexts. Authors may include Donne, Herbert, Milton, Dryden, Bacon, and Addison.
ENG 324 Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Literature. 3 cr.
This course addresses British literature of the "long eighteenth century," that is, from the Restoration of the Monarchy up to pre-Romantic eighteenth century. Authors may include Pope, Boswell, Fielding, Gray, Goldsmith, Johnson, Sterne, Smollett, and Swift.
ENG 325 English Romanticism. 3 cr.
A study of the British Romantic movement from 1783-1832. Authors include Austen, Scott, Blake, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Keats, Shelly, and Byron.
ENG 326 Victorian Literature. 3 cr.
A study of the major Victorian novelists, essayists, and poets read in light of the social and cultural shifts of the Victorian period. Authors may include Dickens, the Brontës, Hardy, Trollope, Eliot, Thackeray, Gaskell, Kipling, Wilde, Arnold, Carlyle, Mill, Pater, Ruskin, Tennyson, the Brownings, the Rossettis, and Hopkins.
ENG 328 Twentieth-Century British Literature. 3 cr.
A study of major British poets, novelists, and essayists against the background of the major social and cultural changes of the twentieth century. Authors may include Conrad, Woolf, Joyce, Eliot, Orwell, Lawrence, Yeats, and Lessing.
ENG 330 Introduction to Language and Linguistics. 3 cr.
The historical development, grammar, linguistic characteristics, and semantic principles of the English language; language acquisition theory; and psycholinguistics.
ENG 335 Literary Criticism. 3 cr.
A study of literary theory from the ancient world to contemporary approaches.
ENG 393 Genre Studies: Drama. 3 cr.
A study of the social and cultural aspects of dramatic literature from the classical era to the present. Includes Greek, Medieval, Elizabethan, French Renaissance, Romantic, and Modern selections. Cross-listed with THR 301.
ENG 394 Genre Studies: Poetry. 3 cr.
A study of a variety of poetic forms and styles from medieval to modern. Coures includes close examinations of prosody; students may compose several poems.
ENG 395 Genre Studies: Fiction. 3 cr.
Students read representative prose fiction, including both short stories and novels, of American, English, continental, or minority writers. The student's awareness of the distinction of this genre is increased through a study of various fictional modes, forms, conventions, and styles.
ENG 400 Contemporary Trends in Literature. 3 cr.
An analysis of artistic directions in current times. Course includes readings of contemporary criticism and theories, discussions, presentations, written responses, and various gallery experiences.
ENG 461 Teaching Literature: Theory and Practice. 3 cr.
A survey of adolescent literature and issues in selecting and teaching literature. Introduction to array of strategies and techniques for the teaching of literature and writing.
ENG 490 Internship. 1-3 cr.
By arrangement with department.
ENG 491 Special Topics. 3 cr.
In-depth exploration of ideas and issues in the field of literary studies. Topics may include exploration in the works of a single author, analysis of a particular literary movement or time period, or new theoretical approaches to literary issues. Course may be repeated under different titles and topics.
ENG 498 Undergraduate Research. 3 cr.
Senior thesis development and composition. Supervised research or creative project designed as capstone for English majors. Public presentation of work at end of the term.
ENG 199-499 Independent Study. 1-3 cr.
By arrangement with department.