ENGL Course Listing

Composition and Literature (ENGL 102, 3 Credits)

(Fulfills the general education requirements in communications or arts and humanities.) Prerequisite: WRTG 101 or WRTG 101S. Further practice in writing using readings in literature. Focus is on academic writing forms, especially critical analysis of literature, through a variety of modes, such as comparison and contrast, classification, and causal analysis. Students may receive credit for only one of the following courses: ENGL 102 or ENGL 292.

Introduction to Mythology (ENGL 103, 3 Credits)

(Formerly HUMN 103.) A foundation in ancient mythology, focusing on Greek and Roman myths. Discussion may also cover Norse, Irish, Chinese, Arabic, and Hindu myths, among others. Emphasis is on examining various classical myths as expressed through plays, poems, and stories. The objective is to demonstrate an understanding of the differences between myths, legends, and other similar genres and show how classical world mythology still influences contemporary society. Students may receive credit for only one of the following courses: ENGL 103 or HUMN 103.

Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, and Drama (ENGL 240, 3 Credits)

Prerequisite: WRTG 101 or WRTG 101S. An introduction to fiction, poetry, and drama, with an emphasis on developing critical reading and writing skills. The objective is to identify and define elements of literature and literary genres, analyze literary texts using principles of close reading, and demonstrate skill in academic writing. Students may receive credit for only one of the following courses: ENGL 240 or ENGL 340.

Standard English Grammar (ENGL 281, 3 Credits)

(Formerly WRTG 288. Fulfills the general education requirement in communications but is not a writing course.) Prerequisite: WRTG 101 or WRTG 101S. An overview of standard edited English, a standard central to academic and professional communications. The aim is to write clear, effective prose consistent with the writer's goals. Topics include applying advanced grammatical and linguistic descriptions and prescriptions and attending to the needs of diverse audiences while making writing and editing decisions. Tasks focus on parts of speech, sentence patterns, and sentence transformations. Students may receive credit for only one of the following courses: ENGL 281, ENGL 281X, or WRTG 288.

Scotland: Culture, Literature, and History (ENGL 288I, 3 Credits)

Prerequisite: WRTG 101 or WRTG 101S. A study of the culture of Europe's northernmost Celtic peoples--the Scots. Students may receive credit for only one of the following courses: ENGL 288I or ENGL 388I.

Introduction to Creative Writing: Poetry, Creative Nonfiction, and Fiction (ENGL 294, 3 Credits)

Prerequisite: WRTG 101 or WRTG 101S. An introductory survey and practical study of key aspects of literary writing in poetry, creative nonfiction, and fiction. The objective is to write original poetry, creative nonfiction, and fiction and to critique, revise, and edit that writing. Emphasis is on reading and thinking critically and analytically from a writer's perspective as a means to better understand the art and craft of creative writing. Discussion may cover publishing. Peer review of manuscripts may be included.

Critical Approaches to Literature (ENGL 303, 3 Credits)

(Designed as a foundation for other upper-level literature courses.) Prerequisite: WRTG 101 or WRTG 101S. A study of the techniques of literary criticism, emphasizing close reading, critical thinking, and critical writing. The goal is to apply a variety of theoretical approaches to literature, analyze texts, and create professional written communications.

Renaissance Literature (ENGL 310, 3 Credits)

Prerequisite: WRTG 101 or WRTG 101S. An exploration of the cultural attitudes and values that separate the Middle Ages from the Renaissance, highlighting the changing role and purpose of the writer. The goal is to locate and evaluate appropriate sources, create professional written communications, and apply MLA documentation to written work. Major authors may include Spenser, Marlowe, and Shakespeare.

17th- and 18th-Century British Literature (ENGL 311, 3 Credits)

Prerequisite: WRTG 101 or WRTG 101S. A study of the literature of 17th- and 18th- century Britain, with an emphasis on the development of individualism. The aim is to locate and evaluate appropriate sources; create professional written communications; and gain a historical perspective through analysis of race, class, and gender issues. Authors may include Dryden, Swift, Pope, Montagu, Fielding, and Johnson.

19th-Century British Literature (ENGL 312, 3 Credits)

Prerequisite: WRTG 101 or WRTG 101S. A study of representative authors and works in British literature from 1800 to 1900. The goal is to evaluate and synthesize source materials; create professional written communications; and gain a historical perspective through analysis of race, class, and gender issues. The works of representative writers (such as William Blake, Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, Thomas Hardy, and Oscar Wilde) are explored.

British Women Writers Since 1900 (ENGL 358, 3 Credits)

Prerequisite: WRTG 101 or WRTG 101S. Recommended: ENGL 240 and 303. A study of major 20th-century British women writers, with an emphasis on their contributions to the novel, drama, poetry, and/or short story. The goal is to locate and critically evaluate appropriate sources; create professional written communications; and gain a historical and cultural perspective by analyzing feminist and other critical and social issues. Authors may include Woolf, Bowen, Winterson, Lessing, and Churchill.

African American Authors from the Colonial Era to 1900 (ENGL 363, 3 Credits)

Prerequisite: WRTG 101 or WRTG 101S. An examination of African American authors before 1900, including Phillis Wheatley, Frances Harper, Maria W. Stewart, David Walker, Frederick Douglass, William Wells Brown, Charles Chesnutt, and Paul Laurence Dunbar. The goal is to research historical issues; integrate findings into discussion; and articulate, develop, and advance a persuasive argument in written form.

African American Authors from 1900 to Present (ENGL 364, 3 Credits)

Prerequisite: WRTG 101 or WRTG 101S. An examination of early 20th-century to early 21st-century African American authors, including James Weldon Johnson, Zora Neale Hurston, Richard Wright, James Baldwin, Ann Petry, Helene Johnson, Dorothy West, and Langston Hughes. The goal is to research historical issues; integrate findings into discussion; and articulate, develop, and advance a persuasive argument in written form. Students may receive credit for only one of the following courses: ENGL 364 or HUMN 364.

Special Topics in Creative Writing (ENGL 381, 3 Credits)

Prerequisite: WRTG 101 or WRTG 101S. Recommended: ENGL 294 or other creative writing course. A study of special creative writing topics. The goal is to develop creative writing skills within the scope of the special topic. Focus may be on a specific format (such as the novella, novel, or screenplay) or genre (such as mystery, horror, or teen fiction; travel writing; or epic poetry). May be repeated to a maximum of 6 credits when topics differ.

Advanced Grammar and Style (ENGL 384, 3 Credits)

(Formerly WRTG 388. Fulfills the general education requirement in communications but is not a writing course.) Prerequisite: WRTG 101 or WRTG 101S. An examination of the basic units of grammatical descriptions, the nature of grammatical categories and structure, the methods and reasons for creating and using those structures, and the application of grammatical concepts to editorial and written style. The focus is on creating dynamic texts that convey complex subject matter to diverse audiences. Students may receive credit for only one of the following courses: ENGL 384 or WRTG 388.

History of the English Language (ENGL 386, 3 Credits)

Prerequisite: WRTG 101 or WRTG 101S. An examination of the development and usage of the English language. The objective is to explore various texts and research tools to examine the linguistic heritage and continuing evolution of English. Discussion traces the history of English from its origins and examines contemporary issues and controversies.

Special Topics in Literature (ENGL 388, 1 Credits)

An in-depth introduction to literary works written by a specific author or authors, representative of a literary movement, or produced in a specific time or place. Assignments include advanced reading and research. Students may receive credit for a given topic in either ENGL 288 or ENGL 388 only once.

Scotland: Culture, Literature, and History (ENGL 388I, 3 Credits)

Prerequisite: WRTG 101 or WRTG 101S. A study of the culture of Europe's northernmost Celtic peoples--the Scots. Assignments include advanced reading and research. Students may receive credit for only one of the following courses: ENGL 288I or ENGL 388I.

Dublin, Ireland: A Brief Literary History (ENGL 388J, 3 Credits)

Prerequisite: ENGL 101, ENGL 101X, WRTG 101, or WRTG 101X. An introduction to the literary history of Ireland. Emphasis is on poets, dramatists, and fiction writers of the 20th century (Lady Gregory, Yeats, Synge, O'Casey, Beckett, and Joyce). Visits to Trinity College, the Abbey Theatre, St. Stephen's Green, St. Patrick's Cathedral, Christ Church, and Dublinia, a number of important literary museums, as well as attendance at several evening theatre performances are included. Assignments include advanced reading and research. Students may receive credit for only one of the following courses: ENGL 288J or ENGL 388J.

Special Topics in English Literature (ENGL 389, 1 Credits)

An in-depth introduction to literary works written by a specific author or authors, representative of a literary movement or produced in a specific time or place. Assignments include advanced reading and research. Students may receive credit for a given topic in either ENGL 289 or ENGL 389 only once.

Shakespeare Studies (ENGL 406, 3 Credits)

Prerequisite: WRTG 101 or WRTG 101S. An intensive study of Shakespeare's work and its continuing relevance with reference to historically specific social and cultural contexts. The objective is to evaluate and synthesize source materials, apply critical theory, and demonstrate understanding of dramatic text. Histories, comedies, tragedies, romances, and sonnets may be examined. Students may receive credit for only one of the following courses: ENGL 406 or HUMN 440.

Major British Writers Before 1800 (ENGL 418, 3 Credits)

Prerequisite: WRTG 101 or WRTG 101S. A comprehensive and intensive study of one or two British writers from the period before 1800. The aim is to apply critical reading and thinking skills to analyze and interpret major British works before 1800 from various perspectives (social, historical, political, intellectual, and biographical). Authors studied may include Chaucer, Spenser, Marlowe, Jonson, Milton, Defoe, Richardson, Fielding, Pope, Swift, or Johnson. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 credits when topics differ.

Major British Authors Since 1800 (ENGL 419, 3 Credits)

Prerequisite: WRTG 101 or WRTG 101S. Recommended ENGL 240 and 303. A comprehensive and intensive study of one or two British authors from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. The aim is perform research and understand the importance of biographical, historical, and cultural influences on the writer and the legacy of the writer. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 credits when topics differ.

American Literature: Discovery to 1914 (ENGL 430, 3 Credits)

Prerequisite: WRTG 101 or WRTG 101S. A comprehensive study of literature in America from European discovery until 1914. The aim is to examine literary periods, movements, and styles; interpret literature as a reflection of national and world events; recognize the differences among types of American literary works; and apply critical methodology. Topics include settlement and exploitation, revolution and government, American romanticism, slavery, women's rights, the Civil War and Reconstruction, and naturalism and realism.

Modern American Literature: 1914-1945 (ENGL 433, 3 Credits)

Prerequisite: WRTG 101 or WRTG 101S. A study of the uniqueness of modern American fiction, poetry, on fiction, and drama. The goal is to interpret and analyze literature by applying critical theory. Focus is on the major social and historical changes that occurred between World War I and World War II and their effect on literature. Major authors may include Ernest Hemingway, William Faulkner, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Langston Hughes, and Hilda Doolittle (H. D.).

Major American Writers (ENGL 439, 1 Credits)

Prerequisite: WRTG 101 or WRTG 101S. A study of works by selected American authors from the colonial period to the present. The goal is to understand the place these authors and their works hold in the canon of American literature. Emphasis is on the impact of historical and social events, as well as biographical influences, on the literature. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 credits when topics differ.

Postmodern American Literature: 1945 to 1999 (ENGL 441, 3 Credits)

Prerequisite: WRTG 101 or WRTG 101S. A comprehensive study of literature in America from 1945 till the end of the 20th century. The objective is to interpret American literature as a reflection of national and world events, recognize the differences among types of American literary works, and apply critical methodology. Topics include the American Dream; war; fear and paranoia; rebellion and counterculture; civil rights, feminist, and gay movements; postmodernism; and multiculturalism.

Advanced Seminar in English Language, Literature, and Writing (ENGL 495, 3 Credits)

(Intended as a final, capstone course to be taken in a student's last 15 credits.) Prerequisites: ENGL 240 and 303 and another 15 credits in ENGL coursework. The creation and submission of a comprehensive research thesis or project under the guidance of a faculty mentor. The aim is to synthesize knowledge, skills, and abilities acquired through previous study and apply it to professional and postgraduate objectives. Careers and postgraduate work for English majors and minors are also explored.

Independent Study in English (ENGL 499, 1 Credits)

Prerequisite: 6 credits in upper-level ENGL. Directed independent study of topics of special interest not covered by regularly scheduled courses in English. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 credits when topics differ.