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Department Courses

ENG-090 - Review of Writing Fundamentals
A review of the concepts of traditional grammar and punctuation, with ample opportunities to practice proofreading skills, and a refresher course in constructing paragraphs and writing short essays as preparation for freshman composition. Counts as 3 hours credit toward the semester course load and a full-time student status but does not count as college credit. Pass/Fail.


ENG-111 - Principles of Writing
Instruction and practice in writing well-organized compositions with a review of grammar, punctuation, and sentence structure. This course introduces students to the fundamentals of information literacy through required library modules. Students must pass ENG-111 with a C or better in order for it to fulfill the prerequisite requirement for other courses in the department.


ENG-200 - Critical Reading and Writing
Continued instruction and practice in reading, writing, and critical thinking with particular emphasis on analysis and interpretation. Further emphasis on information literacy through written assignments and required library modules. Prerequisite: ENG-111.


ENG-204 - Colonial/Postcolonial Literature
This course explores global literature in the context of empire. Readings focus upon literary and cultural dialogues that shape national identity during and after colonization. Colonial and postcolonial texts are read together to show the evolution of culture through narrative. Prerequisite: ENG-200.


ENG-211 - Survey of British Literature I
A study of selected British works from the Old English period through the eighteenth century, this course introduces students to the early classics of English literature and helps place those works in their social and historical contexts. This course meets the general education literature requirement. Prerequisite: ENG-200.


ENG-212 - Survey of British Literature II
A study of selected British works from the nineteenth century to the present, this course introduces students to classics of English literature and helps place those works in their social and historical contexts. This course meets the general education literature requirement. Prerequisite: ENG-200.


ENG-215 - Survey of American Literature I
A study of selected major American writers from the colonial period to 1865, including poetry, fiction, essay, history, and autobiography. This course meets the general education literature requirement. Prerequisite: ENG-200.


ENG-216 - Survey of American Literature II
A study of selected major American writers from 1865 to the present, including poetry, fiction, drama, essay, history, and biography. This course meets the general education literature requirement. Prerequisite: ENG-200.


ENG-220 - Creative Nonfiction
This course combines critical reading, informal reflection, and formal writing on a topic of current intellectual or community interest. Prerequisite: ENG-111.


ENG-230 - Writing for Campus Publications
A course that requires students to serve as staff writers for the campus newspaper and for the literary magazine and to sell ads, work on layouts, and distribute publications across the campus. Prerequisite: ENG-111.


ENG-235 - Writing of Poetry
A course in the writing of poetry. Contemporary and traditional poetry of various cultures will be examples and guides. Students will write, experiment, and criticize. Prerequisite: ENG-111.


ENG-236 - Writing of Fiction
Narration from the writer's perspective. Includes analysis of contemporary fiction and the writing of fiction. Prerequisite: ENG-111.


ENG-240 - Introduction to Film
A study of film and how to analyze it, including aesthetic, genre, and auteur approaches. The films will include work from the silent period to the present by both American and European directors. This course does not meet the general education literature requirement. Prerequisite: ENG-111.


ENG-242 - Romantic Comedy
A study of drama, fiction, and film, mostly British and American that have helped to create and sustain this popular twentieth-century tradition. The works will include at least three Shakespeare comedies, one or two Restoration or eighteenth-century comedies, a novel by Jane Austen, plays by Shaw and Wilde, and a contemporary comic novel; and a film a week, chosen to balance movies from the first and the second halves of the sound era. This course meets the general education literature requirement. Prerequisites: ENG-200.


ENG-245 - Introduction to Journalism
An introductory course in news, feature, and editorial writing. Topics to be examined include the role, history, and production of newspapers. Prerequisite: ENG-111.


ENG-247 - Publishing and Editing
A course in editorial skills for working with a wide range of publications. Stylistic editing, substantive editing, and production editing. Prerequisite: ENG-200


ENG-250 - Text and Image
This course offers an introduction to theory and practice of text/image relationships in specific communication contexts. Students will study the ways in which texts and images work together to create meaning in various written and electronic documents, and they will design print and electronic documents. This course aims to prepare professional communications minors to contribute to communication projects and teams in the workplace.


ENG-270 - Literary Research/Critical Theory
An introduction to the research tools in English studies and a practicum in research methods including finding sources, recognizing different critical approaches, creating an annotated bibliography, and introducing quoted or paraphrased material correctly. Prerequisite: ENG-200.


ENG-275 - Advanced Grammar
A systematic and rigorous examination of traditional grammar, including the study of elements of sentence structure and applications to proofreading and language conventions appropriate to the purpose, audience, and context of written and oral communication. This course explores usage problems and focuses on fundamental issues underlying all errors of grammatical usage. Required for 6-9 communication skills and 9-12 English licensure students. Prerequisite: ENG 111.


ENG-280 - Special Topics in Professional Writing
This course draws upon the specialized expertise of the instructor and focuses upon one type of writing used in professional settings. Topics include public relations, business, research, and promotional writing. Students will study strategies and contexts for the selected topic and generate original writing projects and presentations. Prerequisite: ENG-111. This course may be taken more than once under rotating topics.


ENG-299 - Introduction to Research in English
In conjunction with a faculty mentor, the student will participate in a research project that will culminate in a paper and, if appropriate, a presentation. A research proposal form completed by the student and faculty mentor is required to complete registration. Prerequisite: ENG-111.


ENG-300 - Special Topics in English
A focused study of a period, genre, movement or theme not covered by the department's standard course offerings. May include literature of a geographic or cultural region within or outside the United States, advanced study of a particular author or artistic movement, or investigation of a theme or issue across genres, periods or nationalities. Fulfills the general education literature requirement. Prerequisite: ENG-200.


ENG-320 - Young Adult Literature
A course in literature for young adults, with emphasis on classics and trends in realistic fiction or problem novels, historical fiction, science fiction and fantasy, nonfiction, and poetry geared toward young adult audiences. A brief overview of classic chapter books in children's literature serves as a backdrop. This course likewise incorporates trends and issues in young adult literacy and pertinent critical stances. This course fulfills the general education literature requirement. Prerequisite: ENG-200.


ENG-330 - African-American Writers
A survey of African-American literature from slave narratives to recent works of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and drama. This course meets the general education literature requirement. Prerequisite: ENG-200.


ENG-335 - Contemporary World Literature in Translation
A study of 20th and 21st-century literature from Europe, Africa, Asia, and South America, including novels, short stories, autobiography, and drama. Readings will show perspectives of different cultures and a variety of artistic modes. This course meets the general education literature requirement. Prerequisite: ENG-200.


ENG-340 - Development of the British Novel
A study of the development of the British novel from its origins to the beginning of the 20th century. The novels to be studied will represent a variety of forms and styles and will include writers such as Austen, Dickens, Eliot, Hardy, and others. This course meets the general education literature requirement. Prerequisite: ENG-200.


ENG-350 - Modern Drama
A study of modern theatre from 1875 to the present, this course will look at the development of drama through playwrights and their works. Beginning with Ibsen, Strindberg, Chekhov, and Shaw, the class will explore important twentieth century plays and conclude with contemporary drama. Work will include substantial reading and writing, with viewing and reviewing of performances. Also offered as THE-350. This course meets the general education literature requirement. Prerequisite: ENG-200.


ENG-351 - Old English
A study of Old English language and a reading of a history of the English language. Readings of selected prose and poetry in Old English. Prerequisite: ENG-200.


ENG-352 - Chaucer
A study of Chaucer's poetry with a few selections from other Middle English writings. Supplementary study of etymology of English words and supplementary reading in background material. This course meets the general education literature requirement. Prerequisite: ENG-200.


ENG-353 - History of the English Language
A course in the historical development of the English language from Proto-Indo-European through the present, including phonology, morphology, semantics and dialect. We will pay particular attention to the historical and social influences on the language and on those who speak and write it. Prerequisite: ENG-200.


ENG-355 - Shakespeare
A study of selected English history plays and early comedies. Supplementary reading in non-dramatic works of Shakespeare and a few major pieces of criticism. Special attention to live and filmed performances. This course meets the general education literature requirement. Prerequisite: ENG-200.


ENG-356 - Shakespeare
A study of selected tragedies, late comedies, and romances. Supplementary reading in non-dramatic works of Shakespeare and a few major pieces of criticism. Special attention to live and filmed performances. This course meets the general education literature requirement. Prerequisite: ENG-200.


ENG-358 - Professional Writing
A sequence of writing assignments designed to provide experience in writing for different audiences and in different formats, including a proposal, an academic paper, a review, a how-to piece, and an opinion piece. A brief review of grammar and proofreading. Prerequisite: ENG-111.


ENG-359 - Seminar in American Women Writers
A study of fiction, poetry, biography, drama, and criticism of important American women writers. This course meets the general education literature requirement. Prerequisites: ENG-200, ENG-270.


ENG-360 - Seminar in Southern Writers
A study of fiction, poetry, drama, essays, and autobiographies by Southern American writers. Topics include artistic structures and genre, issues of family and social institutions, race, religion, and the importance of the land and place. The seminar format offers opportunity for personal expression and independent research. This course meets the general education literature requirement. Prerequisites: ENG-200, ENG-270.


ENG-364 - 20th Century Poetry in English
A study of 20th-century poetry in the English language, with concentration on some of the major poets and principal schools of poetry, and with briefer study of a wide range of contemporary poets and their works. This course meets the general education literature requirement. Prerequisite: ENG-200.


ENG-365 - English Poetry of the Romantic Period
A study of Wordsworth, Shelley, and Keats, with selections from other poets of the Romantic period. This course meets the general education literature requirement. Prerequisite: ENG-200.


ENG-367 - English Literature of the Victorian Period
A study of Victorian poetry and prose [fiction and non-fiction], with attention to the works of both men and women of the period. This course meets the general education literature requirement. Prerequisite: ENG-200.


ENG-368 - English Literature of the 18th Century
A study of major works of Swift, Pope, Boswell, and Johnson with additional reading from other authors illustrating the age and significant literary forms. This course meets the general education literature requirement. Prerequisite: ENG-200.


ENG-495 - Seminar in European Literature
Representative epics, dramas, and novels of continental literature studied in relation to English literature. This course meets the general education literature requirement. Prerequisites: ENG-200, ENG-270.


ENG-498 - Honors Research Project
Under the direction of a faculty member, a student will conduct an original close reading of a literary work informed by one or more critical approaches or will articulate what she thinks to be the most productive critical approach and why. All projects will culminate in a research paper. Projects of more than one hour will be presented orally as well. Prerequisites: ENG-200, ENG-270.


ENG-499 - Research Project
Under the direction of a faculty member, a student will conduct an original close reading of a literary work informed by one or more critical approaches or will articulate what she thinks to be the most productive critical approach and why. All projects will culminate in a research paper. Prerequisites: ENG-200, ENG-270.


ENG-764 - The Teaching of English
A pre-professional course aimed at identifying the goals of English teachers and exploring different methods of reaching these goals. The student will begin building a file of teaching materials, including lesson plans, unit plans, and a plan for a year. This course is taken the semester before student teaching. Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Education Program. Corequisite: EDU-436.


ENG-362 - Contemporary American Fiction
A study of important American short fiction and novels from 1970 to the present, including important literary movements such as postmodernism. This course meets the general education literature requirement.
Prerequisite: ENG-200.