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ENG-090 Review of Writing Fundamentals (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall | Course Offered Every Year
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 (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year
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 (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall; Spring; Summer | Course Offered Every Year
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 (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Varies, Contact Department Head | Course Offered Varies, Contact Department Head
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 (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall | Course Offered Every Year
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 (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Spring | Course Offered Every Year
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 (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall | Course Offered Every Year
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 (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Spring | Course Offered Every Year
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 (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Varies, Contact Department Head | Course Offered Varies, Contact Department Head
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 (1.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year
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 (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Varies, Contact Department Head | Course Offered Varies, Contact Department Head
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 (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Varies, Contact Department Head | Course Offered Varies, Contact Department Head
Narration from the writer's perspective. Includes analysis of contemporary fiction and the writing of fiction. Prerequisite: ENG-111.

ENG-240 Introduction to Film (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall | Course Offered Every Year
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 (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Varies, Contact Department Head | Course Offered Varies, Contact Department Head
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 (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Varies, Contact Department Head | Course Offered Varies, Contact Department Head
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 (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Varies, Contact Department Head | Course Offered Varies, Contact Department Head
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 (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Varies, Contact Department Head | Course Offered Varies, Contact Department Head
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 (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Spring | Course Offered Every Year
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 (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Spring | Course Offered Every Year
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 (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Varies, Contact Department Head | Course Offered Varies, Contact Department Head
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 (1.00 cr.)
Session(s): Varies, Contact Department Head | Course Offered Varies, Contact Department Head
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 (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Varies, Contact Department Head | Course Offered Varies, Contact Department Head
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 (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year
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 (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year
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 (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Spring | Course Offered Even-Numbered Years Only
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 (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Varies, Contact Department Head | Course Offered Varies, Contact Department Head
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 (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Spring | Course Offered Every Year
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 (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall | Course Offered Odd-Numbered Years Only
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 (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Spring | Course Offered Every Year
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 (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall | Course Offered Even-Numbered Years Only
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 (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall | Course Offered Every Year
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 (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Spring | Course Offered Every Year
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 (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year
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 (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Spring | Course Offered Odd-Numbered Years Only
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 (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Spring | Course Offered Odd-Numbered Years Only
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-362 Contemporary American Fiction (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall | Course Offered Every Year
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.

ENG-364 20th Century Poetry in English (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Varies, Contact Department Head | Course Offered Varies, Contact Department Head
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 (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall | Course Offered Odd-Numbered Years Only
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 (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall | Course Offered Even-Numbered Years Only
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 (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Varies, Contact Department Head | Course Offered Varies, Contact Department Head
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 (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall | Course Offered Every Year
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 (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year
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 (1.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall; Spring; Summer | Course Offered Every Year
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 (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall | Course Offered Every Year
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.

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