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ENG-090: Review of Writing Fundamentals Session(s): Varies, Contact Department Head | Course Offered Varies, Contact Department Head

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 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 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 Session(s): Fall | Course Offered Every Year

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 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. Prerequisite: ENG-200.


ENG-212: Survey of British Literature II Session(s): Spring | Course Offered Every Year

ENG-215: Survey of American Literature I 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. Prerequisite: ENG-200.


ENG-216: Survey of American Literature II 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. Prerequisite:  ENG-200.


ENG-220: Creative Nonfiction 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 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-231: Introduction to Creative Writing Session(s): Varies, Contact Department Head | Course Offered Varies, Contact Department Head

This course is intended to help the beginning writer learn and practice the craft of writing in several different genres.  Critical and expressive skills are sharpened through the practice of writing creative essays, short fiction, and poetry, and also through written and oral critiques of student work and analysis of the techniques of established essayists, fiction writers, and poets. Prerequisite: ENG-111.  


ENG-235: Writing Poetry 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 Fiction 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 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. Prerequisite: ENG-111.


ENG-242: Romantic Comedy 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. Prerequisites: ENG-200.


ENG-245: Introduction to Journalism 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 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-111.


ENG-250: Text and Image 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 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 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. (Not offered Spring 2016)


ENG-299: Introduction to Research in English 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 Session(s): Spring | Course Offered Every Year

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. Prerequisite: ENG-200.


ENG-320: Young Adult Literature 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. Prerequisite: ENG-200.


ENG-330: African-American Writers 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. Prerequisite: ENG-200.


ENG-335: Contemporary World Literature in Translation 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 provide perspectives of different cultures and a variety of artistic modes. Prerequisite: ENG-200.


ENG-340: Development of the British Novel 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. Prerequisite: ENG-200.


ENG-350: Modern Drama 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. Prerequisite: ENG-200.


ENG-351: Old English 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 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. Prerequisite: ENG-200.


ENG-353: History of the English Language 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 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. Prerequisite: ENG-200.


ENG-356: Shakespeare 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. Prerequisite: ENG-200.


ENG-358: Professional Writing 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 Session(s): Spring | Course Offered Odd-Numbered Years Only

A study of important modern American women writers that focuses on a variety of genres. The seminar format offers opportunity for personal expression and independent research. 
Prerequisites: ENG-200, ENG-270. 
 


ENG-360: Seminar in Southern Writers Session(s): Spring | Course Offered Even-Numbered Years Only

A study of fiction, poetry, drama, essays, and autobiographies by Southern American writers. Topics include family. Social institutions, race, religion and the importance of place. The seminar format offers opportunity for personal expression and independent research. 
Prerequisites: ENG-200, ENG-270. 
 


ENG-361: Topics in Professional Writing 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-362: Contemporary American Fiction Session(s): Fall | Course Offered Every Year

A study of American short fiction and novels from 1970 to the present, including important literary movements such as postmodernism. Prerequisite: ENG-200.
 


ENG-364: 20th Century Poetry in English 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. Prerequisite: ENG-200.


ENG-365: English Poetry of the Romantic Period 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. Prerequisite: ENG-200.


ENG-367: English Literature of the Victorian Period Session(s): Fall | Course Offered Even-Numbered Years Only

A study of selected British works from the Victorian period.  This course introduces students to a variety of genres and helps place these works in their litery, historical and cultural contexts. Prerequisite: ENG-200


ENG-368: English Literature of the 18th Century 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. Prerequisite: ENG-200.


ENG-495: Seminar in European Literature Session(s): Fall | Course Offered Every Year

Representative epics, dramas, and novels of continental literature studied in relation to English literature. Prerequisites: ENG-200, ENG-270.


ENG-498: Honors Research Project 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 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 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 and should be taken after most if not all of the ENG requirements for a 9-12 license in English have been successfully completed. Prerequisite: Admission to the Teacher Education Program. Corequisite: EDU-436.



Curriculum requirements and course descriptions are subject to changes with each catalogue.



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