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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

A study of selected major American writers from the colonial period to 1865, including poetry, fiction, essay, history, and autobiography. Prerequisite: ENG-200.

A study of selected major American writers from 1865 to the present, including poetry, fiction, drama, essay, history, and biography. Prerequisite:  ENG-200.

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

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.

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.  

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.

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

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.

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.

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

A course in editorial skills for working with a wide range of publications. Stylistic editing, substantive editing, and production editing. Prerequisite: ENG-111.

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.

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.

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)

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.

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.

This course develops skills in many different areas of craft, with the goal of creating effective and original works of writing.  This is a workshop course, meaning the primary text and focus of our evaluative discussion is student writing. Students will write multiple finished pieces, meeting regular deadlines, and will practice offering substantive revisions as well as line edits.  Active participation in workshop discussion is mandatory. This course may be taken more than once. Pre-requisite: ENG 231 or instructor permission.

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.

A survey of African-American literature from slave narratives to recent works of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and drama. Prerequisite: ENG-200.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 
 

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. 
 

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.

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

This course draws upon the specialized expertise of the instructor and focuses upon one type of writing prominent in current publishing, such as autofiction, flash writing, screenwriting, young adult literature, or graphic novel. Students will study strategies and contexts for the selected topic and generate original writing projects in the selected form. This course may be taken more than once under rotating topics. Prerequisite: ENG-111 

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.

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

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.

In this seminar course, students begin the assembly of a unified manuscript. This is a workshop course, meaning the primary focus of evaluative reading and revision is student writing. Construction of the manuscript must meet regular deadlines, and active participation through editorial review and group discussion is required. The seminar format offers additional opportunities for personal expression, such as open or staged readings of works in progress, as well as for independent research. This course may be taken more than once. Prerequisite: ENG 231.

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

Under the direction of a faculty member, a student will complete the assembly of her final writing thesis, making revision choices through directed conference sessions with 496/497 or 410 peers and through one-on-one discussions with a faculty director, focusing on the effectiveness of the manuscript as a whole. Projects for more than one credit hour will be presented orally as well, and Honors manuscripts will also be substantially longer. Prerequisites: ENG 231 and ENG 410.

Under the direction of a faculty member, a student will complete the assembly of her final writing thesis, making revision choices through directed conference sessions with 496/497 or 410 peers and through one-on-one discussions with a faculty director, focusing on the effectiveness of the manuscript as a whole. Projects for more than one credit hour will be presented orally as well, and Honors manuscripts will also be substantially longer. Prerequisites: ENG 231 and ENG 410.

Under the direction of a faculty member, a student will conduct an original close reading of a literary work or works informed by a substantial body of critical works on her topic.  Generally, students are advised to limit themselves to one to three works and/or authors.  All projects will culminate in a research paper. Projects will be presented orally as well.

Prerequisites: ENG-200 and ENG-270. 

Under the direction of a faculty member, a student will conduct an original close reading of a literary work or works informed by a substantial body of critical works on her topic.  Generally, students are advised to limit themselves to one to three works and/or authors. All projects will culminate in a research paper.

Prerequisites: ENG-200, ENG-270.

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.

Studying English at Meredith College

Learn more about studying English at Meredith and how an English degree can prepare you for a career in any field.


Learn more about studying English at Meredith and how an English degree can prepare you for a career in any field.

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Laura Fine
Head, English Department
120 Joyner Hall
(919) 760-8507
finelaur@meredith.edu
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