Course Descriptions — English

ENG1000 Introduction to Academic Writing   
4 semester hours
This course focuses on and develops writing skills of sentence and paragraph structure and the organization of short analytic and expository essays. Students may read each other’s work and the work of professional writers to improve their critical and interpretive skills and to discover subjects and strategies for their own essays.  Writing assignments will develop students’ abilities to analyze texts, to consider matters of audience in academic writing, and to articulate positions upon complex issues.
No prerequisites.
Placement into the course will be determined through the student’s consultation with English faculty members or academic advisors about the individual’s writing experiences and skills; the course is open also to all students seeking help with these English composition skills.


ENG1030 Grammar                   
2 semester hours
This course is designed to ensure that students, especially those planning on careers in the classroom, leave the university with a reasonably good understanding of the grammatical structure of the English sentence--and of why this structure is worth understanding.  Students who successfully complete the course will be able to identify parts of speech, various types of grammatical phrases and clauses, and will be able to construct sentences that conform to various structural descriptions.
No prerequisites.


ENG1060 Introduction to Literature   
4 semester hours
Helps students become more competent and productive readers of literature through the examination of works from a variety of periods and genres. Through the reading of novels, short stories, plays and poems from a variety of authors writ­ing during a variety of eras, the course addresses such questions as: How does read­ing literature differ from reading other kinds of writing? How does the experience of literature vary according to the type of work one is reading? What is the use or value of reading literature? The course will also aim to provide students with a basic critical vocabulary for the analysis and discussion of literature.
No prerequisites.
Meets General Education “Aesthetic and Philosophical Expression” Group B requirement.


ENG2010 Introduction to Research Writing   
4 semester hours
Continuation of ENG1000. ENG2010 is the second course in the University’s Introduction to Writing sequence. Students read and discuss both fic­tional and non-fictional prose and prepare related writing assignments, including a substantial research-based argument paper requiring library research and doc­umentation and synthesis of materials gathered from diverse sources into a coher­ently organized paper.
Prerequisite: IDS1600.


ENG2060 Creative Writing   
4 semester hours
This course will be primarily concerned with the production and study of creative poetry and fiction. Students will study techniques and the imaginative uses of language in short stories and poems, in order to write their own original poetry and short fiction. Participants will read examples by diverse, contemporary writers as models for their own work. Students will read and critique the creative works produced by members of the class in a friendly, yet rigorous workshop environment. 
Prerequisite: IDS1600.


ENG2100 Linguistics   
4 semester hours
This course serves as an introduction to the scientific study of language. We will approach language descriptively rather than prescriptively; which is to say, we will test hypotheses through observation of the phenomenon of language rather than mandate what language “should” be. We will explore problems in the main areas of linguistics: phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, and pragmatics. In doing so, we will address a range of topics such as the neurological basis of language; the process and stages of language acquisition; methods of second language learning; linguistic change and variation; and sociolinguistic issues such as the social status of African-American Vernacular English and regional dialects.
Prerequisite: ENG2010.


ENG2200 The Novel   
4 semester hours
Studies the development of the novel from the 18th through the 20th centuries; the focus will be on the English novel, but some attention will be given to Amer­ican and European instances of the form. The course will also explore a range of critical approaches to the form and to its relationship with the various contexts that shape the way we read novels.
Prerequisite: ENG2010.
Meets General Education “Aesthetic and Philosophical Expression” Group B requirement.


ENG/THE2220 Drama                           
4 semester hours
Cross-listed with THE2220. For description see THE2220.
Prerequisite: ENG1020 or THE1200. (Both recommended)
Meets General Education “Aesthetic and Philosophical Expression” Group B requirement.


ENG/THE2220 Drama Literature   
4 semester hours
A study of the art of dramatic writing that examines representative world theatre texts, along with their cultural and historic contexts. Organized around genre forms (e.g., verse, five-act, three-act, one-person, non-realism), students analyze the form and its context, do playwriting exercises in the form, and study the mas­ters of the form and their themes/motivations. Part performance analysis skill, part creative writing, part scholarly examination, this course is a unique context for studying and experiencing the vibrancy of theatrical forms, their cultural gen­esis or relevance, and for broadening skills in creative writing and understanding ancient and modern dramatic texts.
Prerequisites: ENG2010, THE1200.
Meets General Education “Aesthetic and Philosophical Expression” Group B requirement.


ENG2240 Poetry   
4 semester hours
Students will study poetry written in English during the last 400 years. Reading in the poetry is supplemented and focused by readings in criticism and poetics. The approach is topical rather than chronological and should develop a student’s sense of what kind of thing a poem is and how poems can best be read.
Prerequisite: ENG2010.
Meets General Education “Aesthetic and Philosophical Expression” Group B requirement.


ENG2260 Critical Approaches to Literature   
4 semester hours
This course provides preparation in the methods and materials of literary study. While the course devotes some attention to introducing or reviewing basic ana­lytic vocabulary, it emphasizes the application of different critical and theoretical approaches to the interpretation of primary literary texts. Along with the selected literary works, assigned readings will include a variety of scholarly secondary texts.
Prerequisite: ENG2010.


ENG2400 Grammar and Composition for Teachers   
4 semester hours
This course is focused primarily upon how English sentences are structured grammatically and upon how an understanding of grammatical functioning of language can inform the teaching of the discipline of English. The course will also introduce fundamental concepts of composition theory to future teachers. Through an investigation of the relationship between an individual’s grammatical knowledge and writing abilities, the course will prepare teachers to enter careers focused upon developing students’ knowledge about the structures of the English language in order to enhance their skills as readers and writers. 
Prerequisite: ENG 2010.


ENG3020 Advanced Academic Writing   
4 semester hours
Analyzes and prepares students to produce prose of the sort expected in upper- level undergraduate courses or graduate programs, primarily in the humanities and social sciences. The course emphasizes the development of a flexible and efficient style and of sophisticated expository and argumentative discourse strate­gies.
Prerequisite: ENG2010.


ENG3060 Intermediate Fiction Writing                                                 
4 semester hours
A workshop focused on the writing of short fiction using modern and contemporary short stories as models and inspiration, which will expose students to a wide range of literary fiction.
Prerequisite: ENG2060.


ENG3100 Stylistics   
4 semester hours
This course will employ the methods of linguistics to analyze literary texts and explore the linguistic choices that authors make in composing a work, and what effects those decisions have on the text and its reception. Topics that may be covered include: point of view, narration, dialogue and speech markers, implicature, speech acts, meter and prosody, figurative language, and qualitative and quantitative methods of stylistic analysis. To tie our linguistic analyses both to literary criticism and the production of literary texts, students will apply linguistic analysis to literary works of their own creation, as well as canonical works of literature.
Prerequisite:  ENG2010.


ENG/EDU3180 Multicultural Literature for Children   
2 semester hours
Cross-listed with EDU3180. For description see EDU3180.
No prerequisites.


ENG/EDU3190 Multicultural Literature for Young Adults   
2 semester hours
Cross-listed with EDU3190. For description see EDU3190.
No prerequisites.


ENG3200 Comparative Literature   
4 semester hours
Studies classic works of literature, primarily from the western tradition, ranging from the Greeks through the modernist period. Versions of the course will be organized around particular themes or issues (e.g., the Antigone or Faust story, the development and exhaustion of the epic tradition, the rise of realism in Euro­pean literature, etc.). The course will also explore a range of critical and scholarly perspectives on the literature it studies.
Prerequisite: ENG2010.


ENG3240 Intermediate Poetry Writing    
4  semester hours
A workshop that gives students the opportunity to sharpen their skills as poets and exposes them to a wide range of contemporary poetry.
Prerequisite: ENG2060.


ENG3320WI American Literature: Puritanism-1865   
4 semester hours
American Literature presents a study of Americans in their developing and chang­ing environment from the Puritanism, to the Colonial and the Romantic periods, to the end of the Civil War. We will cover a broad range of texts: political essays, songs, captivity narratives, memoirs, myths and tales, poetry, and the emerging American novel. Writers studied may include Bradford, Bradstreet, Mather, Franklin, Jefferson, Wheatly, Douglass, Truth, Melville, Hawthorne, Emerson, Thoreau, Fuller, and Whitman.
Prerequisites: ENG2010, IDS1600, IDS2000 with a grade of “C” or higher.
Meets General Education “Aesthetic and Philosophical Expression” Group B requirement and Writing Intensive requirement.


ENG3350WI American Literature: 1865-1945   
4 semester hours
This course examines the development of American literature from the end of the Civil War through the end of World War II. The course will pay particular attention to understanding literature within historical, social, political, and psychological contexts. Fiction and poetry will be the central elements of the course, though drama, essays, and memoir may be included. Students will also interact with literary criticism related to the primary texts studied. The significant literary movements, or modes, of realism, naturalism, and modernism will provide a framework for the course
Prerequisites: ENG2010; IDS2000 with a grade of “C” or higher.
Meets General Education “Aesthetic and Philosophical Expression” Group B requirement and Writing Intensive requirement.


ENG3370 American Literature, 1945 to the Present   
4 semester hours
Students will study modern and contemporary literature written since World War II. Reading is supplemented and focused by readings in criticism. The approach may be topical rather than chronological and should develop a student’s sense of what literature has been produced more contemporarily. In poetry, this might include topics such as the Beat movement, the Black Mountain poetry movement, language poetry, confessional, and dramatic monologue; and in fiction, this might include the novella or the short-short story or techniques such as magical realism, meta-fiction, minimalism.
Prerequisite: ENG2010.


ENG3400WI British Literature: Anglo-Saxons to the Renaissance   
4 semester hours
The course provides a survey of British Literature, beginning with works from its Anglo-Saxon period, progressing through the Medieval Age in the work of such writers as Chaucer and the Gawain poet, into the height of the Renaissance in England, as exemplified by the poetry of Spenser, Sidney, and Shakespeare. Also explores the changes in the English language during this span of time. The course will also explore critical approaches to literature, especially those that emphasize the reading of literary texts within historical and cultural contexts. (Annually)
Prerequisites: ENG2010, IDS1600, IDS2000 with a grade of “C” or higher.
Meets General Education “Aesthetic and Philosophical Expression” Group B requirement and Writing Intensive requirement.


ENG3420WI British Literature: Renaissance to the Romantics   
4 semester hours
The course continues the survey of British literature through the study of poetry, drama, and some of the nonfictional prose written in England between the height of the Renaissance through the 17th and 18th centuries to arrive at the beginnings of the Romantic period. Authors studied may include Marlowe, Shakespeare, Mil­ton, the Metaphysical poets, Dryden, Pope, Swift, Johnson, and Blake. The course will also explore critical approaches to literature, particularly those that emphasize the reacting of literary texts within historical and cultural contexts.
Prerequisites: ENG2010, IDS1600, IDS2000 with a grade of “C” or higher.
Meets General Education “Aesthetic and Philosophical Expression” Group B requirement and Writing Intensive requirement.


ENG3440WI British Literature: The Romantics to the Modernists   
4 semester hours
The course continues the survey of British literature by tracing the literary developments from Romanticism through the Victorian and Modernist periods. Readings will reflect the popularity of prose fiction during these eras. In addition to Wordsworth and the Romantic poets, readings may include works by Austen, Tennyson, Arnold, Browning, Dickens, Eliot, Hardy, Conrad, Lawrence, Woolf, Forster, and Shaw. The course will also explore critical approaches to literature, particularly those that emphasize the reading of literary texts within historical and cultural contexts. 
Prerequisites: ENG2010, IDS1600, IDS2000 with a grade of “C” or higher.
Meets General Education “Aesthetic and Philosophical Expression” Group B requirement and Writing Intensive requirement.


ENG3460 British Literature: The Modernists to the Present   
4 semester hours
The course concludes the survey of British literature by examining British and Anglophone writers from the modernist era until the present, a period marked by two world wars, the decline of the British empire, and the emergence of a multicultural Britain. Readings may include works by Eliot, Woolf, Auden, Larkin, Hughes, Rhys, Lessing, Achebe, Rushdie, Boland, and Heaney. The course will also explore critical approaches to literature, particularly those that emphasize the reading of literary texts within historical and cultural contexts.
Prerequisite: ENG2010.


ENG3500 Contemporary World Literature   
4 semester hours
Studies literature since WWII, with special emphasis on the postcolonial and post­modern strands in the imaginative writing of the last half-century. The course will also explore a range of critical approaches to this work and to its relationship with the various contexts that shape the way we read it.
Prerequisite: ENG2010.


ENG3520 Racial and Ethnic Themes in Literature   
4 semester hours
The development of racial or ethnic themes in different literary genres created in America and the diaspora by African American, Asian/Pacific American, Native American, Latino/American origin, or writers of other ethnic origin, from the 19th century to the present. We will focus on interpretations of texts, the world that these texts create as well as our everyday world. We will also examine the sociopolitical, historical, and ethnic foundations underlying the contexts that shape these texts. Critical approaches to the interpretation of these works will include cultural criticism.
Prerequisite: ENG2010.


ENG3550 Language, Literacy and Cognition   
4 semester hours
Studies the ways in which the mind acquires, produces, and understands lan­guage; the origins, development, uses, and consequences — especially the cog­nitive consequences — of literacy; the impact of various technologies on literacy and its uses; and the interaction between literacy and schooling.
Prerequisite: ENG2010.


ENG3820 Secondary Methods in English   
4 semester hours
This course presents techniques that are effective in teaching in the content areas. The course includes lesson planning, classroom arrangement, curriculum design, alternative teaching strategies, and evaluation. In addition to the classroom hours, there is a simultaneous practicum. This is usually the last course the student takes prior to student teaching.
Prerequisites: Acceptance into the College of Education including passing the Basic Skills Test/TAP; maintaining a content GPA of 3.00; passing an FBI national fingerprint screening that encompasses passing a criminal background/sex offender check; passing a TB test and EDU2200, EDU2260, EDU3720. Placement applications for the practicum are due to the College of Education placement coordinator the January before the academic year of the practicum or for transfer students upon acceptance into the College of Education.


ENG4060 Advanced Creative Writing   
4 semester hours
This course is chiefly devoted to both the production and study of creative writing (poetry and short fiction) and the venues that publish these sorts of works.  Students in this course will study contemporary collections of poetry and fiction with an eye to producing work that may be used as a portfolio for graduate school. Students will also study a variety of aspects of the “business of writing,” considering the following questions throughout the term:  What do writers do to make a living?  How does one get published?  What kinds of magazines publish creative writing, and what do people get paid?  To answer those questions, the class will look at small presses and little magazines to better understand the business end of writing.  In addition, students will learn about editing through involvement in service learning practica on campus, such as editing the student literary magazine, planning a reading series, or contributing to other writing-specific projects. Guest speakers and field trips may be included.
Prerequisites:  ENG3060 or ENG3240; a declared major or minor in the Creative Writing track; senior standing recommended.


ENG4990 Seminar in English   
4 semester hours
This course will survey major theoretical positions on the structure and functions of written texts, literary and otherwise, and on the processes by which they are written and read. It will also examine significant contemporary interactions between English studies and other fields of scholarly inquiry.
Prerequisites: A declared major or minor in English; a minimum of four courses in English, including ENG2260 or equivalent, and at least two of them at the 3000-level; sen­ior standing recommended.