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Course Descriptions

0103 ENGLISH PROFICIENCY (0 hours)
Workshops and individualized tutoring sessions to provide instruction and practice in composing, revising, and editing.

1101 RHETORIC AND COMPOSITION I (3 hours)
Intensive practice in informative, persuasive, and expressive writing with particular emphasis on summary writing and other academic writing, preliminary research skills, and prewriting and revising strategies. Prerequisite: English placement.

1103 CRITICAL READING AND WRITING (3 hours)
An applied rhetoric course focusing on intensive practice in basic concepts of written communication; active reading skills; research strategies; MLA documentation conventions; principles of organization and coherence; prewriting, drafting, and revising practices; and surface correctness of sentences.

1111 INTRODUCTION TO POETRY (3 hours)
An introduction to the basic elements of poetry and their relevance to understanding, enjoying and appreciating the various themes, meters, and forms of poetry.

1112 INTRODUCTION TO FICTION (3 hours)
An introduction to the short story and the novel as art forms.

1114 READING LITERATURE (3 hours)
An introduction to literature emphasizing close reading of a variety of texts. Each section is designed around a topic or theme selected by the instructor.

1421 ANALYSIS OF DRAMATIC LITERATURE (3 hours)
Same as TA 1421. The characteristics and development of major styles and forms in dramatic literature.

2111 ADVANCED ACADEMIC WRITING (3 hours)
The study and practice of nonfiction reading and writing. Emphasis on the essay with attention to grammar, structure, style, and research skills. Prerequisite: 24 hours of academic credit, including credit for ENGL 1102 or ENGL 1103; or placement.

2150 TUTORING WRITING: THEORY AND PRACTICE  (1 hour)
An introduction to tutoring theory and pedagogy emphasizing applications in writing center tutorials. This course is required of firsttime tutors who have been hired to work in the Writing Center and cannot be used toward General Education or major requirements. Prequisite: Permission of the Instructor. (S-U grading)

2211 MAJOR BRITISH WRITERS: 1300 - 1800 (3 hours)
A study of major British writers from Chaucer to Johnson.

2212 MAJOR BRITISH WRITERS: 1800 - 1950 (3 hours)
A study of major British writers from Wordsworth to Auden.

2214 MAJOR AMERICAN WRITERS (3 hours)
A study of major American writers from the pre-colonial period to the mid-twentieth Century.

2215 MAJOR AMERICAN WRITERS: BEGINNINGS TO 1890 (3 hours)
A study of major writers in the colonial, early republic, and post-Civil War periods.

2216 MAJOR AMERICAN WRITERS: 1890 - 1950 (3 hours)
A study of major American writers of the 20th century, James through Faulkner.

2218 WORLD WRITERS: NON-WESTERN PERSPECTIVE (3 hours)
A study of world writers in translation, with attention to non-western approaches to “universal” ideas, values, and their consequences, as well as contrasting interpretations of aesthetic experience.

3372 AFRICAN-AMERICAN WRITERS (3 hours)
A study of major African-American writers from the eighteenth through twentieth centuries. (Offered in alternate years.)

3201 ENGLISH GRAMMAR (3 hours)
A study of the terminology and rules of standard English grammar with attention to evaluating speech and text for adherence to standard, representing syntactic structures, and developing syntactic versatility.

3305 CREATIVE WRITING: POETRY (3 hours)
Guidance and experimentation in the processes of producing, revising, and evaluating poetry. Prerequisite: permission of the Instructor.

3306 CREATIVE WRITING: PROSE FICTION (3 hours)
Guidance and experimentation in the processes of producing, revising, and evaluating short fiction and other prose forms. Prerequisite: permission of Instructor.

3307 CREATIVE WRITING: NON-FICTION (3 hours)
Guidance and experimentation in the process of producing, revising, and evaluating non-fiction prose.

3308 PROFESSIONAL AND TECHNICAL WRITING (3 hours)
An introduction to the rhetorical contexts and genres of professional and technical communication, with emphasis on the production, revision, and editing of workplace documents.

3314 MEDIEVAL LITERATURE (3 hours)
A study of the literature of Medieval England, to include the Arthurian legends, Chaucer and the Chaucerians, lyrics, and drama. (Offered in alternate years.)

3319 SHAKESPEARE AND TUDOR DRAMA (3 hours)
An intensive study of Shakespeare’s comedies and histories with some attention to the works of other Tudor playwrights.

3320 SHAKESPEARE AND STUART DRAMA (3 hours)
An intensive study of Shakespeare’s tragedies and romances with some attention to the works of other Stuart playwrights.

3321 SEVENTEENTH CENTURY BRITISH LITERATURE (3 hours)
A study of representative writers of the 1600’s to include Jonson, Bacon, Donne and the metaphysical poets, the Cavalier poets, and Milton. (Offered in alternate years.)

3327 ROMANTIC LITERATURE (3 hours)
Astudy of the works of representative Romantic writers, with special attention to Blake, Coleridge, Wordsworth, Byron, Keats, Shelley, and selected prose writers. (Offered in alternate years.)

3328 VICTORIAN LITERATURE (3 hours)
A study of the works of representative Victorian writers, with special attention to Tennyson, Browning, and Arnold and selected prose writers and minor poets. (Offered in alternate years.)

3353 20th CENTURY BRITISH POETRY AND PROSE (3 hours)
A study of modern and contemporary British poetry and prose. (Offered in alternate years.)

3354 CONTEMPORARY AMERICAN POETRY AND PROSE (3 hours)
A study of modern and contemporary American poetry and prose. (Offered in alternate years.)

3360 TOPICS IN LITERATURE (3 hours)
A study of selected topics. Topics will change from year to year to meet the needs of the department.

3361 TOPICS IN WRITING (3 hours)
A study of selected topics in writing. Topics will vary to meet the needs of the department.

3370 MAJOR WORLD WRITERS (3 hours)
Astudy of major world writers in translation. Attention to the phenomenon of translation will undergird language study. Guiding questions will focus student attention upon pertinent universal ideas, values, and their consequences. Attention to genres and their elements will emphasize the integrated nature of aesthetic experience.

3803 LITERARY CRITICISM (3 hours)
A study of the criticism focusing on the main theoretical perspectives of the Twentieth Century, beginning with the New Criticism, with an emphasis on both major texts and applied readings. (Offered in alternate years.)

3831 THE ENGLISH NOVEL (3 hours)
A study of the English novel from its inception to the end of the Victorian period. (Offered in alternate years.)

3832 THE AMERICAN NOVEL (3 hours)
A study of selected American novels from Hawthorne through Faulkner. (Offered in alternate years.)

4101 ENGLISH SEMINAR (3 hours)
Reading, discussion, independent research and written reports on a topic selected by the department.

4201 PRACTICUM (1-6 hours)
Approved projects or field experience following a contractual plan approved by the Department Chair.

4301 INDEPENDENT STUDY IN ENGLISH (1-4 hours)
Self-directed study following a contractual plan initiated by the student and accepted by the staff.

4401 INTERNSHIP (1-4 hours)
A field experience related to English study with the formal evaluation, supervision and direction provided by an outside agency in collaboration with the coordinating professor and student. Prerequisites: formalized plan, permission of coordinating professor and department chair.

4801 LANGUAGE AND SOCIETY (3 hours)
A study of the dialects of English and of the mechanisms by which variants of a language become differentiated over time and space and as a consequence of social, political, economic, and physical barriers.