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ENGL 130 Fundamentals of College Writing
This course prepares students for the challenges of academic reading and writing. It provides practice in organizing ideas, writing paragraphs and editing for accuracy of grammar, punctuation, and spelling. Students also gain experience in the analysis of both expository and literary materials, as well as gain practice in the writing process leading to the five-paragraph essay. Credit, 3 hours. Offered as needed.

ENGL 131 English Composition I
This course provides students with the opportunity to study the basic principles of English composition. These fundamentals help students develop their reading skills, expand their vocabularies, understand and evaluate the various organizational and rhetorical strategies used in expository writing, and practice these strategies in their own writings. Credit, 3 hours. Offered every semester.

ENGL 132 English Composition II
English 132 students are encouraged to master further the reading and writing skills taught in English 131. This course emphasizes objective and critical thinking in response to various literary genres. Class activities and student writing will foster and demonstrate analytical, research, and documentation skills. Prerequisite: ENGL 131. Credit, 3 hours. Offered every semester.

ENGL 230 Literary Criticism
An introduction to various critical approaches to the study of literature. Students in this course will practice the application of different critical principles to literary texts. Ideally English majors should take this course during their sophomore year to help prepare for the reading and writing tasks in other courses. Prerequisite: ENGL 131, 132. Credit, 3 hours. Offered every fall semester.

ENGL 239. Introduction to Creative Writing
Students in this course will be introduced to the fundamentals of writing literary fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction through the analysis of technique in published work and through the development and revision of original creative writing. This course is open to all students, and is required for English majors and minors with Creative Writing Emphasis. Prerequisite: ENGL 131 and 132. Offered every fall semester

ENGL 330 Literary Studies
This course fosters an appreciation of literature and its place in culture, as well as nurtures critical thinking skills through reading and writing. It may focus on a particular theme, genre, author or literary group drawn from the traditional literary canon or from popular culture. This course may count as an elective in the English major. Prerequisite: ENGL 131, ENGL 132. Credit, 3 hours. Offered every semester.

ENGL 331. English Literature through 1660
This course provides an overall view of English literature from earliest times through the early seventeenth century. The course introduces students to major writers and literary texts, as well as to the cultural background that defines the Old English, later Medieval, and Renaissance eras. Prerequisite: ENGL 131, 132. Credit, 3 hours. Offered every fall semester.

ENGL 332. English Literature 1660-1830
This course provides an overall view of English literature from the later seventeenth century through the early nineteenth century. The course introduces students to major writers and literary texts, as well as to the cultural background that defines the Restoration, Augustan, and Romantic eras. Prerequisite: ENGL 131, 132. Credit, 3 hours. Offered every fall semester.

ENGL 333. English Literature since 1830
This course provides an overall view of English literature from 1830 to the present. The course introduces students to major writers and literary texts, as well as to the cultural background that defines the Victorian, Modern, or Post-Modern milieu. Prerequisite: ENGL 131, 132. Credit, 3 hours. Offered every semester.

ENGL 334. American Literature through 1865
This literary survey begins with the first literary glimmerings among the discoverers, Puritans, and Federalists, and traces the search for a unique, new literature through the writings of the authors of the American Renaissance. Prerequisite: ENGL 131, 132. Credit, 3 hours. Offered every spring semester.

ENGL 335. American Literature since 1865
Beginning with the poetic realism of Whitman and Dickinson and the fictional realism of Mark Twain, this course follows American literary exploration through naturalism and modernism to the diversity of literature today. Prerequisite: ENGL 131, 132. Credit, 3 hours. Offered every semester.

ENGL 337. Literature of Adolescence
This course is designed for both the English education major and the English major in literature. This course acquaints students with literature about the adolescent experience and with literature written primarily for adolescents that illuminates adolescent sensibilities, behaviors and relationships. Varying assignments address literature suitable for classroom use and independent reading, as well as provide opportunities for developing teaching strategies and assignments. Possible topics include The American Literary Teenager, Coming of Age Novels, Growing Up Southern, the Multicultural Experience in Adolescent Literature, Fantasy and Science Fiction for Teens, and Victorian Classics Revisited. Course topics may change with each offering. This course does not meet general education requirements; however, this course does fulfill a requirement for certification in English for education majors and can serve as an elective for non-education English majors.
Prerequisite: ENGL 131 & 132. Credit: 3 hours. Offered spring of even years

 

ENGL 338. Writing and Publishing With the New Media
This course offers an introduction to the principles and practice of effective professional writing and publishing with the new media.  Students study the differences between writing and publishing in a traditional print medium and writing and publishing with the new media.  With this conceptual background, students develop their communication skills through a variety of individual and small group projects that anticipate writing and publishing tasks they may face in future careers.  This course is open to English majors and minors with Creative Writing Emphasis and is open to other students by consent of the department chair.  Prerequisites: ENGL 131, 132; ENGL 239. Credit, 3 hours. Offered spring semester of even years

ENGL 339.  Studies in Creative Writing
This course offers concentrated study in a single genre of creative writing.  Students will continue the study of writing technique through analysis of published work and through writing and revising original work in the selected genre.  The course will be offered in rotation with a focus in Fiction, Poetry, or Creative Nonfiction.  Students pursuing an English Major with Creative Writing Emphasis are required to take this course twice, under different topics.  Prerequisite: ENGL 239. Credit 3 hours. Offered every spring semester.

ENGL 401. Natural History: Observing, Reading and Writing about Nature
This team-taught course, taught in tandem with BIOL 401, explores natural history through classic and contemporary essays on the natural world and on human involvement in it. This traditional classroom activity is combined with field/laboratory experience involving observation of nature. In response to reading the observations of others and to “reading”/
observing nature directly, students will complete both informal and formal writing assignments, developing both their basic scientific understanding of the natural world and their written communication skills. Prerequisite: junior standing.This Integrated Studies course can fulfill a requirement in Section V of the General Education Curriculum. Credit, 4 hours.

ENGL 402. Myths of the American West
This course, taught in tandem with HIST 402, provides an investigation of the myths of the American West as seen in history, literature, and popular culture. The student will be introduced to how the concept of a myth and the creation of national heroes begin with history and end with the public’s desire to see their heroes in action in literature and popular culture such as music, cinema, and television. The primary focus of each offering may change from semester to semester to include, but not be limited to, the pioneers, the town tamers, gunfighters and lawmen, ranching, and frontier women. Prerequisite: junior standing. This Integrated Studies course can fulfill a requirement in Section V of the General Education Curriculum. Credit, 3 hours.

ENGL 403. Many Storytellers, Many Truths
Students in this integrated studies course will explore the popular yet sophisticated trend in contemporary literature of telling the story through the framework of multiple narrators or viewpoints. Students will read several contemporary novels and perhaps analyze several movies as they arrive at a decision about the truth(s) behind each story and about the reliability of the various viewpoints. Prerequisite: junior standingThis Integrated Studies course can fulfill a requirement in Section V of the General Education Curriculum. Credit, 3 hours. 

ENGL 404. Wounded Story Tellers
As F. Scott Fitzgerald once said, there is no greater gulf than the gulf that exists between the healthy and the sick. This class focuses on how people who are sick, or who care for those who are ill, can use writing to explore their condition and what it means. Using guidance from various writers such as Joan Didion, Susan Sontag, and Lorrie Moore, we will discuss how illness is treated in published fiction and nonfiction and can be used to broaden the scope and deepen the emotional stakes of a narrative. In a series of writing exercises, we will also examine how illness can become a writers  paradoxical gift. Prereqisite: ENGL 131 and 132.  This Integrated Studies course can fulfill a requirement in Section V of the General Education Curriculum. Credit, 3

 

ENGL 431. Studies in British Literature
This course offers an in-depth study of a specific period and/or genre of English literature. The particular focus of the course will change from year to year. Common topics will be romantic literature and Victorian fiction. Other potential topics could be non-Shakespearean Renaissance drama, Restoration drama, the eighteenth-century novel, and Victorian poetry. English majors and minors may take this course twice on different topics. Prerequisite: ENGL 131, 132. Credit, 3 hours. Offered every spring semester.

ENGL 432. Studies in Modern Literature
This course examines a varied combination of English, American, and world literature of the twentieth century. The specific focus will change from year to year. A given course may be organized according to genre (fiction, poetry, or drama), topic (e.g., the Southern Renaissance, expatriate literature of the 1920’s or the Irish Literary Revival), or representative and related authors (such as “Joyce, Yeats, Eliot” or “Williams, Miller, O’Neill”). English majors or minors may take this course twice on different topics. Prerequisite: ENGL 131, 132. Credit, 3 hours. Offered every fall semester.

ENGL 433. Women in Literature
A survey of major female writers, both British and American, and major female characters generally not emphasized in the required surveys. The course explores the roles of women within their cultural contexts. Prerequisite: ENGL 131, 132. Credit, 3 hours. Offered fall semester of even years.

ENGL 437. Studies in British and American Authors
An intensive investigation of one, two, or three major authors. Both prose and poetry may be covered, with the particular writers changing from term to term. This course counts for the author requirement of the major and minor and may be taken twice for credit if different writers are studied. Prerequisite: ENGL 131, 132. Credit, 3 hours. Offered every spring semester.

ENGL 438. Advanced Writing
This course is designed for those students who have an interest in improving their written communication skills through extensive practice in the various modes of discourse. Students will read and write essays on topics ranging from the personal to the analytical. Prerequisite: completion of all three general education English requirements with a grade of C or better in each of these courses. Credit, 3 hours. Offered fall semester of odd years.

ENGL 439. Descriptive Linguistics
A study of phonetics, phonemics, followed by a study of traditional, structural, generative, and transformational grammar. Prerequisite: ENGL 131, 132. Credit, 3 hours. Offered every spring semester.

ENGL 490 Special Topics in English
This course allows English majors and minors to explore areas of English studies, literary research, or writing not normally covered in other classes. The course may examine a particular theme or genre, or explore how literature reflects popular culture. It may also offer opportunities for advanced creative writing projects or professional internship experiences. Restricted to English majors or minors unless permission is is granted by the department chair. Prerequisite: ENGL 131, 132. Credit, 1-3 hours. Offered as needed.

 

 

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