English Course Catalogue

Courses in English

Completion of a Foundations course in English is required as a prerequisite for any 200-level course in English. Completion of a 200-level English or Communications course or the instructor’s permission is required as a prerequisite for any 300-level course in English. Specific course prerequisites are listed underneath the course description.

Foundations Courses

ENG 101 Written Communication
Study of essentials of English usage and sentence and paragraph structure. A problem-solving approach through the student’s writing of paragraphs, short essays, and a research report. Prerequisite: English Placement Examination.

ENG 108 College Writing
Emphasizes principles and practice of effective writing, reflection on composition as a process, thinking and organizational skills at the college level, and preparation for academic research papers. Prerequisite: English Placement Examination.

ENG 180 Writing and Literature
Development of writing skills through papers based upon critical reading of works discussed in class. Focus on common themes or a single literary period in works of various genres and by a variety of authors. Preparation of academic research papers. Prerequisite: English Placement Examination.

EAP Foundations Courses (for English as a Second Language students only)

ENG 103 EAP: Communication and Combined Language Skills
A course designed for international students who wish to work on multiple aspects of language and culture while living in the United States. It will cover listening, speaking, reading, writing, academic skills, and American culture. Offered Fall. CC

ENG 104 EAP: English Composition in an Academic Environment
A composition course designed for non-native English speaking students. The course explores English for Academic Purposes with particular attention to the complexity of contrasting argumentation styles found in comparative rhetoric. In doing so, the student will focus on the particulars of micro and macro elements of academic writing aimed at a native-speaking audience. These elements will include, but are not limited to syntax, semantics, organization, rhetoric and argumentation. In an effort to ensure that students know how to use their academic writing for research purposes, the course will also introduce related skills such as drafting article/literature reviews, research skills, paper organization, outlining, note taking, summarizing, paraphrasing, and citation. Normally taken concurrently with ENG 103. Students who complete ENG 104 must also complete ENG 106 in the following Spring semester. Prerequisite: English Placement Examination.

ENG 106 EAP: Academic Research Writing
A research and composition course designed for non-native English speaking students. The course will emphasize distinct areas of planning, conducting and writing for an independent research project. These areas will include: topic selection, thesis generation, research skills, primary and secondary source selection, validation of sources, draft and detailed outlining, literature reviews, interviewing techniques, questionnaire generation, introductory and concluding sections, effective use of work by other authors and researchers, organized presentation of findings, and well-supported argumentation and analysis. Offered Spring. WI

Courses in Writing and Language

ENG 095 Literacy Enrichment Seminar

Emphasis on reading strategies for academic texts, relationships between reading and writing, and reflection on the student’s own learning process. Taken in the same semester as the Foundations in Writing requirement.

NOTE: (it would be first class listed under the Writing and Language heading)

ENG 111 Tutorial in Writing
Offers one-on-one instruction for students needing to improve their academic writing skills. Individualized course content will be decided after consultation with the student, the student’s advisor, and/or previous instructors. With the approval of the other instructors involved, writing to be completed for other classes taken during the semester will be used as a basis of some tutorial coursework and assignments. Enrollment is limited to three students per semester (.5 credit). Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. This course does not appear on the semester course listings and it does not fulfill any TDS or Writing Intensive requirements. Students who are interested in enrolling must contact the department chair.

ENG 112 Business Writing
Students will write in a variety of business formats, ranging from letters requesting product information to memos and technical reports. Discussion topics include business culture and the use of emergent technologies. Prerequisite: Foundations course. WI

ENG 115 Writing about Literary Genres
Writing-intensive introduction to the histories, conventions, methods, and pleasures of particular literary genres. The focus varies from year to year but could include poetry, drama, fiction, autobiography, popular literature, and combinations thereof. The course demonstrates the interdependency of writing, learning, and interpretation. Prerequisite: Foundations course. LIT, WI
Recent offerings in 115 have included Poetry, Short Story, Gothic Literature, The Graphic Novel, and Horror Literature and Film


ENG 185 Writing about Literature and the Environment
Writing-intensive approach to nature writing. Emphasizes composition, critical thinking, literary analysis, and reflection on the natural world. Representative authors: Thoreau, Jewett, Abbey, Dillard, Lopez. Prerequisite: Foundations course. ES, WI, LIT

ENG 210 Advanced Exposition

Development of expository writing skills at an advanced level across academic curriculum and/or disciplines. Applications of advanced rhetorical techniques to several expository genres. WI

ENG 212 Technical Writing
Examination of and practice in technical writing. Emphasis on developing effective style after analysis of purpose and audience. Analyses and assignments in formulating definitions, mechanical and process descriptions, reports, proposals, and technical presentations. WI

ENG 220 Creative Writing

Introduces students to techniques and skills in writing the four major genres of creative writing: poetry, fiction, drama, and creative non-fiction. Class will consist of craft exercises, critical renderings of others’ work, self-reflective analysis, and the completion of four distinct projects in portfolio format. ART

ENG 311/511 Structure of the English Language

Linguistic analysis of phonemic, morphemic, and syntactic structure of English. Study of significant language change from the Old English through the modern period. Examination of theories surrounding the development of language; the status of language in the world today; and constructs of idiolect and etymology. 500-level involves extra study of language acquisition. Projects involve field research. FT

ENG 321/521 Advanced Creative Writing: Poetry
Intensive study and practice in the creation of poetic writing, including detailed craft and skill-building instruction, written and oral peer-critiquing, self-reflective analysis, regular examination of contemporary theoretical trends in creative writing poetry, and the completion of several significant projects. Prerequisite for 300-level course: ENG 220. ART

ENG 323/523 Advanced Creative Writing: Fiction

Intensive study and practice in the creation of prose fiction, including detailed craft and skill-building instruction, written and oral peer-critiquing, self-reflective analysis, regular examination of contemporary theoretical trends in creative writing fiction, and the completion of several significant projects. Prerequisite for 300-level course: ENG 220. ART

ENG 325/525 Topics in Creative Writing
Intensive study and practice in the creation of specific genres of creative writing, including detailed craft and skill-building instruction, written and oral peer-critiquing, self-reflective analysis, regular examination of contemporary theoretical trends in the specific creative writing field, and the completion of several significant projects. Prerequisite for 300-level course: ENG 220. ART

ENG 420 Thesis in Creative Writing
Completion of a significant project in creative writing: a manuscript of poems, short stories, fiction, creative non-fiction, or drama. Prerequisite: ENG 321/323/325. 

Courses in Literature

ENG 204 Women Writers
Examines themes, techniques, goals, and historical contexts of women’s literary production. LIT, WS, WI

ENG 213 American Literature I

The intellectual and cultural milieu of the American “New World” as revealed in the prose and poetry—including that of Native Americans and African-Americans—produced between the early 1600s and the mid-1800s and culminating in a distinctive American literature. HWC, LIT, WI

ENG 214 American Literature II
The development of American literature from the later nineteenth century through the modern and contemporary periods. Emphasizes the intellectual, social, and aesthetic concerns that have shaped American fiction, poetry, and drama. HWC, LIT, WI

ENG 215 Major Writings of the European Tradition I
Students will read authors whose works have strongly influenced Western culture: e.g., Sappho, Homer, Sophocles, Plato, Aristotle, Dante, Boccaccio, and Voltaire. Discussion topics include the history of ideas, the construction/critique of a canonical tradition, and the self in society. FWC, LIT, WI

ENG 216 Major Writings of the European Tradition II
Students will read authors whose works have strongly influenced modernity: e.g., Wollstonecraft, Austen, Flaubert, Dostoyevsky, Kafka, Woolf, and Freud. Discussion topics include the romanticism-realism conflict, the critique of patriarchy, and the emergence of the unconscious. HWC, LIT, WI

ENG 224 Literature for Adolescents
Survey of current literature written for students of junior and senior high school age. Critical reading of classic works, with emphasis on those which are frequently included in secondary school curricula. Selected works of criticism. LIT

ENG 230 Film Analysis and History
Students will analyze film using the elements of mise en scène. Technical discussions of film production and reception are supported by in-class screening of movies by such directors as Keaton, Welles, Hawks, Ford, Hitchcock, De Sica, Kazan, Lee, and Scott. Discussion topics include film history, genres, and criticism. ART, WI

ENG 232 Modern Drama
Students will study drama and modernity using a history-of-ideas approach. Works by Ibsen, Shaw, Chekhov, Pirandello, Hellman, Glaspell, Williams, O’Neill, Brecht, Beckett, and Breuer will illustrate developments in dramatic history from nineteenth-century realism to the Theater of the Absurd and postmodernism. Technical discussions will focus on genre and stagecraft. ART, LIT, WI

ENG 234 The English Novel

The genre examined through critical reading of novels from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, including works by Austen, Dickens, Stevenson, Ford, Conrad, and Woolf. HWC LIT, WI

ENG 236 British Literature 1200-1700
An intense examination of the literature and especially the changes in the forms of national literature of Britain from 1200 to 1700. Authors read may include the Gawain-poet, William Langland, Julian of Norwich, Christopher Marlowe, Mary Wroth, John Donne, and Ben Jonson. FWC, LIT, WI

ENG 270/370/570 Topics in Literary Studies and Writing
In-depth study of a limited body of literature unified by author, theme, or historical period. Emphasis on the relationship of literature to social and cultural history. LIT, WI (For titles and descriptions of courses periodically offered under this rubric, please check the end of this section.)

ENG 270/370/570 Topics: Advanced Genre Study
Writing-intensive study of classical, modern, and postmodern literary genres. Emphasis on the development of genres, new approaches in genre criticism, and the historical bases of literary production and reception. The individual genres studied will vary over time but may include poetry, drama, melodrama, autobiography, gothic fiction, and popular literature, as well as the representation of such literatures in film. LIT, WI (For titles and descriptions of courses periodically offered under this rubric, please check the end of this section.)

ENG 270/370/570 Topics: Major Authors
Intensive, historical study of a major author or writer. Representative authors might include Chaucer, Milton, Burns, Austen, Dickens, Darwin, Freud, James, Cather, Joyce, Woolf and Morrison. LIT, WI (For titles and descriptions of courses periodically offered under this rubric, please check the end of this section.)

ENG 290: Shakespeare’s Tragedies and Romances
Critical reading of representative tragedies, romances, and genres, including a thorough introduction to Shakespeare and his sonnets. LIT, WI

ENG 317 American Literature Since 1945

New directions in poetry, drama, fiction and literary innovations in the context of international conflict, feminism, environmentalism, civil rights, and gay rights. CD, LIT, WI

ENG 318/518 Chaucer
Detailed analysis and study of The Canterbury Tales. Includes close, critical readings of the original Middle English text and examination of the social, political, and cultural climate in which Chaucer composed. FWC, LIT

ENG 319 American Minority Writers
Study of Asian-American, African-American, Chicano/a, and Native-American writers. Authors may include Momaday, Erdrich, Anaya, Kingston, Okada, Baldwin, and Hurston. CC, CD, LIT, WI

ENG 335/535 Film Genres and Genders
Historical study of Hollywood film genres and their relation to dichotomous gender. Emphasis on the genres of screwball comedy, maternal melodrama, and film noir. Representative directors may include Hawks, Sturgess, Rapper, Dmytryk, Ray, Hitchcock, and Aldrich. Prerequisite for the 500-level course: permission of instructor. ART, CC, WS, WI

ENG 345/545 Shakespeare’s Histories and Comedies
Critical reading of representative histories and comedies, including a strong theoretical approach to the texts. Prerequisite for the 500-level course: permission of instructor. HWC, LIT, WI

ENG 380/580 Literary and Cultural Interpretation

In-depth study of developments in the history of interpretation. Representative methods include hermeneutics, feminism, psychoanalysis, and semiotics. FT, HWC, LIT

Courses periodically offered under the 270/370 rubric include:

ENG 270/370 Topics: African-American literature

Introduces the diversity and intertextuality of the African-American literary tradition. Includes major writers, periods, and genres. CD, LIT, WI

ENG 270/370 Topics: Nineteenth-Century Women Writers
Examines British and American women’s imprint on the novel, the short story, and the slave narrative. Studies of texts in relation to the social and intellectual milieu of the nineteenth century. LIT, WS, WI

ENG 270/370 Topics: Arthurian Literature and Film
Intensive study of the origins and development of the Arthurian myth in English and continental European literature through to the modern day. Authors read include Malory, Geoffrey of Monmouth, Gildas, the Gawain poet, White, Tennyson, Zimmer Bradley. FWC, LIT, WI

ENG 270/370 Topics: Gay and Lesbian Literature
A comprehensive look at the depictions of gay men and lesbians in the western literary tradition from the Middle Ages through the modern day, with an emphasis on how these depictions change over time. Authors read might include Marlowe, Barnfield, Lyly, Hall, Winterson, Brown. CD, LIT, WI

ENG 270/370 Topics: Twentieth-Century American Poetry
Twentieth-century poets clashed over questions of expressivity, performance, objectivity, and subject, leaving behind a spectacular variety of subjects, forms, and purposes for this genre. This course explores twentieth-century conflicts over the very nature of poetry and examines poems from different movements and traditions. LIT, WI

ENG 270/370 Topics: Charles Dickens

An in-depth examination of the works of this seminal British writer. LIT, WI

ENG 270/370 Topics: Women Writers of the Middle Ages and Renaissance
This course is designed to make students intimately familiar with women's writing from the Middle Ages through the Renaissance in both England and Continental Europe. By the end of this class, students should be able to understand what women were writing about in these eras, the conditions under which they wrote, why they wrote, and how their writing was received by the society as a whole. Represented authors include Marie de France, Anna Comnena, Margery Kempe, Julian of Norwich, Mary Astell, Mary Wroth, Aemilia Lanyer, and Elizabeth Cary. LIT, WS, WI

ENG 370/570 Topics: Robert Burns
A comprehensive look at the poetical works and influence of Scottish poet Robert Burns. Course includes intensive study of Burns' work plus critical discussion of his poetry. HWC, LIT, WI.

ENG 370/570: Topics: Christopher Marlowe

Intense study of the works of a seminal Renaissance playwright. Plays examined include Tamburlaine 1 and 2, Dr. Faustus, The Jew of Malta, and Edward II. Course also includes study of the author’s poetry (including Hero and Leander) and films based on Marlowe’s works and themes. HWC, LIT, WI

ENG 370/570: Topics: Environmental (In)Justice in American Literature

This course examines inequality in access to natural resources and the wealth they produce, exposure to toxins, and participation in environmental decision making as represented in literature by Native American, African-American, Latino, and Asian-American authors. CD, ES, LIT, WI
NOTE: Most Topics courses generally rotate on a two-year basis.