ENGL 100 Basic
student develops the basic English skills necessary for clear and effective communication.
Restricted to freshmen whose placement testing essay or portfolio score is a
four or under. Does not meet General Education English or Liberal Studies
100 where required by placement testing
A first-year writing course.
Students use a variety of resources to create projects in a variety of writing
genres. Resources for writing include but are
limited to memory, observation, critical reading and viewing, analysis, and reflection. Students use
writing processes to draft, peer review, revise, and edit their projects. (Titled
College Writing before 2012-13.)
ENGL 121 Humanities
students to works of imaginative literature through a careful analysis of poetry, drama, and prose fiction
(short story and/or novel) from a variety of periods and cultures,
including texts by women and ethnic and racial minorities. Also offered as FNLG
121. ENGL/FNLG 121 may be used interchangeably for D/F repeats; may not be
counted for duplicate credit.
Introduction to English Studies
English major/minor; minimum grade of C in ENGL 101
students to English studies by acquainting them with the critical approaches
appropriate to the varied subject areas of the discipline. The assumptions and
methods of these approaches will be considered, especially in the
interpretation of literature. At the conclusion, students are able to critically
analyze texts and demonstrate those skills in discussion and writing. Required
of all English majors.
101 and sophomore standing
as a bridge between Composition I and students’ professional writing. Develops
rhetorical skills for informed inquiry. Also develops the following abilities:
writing, critical reading, revising, citing and documenting, speaking
and listening, and reflecting. (Titled Research Writing before 2012-13.)
Introduction to Language Studies
the study of linguistics and rhetoric. Considers cultural contexts and issues
of power, focusing on questions such as how our brains use language, how
language represents the world we live in, and how language influences our
Introduction to Film Studies
Concentrates on the film as
an artistic medium. Eight to 12 motion pictures are shown during semester and are
analyzed in class discussions.
ENGL 210 British
Literature to 1660
101, 122, or permission
Surveys British literature
from its beginnings to about 1660, acquainting students with the experience of
reading many of the primary materials
works whenever possible or full, free-standing parts) and provides them with background information concerning the
development and flowering of the various genres, the dominant ideas of each
period, and the social and cultural
context of the separate works.
ENGL 211 British
Surveys British literature
from about 1660 to the beginning of the 20th century, acquainting
students with the experience of reading many of the primary materials (whole works whenever possible or
full, freestanding parts) and
providing them with background information concerning the development and flowering of the various genres,
the dominant ideas of each period, and the social and cultural context of the
ENGL 212 American
Literature: Beginnings to 1900
an understanding of American literature from its beginning to about 1900.
Concentrates primarily on a relatively small number of major works, each of
which helps to illustrate the “spirit of the age” it represents.
ENGL 213 British
and American Literature Since 1900
survey of major authors and works in British and American literature since
1900. Begins with the shift from Victorianism and late 19th-century literature into modernism, as exemplified by
writers such as Woolf,
Hemingway, and O’Neill, and continues with postmodernism and contemporary literature.
ENGL 220 Advanced
seeks to improve writing style, particularly in the more utilitarian forms,
such as magazine article and personal essay.
ENGL 221 Creative
121 or 122 or FNLG 121
seminar course in which students are expected to produce a substantial body of
written work in one or more of the creative genres, the particular kind of
writing chosen with regard to the special interests and abilities of each
ENGL 222 Technical
on helping the student to acquire and to apply communication skills essential
to the technical and professional writer.
Introduction to Literature by Women
121 or 122 and 202
Major trends and motifs
across genres (fiction, nonfiction, poetry, autobiography) that reflect themes
and subjects of continuing interest to women writers. The intersection of genre
with race, ethnicity, and social class is of
ENGL 226 Survey of
Global Literature since 1900
20th century and contemporary global literature in English and/or translation.
Readings are organized around major contexts and themes of colonialism,
revolution, decolonization, nationalism, and globalization.
Introduction to Legal Writing
legal research and writing. Students learn to prepare research memos, memoranda
of law, legal briefs, court observation essays, and other legal documents.
Other topics include legal terminology, audience analysis, and case study
ENGL 265 Law and
Minimum grade of C in ENGL 101 and 202
the historical and cultural connections between selected legal texts and themes as they relate to novels, poems,
films, drama, essays, and other literary genres.
ENGL 281 Special
appropriate to course content
on an experimental or temporary basis to explore topics not included in the
established curriculum. A given topic may be offered under any special topic
identity no more than three times. Special topics numbered 281 are offered
primarily for lower-level undergraduate students.
Contemporary British Literature
122, 202; and one of 210-213 or 226
major works and trends in contemporary British literature, such as late
modernism, postmodernism, the age of diminishment, or key novelists, dramatists,
and/or poets from the period 1945 to the present. Rather than survey the period
comprehensively, the purpose here is to focus closely on particular aspects or
writers as selected by the instructor.
ENGL 308 Critical
Minimum grade of C in ENGL 122
the major writings, writers, issues, technical vocabulary, and critical methods
in literary, textual, and cultural studies theory; acquaints students with how
such theoretical methods affect the way literary and cultural texts are read,
studied, and taught; and enables the students to recognize and engage in
theoretical praxis of various kinds.
ENGL 309 Dramaturgy
introduction to the study and profession of dramaturgy. A study of the historical significance of the dramaturg through
the reading of early and
modern practitioners. An examination of a number of critical theories that students
will use to contextualize play scripts under study. Performance of such
dramaturgical tasks as identifying script references, historicizing social conventions
and customs, comparing translations of notable foreign plays, preparing
information packets for actors, directors, and design teams, drafting program
notes, and organizing talkbacks. Opportunity to provide services for a
department production. (Cross-listed as THTR 311.)
ENGL 310 Public
principles of public speaking, audience analysis, interest, and attention and
selection and organization of speech material.
ENGL 313 Rhetorical
Trends and Traditions
survey of the major issues in and uses of rhetorical theory and criticism in
contemporary culture, using rhetorical concepts from ancient through contemporary
times. Rhetoric is the humanistic study of the ways people manipulate language
and try to persuade others in the social world.
ENGL 314 Speech and
Communication in the Secondary English Classroom
practical and theoretical approaches to relationships between oral and written
communication. Performance based (involving a variety of communication
activities) and knowledge based (involving study of research on language arts
relationships). Emphasizes integration of the four language arts for improving
teachers’ own communication skills as well as those of their students.
ENGL 319 American
focuses on various movements, themes, genres, and authors writing in the United
States since 1940. Not a survey course; each section will develop an extended
treatment of a particular topic selected by the instructor. Emphasizes
writing by living writers to develop an understanding of the diversity,
formally and thematically, of current US literary production across genders and
ENGL 321 Persuasive
Speech and Writing
on the practice of persuasive discourse in speech, writing, and visual media.
Includes projects and readings in debate, written argument, and rehearsed and
extemporaneous speaking. Students investigate such subjects as rhetorical
foundations and applications, language choice and stylistic variations, popular
culture, literature, and communication dynamics.
ENGL 323 Teaching
Literature and Reading in the Secondary School
the theory and research on teaching literature and reading in the secondary
school. Reviews reader-response literary theory and classroom based research on
teaching literature. Also reviews socio-psycholinguistic reading theory and
classroom-based research on teaching reading.
ENGL 324 Teaching
and Evaluating Writing
122, 202, English education major or permission
study of modern approaches to the teaching of writing, including current theories
on the composing process, as well as instruction in evaluating, including
holistic scoring. Includes practice in writing.
ENGL 325 Writing
221 or instructor permission
writing workshop for students who wish to focus intensively on the writing and
revision of poetry and on developing an audience for one’s creative work.
ENGL 326 Writing
writing workshop for students who wish to focus intensively on the writing and revision of fiction and on developing an
audience for one’s creative work.
ENGL 327 Writing Creative Nonfiction
writing workshop for students who wish to focus intensively on the writing and revision of literary nonfiction forms and
on developing an audience for
one’s creative work.
Introduction to Linguistics
introduction to the study of languages as complex sets of interacting systems
needed for human communication in a variety of interpersonal, academic, and
professional contexts. Focuses on the fundamentals of sound systems, word
structures, sentence structures, text structures, meaning systems, and
language-related power systems. Also considers questions of how language
develops over time, how languages are made up of a number of varieties, how
languages are learned and used, how language use varies for different groups of
users, and how these issues are related to cultural contexts
including issues of power.
ENGL 329 The
History of the English Language
historical development of the English language as a basis for a better understanding
of modern American English.
ENGL 330 The
Structure of English
introduction to the fundamentals of language study with an equal emphasis on
the sound, word, sentence, meaning, and discourse patterns of English.
Educationally relevant topics, such as applications of linguistics to the
teaching of English language and literature, varieties of grammar, and
linguistic descriptions of styles and registers, are an integral part of the course.
Course is a prerequisite for EDUC 452.
ENGL 332 Film
Offers a close examination of
classic and contemporary films and film theory from a variety of critical
perspectives—for example, spectatorship,
feminism, historiography, and cultural studies—through a focus on genre.
the interrelation between language system and behavior and various factors of
human psychology. Surveys developments since the 1940s, including relationships
between language and perception, biology, memory, meaning,
and cognition, as well as oral and written behavior. Students of language and
literature may improve their assumptions about how human beings use language.
ENGL 335 Literary Nonfiction
Focuses on the study of forms
of literary nonfiction, in English, which may include traditional essays, lyric
essays, memoir, and/or creative nonfiction depending on the instructor’s expertise.
ENGL 336 Language,
Gender, and Society
202, junior standing
the various ways that language and gender interact and intersect in society.
Examines such questions as: Does society use language to favor one sex over the
other? Why is language a crucial component in formulating constructs of
masculinity and femininity? What stereotypes of gender-based language are
promoted in our society? How can we analyze language to reveal disparate views
and treatment of the sexes?
ENGL 337 Myth
202; at least two from ENGL 210, 211, 212, 213
prerequisites for BA English majors: ENGL 210, 211, 212, 213
the nature and function of the mythic experience and explores the archetypal
patterns of myths from various cultures.
ENGL 338 Oral
students with the nature of oral composition, the habits of thought that
orality fosters, and the particular mode of awareness the oral dimension of
literature demands of an audience (and awakens in a reader). At the conclusion,
students should have an understanding of the formulaic nature of such purely
oral forms as the ballad and the epic and an awareness of the manner in which
orality patterns thought differently from writing, and should be able to detect
oral features and patterns in works of literature from cultures not primarily
oral but containing a high “oral residue.”
ENGL 340 The Novel
on the forms and theories of the novel as a genre. Emphasizes major writers and movements as well as significant
ENGL 341 Poetry
the forms and theories of poetry as a genre. Includes study of major writers,
movements, and aesthetic developments.
ENGL 342 Short
101,122, or permission
Studies the form and theory
of short fiction as a genre. Emphasizes major writers and movements as well as
significant historical developments.
ENGL 343 Drama
on the forms and theories of drama as a genre. Emphasizes major writers and movements as well as significant
ENGL 344 Ethnic American
122 and 202 or permission
Concerned with ethnic US
experiences as expressed in poetry, fiction, drama, and autobiography. The topic
will vary and be announced in advance.
include Asian American, Hispanic, Irish American, Jewish American, and Native American literatures.
111 or instructor permission
practical exploration of the craft and process of playwriting. Focuses
primarily on the practical, “hands-on” experiences approximating the
“developmental process” currently in use in the American theater. The student
from the initial concept through synopsis, outlines, working drafts, and
completion of an original one-act play and a “staged reading” of this project.
Note: Cross-listed as THTR 347. Either of these courses may be substituted for
each other and may be used interchangeably for D/F repeats but may not be
counted for duplicate credit.
ENGL 348 African
Primarily 19th- and
20th-century African American literature (poetry, fiction, nonfiction),
including works by Frederick Douglass, W. E. B. Du Bois, spirituals and folk
poetry, Harriet B. Wilson, Jean Toomer, Richard Wright, Audrey
Lorde, and Toni Morrison. Emphasizes historical context and an Afrocentric
ENGL 349 Bible as
literary aspects of the English Bible by relating earlier translations to the Authorized Version of 1611 and by
tracing some of the major influences of the King James Bible upon writers and
speakers of modern English.
Offers a close reading of the major narrative and poetic portions of the Old Testament.
ENGL 350 Gender and
Sexual Orientation in Literature, Theory, and Film
Introduces literature, film,
and theory that focus primarily on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender
perspectives. Inquires into the representation of
and sexuality within historical and cultural contexts.
ENGL 354 Classical
Literature in Translation
studied range from those of ancient Greece to Middle Ages. English literature
and American literature excluded.
ENGL 360 Editing
202 and 220 or 221
project-based career preparation course focused on creating, editing, and publishing
in print and/or electronic forms. Includes theory and practice of editing,
practice with publication tools, and group collaboration.
121 or 122, 202
on literature devoted to natural and constructed environments, exploring
connections among such topics as nature writing, environmentalism, ecocriticism,
place studies, bioregionalism, and environmental justice.
ENGL 385 Advanced
Studies in Women’s Literature
issues of genre and canon revision and why particular genres may have particular
appeal for women writers. Also considers major feminist literary theories and
their applications. While many of our readings are by “literary women,” we also
may consider works by women who are professionals in nonliterary disciplines.
ENGL 386 Regional
Literature in English
the contributions of a particular region to national literature. The focus
might be any of the following: Appalachian writers, local color writers, New
England writers, Southern writers, writers of the American West, or Canadian
ENGL 387 Irish
121 or 122
prerequisite for BA English majors: ENGL 213
introduction to Irish literature since 1800, with particular emphasis on the
Literary Revival in the early 20th century. Key authors include Yeats, Joyce,
Synge, O’Casey, Edgeworth, Somerville and Ross, Gregory, Beckett, and Heaney. The
development of Irish writing is examined within the contexts of Irish history,
language, culture, and politics.
ENGL 390 Literary
Offered selected summers,
for five weeks during the first or second summer session. Visits London, Stratford,
and Cambridge or Oxford, as well as
places important in English literature.
ENGL 396 Literature
of Emerging Nations
ENGL/FNLG 121 or ENGL 122, 202
comparative study of a selection of literature written in major European languages
but originating in the nations of the developing world. Works are mainly prose fiction (although essay, theater,
and poetry may be included) and reflect a diversity of
geographical, cultural, and prior colonial circumstances.
Also listed as FNLG 396.
ENGL 398 Global
Focuses on a specific
literary genre (including, but not limited to, poetry, drama, film, the short
story, or the novel) as it has been developed and transformed in
global contexts beyond the typical domains of the British or American literary traditions. Situates the use of a
genre within transnational literary and
historical developments. The global genre studied in a particular semester to be announced in advance.
ENGL 415 English
Language Studies for Teachers
on the fundamentals of language study with equal emphasis on the sound, the
word, the sentence, the meaning, and the discourse patterns of English as they
manifest in daily lives. Educationally relevant topics, such as applications of
sociolinguistics to the teaching of English language and literature, varieties
of grammar, and linguistic descriptions of styles and registers are an integral
part of the course.
ENGL 418 Young Adult
101, 122, 323, or permission, English education major
literature for and about young adults. Emphasizes critical study of the literature and its classification as well
as resources and rationales for using young adult literature in the middle and
secondary classroom. Explores selection of literature and various methods of
as ENGL 318 before 2014-15.)
ENGL 420 Writers’
220 or 221
upper-division course emphasizing reading, discussion, and writing on
specialized topics related to the study and performance of writing. The focus
varies from semester to semester according to the expertise of the faculty
member teaching the course.
ENGL 421 Digital
composition and presentation issues in writing for digital media. Focuses on
the conventions of digital writing and provides students practice in
conceiving, composing, and producing networked texts and may include creative
expression, persuasion, and collaboration. Extends traditional literacy skills
into emergent, digital genres.
ENGL 426 ESL
Methods and Materials
Senior standing or instructor permission
introduction to English as a second language theory and practice. Aims:
general understanding of current theory and methods of teaching ESL;
ability to select appropriate, and adapt existing, materials for elementary and
high school ESL students.
ENGL 430 Major
major works of a single major author, including biographical, literary, and
cultural contexts. Places the author within both intellectual/cultural history
and literary developments. Major author studied in a particular semester to be
announced in advance.
122, 202, and one of 210-213 or 226
Shakespeare’s development as a poetic dramatist against background of
Elizabethan stage; examines audience, textual problems, language imagery, and
ENGL 436 Major
in the literary output of a major American author or authors against the
background of the social and literary milieus in which the works were created. Specific subject or subjects to be
announced by the instructor.
ENGL 437 Major
121 or 122; 202; and either 209 or 396
major works in English and/or English translation of a single major global
author not included in the British or American literary traditions. Situates
the author within major transnational literary and historical developments.
Major author to be studied in particular semester to be announced in advance.
ENGL 440 Major
Figures in Film
121 or 122; and 202, 208
Studies major artists and
their contributions to the development of film as an art form from
its beginnings to the present. Close analyses of directors, cinematographers, editors, screenwriters, or actors—as
individuals or as representatives of a
movement in film. Topics vary from semester to semester; thus, one semester may
concentrate on a specific director such as Alfred Hitchcock; another
semester might study women (as directors, actresses, and editors); and yet another semester might study a
collective movement such as film noir.
ENGL 450 Film
introduction to major film theories, studied in relation to representative films.
Details the complex relationship between film production and film theory: i.e.,
how theorists have attempted to explain what appears on the screen, its impact,
and its relation to “reality,” and how filmmakers have responded to the works
of theorists (with the two sometimes being the same). Goes far deeper into
understanding film than ENGL 208, which focuses mainly on how film is
constructed through aesthetic and institutional processes.
ENGL 460 Topics in
Selected films dealing with
a specific, advanced topic are viewed and assessed to explore the different
roles that film plays. Topic to be announced in advance.
ENGL 461 Topics in
major works of a particular topic in British literature by focusing on its
cultural and literary contexts. Topic to be announced in advance.
ENGL 462 Topics in
major works of a particular topic in American literature by focusing on its
cultural and literary contexts. Topic to be announced in advance.
ENGL 463 Topics in
Global Literature and Film
major works in English of a particular topic in global literature and/or film by focusing on the transnational
contexts of history and culture surrounding the production
and/or reception of literature and film. Topic of global
literature and/or film to be announced in advance.
ENGL 466 Topics in
Minimum grade of C in ENGL 122 and 308
Explores a specific issue,
writer, or trend in English studies theory. Topic to be announced in
ENGL 480 Seminar:
Studies in English and American Literature
101, 122, 202
211, 212, 213, or permission
seminar experience for advanced students. Students considering graduate work in
English might well wish to enroll, but students with a variety of career
goals—business, industry, law, government service—can take advantage of this
opportunity to plan a schedule of independent study with the help of a faculty
ENGL 481 Special
vary from semester to semester covering such diverse topics as autobiography, science fiction, folklore, the
political novel, black theater, etc.
Prior approval through advisor, faculty member, department chairperson, dean, and Office of the Provost
with interest in independent study of a topic not offered in the curriculum may
propose a plan of study in conjunction with a faculty member. Approval is based
on academic appropriateness and availability of resources.
ENGL 484 Topics in
Declared English major; ENGL 122, 202; minimum 24cr in major
themes that may vary according to the faculty member teaching the course. Gives
upper-level English majors an opportunity to share their expertise in their
track: Literary/Textual/Cultural, Writing, Film, or Language Studies. Students
will be part of a community of learners and reflect
on the ways disciplinary knowledge is constructed in English studies and will construct
a portfolio of their work as an English major, both in and out of this class,
to assess their growth and potential as readers, writers, and critical
ENGL 493 Internship
training opportunities in related areas. Application and acceptance to
internship program required.