ENG 101 BASIC GRAMMAR AND COMPOSITION (3)
Designed to improve the student’s reading and writing skills. Emphasis on perfecting the paragraph and writing grammatically correct, effective sentences as preparation for the essay. Fall and spring semesters.
ENG 103 COLLEGE ENGLISH I (3-4)
Designed to improve the student’s reading, writing, and critical thinking skills, and to give the student a broad understanding of culture and society. Emphasis is on essay writing and critical analysis of non-fiction and literary works. A 1-credit recitation section may be required based on placement, and it must be successfully completed (pass/fail only) in order to pass the lecture. Fall and spring semesters.
ENG 104 COLLEGE ENGLISH II (3)
Builds on skills acquired in ENG 103. Emphasis is on writing essays and completing a research paper. Includes critical examination of fiction and non-fiction. Fall and spring semesters. Prerequisite: ENG 103 or instructor permission.
ENG 105 THE ENGLISH MAJOR (1)
Designed to introduce students to the field of English, including its history, methods, and goals. Required course work and career possibilities for the field (including graduate school) are also discussed. Activities may include guest speakers, interviews, and site visits. Fall semesters. Pass/fail only.
ENG 150 TOPICS: AMERICAN CULTURE AND LANGUAGE (3)
This class is designed for students whose first language is not English. Critical thinking, reading, writing, and presentation skills will be emphasized. Class assignments and field trips will increase students’ understanding of American culture and traditions, and American academic English. Offered as needed. For international students only.
ENG 203 ENGLISH SEMINAR (1)
This seminar will offer an encouraging and intellectually challenging environment. Students will be interacting with professional writers who are interested in literature and the world of ideas. A variety of writers will read from their work (published or in-progress), and discuss how it fits into the larger world of letters. Discussion may also include the writing process, literary craft, and publishing. Offered as needed.
ENG 219 CREATIVE WRITING (3)
Introduction to the writing of fiction, poetry, and the literary essay. Includes a variety of readings to support student writing. Fall semesters. Prerequisite: ENG 104 or instructor permission.
ENG 231 SURVEY OF AMERICAN LITERATURE I (3)
Survey of American Literature in a historical context from its beginning to 1900. Introduces the student to literary movements and major writers. Fall semester, even years. Prerequisite: ENG 103 or instructor permission.
ENG 232 SURVEY OF AMERICAN LITERATURE II (3)
Survey of American Literature in a historical context from 1900 to present. Introduces the student to literary movements and major writers. Spring semester, odd years. Prerequisite: ENG 103 or instructor permission.
ENG 241 SURVEY OF ENGLISH LITERATURE I (3)
Chronological survey of English literature from Beowulf to 1789, concentrating on major figures and works. Fall semester, odd years. Prerequisite: ENG 103 or instructor permission.
ENG 242 SURVEY OF ENGLISH LITERATURE II (3)
Chronological survey of English literature from 1789 to the current day, concentrating on major figures and works. Spring semester, even years. Prerequisite: ENG 103 or instructor permission.
ENG 252 MONSTROUS LITERATURE (3)
Examine depictions of monstrosity in both classical and contemporary literature and consider what such “monstrous literature” can tell us about how we see the world and ourselves. Readings may include Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, the Call of Cthulu, I am Legend, Grendel, and No Country for Old Men. Fall semester, even years. Prerequisite: ENG 103 or instructor permission.
ENG 263 SURVEY OF WORLD LITERATURE (3)
Survey of continental European literature from the Ancient World to the present. Introduces the student to major writers and includes historical background and literary movements. Spring semester, odd years. Prerequisite: ENG 103 or instructor permission.
ENG 270 STUDIES IN THE NOVEL (3)
Focuses on a single literary form and will explore the form of the novel through an in-depth examination. Students will become acquainted with relevant criticism, form, socio-historical contexts, and influence of the genre. Offered as needed. Prerequisite: ENG 103 or instructor permission.
ENG 275 STUDIES IN POETRY (3)
Introduces students to the basic elements of poetry, including its development through early forms to the present. It will also explore poetry’s role in determining expressions of authentic self-hood and true calling. We will study, compose, workshop, revise, and publicly read poetry, while also reflecting on the process and final product of poetic practice. Spring semester, even years. Prerequisite: ENG 103 or instructor permission.
ENG 288 RHETORIC AND PERSUASION (3)
This course in classical and contemporary rhetorical theory uses theories of language, representation, and communication to critique public discourse and create oral and written arguments designed for the public sphere. Offered as needed. Prerequisite: ENG 104.
ENG 291 FILM AS ART (3)
Evaluates films of different genres and introduces film history and the terminology of film criticism. Spring semester, even years. Prerequisite: ENG 104 or instructor permission.
ENG 302 ENVIRONMENTAL LITERATURE (3)
Although environmental awareness and related ecological concerns are generally understood as modern phenomena, humanity has always been engaged in a struggle to understand, navigate, and even master the world around us. This course will study the ways that both contemporary and classical literature represent, interrogate, and even complicate environmental issues and themes. Fall semester, odd years.
ENG 310 NORDIC LITERATURE (3)
Cross-listed with FNS 310. Surveys the literature of Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Iceland and their colonies. Examines traditional folklore and mythologies as well as modern novels, dramas and poetry. Reflects on the ways in which these various national literatures are both related and distinct, and considers what elements unite them across language and geography. Fall semester, odd years.
ENG 315 BRITISH COMMONWEALTH LITERATURE (3)
Covers literature of the British Commonwealth. The cultural and historical diversity as well as distinctive literary development of the British Commonwealth will be explored. Offered as needed.
ENG 316 AFRICAN AMERICAN LITERATURE (3)
Examines the rich contributions made to American literature by African American writers of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. The historical and ongoing struggle for freedom, equality and justice in America will be a major course theme. Most readings will be from after 1950. Spring semesters, odd years. Prerequisite: ENG 104.
ENG 323 ADVANCED WRITING (3)
All good writing is rewriting. This intensive writing course seeks to hone skills while developing each student’s unique voice primarily through a workshop format. A broad range of writing styles and genres will be explored, with an emphasis on creative non-fiction. Students will create a professional portfolio and are encouraged to submit their work for publication. Spring semester, odd years. Prerequisite: ENG 104; English 219 highly recommended.
ENG 332 GREAT BOOKS OF THE UNITED STATES: AMERICAN LITERARY LANDSCAPE (3)
Focuses on reading and discussing major American authors such as Twain, Thoreau, Cather, Fitzgerald, Faulkner, or Plath. Fall semester, odd years.
ENG 340 AUTHOR’S SERIES (3)
Provides an intensive study of a limited number of major authors or single novels. Fall semester, even years.
ENG 350 TOPICS IN LITERATURE OR ENGLISH (3)
Offers the student the opportunity to explore a subgenre or theme in literature not found in the regular offerings. Topics might examine a single author such as Shakespeare, a group such as the Lost Generation, a literary time such as the Victorian, a region such as the British Commonwealth, a national literature such as Canada, a literary movement such as Modernism. Offered as needed.
ENG 360 KALEVALA (3)
Cross-listed with FNS 360. Immortalized as Finland’s national epic, the Kalevala encapsulates ancient Finnish folk traditions. This course will detail the historical development of the Kalevala poetry tradition, its development and structure as a literary work, its use as an anthropological text, and its use as a political and cultural icon of Finnish identity. Spring semester, odd years.
ENG 375 LITERATURE AND POLITICS (3)
The intersection of literature and politics and their dynamic historical frameworks will be considered. Students will reflect on questions raised by various literary masterpieces and how literature can explore fundamental questions of human and political life. Various authors and cultural commentators will be examined. Fall semester, odd years.
ENG 380 LITERARY CRITICISM (3)
To understand literature one must be able to engage with the work in a careful, active manner. Reading is a skill as much as writing, and this is the art of literary criticism. Examines the history of literary criticism from Plato to today, and considers how the act of reading shapes our understanding not only of the work we read, but of the world which produced it. Spring semester, even years. Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing.
ENG 390 LITERATURE AND GENDER (3)
Examines descriptions, constructions, and interrogations of gender and related issues in canonical literary works from the Classical age to the contemporary period. Fall semester, even years.
ENG 389 INTERNSHIP IN ENGLISH (1-3)
This experiential learning opportunity focuses on exploring career interests, applying knowledge from the classroom, and developing practical on-the-job skills. Students are responsible for establishing their own internships. The internship may be taken for one, two, or three credit hours, with a minimum of 20 hours of supervised on-site work per credit hour. Offered as needed. Prerequisite: Cumulative GPA of at least 2.7 and instructor permission. Pass/fail only.
ENG 401 NATIVE AMERICA LITERATURE (3)
This class will use history as the touchstone for further readings in novels, short fiction, poetry, film, and other visual storytelling by Native American artists. Emphasis will be on the 20th and 21st centuries and include diverse array of indigenous voices and media through which Native artists tell their own stories and histories and intervene in popular culture, American myth and present social realities. Spring semester, even years.
ENG 403 CULTURES IN CONFLICT (3)
Designed to give a deeper and broader understanding of major conflicts around the globe, analyzing their effects on human societies and the environment through various works of fiction. Focuses on literary works written by under-represented writers, exploring territories as diverse as a war-torn neighborhood of Afghanistan, a rural village in Africa, or an Indian community in Calcutta. Texts may include historical analyses, criticism, fiction, poetry, literary journalism, and drama. Spring semester, odd years.
ENG 495 CAPSTONE PREP COURSE (1)
Prepares students for ENG 499 Senior Capstone. Students will be introduced to the requirements of the capstone experience, determine their topic, and develop a prospectus. Offered as needed. Prerequisite: Senior standing and instructor permission. Pass/fail only.
ENG 499 SENIOR CAPSTONE IN ENGLISH (3)
Students prepare a research thesis on a topic of interest to the student. The thesis is intended to demonstrate the student’s ability to synthesize and apply knowledge. Offered as needed. Prerequisites: Senior status and instructor permission.