C O U R S E S i n E N G L I S H
This course catalog is effective beginning Fall 2009.
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Catalogs. All courses are three (3) credit hours, and may be taken only once, unless otherwise indicated.
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100 Level Courses
200 Level Courses
300 Level Courses
400 Level Courses
500 Level Courses
100 LEVEL COURSES
100 - WRITING LAB
Self-instructional materials for improvement of writing skills; tutorial assistance in composing papers, reports, or theses. Word processors available. Not for English major or minor credit. (1 credit hour)
101 - ENGLISH COMPOSITION
Instruction and practice in analyzing and composing the academic expository essay. Pre-requisites: ACT Reading score of 19 or PLCMNTEST-Reading score of 39 or completion of AD 082
with a minimum grade of C AND
ACT English score of 21 or PLCMNTREC-Writing 05 or completion of AD 092
with a minimum grade of C or completion of AD 090B
with a minimum grade of C.
101n - ENGLISH COMPOSITION: NON-NATIVE SPEAKERS
Instruction and practice in expository writing, including the paragraph and short essay. Course is a general education skills course. Prerequisite: Consent of advisor.
102 - ENGLISH COMPOSITION
Builds upon the analytical and writing skills developed in 101 with emphasis on argumentation and critical synthesis of information based on research. Prerequisite: completion of 101 with a minimum grade of C.
102n - ENGLISH COMPOSITION: NON-NATIVE SPEAKERS
Instruction and practice in expository writing, including the essay and research paper. Course is a general education skills course. Prerequisite: Consent of advisor.
111 - INTRODUCTION TO LITERATURE
Representative works in world drama, fiction, and poetry. Development of appreciation of literature by understanding themes, purposes, techniques, history. Prerequisite: 101.
200 LEVEL COURSES
200 - INTRODUCTION TO LITERARY STUDY
Required of majors. Focuses on literary genres, terminology, and close reading. Strongly recommended as a prerequisite for other course work. Required of English majors and minors; open to prospective English majors and minors.
201 - INTERMEDIATE COMPOSITION
Practice in clear, direct, error-free writing of expository themes; emphasis on organization, rhetorical strategies, and audience. Requires consent of advisor.
202 - STUDIES IN DRAMA
Reading and discussion of classic examples of ancient and modern drama, with attention to themes, techniques, and cultural significance.
203 - STUDIES IN POETRY
Reading and discussion of selected examples of British and American poetry; recent and traditional.
204 - STUDIES IN FICTION
Reading and discussion of selected major examples of modern fiction, the short story to the novel. Attention to themes and techniques.
205 - INTRODUCTION TO AFRICAN-AMERICAN TEXTS
African American texts in the form of oratory, sermons, speeches, poetry, fiction, and/or drama. Various literary periods from Colonial to Contemporary times may be covered.
206 - INTRODUCTION TO FILM GENRE
Introduces students to a variety of film genres and develops skills in film appreciation.
207 - LANGUAGE AWARENESS
Introductory course in the nature of language. Focus on English language; what language is and how people use it.
208 - TOPICS IN EARLY BRITISH LITERATURE
The in-depth study of a variety of early British literary works; topic varies.
209 - TOPICS IN MODERN BRITISH LITERATURE
The in-depth study of a variety of modern British literary works; topic varies.
211 - TOPICS IN EARLY AMERICAN LITERATURE
The in-depth study of a variety of early American literary works; topic varies.
212 - TOPICS IN MODERN AMERICAN LITERATURE
The in-depth study of a variety of modern American literary works; topic varies.
214 - TOPICS IN WORLD LITERATURE: ANCIENT TO MEDIEVAL
The in-depth study of a variety of works in ancient and medieval world literatures; topic varies.
215 - TOPICS IN WORLD LITERATURE: RENAISSANCE TO MODERN
The in-depth study of a variety of works in Renaissance through modern literatures; topic varies.
290 - INTRODUCTION TO CREATIVE WRITING
Provides an introduction to the basic genres of creative writing (fiction, poetry, drama, creative non-fiction) with an emphasis on craft and the writing process. Prerequisites: ENG 102, sophomore standing.
300 LEVEL COURSES
301 - INTRODUCTION TO LITERARY THEORY AND CRITICISM
Selected literary theories, types of criticism, and theorists. Practice in interpreting and writing about literature, and in application of research methods. Prerequisite: Open Only To English Majors.
306 - INTRODUCTION TO THE BIBLE
Reading and discussion of selected books from the Old and New Testaments and Apocrypha in translation, with attention to their literary, historical, and theological contexts.
307 - INTRODUCTION TO SHAKESPEARE
Shakespeare's life, the Elizabethan theater, and representative plays and poems.
308 - DETECTIVE FICTION
Development of detective short story and novel from nineteenth-century beginnings to the present.
309 - POPULAR LITERATURE
Analysis of literature which has influenced and been influenced by popular culture. May be repeated up to 6 hours provided no topic is repeated.
310 - CLASSICAL MYTHOLOGY AND ITS INFLUENCE
Major Greek and Roman myths: origin, nature,
interpretations, and use in the modern world.
315 - AMERICAN NATURE WRITING
Works by Audubon, Thoreau, Muir, Austin, Leopold, Abbey, McPhee, Berry, Momaday, Dillard, Silko, and other writers focusing on relations of Americans to American landscapes.
332 - ARGUMENT
Students will investigate argument history, strategy, and theory; analyze arguments and rhetorical situations-rhetor, audience, purpose, context; and compose and evealuate argumentative prose.
334 - SCIENTIFIC WRITING
Offers students experience in researching, writing, structuring and revising scientific documents. Designed for science and English majors or minors.
340 - LITERATURE OF THE THIRD WORLD
Third World literature from antiquity to present; social, political, historical, and philosophical problems reflected in literature.
341 - AFRICAN AMERICAN WOMEN'S WRITING
(Same as Women's Studies 341) Poems, novels, short stories, essays, dramas, autobiography, and other texts by African American women writers during various periods from Colonial to Contemporary times.
342 - MOVEMENTS IN AFRICAN AMERICAN LITERATURE
Fiction, poetry, drama, essays, speeches, and autobiography with emphasis on different literary time periods, creative trends, and political movements specific to African American literature.
343 - TOPICS IN AFRICAN AMERICAN RHETORIC AND ORATORY
This course introduces students to essays, oratory, slave narratives, speeches, and theories relative to abolitionism, captivity, religion, and civil-rights focused movements, in African American texts. May be repeated up to 6 hours provided no topic is repeated.
344 TOPICS IN ETHNIC LITERATURE.
This course will examine ethnic literatures from a
socio-economic, political, and historical context. Students will
investigate issues of diaspora, class, gender, and resistance in
literatures often marginalized. May be repeated up to 6 hours
provided no topic is repeated.
345 TOPICS IN AFRICAN AMERICAN POETRY AND FOLKLORE.
Examinations of parallel themes, forms, missions and theories of African American poetry/folklore from ancient origins to Langston Hughes, Gwendolyn Brooks, Rita Dove, blues, rap. May be repeated up to 6 hours provided no topic is repeated.
369 - GRAMMATICAL ANALYSIS
Analysis of formal spoken and written English sentences; encourages critical thinking about conceptions of grammar and greater awareness of our (mostly unconscious) knowledge of language.
370 - MORPHOLOGICAL ANALYSIS
An introduction to the analysis of the internal structure of words, and the processes of inflection, derivation, and word formation found in human languages.
388 - SURVEY OF THE HISTORY OF RHETORIC
Major rhetoric figures, texts, and definitions, beginning with classical origins and continuing to today. Designed for students interested in composition, literature, and criticism.
392 - FICTION WRITING
Short story writing, with special emphasis on plot, point of view, description, dialogue, and other elements in the rhetoric of fiction. Workshop format.
393 - POETRY WRITING
Writing of poetry and study of poetic fundamentals, including form, imagery, figurative language, and speaker. Workshop setting for critiques of student work.
394 - PLAYWRITING
Provides a close acquaintance with a range of theatrical strategies explored by playwrights, and a workshop forum for the development of student's own writing.
400 LEVEL COURSES
400 - PRINCIPLES OF LINGUISTICS
Principles and techniques of linguistic analysis illustrated through survey of major structural components of language. Recommended for anthropology students, linguistics students, and those preparing to teach English.
403 - HISTORY OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE
Historical survey of major phonological and grammatical changes in English language from its Indo-European antecedents to the present.
404 - CHAUCER: CANTERBURY TALES
The Canterbury Tales read in Middle English.
405 - PRAGMATICS
Study of principles controlling how implicit levels of meaning are expressed in language and how context influences the interpretation of meaning.
406 - OLD ENGLISH LANGUAGE
Sounds, grammar, and vocabulary of the Old English language, including readings in Old English poetry and prose.
408 - PHONOLOGICAL ANALYSIS
Principles of linguistic analysis and interpretation as applied to sound systems of language. ENG 400 recommended.
409 - SYNTACTIC ANALYSIS
Principles of syntactic analysis and interpretation as applied to clause and sentence level structures.
410 - RHETORIC, WRITING, AND CITIZENSHIP
Students will read and write rhetorical texts that focus on the role of writing in civic life. A service learning project is required.
411 - INTERNSHIP IN WRITING
Involvement in developing workplace writing. Supervised by selected faculty member and cooperating site. Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in ENG 102; junior standing and consent of instructor. Not for graduate credit.
412 - DIGITAL LITERACIES
Students will investigate digital literacy -- electronic technologies, discursive practices, and cyberspaces. Analysis and assessment of digital artifacts, cultures, and texts.
416 - LANGUAGE AND SOCIETY
Relationships among language, society, and culture, and their implications for education and intercultural communication. Topics include language variation, socialization, and ethnography of communication.
417 - LANGUAGE AND ETHNICITY
The course will introduce students to linguistic thought through definitions of ethnicity, case studies of diverse language communities, ethnic crossing via language, and inter-ethnic communication.
418 - LANGUAGE ENDANGERMENT AND DEATH
An introduction to the concept of linguistic diversity as well as the socio-political and economic factors presenting threats to this diversity.
420 - TOPICS IN FILM STUDIES
Variable topics course focusing on the history and aesthetic development of one or two film genres, styles or historical periods.
432 - MAJOR AMERICAN WRITER OF THE 20TH CENTURY
Short prose by authors such as James, Cather, Faulkner, O'Connor, Hemingway, Fitzgerald, and Wright.
443 - PROSODY
Students will both study and write metrical poetry. All aspects of versification will be considered. For both literature majors and creative writing minors.
444 - CREATIVE NON-FICTION
Writing practice in and examination of a wide variety of modes and subjets comprising the genre of creative nonfiction, i.e. memoir, personal essay, lyric essay. Workshop format.
445 - YOUNG ADULT LITERATURE
Historical survey of and contemporary perspectives on young adult literature. Students will analyze interactions between literary texts and the cultures in which they are read.
446 - STUDIES IN AFRICAN AMERICAN LITERATURE
This course will examine the fiction, poetry, short stories, and essays of African American writers within the context of scholarship and criticism dedicated to the study of black diasporic cultures. May be repeated up to 6 hours.
457 - TOPICS IN POSTCOLONIAL LITERATURE AND CRITICISM
Examination of Postcolonial texts-novels, poems, plays, memoirs, speeches, and critical essays with focus on scholarship and theory in postcolonial studies. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 hours provided no topic is repeated.
458 - TOPICS IN ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND
Topics in language and literature. May be repeated once for a maximum of six hours provided no topic is repeated.
463 - TOPICS IN LITERARY PERIODS
Reading and analysis of works drawn from one or more specific literary periods; authors and periods vary. May be repeated to a maximum of 9 hours as long as no topic is repeated.
464 - TOPICS IN FORMS AND GENRES
Reading and analysis of works drawn from one or more specific literary forms and genres; authors, forms, and genres vary. May be repeated to a maximum of 9 hours as long as no topic is repeated.
468 - SECOND LANGUAGE ACQUISITION
Examination of issues and theories applicable to understanding process of second language development.
470 - METHODS AND MATERIALS FOR K-12 ESL TEACHING
Examination of techniques and materials for teaching English as a Second Language in K-12 settings.
471 - SHAKESPEARE
The in-depth study of the works of Renaissance author William Shakespeare. Topic varies; may be repeated to a maximum of 6 hours so long as topic is not repeated.
472 - ASSESSMENT AND TESTING IN ESL
Examination of issues and methods for assessing oral and
written proficiency in English as a Second Language.
473 - MILTON
Paradise Lost and other works such as Samson
Agonistes, Paradise Regained, Lycidas, Comus, and
474 - BILINGUALISM AND BILINGUAL EDUCATION
An introduction to cognitive, linguistic, and social
perspectives on bilingualism, and the history and politics of
bilingual education in the US.
475 – METHODS OF TEACHING SECONDARY ENGLISH: LITERATURE AND CULTURE
Approaches to and issues in teaching literature and culture at the secondary level. Must be seeking secondary ELA certification.
476 - PRACTICUM IN ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE
This course is designed for students who need to gain supervised experience teaching ESL for the purposes of the state ESL enrollment.
477 - MORRISON
Reading and analysis of the works of major contemporary American author Toni Morrison.
478 - STUDIES IN WOMEN, LANGUAGE, AND LITERATURE
Relationships among society, gender, language, and literature: ways women are affected by and depicted in language and literature: literature written by women; feminist criticism. Topic varies; may be repeated to a maximum of 6 hours so long as topic is not repeated. Same as Women's Studies 478
479 - MAJOR AUTHORS: SHARED TRADITIONS
Reading and analysis of the works of two to four major authors who share an historical period; authors and topic vary. May be repeated up to a maximum of 6 hours as long as authors and topic are not repeated.
480 - MAJOR AUTHORS: CROSSING BOUNDARIES
Reading and analysis of the works of two to four major authors from different historical periods; authors and topic vary. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 hours as long as no topic is repeated.
482 - TECHNOLOGY AND LITERATURE
Analysis of digital theory and digital literature: short fiction, poetry, and novels created for new media such as CD-ROMs and hypertext.
485 - METHODS OF TEACHING SECONDARY ENGLISH: COMPOSITION AND LANGUAGE
Approaches to and issues in teaching composition and language usage at the secondary level. Must be seeking secondary ELA certification.
486 - TEACHING CREATIVE WRITING
Seminar on the teaching of creative writing, with an emphasis on poetry and/or fiction.
489 - STYLE AND INTENTIONALITY
A writing course on the study of style. The aim: to study stylistic conventions and innovations. The course is both theoretical and practical.
490 - ADVANCED COMPOSITION
Writing sophisticated expository prose. Review of grammatical matters as needed; emphasis on clarity, organization, effectiveness, and flexibility. May be repeated once for a max of 6 hours with permission.
491 - TECHNICAL AND BUSINESS WRITING
Technical communication, professional correspondence, reports, proposals, descriptions, and evaluations; word processing and graphics software. For students in English, business, engineering, nursing, the sciences, and the social sciences.
492 - ADVANCED FICTION WRITING
Advanced seminar in short story writing. Includes readings
in fiction and a study of the psychology of creativity, fiction
markets, experimental fiction. Workshop format.
493 - ADVANCED POETRY WRITING
Advanced workshop in writing poetry. Examination of poetic expression.
494 - LITERARY EDITING
Principles of literary editing, primarily of fiction and
495 - HISTORY OF CRITICAL THEORY
Major critical theories from Plato to the present, including
practice in writing criticism.
496 - SCHOLARLY AND CRITICAL EDITING
Editorial preparation of copy for scholarly and critical journals in English language and literature.
497A - SENIOR SEMINAR
Required of majors. A variable topics course providing intensive study of a specialized topic. Includes a substantial research paper. Not for Graduate Students.
498 - TUTORIAL IN CREATIVE WRITING
Independent study designed primarily for creative writing minors. May be repeated once for credit. Not for graduate credit.
499 - READINGS IN ENGLISH
Independent study in specific area of interest. Extensive reading. For English students only; may be repeated to a maximum of 6 hours. Prerequisite: Approval of department chair and instructor.
500 LEVEL COURSES
501 - MODERN LITERARY STUDIES
Integrates study of modern literary theory and scholarly editing with instruction in professional research writing and use of electronic data bases. Continuous with Eng 502.
502 - MODERN LITERARY THEORY
Continues study of modern literary theory begun in English 501; includes diverse approaches, issues, texts, and thinkers.
505 - STUDIES IN OLD AND MIDDLE ENGLISH LITERATURE
Topics such as Beowulf, Chaucer, Middle English
lyric, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Arthurian literature. May be repeated to a maximum
of 9 hours provided no topic is repeated.
506 - STUDIES IN THE RENAISSANCE AND 17TH CENTURY LITERATURE
Topics such as Spenser, Shakespeare, Renaissance
drama, Milton, Metaphysical poetry. May be repeated to a maximum of 9 hours
provided no topic is repeated.
508 - STUDIES IN RESTORATION AND 18TH CENTURY LITERATURE
Topics such as satire, Pope, Richardson and Fielding, Boswell
and Johnson. May be repeated to a maximum of 9 hours so long as
no topic is repeated.
510 - STUDIES IN 19TH CENTURY BRITISH LITERATURE
Topics in Romantic and Victorian poetry or prose such as
Romantic supernaturalism, gender in Victorian novels, specific
focus on one or two writers. May be repeated to a maximum of 9
hours so long as no topic is repeated.
515 - STUDIES IN 20TH CENTURY AMERICAN AND/OR BRITISH LITERATURE
Topics such as Modernism, British
drama, American Realism, poetry, and Post-war fiction. May be
repeated to a maximum of 9 hours provided no topic is repeated.
518 - STUDIES IN COLONIAL AND 19TH CENTURY AMERICAN WRITERS
Topics such as the Puritan writers,
Hawthorne, Melville, Dickinson. May be repeated to a maximum of
9 hours provided no topic is repeated.
521 - TOPICS IN LITERARY STUDY
Literary topics not included in regular course offerings. May be repeated to a maximum of 9 hours provided no topic is repeated.
526 - STUDIES IN AFRICAN AMERICAN TEXTS
This course examines African American texts including fiction, poetry,
plays, essays, sermons, slave narratives, memories, and speeches, with
primary focus on pertinent theory, scholarship, and publications in Black
studies. May be repeated to a maximum of 9 hours, provided no topic is
TEACHING ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE
540 - SEMINAR IN SECOND LANGUAGE ACQUISITION
Examination of advanced topics in the acquisition of English as a second language, including universal grammar, lexical development and conversational analysis. Prerequisites: Eng 400 should be taken before, or concurrently with Eng 540 and graduate standing.
541 - DISCOURSE ANALYSIS
Examination of discourse properties of narrative and expository prose through practice in text analysis.
542 - METHODS FOR TEACHING ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE
Analysis of models for teaching ESL in
various educational settings. Includes classroom observation and
evaluation. For TESL students.
543 - GRAMMAR PEDAGOGY
Study of problem areas in the structure, acquisition, and teaching of
English grammar to non-native speakers.
544 - READING AND WRITING PEDAGOGY IN TESL
Examination of reading and writing processes in second
language acquisition and approaches to teaching them to non-native speakers.
TEACHING OF WRITING
552 - ACADEMIC WRITING AND RESEARCH METHODS IN COMPOSITION STUDIES.
Research methods in composition studies,
practice using electronic databases, and instruction in professional research
writing. Required of students in Teaching of Writing MA specialization.
554 - COMPOSITION PEDAGOGY
Introduction to teaching writing. Writing-as-process
approach: invention methods, revision techniques, collaborative learning, and workshops. Design and evaluation of assignments. Planning writing courses. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.
556 - THEORY OF COMPOSITION AND RHETORIC
Study of theories and historical movements underlying and
constituting modern composition pedagogy and rhetorical studies.
558 - PRACTICUM IN THE TEACHING OF WRITING
Course focuses on teaching techniques for
freshman-level college writing courses. Working with mentor and
supervisory instructors, students will observe and then teach a
570 - TEACHING AFRICAN-AMERICAN ORAL AND WRITTEN LITERATURE
Teaching of African-American Oral and
Written Literatures; emphasis on methodology, comparative
presentation styles, and textual analysis; scope includes ancient
Africa and contemporary America.
572 - THEORY AND PRACTICE OF TEACHING WRITING WITH COMPUTERS
Study of theoretical principles of
computer-mediated composition pedagogy and practical applications
of specific technologies in the writing classroom.
574 - BASIC WRITING THEORY AND PEDAGOGY
Focus on theories and practical teaching methods for working in basic and developmental writing courses at the college level.
576 - WRITING ACROSS THE CURRICULUM
History, philosophy, pedagogical techniques, and assessment
of writing across the curriculum.
578 - GENDER, LANGUAGE, AND PEDAGOGY
Study of recent research into ways gender affects language:
speaking, reading, and writing.
581 - TOPICS IN TEACHING ENGLISH
Workshop or seminar in teaching composition, language,
literature, creative writing, and related subjects in education. May be repeated to a maximum of 9
hours provided no topic is repeated.
583 - HISTORY OF RHETORIC I: THE CLASSICAL PERIOD TO THE RENAISSANCE
Major rhetoric figures, texts, and definitions, beginning with Classical origins and continuing into the Renaissance period. Designed for students interested in composition, literature, and criticism. Note: this course is usually offered in summer session only.
584 - HISTORY OF RHETORIC II: THE ENLIGHTENMENT TO TODAY
Major rhetoric figures, texts, and definitions, beginning with the Enlightenment and continuing into the contemporary period. Designed for students interested in composition, literature, and criticism.
587 - POLITICS OF COMPOSITION PEDAGOGY
Pedagogical politics of the writing classroom, teacher-student power relations, relations between educational institutions and social order, and development of alternative perspectives in pedagogical politics.
592 - FICTION WRITING
Emphasis on fiction written by students. May be repeated to a maximum of 12 hours provided no topic is repeated. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.
593 - POETRY WRITING
Emphasis on poetry written by students. May be repeated to a maximum of 12 hours provided no topic is repeated. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.
594 - CREATIVE NON-FICTION WRITING WORKSHOP
Emphasis on creative non-fiction written by students. May be repeated to a maximum of 12 hours provided no topic is repeated. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
PREPARATORY READING AND THESIS
595 - PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SEMINAR
Integrating theory and practice of TESL with supervised teaching, collaborative action research and preparation of exit papers. Prerequisite: students must be within one semester of fulfilling the MA requirements in the non-thesis option for the TESL specialization.
596 - PREPARATORY READING/TEACHING OF WRITING
Reading of relevant research and writing of three essays under supervision of committee. Restricted to MA candidates within one semester of fulfilling requirements for Teaching of Writing specialization.
597 - READINGS IN ENGLISH STUDIES
Individual readings in creative writing, linguistics, literature, TESL, or Teaching of Writing. May be repeated once for a maximum of 6 hours. Prerequisite: Approval of instructor and advisor.
598 - PREPARATORY READING/ENGLISH AND AMERICAN LITERATURE
Reading of relevant research and writing of three essays under supervision of committee. Restricted to MA candidates within one semester of fulfilling requirements for American and English literature specialization.
599 - THESIS
May be repeated to a maximum of 6 hours.
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