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Below is a list of the undergraduate courses appearing in the Undergraduate Catalog.  

Before registration begins each term, we will also post detailed descriptions for the courses offered in the following term(s). This allows you to preview course content, such as special themes, and will assist you in selecting  your classes.

100g-1 Writing Lab – Grammar – Computerized self- instructional materials for improving writing. Not for English majors or minors.

100r-1 Writing Lab – Rhetoric – Computerized self-instructional materials for improving writing. Prerequisite: 100g.

101-3 English Composition I – [FW1, SKW1] [IAI No. C1 900] Instruction and practice in analyzing and composing the academic expository essay. Prerequisite: ACT English score of 21 or higher; or placement score; and/or completion of AD 090a/b or AD 092 or equivalent with a grade of C or better and AD 080/082 or AD 116..

101n-3 English Composition: Non-Native Speakers – [FW1, SKW1] Instruction and practice in expository writing, including the paragraph and short essay. NOTE: Admission only by permit from foreign student advisor or instructor.

102-3 English Composition II – [FW2, SKW2] [IAI No. C1 901] Builds upon the analytical and writing skills developed in 101 with emphasis on argumentation and critical synthesis of information based on research. Prerequisite: a grade of C or higher in 101.

102n-3 English Composition: Non-Native Speakers – [FW2, SKW2] Instruction and practice in expository writing, including the essay and research paper. NOTE: Admission only by permit from foreign student advisor or instructor. Prerequisite: A grade of C or better in 101.

111-3 Introduction to Literature – [BHUM, IFAH] [IAI No. H3 900] Representative works in world drama, fiction, and poetry. Development of appreciation of literature by understanding themes, purposes, techniques, history. Prerequisite: 101 or 101N.

200-3 Introduction to Literary Study – [HUM] Focuses on literary genres, terminology, and close reading. Required of English majors and minors; open to prospective English majors and minors. Prerequisite: A grade of C or better in 102.

201-3 Intermediate Composition – [BHUM, DFAH] Builds upon skills developed in ENG 102. Useful for students across disciplines. Focuses on writing for the rhetorical demands of discipline-specific academic audiences and purposes. Prerequisite: A grade of C or better in 102.

202-3 Studies in Drama – [BHUM, DFAH] [IAI No. H3 902] Reading and discussion of classic examples of ancient and modern drama with attention to themes, techniques, and cultural significance.

203-3 Studies in Poetry – [BHUM, DFAH] [IAI No. H3 903] Reading and discussion of selected examples of British and American poetry, recent and traditional.

204-3 Studies in Fiction – [BHUM, DFAH] [IAI No. H3 901] Reading and discussion of selected major examples of modern fiction, the short story to the novel. Attention to themes and techniques.

205-3 Introduction to African American Texts – [BHUM, DFAH, EUSC, IGR] 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.

206-3 Introduction to Film Genre – [BHUM, DFAH] Introduces students to a variety of film genres and develops skills in film appreciation. Prerequisite: ENG 102 with a C or better.

207-3 Language Awareness – [BICS, DFAH, EGC, EUSC] Introductory course in the nature of language. Focus on English language: what language is and how people use it.

208-3 Topics in Early British Literature – [BHUM, DFAH, EGC] [IAI No. H3 912] The in-depth study of a variety of early British literary works; topic varies.

209-3 Topics in Modern British Literature – [BHUM, DFAH, EGC] [IAI No. H3 913] The in-depth study of a variety of modern British literary works; topic varies.

211-3 Topics in Early American Literature – [BHUM, DFAH, EUSC] [IAI No. H3 914] The in-depth study of a variety of early American literary works; topic varies.

212-3 Topics in Modern American Literature – [BHUM, DFAH, EUSC] [IAI No. H3 915] The in-depth study of a variety of modern American literary works; topic varies.

214-3 Topics in World Literature: Ancient to Medieval [BHUM, DFAH, EGC] The in-depth study of a variety of works in ancient and medieval world literatures; topic varies. Prerequisite: C or better in 102.

215-3 Topics in World Literature: Renaissance to Modern [DFAH, BHUM, EGC, IC] The in-depth study of a variety of works in Renaissance through modern world literatures; topic varies. Prerequisite: C or better in 102.

290-3 Introduction to Creative Writing – [BFPA, DFAH] Provides an introduction to the basic genres of creative writing (fiction, poetry, drama, creative nonfiction) with an emphasis on craft and the writing process. Prerequisite: C or better in 102.

301-3 Introduction to Literary Theory and Criticism – [DFAH, HUM] Selected literary theories, types of criticism, and theorists. Practice in interpreting and writing about literature, and in application of research methods. Prerequisite:C or better in 200 or consent of instructor.

306-3 Introduction to the Bible – [BHUM, DFAH, EGC] 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. Prerequisite: C or better in 102.

307-3 Introduction to Shakespeare – [BHUM, DFAH, EGC] [IAI No. H3 905] Shakespeare’s life; the Elizabethan theater; representative plays and poems. Prerequisite: C or better in 102.

309-3 Popular Literature – [BHUM, DFAH] Analysis of literature which has influenced and been influenced by popular culture. May be repeated up to 6 hours provided no topic is repeated. Prerequisite: C or better in 102.

310-3 Classical Mythology and Its Influence – [BHUM, DFAH, EGC] Major Greek and Roman myths: origin, nature, interpretations, and use in the modern world. Prerequisite: C or better in 102.

315-3 Literature and Sustainability – [BHUM, DFAH, EUSC] Considers sustainability in an environmental, economical, cultural and/or political context in literature. Topics range from nature, animals, farming, resource scarcity, food, and social justice. Prerequisite: C or better in 102.

332-3 Argument – [BHUM, DFAH] Students will investigate argument history, strategy, and theory; analyze arguments and rhetorical situations-rhetor, audience, purpose, context;      and compose and evaluate argumentative prose. Prerequisite: ENG 102 with grade of C or better.

333-3 The Rhetoric of Videogames – [BICS, EUSC] Introduction to investigation of theory, history, practices, applications of video games. Examination of games, gamers, and gaming culture. Videogame play and reflection. Analysis/creation of videogames. Prerequisites: C or better in 102.

334-3 Scientific Writing – [BICS, DFAH, HUM] Offers students experience in researching, writing, structuring and revising scientific documents. Designed for science and English majors or minors. Prerequisite: C or better in 102.

340-3 Literature of the Third World – [BHUM, DFAH, EGC, IC] Third World literature from antiquity to present; social, political, historical, and philosophical problems reflected in literature. Prerequisite: C or better in 102.

341-3 African-American Women’s Writing – [BHUM, DFAH, EUSC, IGR] [IAI No. H3 910D] (Same as WMST 341) Poems, novels, short stories, essays, dramas, autobiography, and other texts by African American women writers during various periods from Colonial to Contemporary times. Prerequisite: C or better in 102.

342-3 Movements in African-American Literature – [BHUM, DFAH, EUSC, IGR] Fiction, poetry, drama, essays, speeches, and autobiography with emphasis on different literary time periods, creative trends, and political movements specific to African American literature. Prerequisite: C or better in 102.

343-3 Topics in African-American Rhetoric and Oratory – [BHUM, DFAH, EUSC, IGR] 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. Repeatable to 6 credit hours. Prerequisite: C or better in 102.

344-3 Topics in Ethnic Literature – [BHUM, DFAH, EUSC, IGR] This course will examine ethnic literatures from a socioeconomic, political, and historical context. Students will investigate issues of diaspora, class, gender, and resistance in literatures often marginalized. Repeatable to 6 credit hours. Prerequisite: C or better in 102.

345-3 Topics in African American Poetry and Folklore – [BHUM, DFAH, EUSC, IGR] 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. Repeatable to 6 credit hours. Prerequisite: C or better in 102.

369-3 Grammatical Analysis – [BICS, HUM] 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.

370-3 Morphological Analysis – [BICS, DFAH, EGC, EUSC, HUM] An introduction to the analysis of the internal structure of words, and the processes of inflection, derivation, and word formation found in human languages.

388-3 Survey of the History of Rhetoric – [BHUM, DFAH, EGC] Major rhetoric figures, texts, and definitions, beginning with classical origins and continuing to today. Designed for students interested in composition, literature, and criticism. Prerequisite: ENG 102 with C or better.

392-3 Fiction Writing – [BFPA, DFAH] Short story writing, with special emphasis on plot, point of view, description, dialogue, and other elements in the rhetoric of fiction. Workshop format. Prerequisite: C or better in 290.

393-3 Poetry Writing – [BFPA, DFAH] (Same as THEA 394) Writing of poetry and study of poetic fundamentals, including  form, imagery, figurative language, and speaker. Workshop setting for critiques of student work. Prerequisite: C or better in 290.

394-3 Playwriting – [BFPA, DFAH] Provides a close acquaintance with a range of theatrical strategies explored by playwrites, and a workshop forum for the development of student’s own writing. Prerequisites: C or better in 102.

400-3 Principles of Linguistics – [BICS, DFAH, EGC, EUSC, HUM] 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. Prerequisites: junior standing or consent of instructor.

403-3 History of the English Language – [BICS, DFAH, EGC, HUM] Historical survey of major phonological and grammatical changes in English language from its Indo- European antecedents to the present. Prerequisites: junior standing or consent of instructor.

404-3 Chaucer: Canterbury Tales – [BHUM, DFAH, EGC] The Canterbury Tales read in Middle English. Prerequisite: C or better in 102; junior standing or consent of instructor.

405-3 Pragmatics – [BICS, HUM] Study of principles controlling how implicit levels of meaning are expressed in language and how context influences the interpretation of meaning. Prerequisite: junior standing or consent of instructor.

406-3 Old English Language – [DFAH, HUM] Sounds, grammar, and vocabulary of the Old English Language, including readings in Old English poetry and prose. Prerequisite: C or better in 102; junior standing or consent of instructor.

408-3 Phonological Analysis – [BICS, DFAH, EGC, EUSC, HUM] Principles of linguistic analysis and interpretation as applied to sound systems of language. Prerequisite: junior standing or consent of instructor.

409-3 Syntactic Analysis – [BICS, DFAH, EGC, EUSC, HUM]Principles of syntactic analysis and interpretation as applied to clause and sentence level structures. Prerequisite: junior standing or consent of instructor.

410-3 Rhetoric, Writing, and Citizenship – Examination of rhetoric’s role in US citizenship both past and present. Students will write analytical and persuasive documents. Service learning project required. Prerequisite: ENG 102 with grade of C or better.

411-3 Internship in Writing – Involvement in developing workplace writing. Supervised by selected faculty member and cooperating site. Prerequisite: ENG 102 with grade of C or better.

412-3 Digital Literacies – [BICS, DFAH, EGC, HUM] Students will investigate digital literacy - electronic technologies, discursive practices, and cyberspaces. Analysis and assessment of digital artifacts, cultures, and texts. Prerequisite: ENG 102 with grade of C or better.

416-3 Language and Society – [BICS, EGC, EUSC, HUM] Relationships among language, society, and culture, and their implications for education and intercultural communication. Topics include language variation, socialization, and ethnography of communication. Prerequisite: junior standing or consent of instructor.

417-3 Language and Ethnicity – [BICS, DFAH, EGC, EUSC, HUM] 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. Prerequisite: Junior standing or higher, or signed consent of instructor.

418-3 Language Endangerment and Death – [BICS, DFAH, EGC, EUSC, HUM] An introduction to the concept of linguistic diversity as well as the socio-political and economic factors presenting threats to this diversity. Prerequisite: Junior standing or higher, or signed consent of instructor.

420-3 Topics in Film Studies – [BHUM, DFAH] Variable topics course focusing on the history and aesthetic development of one or two film genres, styles or historical periods. Prerequisite: ENG 102 with C or better, Junior standing or consent of instructor.

443-3 Prosody – [BHUM, DFAH] Students will both study and write metrical poetry. All aspects of versification will be considered. For both literature majors and creative writing minors. Prerequisite: 102 with a minimum grade of C.

444-3 Creative Nonfiction – [FPA] Writing practice in and examination of a wide variety of modes and subjects comprising the genre of creative nonfiction, i.e. memoir, personal essay, lyric essay. Workshop format. Prerequisite: ENG 290.

445-3 Young Adult Literature – [HUM] 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. Prerequisite: 102 with a minimum grade of C; junior standing or consent of instructor.

446-3 Studies in African-American Literature – [BHUM, DFAH, EUSC, IGR] 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. Prerequisite: C or better in 102; junior standing or consent of instructor.

457-3 Topics in Postcolonial Literature and Criticism – [BHUM, DFAH, EGC, EUSC, IGR] 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. Prerequisite: C or better in 102; junior standing or consent of instructor.

463-3 Topics in Literary Periods – [BHUM, DFAH] 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. Prerequisite: junior standing or consent of instructor.

464-3 Topics in Forms and Genres – [BHUM, DFAH] 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. Prerequisite: junior standing or consent of instructor.

465-3 Special Topics – [DFAH] Special topics in literature, linguistics, rhetoric and composition, and creative writing. Prerequisite: ENG 102 with grade of C or better; junior standing or consent of instructor.

468-3 Second Language Acquisition – [BICS] Examination of issues and theories applicable to understanding process of second language development. Prerequisite: Junior standing or consent of instructor.

470-3 Methods and Materials for K-12 ESL Teaching – [EUSC, BICS] Examination of techniques and materials for teaching English as a Second Language in K-12 settings.

471-3 Shakespeare – [BHUM, DFAH, EGC] 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. Prerequisite: C or better in 102; junior standing or consent of instructor.

472-3 Assessment and Testing in ESL – [BICS] Examination of issues and methods for assessing oral and written proficiency in English as a Second Language. Prerequisite: junior standing or consent of instructor.

473-3 Milton – [BHUM, DFAH, EGC] Paradise Lost and other works such as Samson Agonistes, Paradise Regained, Lycidas, Comus, and selected prose. Prerequisite: C or better in 102; junior standing or consent of instructor.

474-3 Bilingualism and Bilingual Education – [BICS, EUSC] An introduction to cognitive, linguistic, and social perspectives on bilingualism, and the history and politics of bilingual education in the U.S. Prerequisite: Junior standing or consent of instructor.

475-3 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. Prerequisite: C or better in 102 or consent of instructor.

476-3 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 endorsement. Prerequisite: 470 or 542.

477-3 Morrison — [BHUM, DFAH, EUSC, IGR] Reading and analysis of the works of major contemporary American author Toni Morrison. Prerequisite: 102 with a grade of C or better; junior standing or consent of instructor.

478-3 Studies in Women, Language, and Literature  [BHUM, DFAH, EUSC, IGR] (Same as WMST 478) 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. Prerequisite: C or better in 102; junior standing or consent of instructor.

479-3 Major Authors: Shared Traditions [BHUM, DFAH] – 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 so long as authors and topic are not repeated. Prerequisite: C or better in 102; junior standing or consent of instructor.

480-3 Major Authors: Crossing Boundaries – [BHUM, DFAH, EUSC, IGR] 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. Junior standing or consent of instructor. Prerequisite: 102 with grade of C or better.

482-3 Technology and Literature – [BICS] Analysis of digital theory, electronic environments, hypertextual editing, and born-digital literatures. Prerequisite: C or better in 102; junior standing or consent of instructor.

485-3 Methods of Teaching Secondary English: Composition and Language – Approaches to and issues in teaching composition and language usage at the secondary level. Prerequisite: must be seeking secondary ELA certification; C or better in 102; junior standing or consent of instructor.

486-3 Teaching Creative Writing – Seminar on the teaching of creative writing, with an emphasis on poetry and/or fiction. Prerequisite: junior standing or consent of instructor.

489-3 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.

490-3 Advanced Composition – [BHUM, DFAH] Writing sophisticated expository prose. Review  of grammatical matters as needed; emphasis on clarity, organization, effectiveness, and flexibility. May be repeated once for credit with permission. Prerequisites: C or better in 102; junior standing or consent of instructor.

491-3 Technical and Business Writing – [BICS] 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. No experience in computers and software necessary. Prerequisites: C or better in 102; junior standing or consent of instructor.

492-3 Advanced Fiction Writing – [FPA] Advanced seminar in short story writing. Includes readings in fiction and a study of the psychology of creativity, fiction markets, experimental fiction. Workshop format. Prerequisite: C or better in 392 or consent of instructor.

493-3 Advanced Poetry Writing – [FPA] Advanced workshop in writing poetry. Prerequisite: C or better in 393 or consent of instructor.

494-3 Literary Editing – Principles of literary editing, primarily of fiction and poetry. Examination of poetic expression. Prerequisite: C or better in 102; junior standing or consent of instructor.

496-3 Scholarly and Critical Editing – Editorial preparation of copy for scholarly and critical journals in English language and literature. Prerequisites: 101, 102, and junior standing.

497A-3 Senior Seminar – Variable topics course required of English majors that provides intensive study and culminates in a research paper. Prerequisite: C or better in 301, or consent of instructor. Must be a senior English major. Not open to graduate students.

498-3 Tutorial in Creative Writing – Independent study designed primarily for creative writing minors. May be repeated once for credit. Not for graduate credit. Prerequisites: C or better in 492 or 493; consent of instructor.

499-1 to 3 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 advisor and instructor.

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