Course Descriptions

110 College Writing 1. A writing intensive course that considers the rhetorical strategies and issues of the different disciplines. Integration of varied modes of communication: oral, written, and technological. Credit 3 hours.

120 College Writing 2. A writing intensive course stressing research methods across the disciplines. Emphasis on different methodologies used in a variety of fields, including social sciences, humanities, and natural sciences. Prerequisite: Successful completion of ENG 110. Credit 3 hours.

202 Introduction to Literary Studies. Emphasizes literature as a source of pleasure and knowledge about human experience while investigating and practicing techniques of reading, responding to, writing about and enjoying stories. Examines some of the best works in English, American, and World literature and considers imagery, characterization, narration, and patterns in sound and sense. This course considers stories in all narrative forms. This course fulfills the humanities general education perspective. Credit 3 hours.

213 Survey of English Literature. Study of major English texts from the beginnings of English literature to the present. Credit 3 hours.

220 Interactive Story Telling. This course explores “live” story creation and oral delivery for interaction with live audiences, or as a model for interactive media such as computer games. Particular emphasis will be placed upon character-based (as opposed to plot-based) story creation and identifying parallels to the theory and practice of written stories. Traditional and emerging means for accomplishing successful interactivity will be explored. Cross-listed with Communication. Credit 3 hours.

227 Survey of American Literature. Readings in American literature from the Colonial era through the present. Selections read in the course reflect the cultural and intellectual diversity of American literature. Credit 3 hours.

230 Culture in Context. An examination of the literary, linguist, philosophical and artistic artifacts of selected ancient and modern cultures and subcultures at critical periods in history. Through reading primary and secondary sources, and examining cultural artifacts (music, visual art, dance, drama) and active classroom debate, students will learn about selected cultures and their cultural structures. The goal of this study is to gain insight into other cultures as agents of action and to provide students with the means and methods to understand the interrelations within and among cultural, subcultural and global communities. Credit 3 hours.

299 Literary Theory and Criticism. Introduction to a variety of theoretical approaches, including classical and contemporary texts. Considers the historical conflicts and issues of theory. Credit 3 hours

310 Business Communication. This course focuses on audience-oriented communication in organizational settings, encompassing the understanding and practice of various rhetorical stances, audience analysis and adaptation of message to audience, collaboration and problem solving, and case study analysis. In addition, it considers the use of both traditional forms of written and oral communication and emerging media; the study of employment-related communication forms; and collaborative communication skills in the context of learning simulations. Cross-listed with Business and English. Prerequisites: ENG 110, ENG 120 and COMM 102. Credit 3 hours.

325 The Renaissance. An examination of representative documents reflecting the origin and spread of Renaissance practices and ideals from Italy through England and into Northern Europe, including an introduction to Shakespearean study. Credit 3 hours.

328 Young Adult Literature. Study of literature for grades 6-12 with overall focus on literary analysis and interpretation. Literary themes and social issues pertinent to this age group will be considered, with a particular emphasis on the selection and evaluation of literature for upper-elementary and middle school grades. Study will also focus on the integration of literature and writing as a part of the secondary English curriculum through the middle grades and beyond. Credit 3 hours.

330-337-343-348 Creative Writing Sequence. Includes 330 Short Story, 337 Poetry, 343 Playwriting, and 348 Novella. Emphasis is placed on writing, editing, and evaluating the student’s own prose or poetry. Courses may also include reading of traditional, contemporary, and experimental forms of fiction and poetry. Credit 3 hours per course.

335 Survey of World Literature. A Study of European and non-European literature in translation. Will focus on classical as well as contemporary texts in translation. The traditional genres of drama, poetry, short story, and novel will be examined. Credit 3 hours.

340 Language: Structure and Meaning. A history of the English language and basic information about analysis and description of human languages and ways in which human beings use their languages to communicate with one another. Cross-listed with Anthropology. Credit 3 hours.

341 18th and 19th Century Literature. Through readings of novels, drama, poetry, and prose from the 18th and 19th centuries, this course will examine the (dis)continuities among different literary forms through time. Credit 3 hours.

347 Mythology and Literature. A critical study of the structure and function of mythology in various cultures of the world. Credit 3 hours.

349 20th and 21st Century Literature. A critical study of the development of new literary forms during the 20th century and those emerging in the 21st century. Credit 3 hours.

352/452 Readings in English Literature. In preparation for teacher certification, English Education majors will read broadly in the British, American, and young adult traditions. Reading lists will be individualized. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Credit 3 hours. May be repeated for credit.

360 Advanced Composition. Rhetorical principles of persuasive writing reviewed and practiced. Prerequisites: ENG 110 and 120. Credit 3 hours.

424 Professional Writing. This course will be taught in module format, with modules in grant writing, technical writing, science and health writing, proposal writing, and other professional writing forms. Credit 3 hours.

425-427-429-430 Literary Genre Block. Includes 425 Short Story, 427 Genre: Poetry, 429 The Novella, and 430 Drama. One course in a literary genre is taught each semester. Credit 3 hours per course.

440 Major Authors and Movements. Each semester a major author or a literary movement will be studied in depth. Some examples are: Atwood, Austen, Conrad, Faulkner, McCarthy, Steinbeck, or Tolkien; the Romantic Movement, Victorian Literature, or Modernist Literature. Credit 3 hours. May be repeated for credit.

445 Creative Writing: Creative Nonfiction. Study of the multi-genre domain of writings that share the characteristics of literature, creative writing, and exposition. Students will practice a variety of forms that may include memoir, many forms of the essay, sports and travel writing, popular science and history, and literary (“new”) journalism. Different domains will be covered on a rotating basis. Credit 3 hours. May be repeated for credit.

447 Creative Writing: Genre Fiction. Course will cover a genre such as: historical fiction, crime fiction, science fiction, or fantasy. Students will produce, edit, and evaluate their own writing within a specified genre. The course will also include the reading and analysis of representative texts in the genre. Different genres will be offered on a rotating basis. Credit 3 hours. May be repeated for credit.

454 A/B Senior Project in English. Working with a faculty advisor, the student will design, execute, and manage a project involving literary research, pedagogical studies, professional writing, or creative writing. This course will provide students with preparation for graduate school and/or the professional writing/teaching environment. Credit 1.5 hours each.


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