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ENG 001 Writing Review (2)

A workshop for students who would benefit from brushing up on their writing skills before taking ENG 105. Includes meetings with a supportive small group and weekly conferences with the instructor. Prerequisite: placement or consent. No academic credit is awarded for this course, but the course grade does count toward the course load and overall GPA as if it were a 2-semester hour course. Offered each semester.

ENG 105 College Writing (4)

An intensive introduction to several forms of college writing and to the critical thinking and research skills essential to producing them. Requires the submission of a portfolio that meets standardized requirements and is judged proficient by an outside reader. Three hours per week, plus regular conferences with the instructor. A grade of C or higher satisfies the first-semester English requirement. Prerequisite: placement. Prerequiste for enrollment during Winter Session or Summer Session 1: consent. Offered each semester.

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ENG 216 The Short Story (4)

An introduction to the short story, focusing primarily on contemporary and innovative fiction by authors from diverse backgrounds. Prerequisites: ENG 105 with a grade of C or higher and either sophomore status or consent. Offered in selected semesters.

ENG 222 Teaching Grammar and Writing (4)

A survey of theoretical and practical approaches to teaching grammar, usage, and writing. Students observe and/or interview experienced elementary, secondary, or college-level teachers of writing and tutor one or more student writers on or off campus. Prerequisite: ENG 105 with a grade of C or higher. Does not fulfill General Studies "T" requirement. Offered each fall.

ENG 232 Literature Into Film (4) (A)

An examination of the differences between literary and film narrative. Both popular fiction and classics are used in examining how plot, characterization, setting, spectacle, and other aspects of storytelling change depending on whether the medium is the written word, the stage, or the screen. Prerequisites: ENG 105 with grade of C or higher and either sophomore status or consent. Does not fulfill General Studies "T" requirement. Offered in selected Winter Sessions.

ENG 250 Studies in Literature (4)

Selected topics that approach literature from various generic, historical, or methodological perspectives. Versions of the course may include several different media, but the focus is always on literature. At least 20 pages of writing are required including at least one documented essay. Prerequisites: ENG 105 with a grade of C or higher and either sophomore status or consent. Offered most semesters.

ENG 251 Diversity in American Literature (4)

An opportunity to study--and to listen to--voices in American culture that have often been silenced or ignored. The focus is on ethnic groups such as Native American, African-American, Asian-American and Hispanic-American but also includes people marginalized because of class, gender, or sexual orientation. Prerequisite: ENG 105 with a grade of C or higher and either sophomore status or consent. Offered in selected semesters.

ENG 258 Topics in African American Literature (4)

A study of the fiction, non-fiction, and poetry of African-American authors from the 18th century to the present. Authors may include Phillis Wheatley, Frederick Douglass, Charles Chesnutt, Langston Hughes, James Baldwin, Toni Morrison, and Octavia Butler, as well as new, young writers. Some attention is given to forms of expression other than literature. Prerequisite: ENG 105 with a grade of C or higher. Offered each semester.

ENG 259 Literature of Mystery, Crime, and Noir (4)

A study of the mystery genre and its offshoots, crime and noir. Focuses on seminal texts in the genre and contemporary reinterpretations of its formulas. Authors may include Raymond Chandler, Jim Thompson, Patricia Highsmith, Paul Auster, Sara Gran, James Ellroy, and Richard Price, among others. Prerequisite: ENG 105 with a grade of C or higher and either sophomore status or consent. Offered in selected semesters.

ENG 261 Women Writers (4)

A study of women and their writing. The course will shift in focus from semester to semester and could cover topics such as memoir, American writers, contemporary literature, or global perspectives. Students examine societal attitudes and customs and contemplate questions of gender through the use of literary and cultural theory. Prerequisite: ENG 105 with a grade of C or higher. Offered intermittently.

ENG 265 Love, Sex, Marriage in Western Literature (4)

A study of the history of the various ways through which we understand romantic love and to a lesser extent, sexuality, masculinity, femininity, and marriage, as they are represented in literature from the ancient Sumerians to the present; considerable attention is also given to art forms other than literature. Prerequisites: ENG 105 with a grade of C or higher and either sophomore status or consent. Offered each semester.

ENG 286 Banned Books (4)

An interdisciplinary exploration of banned books, the legal battles in U.S. history that created, supported, and ended censorship, and the literary, legal, aesthetic, and socio-political contexts that influenced both the artists and the changing conceptions of obscenity that marked their works as controversial. Prerequisite: ENG 105 with a grade of C or higher. Prerequisite for Winter Session: ENG 105 with a grade of C or higher and consent. Note: Students who receive credit for ENG 286 may not receive credit for HIST 286. Offered in selected spring semesters and Winter Sessions.

ENG 289 Approaches to Literary Study (4)

Introduces close reading, selected critical approaches, literary genres, periods of literary history, discipline-specific information literacy such as scholarly databases and online research, and conventions for citing literary works and criticism. Prerequisite: ENG 105 with a grade of C or higher. Offered each semester.

ENG 298 Introductory Poetry Writing (4)

A poetry writing workshop, with class discussions of student work and the work of established poets. Emphasizes experimentation and creative exercises as well as engagement with issues of craft and intensive reading of a broad range of poetry. Non-majors welcome. Pass/fail grading. Prerequisite: ENG 105 with a grade of C or higher. Offered each fall.

ENG 299 Introductory Creative Writing: Fiction (4)

An introductory-level workshop with class discussions of student work and established authors. Students study and experiment with the craft of fiction. They also analyze and write critically about fiction to help them understand their work more clearly. Prerequisite: ENG 105 with a grade of C or higher. Offered each spring.

ENG 300 Study Abroad (3)

ENG 301 Topics in Earlier British Literature (4) (W)

An in-depth study of some aspect of British literature before the 19th century. May be repeated for credit as the topic varies. Prerequisites: ENG 105 with a grade of C or higher and any literature course designated "T". Offered in selected semesters.

ENG 302 Topics in Later British Literature (4) (W)

An in-depth study of some aspect of British literature since the beginning of the 19th century. May be repeated for credit as the topic varies. Prerequisites: ENG 105 with a grade of C or higher and any literature course designated "T". Offered in selected semesters.

ENG 303 Topics in American Literature (4) (W)

An in-depth study of some aspect of American literature. May be repeated for credit as the topic varies. Prerequisites: ENG 105 with a grade of C or higher and any "T" course. Offered in selected semesters.

ENG 306 Ecopoetry (4) (W)

An in-depth exploration of the various ways in which contemporary poets and critics seek to understand past and present poetries as negotiating the often porous boundaries between the human and nonhuman in our experiences of the world. Prerequisites: ENG 105 with a grade of C or higher and any "T" course or consent. Identical to ENVS 306. Offered when circumstances permit.

ENG 310 Distinctive Voices in Contemporary American Poetry (4) (W)

A study of the many and varied voices in contemporary American poetry, especially selected works of poetry published since 1960. Authors studied include Jorie Graham, Harryette Mullen, Yusef Komunyakaa, and Adrienne Rich. Prerequisites: ENG 105 with a grade of C or higher, one 200-level literature course, and junior status or consent. Offered spring of even-numbered years.

ENG 311 Theory and Criticism (4) (W)

A survey of key debates in the history of literary theory and criticism from Plato to the present, with an emphasis on contemporary approaches to interpretation and emerging directions in literary studies. Students also pursue research emphasizing methodological preparation for ENG 489, the senior English project. Prerequisites: ENG 105 with a grade of C or higher and junior/senior status or consent. Offered each fall.

ENG 314 The English Language (4) (W)

A study of the English language from its origins to the present. Includes discussion of recent trends, dialect variation, and social and political issues relating to English today. Students write several papers, including an original research study on a topic of interest. Prerequisites: ENG 105 with a grade of C or higher and junior status or consent. Offered spring of even-numbered years.

ENG 315 The Experience of Poetry (4)

An intensive introduction to poetry through examining the poem's relationship to universal human experiences. Students gain a thorough understanding of the elements of poetry and engage with literary criticism of poetry. They may also experiment with writing original poetry. Prerequisites: ENG 105 with a grade of C or higher and a literature course designated "T"; second-semester sophomore status or above recommended. Offered each semester.

ENG 317 Children's Literature (4)

An introduction to children's literature that presents a wide variety of texts and approaches to literature. Focuses on appreciating the texts as literature through the use of literary and cultural theories. Contemporary and canonical novels and picture books are discussed. Prerequisties: Any "T" course and junior/senior status or consent. Offered each spring.

ENG 318 Adolescent Literature (4) (W)

An overview of adolescent literature. Literary and cultural theories are used to consider issues of ideology, identity, coming-of-age, gender, censorship, race, class, and ethnicity. Students examine many societal attitudes and issues and contemplate adolescence as well as the larger society. Prerequisites: ENG 105 with a grade of C or higher, any "T" course and junior/senior status or consent. Offered fall of odd-numbered years.

ENG 319 Feminist and Gender Theory (4) (W)

Examines contemporary arguments about the nature of women and men and the biological, social, and aesthetic categories of male, female, intersex, masculine, feminine, heterosexual, homosexual, and transgendered. Gender issues are studied in relation to historical and cross-cultural contexts, in relation to Western women's movements of the 19th and 20th centuries, and in relation to local and global issues affected by the politics of gender. Prerequisites: ENG 105 with a grade of C or higher; WGS/SOC 219, WGS 220, or ENG 311 (formerly ENG/TH 311); or consent. Identical to SOC 319 and WGS 319. Offered spring of odd-numbered years.

ENG 321 Introduction to Linguistics (3)

An examination of several main areas of linguistics, including phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, language acquisition, language variation, and language change. Prerequisite: ENG 105 with a grade of C or better. Does not fulfill General Studies sophomore literature requirement. Offered spring of odd-numbered years.

ENG 327 The British Novel (4)

A study of the British novel from the 18th century to the present, with emphasis on its 18th and 19th century developments. Considers theories of the novel in relation to representative texts in their literary, historical, social, national, and international contexts. Prerequisites: any "T" course and junior status or consent. Offered spring of even-numbered years.

ENG 333 Hybrid Prose (4) (W)

A study of hybrid forms in fiction. Students examine texts in which formal concerns dominate and in which typical distinctions between fiction and other mediums such as poetry, essay, memoir, and the fine arts, break down. Students write both critical and creative work that engages hybrid prose. Prerequisites: ENG 105 with a grade of C or higher and a "T" course or consent. Offered fall of odd-numbered years.

ENG 336 Spenser and Milton (4) (W)

A study of England's two greatest epics, The Faerie Queene and Paradise Lost. Includes discussion of the epic tradition, Christian theology, Renaissance humanism, the nature of masculinity and femininity, armed combat with dragons, forbidden picnics, and many others in two of the Western tradition's most varied, inclusive, and interesting works of art. Prerequisites: ENG 105 with a grade of C or higher and junior status or consent. Offered spring of even-numbered years.

ENG 344 Practicum in Teaching English (2)

Selected students work closely with faculty members in the teaching of ENG 105 and other courses. Students gain experience in the various aspects of teaching grammar, composition, and literature. Prerequisite: consent. Offered on demand.

ENG 346 Shakespeare I (4) (W)

A study of the principal works of Shakespeare, concentrating on plays in which love, femininity, and the family are particularly important. Includes is either a required trip to see live plays or a required film series. Prerequisites: ENG 105 with a grade of C or higher and sophomore status or consent. Identical to TH 346. Offered each fall.

ENG 347 Shakespeare II (4) (W)

A study of the principal works of Shakespeare, concentrating on histories and tragedies, especially ones focusing on issues of masculinity and the state. Includes either a required trip to see live plays or a required film series. Prerequisites: ENG 105 with a grade of C or higher and sophomore status or consent. Identical to TH 347. Offered each spring.

ENG 357 British Romantic Poetry: 1785-1850 (4) (W)

Explores British Romantic poetry and its historical, political, literary, and philosophical contexts, including the contributions of women writers. While some attention is given to important prose works of the period, the main focus of the course is on reading, interpreting, and writing about Romantic verse. Prerequisites: ENG 105 with a grade of C or higher and a sophomore literature course or consent. Offered in selected semesters.

ENG 365 Moderism and the Modern World (4)

A study of how writers on both sides of the Atlantic between 1890 and 1939 used radical literary style to respond to the unsettling ways in which science, psychology, colonial unrest, sexual revolution, and world war challenged traditional ideas about human identity and progress. Authors may include Oscar Wilde, Ezra Pound, James Joyce, Virginia Woolf, Gertrude Stein, T. S. Eliot, Nella Larson, and Djuna Barnes. Prerequisite: a "T" course or consent. Offered fall of even-numbered years.

ENG 398 Advanced Poetry Writing Workshop (4) (W)

Advanced workshop with discussion of students' poems and the poetry and poetics of established authors; emphasizes craft, the creative process, and aesthetic evaluation of discussed works. Students complete a sequence of thematically related poems in addition to other assignments. Non-majors welcome. May be repeated twice for credit. Prerequisites: ENG 105 with a grade of C or higher, a 200-level literature course, and junior status or consent. Offered each spring.

ENG 410 Environmental Writings (4) (I,W)

A study of important environmental writings and how they have shaped our understanding of the relationship between humans and nature. Prerequisites: ENG 105 with a grade of C or higher and junior/senior status. Identical to ENVS 410. Offered spring of odd-numbered years.

ENG 472 Senior Integrative Seminar (4) (I,W)

An in-depth study of some aspect of literature or literary theory. This course is an S.I.E., so the topic and its treatment have a strong interdisciplinary component. May be repeated as the topic varies. Prerequisites: ENG 105 with a grade of C or higher and junior status or consent. Offered intermittently.

ENG 483 English Internship (2-4)

ENG 489 Senior Capstone Project (4) (W)

Independent research giving students the opportunity to pursue their interests in English studies, incorporating discipline-specific information literacy, that may also incorporate service learning and innovative fieldwork. At the end of the semester, students present their work orally. May satisfy 4 semester hours of the Latin honors research requirement. Prerequistes: ENG 105 with a grade of C or higher and consent. Offered each fall.

ENG ELT Transfer Elective (0.1-10)

ENG EXMT English Exempt by Transfer (0)

ENG LIT English Lit by Transfer (3)

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