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Course Descriptions

ENGL 1301: Grammar and Composition I [TCCN: ENGL 1301]

Introduces the student to a range of writing strategies, focusing on the mechanics involved in grammar, rhetoric, and usage. 

ENGL 1302: Grammar and Composition II [TCCN: ENGL 1302]

Affords students the opportunity to further develop their ability to communicate effectively through written discourse, primarily in the persuasive or argumentative essay. Prerequisite: ENGL 1301

ENGL 2310: Literary Appreciation [TCCN: ENGL 2310]

Study of drama, fiction, and poetry as literary genres.

ENGL 2322: English Literature to the 1780’s [TCCN: ENGL 2322]

Selected writers from the Old English period to the Romantic period: the Beowulf poet, Chaucer, Shakespeare, Milton, Pope, Swift, and Johnson, among others.

ENGL 2323: English Literature from the 1780’s to the Present [TCCN: ENGL 2323]

Selected writers from the romantic period to the present: Blake, Byron, the Shelleys, the Brownings, the Brontes, G. Eliot, Hardy, Shaw, Conrad, Joyce, Lawrence, and Dylan Thomas, among others.

ENGL 2350: American Literature Survey [TCCN: ENGL 2326]

Major and representative American writers from the seventeenth century to the present.

ENGL 2362: World Literature through The Renaissance [TCCN: ENGL 2332]

Selected writers from Homer through the late Renaissance, with special attention to classical and continental literature: Sophocles, Aristotle, Virgil, Dante, Rabelais, Cervantes, Marlowe, Donne, and others. Periods and writers covered vary from year to year.

ENGL 2363: World Literature since The Renaissance [TCCN: ENGL 2333]

Selected writers from the seventeenth century to the present, with special attention to continental literature: Moliere, Swift, Voltaire, Goethe, Dostoevsky, Chekhov, Ibsen, Mann, Kafka, Camus, and others. Periods and writers covered vary from year to year.

ENGL 2363: World Literature since The Renaissance [TCCN: ENGL 2333]

Select fritter from the seventeenth century to the present, with special attention to continental literature: Moliere, Swift, Voltaire, Goethe, Dostoevsky, Chekhov, Ibsen, Mann, Kafka, Camus, and others. Periods and writers covered vary from year to year.

ENGL 3301: Advanced Writing

Advanced study, with regular writing assignments, of the principles and techniques of expository writing.

ENGL 3308: Writing Literary Analysis and Interpretation

Intensive practice in reading writing about poetry, prose fiction, and drama, with emphasis on basic critical terms and close analysis of the text and an introduction to critical theory. The course will emphasize the process of writing critical papers. Required of English majors.

ENGL 3314: Creative Writing

Studies in composing and evaluating creative writing. Designed to afford students an opportunity to write under supervision, to learn techniques of expression, and to establish standards of criticism. May be repeated once for credit with the consent of instructor.

ENGL 3330: Children’s Literature

History and analysis of children’s literature. Designed primarily for pre-school and elementary school majors. Credit earned in this course may not be applied towards general education requirements.

ENGL 3332: Adolescent Literatures (Grades 4-8)

History and analysis of adolescent literature. Designed primarily for students seeking certification to teach Grades 4-8.

ENGL 3375: Modern Grammar

Basic principles of modern English grammar and usage, including a study of traditional grammar.

ENGL 3376: Contrastive Linguistics

Course compares phonemic, morphological and syntactical differences between English and a sampling of other languages represented in the public schools. It seeks to provide the prospective teacher with the opportunity to identify sources of difficulty experienced by students for whom English is a second language. Students are required to tutor a limited English proficient student for a minimum of 15 hours.

ENGL 3385: History of the English Language

Historical and structural study of developments in English sound, forms, inflections, syntax, derivations and meanings.

ENGL 4300: Old and Middle English Literature

Study of Old and Middle English literature in translation, including such works as the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, Beowulf, the Canterbury Tales, Pearl, and medieval romances.

ENGL 4305: Renaissance Poetry and Prose

Study of the development of English literature from 1500 to 1660: Sidney, More, Jonson, Spenser, Donne, Shakespeare, Milton, and others, Emphasis on poetry and non-dramatic prose.

ENGL 4310: Shakespeare

Study of Shakespeare’s major plays: comedies, tragedies, and histories; and plays by such contemporaries as Ben Jonson, John Webster, and Beaumont and Fletcher. Prerequisite: ENGL 3308, 3375, 3385, 4376, 4380.

ENGL 4315: Restoration and Eighteenth Century Literature

Important writers and literary trends from 1660 to 1783: Dryden, Pope, Johnson, Swift, Addison, Steele, Goldsmith, Boswell, and others.

ENGL 4320: The Romantic Period

Representative English and Continental writers from the 1780’s to the 1830’s: Wordsworth, Coleridge, Byron, Keats, Goethe, Schiller, and others. Prerequisite: ENGL 3308, 3375, 3385, 4376, or 4380.

ENGL 4325: Victorian Literature

Important writers and literary trends from 1832 to 1900: Tennyson, Browning, Arnold, Carlyle, Macaulay, Mill and others. Prerequisite: ENGL 3308, 3375, 3385, 4376, or 4380.

ENGL 4330: Twentieth-Century English Literature

Important writer and literary trends from 1900 to the present: Conrad, Shaw, Joyce, Lawrence, Woolf, Waugh, Yeats, Cary, and others. Prerequisite: ENGL 3308, 3375, 3385, 4376, or 4380.

ENGL 4335: The English Novel

Development of the English novel from Defoe to the present. Periods covered vary from year to year.

ENGL 4341: Genre Studies in American Literature

Intensive study of one genre (poetry, novel, short story, or drama) in American literature with an emphasis on the development of techniques, forms, and styles. The course will include a variety of critical approaches to the genre and will require extensive reading, research, and writing.

ENGL 4345: American Literature through the Romantic Period

Authors and literary trends from 1620 to 1835. This course may include works from the following authors: Bradstreet, Taylor, Franklin, Edwards, Child, Sedgwick, Murray, Cooper, Irving, and others.

ENGL 4348: American Renaissance

Detailed study of American authors from 1835 to 1865. The course may include works by the following authors: Emerson, Thoreau, Hawthorne, Poe, Whitman, Dickinson, Douglass, Jacobs, and the sentimental novelists.

ENGL 4350: American Realism

Important writers and literary trends from 1865 to 1920: Whitman, Dickinson, Twain, Howells, James, Crane, Norris, Dreiser, Robinson, and others. Prerequisite: ENGL 3308, 3375, 3385, 4376, or 4380.

ENGL 4355: American Twentieth-Century Literature

Important writers and literary trends from 1900 to the present: Dreiser, Fitzgerald, Hemingway, Faulkner, Frost, Eliot, O’Neill, Miller, and others. Prerequisite: ENGL 3308, 3375, 3385, 4376, or 4380.

ENGL 4360: Studies in World Literature

Detailed study of selected themes, literary types, and authors from world literature. Content varies from year to year. May be repeated once for credit when content changes. Prerequisite: ENGL 3308, 3375, 3385, 4376, or 4380.

ENGL 4362: Classical Literature in Translation

Intensive study of the literature of the Greeks and Romans in translation. The course will include the study of a variety of ancient authors and genres (i.e.., drama, eopic and lyric poetry, historiography, satire, Greco-Roman mythology). Prerequisite: ENGL 3308, 3375, 3385, 4376, or 4380.

ENGL 4165-4365: Special Topics in Literary Study

Select topics in literary study. The course may focus on a single author or combination of authors; a literary movement; a theme; or a particular area of scholarly pursuit such as literary theory. May be repeated once for credit when content changes.

ENGL 4368, 4668: Literary Settings and Influences

Studies particular sites associated with works of literature, regions that influenced an author’s literary development, and collections of manuscripts and other artifacts relevant to the study of an author and his work. The course combines classroom experience with travel. No more than six semester hours of travel/study courses may be applied to the major or teaching field requirements in English.

ENGL 4376: The Nature of Language

A study of the nature of human language and of linguistic science; an introduction to speech sounds, syntax, semantics and morphology of English; an inquiry into nonverbal patterns of communication; language in society; relationship of language to thought; language will also be explored through literature.

ENGL 4377: Acquisition and Development of English as a Second Language

Emphasis will be on theories of language acquisition and the resulting effects on the teaching process. First- and second-language development sequences and the growing body of literature in the field will be stressed. Students are required to tutor a limited English-proficient student for a minimum of 15 hours.

ENGL 4378: Methodology of Teaching English as a Second Language

Theoretical foundations of second language instruction and techniques for possible approaches to teaching pronunciation, grammar, reading, and writing to TESL students will be studied. Construction and use of appropriate tests for TESL situations will be emphasized. Students are required to tutor a limited English-proficient student for a minimum of 15 hours.

ENGL 4380: From Aristotle to Burke: The History of Rhetoric

A survey of classical texts of the rhetorical tradition from ancient times to the present.

ENGL 4387: Practicum in Teaching English as a Second/Foreign Language

Internship-like experience for prospective teachers of learners of English. Student will be under the supervision of TESL faculty and an administrator at the location where English is taught to children or adults. Course can be offered as a Study Abroad course. Prerequisite: ENGL 4377 and ENGL 4378, or consent of instructor. Course includes a practicum of at least 25 hours.

ENGL 4397: Senior Seminar

This course provides advanced students an opportunity to engage in close readings of texts in historical-literary context and to pursue independent research. Required of English majors. Prerequisite: 24 hours of English.

ENGL 4687: Practicum in Teaching English as a Second/Foreign Language

Internship-like experience for prospective teachers of learners of English. Student will be under the supervision of TESL faculty and an administrator at the location where English is taught to children or adults. Course can be offered as a Study Abroad course. Prerequisite: ENGL 4377 and ENGL 4378, or consent of instructor. Course includes a practicum of at least 50 hours.

ENGL 4199-4699: Independent Study

Independent study in specific areas of English not covered by organized undergraduate courses. A maximum of six credit hours for independent study courses may be applied toward an undergraduate degree. Prerequisite: Consent of department chair.

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