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Course Descriptions

Note: All courses other than ENG 095, 111, 199, 210, and 112 are generally on a three-year rotation.

095 English Composition Strategies (3)

Please see Learning Center.

105 American English: Phonetics (3)

Reduction of foreign and regional accents. Focus on the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA), with emphasis on linguistic variables that influence accent reduction: articulation, stress intonation, word order, phrasing, and vocabulary. Individualized instruction incorporating speaking, reading, and writing. Does not fulfill distribution or degree requirements. Also SPE 105.

111 First Year Composition and Literature (3)

Writing of short papers based on readings. A minimum grade of C is required to earn credit and to satisfy graduation requirements. Fulfills the Gordon Rule. Can only be taken for a letter grade.

112 Techniques of Research (3)

Writing the research paper based on readings. Optional for all Schools EXCEPT Arts and Sciences. Fulfills the Gordon Rule. Prerequisite: ENG 111 with C or better.

199 Special Topics (3)

Lower division special topic course. Content to be determined each semester by the Department as requested by faculty and/or students to fill specified needs or interests.

207 Composition II (3)

Thorough review of the writing process. Students will study and write various forms of prose; essays of rhetorical analysis, argumentative and persuasive essays, editorial and feature forms. Fulfills the Gordon Rule. Prerequisite: ENG 112 or ENG 210 or permission of Department Chair.

210 Introduction to Literature (3)

Using research techniques to interact with and critically write about readings in the three major literary genres – fiction, drama, and poetry. Required for Arts and Sciences as general education. Optional for all other schools as distribution. Fulfills the Gordon Rule. Prerequisite: ENG 111 with C or better.

300 Special Topics (3)

Content to be determined each semester by the Department as requested by faculty and/or students to fill specified needs or interests. Students may repeat ENG 300 as long as course content varies with each repetition.

312 Advanced Composition (3)

Study of and practice in writing expository prose. Fulfills the Gordon Rule.

315 The Novel (3)

Critical examination of selected novels.

316 World Literary Masterpieces (3)

Critical examination of selected works representing different historical and socio-cultural contexts.

324 Major American Writers (3)

Survey of major American authors from the colonial period to the present.

331/332 Major British Writers I, II (3) (3)

Historical survey of the literature of England to the twentieth century.

333 Introduction to Fiction Writing (3-6)

Study of fiction models. Students will engage in exercises that explore the creative process and various modes of fiction. Students will write and revise fiction, to compile a portfolio of the semester's work.

334 Introduction to Poetry Writing (3-6)

Study of models of classic and contemporary poetry. Students will engage in exercises that explore the creative process and various poetic forms. Students will write and revise poems to compile a portfolio of the semester's work.

336 Latino/Latina Literature (3)

Study of poetic and narrative works representing distinct Latino groups. Texts are examined within their sociopolitical and historical contexts. Latino/a writers bring together the Hispanic and U.S. literary traditions and provide a new literary perspective based on their history, migratory experience, and cultural diversity. Issues such as race, class, and gender, as well as ethnic and national identity, are thoroughly examined.

340 Women in Literature (3)

Study of literary works by women or themes concerning women in literature. Analysis of readings from the aesthetic and other theoretical points of view.

344 Professional Editing (3)

Study of editing materials for publication. Students will explore questions of correctness and style, while also addressing the mechanics of proofreading. Students will learn how to create prose that is correct in syntax, usage, and punctuation; how to adapt prose style to fit a variety of audiences and situations; and how to edit manuscripts in preparation for printing. (Formerly ENG 244).

348 Caribbean Literature (3)

Examination of texts that reflect political, social, and cultural issues related to Caribbean life and culture. Students will read literature by Caribbean authors residing both inside and outside of their countries.

350 Theories of Rhetoric and Public Discourse (3)

Examination of the role of rhetoric in all aspects of public life. Students will explore the uses of persuasive discourse in the processes of uniting societies, in creating and pursuing their goals and desires, and in negotiating changes to and challenges of their traditions. The approach is fundamentally chronological beginning with Aristotle and surveying key figures in the development of Renaissance and 18th and 19th century rhetoric. The focus of the course is on contemporary thinkers and theories and the ways in which they influence current persuasive practices.

352 Survey of African American Literature (3)

An examination of the major works of African American writers from colonial times to the present. (Formerly ENG 245).

359, 459 Independent Study (3) (3)

Opportunity for extensive research in areas of special interest to the student. Prerequisite: Department Chair and Dean approval.

362 Magazine Article Writing (3)

An advanced course for students interested in learning to write for popular periodicals. The class explores the differences between magazine articles and newspaper journalism. Students learn how to analyze magazines, research articles, interview subjects, write articles, and prepare them for publication.

364 Multimedia Writing (3)

Study of composition and journalism using a variety of media. Students will produce interactive multimedia documents within a hybrid genre in order to recognize the multiple ways in which narratives can be told. Same as JOU 364.

374 Writing for the Internet (3)

Study of organizational patterns, navigation systems, and Internet etiquette. Teaches students basic skills for creating hypertext and hypermedia documents. Students in this course distinguish traditional text documents from e-texts (electronic texts) and hypertexts (text including hyperlinks and text encoded with hypertext markup language), examining the stylistic consequences of these formal distinctions from a humanistic perspective. The class emphasizes the sense that traditional notions of authorship and authority are reconstituted by the contemporary writing environment, and students apply their findings via the creation of original hypertext documents both individually and in collaboration with their peers.

387 Introduction to Literary Theory and Criticism (3)

Examination of the nature of literature and the methods of approaching it. Implications for criticism across the arts.

403 History of the English Language (3)

Study of the formation and growth of the language, with special attention to sources, structure, and idiom. Includes an examination of American modifications of the language.

404 Persuasive Writing (3)

Study of the science and art of using written language to promote information gain, induce attitude change, and affect behavior. Beginning with Aristotelian concepts such as logos, ethos, and pathos, this course will provide students with the necessary knowledge and skills to generate, arrange, and write effective arguments. Psychological and sociological principles of persuasion will be examined and the various uses of argument in contemporary situations explored.

406 Rhetorical Analysis (3)

In-depth analysis of advertisements, speeches, film, and literature as persuasive texts. Students will learn both the nature and scope of persuasion and be introduced to several different methods for analyzing the argumentative strategies of texts. Among these are the traditional, Burkeian, sociological, feminist, and postmodern perspectives. Students will also consider the ethical, aesthetic, and political problems raised by texts designed to persuade an audience.

407 Shakespeare (3)

In-depth study of selected Shakespearean plays and poems. Emphasis on the author's artistic development. Same as TH 407.

410 Advanced English Grammar (3)

Analysis of English grammatical structures. Emphasis on modern descriptive analysis.

412 Contemporary Rhetorical Theories (3)

Study of the development of contemporary rhetoric based on current research and theory.

413 Fiction-Writing Workshop (3-6)

Intensive study of and practice in the craft of writing fiction. Students will write and present their stories, respond to others' work, and study classical and contemporary theories of fiction as well as models of the craft. Prerequisite: English 333 or permission of Department Chair.

414 Poetry-Writing Workshop (3-6)

Intensive study of and practice in the craft of poetry writing. Students will write and present their poems and revisions, respond to others' work, and study classical and contemporary theories of poetry as well as models of the craft. Prerequisite: English 334 or permission of Department Chair.

417 Copywriting (3)

In-depth study of the theory and techniques necessary to produce successful advertising copy. Students also learn to integrate the written word with the appropriate visual symbols in order to produce effective messages. Ethical issues within the industry will be emphasized.

418 Publication, Production and Layout (3)

Examination of the production of written and electronic texts through the arrangement of colors, typesetting, layout, etc. Emphasis on web page design and magazine publication.

419 Literature and Film (3)

Examination of film history and film forms as part of a larger cultural history. Clarification and differentiation of the connections between film and literature. Exploration of the ways literary concepts are interpreted through film.

420 Medieval English Literature (3)

Analysis of major literary works of the Middle Ages to 1485.

424 American Literature: 1800-1865 (3)

Critical examination of selected works from major writers of the period.

425 American Literature: 1865-1914 (3)

Critical examination of selected works from major writers of the period.

426 American Literature: 1914-Present (3)

Critical examination of selected works from major writers of the period.

429 English Studies (3-12)

In-depth study of selected literary topics, works, figures, and genres. ENG 429 may be repeated as long as course content varies with each repetition.

432 Nineteenth-Century English Literature: The Romantics (3)

In-depth study of major literary works of the period.

433 Nineteenth-Century English Literature: The Victorians (3)

In-depth study of major literary works of the period.

439/440 Theatre History I, II (3) (3)

Theatrical event and its attendant literature from ritual beginnings to the closing of the playhouses in England and from the Restoration to the 1950's and the advent of absurdist theatre. Same as TH 439, 440.

441 Contemporary Theatre (3)

Study of the plays and theatrical practices of the time. Same as TH 441.

444 Business Research, Writing, and Editing (3)

Study and practice of the kinds of internal and external writing used in different organizations—utilities, for-profit corporations, non-profit organizations, and others. Practice in the researching, writing, and editing of letters, memos, reports, market analyses, promotions, product descriptions, grants, proposals, etc. Relevant ethical issues will be included.

446 Screenwriting (3)

An advanced writing course designed for students interested in learning how to write scripts for film and television. Students learn the various forms, genres, techniques, and styles of writing for film and television. The course will require students to write both a teleplay and a full-length screenplay. Prerequisite: COM 204 or permission of the instructor. Same as COM 446.

447 Technical & Scientific Research, Writing, and Editing (3)

Research, writing and editing general technical materials such as manuals, descriptions, and specifications. Applications to particular technologies—computers, engineering, aerospace, and others—will also be included. Relevant ethical issues will be addressed.

449 Film Theory and Criticism (3)

Introduction of terminology and methodology for critical viewing of films. Discussion of the role of theory in film analysis. Practice in reading films as reflecting social, cultural, religious, economic, and aesthetic values of the periods and countries which produce the films. Prerequisite: COM 366 or PHO 421.

460 Twentieth-Century Literature: 1900-1945 (3)

In-depth study of selected works of the period.

461 Twentieth-Century Literature: 1945-Present (3)

In-depth study of selected works of the period.

487 Senior Seminar (3)

A capstone course. Writing a senior paper analyzing text from at least three critical perspectives. Completing a comprehensive literature examination.

499 Internship (3-6)

Practical experience within a professional setting.  Pre-requisite: Senior status (90+ credit hours); 2.50 overall GPA.  Students will create a professional writing portfolio that demonstrates rhetorical literacy, advanced writing and critical thinking skills, and the proficient use of multimedia technologies.  All paperwork must be completed before the end of the semester preceding the internship.  Prior approval of Department Chair and Dean required.

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