English Department

Upcoming Courses

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Courses for the Spring 2014 Semester:

ENGL 101 - Composition

3 credits

An introduction to college level writing with an emphasis on analyzing source materials, understanding rhetorical strategies, and crafting well-organized, well-argued, grammatically correct papers. This course is required for selected students as a prerequisite for English 111.

ENGL 111 - Critical Reading and Writing

3 credits

Practice in the writing and revision of college level prose through the intensive study of interesting subject matter. Topics from recent sections of this course include Immigrant Narratives, Economics and Business themes in Literature, and the Vietnam War in Literature. Because English 111 is a foundational course for college-level writing, a prerequisite for all other English courses, and a requirement for graduation, it should be taken during the first year of enrollment.

ENGL 115 - Humanities Tutorial

4 credits

The year-long Humanities Tutorial begins with an in-depth, one semester study of origins of Western culture in Greek literature and philosophy. The second semester continues with a study of contemporary themes and concerns both Western and Non-Western thought. In addition to providing practice in the skills of analysis, argument, and critical and reflective interpretation, the course aims to familiarize students with the intellectual ideal of illuminating the new by understanding the old (cross-listed with Philosophy 115 and Honors 115).

ENGL 201 - Intro to Literary Study

4 credits

This course familiarizes students with three primary genres of literature, the short story, drama, and poetry, and introduces the basic terms and skills necessary to conduct sound literary analysis. The various elements of literature and strategies of analysis are defined, drawing on literary example both famous and contemporary. Students will begin to understand and appreciate literature as scholars do, rather than as casual readers.

ENGL 202 - Intro to Creative Writing

4 credits

English 202 explores the creative literary genres through reading, responding to, and writing poetry, fiction, nonfiction and drama. Students will develop their creative writing skills by practicing imagery, metaphor, voice, character, setting, and narrative, and cultivate a greater awareness of language and literary traditions, conventions, and innovations.

ENGL 214 - Contemporary American Authors

4 credits

An introduction to selected writers from the Americas whose works help us understand ourselves culturally, socially, and intellectually in relations to our contemporary world. 

ENGL 301 - Academic Research and Writing

4 credits

This academic research and writing workshop in literary studies is a prerequisite for ENGL 480, the Major Capstone Colloquium. ENGL 301 focuses on research techniques, text analysis, and the synthesizing of literary scholarship and effective argumentative writing in the discipline. May include field trips to UC Santa Barbara, UCLA, and the Huntington Library. Recommended for sophomore English majors, this course must be taken by majors before the first semester of their senior year.

ENGL 302 - Creative Writing: Fiction

4 credits

Fiction writing workshop with an emphasis on skills: crafting plot, developing character, and evoking setting. Students will complete one or more short stories.

ENGL 304 - Creative Writing: Nonfiction

4 credits

This workshop will explore the evolving genre of creative nonfiction. This course will provide instruction and practice in reading creative nonfiction in some of its many forms. Writing assignments will include a range of essays such as the personal essay, lyric essay, and literary journalism. 

ENGL 312 - The Teaching of Writing

3 credits

This course explores the cultural context of the teaching of writing in grades K-12. By working on collaborative class projects, students investigate major theories in composition and creatively apply them to different classroom scenarios. This course is required for all liberal studies majors and recommended for those who plan to teach at any level.

ENGL 316 - First and Second Language Acquisition

4 credits

An introduction to the processes by which children acquire language and adults learn second languages. Special attention is given to the practical application of linguistic theories of language acquisition to teaching and tutoring. This class is recommended for students who plan to be teachers or to tutor in the CLU Writing Center. Prerequisite: English 111 and junior standing

ENGL 318 - Teach&tutor Diverse Stdt Writ

4 credits

Students observe and participate in multilingual classrooms, study current scholarship about ESL, and prepare lesson plans for the classroom. Required for all Writing Center Tutors

ENGL 324 - English Literature II

4 credits

This course explores the major themes and social contexts of English literature from the Romantic through the Victorian era to the present day. 

ENGL 326 - Amercan Literature II

4 credits

This course focuses on the intellectual and social influences on the literature of the United States from the Civil War through the 20th century, with an emphasis on the impact of realism and modernism on the literary imagination. 

ENGL 330 - Film Studies

4 credits

This course provides a solid grounding in the major elements of film, including genre, narrative, acting, design, cinematography, sound, and editing. Students will become critically informed viewers able to understand and analyze film or to pursue additional studies in film history or film theory. This course does not meet the literature requirement. (cross-listed with Comm 330). 

ENGL 335 - Children's Literature

3 credits

A cultural approach to children's literature through its history, major writers, genres, and themes. This course does not satisfy the Core requirement in literature, but it is required for the Liberal Studies major and recommended for students who have a strong interest in working with children. Prerequisite: Junior or Senior standing.

ENGL 343 - History of Theater and Drama II

4 credits

This course is the second half of a two semester historical survey sequence that provides students with a solid grounding in the development of theatre and drama from the ancient Greeks to the present. 

ENGL 346 - Studies in Poetry

4 credits

This course explores a theme, genre, or movement in poetry such as the sonnet, political poetry, or post World War II poetry.

ENGL 350 - Studies in African American Lit

4 credits

With an emphasis on literary works by African-American writers, this course explores race in the American context. Each semester offers a different focus based on culture, genre, or theme. For example: Race and Ethnicity in the 19th Century, Modernism and the Harlem Renaissance, or Representations of Race in African-American Literature.

ENGL 353 - Gender and Literature

4 credits

This course will focus on the literary methods of gender analysis, historical analysis, and reader response as three lenses among many through which to deepen your understanding of literature; and will apply these tools to several texts, both historical and contemporary, in which the social categories of gender, sexuality, race and class are of principal concern. Through reading, discussing, and writing about these texts, you will gain a greater awareness of particular issues that have been, and remain, important, if often controversial, in our understanding of identity categories in our culture, and a greater appreciation of the role of literature in shaping them.

ENGL 455 - Major American Authors

4 credits

A study of works of one or more major American writers, with attention to the intellectual and cultural background and the literary contributions of each writer. Examples of recent course topics include "Julia Alvarez and Toni Morrison," "Ernest Hemingway and Edith Wharton," and "David Mamet and August Wilson."

ENGL 480 - English Major Capstone Colloquium

2 credits

This course is required for majors and should be taken in the fall of senior year. Students will research and write an original work of literary scholarship or complete a polished creative writing project. Students who wish to pursue a creative project should have taken a creative writing course in the genre they wish to write before enrolling in the Capstone. The Capstone represents the culmination of the major, and as such the Capstone projects are presented to the public every spring. Prerequisites: English 111 and 301.

ENGL 485 - Literature in England: “Magical Britain”

4 credits

This travel course explores the literature of England, Scotland, and Wales. Different semesters may feature different readings and itineraries. This year’s literary pursuits will include variations of Arthurian Legends and their texts. The course meets regularly during the semester and then concludes with travel to Britain in late May. The travel portion of this course entails additional costs. Please contact Stephanie Shaker Sullivan in the Study Abroad Office or Dr. Marja Mogk for more information. Prerequisite: English 111.

ENGL 490 - Independent Study

1 credit

ENGL 492 - Internship

1 credit

(graded P/NC only)

 

 

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