English Department

Upcoming Courses

For days, times, and professor assigments please check webadvisor.

Courses for the Fall 2015 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 260 - Topics in World Literature

4 credits

An introduction to the literary traditions of one or more world cultures. Examples of course topics include Contemporary Chinese Literature, India in Fiction and Film, and the Literatures of the Pacific Rim. Prerequisite: Engl 111 (cross-listed with Phil 260).

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 303 - Creative Writing: Poetry

4 credits

This poetry workshop will instruct students on different approaches to reading poems, and teach the forms and elements of poetry through observation and practice. Students will read and write poems in a variety of forms such as the elegy, ghazl, haiku, sonnet and ode, as well as poems that explore repetition, persona, and voice. Prerequisite: Engl 111. Recommended: Engl 202.

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 314 - English Language & Linguistics

4 credits

An introduction to the linguistic theories of the English language, including studies in phonology, morphology, and syntax, with particular emphasis on syntactic analyses. Prerequisite: Engl 111 and junior or senior standing.

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 323 - English Literature I

4 credits

This course explores the major themes and social contexts of English literature from its emergence through the eighteenth century. 

ENGL 325 - Amercan Literature I

4 credits

This course traces the intellectual and social influences upon the literature of what will become the United States of America, from the birth of a colonial new world, through its growth into an independent country, up to the eve of the Civil War. 

ENGL 335 - Children's Literature

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 342 - History of Theater and Drama I

4 credits

This course is the first 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. Prerequisite: Engl 111 (cross-listed with TA 342)

ENGL 353 - Gender & 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 360 - Holocaust in Literature & Film

4 credits

A study of the legislated and systematic extermination of Europe's Jews and other targeted groups by the Nazis. Through representative literature, the course addresses some of the complex religious, philosophical, and psychological issues this event raises. The course uses film and guest speakers to further reveal the genesis and consequences of human intolerance in its extremes. Prerequisite: Engl 111 and sophomore standing.

ENGL 361 - Contemporary Chicano Literature

4 credits

Intended as a basic exploration of the literature of the Chicano people. This representative synthesis covers the principal genres of poetry, theatre, the novel, the short story, and the essay. An historical framework establishes the different periods of Chicano creativity from its origins in the pre-1960s prior to the Chicano movement, through the Civil Rights movement of the early 1960s and to contemporary times. Note: This class is offered in English and is not for Spanish credit (cross-listed with Span 361).

ENGL 452 - Shakespeare

4 credits

A study of selected works of Shakespeare, with attention to theatrical, cultural and literary background. Prerequisite: Engl 111. Recommended Engl 201. (cross-listed with TA 452).

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 490 - Independent Study

1 credit

ENGL 492 - Internship

1 credit

(graded P/NC only)