|Course Title / Description
|Stretch Composition I 3 credits
Through a variety of writing assignments, students develop effective writing processes, gain critical reading skills, represent and respond to others' ideas, reflect on their writing growth, and generate polished, reader-based prose. Students must take ENGL100 - Stretch Composition I and ENGL101 - Stretch Composition II to fulfill the General Education requirement for college writing.
|Stretch Composition II 3 credits
This course helps students develop flexibile writing processes, increase rhetorical awareness, acquire critical reading skills to support their writing, implement effective reserach techniques, represent others' ideas in multiple ways, reflect on their writing development, and polish their work. Students must take ENGL100 - Stretch Composition I and ENGL101 - Stretch Composition II to fulfill the General Education requirement for college writing. Prerequisites: ENGL100 - Stretch Composition I and consent of instructor.
|English Practicum, Literary Magazine 1 credit
Students obtain practical experience working as part of a literary magazine staff. Staff duties range from editing and designing magazine layout to organizing literary activities and maintaining a digital presence. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
|College Writing I 3 credits
Students learn strategies that promote critical, creative, and collaborative drafting, and practice college level writing in narrative, critical, and persuasive forms. Students produce a portfolio of several essays, including a research paper.
|Literary Analysis 3 credits
This course introduces students to the analytical tools they need in order to read and write about literary texts: use of literary terminology, practice of strategies used in discussing and writing about literature, including conducting literary research and familiarization with the conventions for citation and bibliography in the field. Completion of ENGL200 - Literary Analysis no later than fall semester of the sophomore year is strongly recommended for English majors/minors.
|Survey of Greek Classical Literature 3 credits
This course examines Greek mythology and literature, including its influence on Roman literature in particular and Western literature in general. Genres include fables, drama, and epics.
|Ages of British Literature 3 credits
This course begins with Old English literature, with an emphasis on Beowulf, and continues with Middle English literature, with an emphasis on The Canterbury Tales by Chaucer. Students are also introduced to the Arthurian legend, as well as its French counterparts. Modern English literature concludes with the Victorian age.
|Modern European Literature 3 credits
Students study a selection of major European authors from the late 18th century through the 21st century. A particular emphasis is placed on the literary movement Modernism, its responses to late Enlightenment thought, and its influence on postmodern sensibilities and practices in the arts.
|Introduction to Fiction 3 credits
This course introduces literary terminology commonly used in analyzing short stories and novels. British and American literature is selected from the 19th through the 21st centuries.
|College Writing II 3 credits
Students examine and practice advanced techniques, individual and collaborative, for generating ethical, audience-oriented prose. Each student develops a specialized portfolio corresponding with individual academic goals.
|Creative Writing 3 credits
Through regular writing to generate ideas and practice techniques, students fathom the creative process as they are led from exploring personal experience to transforming such experience into artful fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction.
|World Literature 3 credits
Students study a selection of major world authors from outside the traditional Western literary canon, especially from African, Asian, and Caribbean cultures. Primary focus is given to contemporary works, and students apply different theoretical perspectives to the texts studied.
|Introduction to Contemporary Literature 3 credits
Students read and examine fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction from the contemporary era. Emphasis is placed on concerns, questions, and aesthetic sensibilities that help define and explain recent literature.
|Adv English Practicum, LiteraryMagazine 1 credit
Building on skills acquired in ENGL102 - English Practicum, Literary Magazine, this course provides students with advanced work on the literary magazine. Previous credits in ENGL102 - English Practicum, Literary Magazine are strongly preferred. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
|Reading as Writers Across Media 3 credits
Students examine and practice the craft and technique of textual production. Technical elements of narrative and story, such as style, voice, story-arc, character development, dialogue, image, plotting, and tone are studied and practiced. Traditional literary genres as well as texts in visual, electronic, and new media are included.
|Advanced Writing 3 credits
This course provides students with an in-depth focus on an approved single genre. The course also requires a significant portfolio of work to be developed. May be taken twice with different content. Prerequisite: ENGL 210 or ENGL 213.
|The English Language 3 credits
Focusing on both the history of the English language and its structure and form, this course emphasizes grammar, phonology, syntax, and semantics. Students also examine prescriptive and descriptive linguistics, with an emphasis on the history and use of The Oxford English Dictionary.
|Shakespeare 3 credits
Students study William Shakespeare’s dramatic and poetic works in the context of Elizabethan and Jacobean cultures, as well as their literary origins. This course includes an examination of Shakespearean scholarship and Shakespeare’s influence on later authors.
|British Literature: 17th and 18th Centuries 3 credits
Based on a selection of Renaissance, Restoration, and later Neoclassical authors, students read, analyze, and discuss works by dramatists, poets, and novelists, with particular attention to the development of the English novel.
|British Literature: Romantics & Victorians 3 credits
This course begins with selected Romantic poets and continues with selected Victorian poets and novelists, with emphasis placed on the historical, intellectual, and social influences on authors across generations.
|The Life and Writings of Charles Dickens 3 credits
Students study a novel by Charles Dickens, along with his simplified "The Life of Our Lord" for children, in the context of Victorian culture. This course includes literary influences on Dickens and Dickens' influence on culture.
|Early American Authors 3 credits
This course focuses on major American authors from the colonial period to the Civil War. Nonfiction, fiction, and poetry by representative authors are read and discussed in light of the historical, social, and cultural contexts informing their works. The course considers how their works continue to inform conceptions of the American self, place, and project.
|Modern American Authors 3 credits
This course focuses on American authors from the Civil War to the present day. Nonfiction, fiction, and poetry by representative authors are read and discussed in light of the national and international contexts informing their works. The course considers how their works reflect and revise early conceptions of the American self, place, and project.
|African-American Literature 3 credits
Students study the African-American literary, philosophical, and intellectual tradition, with special attention to how cultural forms, practices, and ideology inform the expressive modes and textual productions of African-Americans from the 18th century to the present.
|Literary Theory 3 credits
This course provides an in-depth study of the development of literary theories, interpretive methods, and debates about the value and role of texts from ancient times to the present.
|Christian Writers 3 credits
Students survey Christian writers from the 2nd century through the 20th century. Authors include Augustine of Hippo, Bede, Thomas Aquinas, Martin Luther, John Bunyan, G. K. Chesterton, T. S. Eliot, J. R. R. Tolkien, and C. S. Lewis. Genres include nonfiction, fiction, poetry, and drama.
|Topics in Literature and Language 3 credits
Topics vary and typically provide students with an investigation of specific literary themes, movements, authors, styles, or genres, thereby allowing students to experience depth in a specialized area of literature. Students may take this course twice with different content.
|Senior Seminar I 1.50 credit
In ENGL493 - Senior Seminar I, the first semester of a year-long senior capstone course in English, students review writing, documentation, and research conventions specific to analyses and creations of texts; identify broad topics for their senior theses; and consider their developing projects and interests in relation to the discipline of English (textual studies). Prerequisites: ENGL200 - Literary Analysis and either ENGL210 - College Writing II or ENGL213 - Creative Writing. The completion of ENGL320 - The English Language and ENGL350 - Literary Theory prior to enrollment in senior seminar is strongly recommended.
|Senior Seminar II 1.50 credit
In ENGL494 - Senior Seminar II, the second semester of a year-long senior capstone course in English, students pursue research guided by topics identified in ENGL493 - Senior Seminar I; produce a literature review; narrow topics for their senior theses; participate in peer workshops and conferences with the instructor; produce a rigorous, substantive thesis; and publicly present their finished work. Prerequisites: ENGL200 - Literary Analysis and either ENGL210 - College Writing II or ENGL213 - Creative Writing. The completion of ENGL320 - The English Language and ENGL350 - Literary Theory prior to enrollment in senior seminar is strongly recommended.
|English Internship 3 credits
Students who qualify for an English internship actively participate in an individualized field experience relevant to the English major. A proposal is made by a student on an Internship Program Learning Contract, which requires the approval of the student’s faculty advisor and the site supervisor. The student’s goals and outcomes are assessed by both the site supervisor and the student’s advisor, for a letter grade. Prerequisite: Only juniors and seniors majoring in English and in good standing are eligible for the internship, by permission only.