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English Courses

0123 Fundamentals of English
A computer-assisted course designed to meet the curriculum deficiency for beginning freshmen or transfer students. The course includes basic training in essay-writing fundamentals. Does not count as degree requirement.

0125 Writing and Literacy
This preparatory course is designed to increase student skills in essay writing and critical thinking. A strong emphasis on types of literacy—informational, traditional, and academic—will further enrich instruction. Students will gain practical knowledge of forms of writing and active, engaged reading in this computer-assisted course. Does not count as a degree requirement.

0133 Developmental Reading
A computer-assisted course designed for college students who need remedial instruction in reading, with primary emphasis in vocabulary development, comprehension, and adjustment of reading rate. Does not count as degree requirement. 

1113 Composition I
Limited review of principles of grammar and basic mechanics; focus on effective college-level personal and expository essay writing. Standard first course for beginning freshmen. 

1213 Composition II
This course is a continuation of ENGL 1113 Composition I. Emphasis is placed on research and rhetoric in writing more advanced expository essays. Pre: ENGL 1113. Students are not allowed to CLEP out of Composition II under any circumstances. 

2123 Foundations of English Studies
A foundational course in literary genres, close reading techniques, and conventions for literary analysis necessary to a productive study of poetry, prose, and drama. Pre: ENGL 1113 and 1213. 

2543 English Literature to 1800
A survey of British literature and British literary movements between 449 and 1800, with emphasis on the Middle Ages and the Elizabethan period. Pre: ENGL 1113 and 1213. 

2653 English Literature Since 1800
A survey of British literature and British literary movements from 1800 to the present, with evenly distributed emphasis. Pre: ENGL 1113 and 1213. 

2773 American Literature to Whitman
Historical survey from colonial time to Walt Whitman; extensive reading. Pre: ENGL 1113 and 1213. 

2883 American Literature Since Whitman
A continuation of American Literature 2773, from Whitman to the present. Pre: ENGL 1113 and 1213. 

3103 Shakespeare I***
A directed investigation of William Shakespeare’s poems and plays, including techniques of staging and production. Pre: ENGL 1113 and 1213. 

3123 English Drama***
A survey of English drama, exclusive of Shakespeare, from its earliest forms to the Restoration. Pre: ENGL 1113 and 1213.

3173 Romantic Movement
History of the romantic movement; prose and poetry of the period, with particular attention to the works of Wordsworth, Coleridge, Scott, Byron, Shelley, and Keats. Pre: ENGL 1113 and 1213.

3283 The Victorians
Emphasis upon Tennyson, the Brownings, Arnold, Clough, the Rossettis, Morris, and Swinburne. Pre: ENGL 1113 and 1213.

3303 Popular Literature***
A survey of major contributions to one genre of popular literature--science fiction or mystery or historical fiction--or film. May be repeated for credit when course content changes. Pre: ENGL 1113 and 1213.

3403 World Literature I
Readings of literature from cultures around the world, including China, India, Greece, Rome, Spain, Germany, France, Italy, and England (551 BCE to 1650) as well as Native Americans, Japan, and Africa. Pre: ENGL 1113 and 1213. 

3423 Topics in Multicultural Literature
Readings of modern literature from around the world, including Europe, Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the United States, with an emphasis on topics related to issues of cultural experience and exposure. Course may be repeatable for credit if topic is changed. Pre: ENGL 1113 and 1213. 

3433 Nineteenth Century American Novel***
Traces the history of the development of the novel as genre in the United States. Recommended for prospective English teachers. Pre: ENGL 1113 and 1213.

3463 American Literature***
Intensive study of works of two selected authors, such as Faulkner and Hemingway, Steinbeck and Wolfe, Poe and Hawthorne, etc. On sufficient demand. Pre: ENGL 1113 and 1213.

3473 Masterpieces of World Novel
Study of content and style of novels written by major world novelists, such as Tolstoy, Flaubert, Cervantes, Balzac, Zola, Hugo, Stendahl, Turgenev, Dostoyevsky, and others. Pre: ENGL 1113 and 1213.

3503 Mythology***
A comparative study of world mythology with historical and thematic overview with emphasis given to creation, theistic, and heroic myths from various cultures. Pre: ENGL 1113 and 1213.

3513 Technical Writing (SL)
A survey of the writing, research, and documentation techniques commonly used in technical and scientific fields with emphasis on the research report. Pre: ENGL 1113 and 1213.

3523 Advanced Composition: Writing Theory***
Advanced composition for writers. Particularly recommended for prospective English teachers. Pre: ENGL 1113 and 1213.

4093 Young Adult Literature
A study of the types of literature used by and for adolescents, junior high and high school age. Pre: ENGL 1113, 1213, and 2123.

4103 English Novel***
A study of the development of the novel in England in the 18th and 19th centuries and English novelists from Defoe to Hardy. Pre: ENGL 1113, 1213, and 2123.

4113 Creative Writing***
The course offers instruction in the various types of creative writing (including but not limited to the short story, poetry, and drama) and provides opportunity for student writing in these areas. Pre: ENGL 1113 and 1213.

4162 Literary Criticism***
The standards of evaluating literature. Pre: ENGL 1113, 1213, and 2123.

4173 English Usage***
An advanced study of grammar to explore the systematic nature of English language, useful for teachers and writers. Pre: ENGL 1113 and 1213.

4183 History of the English Language***
Development of Modern English from Old English, showing its change from a highly inflected language to a language of few inflections. Pre: ENGL 1113, 1213, and 2123.

4203 Contemporary Poetry (Chiefly American)***
Poetry of the present day. Pre: ENGL 1113, 1213, and 2123.

4213 Nonfiction Prose***
A survey of present-day prose production with emphasis on non-fiction works treating current ethnic or socio-political issues. Pre: ENGL 1113, 1213, and 2123.

4222 Contemporary Drama (Chiefly American)
The drama from 1915 to the present time; readings of several plays. Pre: ENGL 1113, 1213, and 2123.

4263 20th and 21st Century British Novel***
A study of the Modern British Novel from Conrad to Waugh in the years 1901 to 1945. Pre: ENGL 1113, 1213, and 2123.

4273 20th and 21st Century American Novel***
The development of the modern novel in America from 1900 to the present, with emphasis on the major novelists of the period. Pre: ENGL 1113, 1213, and 2123.

4323 Elementary Teachers' Course in English
Subject matter, methods, and materials for teaching oral and written communication, spelling, and writing in the elementary school. Pre: ENGL 1113, 1213, and 2123.

4333 Teaching English in the Secondary School
Problems and methods of teaching English in the high school. Pre: ENGL 1113, 1213, and 2123.

4403 Renaissance Literature***
Reading and interpreting English poetry and prose of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Selected authors include Spenser, Wyatt, Surrey, Raleigh, Bacon, etc. Pre: ENGL 1113, 1213, and 2123.

4413 Restoration and Eighteenth-Century English Literature***
Selected works of major poetry and prose writers of the period such as Dryden, Pope, Swift, Johnson, etc. Pre: ENGL 1113, 1213, and 2123.

4433 Introduction to Linguistics***
A study of the structure of language through syntax, morphology, phonetics, and phonology, with application to structural and transformational grammars. Pre: ENGL 1113, 1213, and 2123.

4453 English Capstone
A culminating experience for the major, the course requires application of skills in literary analysis and criticism to produce a project of significant length and depth through guided study of critical and literary works. Pre: Senior standing as an English major.

*** denotes courses also taught at the graduate level.