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The English 1101, 1102 College Writing sequence is a prerequisite for all English courses numbered 3000 and above. Check with department for semester when these courses are offered. Read each course description for prerequisites.


0909 BASIC WRITING (3 credits) Designed to help students improve or polish their writing skills before entering College Writing. Teaches the process of writing: prewriting, drafting, revising, and editing. Students will probably spend some time in the Writing Center where they learn to use word processing for writing and where peer tutors are available for help.

1101 COLLEGE WRITING I (3 credits) Emphasis on improving skills and effectiveness in written communication through critical reading of literature, other means of observation, and extensive writing; course deals with developing authorial voice and adapting that voice to academic audiences; course covers rudiments of citing sources. Includes an oral component. Liberal Education Category 1

1102 COLLEGE WRITING II (3 credits) Continued emphasis on composition with concentration on use of sources, research methods, and preparation of persuasive research papers. Includes an oral component. Prerequisite: ENGL 1101. Liberal Education Category 1

2101 INTERMEDIATE WRITING (3 credits) A nonfiction writing course for exploring a wide variety of prose processes, audiences, and formats. Includes development of thought and expression through writing.

2150 TECHNICAL WRITING (3 credits) Instruction and practice in writing about technical materials and subjects. Liberal Education Category 11

2190 INTRODUCTION TO CREATIVE WRITING (3 credits) Introduction to the study of the forms and styles of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and other genres, with practice in a workshop format. Liberal Education Category 6

2250 UNDERSTANDING LITERATURE (3 credits) Reading and critical appreciation of various types of literature, such as autobiography, drama, film, novel, poetry, and specialized genres. Liberal Education Category 6

2340 THE AMERICAN FILM (3 credits) A study of various aspects of American movies. Liberal Education Category 6

2350 AMERICAN LITERATURE, TO 1865 (3 credits) A study of the development of American letters from a historical perspective. The ideas, social, and cultural relationships that shape the emerging American literature are examined through the study of the works and the literary characteristics of representative writers. Liberal Education Categories 6 & 7

2355 AMERICAN LITERATURE, 1865 TO PRESENT (3 credits) A study of representative American writers and their works, covering the period from 1900 to the present. The course considers the development of American literature as a significant force on the literary scene. Liberal Education Categories 6 & 7

2357 BRITISH AND WORLD DRAMA (3 credits) Selective survey of dramatic literature from the British Isles and other countries outside the USA. Liberal Education Categories 6 & 8 (Might not be offered every year)

2358 BRITISH AND WORLD POETRY (3 credits) Selective survey of poetry from the British Isles and other countries outside the USA. Liberal Education Categories 6 & 8 (Might not be offered every year)

2359 BRITISH AND WORLD PROSE (3 credits) Selective survey of novels, short stories, and other literary prose works from the British Isles and other countries outside the USA. Liberal Education Categories 6 & 8 (Might not be offered every year)

2380 WOMEN IN WORLD LITERATURE (3 credits) This course, through selected literature, examines myths, stereotypes, and archetypes of women's roles and places in society from the beginning of recorded literature to the present. (Might not be offered every year)

2400 THE BIBLE AS LITERATURE (3 credits) A study of selected Old and New Testament books and their literary significance. Liberal Education Category 6

2410 MYTH (3 credits) Study of sacred stories that emerge from pre-literate stages of culture through early literary works. Mythic traditions studied include Greek and may include one or more others (such as Norse, Irish, Ojibwe). Liberal Education Categories 6 & 8

2460 SCIENCE FICTION AND FANTASY (3 credits) A study of novels emphasizing changes in science fiction and fantasy from historical, thematic, and stylistic perspectives. Intended for general audiences as well as majors. (Might not be offered every year)

2925 PEOPLE AND THE ENVIRONMENT: AMERICAN NATURE WRITERS (3 credits) A course in the classics of nature writing designed to acquaint the student with great outdoor writers, especially those who stress conservation and ecology. Liberal Education Category 10

2926 PEOPLE AND THE ENVIRONMENT: WRITING AND NATURE (3 credits) This course leads students to examine, in writing, their own individual perceptions of and response to natural environments and to consider how those perceptions and responses are culturally influenced. Liberal Education Category 10

3101 ADVANCED WRITING (3 credits) A nonfiction writing course for exploring a wide variety of prose processes, audiences, and formats. Includes revision and editing, style, and the authorial voice. May include exploration of opportunities for publishing. Prerequisite: Junior status or consent of instructor.

3115 WRITING FICTION I (3 credits) An introduction to the study of the form and style of fiction, with practice, study, and writing in a workshop format. Prerequisite: Sophomore status or consent of instructor.

3125 WRITING POETRY I (3 credits) An introduction to the study of form and style of poetry, with practice, study, and writing in a workshop format. Prerequisite: Sophomore status or consent of instructor.

3135 SCRIPTWRITING/PLAYWRITING I (3 credits) Introduction to the study of the form and style of scriptwriting and playwriting, with practice, study, and writing in a workshop format. Prerequisite: Sophomore status or consent of instructor. (Might not be offered every year)

3145 WRITING CREATIVE NONFICTION I (3 credits) Introduction to the study of the form and style of creative nonfiction, with practice in a workshop format. Prerequisite: Sophomore status or consent of instructor.

3150 WRITING IN THE DISCIPLINES (3 credits) Examine and practice argument and researched writing as conducted in the various academic disciplines. Prerequisites: ENGL 1101 and completion of 64 semester credits. (Might not be offered every year)

3155 PROFESSIONAL WRITING (3 credits) Written communication in professional settings. Gathering information, analyzing audiences, and assessing conventional formats of professional writing. Drafting, testing, and revising documents. Development of a portfolio project.

3177 WEBLOGS AND WIKIS (3 credits) This course, which is theory-grounded and project-based, gives students the opportunity to explore two new and related forms of online publishing, study, and written expression. Students design and pursue a ten-week project in creating a weblog or a wiki. Prerequisites: ENGL 1101 and ENGL 1102, or consent of instructor.

3179 ELEMENTS OF ELECTRONIC RHETORIC (3 credits) Introduction to the principles of applied rhetoric integrated with continued writing experience. Also introduces fundamentals of hypertext. Students investigate email, Web page and site design, online discussion, wikis, and weblogs, and create and analyze online texts and exchanges. Prerequisites: ENGL 1101 and ENGL 1102, or consent of instructor.

3230 WOMEN IN FILM (3 credits) A study of the portrayal of women in feature films, considering how the cinematic presentations reflect society's attitudes toward women and expectations of women. (Might not be offered every year)

3270 AMERICAN INDIAN LITERATURE (3 credits) A study of the prose and poetry of representative North American Indian storytellers and writers beginning with the oral tradition and moving into the present. (Might not be offered every year)

3300 AMERICAN LITERATURE TO 1850 (3 credits) Specialized study of some aspect of American literature prior to the Civil War. Specific title announced in the semester schedule. (Might not be offered every year)

3310 AMERICAN ROMANTICISM, REALISM, AND NATURALISM (3 credits) A detailed study of three major literary movements in America, focusing on works by key writers and considering the critical theories underlying the writings. (Might not be offered every year)

3320 TWENTIETH-CENTURY AMERICAN LITERATURE (3 credits) An in-depth study of a particular aspect of twentieth-century American literature, with an emphasis on significant authors and their social and literary contexts; consult the current schedule of classes for specific focus of course.

3330 ENGLISH RENAISSANCE LITERATURE (3 credits) A study of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century English literature, exclusive of Shakespeare and Milton. (Might not be offered every year)

3335 RESTORATION AND EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY LITERATURE (3 credits) A study of the poetry, prose, and drama of the Restoration and the eighteenth century. (Might not be offered every year)

3350 ROMANTICS AND VICTORIANS (3 credits) A study of English poetry, prose, and drama of the nineteenth century. (Might not be offered every year)

3355 TWENTIETH-CENTURY BRITISH AND COMMONWEALTH LITERATURE (3 credits) A study of the prose, poetry, and drama of twentieth-century Britain and the British Commonwealth. (Might not be offered every year)

3360 INTERNATIONAL FILM (3 credits) A study of a variety of international feature films, focusing on major films and important directors, and considering the cultural contexts and social issues examined by the films.

3510 TUTORING WRITING (1-3 credits) Orientation to writing-center theory and practice. Prerequisites: Completion of Liberal Education Category 1, sophomore status, and consent of instructor.

3520 WRITING FOR THE SECONDARY SCHOOL TEACHER (3 credits) A study of the problems and principles of composition; designed to provide techniques for the teaching of composition in secondary schools.

3530 TEACHING WRITING WITH TECHNOLOGY (3 credits) Focuses on the theory and practice of teaching secondary and university-level writing with computer technology, including using computer-mediated communication, Web-supplemented teaching, and student writing for Web publication.

3540 LITERATURE FOR YOUNG ADULTS (3 credits) A study of a variety of literature appropriate for adolescents, including criteria for evaluating literary merit; criteria for evaluating classroom usefulness; and effective ways to manage book challenges and censorship issues.

3550 METHODS OF TEACHING ENGLISH AND COMMUNICATION (4 credits) Basic aims, materials, and methods with a practicum experience.

3555 ENGLISH TOPICS (1-3 credits) A concentrated study of special topics in or related to the study of literature, language, or writing . (Might not be offered every year)

3580 THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE (3 credits) A linguistically-based study of the structure, grammar, and historical development of the English language.

3600 AUTHOR TOPICS (3 credits) In-depth study of the work of one or more authors (e.g., Chaucer, Emily Dickinson), including application of critical theory. May be retaken multiple times with different topic subtitles. (Might not be offered every year)

3606 CULTURE TOPICS (3 credits) In-depth study of the literature of a culture (e.g., American Indian Literature, Ethnic Literature), including application of critical theory. May be retaken multiple times with different topic subtitles. (Might not be offered every year)

3607 FILM TOPICS (3 credits) In-depth study of film (e.g., Women in Film, International Film), including application of critical theory. May be retaken multiple times with different topic subtitles. (Might not be offered every year)

3608 GENRE TOPICS (3 credits) In-depth study of a literary genre (e.g., The American Novel, Dramatic Literature), including application of critical theory. May be retaken multiple times with different topic subtitles. (Might not be offered every year)

3609 PERIOD TOPICS (3 credits) In-depth study of the literature of a specific period (e.g., Medieval Literature, Modern Literature), including application of critical theory. May be retaken multiple times with different topic subtitles. (Might not be offered every year)

3770 CONTEMPORARY WRITERS AND THEORY (3 credits) A seminar that centers on the study of creative prose and poetry by contemporary authors and includes an analysis of selected essays and criticism by the authors themselves as well as their critics. Focuses on the evolution of form and language in the most contemporary creative writing period. May not be taken to fulfill core requirements in literary criticism and theory.

4116 WRITING FICTION II (3 credits) A workshop course designed to offer the student further practice, analysis, and theoretical study in the composition of fiction. May be repeated one time. Prerequisite: ENGL 3115 with grade of B or better, or consent of instructor.

4126 WRITING POETRY II (3 credits) A workshop course designed to offer the student further practice, analysis, and theoretical study in the composition of poetry. May be repeated one time. Prerequisite: ENGL 3125 with grade B or better, or consent of instructor.

4136 SCRIPTWRITING/PLAYWRITING II (3 credits) Advanced study and experience in writing one act, radio, television, screen, and theatre scripts. May be repeated one time. Prerequisite: ENGL 3135 or THSP 2030 with grade of B or better, or consent of instructor. (Might not be offered every year)

4146 WRITING CREATIVE NONFICTION II (3 credits) Workshop offering further practice, analysis, and theoretical study in the composition of creative nonfiction. May be repeated one time. Prerequisite: ENGL 3145 with grade of B or better, or consent of instructor.

4156 PROFESSIONAL PRESENTATIONS (3 credits) Presentation skills for professional and technical writing. Audience analysis, visual communication, researching and organizing a presentation, presenting complex material. Emphasizes use of computers.

4169 WEB CONTENT WRITING (3 credits) Extensive practice in creating written content for the Web, in various genres and for various purposes and audiences. Addresses the unique rhetorical and formal challenges of developing Web content: writing hypertext, using links and link text, using text elements, micro-content, navigation, copy editing. Prerequisites: ENGL 3177 or ENGL 3179 or consent of instructor.

4170 WEB DESIGN FOR CONTENT WRITERS (3 credits) A project-based, hands-on advanced course in creating Web sites. Emphasis on page and site design, information architecture, and hypertext. Prerequisite: ENGL 3179 or ENGL 4169 or consent of instructor.

4400 MAJOR AMERICAN AUTHORS (3 credits) Intensive study of the life and work of major American authors. The course may focus on one author or several. Specific title announced in the semester schedule. (Might not be offered every year)

4420 SHAKESPEARE AND HIS AGE (3 credits) A study of Shakespeare's works in the context of his times and of the work of his major contemporaries. (Might not be offered every year)

4429 SHAKESPEARE FOR TEACHERS (3 credits) A study of Shakespeare’s plays and poems in contexts appropriate for high school and community college teachers. (Might not be offered every year)

4430 COMPARATIVE LITERATURE (3 credits) Comparative study of the life and work of major authors from varied national and cultural traditions. Specific title announced in the semester schedule. (Might not be offered every year)

4435 LITERARY GENRES (3 credits) A comparative study of representative types of literary discourse, such as autobiography, drama, the letter, poetry, and short story. (Might not be offered every year)

4440 AMERICAN LITERATURE - SPECIAL TOPICS (3 credits) Specialized study of some aspect of American literature. Specific title announced in the semester schedule. (Might not be offered every year)

4445 ENGLISH LITERATURE - SPECIAL TOPICS (3 credits) Intensive study of a specific topic in English literature. Specific title announced in the semester schedule. (Might not be offered every year)

4450 WORLD LITERATURE - SPECIAL TOPICS (3 credits) Intensive study of a specific topic from world literature. Specific title announced in the semester schedule. (Might not be offered every year)

4455 SEMINAR: LITERARY CRITICISM AND THEORY (3 credits) Theory, history, and methods of literary criticism from Plato to the present.

4700 ADVANCED AUTHOR TOPICS (3 credits) In-depth study of the work of one or more authors (e.g., Chaucer, Emily Dickinson), including application of multiple critical theories. May be retaken multiple times with different topic subtitles. (Might not be offered every year)

4706 ADVANCED CULTURE TOPICS (3 credits) In-depth study of the literature of a culture (e.g., American Indian Literature, Ethnic Literature), including application of multiple critical theories. May be retaken multiple times with different topic subtitles. (Might not be offered every year)

4707 ADVANCED FILM TOPICS (3 credits) In-depth study of film (e.g., Women in Film, International Film), including application of multiple critical theories. May be retaken multiple times with different topic subtitles. (Might not be offered every year)

4708 ADVANCED GENRE TOPICS (3 credits) In-depth study of a literary genre (e.g., The American Novel, Dramatic Literature), including application of multiple critical theories. May be retaken multiple times with different topic subtitles. (Might not be offered every year)

4709 ADVANCED PERIOD TOPICS (3 credits) In-depth study of the literature of a specific period (e.g., Medieval Literature, Modern Literature), including application of multiple critical theories. May be retaken multiple times with different topic subtitles. (Might not be offered every year)

4861 PRACTICUM IN LITERARY CAREERS, PUBLISHING, AND MANAGEMENT I (3 credits) This course is designed to introduce upper-division students to issues and practices of literary careers. Students gain experience in researching literary markets and submitting work for publication, publishing literary journals, organizing and publicizing literary events, and pursuing literary careers. Prerequisites: Junior or senior status and any two of the following courses: ENGL 3115, ENGL 3125, ENGL 3135, ENGL 3145, ENGL 4116, ENGL 4126, ENGL 4136, ENGL 4146, THSP 2030, THSP 3030.

4862 PRACTICUM IN LITERARY CAREERS, PUBLISHING, AND MANAGEMENT II (3 credits) This course allows upper-division students to increase their knowledge of issues and practices of literary careers and to further their development of knowledge and skills introduced in ENGL 4861 related to researching literary markets and submitting work of publication, publishing literary journals, organizing and publicizing literary events, and pursuing literary careers. Students also gain experience in publication management by serving as production managers for the literary journals and completing special projects such as preparing publicity flyers for literary events and writing publication introductions. Prerequisite: ENGL 4861.

4881 SENIOR PROJECT, PART I (1 credit) In consultation with and with consent of an advisor, design and begin Senior Project II. Prerequisite: Senior status.

4882 SENIOR PROJECT, PART II (2 credits) In consultation with and with consent of an advisor, complete a B.F.A. senior project that is professional and publishable in nature and quality, or can serve as documentary evidence appropriate to admission to graduate programs. Prerequisite: ENGL 4881.


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