English (ENGL) Undergraduate Course Descriptions
ENGL 100. Introduction to Expository Writing
For students wanting a full year of freshman-level writing instruction. Writing processes, self-assessment, and revision strategies. Attention to individual problems. Not a general education course; cannot be taken for university credit after receiving credit for 191. 3 Cr. DEMAND.
ENGL 184. Introduction to Literature [Goal 6]
A study of imaginative literature to improve the understanding and increase enjoyment through reading, writing, and discussion. Emphasis on thematic organization, historical period, cultural representation, and type of literature will be the option of instructor. 3 Cr. F, S.
ENGL 190. Introduction to Rhetorical and Analytical Writing: Supplemental [Goal 1]
Analytical reading, writing, and critical reasoning in various rhetorical situations. Argumentative research project comprising analysis and interpretation of information, texts, and perspectives. This course fulfills the liberal education goal area 1 requirement. For students who do not meet the Accuplacer minimum requirements. Requires an additional hour of tutoring per week. 4 Cr. F, S.
ENGL 191. Introduction to Rhetorical and Analytical Writing [Goal 1]
Analytical reading, writing, and critical reasoning in various rhetorical situations. Argumentative research project comprising analysis and interpretation of information, texts, and perspectives. 4 Cr. F, S, SUM.
ENGL 198. Analytical and Rhetorical Writing in the Humanities [Goal 1]
Analytical reading, writing, and critical reasoning in various rhetorical situations based on literature. Argumentative research project comprising analysis and interpretation of information, texts, and perspectives found in literature. This course fulfills the liberal education goal area 1 requirement. 4 Cr. F, S.
ENGL 201. Classics of Literature [Goal 6]
Introduces non-English majors to in-depth study of rich literary traditions of Great Britain, the United States, and/or other nations or cultures; including at least two genres and historical periods. Does not count toward the English major or minor. 3 Cr. F, S.
ENGL 202. Myth, Legend, and Sacred Literature [Goal 6]
A study of mythology based on Greek, Roman, and other legends in relation to literature. Sacred texts may be included. 3 Cr. F, S.
ENGL 203. Gender Issues in Literature [Goal 6] (Diversity/MGM)
In works by female and male writers, course explores literary depiction of gender roles, gender and sexual identity/orientation, and/or gender relations in context of social structures and values. 3 Cr. F, S.
ENGL 205. The Bible as Literature
Selections from the Bible that relate to literary traditions of subsequent centuries. Literary forms in the Old and New Testaments (e. g. , Psalms and Hebrew poetry). 3 Cr. F.
ENGL 215. American Indian Literature [Goal 6] (Diversity/MGM)
Contemporary American Indian literature in poetry, short stories, essays, and novels. Consideration of tradition, history and current realities from an Indian viewpoint as well as negative stereotypes and discrimination that Native people face. 3 Cr. F, S.
ENGL 216. African American Literature [Goal 6, Goal 7] (Diversity/MGM)
Studies in African American literature from the slave narrative to contemporary writers. Content and focus to vary. 3 Cr. F, S.
ENGL 291. Introduction to Analytical and Rhetorical Writing [Goal 1]
Attention to analytical, argumentative, and research writing. Specific requirements based on individual need. For transfer students who have met at least 50% of ENGL 191 objectives through previous course work in writing. By permission only. 2 Cr. F, S.
ENGL 300. Introduction to English Studies
English as a field of study with emphasis on literary and rhetorical analysis. Strategies by which we interpret and create texts, including poetry, fiction, drama, and essay. This course is a prerequisite for all 400-level courses. 3 Cr. F, S.
ENGL 302. Holocaust Literature
Literature of the Jewish Holocaust and its historical context; examines nonfiction writing such as journals and other first-hand accounts as well as fiction, poetry, and essays. 3 Cr. F.
ENGL 303. Global and Regional Topics in Literature
Literatures of a region or nation, excluding the United States and England. May consider a specific period, genre, or theme. May be repeated with a different topic. 3 Cr. DEMAND.
ENGL 304. Literature and Film
Study of literature and film made from that literature. Uses film to define and demonstrate literary techniques and how they are changed and adapted by film. 3 Cr. DEMAND.
ENGL 305. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Literature [Goal 6] (Diversity/MGM)
Literary representations of LGBT and other non-dominant sexualities, gender identities, and relationships. Particular attention to literary strategies and theoretical approaches in historical social context. 4 Cr. DEMAND.
ENGL 306. Rhetoric in Popular Culture [Goal 2, Goal 6]
Rhetorical influences of popular culture; critical interpretation and analysis of print, digital, and visual texts; multi-media technologies; and organizational systems. 3 Cr. F, S.
ENGL 307. African Literature
A survey of contemporary African literature from the following regions of the continent: East Africa, West Africa (French and English-speaking), and South Africa. 3 Cr. DEMAND.
ENGL 308. Introduction to Rhetorical Theories
Classical and modern rhetorical theories and concepts applied to contemporary cultural contexts and rhetorical situations. Critical approaches to analyzing historical, popular or scholarly written, visual and multi-modal tests. 4 Cr. F.
ENGL 310. Early American Literature Through 1830
Studies in American authors and literary and rhetorical traditions from the beginning to 1830. 4 Cr. F.
ENGL 311. American Literature: 1830-1900
Studies in American literary and rhetorical traditions and movements from the early nineteenth-century to 1900. 4 Cr. F, S.
ENGL 312. 20th Century American Literature Through WW II
Studies in twentieth-century literary movements and authors through World War II. 4 Cr. F, S.
ENGL 313. American Literature Since WW II
Recent American literature of all genres (poetry, drama, short story, novel, essay, and mixed genres) from World War II to the present, represented selectively. 4 Cr. S.
ENGL 315. Advanced Studies in American Indian Literature
In-depth study of some aspect or genre of American Indian literature such as rhetorical or popular prose, poetry, short fiction, the novel, or the autobiography. Prereq.: 215 or consent of instructor. 4 Cr. DEMAND.
ENGL 316. Advanced Studies in African American Literature
Investigates different cultural, historical, or disciplinary traditions in relation to the work of selective African-American authors. Prereq.: 216. 4 Cr. DEMAND.
ENGL 317. Studies in Chicano/a American Literature
Historic and contemporary readings in Mexican American/Chicano/a literature in poetry, short stories, essays and novels. Consideration of tradition, history, and current realities of the Chicano/a viewpoint in literature. 4 Cr. DEMAND.
ENGL 321. British Literature: Medieval
The emergence of literary traditions from Beowulf through the fifteenth-century, with special emphasis on Chaucer. 4 Cr. F.
ENGL 322. British Literature: Renaissance
Literature of the sixteenth-century and the seventeenth-century to the Restoration, concentrating on poetry, drama, and selected prose works in their historical and cultural contexts. 4 Cr. F, S.
ENGL 323. Shakespeare I
The histories, comedies, and tragedies. 3 Cr. F.
ENGL 325. British Literature of the Restoration and 18th Century
The reinvention of literary forms in the context of artistic, political, and intellectual culture between 1660 and the French Revolution. Swift, Pope, satire, and the origins of literary criticism. 4 Cr. F.
ENGL 326. British Literature: Romantics
The literary works, historical and cultural contexts, and criticism of Wollstonecraft, Blake, the Wordsworths, Coleridge, Byron, the Shelleys, Keats, and others. Focus of the course may vary. 4 Cr. F, S.
ENGL 327. British Literature: Victorian
Literary works, historical and cultural context, and criticism of novelists, poets, and essayists of the Victorian age, such as Dickens, G. Eliot, Hardy, Tennyson, and Arnold. 4 Cr. F.
ENGL 328. British Literature: Modern and Contemporary
The literary works, historical and cultural contexts, and criticism of novelists, poets, essayists, and playwrights of twentieth-century Great Britain, such as Joyce, Woolf, Yeats, Eliot, Lessing, and Stoppard. 4 Cr. S.
ENGL 331. Advanced Academic Writing
Multiple definitions, purposes, audiences, genres and ethics in academic writing; relationship to workplace and civic writing. Historical and theoretical assumptions. Writing practice in various written and electronic genres. Prereq.: 191 or equivalent. 4 Cr. F, S.
ENGL 332. Writing for the Professions
Rhetorical situations, purposes, audience and ethical issues in workplace writing genres. Collaboration processes, layout/format conventions, clarity and correctness. May include oral presentations, usability testing, portfolios. Prereq.: 191 or equivalent. 4 Cr. F, S.
ENGL 333. Advanced Civic Writing
Review of rhetorical theory. Purposes, audiences, ethical issues in various writing and electronic genres related to political/civic engagement. Attention to conventions of style, layout and format, clarity and correctness. Prereq.: 191 or equivalent. 4 Cr. F, S.
ENGL 335. Grammar and Usage for Writers
Cultural and rhetorical perspectives of English grammar, mechanics, and usage practiced in the United States. 4 Cr. F.
ENGL 340. Creative Writing: Drama
The writing of plays at the beginning level. Prereq.: 191. 3 Cr. F.
ENGL 341. Creative Writing: Nonfiction
Principles, practices and purposes of nonfiction creative writing, including focused reading and analysis of relevant nonfiction prose. Prereq.: 191. 4 Cr. F.
ENGL 342. Creative Writing: Fiction
Practice of fiction writing. Description, dialogue, and characterization in the complete short story. Reading of contemporary fiction as models. Prereq.: 191. 4 Cr. F, S.
ENGL 343. Creative Writing: Poetry
The writing of poetry at the beginning level. Prereq.: 191. 3 Cr. F, S.
ENGL 344. Creative Writing: Screenwriting
Introduction to writing scripts for film. Analysis of successful screenplays. Writing and revision of original screenplays. 3 Cr. F.
ENGL 351. Introduction to Language Arts Pedagogy
Theory, pedagogy, and practice: rhetorical situations, composition, literature, and language as applied to 5-12 grade teaching. Initial preparation for field experiences/student teaching and licensure. Demonstrate development through portfolio. 3 Cr. F, S.
ENGL 353. Introduction to Writing Center Theory and Practice
Writing center scholarship and pedagogy: literacy theory, composition theory, history of individualized writing instruction; diversified and politics of literacy education; development of reflective tutoring practices. Required of all undergraduate students seeking employment as tutors in the writing center. Prereq.: 191. 4 Cr. S.
ENGL 361. Introduction to Linguistics
Systematic study of language: nature and acquisition of language; linguistic analysis of sound patterns; word and sentence structures, meanings; writing systems; linguistic variation, history and language families. 4 Cr. F, S.
ENGL 433. Advanced Theories of Rhetoric
Investigation of rhetorical theories and concepts of one or more major rhetorical figures from both historical and contemporary perspectives and how they shape practices of literacy and writing. Focus on writing as theoretical construct. Prereq.: 308 or consent of instructor. 4 Cr. S.
ENGL 434. Editing and Publishing
Editor's responsibilities and relationships to writers, political and ethical dimensions of editing and editorial processes, and changing purposes and rhetorical constraints of writing for publication. 4 Cr. S.
ENGL 447. Practicum in Creative Writing
Advanced projects in creative writing, including literary magazine editing and other advanced editing or writing projects. Prereq.: permission of instructor and one of the following: 440, 441, 442, 443. 4 Cr. F, S.
ENGL 448. Advanced Seminar in Creative Writing
Writing and editing creative works. Prereq.: 440, 441, 442 or 443. 3 Cr. F, S.
ENGL 468. An Introduction to Testing for Language Teachers
Assessment methods of language skills of non-native English speakers: receptive (listening and reading) and productive (speaking, writing, structure). Kinds of tests, test validity, test reliability, and test washback/backwash. 3 Cr. F.
ENGL 478. TESL Internship
Capstone course for Linguistic emphasis in English major. Supervised tutoring or teaching in linguistics or English as a second language. 1-3 Cr. F, S.
ENGL 490. Senior Seminar
Capstone experience for English BA majors. Students will assemble a portfolio demonstrating integration of knowledge, skills, and concepts from their major program. Research project and a paper. Prereq.: registered English major; 300; 331, 332, or 333; a minimum of 10 additional credits in English; 75 or more total credits. 3 Cr. F, S.
ENGL 491. Senior Thesis
Research project designed in consultation with a project adviser and involving the writing of an extended documented paper. Satisfies the Upper Division Writing Requirement in English and may be substituted for the ENGL 490 requirement for the BA in English. Arranged with consent of adviser. 3 Cr. F, S.
ENGL 497. Workplace Writing Internship
Department approved and directed field experience in a professional environment requiring the research, writing, editing, technology, and analytical skills of an undergraduate English student. May be repeated to a maximum of 16 cr. Prereq.: 16 credits in ENGL above 201 and ENGL 332. 4-16 Cr. F, S, SUM.
English (ENGL) Courses for Advanced Undergraduate and Graduate Students
ENGL 400/500. Special Problems in English
A seminar or conference course for advanced students wishing to work out a special problem in the academic area. 1-3 Cr. DEMAND.
ENGL 402/502. Literary Theory and Criticism
The concepts which apply to such problems as the writer's creative process, the various purposes of literary art, form, and technique, and the responses that literature elicits. 3 Cr. F, S.
ENGL 403/503. Digital Rhetoric, Discourse, and Culture
Impact of technology in humanities and English studies: history, theory, and practice of electronically mediated communication; print and electronic literacies; modes of discourse and theories of language, community, and self. 3 Cr. F.
ENGL 405/505. Principles and Theories of Professional Communication
Historical, cultural and social exploration of Professional Communication as situated discourse practice in job and portfolio preparation. Consent of instructor required for undergraduates. 3 Cr. S.
ENGL 414/514. Advanced Studies in American Multicultural Literature
In-depth study of the literature of one or more groups, such as American Indian, African American, Asian American, Jewish American, Chicano/a Mexican American, and European American. May be repeated up to 6 Cr. Prereq.: 215, 216, 315, 316, or 317. 3 Cr. DEMAND.
ENGL 423/523. Shakespeare II
The texts, background and criticism of Shakespeare. 3 Cr. DEMAND.
ENGL 424/524. Milton
Comus, Paradise Lost, Paradise Regained, Samson Agonistes, Areopagitica, and the minor poetry. 3 Cr. S.
ENGL 430/530. Principles of Document Content and Design
Theoretical and cultural perspectives on the visual content and design of genres and media in Professional Communication. Instruction and practice in creating print and digital workplace documents. 3 Cr. S.
ENGL 431/531. The Rhetoric of Style
Theories, principles, and practices of style and its political and ethical relationship to the production of meaning in a variety of discourse communities. Development of effective stylistic competencies and evaluation of style in cultural artifacts. 3 Cr. F, S.
ENGL 432/532. Specialized Professional Writing
Advanced study and practice of writing in selected areas. Variable content may include technical Prereq.: 332 or consent of instructor. 3 Cr. S.
ENGL 440/540. Advanced Creative Writing: Drama
The writing of plays at the advanced level. Prereq.: 340 or consent of instructor. 3 Cr. S.
ENGL 441/541. Advanced Creative Writing: Nonfiction
The writing of nonfiction at the advanced level. Prereq.: 341. 3 Cr. F.
ENGL 442/542. Advanced Creative Writing: Fiction
The writing of fiction at the advanced level. Prereq.: 342. 3 Cr. F, S.
ENGL 443/543. Advanced Creative Writing: Poetry
The writing of poetry at the advanced level. Prereq.: 343. 3 Cr. F, S.
ENGL 445/545. Mississippi River Creative Writing Workshop
Writing and discussion of poetry, fiction, and other forms. Presentations by visiting professional authors. No prerequisites. Not a substitute for 340, 341, 342 or 343. May be repeated to 4 Cr. 2 Cr. SUM.
ENGL 451/551. Advanced Language Arts Pedagogy
Theory and pedagogy in rhetoric, composition, literature, and language for grades 5-12. Preparation for student teaching. Professional development portfolios. May be taken in conjunction with field experience. May be repeated to 6 Cr. Prereq.: 351 and 15 credits from education courses necessary for student teaching, or consent of instructor. 3 Cr. F, S.
ENGL 453/553. Topics in Teaching Composition
Strategies and theories for teachers of English/Language Arts. Themes and format vary. Sample topics: recent theory and practice, evaluation methods, portfolio development. May be repeated to 6 Cr. 3 Cr. DEMAND.
ENGL 454/554. Teaching Young Adult Literature
Theory, background and reading of young adult literature as applied to 5-8 grade teaching. Focus on genres and reading strategies. Prereq.: ED 200 or 300. 3 Cr. F, S.
ENGL 459/559. Seminar in Teaching Literature
Methods, theory, and practice for teaching grades 5-12. Variable topics and format. Sample topics: multicultural literature, the canon, young adult literature, genre, theme, literacy. May be repeated to 6 Cr. 3 Cr. DEMAND.
ENGL 460/560. Teaching English Language Learners in K-12
Theory and methods for English Language Learners and bilingual education for non-ESL and non-bilingual teachers. Issues for English Language Learners and instructional strategies. 2 Cr. F, S, SUM.
ENGL 461/561. Teaching ESL: Theory and Methods
Linguistics and language acquisition theory: emphasis on the variety of methods used in teaching English as a second language with special attention to oral skills. Prereq.: 361 or consent of instructor. 3 Cr. F.
ENGL 462/562. TESL Methods: Reading and Writing
Application of TESL theory and methods to the teaching of reading and composition, including psycholinguistic models, the process approach, and contrastive rhetoric. Prereq.: 461 or consent or instructor. 3 Cr. S.
ENGL 463/563. ESL and Culture
Preparation of ESL teachers for the multicultural experience of the ESL classroom. Original research in schooling across cultures and on the teaching of culture in ESL. Prereq.: 461 or consent of instructor. 3 Cr. DEMAND.
ENGL 464/564. English Syntax
Application of modern linguistics to the description of English grammar, including an introduction to the theories and methods of structural and generative-transformational grammars. Prereq.: 361 or equivalent. 3 Cr. F.
ENGL 465/565. History of the English Language
The development of English sounds, grammatical structures, and vocabulary from Old English to Modern English; the reading and analysis of selected texts. Prereq.: 361 or equivalent or consent of instructor. 3 Cr. S.
ENGL 466/566. American English
Spoken American English, its historical development, contemporary social, ethnic, gendered, and regional varieties, and the implications of language variation for education. Prereq.: 361 or equivalent. 3 Cr. F.
ENGL 467/567. Topics in TESL
Variable topics in teaching English as a second language and second language acquisition, stressing the integration of theory, method, and practice. May be repeated to a maximum of 8 Cr. with permission of instructor and adviser. Prereq.: 461 or consent of instructor. 3 Cr. DEMAND.
ENGL 469/569. Topics in Linguistics
One or more topics of current importance in linguistics. May be repeated to maximum of 6 cr. with permission of instructor and adviser. Prereq.: 361 or equivalent or consent of instructor. 3 Cr. DEMAND.
ENGL 473/573. Introduction to Phonology
Application of phonological theories to the description of sounds, sound structure, phonological processes with application to speaking and reading. Prereq.: 361 or equivalent. 3 Cr. F, S.
ENGL 477/577. TESL Student Teaching
Supervised teaching for students with the TESL minor leading to Pre K-12 ESL licensure. 4 Cr. F, S.
ENGL 481/581. Topics in Literature
A literary theme, genre, or major author considered in the relevant historical, cultural, and critical contexts. May be repeated with a different topic. 3 Cr. F, S.
ENGL 493/593. Women in Literature
Women's literature in multiple genres in at least two time periods and with a comparative view of at least two cultures, preferably also including a non-Western culture. 3 Cr. DEMAND.