EN 220 Topics in Literature (3)
An introduction to the study of literature. This course is a study of fiction, poetry, and drama genres. Texts include modern and/or contemporary literature as well as literature written before 1800. Topics vary from section to section. See the Course Schedule for topic choices. Course may be repeated if topic is different from that completed. Prerequisite: None for English major; AH 110 for non-majors. Offered each semester.
EN 260 Language Structure (2)
A study of theories that explore the nature of language. The areas studied include models of syntax, grammar, morphology, and phonology, with emphasis on form, function, and those relationships that can be explained through transformational and structural approaches. Offered in alternate years.
EN 265 Technical Writing (3)
Study and practice of writing in professional fields. Language and format style, layout, audience, and purpose are examined as students practice writing business proposals and reports, articles for professional journals and magazines, and popular magazines. Prerequisite: AH 110. Offered in alternate years.
EN 270 Advanced Composition (3)
A skills-development course that focuses on the conventions of a variety of disciplines, genres, and nonprint electronic texts. Included are audience profiles, visual and written composing processes, formal research processes, and techniques of proofreading and documentation. Analysis, critique, and synthesis are practiced in ways that reflect a deepening understanding of a variety of purposes and audiences. Prerequisite: AH 110. Offered in alternate years.
EN 275 Creative Writing (3)
A course is designed to develop both the imaginative and technical resources of those students interested in creative writing. The course includes writing poetry, short stories, drama, and nonfiction essays as well as critiquing peer and professional writers’ works. Prerequisite: AH 110. Offered in alternate years.
EN 290 Introduction to Language and Literary Criticism (3)
An overview of topics related to the study of language and literary criticism. Emphasis is on the social elements of language and criticism, including topics in sociolinguistics and developments in literary criticism as they relate to class, ethnicity, and gender. Prerequisite: AH 110. Offered in alternate years.
EN 325 Postcolonial Literature (3)
A study of texts created in response to colonization, emphasizing the indigenous writing of Africa, Asia, Ireland, and/or the Americas. The course includes representative colonial texts where appropriate. Prerequisites: AH 110, AH 120, AH220. Open to non-majors with the understanding of junior-level major expectations. Offered in fall of alternate years.
EN 335 Shakespeare (3)
A study of representative plays of Shakespeare, including Comedy, Tragedy, History, and Romance. The course includes close reading and a study of critical responses to the plays and their social context. Attention is also paid to the element of performance, especially as it relates to critical interpretation. Prerequisite: AH 110. Open to non-majors with the understanding of junior-level major expectations. Offered in alternate years.
EN 345 American Literature (3)
A study of selected American literature. Representative texts are chosen to illustrate distinctive elements of genre and literary movements. Special attention is paid to the expanding canon of women and ethnic writers and to social and historical contexts. Prerequisite: AH 110. Open to non-majors with the understanding of junior-level major expectations. Offered in alternate years.
EN 355 British Literature (3)
A study of selected texts in British literature. A major concern is the canon, how it is defined, how it operates discursively, and how it has been undermined by postcolonial and feminist writers, among others. Each text is examined in its particular social and historical context. Prerequisite: AH 110. Open to non-majors with the understanding of junior-level major expectations. Offered in alternate years.
EN 425 Modern and Contemporary Literature (3)
A study of significant writers and texts of the twentieth century, including but not limited to American, British, and Commonwealth writers. When possible, emphasis will be placed on the relationship between literature and the other arts as well as on developments in cultural and intellectual history. Prerequisite: Two EN courses numbered above 199 and junior standing. Offered in alternate years.
EN 475 Advanced Creative Writing (3)
Workshop course focused on developing professional writing skills in poetry, fiction, or drama. The study of professional texts and techniques is included as students engage in meaningful critique and produce portfolios of near-professional quality. May be repeated. Prerequisite: EN 275 and junior standing. Offered in alternate years.
EN 490 Literary and Cultural Theory (3)
The capstone of the English major. This course examines current trends in literary theory with concrete application to literary and filmic texts. Each interpretive theory will be examined comparatively with and against other theories. There will be special emphasis on self-identity, power, and textuality with additional attention to issues in the English profession. Prerequisite: EN 290 and senior standing. Offered in spring.
EN 395 Special Topics (1-3)
Although presented in a manner comparable to regularly listed courses, the subject matter is not part of the regular curriculum. Special topics courses are designed by a faculty member, and, when they are offered, they are listed with the other courses in the class schedules.
EN 496 Readings (1-3)
Through a readings program, students may explore a special literary or linguistic topic to fill a void in their background. The readings program is directed toward some specific goal or purpose. The student submits an application to the Division Chair and the Academic Dean through a faculty supervisor.
EN 499 Independent Research (1-3)
Independent research may be either project or research oriented. The student plans and creates the final product in an area related to his or her major area of study. The faculty member who serves as an advisor for the project must approve the student-generated design for the project or research. The Division Chair and the Academic Dean must also approve.
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