English Course Offerings

CO = Co-requisite ● POI = Permission of Instructor ● PR = Prerequisite ● RE = Recommended ● XL = Cross-listed

105 English for International Students (3) English language course for international students with TOEFL scores between 500 and 600. It emphasizes four-skills language development (listening, speaking, reading, and writing), as well as the critical thinking and cultural skills needed for academic success.

109 Composition (3) (Required of students whose preparation in writing needs strengthening Offered on a pass/fail basis only ● Successful completion of 109 required for 110) The course consists of intensive reading and writing with formal instruction in grammar and mechanics. (Fall and Spring)

110 Composition and World Literature I (3) Students will develop proficiency in composition through a thematic study of works that may be selected from ancient to modern world literature. (Fall and Spring)

111 Composition and World Literature II (3) (PR: ENGL 110) A detailed exploration of selected genres, such as Introduction to Film, Introduction to Autobiography, Introduction to the Novel, Introduction to the Short Story, and Introduction to the Graphic Novel. (Spring)

201 Survey of British Literature I (3) (PR: ENGL 110 and 111) Individual works by major writers of British literature from Beowulf to 1798 are studied critically in chronological order, with some attention to backgrounds and characteristics of respective literary periods. (Fall)

202 Survey of British Literature II (3) (PR: ENGL 110 and 111) Individual works by major writers of British literature from 1798 to the present are studied critically in chronological order, with some attention to backgrounds and characteristics of respective literary periods. (Spring)

203 Survey of World Literature (3) (PR: ENGL 110 and 111) A survey of world literature from the origins of writing to modern times. Texts range from pre-Biblical to pre-Columbian and include early Indian epic, classical Greek drama, medieval tales from East Asia and Western Europe, Arabic verse, and West African choral storytelling. Key themes include mythic treatment of tribal relations; lyric treatments of love; epic tales of morality, and action; problems of gender and power; and the relations between religion and literature. (Alternate years)

204 Survey of World Literature II (3)
(PR: ENGL 110 and 111) A survey of world literature from early modernity to the contemporary. Texts may be drawn from lyric poetry, drama, testimonies, travel accounts biography, autobiography, short stories, or novels, among others. (Alternate years)

206 Survey of American Literature I (3) (PR: ENGL 110 and 111) A survey of American literature from the Age of Faith to the Age of Reason to the Romantic Age with emphasis on the essays, poems, and fiction of Emerson, Thoreau, Hawthorne, Melville, and Whitman. A communication and evaluation of the history of ideas revealed in early American literature and relevant today. (Fall)

207 Survey of American Literature II (3) (PR: ENGL 110 and 111) A discussion and evaluation of the history of ideas in America from the Civil War to the present, including readings from Mark Twain and Emily Dickinson to Louise Erdrich and August Wilson. Realistic, naturalistic, existentialistic, modern, and contemporary thought and literature will be studied. (Spring)

208 Introduction to Literary Theory and Criticism (3) (PR: ENGL 110 and 111) A survey of major works of literary theory and criticism, beginning with classical criticism and ending with contemporary theory. Organized by historical period, the course evaluates the evolution of critical practices, emphasizing the interconnectedness of literature and theory while developing awareness of diverse methods of interpretation. (Alternate years)

209 African American Literature (3) (PR: ENGL 110 and 111) This course will survey literary production by African Americans from the mid-18th century to the late 20th century. Essays, autobiographies, speeches, poems, novels, short stories, plays, songs, and films will allow us to see the multiple ways in which African Americans have put into words and made sense of their experiences within American society across the centuries. Such works also help us in understanding and coming to terms with the significance of race (as well as class, gender, sexuality, and religion) in America’s past and present. (Alternate years)

210 Introduction to World Cinema (3) (PR: ENGL 110 and 111 ● XL: FILM 210) A survey of the important genres, theories, techniques, and international movements of film history. Representative films from the silent era to the present, and from America to Europe and Asia, will be covered. (Alternate years)

213 Research Methods (3) (PR: ENGL 110 and 111) This course introduces students to the various research methods and practices used by literary and interdisciplinary scholars; guides students in identifying and evaluating secondary sources for use in research-based essays and projects; and asks students to apply these methods in various writing forms that comprise the research process (e.g., topic statement, research questions, abstract, annotated bibliography, and research-based final paper). Students may not take this course after taking the Senior Capstone course. (Spring)

219 Studies in Linguistics (3) (PR: ENGL 110 and 111) A survey of the history of the English language, an introduction to modern theories of English grammar, and a rigorous review of usage rules for written English. (Spring)

220 Writing Tutor Practicum (1) (PR: ENGL 110, 111, POI, and selection as a writing center tutor  Offered on a pass/fail basis and may not be counted toward the ENGL major.) A practical course in how to help others with writing through a writer-centered approach. Students will study methods for effective tutoring in writing with actual experience in the writing center. (Fall and Spring)

258 Special Topics (3) Special topics courses are those that cover subject matter that is not part of the regular curriculum. A special topics course must have the prior approval of the department and the Provost and may be offered twice. Students may enroll in and receive credit for an unlimited number of special topic courses as long as any prerequisites or other requirements are met.

305 18th Century Poetry and Prose (3) (PR: ENGL 110 and 111; 200-level literature course or POI  Pre-1900 literature course) An examination of the chief works of Dryden, Swift, Pope, Johnson, and others against the background of 18th century society and thought. Collateral reading; term project. (Alternate years)

306 Poetry and Prose of the Romantic Period (3) (PR: ENGL 110 and 111; 200-level literature course or POI  Pre-1900 literature course) An examination of the chief poems and essays of Blake, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Byron, Shelley, Keats, Lamb, Hazlitt, Wollstonecraft, and De Quincey. Collateral reading; critical essays and analyses. (Alternate years)

313 Adolescent Literature (3) (PR: ENGL 110, 111, and POI  Post-1900 literature course) A survey of adolescent literature (including print and non-print media) and informational materials suited to the use of junior and senior high school students. Attention given to reading interests and needs of the adolescent. Also considered is the relation of the teacher to the school library program or media center and current trends in teaching with books. (Alternate years)

314 Southern Literature (3) (PR: ENGL 110, 111, and POI; ENGL 206 for English majors/minors or SOST 205 for Southern Studies minors  XL: SOST 314  Post-1900 literature course) A survey of significant Southern writing from Colonial days to the present. Particular attention will be paid to the writers of the 20th century. (Alternate years)

315 Appalachian Literature (3) (PR: ENGL 110 and 111; ENGL 206 for English majors/minors or SOST 205 for Southern Studies minors; POI ● XL: SOST 315 ● Post-1900 literature) A survey of Appalachian fiction, poetry, and drama from the 1920s to the present, focusing on cultural identity, landscape, musical and religious heritage, regionalism, and migration experiences. (Alternate years)

317 Chaucer (3) (PR: ENGL 110 and 111 ● Pre-1900 literature) A study of the works of England’s first major poet, with special attention to the Canterbury Tales. The course will include collateral readings about sources for Chaucer’s work and the cultural milieu of 14th century England.(Alternate years)

318 Topics in Medieval Literature (3) (PR: ENGL 110 and 111 ● Pre-1900 literature ● May be taken more than once for credit) A survey of significant works from the medieval period, excluding Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. The course will focus on one unifying theme, such as Arthurian Literature, Medieval Romance, Women in the Middle Ages, et. al. (Alternate years)

320 Silent Film (3) (PR: ENGL 110, 111, and POI ● XL: FILM 320) A survey of film’s formative years, from the Edison kinetoscopes of the 1890s to the international flowering of the 1920s, focusing on thematic trends, development of genres, and increasing complexity of film grammar. Directors whose works we will study will include Griffith, Eisenstein, Vidor, Lang, Chaplin, Murnau, Gance, and von Sternberg. (Alternate years)

322 Women’s Literature (3) (PR: ENGL 110 and 111 ● Post-1900 literature) A critical study of American and British women writers, which may examine the following themes: myths of the female, the woman artist, the female bildungsroman, love and friendship, communities of women, women and war, women’s place in the nation, and female spirituality. (Alternate years)

323 Film and American Culture (3) (PR: ENGL 110 and 111 ● XL: FILM 323) A study of the way in which social, political, economic, and cultural forces in America have influenced or been depicted by or in American film. Selected directors whose films will be viewed include Griffith, Chaplin, Hitchcock, Altman, Levinson, Tarantino, and others. (Alternate years)

324 Women’s World Literature (3) (PR: ENGL 110 and 111 ● Post-1900 literature) A complement to ENGL 322. An introduction to women’s literature written by artists from across the globe (including Africa, the Middle East, Asia, and Latin America) which focuses on texts composed after 1900. (Alternate years)

325 Renaissance Poetry and Drama (3) (PR: ENGL 110 and 111 ● Pre-1900 literature) An application of Renaissance intellectual history to the study of the overreacher and the Petrarchan and Ovidian love traditions in 16th- and 17th century English poetry and non-Shakespearean drama.(Alternate years)

326 Practicum in the Writing Center (1) (PR: ENGL 110, 111, and 220 ● may be taken more than once for credit ● offered on a pass/fail basis and may not count toward the English major) A practical course in helping other students with writing through a writer-centered approach. The course includes mentoring beginning tutors, tutoring writers, and working on projects in the Writing Center. (Fall and Spring)

327 Film Noir (3) (PR: ENGL 110, 111, and POI ● XL: FILM 327) A survey of the classic era (1941-1958) of Film Noir, examining the literary and cinematic influences, visual style, and psychological and gender issues present in the Noir canon. We will also examine the resurgence of Noir during the decades on either side of the Millennium. (Alternate years)

329 The Victorian Age (3) (PR: ENGL 110 and 111; 200-level literature course or POI ● Pre-1900 literature) An examination of the chief writers and their work against the background of 19th century life and thought, including Tennyson, Browning, Arnold, Ruskin, Carlyle, Mill, the Rossettis, Morris, Wilde, and others. Critical essays and analyses. (Alternate years)

332 Advanced Writing (3) (PR: ENGL 110 and 111) A study of the advanced rhetorical strategies that inform a variety of writing styles, with particular emphasis on academic writing. Students will write several essays, revise them regularly, and assemble a final portfolio of their best written work. (Alternate years)

334 Southern Women’s Writing (3) (PR: ENGL 110 and 111 ● Post-1900 literature) This course examines how modern and contemporary women writers represent and imagine the south in their texts — including novels, short stories, autobiographies, and poems – and, in doing so, how they illuminate the dynamic of race, ethnicity, gender, class, and sexuality within 20th and 21st century southern society. (Alternate years)

336 The American Renaissance (3) (PR: ENGL 110, 111, and 206 ● Pre-1900 literature) A comprehensive survey of the literary flowering of 1850-1855 that produced the transcendentalist poetry and prose of Emerson, Thoreau, and Whitman and the novels of Hawthorne and Melville. (Alternate years)

338 American Identities (3) (PR: ENGL 110 and 111 ● Post-1900 literature) A survey of works that address the multiple meanings and uses of the term “American” as applied to (or kept from) individuals and groups throughout the history of the United States. Focusing on what it has meant historically to be (or not to be) an American, this course will explore how groups of Americans have experienced life within this country’s borders differently given their particular racial, ethnic, class, gender, and sexual identities. (Alternate years)

341 Postcolonial Literature and Film (3) (PR: ENGL 110 and 111 ● XL: FILM 341 ● Post-1900 literature) This course focuses on regions of the world that, in the mid-20th century, gained political independence after years of colonial rule (Southeast Asia, Africa, the Caribbean) and explores the rich hybridity of the literature and cinema they have produced in the past half century. Questions raised by globalization, transnationality, and diasporic identity will also be addressed. (Alternate years)

345 Holocaust Literature (3) (PR: ENGL 110 and 111 ● Post-1900 literature) This course will examine the intentional destruction of European Jewry through a variety of literary forms: memoir, fiction, poetry, and film. Selected authors include Levi, Spiegelman, Kosinski, Applefeld, and Borowski (Fall, odd years)

347 Southern Jewish Literature (3) (PR: ENGL 110 and 111 ● Post-1900 literature) This course examines works by Jewish authors who are natives or transplants to the American South but who, in either case, consider the South their home. This “braided” community–Jews, Christians, Southerners, Americans–helps us understand the South to be far less homogeneous than otherwise imagined. Selected authors covering an array of literary genres Uhry, Kushner, Greene, and Mirvitz. (Alternate years)

350 Shakespeare (3) (PR: ENGL 110 and 111 ● Pre-1900 literature) A critical study of representative histories, comedies, tragedies, and romances, with emphasis on Shakespeare’s development as a dramatic artist. (Fall)

361 The English Novel to 1900 (3) (PR: ENGL 110 and 111 ● Pre-1900 literature) A study of the English novel from its emergence in the 18th century through its eminence in the 19th century, including such novelists as Fielding, Richardson, Austen, the Brontës, Dickens, Eliot, Hardy, and others. (Alternate years)

365 The Modern British and American Novel (3) (PR: ENGL 110 and 111 ● Post-1900 literature) A critical survey of the development of the novel in the 20th century, focusing on major authors. The reading list is determined from the following authors of the Modern Period: Forster, Joyce, Conrad, Woolf, Lawrence, Faulkner, Hemingway, and Fitzgerald. Post WWII and postmodern authors represented may include Ellison, Morrison, Pynchon, M. Amis, Fowles, Flannery O’Connor, Bellow, and Barth. (Alternate years)

371 Modern Poetry (3) (PR: ENGL 110 and 111 ● Post-1900 literature) A survey of modern British and American poets, with particular attention to W.B. Yeats, T.S. Eliot, and Robert Frost. Collateral readings and selected analyses. (Alternate years)

381 The Teaching of Composition (3) (PR: ENGL 110 and 111) Beginning with a brief review of grammar, the course introduces future secondary English teachers to composition theory and the teaching of writing. Students will gain practical experience in working individually with students and grading essays. (Alternate years)

398 Honors Research (3-6) (PR: ENGL 110 and 111) Departmental Honors: Students with a 3.20 GPA in all courses and a 3.40 GPA in all courses in the major field may, with the approval of departmental faculty, undertake an honors research program during the junior and/or senior years. This program must include a senior thesis or project of exceptional quality and an oral defense of the paper or project before departmental members. This defense is to be open to the College community, and honors students will participate in all other defenses within their discipline. Students who successfully complete the departmental honors research program will graduate with honors in the major field.

420 Senior Capstone in English (3) (PR: ENGL 110 and 111; POI; SR status or consent of the department) Readings in literature selected by the English faculty. Course uses a seminar format in which students engage in discussion, conduct original research on a topic of their choice, and present to the class their findings in both oral and written reports. Stresses students’ skills in analysis, research, and communication. (Fall and Spring)

442 Directed Studies (3) (PR: ENGL 110 and 111; ENGL major; minimum of 9 hours in ENGL above ENGL 111) Readings and research on a topic proposed by the student and approved by the Department of English. A directed study requires a minimum GPA of 2.25 with course approval by the Provost. A maximum of nine hours credit may be counted towards graduation. Each directed study will culminate in a research paper or its equivalent. A department may, at its option, allow the hours earned in a directed study to count toward its major.

444 Internships (1-3) (May not be counted toward the English major) Internships in publishing, journalism, and related fields must be approved by the student’s advisor. Internships require a minimum GPA of 2.00 at the time of application (or higher if specified by the department in which the internship is taken). A maximum of six hours credit may be counted towards graduation. Internships are graded on a pass/fail basis only. A department may, at its option, allow the hours earned in an internship to count toward its major.

452 Special Projects (1-9) Special Projects are open to sophomore, junior, or senior students who have a GPA of 2.25 and approval by the Provost. A maximum of nine hours credit may be counted towards graduation.

458 Special Topics (1-6) Special topics courses are those that cover subject matter that is not part of the regular curriculum. A special topics course must have the prior approval of the department and the Provost and may be offered twice. Students may enroll in and receive credit for an unlimited number of special topic courses as long as any prerequisites or other requirements are met.

Creative Writing Courses

 

2100 Creative Writing: Poetry (3) (PR: ENGL 110, 111, and POI • Only one course, CRWR 2100, 2200, 2300, or 2400, may count toward the ENGL major unless the student chooses the creative writing concentration) Students will study and be involved in the process of writing poems by producing a portfolio of work. Contemporary poems will serve as models of the craft. Honest but tactful criticism of peers’ work will be expected from each student. (Fall)

2200 Creative Writing: Short Fiction (3) (PR: ENGL 110, 111, and POI • Only one course, CRWR 2100, 2200, 2300, or 2400, may count toward the ENGL major unless the student chooses the creative writing concentration) Students will study and be involved in the process of writing short fiction by producing a portfolio of work. Contemporary short stories will serve as models of the craft. Honest but tactful criticism of peers’ work will be expected from each student. (Spring)

2300 Creative Writing: Creative Nonfiction (3) (PR: ENGL 110, 111, and POI • Only one course, CRWR 2100, 2200, 2300, or 2400 may count toward the ENGL major unless the student chooses the creative writing concentration) Emily Dickinson said, “Tell the truth, but tell it slant.” Using these words of inspiration and guidance, the Creative Nonfiction class will ask students to tell their own stories through personal essays that seek the essence of the story’s truth but aren’t afraid to use the artist’s many techniques and imaginative gifts to create a work that bears the “personal stamp” of that writer/artist. Each student will build a portfolio of essays that will be analyzed through the workshop process. The class will also read and critique essays from such well-known nonfiction writers as Frank McCourt, Joan Didion, Nick Flynn, Eula Biss, Frank Conroy, Mary Karr, and Ian Frazier. (Alternate years)

2400 Creative Writing: Topics in Creative Writing (3) (PR: ENGL 110, 111, and POI • May be taken more than once for credit • Only one course, CRWR 2100, 2200, 2300, or 2400 may count toward the ENGL major unless the student chooses the creative writing concentration) This course will focus on one writing genre, such as screenwriting, novel writing, novella writing, graphic novel writing, etc. Students will study and be involved in the process of writing creatively by producing a portfolio of work. Contemporary works in the chosen genre will serve as models of the craft. Honest but tactful criticism of peers’ work will be expected from each student. (Alternate years)

2500 Special Topics (3) (PR: ENGL 110 and 111) See Catalog.

4000 Advanced Creative Writing Workshop (3) (PR: POI •  Open to students majoring in English with the emphasis in creative writing or minoring in creative writing) An intensive study of the process of creative writing for advanced students. Students will work on large scale, individual writing projects (poetry portfolio, short-story collection, novel, novella, screenplay, graphic novel, etc.), as well as read extensively in their chosen genre. Honest but tactful criticism of fellow students’ work in class workshops will be required from each student. (Alternate years)

4002 Special Projects (1-6) See Catalog.

4003 Honors Research (3-6) (PR: ENGL 110 and 111) See Catalog.

4005 Directed Studies (1-6) See Catalog.

4007 Internship (1-4) See Catalog.