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ENGL 100. Introduction to Writing 3 credits
Introduction to the writing process with an emphasis on fluency. Students learn to develop and structure their ideas in writing through a variety of one-page assignments and longer papers. Discussions of grammar, mechanics, spelling and usage are designed specifically around student needs. Counts toward graduation as an elective. A grade of C or better is required before a student may enroll in a higher-level course.

ENGL 101. English Composition 3 credits
An introduction to university writing. Practices may include writing as rewriting, writing from sources, writing for an audience, developing a voice, and editing. A grade of C or better is required to pass this course.

ENGL 199. Creative Forms 3 credits
A "workshop" introduction to the fundamental models of creative writing including fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and drama. Students will read and analyze a wide range of modern and contemporary literary texts while adapting studied forms and techniques to their own creative work. In addition to readings and in-class exercises, the majority of the course work will revolve around students' sample pieces and eventual portfolio. Prerequisites: ENGL 101.

+ENGL 120. Literary Topics 3 credits
Primarily for non-majors. An introductory exploration of literature, focusing on specific themes and topics, which will vary.

+ENGL 201. British Literature I 3 credits
A survey of major literary texts from 8th- to 18th-century Britain (Medieval, Renaissance, and Enlightenment) in the genres of epic, lyric poetry, and drama, with attention to language developments from Old English to modern English. Prerequisite: ENGL 101.

+ENGL 202. British Literature II 3 credits
A survey of British poetry, prose and drama from the Age of the French Revolution through the long reign of Queen Victoria and to watershed events of the 20th century - the Great War, Depression and World War II. Prerequisite: ENGL 101.

+ENGL 210. American Literature I 3 credits
A survey of American literature from the exploration and settlement to the Civil War, emphasizing cultural identity and diversity. Prerequisite: ENGL 101.

+ENGL 211. American Literature II 3 credits
A survey of American literature from the Civil War to the present, emphasizing cultural identity and diversity. Prerequisite: ENGL 101.

ENGL 215. Tutorial Writing 1 credit
Theory and practice of tutoring writing. This course has specific applications for students tutoring writing in the Student Success Center. Instructor approval required. Prerequisite: ENGL 101.

WI-ENGL 216. Persuasive Writing 3 credits
An intermediate writing workshop on argument that asks the following questions: Why is argument important? What is a good argument? How do writers motivate and persuade readers? Emphasis will be on argument in the "real" world: ads, newspaper stories, editorials, letters to the editor, and articles in magazines such as The New Yorker and Rolling Stone. Prerequisite: ENGL 101.

WI-ENGL 218. Technical Writing 3 credits
An introduction to writing, editing, and designing functional and user-friendly technical documents. Prepares students to compose with clarity, precision, and attention to detail. Appropriate for all majors, especially those in technical fields.
Prerequisite: ENGL 101.

WI-ENGL 219. Introduction to Literary Studies 3 credits
An introduction to methods of analysis and writing employed by critics and scholars in English and to the variety of critical conversations texts generate in different genres. Writing assignments train students to participate in scholarly dialogues.
Prerequisite: ENGL 101.

Note: The focus of 200-level courses will be specified when offered.

+ENGL 220. African American Literature 3 credits
A study of African-American poetry, fiction, drama, and nonfiction organized by chronology or theme with special emphasis on traditions, transformations, and identity.

+ENGL 221. Canadian Literature 3 credits
A study of works by Canadian writers, exploring literary, social, and cultural contexts. Readings may focus on important issues such as identity formation, the colonial experience, and the French minority as represented in the literature.

+ENGL 222. Women's Literature 3 credits
A study of literature by women that explores issues and questions central to the experience of women.

+ENGL 223. Minority Voices 3 credits
A study of works by writers from one or several minority groups. Attention is paid both to the texts and to their social contexts.

ENGL 230 The Structure & Grammar of English 3 credits
The structure and grammar of English courses provides a survey of English language, its constituents and their relationships, for students intending to enter ESL classrooms. It is a required course for those seeing the ESL endorsement in the TEP or the ESL minor in the English department. Offered annually in hybrid format in the spring only. Prerequisites: ENGL 101.

+ENGL 240. Fiction into Film 3 credits
A study of fiction that has been reproduced as film, including a critical examination of the characteristics and techniques of both media, and how each can illuminate the other.

+ENGL 242. Popular Literature 3 credits
A study of literature in "popular" forms such as science fiction and detective fiction.

+ENGL 243. Irish Literature 3 credits
A study of prominent Irish authors and interconnections between the cultural and political struggles within Ireland. The course examines the influences of literature on Irish history, politics and identity. Prerequisite: ENGL 101.

+ENGL 244. Devotional Literature 3 credits
A multicultural study of the spiritual dimensions of literature, including readings from a broad range of temporal, geographical, cultural, and spiritual contexts.

+ENGL 246. Literature of Place 3 credits
A study of literature by authors who have a central concern within their work for issues pertaining to the environment, wilderness, travel, location, and urban landscapes. Each section will specify a particular theme or focus.

Note: Students should have some background in college English before taking 300-level courses.

+ENGL 302. Medieval Literature 3 credits
A critical examination of the literature of the Middle Ages, including secular and religious works in the genres of lyric, long narrative poetry, drama and romance.

+WI-ENGL 303. Shakespeare 3 credits
A critical examination of representative plays from the genres of comedy, history, and tragedy. Shakespeare's works will be viewed as both poetic and cultural documents of the English Renaissance. Prerequisite: ENGL 101.

+ENGL 304. Renaissance Literature 3 credits
A critical examination of the literature of 16th-and 17th-century England in its cultural and aesthetic context, focusing on the literary genres flourishing in the period, especially poetry and drama. Prerequisite: ENGL 101.

ENGL 306. Restoration and Eighteenth Century Literature 3 credits
A critical examination of significant British and American literature written between 1660 and the end of the 18th century with particular attention to their cultural contexts. Prerequisite: ENGL 101.

+ENGL 307. Romanticism 3 credits
A critical examination of British poetry and fiction-by writers such as Mary Wollstonecraft, Wordsworth, Byron, and Mary Shelley-that emerged from the revolutionary spirit that swept through Europe and America at the end of the 18th and beginning of the 19th centuries. Prerequisite: ENGL 101.

+ENGL 309. Victorian Literature 3 credits
A critical examination of British poetry, fiction, and non-fiction from the 1830s to the end of the century, of major writers from Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Dickens, and Eliot to Wilde. The threat of revolution, urban collapse, the captains of industry and imperialist adventurers, the fallen woman and the angel of the house, and the aesthetes and decadents are among possible targets for investigation. Prerequisite: ENGL 101.

+ENGL 310. Nineteenth-century Fiction 3 credits
A critical examination of the novel in Great Britain from Austen to Hardy that will occasionally include American and Continental works. Focus will be money and manners, love and family, village, city, and politics, as well as the history and development of the literary genre that becomes especially important in the 19th century. Prerequisite: ENGL 101.

ENGL 313. Linguistics: Language and Learning 3 credits
A general overview of the structure of the English language, with an emphasis on topics that will be useful for educators. Topics covered include sentence level grammar and syntax, words and word parts, and the sounds of English. Issues surrounding dialects, profanity, the link between language skills and intelligence, and the relationship between grammatical knowledge and writing ability are among those explored.

WI-ENGL 315. Written Business Communication 3 credits
An exploration of practical strategies for writing effective documents common to business, industry, and government. Emphasis is on writing practice and problem-solving through simulated business communication situations. Appropriate for all majors. Prerequisite: ENGL 101.

WI-ENGL 316. Expository Writing Workshop 3 credits
An advanced workshop in expository writing intended for students who already have a command of essay-writing skills. Includes work on cultivating an effective style and a methods component for prospective writing and language-arts teachers at all levels. Prerequisite: ENGL 101.

ENGL 317. Creative Writing Workshop 3 credits
A workshop focusing on the creative forms of poetry and fiction. Student work forms the center of the course, supported by outside reading and writing exercises. Prerequisite: ENGL 101.

WI-ENGL 319. Writing about Place 3 credits
An advanced workshop in non-fiction writing for students who are interested in place as well as the possibilities and beauties of the English sentence. Students will not only write but will also read works by essential American writers such as Leopold, Abbey, and Dillard. Prerequisite: ENGL 101.

ENGL 320. Writing Topics 3 credits
A workshop focusing on a specific writing genre or theme such as journals, biography, spiritual reflection, art and theater reviews, humor, or playwriting. Reading, writing exercises, and discussion create the context for student writing. Prerequisite: ENGL 101.

ENGL 321. Memoir Writing 3 credits
An advanced writing workshop focusing on the memoir as an art form. Life experience will be explored as source material for writing projects. Some study of examples of the genre will accompany writing assignments, workshop critiques, and portfolio preparation. Prerequisite: ENGL 101.

ENGL 326. Devotional and Mystical Writing 3 credits
An advanced writing course investigating the rhetorical methods of devotional and mystical writers from a variety of cultural and rhetorical traditions. The course includes readings as examples of the rhetorical strategies that writers develop to write about their beliefs and allows for both analytical and creative approaches to the materials and subjects through the written assignments. Prerequisite: ENGL 101.

ENGL 327. Literary Translation Workshop 3 credits
An advanced creative writing workshop in which students reasonably skilled in a foreign language translate literary work from that language into English. Prerequisite: ENGL 101.

ENGL 335. Rhetoric and Writing Topics 3 credits
An exploration of various methods of textual production and reception from a rhetorical perspective. Students examine and practice ways to persuade an audience in particular rhetorical contexts, possibly through a variety of media. Prerequisite: ENGL 101.

+ENGL 341. American Poetry 3 credits
An exploration of the American voice in poetry. Writers may include early poets such as Taylor and Bradstreet; 19th-century poets such as Whitman and Dickinson; 20th-century poets such as Pound, Williams and Hughes; and contemporary poets such as Rich, Ginsberg and Jordan. Prerequisite: ENGL 101.

+ENGL 343. American Realism and Naturalism 3 credits
An examination of fictional realism and naturalism as literary movements rooted in social changes and scientific beliefs in late 19th- and early 20th-century America. Writers may include Twain, Howells, James, Chopin, Wharton, Norris, Crane, Dreiser, and others, including minority writers. Prerequisite: ENGL 101.

+ENGL 344. Modernism 3 credits
A multinational and interdisciplinary study of the forms, concepts, and sensibilities emerging from the early 20th-century movement know as Modernism. Prerequisite: ENGL 101.

+ENGL 345. Twentieth-Century Fiction 3 credits
A critical examination of 20th-century fiction originating from the United States, the United Kingdom, and other parts of the world. The course might look at the formal properties of fiction as well as cultural and social issues depicted in the literature. Prerequisite: ENGL 101.

+ENGL 346. Contemporary American Fiction 3 credits
A study of American fiction since 1970. Prerequisite: ENGL 101.

+ENGL 347. The Beats 3 credits
A study of mid-20th century American literature with a specific focus on writers who gathered in New York and San Francisco and through their writings challenged the social conventions and constrictions of post WWII America. Prerequisite: ENGL 101.

+ENGL 348. Postmodernism 3 credits
A multinational investigation of mid-to-late-20th-century responses to earlier literary movements and various social upheavals including World War II. Postmodernism examines how international writers responded to a series of aftermaths originating in the 20th century primarily through extreme experimentations with form and content. Prerequisite: ENGL 101.

ENGL 350. Independent Study 1-3 credits
Advanced critical study or research in an area agreed upon by student and instructor. Prerequisite: ENGL 101.

+ENGL 360. Advanced Topics 3 credits
An advanced study of specific literary forms, themes, movements or authors. Topics will be announced each semester the course is offered. Prerequisite: ENGL 101.

+ENGL 370. Literature of Hinduism 3 credits
A study of the range of beliefs and practices collectively known as Hinduism and of the central sacred text in that faith tradition, The Bhagavad-gita. Prerequisite: ENGL 101.

ENGL 380. Teaching English as a Foreign/Second Language 3 credits
An intensive course in the theory and practice of teaching English as a foreign or second language. The course includes lectures, workshops and teaching practicum.

ENGL 399. Career Paths for Writers 1 credit
An exploration of professions and careers for writers with emphasis on publishing opportunities. Research, interviews, and collaboration with the Career Center will assist students evaluating career options or seeking markets for their writing.  Prerequisites: Permission of instructor.

ENGL 400. Writing Internship 1-6 credits
Supervised experience working as a writer in a professional environment. Selected candidates will keep a journal, write a reflective paper and submit a portfolio of written work. Credit will be determined through consultation between work supervisor and faculty supervisor. Prerequisite: ENGL 101 and departmental approval.

WI-ENGL 401. Senior Seminar 3 credits
A capstone to the major in English, including a research paper which uses critical and scholarly methods to explore a student-selected topic. Prerequisite: ENGL 101; English major.

ENGL 415. Advanced Poetry Workshop 3 credits
An advanced workshop for students experienced in writing poetry. Prerequisite: ENGL 101.

ENGL 418. Advanced Fiction Workshop 3 credits
An advanced workshop for students experienced in writing fiction. Prerequisite: ENGL 101.