EN180 Introduction to Literary

Studies

(3,0) 3

This course introduces students to the theory

and methodology of literary study, focusing on

three questions: What is a literary text? How do

we read a literary text? How do we write about a

literary text? Addressing these questions

requires students to examine the social and

cultural contexts of literature and its aesthetic,

rhetorical and ideological aspects. These

considerations will help students judge literary

value and examine their own literary assumptions.

Requires one research project and critical

essays using MLA style. Prerequisite: EN111.

EN221 Creative Writing

(3,0) 3

Writing and discussion of art forms such as

poetry, fiction and drama consistent with the

student’s individual interests. Prerequisite:

EN111.

EN222 English Grammar

(3,0) 3

Introduction to the basic Standard English

grammar, its vocabulary and its principles as

these rules apply to the structure of the sentence

and the production of the meaning.

EN231 American Literature I

(3,0) 3

A chronological study of American literature

from the colonial writers through the Romantic

period, ending with the Civil War. Prerequisite:

EN110. Pre- or corequisite: EN111.

EN232 American Literature II

(3,0) 3

A chronological study of American literature

from the Civil War through the present, covering

the Age of Realism and the development of

twentieth century literature. Prerequisite: EN110.

Pre- or corequisite: EN111.

EN233 English Literature I

(3,0) 3

Reading and discussion of selected works from

the Old English period to the beginning of the

eighteenth century. Emphasis on major writers

and works, evaluated in their historical context.

Prerequisite: EN110. Pre- or corequisite: EN111.

EN234 English Literature II

(3,0) 3

Reading and discussion of selected works from

the eighteenth century to the twentieth century.

Emphasis on major writers and works, evaluated

in their historical context. Prerequisite: EN110.

Pre- or corequisite: EN111.

EN235 Survey of Native Literature of

North America

(3,0) 3

Students will examine various types of Native

American literatures, including traditional

stories, non-fiction, fiction and poetry from

authors of numerous different nations. A variety

of themes, including Native American identity

and the role of culture in literature, will be

covered. Corequisite: EN111 (also listed as

NA235).

EN236 Literature and Culture

(3,0) 3

Students will examine English-language texts

from a variety of cultures, including American

minorities and other underrepresented cultures.

Students will observe the way in which culture is

presented in the texts and how culture can help

to shape the texts. Corequisite EN111.

EN306 Technical Writing

(3,0) 3

Technical writing is designed to introduce

students to the theory and practice of technical

communication. This course incorporates a

broad approach, addressing the issues of critical

thinking, collaboration, ethics, and the

persuasive presentation of technical information

in both written documents and oral presenta-

tions. The specific documents that will be

covered include memos, formal business letters,

technical descriptions, short and analytic

reports, proposals and formal oral presentations.

The central focus of the course will be the

completion of a discipline-specific final project,

in which the technical communication skills

learned during the course will be enhanced. A

major goal of this project, and the class, is to

introduce students to the demands of their

chosen professions, and thereby prepare them

for the kinds of disciplined intellectual and

practical work they will be required to complete.

Prerequisite: EN111.

EN310 Advanced Writing

(3,0) 3

An exploration of the theory and practice of

writing as it relates to the production of text,

EN310 places emphasis on developing a

conscious approach to writing. The course is

designed to assist students in gaining control

over the choices that create a coherent, precise,

cohesive and professional text. This course may

be taught on a tutorial basis. Prerequisites: a

grade of C or higher in EN111 and junior

standing.

EN320 Responding to Writing

(3,0) 3

A course in the theory and practice of effective

writing with emphasis on evaluating and

responding to writing across the disciplines.

Recommended for writing ombudsmen, tutors,

education students and other interested

students. Course includes rhetorical and

linguistic theory, current research on writing as

process, theory and practice of responding to

student writing, computer-assisted writing and

revision, tutorial strategies and characteristics of

writing in various disciplines. A strong

theoretical framework with student paper

examples from interdisciplinary fields.

EN321 Rhetoric and Composition

Theory

(3,0) Spring, even years 3

A course in the theory of rhetoric and composition.

The course takes an historical approach,

tracing the growth, uses and transformations of

rhetoric from the classical period to the present

day, highlighting the major underlying cultural

forces which fostered change in rhetoric and

fueled the development of composition theory.

Emphasis is upon modern rhetoric and

composition theory. Prerequisite: EN110.

EN335 Children’s Literature in the

Classroom

(3,0) 3

This course focuses on understanding the

genres of children’s literature for ages birth

through adolescence and applying this

knowledge, using various teaching strategies, to

create a literature-based classroom for grades

kindergarten through middle school. Required

for elementary teacher non-English majors and

an elective for elementary teacher English

majors. Co-/prerequisites: EN111 and SD101.

EN340 Genre Studies

(3,0) 3

This course focuses on an understanding of the

formal characteristics, critical interpretation, and

the history and development of a single literary

genre, including but not limited to the novel, the

short story, drama or poetry. Pre-/corequisites:

EN231/2 or EN233/4. Variable topics: may be

repeated twice for credit.

EN401 Medieval Literature

(3,0) 3

This course focuses on an understanding of the

formal characteristics, critical interpretation, and

the history and development of Medieval English

literature between the Anglo-Saxon period and

the 15th century. Prerequisite: EN233.

EN402 Renaissance Literature

(3,0) 3

This course focuses on an understanding of the

formal characteristics, critical interpretation, and

the history and development of Renaissance

English literature between the 16th and 17th

centuries. Prerequisite: EN233.

EN403 Restoration Literature

(3,0) 3

This course focuses on an understanding of the

formal characteristics, critical interpretation, and

the history and development of English literature

and early American literature between the late

17th and 18th centuries. Prerequisites: EN231

and EN233.

EN405 Romantic Literature

(3,0) 3

This course focuses on an understanding of the

formal characteristics, critical interpretation, and

the history and development of English and

American literature in the period between 1780

and 1860. Prerequisites: EN231 and EN234.

EN406 19th Century Literature

(3,0) 3

This course focuses on an understanding of the

formal characteristics, critical interpretation, and

the history and development of English and

American literature in the period between 1860

and 1900. Prerequisites: EN232 and EN234.

EN407 20th Century Literature

(3,0) 3

This course focuses on an understanding of the

formal characteristics, critical interpretation, and

the history and development of English and

American literature in the 20th century.

Prerequisites: EN232 and EN234.

EN410 The Children’s Literary

Tradition

(3,0) 3

Surveys the history of children’s literature and its

relationship to the development of cultural and

societal conceptions of childhood. Emphasis is

on critical reading and in-depth analysis of the

various forms of this literary tradition. Prerequisite:

EN231-232 or EN233-234, or permission of

instructor.

EN420 History of the English

Language

(3,0) 3

Origin and development of the English language,

including its relationship to other Indo-European

languages, the history and structure of Old and

Middle English, and the rise of modern English.

Prerequisites: EN222, 233, 234.

EN421 History of Literary Criticism

(3,0) Alternate Years 3

An investigation of the history of critical theory

to include classicism, neoclassicism, romanticism,

the New Critics and contemporary critical

trends. Prerequisite: EN233-234.

EN433 Topics in Literature and

Composition

(3,0) 3

Study of various specialized topics in literature

and composition not offered as part of the core

classes. Topics may include studies of specific

authors, theorists, and movements in literature

and composition. Prerequisite: junior/senior

standing. May be taken twice for credit (total of

six credits).

EN450 Directed Individual Study

(3,0) 3

Individual study of an author, period, genre or

other related topic relevant to literary scholarship.

Each student will do extensive research

and prepare a paper. Prerequisite: Permission

of instructor.

EN490 Senior Thesis

(3,0) 3

Senior thesis is a sustained exploration of a

literary, composition or language topic. Students

will undertake an independent research project

and develop it into a major paper. Prerequisites:

English major and senior standing.