Catalog Course Descriptions
[Note: Our course numbers and credits awarded upon completion are up to date as of 9-27-13]
EN088 ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE: WRITING (2). Designed primarily for international students
needing assistance with English writing skills. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Does not count
toward the number of hours required for graduation.
EN89 ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE: READING (2). Designed primarily for itnernational students
needing assitance with reading skills, including comprehension and vocabulary development.
EN098 READING WORKSHOP (4). Focuses on the improvement of comprehension in reading.
Emphasis is placed on the ability to organize and summarize information presented in reading
selections. Reading techniques and methods appropriate to a variety of materials will be explored.
Individual conferences deal with individual reading problems. Does not count toward the number
of hours required for graduation.
EN100 WRITING I (4). Using a variety of writing forms, students develop college-level competencies in reading and writing. The course emphasizes expository and
argumentative writing skills appropriate to academic disciplines. Laboratory.
Does not count toward an English major or minor. Each Fall/Each Spring.
EN101 WRITING II (4) This course extends students' understanding of the
expectations of collegelevel expository writing. It emphasizes critical analysis, argument,
and research. Students are placed into EN101 based on ACT scores and high school performance.
Does not count toward English major or minor.
EN103H GREAT DEBATES (4) This course will introduce students to key debates in the Humanities
that have influenced and affected different cultures. The readings might include classical literature
like the Iliad and the Odyssey or philosophical basics like Kant and MIll. It also might include more
contemporary literary and cultural texts that reveak questions our society asks about itself. This
class will challenge students while engaging them with basic questions about the history of human
ideas. Students will discuss and write about these texts, learning critical thinking, composition, and
research skills. Specific topics and readings will be determined by the instructor. Prerequisite:
Admission to the Honors Program.
EN131 WRITING III: ADVANCED WRITING AND PRACTICE (4) Presents the terminology traditionally
used to describe the structure of Standard Written English. Students receive intensive practice
in the analysis of grammar and syntax. Emphasizes correctness for both authorship and critical editing.
Recommended for those seeking a career in professional writing and for future teachers of English.
[Skill:W] Prerequisite: EN101 or EN103H.
EN134 INTRODUCTION TO ENGLISH LITERATURE (1). This course introduces students to the study
of English literature. Students will learn critical thinking, reading, and writing skills, as well as cultural
analysis. Prerequisite: Student must be an English Major or minor.
EN232 VARIETIES OF LITERATURE (4). An introduction to literature. Topics vary and may be organized
by genre (introduction to poetry,
to drama, to fiction. . .) or by theme (African American literature, War and Peace. . .).
Emphasis is placed on developing skill in analytical writing about literature. Topics are
announced in the semester schedule. May be repeated when topics vary. Prerequisite:
EN101 or EN103H. Each Fall/Each Spring.
EN233 LITERATURE OF RURAL LIFE AND THE ENVIRONMENT (4). This course will increase
student awareness of environmental issues and literary analysis by examining literature
depicting agriculture, rural life, a nautre and/or environmentalism. Emphasis will be placed
on developing skill in analytical writing about literature. [Skills: T,W] Prerequisite: EN101 or EN103H.
EN235 LITERATURE FOR CHILDREN AND YOUNG ADULTS (4). This study of literature for
children and young adults surveys the field from traditional origins to modern times. Cultural
diverse fiction, nonfiction, poems, and plays written for, by, or about children and young
adults are read and/or viewed and critically analyzed. Students develop an understanding
of problems posed by stereotyping and censorship. Emphasizes books written and illustrated
by authors of diverse gender, ethnicity, race, and religion. The course elicits student
responses to the literature to develop analytical and critical thinking skills. Prerequisite:
EN101. Each Spring.
EN242 AMERICAN LITERATURE SURVEY (4). A historical survey examining American literature
in various periods of its development from precolonial writing to the twentieth century.
Students analyze the representations of American culture, examine the historical and cultural
contexts underlying American literature, and interpret the literature in discussion and written
assignments. Prerequisite: ENG101. Each Fall.
EN244G-HU BRITISH LITERATURE I (4). A historical survey of British literature from the medieval
period to 1798. The course covers: the nature of the oral tradition; the blending of languages
and culture; manuscript culture and the transition to print culture; the development of drama;
the traditions of epic and romance; medieval, Elizabethan, Cavalier, and metaphysical poetry;
and the origins of the novel. Students will examine the historical and cultural contexts underlying
the literature, and interpret texts through written assignments, discussion, and other activities.
Prerequisite: ENG101. Each Fall.
EN245G-HU BRITISH LITERATURE II (4). A historical survey of British literature from 1798 to the twenty-first century. The course covers: the development of the novel; the characteristics of romanticism;
the conflicting nature of the Victorian period; and the developments of modernism and post-modernism that mark the twentieth century. Students will examine the historical and cultural contexts
underlying literature and interpret texts through written assignments, discussion, and other activities.
Prerequisite: EN101 or EN103H. Each Spring.
EN250G-HU TOPICS IN GLOBAL LITERATURE (4). An introduction to literature from around the world.
Topics vary and may be organized by genre or be theme. Emphasis is placed on developing skill in
analytical writing about literature and on making connections among texts from different cultures.
Classes will address the social, historical, and cultural contexts surrounding chosedn works. Topcis
are announced inteh semester schedule. May be repeated when topics vary. Prerequisite: EN101
EN330 MAJOR AUTHORS OR MOVEMENTS (4).An intensive study of a major literary figure, period,
or movement. This course will emphasize in-depth knowledge of literature. It will also emphasize skills in critical reading, analytical writing, and
information literacy. Examples of course titles: “Jane Austen,” “Modern British Fiction,” “The Harlem
Renaissance,” and “Dickinson and Whitman.” May be repeated when topics vary. Prerequisite: ENG201,
ENG230, ENG231, ENG307, or ENG308.
EN331 SHAKESPEARE (4). An in-depth study of the plays and sonnets of Shakespeare with
emphasis on the great tragedies.
Works by Shakespeare's contemporaries may be included. Plays are read closely and analyzed in
conjunction with the reading of criticism and theory. Live performances, readings, videos, and
electronic resources will be used as appropriate. Students will be expected to write papers which
demonstrate an informed close reading of the primary texts, as well as competence in library
research and in the evaluation of theoretical and critical approaches. Prerequisite: EN, ENG230,
ENG231, ENG307, or ENG308, or permission of instructor. Each Spring.
EN344 LITERARY STUDIES (4). A special topics course for upper division students, focusing
upon particular themes, or selected authors, periods, or genres. Attention is given to developing
advanced literary skills in reading, analyzing, and writing. May be repeated when topics vary.
Prerequisite: EN131, EN232, EN233, EN235, or EN239,EN242,EN244G-HU, EN245G-HU or EN250G-HU.
EN336 CREATIVE WRITING (4). An intensive experience in writing poetry, short stories, or
drama. May be repeated when topics vary or with the permission of the instructor. Prerequisite: EN101.
EN435 INTRODUCTION TO LINGUISTICS: THE HISTORY AND STRUCTURE OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE (4).
An introduction to the nature and structure of language with an emphasis on English and the
various historical and present-day approaches to the study of English grammar. The course includes such topics as first and
second language acquisition and development, linguistic geography, and the origins and
nature of dialects. Prerequisite: EN131 or EN244G-HU.
EN495 SENIOR SEMINAR A capstone for majors, this course will continue to develop students'
knowledge of literary theory and the schools of criticism and their research writing skills.
Students will be expected to contribute their writing, analysis, and research throughout the semester.
This course is primarily student-driven, and course meetings are centered on active participation
and the collaboration between students and the faculty. Following the practices of scholarly
research, students investigate a topic thoroughly and produce a thoughtful and original
research paper and presentation. Prerequisite: senior standing.