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The Faculty of Arts and Letters

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About the Program

An English degree is one of the most flexible and useful degrees you can earn. English majors prepare themselves for a wide variety of careers. They become teachers and administrators, writers and editors, and directors of corporate communications and public relations programs.

They earn graduate degrees in English, journalism, and communication, and they go to law school and MBA programs.

An Internship in Written Expression is offered that provides students with practical experience in writing/editing/researching or publishing.

About the Degrees

English majors select from four tracks and dozens of courses:

The Bachelor of Arts program offers three tracks:

The Literature Track is a traditional program rooted in literature surveys and upper-division course work in major writers and topics.

The Professional and New Media Writing Track develops composition and editing skills in journalism, technical writing, writing for the Web, advertising and public relations, and multimedia writing.

The Writing Track combines the study of literature with creative writing workshop experiences, including poetry, fiction writing, and creative non-fiction.

The Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education-English is offered to those who intend to teach. Literature and classroom methodology are studied so students can become effective and certified middle and high school teachers

Are you interested in...

  • Reading
  • Writing or Editing
  • Teaching

Choose English at ESU

  • Small advanced class sizes
  • Practical field experiences
  • Qualified, experienced faculty

Is English a career path for me?

Career Potential

  • Teaching
  • Public relations
  • Writer/editor
  • Advertising

Career Settings

  • Education
  • Corporations
  • Media outlets
  • Internet

More detailed career information is available from the department.

Bachelor of Arts in English - Concentration: Literature

    • Required major courses: ENGL 163,(or 162 with chair's permission) 260, 261, 264, 265, 374, 390, 495; one course in major writing (not ENGL 103, 204 or 205); one course in major writers (391, 392, or 393); two courses in literary movements (356, 357, 358, 377 thru 388, 389), one course in linguistics (332, 334).
    • Other requirements: Six semester hours in a foreign language or its equivalent.
    • A minimum of 18 credits in English (not including ENGL 103) must be earned at East Stroudsburg University. A minimum of nine credits in English course work at the 300-400 level must be earned at East Stroudsburg University.
    • Note: Semester hours should be distributed equally among British and American literature courses.
    • Please see the university requirements in this catalog.

  • Program Curriculum Plan

    • (Subject to change by the university without notice)

      Freshman Year

      Fall

      ENGL 103: English Composition

      3

      ENGL 163: Study of Literature

      3

      General Education Elective – Arts and Letters

      3

      General Education Elective – Natural Science (lab)

      4

      General Education Elective – Social Science

      3

      Subtotal

      16

      Spring

      ENGL 203: Advanced Composition

      3

      ENGL 265: American Literature II

      3

      General Education Elective – Arts and Letters

      3

      General Education Elective – Natural Science

      3

      General Education Elective – Social Science

      3

      Subtotal

      15

      Sophomore Year

      Fall

      ENGL 264: American Literature I

      3

      ENGL 260: English Literature I

      3

      General Education Elective – Arts & Letters (Foreign Language)

      3

      General Education Elective – Natural Science

      3

      General Education Elective – Social Science

      3

      Subtotal

      15

      Spring

      ENGL 261: English Literature II

      3

      General Education Elective – Arts & Letters (Foreign Language)

      3

      General Education Elective – Arts and Letters

      3

      General Education Elective – Natural Science

      3

      General Education Elective – Social Science

      3

      Fitness Elective

      1

      Subtotal

      16

      Junior Year

      Fall

      ENGL 390: Shakespeare

      3

      ENGL 374: Literary Criticism

      3

      General Education Elective – Natural Science

      3

      General Education Elective – Social Science

      3

      Elective

      3

      Fitness Elective

      1

      Subtotal

      16

      Spring

      ENGL 332: Linguistics

      3

      ENGL 393: Major Writers

      3

      ENGL 3xx: – Literary Movement

      3

      Elective

      3

      Elective

      3

      Subtotal

      15

      Senior Year

      Fall

      English Elective

      3

      English Elective

      3

      English Elective

      3

      Elective

      3

      Elective

      3

      Subtotal

      15

      Spring

      ENGL 3xx: – Literary Movement

      3

      ENGL 495: Senior Seminar

      3

      Elective

      3

      Elective

      3

      Subtotal

      12

      Total Credits

      120

Bachelor of Arts in English - Professional and Media Writing Track

    • Required major courses: ENGL 163 (or 162 with Chair's permission), 203, 204 or 205, 215, 225, 231, 491; three of the following (at least two of must be at the 300-400 level): ENGL 218, 220, 224, 290, 305, 306, 307, 315, 316, 317, 319, 320, 415; one Literature course at the 200-level and one at the 300-level or above; six additional credits from the following ENGL 486, other English offerings, or related courses from other departments: MCOM 255, 262, 355, CMST 229, 255, 355, 410, ART 220, 280.
    • Other requirements: Two semesters in an editorial position on The Stroud Courier or Calliope; or a portfolio of published writing, or a portfolio of writing conducted for one or more agencies in the context of service learning or internship, or a combination of these options, as agreed to by the student, the Department Chair, and the student's adviser
    • A minimum of 18 credits in English (not including ENGL 103) must be earned at East Stroudsburg University. A minimum of nine credits in English coursework at the 300-400 level must be earned at East Stroudsburg University.
    • Please see the university requirements in this catalog.

  • Program Curriculum Plan

    • (Subject to change by the university without notice)

      Freshman Year

      Fall

      ENGL 103: English Composition

      3

      General Education Elective – Arts and Letters

      3

      General Education Elective – Arts and Letters

      3

      General Education Elective – Natural Science

      3

      General Education Elective – Social Science

      3

      Fitness Elective

      1

      Subtotal

      16

      Spring

      ENGL 163: Study of Literature

      3

      ENGL 203: Advanced Composition

      3

      General Education Elective – Arts and Letters

      3

      General Education Elective – Natural Science

      3

      General Education Elective – Social Science

      3

      Subtotal

      15

      Sophomore Year

      Fall

      ENGL 204: Workplace Writing

      3

      ENGL 215: Print Journalism

      9

      General Education Elective – Arts & Letters

      3

      General Education Elective – Natural Science

      3

      General Education Elective – Social Science

      3

      Subtotal

      15

      Spring

      ENGL 225: Introduction to Creative Writing

      3

      ENGL 231: English Grammar

      3

      General Education Elective – Arts & Letters

      3

      General Education Elective – Natural Science

      3

      General Education Elective – Social Science

      3

      Subtotal

      15

      Junior Year

      Fall

      ENGL 3xx – Writing Course

      3

      ENGL 2xx – Literature Course

      3

      ENGL 218: – Sports Writing

      3

      General Education Elective – Natural Science

      3

      General Education Elective – Social Science

      3

      Subtotal

      15

      Spring

      ENGL 317: Reviewing Arts for Newspapers and Magazines

      3

      ENGL 316: Print Journalism II: Magazines

      3

      Elective

      3

      Elective

      3

      Elective

      3

      Subtotal

      15

      Senior Year

      Fall

      English Elective

      3

      ENGL 3xx – Writing Course

      3

      ENGL 3xx – Literature Course

      3

      Elective

      3

      Elective

      3

      Subtotal

      15

      Spring

      ENGL 491: Senior Seminar in Professional Writing

      3

      ENGL 486: Internship

      3

      Elective

      3

      Elective

      3

      Elective

      1

      Fitness Elective

      1

      Subtotal

      14

      Total Credits

      120

Bachelor of Arts in English - Writing Track

    • Required major courses: ENGL 163 (or 162 with Chair's permission), 203, 260, 264, 490 or 491; one of the following: 261, 265, 272, 273; two 300-400 literature courses; five of the following (three of which must be 300-400 level): 204, 205, 215, 218, 220, 224, 225, 231, 302, 303, 305, 306, 307, 315, 316, 317, 319, 320, 332, 334, 415, 486.
    • Corequisites: Six semester hours in a foreign language or its equivalent.
    • Other requirements: Two semesters in an editorial position on The Stroud Courier or Calliope; or a portfolio of published writing, or a portfolio of writing conducted for one or more agencies in the context of service learning or internship, or a combination of these options, as agreed to by the student, the department chair, and the student's adviser.
    • A minimum of 18 credits in English (not including ENGL 103) must be earned at East Stroudsburg University. A minimum of 9 credits in English course work at the 300-400 level must be earned at East Stroudsburg University.
    • Please see the university requirements in this catalog.

  • Program Curriculum Plan

    • (Subject to change by the university without notice)

      Freshman Year

      Fall

      ENGL 103: English Composition

      3

      General Education Elective – Arts and Letters

      3

      General Education Elective – Arts and Letters

      3

      General Education Elective – Natural Science

      3

      General Education Elective – Social Science

      3

      Fitness Elective

      1

      Subtotal

      16

      Spring

      ENGL 163: Study of Literature

      3

      ENGL 203: Advanced Composition

      3

      General Education Elective – Arts and Letters

      3

      General Education Elective – Natural Science

      3

      General Education Elective – Social Science

      3

      Subtotal

      15

      Sophomore Year

      Fall

      ENGL 264: American Literature I

      3

      ENGL 2xx – Writing Course

      9

      General Education Elective – Arts & Letters (Foreign Language)

      3

      General Education Elective – Natural Science

      3

      General Education Elective – Social Science

      3

      Subtotal

      15

      Spring

      ENGL 265: American Literature II

      3

      ENGL 3xx – Writing Course

      3

      General Education Elective – Arts & Letters (Foreign Language)

      3

      General Education Elective – Natural Science

      3

      General Education Elective – Social Science

      3

      Subtotal

      15

      Junior Year

      Fall

      ENGL 3xx – Writing Course

      3

      ENGL 260: English Literature I

      3

      ENGL 2xx – Writing Course

      3

      General Education Elective – Natural Science

      3

      General Education Elective – Social Science

      3

      Subtotal

      15

      Spring

      ENGL 3xx – Writing or Linguistics

      3

      ENGL 3xx – Literature Course

      3

      Elective

      3

      Elective

      3

      Elective

      3

      Subtotal

      15

      Senior Year

      Fall

      English Elective

      3

      ENGL 3xx – Writing Course

      3

      ENGL 3xx – Literature Course

      3

      Elective

      3

      Elective

      3

      Subtotal

      15

      Spring

      ENGL 490: Senior Seminar in Creative Writing

      3

      ENGL 486: Internship

      3

      Elective

      3

      Elective

      3

      Elective

      1

      Fitness Elective

      1

      Subtotal

      14

      Total Credits

      120

Bachelor of Science in English - Secondary Education

    • Required courses: ENGL 163, 208, 231, 260, 264, 332 or 334, 360, 390, 412, and 466; one of ENGL 261 or 265; two of 356, 357, 358, 374, 378, 379, 380, 381, 382, 383, 384, 385, 386, 387, 388, 389, 391, 392, 393, 395, 467 and ENGL 499
    • Required professional education courses: PSED 150, 250, 406, 420, 421, 430, 431; REED 350; SPED 350
    • Other requirements: One of CMST 111 or 253; one of THTR 100, 101, or 102.
    • A minimum of 18 credits in English (beyond Composition) must be earned at ESU. A minimum of 9 credits in English coursework at the 300-400 level must be earned at ESU.
    • Competencies:
      • MATH: As of Fall 2001, all education majors need to take two college-level Math classes
      • QPA: All students pursuing a Bachelor of Science Degree in English or post-baccalaureate certificate in English must maintain a minimum QPA of 2.8 in the major and grades of A, B, or C must be earned in all of the required English courses.
      • MEDIA: Students who begin their program as freshmen at ESU will be placed into a special section of ENGL 104. This course focuses on media literacy. To meet teacher guidelines, students who do not take ENGL 104 will be required to take CMST 126, Introduction to Mass Media
      • PORTFOLIO: All secondary majors enrolled after Fall 06 are required to participate in the secondary English portfolio process, which is fully explained in a separate letter.
      • OTHER: Admission to the Teacher Education Program and a 3.0 overall QPA are required.
      • Please see the university requirements in this catalog.

    The Pennsylvania Department of Education has made some recent changes in teacher certification requirements. Anyone applying for teacher certification after December 31, 2012 will be subject to different program and certification requirements. These requirements will be published pending approval by the Pennsylvania Department of Education and the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education.

    ALL teacher education students should be in frequent consultation with their academic advisers to make sure they are meeting the appropriate program and certification requirements which will vary depending on a variety of circumstances.

  • Program Curriculum Plan

    • (Subject to change by the university without notice)

      Freshman Year

      Fall

      ENGL 104 English Composition for Secondary English and Middle Level Majors

      3

      PSED 150 Introduction to Teaching All Students

      6

      General Education Elective- Arts and Letters (CMST 111)

      3

      General Education Elective –Natural Science (Math)

      3

      Subtotal

      15

      Spring

      ENGL 163 Study of Literature

      3

      General Education Elective – Natural Science (Math)

      3

      General Education Elective – Natural Science

      3

      General Education Elective – Arts and Letters (American or English Literature I)

      3

      General Education Elective – Arts and Letters (THTR 100)

      3

      Subtotal

      15

      Sophomore Year

      Fall

      ENGL 231 English Grammar

      3

      PSED 250 Psychology of Learners in Diverse Communities

      3

      General Education Elective – Arts & Letters (American or English Literature I)

      3

      General Education Elective – Social Science

      3

      General Education Elective – Social Science

      3

      Fitness Elective

      1

      Subtotal

      16

      Spring

      PSED 350 Assessment of Student Learning and Behavior

      3

      ENGL 332 Linguistics (or ENGL 334 History of English Language in Fall ENGL 261/ENGL 265

      3

      English Literature II or American Literature II

      3

      ENGL 208 Writing About Young Adult Literature

      3

      General Education Elective- Social Science

      3

      Fitness Elective

      1

      Subtotal

      16

      Junior Year

      Fall

      REED 350 Teaching Reading to Learners in Diverse Communities

      3

      ENGL 390 Shakespeare

      3

      ENGL 377-389 Studies in Literary Movements

      3

      General Education Elective- Natural Science

      3

      General Education Elective- Social Science

      3

      Subtotal

      15

      Spring

      ENGL 360 Approaches to World Literature

      3

      ENGL 412 Teaching of Writing in Secondary and Middle Schools

      3

      PSED 420 Seminar in Secondary Education I

      3

      General Education Elective- Arts and Letters (Foreign Lang/Philosophy

      3

      General Education Elective- Social Science

      3

      Subtotal

      15

      Senior Year

      Fall

      PSED 406 Teaching of English in Secondary Schools

      3

      PSED 421 Seminar in Secondary Education II

      3

      ENGL 377-389 Studies in Literary Movements

      3

      ENGL 466 Teaching Multicultural Literature

      3

      General Education Elective- Natural Science

      3

      Subtotal

      15

      Spring

      PSED 430 Student Teaching in Middle School/ Junior High School

      6

      PSED 431 Student Teaching in Senior High School

      6

      ENGL 499 Student Teaching Internship

      1

      Subtotal

      13

      Total Credits

      120

English Minor

    • Required courses: ENGL 162 or 163, one (1) 200 level Writing course, one (1) 200 level Literature course, three (3) courses at the 300 level or above.
    • Nine (9) of the 18 credits for the minor must be taken at ESU.

    Prerequisites for Literature Courses

    • The last two digits of the course number indicate the classification of 100-300 level English courses, i.e.: writing 00-29, linguistics 30-49, literature 50-99.
    • Lower Division: Enrollment in literature courses numbered 100 to 299 requires concurrent enrollment in or completion of ENGL 103 English Composition.
    • Upper Division: Literature courses numbered 300 to 499 require the completion of ENGL 162 or 163 and two additional 100 to 299 numbered English courses. All 300 courses require 60 credit hours and/or one specified English course. All 400 courses require 90 credit hours and/or two specified English courses.

Faculty

Course Descriptions

  • ENGL 090 Composition Skills (3)

    • This preparatory course is designed for students who placed into the course based on their writing and verbal SAT scores. Students required to take 090 may not enter English Composition 103 until they have passed Composition Skills 090. This course is offered each semester. Credits granted for the course are not included within the minimum 120 semester hours required for graduation.

  • ENGL 091 Composition Skills for Foreign Students (3)

    • This course, a special section of ENGL 090, offers international students the opportunity to improve their writing, reading, listening, and speaking skills (in that order).

  • ENGL 103 English Composition (3)

    • This course or its equivalent is required of all students. It entails the study and practice of expository writing and college-level research. The combination of writing and verbal SAT scores may require some students to pass English 090 before entering 103. Students may also demonstrate competency by taking the CLEP exam In English composition. Such examinations must be passed at the 50th percentile. AP test scores may also be considered, by arrangement of the Department chairperson. This course is offered each semester. Students must receive a minimum grade of "C" to fulfill the English Composition requirement.

  • ENGL 104 English Composition for Secondary English and Middle Level Education Majors (3)

    • Specifically designed for those preparing for a B.S in Secondary English or Middle Level Education, this course will provide students with experience in the formal styles of academic writing and research. They will be introduced to reading strategies that permit access to a wide range of print and non-print texts, such as video, internet, and print media that address America's most pressing social concerns and learn to analyze them critically. Through oral presentations, collaborative writing exercises, and formal research projects, students will gain experience in utilizing these media in the classroom.

  • ENGL 162 GE: Introduction to Literary Analysis and Interpretation (3)

    • Designed to acquaint the student with the basic skills of literary interpretation, this course includes readings in selected works of literature and examines such topics as explication and analysis of the genres of literature, plot, character, foreshadowing, atmosphere, symbolism, and imagery. The course is offered each semester. Pre-requisite(s): ENGL 103 or concurrent enrollment

  • ENGL 163 The Study of Literature (3)

    • Students will study fiction, poetry and drama from around the world and write a number of critical papers. Students will also learn to conduct critical research and will demonstrate familiarity with a wide variety of critical approaches. This course is for majors only. Enrollment in ENGL 163 requires the completion of or concurrent enrollment in ENGL 103.

  • ENGL 173-188 GE: Selected Readings (3)

    • These courses are designed to introduce the student to literary interpretation through readings in various interest areas. The following courses are offered as interest permits: Contact the department for details.

  • ENGL 173 GE: Literature of War

  • ENGL 174 GE: Literature and Religion

  • ENGL 175 GE: Biblical Literature

  • ENGL 177 GE: Environmental Literature

    • This introductory course focuses on how environment and setting functions in literature. Texts have been selected where environmental issues are central to the theme. Students will read all course texts and write about them in journal entries, formal papers, and final exams.

  • ENGL 178 GE: Horror and Fantasy

  • ENGL 180 GE: Literature and Science

  • ENGL 182 GE: Literature of Sport and Games

  • ENGL 183 GE: WS: Women in Literature

  • ENGL 188 GE: Mystery Fiction (3)

    • Mystery Fiction is a General Education literature course intended to introduce the student to the fundamental skills of literary interpretation. In this course we will read works from the genre known as mystery fiction and examine the history and development of the genre. Pre-requisite(s): ENGL 103 or concurrent enrollment

  • ENGL 190 GE: Multicultural American Literature (3)

    • Students will learn to analyze, interpret and write about the multiplicity of ethnic experiences that make up American cultural experiences. This work can address a variety of cultural groups and experiences not limited to African-American, Latino/a, European-American, or Asian-American. Prerequisite: completion or concurrent enrollment in ENGL 103.

  • ENGL 192 GE: Native American Literature (3)

    • Students will learn to analyze, interpret and write about works produced by native North American authors. The course will consider works from the historical period that begins with the U.S. Republic and continues to the present. It will include both original works and works in translation. Prerequisite: completion of or concurrent enrollment in ENGL 103.

  • ENGL 194 GE: African American Literature (3)

    • Students will read and write about the cultural and artistic forces that gave birth and shape to what has come to be called African American Literature. From the slave narratives and folktales of the 18th and 19th centuries to contemporary fiction and drama, these works make up a body of literature that is defined through race even as it transcends it. Prerequisite: completion of or concurrent enrollment in ENGL 103.

  • ENGL 196 GE: Italian American Literature (3)

    • Students will read and discuss texts relating to Italian American history, literature, and culture. The course will analyze and criticize the media stereotypes adhering to Italian Americans and seek to develop an understanding of their positive contribution to American life. Prerequisite: completion of or concurrent enrollment in ENGL 103

  • ENGL 203 GE: Advanced Composition (3)

    • This course is designed to give students further practice in expository writing to improve their skills. Students will explore a topic through short and long reading and writing assignments in a workshop environment. At least one course project will be a substantial academic research paper. Prerequisites: ENGL 103 with a minimum grade of C.

  • ENGL 204 Technical Writing (3)

    • This course acquaints students with the skills necessary for professional writing in such fields as engineering and the sciences. Students will learn to write effective proposals, operations manuals and a variety of technical reports. Prerequisite: ENGL 103.

  • ENGL 205 Workplace Writing (3)

    • This course teaches students the skills necessary for writing in workplace contexts such as businesses and non-profit organizations. Students will learn to write and present a wide range of workplace texts, including resumes, application letters, proposals, reports, e-mails, memos, and letters. This course does not count for GE credit. Prerequisite: ENGL 103.

  • ENGL 208 Writing About Young Adult Literature (3)

    • The primary focus of this course is critical reading and writing in relation to young adult literature. Students will read a wide variety of genres and write in a variety of modes (expressive, analytical, expository). The purposes of this course are (1) to strengthen students' writing skills for various purposes and audiences, and (2) to raise awareness about the literary and interdisciplinary merits of young adult literature and its relevance in terms of the lives of young adults and the culture within which they live. Prerequisite: ENGL 103 or 104.

  • ENGL 215 News Reporting and Writing (3)

    • This course is an introduction to news reporting and writing, including practice in all activities relevant to daily newspaper work. Assignments will emphasize the techniques of reporting, interviewing, copy editing, fact checking, proofreading, and editorial and feature writing. There will be some discussion of layout and typography as well. Prerequisite: ENGL 103.

  • ENGL 218 Sports Writing (3)

    • The course will deal with the techniques of daily reporting and feature writing about sports events, personalities, and issues. Emphasis will be given to newspaper and magazine writing, with some photojournalism required. Editorial skills will also be taught so that students can take their manuscript copy through the editing process to the printed page. Prerequisite: ENGL 215.

  • ENGL 220 Script Writing (3)

    • Students will learn the craft of script writing and have an opportunity to apply the techniques to film, television, and theatre. Students will prepare short scripts and a major work, ranging from a scenario, to a television play, to a one-act play.

  • ENGL 224 Writing Children's Fiction (3)

    • This writing workshop will focus on all aspects of writing for children and young adults. This is an introductory level course aimed specifically at writing short & full length children's books. Prerequisites: ENGL 103.

  • ENGL 225 GE: Introduction to Creative Writing (3)

    • This course is a workshop in writing poetry, fiction, and drama. It is designed to introduce students to the mechanics of each genre and to the workshop format. Prerequisites: ENGL 103, 162 or 163.

  • ENGL 231 English Grammar (3)

    • This course is required for those seeking secondary certification in English. It consists of a review of the basic precepts of traditional grammar and an introduction to new grammars.

  • ENGL 260 GE: English Literature I (3)

    • This course is an introductory survey of English literature to 1800 designed to acquaint the student with major literary figures, works and trends. Offered in the fall. Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in or completion of ENGL 162 or 163.

  • ENGL 261 GE: English Literature II (3)

    • This course is an introductory survey of English literature from 1800 to the present, designed to acquaint the student with major literary figures, works, and trends. Offered in the spring. Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in or completion of ENGL 162 or 163.

  • ENGL 264 GE: American Literature I (3)

    • This course is an introductory survey of American literature to the Civil War, designed to acquaint the student with major literary figures, works and trends. Offered in the fall. Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in or completion of ENGL 162 or 163.

  • ENGL 265 GE: American Literature II (3)

    • This course is an introductory survey of American literature from the Civil War to the present, designed to acquaint the student with major literary figures, works, and trends. Offered in the spring. Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in or completion of ENGL 162 or 163.

  • ENGL 272 GE: World Literature I (3)

    • This survey course introduces students to literature and literary traditions of selected countries and cultures from ancient and classical periods through the Renaissance. Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in or completion of ENGL 103.

  • ENGL 273 GE: World Literature II (3)

    • The readings in this survey course cover literature and literary traditions of selected countries and cultures from the Renaissance through to the present. Students can select this course without taking World Literature I. Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in or completion of ENGL 103.

  • ENGL 275-284 GE: Studies in Literary Genre (3)

    • These courses emphasize the characteristics and techniques differentiating the literary genres. Attention is also given to the historical development of the genre. Prerequisites: ENGL 103, 162 or 163. The following courses are offered as interest permits:

  • ENGL 275 GE: Comedy

  • ENGL 276 GE: The Epic

  • ENGL 277 GE: The Lyric

  • ENGL 279 GE: The Romance

  • ENGL 280 GE: Satire and Irony

  • ENGL 282 GE: Drama

  • ENGL 284 GE: Short Story (3)

    • This course emphasizes the characteristics and techniques differentiating the literary genres. Attention is given to the historical development of the genre.

      Prerequiisites: ENGL 103, ENGL 162, ENGL 163.

  • ENGL 290 Special Topics: Writing Studio Tutoring Practicum (3)

    • These courses are designed to supplement hands-on tutoring with academic course work to strengthen the Writing Studio tutors' skills when working with writers. Students would attend workshops, complete weekly assignments, participate in observations, and compose a semester project. Students must be employed by the Writing Studio in Kemp Library in order to enroll in this course. This course would be taken once per tutor, and it is offered spring semesters.

  • ENGL 302 Creative Writing-Fiction (3)

    • This course is a workshop in the writing of prose fiction, with emphasis on the techniques of the short story. Supplementary readings may be assigned by the instructor. Prerequisites: ENGL 162 or 163; two English courses other than ENGL 090 or ENGL 103.

  • ENGL 303 Creative Writing-Poetry (3)

    • This course is a workshop in the writing of poetry. Students are expected to achieve competence in a variety of forms. Supplementary readings may be assigned by the instructor. Prerequisites: ENGL 162 or 163; two English courses other than ENGL 090 or ENGL 103.

  • ENGL 305 Professional Writing: Public Relations (3)

    • This course is a workshop in the writing forms and styles, from basic press releases to multi-media public relations campaigns, used by communications professionals; students will also explore topics in media relations, business ethics, and non-profit/corporate public relations case studies. Prerequisite: ENGL 205 or 215.

  • ENGL 306 Professional Writing: Advertising (3)

    • The course is a workshop in advertising copywriting. Students will examine current advertisements and learn to write print ad copy and broadcast scripts. They will explore the relationship between copy and images and will consider some of the ethical challenges, which can face a copywriter. Prerequisite: ENGL 205 or 215.

  • ENGL 307 Professional Writing: Website Writing and Design (3)

    • This course is a workshop in writing for the World Wide Web. Students will learn how to plan, write, design, evaluate, and test web pages and sites. Prerequisite: One of the following: ENGL 203, 204, 205, or 215.

  • ENGL 315 Multimedia Journalism (3)

    • This intensive skills course will introduce professional writing majors and qualified undergraduates to the practices of newswriting, editing, and reporting for today's converged media landscape. Fundamental to the instruction will be learning to manage effective multimedia news coverage and gaining practice in writing, assigning, and adapting stories for different media types. Prerequisites: ENGL 215 or CMST 229.

  • ENGL 316 Professional Writing: Magazine Journalism (3)

    • This advanced course focuses on all aspects of magazine journalism. Students will analyze a variety of current consumer and trade magazines. They will research and write articles suitable for broad-based and special- interest publications and discuss layout and editing techniques. Prerequisite: ENGL 215.

  • ENGL 317 Reviewing the Arts for Newspapers and Magazines (3)

    • The course stresses journalistic coverage of all the major art forms: literature, drama, film, plastic arts, music, dance, and television. Students will learn to write intelligent, informative reviews for the popular media; they will also do one or two feature articles or interviews about individual artists or current artistic trends. Prerequisite: ENGL 215.

  • ENGL 319 Writing Creative Non-Fiction (3)

    • This course explores the techniques and history of the New Journalism as practiced by Tom Wolfe, Annie Dillard, and others. Students will read and write nonfiction that makes use of on-site reporting, in-depth interviews, and literary feature writing style. Prerequisites: ENGL 215; 316 or 317.

  • ENGL 320 Electronic Creative Writing (3)

    • This advanced class entails the study and pracitce of creative writing in online environment. Students will read, study, and create multimodal forms of poems, stories, creative non-fiction, or other imaginative art forms that thoughtfully employ online text, hypertext, graphics, audio, and/or video. A critical history, global context, and ethics of electronic creative writing will also be presented. Pre-requisite(s): ENGL 162 or 163; ENGL 225 or any 300-level creative writing class.

  • ENGL 332 Linguistics (3)

    • This course is an introductory study of human language theory. Given evidence from various languages, students will formulate explicit generalizations, which will give them insight into linguistic theory. Investigation will then turn to social variations within languages, changes that occur in languages over time, the use of language to communicate, and language acquisition. Prerequisites: ENGL 162 or 163; two courses other than ENGL 090 or 103.

  • ENGL 334 History of the English Language (3)

    • English 334 is designed to introduce students to the major theories about the origins, the social and historical contexts, and the development of English as a distinct language. It is an introductory study of selected topics in English semantics, phonology, morphology, and syntax from the pre-history of English to the present. Prerequisites: ENGL 162 or 163; two courses other than 090 or 103.

  • ENGL 340 Studies in Writing Tutoring Practices (3)

    • This course will provide students with academic coursework in tutoring pedagogy and composition theory, as well as hands-on experience working with other student writers in individual and small group tutoring. Students will attend workshops, complete weekly assignments, participate in observations, and compose a semester project that demonstrates their knowledge of peer tutoring in writing. Students must complete an interview with the instructor in order to enroll in this course. Prerequisites: ENGL 162 or ENGL 163, and instructor permission.

  • ENGL 356 American Poetry (3)

    • This course is a study of important individual poets and poetic movements in the history of American poetry. Selections range from Puritan to contemporary poetry. Prerequisites: ENGL 162; two courses other than ENGL 090 or 103.

  • ENGL 357 The American Novel (3)

    • This course is a study of representative examples of the American novel and its themes and forms from the early nineteenth century to the present. Prerequisites: ENGL 162 or 163; two courses other than ENGL 090 or 103.

  • ENGL 358 The British Novel (3)

    • The British Novel is a survey of the development of the novel in Britain. It focuses on the "great tradition" of British novelists and also includes novels by other masters of the form. Prerequisites: ENGL 162; two courses other than ENGL 090 and 103.

  • ENGL 360 Approaches to World Literature (3)

    • Students will develop the necessary skills to respond to and understand literary texts that come from cultures outside the British and American traditions. Students will read a wide range of representative texts from various European and non-Western cultures. This course will explore a variety of common themes found in these texts and compare these themes across cultures. Prerequisites: ENGL 163; two additional English courses other than 090 or 103.

  • ENGL 374 Literary Criticism and Theory (3)

    • This course is a survey of the various approaches to the discussion of literature from Classical times to the present. Prerequisites: ENGL 162; two courses other than ENGL 090 and 103.

  • ENGL 377-389 Studies in Literary Movements (3)

    • These courses are intensive studies of the dominant literary spirit as reflected in both major and minor writers of particular eras in the American and British tradition. Prerequisites: ENGL 162 or 163; two courses other than ENGL 090 or 103. The following courses are offered as interest permits:

  • ENGL 377 Medieval European Literature

  • ENGL 378 Old and Middle English Literature

  • ENGL 379 British Literature of the Renaissance

  • ENGL 380 Seventeenth-Century British Literature

  • ENGL 381 Eighteenth-Century British Literature

  • ENGL 382 British Romanticism

  • ENGL 383 Victorian Literature

  • ENGL 384 Modern British Literature

  • ENGL 385 American Romanticism

  • ENGL 386 American Naturalism

  • ENGL 387 Modern American Literature

  • ENGL 388 Contemporary Literature

  • ENGL 389 Postcolonial Literature

  • ENGL 390 Shakespeare (3)

    • This course offers intensive study of Shakespeare's plays and the social and political milieu of the Elizabethan period. Prerequisites: ENGL 162; two courses other than ENGL 090 or 103.

  • ENGL 391 Geoffrey Chaucer (3)

    • This course offers intensive study of the poetry of Geoffrey Chaucer and the social and political milieu of Chaucer's England. Prerequisites: ENGL 162; two courses other than ENGL 090 or 103.

  • ENGL 392 John Milton (3)

    • This course will consider Milton's major works within the literary, religious, political and social cross-currents of the 17th Century. Prerequisites: ENGL 162; two courses other than ENGL 090 or 103.

  • ENGL 393 Major Writers (3)

    • This course will offer intensive study of a writer about whom a significant body of critical texts exists. A study of at least one writer chosen by the department will be offered each year. Students may take this course for credit more than once if they wish to study more than one major writer. Students may not improve a grade by retaking the course when a different major writer is studied. Prerequisites: ENGL 162 or 163; two courses other than ENGL 090 or 103.

  • ENGL 395 The Graphic Novel (3)

    • This course is a study of the graphic-novel genre, covering its literary and artistic aspects. Students read a wide variety of literary graphic novels, write analytical essays, and learn theory and practice of sequential-art narratives. Prerequisite: One of the following: ENGL 162, 163; or other introductory literature course at instructor's discretion.

  • ENGL 412 Teaching of Writing in the Secondary and Middle Schools (3)

    • This course will briefly survey the history of the teaching of writing in American secondary and middle schools, intensively review writing process theory and research of the past two decades, and critically consider the implications of writing process theory and research for classroom practice. Prerequisites: Completion of 90 credits; successful completion of English Electronic Portfolio Junior Check Point; consent of instructor.

  • ENGL 415 Computers and Writing (3)

    • Computers and Writing will examine the impact that the new forms of electronic writing have had and will have on conventional print-based writing. We will analyze various forms of electronic writing such as the World Wide Web, e-mail, listservs, and newsgroups, MOOs. Prerequisites: ENGL 103; two 300- or 400- level English courses.

  • ENGL 466 Teaching Multicultural Literature (3)

    • The English/Education major will utilize a seminar setting to focus on a detailed consideration of current multicultural subject matter, theory, and strategy that may be effective in the multicultural classroom. Prerequisites: ENGL 162 or ENGL 163; two 300-or 400-level English courses; successful completion of English Electronic Portfolio Junior Check Point; consent of instructor.

  • ENGL 467 Literature and Film (3)

    • This course is designed to enhance critical analysis of popular classical texts. This course will examine specific literature and the film versions of these texts throughout the years. Students will extend their knowledge of the literature by examining how the essence of the text transfers to various film versions of the original literature. Students will produce personal, comparative, and research-based writings in this course. Prerequisites: ENGL 162 163, or other introductory literature course at instructor's discretion.

  • ENGL 485 Independent Study (Semester hours arranged)

    • Directed research and study on an individual basis. Open to advanced students (90 credits) on a limited basis upon approval of the department or the instructor and after the completion of twelve semester hours in the subject. Independent studies cannot be given in areas in which courses are being taught. A student entering upon independent study must complete a minimum of five (5) hours of individual conference time with the sponsoring professor for each credit undertaken. The student must demonstrate competencies appropriate to the level of the course. The standards shall include performance in the subject, explication of that work by written or oral reports, and evidence of willingness to meet the commitments of the discipline.

  • ENGL 486 Internship in Written Expression (Semester hours arranged)

    • This is an opportunity for a limited number of advanced students to develop their skills by applying them in a professional situation and thus receive both an apprenticeship experience and college credit. Prerequisites: Department approval; completion of 90 credits.

  • ENGL 490 Senior Seminar in Creative Writing (3)

    • The course is the culminating experience for Writing Track Majors who are interested in pursuing creative writing. They will focus on creative writing being published in the current marketplace. Individually, they will conceive, write, and revise a major creative writing project. Prerequisites: ENGL 203 and at least three 200-300 level required courses in the writing track.

  • ENGL 491 Senior Seminar in Professional Writing (3)

    • The course provides a culminating experience for Professional and Media Writing Track majors and for Writing Track majors interested in pursuing professional writing. Students may focus on journalism, technical and scientific writing, corporate communication, advertising and public relations writing, or they may blend interests. They will individually, conceive, write, and revise a major professional writing project of their own. Prerequisites: ENGL 203 and at least three 200-300 level required courses in the writing track.

  • ENGL 495 Senior Seminar (3)

    • This is a culminating course in which students, making use of the ability and knowledge they have acquired, examine intensively a figure, movement, or era. Required of liberal arts English majors. Prerequisites: Completion of 90 credits; consent of instructor.

  • ENGL 499 Student Teaching Internship (1)

    • This course is designed to provide the student with an opportunity to work with a faculty member in English during the student teaching experience. Prerequisites: Qualification to Student Teach, concurrent registration in PSED 430 or 431.