Courses

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ENGL 101 English Composition 3.00 credits
This course will assist students in making responsible and effective contributions to intellectual discussions in a range of academic and other cultural settings. Students will be challenged to establish a strong foundation in critical reading, writing, researching, and reflecting. In a variety of rhetorical situations, students will also demonstrate their ability to express ideas and to craft and articulate arguments with and for other writers and readers. English 101 is intended to be taken in conjunction with PHIL 101 and COMM 100.
 
Equivalent: ENL 103H - Successful completion
ENGL 102 Intro to Literature 3.00 credits
Part of the University core curriculum and required of all undergraduates, this course exposes students to a range of literary genres and assists students in developing and articulating ideas about texts in oral and written form.
 
Equivalent: TRAN 1LIT - Successful completion
ENGL 103H Honors Literature I 3.00 credits
A survey of literature in the Western tradition from the Classical to Renaissance periods. The equivalent of ENGL 101 or ENGL 200 for Honors students.
 
Prerequisite: HONS 190 Minimum Grade: D
ENGL 104H Honors Literature II 3.00 credits
A survey of Literature in the Western tradition since the Renaissance. The equivalent of ENGL 102, ENGL 105, or ENGL 106 for Honors students.
 
Prerequisite: HONS 190 Minimum Grade: D
ENGL 105 Themes in Literature 3.00 credits
This course introduces students to literary study through the exploration of a particular theme. Like English 102, this will serve as part of the University core curriculum and can be taken instead of English 102. This course exposes students to a range of literary genres and assists students in developing and articulating ideas about texts in oral and written form.
 
ENGL 106 Sp Top:Multicltrl & World Lit 3.00 credits
This course introduces students to literature through works produced by different minority groups in America and/or by cultures throughout the world. This course exposes students to a range of literary genres and assists students in developing and articulating ideas about texts in oral and written form. Like English 102, this will serve as part of the University core curriculum and can be taken instead of English 102.
 
ENGL 190 Directed Study 1.00 - 3.00 credits
Topic to be decided by faculty. Prerequisite: Permission from department.
 
ENGL 200 Intermediate Composition 3.00 credits
Building upon skills developed in earlier courses that required writing, students will engage in a deliberate study of the art and craft of writing and give special emphasis to building a multi-genre portfolio of their original writing.
 
Prerequisite: ENGL 101 Minimum Grade: D
ENGL 201 Studies in Poetry 3.00 credits
The study of poetry, with emphasis on the major elements: imagery, tone, rhythm, etc.; practice in effective critical writing focused on explication and interpretation of poems.
 
ENGL 202 Studies in Fiction 3.00 credits
The study of fiction, with emphasis on the major elements of narrative form: plot, character, point of view, etc.; practice in effective critical writing focused on textual analysis and interpretation of short stories and novels.
 
Equivalent: WGST 220C - OK if taken since Fall 2009
ENGL 203 Studies in Drama 3.00 credits
The study of drama, with emphasis on major elements of dramatic form: action, audience, structure, character, etc.; practice in effective writing focused on close reading and interpretation of plays. Readings will include a variety of types and forms that reflect the traditions of the genre.
 
ENGL 204 Studies in Film 3.00 credits
A survey of the history of film from Edison to today. Students will study major figures and movements, the essential terms and ideas of film-making, and technical advances from silent through contemporary films.
 
Equivalent: WGST 221 - OK if taken since Spring 2010
ENGL 205 Studies in Shakespeare 3.00 credits
An introductory survey of Shakespeare's histories, comedies, and tragedies as well as the sonnets; close textual analysis.
 
ENGL 206H Honors Literature III 3.00 credits
A Capstone Course for Honors students providing an in-depth study in a specific area of literary approaches. Examples include a specific genre, historical/literary period, theme, author, etc.
 
Prerequisite: ENGL 103H Minimum Grade: D and ENGL 104H Minimum Grade: D
ENGL 207 Lit of Western Civilization I 3.00 credits
This course is a survey of Classical, Medieval and Renaissance literature of the Western tradition.
 
ENGL 208 Lit Western Civilization II 3.00 credits
This course is a survey of the Western tradition in literature since the Renaissance.
 
ENGL 210 British Literature Survey I 3.00 credits
This course is a survey of British literature through the 18th Century.
 
ENGL 220 British Literature Survey II 3.00 credits
This course is a survey of British literature since the 18th Century.
 
ENGL 230 Survey of American Literature 3.00 credits
This course examines a selection of representative American writers from the Colonial period to the present.
 
ENGL 240 Top: Multcultural Literature 3.00 credits
This course examines literature produced by different social, ethnic and racial groups within the United States.
 
ENGL 260 Top:World Literature 3.00 credits
This course examines selected authors, themes and historical periods in world literature with emphasis on works outside the Western tradition.
 
ENGL 285 Special Topics 3.00 credits
This course provides special offerings in English literature that may not fit under other 200-level course offering descriptions. Topics will be approved by the department chair.
 
ENGL 291 Directed Study 1.00 - 3.00 credits
Topic to be decided by faculty.
 
ENGL 300 Research & Writing for Majors 3.00 credits
Students will learn how to engage in academic discourse through research-informed writing.
 
ENGL 301 Poetry Writing 3.00 credits
The practice of poetry writing.
 
ENGL 302 Fiction Writing 3.00 credits
The practice of fiction writing.
 
ENGL 303 Creative Non-Fiction Writing 3.00 credits
The practice of writing creative non-fiction.
 
ENGL 305 The Writing Traveler 3.00 credits
The practice of writing poetry, fiction, and essays in the context of foreign travel and residency.
 
ENGL 306 Special Topics in Writing 3.00 credits
A study of writing practices within a focused context. Possible examples include: the intersection of visual media and written texts; ekphrastic writing; nature writing; and/or specific study of the relationship between writing and place.
 
ENGL 310 American Literature I 3.00 credits
Colonial American literature to the early Romantic movement of the 1830s and 1840s.
 
ENGL 311 American Literature II 3.00 credits
American literature from 1840-1900.
 
Equivalent: WGST 323C - OK if taken since Fall 2009
ENGL 312 American Literature III 3.00 credits
American literature from 1900 to present.
 
Equivalent: WGST 326C - OK if taken since Fall 2009
ENGL 313 American Narratives 3.00 credits
Over 200 years of literature relating to the aspirations and fears of colonists/Americans, from 1620 to 1854.
 
ENGL 314 Multicultural Lit of the US 3.00 credits
Literature produced by different social, ethnic and racial groups in the U.S.
 
ENGL 316 Studies in Post Colonial Lit 3.00 credits
Works written in English by writers responding to the impact of Western colonization and imperialism.
 
ENGL 318 African-American Literature 3.00 credits
A study of African-American writers.
 
Equivalent: WGST 325C - OK if taken since Fall 2009
ENGL 323 The Middle Ages 3.00 credits
This course is a general survey of English literature in the Middle Ages. Students will encounter the major texts, themes and genres recorded in Old English and Middle English.
 
ENGL 330 Shakespeare 3.00 credits
Selected plays and poetry.
 
ENGL 331 Renaissance Literature 3.00 credits
British literature covering the period 1500-1700, excluding drama.
 
ENGL 340 The Romantic Age 3.00 credits
British writers of the Romantic period, 1798-1832, with emphasis on poetry.
 
ENGL 342 Victorian Era 3.00 credits
Writers of the Victorian Era, 1832-1901, with emphasis on poetry.
 
ENGL 348 Restoration & 18th Century Lit 3.00 credits
Major prose, drama and poetry from 1660-1800, exclusive of the novel.
 
ENGL 350 Twentieth Century British Lit 3.00 credits
British literature of the Twentieth Century including poetry, drama and prose.
 
ENGL 360 Modern Drama 3.00 credits
This course will cover a broad sweep of plays from the modern and contemporary eras of drama, emphasizing the beginnings of dramatic modernism in nineteenth-century continental Europe (texts to be read in translation), as well as the development of drama in Britain and America from the late nineteenth century to the present.
 
ENGL 366 Themes in Literature 3.00 credits
Topic to be determined by faculty. Taught in Florence, Italy only.
 
ENGL 367 Love inthe Renaissance 3.00 credits
This course addresses the centrality of love in the Renaissance literature in its conceptual and aesthetic complexity. Spring, Florence campus only.
 
ENGL 368 20th Century Novel 3.00 credits
This course, a blend of Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies, is a journey that begins with the Ancient Greeks and somehow also ends with the Ancient Greeks: their culture, their myths, their literature, and their discoveries. Through reading and discussion of some 20th century novels, it will follow the path travelled by modern man and woman by focusing on cultural evolution and attitudes shaped by social context, especially during the 19th and 20th centuries. Fall and Spring, Florence campus only.
 
ENGL 390 Writing Center Practicum .00 - 3.00 credits
Students tutor in the Writing Center under the supervision of the Writing Center Director.
 
ENGL 391 Directed Study 1.00 - 3.00 credits
Topic to be decided by faculty.
 
ENGL 394 Topics in Film 3.00 credits
An examination of narrower topics in film including possibly: the film traditions of other nations (e.g. France, Italy, Japan, or Russia); periods (silent films of the 1920s; French New Wave; American film of the 1970s); or themes (e.g. the Western from Porter to Eastwood or Shakespeare on film). The class will include significant readings from major critics (e.g. James Agee's reviews and essays) and filmmakers (e.g. Truffaut on the auteur).
 
ENGL 395 The Teaching of Writing 3.00 credits
Students will demonstrate their ability to research and respond to theories and practices pertaining to composing and to the teaching of writing. They will acquire this ability, in part, by writing about and discussing observations of writers in action, by reflecting critically on their own composing processes, and by reading and responding to writing from a variety of genres. Key specific learning outcomes include translating theory into practice and discussing the politics and assessment of language as applied to written English in a variety of rhetorical settings. Fulfills Elective requirement. Required for students seeking teacher certification.
 
ENGL 401 Advanced Poetry Writing 3.00 credits
An intensive exploration of the practice of writing poetry. Specific sections may focus on subgenres including lyrical poetry, narrative poetry, and/or the long poem.
 
Prerequisite: ENGL 301 Minimum Grade: D or ENGL 302 Minimum Grade: D or ENGL 303 Minimum Grade: D or ENGL 305 Minimum Grade: D or ENGL 306 Minimum Grade: D
ENGL 402 Advanced Fiction Writing 3.00 credits
An intensive exploration of the practice of writing fiction. Specific sections may focus on subgenres including the novella, flash fiction, and/or chapters within a novel.
 
Prerequisite: ENGL 301 Minimum Grade: D or ENGL 302 Minimum Grade: D or ENGL 303 Minimum Grade: D or ENGL 305 Minimum Grade: D or ENGL 306 Minimum Grade: D
ENGL 403 Advanced Nonfiction Writing 3.00 credits
An intensive and challenging exploration of the practice of writing nonfiction. Specific sections may focus on the intersection of nonfiction writing and focused subject matter.
 
Prerequisite: ENGL 301 Minimum Grade: D or ENGL 302 Minimum Grade: D or ENGL 303 Minimum Grade: D or ENGL 305 Minimum Grade: D or ENGL 306 Minimum Grade: D
ENGL 406 Adv Special Topics in Writing 3.00 credits
An intensive and challenging study on writing practices within a focused context. Possible examples include: writing and philosophy, writing and questions of social justice, environmental writing, and/or writing and mysticism.
 
Prerequisite: ENGL 301 Minimum Grade: D or ENGL 302 Minimum Grade: D or ENGL 303 Minimum Grade: D or ENGL 305 Minimum Grade: D or ENGL 306 Minimum Grade: D
ENGL 413 19th Century American Novel 3.00 credits
Major American novels of the period 1800-1900.
 
ENGL 414 20th Century American Novel 3.00 credits
Selected major novelists of the 20th Century.
 
ENGL 415 Recent American Writing 3.00 credits
American prose and poetry since World War II.
 
ENGL 418 American Indian Literatures 3.00 credits
This course is designed to introduce students to several important texts in the multifaceted genre of American Indian literature as well as to invite students into a critical discussion of contemporary issues centering on the relationship between American Indian literatures and contemporary sociopolitical and -cultural realities and issues. We will examine the role of American Indian literature in the continual process of cultural maintenance as well as identity (re)construction. Through close reading of texts by writers from various tribes and regions, students will explore the heterogeneity of Native America and the complexities of all attempts to define or shape indigenous nationhood in the United States. We will contextualize these texts in discussions of social justice issues particular to Native America, including but not limited to the five definitions of genocide; geographical and cultural displacements; and "third world" living conditions. We will also be engaged in dialogues about local and national American Indian cultures in cooperation with the American Indian Studies house on campus. Spring, odd years.
 
Equivalent: NTAS 321 - OK if taken since Fall 2014
ENGL 420 The Age of Beowulf 3.00 credits
Language and literary study of the Old English period with special emphasis on the anonymous epic poem Beowulf.
 
ENGL 423 Chaucer 3.00 credits
Chaucer's principal works in the original language.
 
ENGL 433 Milton & His Contemporaries 3.00 credits
Poetry and prose from the 17th Century with particular emphasis on Milton.
 
ENGL 434 Tudor & Stuart Drama 3.00 credits
Principal plays 1520-1640, excluding Shakespeare.
 
ENGL 436 18th Century British Novel 3.00 credits
The British novel from 1700-1800.
 
ENGL 438 Restoration 18th C Brit Drama 3.00 credits
British drama from the re-opening of the London stages in 1660 through 1800.
 
ENGL 440 Literature of the Americas 3.00 credits
A study in contemporary American literature inclusive of texts and writers from Canada, the U.S., and all of Latin America.
 
ENGL 446 19th Century British Novel 3.00 credits
The British novel from 1800-1900.
 
ENGL 450 20th Century British Novel 3.00 credits
The British novel from 1900 and 2000.
 
ENGL 450L 19th/20th Century Novel 4.00 credits
 
ENGL 455 Special Topics in American Lit 1.00 - 3.00 credits
Topics to be decided by faculty.
 
ENGL 460 Studies in Women Writers 3.00 credits
Selected authors and themes.
 
ENGL 462 Studies In The Novel 3.00 - 4.00 credits
Selected authors and themes.
 
ENGL 464 Studies in 20th Century Poetry 3.00 credits
A study of poetry written in English since 1900.
 
ENGL 465 Studies in 20th Century Drama 3.00 credits
Major figures of the modern European and American theater since 1900.
 
ENGL 466 Topics in Literature 3.00 credits
Selected authors or themes.
 
ENGL 467 Special Topics 1.00 - 3.00 credits
The course will tie in to the Florence experience and will require reading literature in English or in translation.
 
ENGL 480 Crit Theory:Lit & Cltrl Stdy 3.00 credits
Theories about the nature of literature and criticism.
 
Equivalent: WGST 403 - OK if taken since Spring 2010
ENGL 485 Poetics 3.00 credits
This course will study English Language poetry from Chaucer to present. Focus on the "formal" qualities of poetry.
 
ENGL 490 Directed Reading 1.00 - 3.00 credits
A directed program of readings and written responses.
 
ENGL 492 Independent Study 1.00 - 3.00 credits
Courses which allow the individual student to engage in interdepartmental and interdisciplinary study. Credit by arrangement.
 
ENGL 495 Senior Seminar 3.00 credits
A focused, in-depth study of a literary/cultural topic chosen by the instructor. The course will familiarize students with the critical conversation surrounding the topic, prepare them to engage in this and similar conversations, and have them enter into this conversation through well-informed, well-argued, research-based, critical study that will constitute the written aspect of the Senior Project. Required for English Majors. Senior standing or permission of chair. To be taken concurrently with ENGL 499.
 
Concurrent: ENGL 499
ENGL 497 Writing Senior Project .00 credits
This course is required of students pursuing the writing concentration in the English major and consists of the chief components: 1) a critical/historical review contextualizing the student's creative work in literary tradition and 2) an original creative manuscript of the student's poetry/prose/drama/non-fiction.
 
ENGL 498 Directed Research 1.00 - 3.00 credits
A directed program in which the individual student will engage in approved research activity and submit a scholarly paper or papers.
 
ENGL 499 Senior Project .00 credits
Academic paper produced in Senior Seminar (ENGL 495). Required for English majors. To be taken concurrently with ENGL 495.
 
Concurrent: ENGL 495