English (ENGL)

Courses numbered 500 to 799 = undergraduate/graduate. (Individual courses may be limited to undergraduate students only.); 800 to 999 = graduate.

ENGL 503.  American Literature I   3 credit hours

The major fiction, poetry and nonfiction prose of the classic American period. Discussions may include the historical evolution of American letters, the development of the novel and romance, the transcendental period, and the rise of Western and regional literatures. Prerequisites: junior standing and one college literature course.

ENGL 504.  American Literature II   3 credit hours

Fiction, poetry and drama from the late 19th century to after World War II. Readings also may include literary criticism and other types of nonfiction prose. Discussions cover themes, topics and literary forms inspired by the social and cultural movements and events of the first half of the 20th century. Prerequisites: junior standing and one college literature course.

ENGL 508.  Critical Studies in Film   3 credit hours

Subjects announced each semester. Intensive analysis of a particular film genre, period, director or theme, giving special attention to the historical, cultural, theoretical and technical contexts in which the films were made. Repeatable once for credit with a change of content. Prerequisites: ENGL 102, one college-level literature or film course.

ENGL 512.  Studies in Fiction   3 credit hours

Subjects announced each semester. Repeatable once for credit. Prerequisites: junior standing and one college literature course.

ENGL 513.  Studies in Poetry   3 credit hours

Subjects announced each semester. Repeatable once for credit. Prerequisites: junior standing and one college literature course.

ENGL 514.  Studies in Drama   3 credit hours

Subjects announced each semester. Repeatable once for credit. Prerequisites: junior standing and one college literature course.

ENGL 515.  Studies in Shakespeare   3 credit hours

Subjects announced each semester. Repeatable for credit, except by students who take ENGL 340. Prerequisites: junior standing and one college literature course, or instructor's consent.

ENGL 516.  Studies in a Major Author   3 credit hours

Designed to allow in-depth study of the works of a major American or British author, emphasizing the development of that author's art and considering the work from a variety of critical perspectives.

ENGL 517.  Scriptwriting I   3 credit hours

General education advanced further study course. Cross-listed as THEA 516. The writing of scripts for performance. Emphasizes both verbal and visual aspects of scriptwriting. If possible, the scripts are given in-class readings by actors. Prerequisite: instructor's consent.

ENGL 518.  Scriptwriting II   3 credit hours

General education advanced further study course. Cross-listed as THEA 517. The writing of scripts for performance. Emphasizes both verbal and visual aspects of scriptwriting. If possible, the scripts are given in-class readings by actors. Prerequisite: instructor's consent.

ENGL 520.  Epic and Romance   3 credit hours

Readings in classic and early Western narratives, beginning with Homer's Bronze-Age epic and ending with late medieval romance. Examines the literary conventions and cultural assumptions that typify these works. Pays particular attention to the historical shift in interest from epic to romance as a reflection of broad changes, not only in literary form and content, but also in social customs and worldview. Prerequisites: junior standing and one college literature course.

ENGL 521.  Medieval Literature   3 credit hours

Works by writers of the eighth to 15th centuries, often thematically or historically focused. Readings may include lyric poetry, epic, romance, saga and drama. Prerequisites: junior standing and one college literature course, or instructor's consent.

ENGL 522.  Renaissance Literature   3 credit hours

Works by writers of the 16th through the mid-17th centuries, often thematically or historically focused. Readings may include poetry, drama, fiction and nonfiction prose. Prerequisites: junior standing and one college literature course, or instructor's consent.

ENGL 524.  Restoration and 18th Century Literature   3 credit hours

Works by writers of the late 17th through the 18th centuries, often thematically or historically focused. Readings may include poetry, fiction, drama and nonfictional prose. Prerequisites: junior standing and one college literature course, or instructor's consent.

ENGL 526.  Romantic Literature   3 credit hours

Works by writers of the late 18th and/or early 19th centuries, often thematically or historically focused. Readings may include fiction, poetry, drama, and/or literary criticism or other nonfiction prose. Prerequisites: junior standing and one college literature course, or instructor's consent.

ENGL 527.  Victorian Literature   3 credit hours

Works by writers of the mid to late 19th century, often thematically or historically focused. Readings may include fiction, poetry, drama, and/or literary criticism or other nonfiction prose. Prerequisites: junior standing and one college literature course, or instructor's consent.

ENGL 532.  Modern British Literature   3 credit hours

Irish and English literature of the 20th century. Subjects announced each semester. Repeatable once for credit with change of topic. Prerequisites: junior standing and one college literature course.

ENGL 533.  Contemporary Literature   3 credit hours

Modern literature, primarily British and American, since 1950. Subjects announced each semester. Repeatable once for credit. Prerequisites: junior standing and one college literature course.

ENGL 536.  Writing by Women   3 credit hours

Cross-listed as WOMS 536. Explores various themes in critical approaches to literature composed by women writers, especially those whose works have been underrepresented in the literary canon. Genres and time periods covered, critical theories explored, and specific authors studied vary in different semesters. Course includes diversity content.

ENGL 540.  Introduction to Critical Theory   3 credit hours

Introduces students to critical literary theory. Topics may include readings in gender theory, historicism, psychoanalytical theory, cultural criticism, Marxism, reader-response theory and deconstruction. May also offer a survey of classical and early-modern critical methodologies from Plato to the formalist schools of the early 20th century. Prerequisites: English 102 and/or instructor's consent.

ENGL 546.  Studies in Ethnic Literature   3 credit hours

The study of literature by a specific ethnic group or groups in the United States or Great Britain. Content varies by instructor, and subjects are announced each semester. Fosters an appreciation for the unique literary tradition of a distinct ethnic group or groups and gives students some understanding of the larger historical and national contexts in which that tradition emerged. Course includes diversity content. Repeatable once for credit with a change in topic. Prerequisites: junior standing and one college-level literature course.

ENGL 550.  Independent Reading   1-3 credit hours

For majors and nonmajors who wish to pursue special reading or research projects in areas not normally covered in coursework. Repeatable once for credit. Prerequisites: ENGL 102 and departmental consent.

ENGL 560.  Grammar and Style in Composition   3 credit hours

Explores writing at the sentence and paragraph levels. Students learn to craft stylish, surprising and impactful sentences and paragraphs suited to various kinds of writing. Examines the social, cultural and political dimensions of English usage, such as correctness, the teaching of grammar, and new writing technologies. Because of its combined emphases on practice and theory, this course should appeal both to students who wish to enhance their writing skills and to those interested in teaching English. Prerequisites for undergraduates: English 101 and 102.

ENGL 576.  Advanced Studies in the Graphic Novel   3 credit hours

General education advanced further study course. Designed to allow in-depth study of the graphic novel with special emphasis on critical responses. Readings may be thematically or historically focused. Prerequisites: junior standing, ENGL 377, and at least one other college literature course or instructor's consent.

ENGL 580.  Special Studies   1-3 credit hours

Topic selected and announced by the individual instructor. Repeatable once for credit. Prerequisites: junior standing and one college literature course or departmental consent.

ENGL 581.  Composition Practicum   1 credit hour

Required for all teaching assistants in English. Does not count for credit toward the MA or MFA degree. Focuses on techniques and strategies for teaching composition. Each participant enrolls in the syllabus group appropriate to the composition course he or she teaches. Repeatable for credit. Graded S/U. Prerequisite: appointment as a graduate teaching assistant in the department of English.

ENGL 585.  Writer's Tutorial: Prose Fiction   3 credit hours

Tutorial work in creative writing in literary fiction with visiting writer. Repeatable for credit. Prerequisite: consent of creative writing director.

ENGL 586.  Writer's Tutorial: Poetry   3 credit hours

Tutorial work in creative writing in literary poetry with visiting writer. Repeatable for credit. Prerequisite: consent of creative writing director.

ENGL 590.  Senior Seminar   3 credit hours

In-depth study of a specialized literary topic. Emphasis is on focused readings, interactive debate, individual research and the presentation of research reports and essays. Topics vary according to the specialization of the instructor. This is a required capstone course for the English major and should be taken during a student's final year of study. Prerequisite: completion of 18 hours toward the major. Not available for graduate credit.

ENGL 667.  English Syntax   3 credit hours

Cross-listed as LING 667. Studies the basic principles of English syntax, covering the major facts of English sentence construction and relating them to linguistic theory. Prerequisite: ENGL 315 or equivalent, or departmental consent.

ENGL 668.  Field Methods of Linguistics   3 credit hours

Cross-listed as LING 668. Students learn how to collect and analyze data from a language unknown to them by interacting with a native speaker – course language consultant. Students gain some familiarity with the phonetics, phonology, morphology and syntax of the language, while developing techniques for studying an unfamiliar language more generally and for managing the data collected. Course includes diversity content. Repeatable three times for a total of 9 credit hours. Prerequisite: ENGL/LING 315.

ENGL 672.  Studies in Language Variety   3 credit hours

Cross-listed as LING 672. Introduces the study of language variety with special attention to regional and social dialect in America and methods of studying it. May be repeated for credit when content varies. Prerequisite: ENGL 315 or departmental consent.

ENGL 680.  Theory and Practice in Composition   3 credit hours

Introduces theories of rhetoric, research in composition and writing programs, and practices in schools and colleges. Students investigate the process of writing, analyze varieties and samples of school writing, and develop their own writing skills by writing, revising and evaluating their own and others' work. Designed especially for prospective and practicing teachers; may not be taken for credit by students with credit in ENGL 780.

ENGL 681.  Editing American English   3 credit hours

Students master the rules and conventions of grammar, sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, usage and mechanics, and learn how to apply them while they are revising and editing a written text. Students work as tutors in the writing center to learn and understand the practical application of editing rules. Includes instruction in the conventions of Editing Standard English (also known as Edited American English) and in methods of effective tutoring. Prerequisites: ENGL 101, 102.

ENGL 686.  Professional, Technical and Scientific Writing and Editing   3 credit hours

Introduces students to editing and writing in professional, scientific, technical and medical fields. Through careful reading and analysis of exemplary technical and scientific documents, students gain exposure to numerous writing genres produced for different audiences and contexts. They practice writing in several forms, which may include research summaries, press releases, procedures, specifications, infographics, public service announcements, fact sheets and popular science writing. Assignments help strengthen students' rhetorical awareness, as well as the precision, clarity and readability of their writing.

ENGL 700.  Introduction to Graduate Study in English   3 credit hours

Prepares students to perform effectively in graduate classes in English. Covers: (1) basic bibliographical tools; (2) terminology both technical and historical; (3) various approaches to the study of literature, such as intrinsic analysis of a literary work, the relationships of biography to literary study, and the relevance of other disciplines, such as psychology, to literature; and (4) the writing of interpretative and research essays. Maintains a balance between criticism and research throughout the semester.

ENGL 703.  Seminar in American Literature I   3 credit hours

Advanced study of major issues and themes in fiction, poetry and nonfiction prose from the early American period to the Civil War, with attention to the social and cultural contexts that shaped the literary history of the colonial period and the early nation. Repeatable once for credit with a change of content and departmental consent. Prerequisite: completion of or concurrent enrollment in ENGL 700, or permission of English graduate coordinator.

ENGL 704.  Seminar in American Literature II   3 credit hours

Advanced study of major issues and themes in fiction, poetry and nonfiction prose from the post-bellum period to 1920, with attention to the social and cultural contexts that shaped such trends as realism and modernism. Repeatable once for credit with a change of content and departmental consent. Prerequisite: completion of or concurrent enrollment in ENGL 700, or permission of English graduate coordinator.

ENGL 705.  Seminar in American Literature III   3 credit hours

From 1920 to 1970. Advanced study of major issues and themes in fiction, poetry and nonfiction prose from 1920 to the contemporary period, with attention to the social and cultural contexts that shaped such trends as modernism and postmodernism. Repeatable once for credit with a change of content and departmental consent. Prerequisite: completion of or concurrent enrollment in ENGL 700, or permission of English graduate coordinator.

ENGL 712.  Graduate Studies in Fiction   3 credit hours

Selected topics in the development of the form and content of prose fiction. Prerequisite: completion of or concurrent enrollment in ENGL 700, or permission of English graduate coordinator.

ENGL 713.  Graduate Studies in Poetry   3 credit hours

Selected topics in forms, techniques and history of poetry. Prerequisite: completion of or concurrent enrollment in ENGL 700, or permission of English graduate coordinator.

ENGL 714.  Graduate Studies in Drama   3 credit hours

Selected topics in the history and nature of dramatic literature. Prerequisite: completion of or concurrent enrollment in ENGL 700, or permission of English graduate coordinator.

ENGL 715.  Seminar in Chaucer   3 credit hours

Advanced study of Chaucer's major works. Readings are in Middle English and include selections from the Canterbury Tales, Troilus and Criseyde, the dream visions, the lyrics, and a limited number of comparative readings in other late 14th century authors such as Langland, the Gawain-Poet and Gower. Emphasis is placed on close reading and interpretation of the text, and on the historical context of Chaucer's work, which involves study of subjects such as the black plague, the peasants' revolt, guilds, fairs, chivalry, trade and healing. Repeatable once for credit with a change of content and departmental consent. Prerequisite: completion of or concurrent enrollment in ENGL 700, or permission of English graduate coordinator.

ENGL 720.  Seminar in Old English   3 credit hours

Cross-listed as LING 720. Advanced course in Old English language and literature. Studies the Old English language in enough detail to enable the reading of some prose and poetry, including parts of Beowulf and the elegiac poems in the original. Some literature, including all of Beowulf, is read in translation. Particular attention is given to close reading and interpretation of the text, and to important literary and cultural features of the period and its Norse heritage. Repeatable once for credit with a change of content and departmental consent. Prerequisite: completion of or concurrent enrollment in ENGL 700, or permission of English graduate coordinator.

ENGL 721.  Seminar in Medieval Literature   3 credit hours

Advanced study of selected works from old and middle English literature and continental literature of the medieval period, with an emphasis on close reading as well as the social and cultural context of the readings. Content varies at the discretion of the instructor. Readings may include epic, romance, drama, lyric and satire, as well as examples of discourse — oratory, history, memoir, political writings, philosophy — and major works and authors such as Beowulf, Cynewulf, Wulfstan, Chretien de Troyes, Marie de France, Chaucer, the Gawain-Poet and Malory. Repeatable once for credit with a change of content and departmental consent. Prerequisite: completion of or concurrent enrollment in ENGL 700, or permission of English graduate coordinator.

ENGL 722.  Seminar in Renaissance Literature   3 credit hours

Advanced study of works by important writers of the 16th and earlier 17th centuries. Content varies at the discretion of the instructor. Offerings may be thematically or historically focused, and may include poetry, drama, fiction or nonfiction prose. Repeatable once for credit with a change of content and departmental consent. Prerequisite: completion of or concurrent enrollment in ENGL 700, or permission of English graduate coordinator.

ENGL 724.  Seminar in Restoration and 18th Century British Literature   3 credit hours

Advanced study of major selected works and authors of the period between 1660 and 1789, covering the crucial genres of drama, poetry, the essay and the novel. Content varies at the discretion of the instructor. Study may include satire, political discourse, comedy, tragedy, parody, and/or innovative forms such as the novel and fictionalized biography. Canonical figures such as Congreve, Dryden, Pope, Swift, Fielding and Johnson may figure prominently. Historical contexts are emphasized. Repeatable once for credit with a change of content and departmental consent. Prerequisite: completion of or concurrent enrollment in ENGL 700, or permission of English graduate coordinator.

ENGL 726.  Seminar in Romantic Literature   3 credit hours

Advanced study of the authors, genres, themes and/or movements in late 18th and early 19th century literature, with content varying at the discretion of the instructor. Possible topics might include Romantic-era women writers, the historical contexts of the French Revolution and British imperialism, the rise of the novel, the canonical Romantic poets (Blake, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Shelley, Byron and Keats), the development of mass print culture, and/or representations of sublime landscapes, solitary meditation and European travel. Repeatable once for credit with a change of content and departmental consent. Prerequisite: completion of or concurrent enrollment in ENGL 700, or permission of English graduate coordinator.

ENGL 728.  Seminar in Modern British Literature   3 credit hours

Advanced study of the authors, genres, themes and/or movements in British literature (1900 to 1980). Possible topics may include the British novelists (Conrad, Lawrence, Woolf, Forster, Joyce, Waugh, Greene, Amis, Durrell, Burgess, etc.) and; the British poets (Housman, Yeats, Lawrence, Eliot, Auden, Thomas, Hughes, etc.); the playwrights (Shaw, Beckett, Eliot, Coward, Maugham, etc.). The seminar may also focus on additional poets, novelists and dramatists, such as modernism, postmodernism, etc. Repeatable once for credit with change of content and departmental consent. Prerequisite: completion of or concurrent enrollment in ENGL 700, or permission of English graduate coordinator.

ENGL 730.  Seminar in Victorian Literature   3 credit hours

Advanced study of the authors, genres, themes and/or movements in Victorian literature (1832-1900). Possible topics might include the Victorian novelists (William Thackeray, Charles Dickens, George Eliot, Anthony Trollope, Thomas Hardy, Rudyard Kipling, etc.); the Victorian poets (Tennyson, Browning, Arnold, Arthur Hugh Clough, Dante, Gabriel Rossetti, Christina Rossetti, George Meredith, Algernon Charles Swinburne, etc.); the Victorian prose writers (Carlyle, Mill, Newman, Ruskin, Arnold, Pater, etc.). The seminar may also focus on themes within Victorian literature, such as the Young England movement, the Higher Criticism and its effects, the Woman Question, industrialization and labor, or the Victorian Empire. Repeatable once for credit with a change of content and departmental consent. Prerequisite: completion of or concurrent enrollment in ENGL 700, or permission of English graduate coordinator.

ENGL 733.  Seminar in Contemporary Literature   3 credit hours

Covers selected topics in the literature of the last quarter-century, including literature in translation. Deals with a broad range of authors and genres. Repeatable for credit with change of content and departmental consent. Prerequisite: completion of or concurrent enrollment in ENGL 700, or permission of English graduate coordinator.

ENGL 780.  Advanced Theory and Practice in Composition   3 credit hours

For teaching assistants in English. Review of new theories of rhetoric, recent research in composition, and new promising developments in composition programs in schools and colleges. Students are given practice in advanced writing problems, situations and techniques and may propose projects for further special study.

ENGL 781.  Graduate Cooperative Education   1-3 credit hours

Similar to ENGL 481 in design and content, this course provides the student with practical experience, under academic supervision, that complements and enhances the student's academic program. Individual programs must be formulated in consultation with appropriate faculty sponsors and approved by departmental consent. Graded Cr/NCr. Prerequisites: ENGL 700 and at least 12 total hours in graduate English courses.

ENGL 785.  Current Theories in the Teaching of Writing   3 credit hours

Examines current areas of interest in rhetoric and composition. Specific topics vary from semester to semester but may include digital and multimedia composition; online writing instruction; language diversity; writing program administration; place, space, and embodiment; transfer; and assessment. Students explore the teaching of writing in settings other than first-year composition, such as writing across the curriculum and writing in the disciplines, undergraduate writing majors, and business, technical, and professional writing. Students leave this course with a fuller understanding of current research in rhetoric and composition and the many types of writing instruction available at colleges and universities.

ENGL 787.  Writing and Invention   3 credit hours

Examines invention as a canon of rhetoric, a stage in the writing process, and a product of thinking, writing or making. Students survey theories of invention as they are expressed in rhetorical theory, composition pedagogy, historical works, and/or literature. Students consider the relationships among invention, originality and creativity, and the ways in which these concepts impact the teaching of English.

ENGL 801.  Creative Writing: Fiction   3 credit hours

Advanced work in creative writing: literary fiction. Fulfills the university's professional and scholarly integrity training requirement covering research misconduct, publication practices and responsible authorship, conflict of interest and commitment, ethical issues in data acquisition, management, sharing and ownership. Repeatable for credit. Prerequisite: consent of creative writing director.

ENGL 803.  Creative Writing: Nonfiction   3 credit hours

Advanced work in creative nonfiction: forms of nonfiction requiring a distinctive voice and demanding a formal artistry generally associated with fiction. Prerequisite: consent of creative writing director.

ENGL 805.  Creative Writing: Poetry   3 credit hours

Advanced work in creative writing: literary poetry. Fulfills the university's professional and scholarly integrity training requirement covering research misconduct, publication practices and responsible authorship, conflict of interest and commitment, ethical issues in data acquisition, management, sharing and ownership. Repeatable for credit. Prerequisite: consent of creative writing director.

ENGL 808.  Graduate Studies in Film   3 credit hours

Examines film as a literary form while acknowledging its unique status as a visual medium. Subjects the film medium to the standard tools of literary criticism and critical theory to fully comprehend exactly how film functions as a narrative form. Students are directed to develop a vocabulary of film terminology and to understand how film functions as a story-telling medium. Emphasis is placed on interpretive strategies. Prerequisites: graduate standing, completion of or concurrent enrollment in ENGL 700, or permission of English graduate coordinator.

ENGL 814.  Graduate Studies in British and World Literature Before 1900   3 credit hours

Examines the major genres and authors of literature before 1900. Typical subject matter may include the rise of the novel, the changing role of poetry, and the evolution of drama, or similar topics. Repeatable once for credit with a change of content. Prerequisites: graduate standing, completion of or concurrent enrollment in ENGL 700, or permission of English graduate coordinator.

ENGL 816.  Graduate Studies in Major Author(s)   3 credit hours

Careful study of the works of a major author with readings in secondary sources. Assignments may include reports, discussions and papers. Occasionally an appropriate pairing of major authors may be offered. Repeatable for credit with change of content. Prerequisite: completion of or concurrent enrollment in ENGL 700, or permission of English graduate coordinator.

ENGL 825.  Theories of Rhetoric: Classical   3 credit hours

An intensive study of the rhetorical theories of classical writers from 466 B.C. to the decline of Roman oratory. Emphasizes Isocrates, Plato, Aristotle, Quintilian, Cicero and Longinus.

ENGL 826.  Theories of Rhetoric: Renaissance to Early Modern   3 credit hours

A study of the emerging patterns of rhetoric from the Second Sophistic to modern times. Analyzes the rhetorical systems associated with such figures as Augustine, Fenelon, Bulwer, Sheridan, Steele, Rush, John Quincy Adams, Blair, Campbell and Whately.

ENGL 840.  Graduate Studies in Criticism   3 credit hours

Selected topics in the theory and practice of literary criticism. Prerequisite: completion of or concurrent enrollment in ENGL 700, or permission of English graduate coordinator.

ENGL 850.  Directed Reading   1-3 credit hours

For graduate students who want to pursue special research in areas not normally covered in coursework. A directed reading prospectus must be approved by the directing faculty and the graduate coordinator before registering. Repeatable for credit with departmental consent. Prerequisite: completion of or concurrent enrollment in ENGL 700, or permission of English graduate coordinator.

ENGL 860.  Graduate Seminar in Special Topics   1-3 credit hours

Intensive study of selected texts, writers or literary problems. Seminar discussions, reports and research projects. Repeatable for credit with departmental consent. Prerequisite: completion of or concurrent enrollment in ENGL 700, or permission of English graduate coordinator.

ENGL 875.  MFA Final Writing Project   1-6 credit hours

Final writing project preparation.

ENGL 880.  Writer’s Tutorial: Fiction   3 credit hours

Tutorial work in creative writing in literary fiction with visiting writer. Graded S/U. Prerequisite: consent of creative writing director.

ENGL 881.  Writer’s Tutorial: Poetry   3 credit hours

Tutorial work in creative writing in literary poetry with visiting writer. Graded S/U. Prerequisite: consent of creative writing director.

ENGL 885.  Craft of Fiction   3 credit hours

Subject announced each semester. Advanced study in the forms and techniques in literary fiction such as plot, setting or voice. Repeatable once for credit with creative writing program director's consent. Prerequisite: students not enrolled in the MFA program must receive permission from the instructor. A student may not take more than one craft course per semester.

ENGL 886.  Craft of Poetry   3 credit hours

Subject announced each semester. Advanced study in the forms and techniques in literary poetry such as the poetic line, image or rhythm. Repeatable once for credit with creative writing program director's consent. Prerequisite: students not enrolled in the MFA program must receive permission from the instructor. A student may not take more than one craft course per semester.

ENGL 890.  Master's Thesis   1-3 credit hours

May be repeated, but a maximum of three units of ENGL 890 can be applied toward the degree requirements. A thesis prospectus must be approved by the thesis advisor and the graduate coordinator before the student may register for 890. Graded S/U. Prerequisite: completion of or concurrent enrollment in ENGL 700, or permission of English graduate coordinator.