English Course Descriptions

ENG100 Literature Appreciation
Introduction to literature, comprising appreciation and comprehension of notable works in short fiction, novels, drama, creative non-fiction, film, and poetry, with emphasis on understanding the relationship between form and content and on formulating criteria for artistic judgment. Explores connections between literature, our culture, ourselves, and the human condition. At least three genres will be covered in each course. Offered as needed
4 Credits

ENG104 Introduction to Fiction
Features critical analysis and appreciation of fiction through the reading of narratives originally written in English as well as works in translation. Employs a selection of genre, stylistic, or thematic approaches to content to introduce the short story, the novel, novella, and basic literary terminology and concepts. Also introduces literary criticism and the conventions of writing literary analysis. Prerequisite: Placement into WR115 and RD090; or WR090, or WR115 or higher; or consent of instructor. (All prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of C or better.) F, W, Sp, Su
4 Credits

ENG105 Intro to Dramatic Literature
Features critical analysis and appreciation of drama from the classical Greek to contemporary periods written by an international range of playwrights. Introduces concepts and types of dramatic literature, including comedy and tragedy, as well as the elements and conventions of drama as both a literary and performing art. Introduces literary criticism and the conventions of writing literary analysis. Prerequisites: Placement into WR115 and RD090; or WR090, or WR115 or higher; or consent of instructor. (All prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of C or better.) F, W, Sp, Su
4 Credits

ENG106 Introduction to Poetry
Teaches students to enjoy, understand, analyze, and interpret Poetry. Introduces the breadth of poetry across periods, forms, and styles, both originally written in English and in translation. Introduces literary criticism and the conventions of writing literary analysis. Prerequisites: Placement into WR115 and RD090; or WR090, or WR115 or higher; or consent of instructor. (All prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of C or better.) F, W, Sp, Su
4 Credits

ENG107 Intro to World Literature
Introduces discussion and analysis of histories, stories, poems, and plays of the Western and non-Western world between 2000 B.C.E. and l450 C.E. Explores the connection between literature and power and literature and social and cultural change. Prerequisite: Placement into WR115 and RD090; or WR090, WR115 or higher; or consent of instructor. (All prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of C or better.) F; CL
4 Credits

ENG108 Intro to World Literature
Introduces discussion and analysis of literary works of the Western and non-Western world between 1450 and 1850. Explores the connection between literature and power and literature and social and cultural change. Prerequisite: Placement into WR115 and RD090; or WR090, or WR115 or higher; or consent of instructor. (All prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of C or better.) W; CL
4 Credits

ENG109 Intro to World Literature
Introduces discussion and analysis of works of the Nineteenth, Twentieth, and Twenty-First Centuries from around the world. Explores the connection between literature and politics and literature and social change. Prerequisite: Placement into WR115 and RD090; or WR090, or WR115 or higher; or consent of instructor. (All prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of C or better.) W, Sp; CL
4 Credits

ENG201 Introduction to Shakespeare
Surveys selected early (1587-1600) Shakespearean works, emphasizing dramatic structure, characterization, imagery and theme. Uses critical essays to explore these plays and poems to provide background on the nature of the different genres of Shakespeare's works including at least one example from each of these genres: comedies, tragedies, histories, and sonnets, and covering a minimum of six plays. Prerequisite: Placement into WR121; or WR115 or higher, with a grade of C or better; or consent of instructor. W
4 Credits

ENG202 Introduction to Shakespeare
Surveys selected Shakespearean tragedies, comedies, histories, and selected poetry written in the later part of his career (1600-1616) emphasizing dramatic structure, characterization, imagery, and theme. Uses critical essays to explore these plays and poems and to provide background on the nature of the different genres of Shakespeare's works. Includes readings from at least one example of each of these genres: comedy, tragedy, history, and sonnets, and covers a minimum of six plays. Prerequisite: Placement into WR121; or WR115 or higher, with a grade of C or better; or consent of instructor. Sp
4 Credits

ENG204 English Lit: Beowulf to Milton
Surveys selected representative English literature from its beginnings in the Anglo-Saxon period through Milton (c. 1660). Situates literature as the product of specific historical contexts. Requires careful reading. Fosters thoughtful interpretation, analysis, and appreciation of literature. Emphasizes genre, structure, characterization, imagery, and theme. Uses critical essays to explore assigned texts and to examine issues of class, gender, race, nation, imperialism, government, and the “other” in these texts and in this time period. Prerequisite: Placement into WR121; or WR115 or higher, with a grade of C or better; or consent of instructor. F, Offered as needed; CL
4 Credits

ENG205 Eng Lit: Restoration/Romantics
Surveys selected, representative readings of English literature from the mid-17th century to 1832. Situates literature as the product of specific historical contexts. Requires careful reading. Fosters thoughtful interpretation, analysis, and appreciation of literature. Emphasizes genre, structure, characterization, imagery, and theme. Uses critical essays to explore assigned texts and to examine issues of class, gender, race, nation, imperialism, government, and the “other” in these texts and in this time period. Prerequisite: Placement into WR 121; or WR 115 or higher, with a grade of C or better; or consent of instructor. W, Offered as needed; CL
4 Credits

ENG206 Eng Lit: Victorian/Post-col
Surveys selected, representative readings of English literature from 1832 through the twentieth century, including works from nations colonized by Britain. Situates literature as the product of specific historical contexts. Requires careful reading. Fosters thoughtful interpretation, analysis, and appreciation of literature. Emphasizes genre, structure, characterization, imagery, and theme. Uses critical essays to explore assigned texts and to examine issues of class, gender, race, nation, imperialism, government, and the “other” in these texts and in this time period. Prerequisite: Placement into WR121; or WR115 with a grade of C or better; or consent of instructor. Sp, Offered as needed; CL
4 Credits

ENG216 Comic Books as Literature
Explores the graphic novel/comic book as a literary art form by examining and analyzing literary techniques, cultural context, history, and the development of the genre. Encourages students to use contemporary and traditional forms of literary analysis and critical thinking to better understand the text and its influence on pop culture. Prerequisite: Placement into WR121; or WR115 or higher, with a grade of C or better; or consent of instructor. W, Offered as needed
4 Credits

ENG221 Topics in British Literature
Examines a special topic in British Literature in depth. Includes content organized around one of the following: an author, a movement, a genre, a period, a theme, or some other coherent focal point. Course may be repeated for a maximum of 12 credits. Prerequisite: Placement into WR121; or WR115 or higher, with a grade of C or better; or consent of instructor. Offered as needed
4 Credits

ENG232 Topics in American Literature
Examines a special topic in American Literature in depth by exploring the gendered, cultural, ideological, and political dimensions of literature written in the land now called United States. Emphasizes the complex role literature plays in forming and being formed by historical, cultural, political, ideological, and social contexts. Includes content organized around one of the following: an author, a movement, a genre, a period, a theme, or some other coherent focal point that highlights the dynamic and complex forces that help form this country's identity. Course may be repeated for a maximum of 12 credits. Prerequisite: Placement into WR121; or WR115 or higher, with a grade of C or better; or consent of instructor. Offered as needed CL
4 Credits

ENG250 Intro to Mythology & Folklore
Introduces folklore and some of its various forms: myths, legends, and folktales. Explores the nature and functions of folklore through examples from the classical world, from the native cultures of the Americas, and from at least one other area of the world, such as the Near East, the Orient, the Pacific, Africa, Australia, the Celtic World or Northern Europe. Also examines folklore in contemporary life. Prerequisite: Placement into WR121; or WR115 or higher, with a grade of C or better; or consent of instructor. Offered as needed
4 Credits

ENG253 Survey of American Literature
Introduces the literature of the land now called the United States from before European contact through 1865. Surveys literary traditions and several genres from a variety of cultures, including Native American, African American, and European American. Emphasizes discussion of literary works as products of history as well as culture and explores the dynamics of the cultural encounters they reveal as well as the complexity of the many voices and perspectives that make up early American literature. Prerequisite: Placement into WR121; or WR115 or higher, with a grade of C or better; or consent of instructor. F CL
4 Credits

ENG254 Survey of American Literature
Introduces students to the literature of the United States from 1865-present. Surveys literary traditions, genres, and representative writers from a variety of experiences, including Hispanic American, Native American, African American, Asian American and European American. Emphasizes literary works as products of history and culture, exploring the important developments in American culture through literature. Prerequisite: Placement into WR121; or WR115 or higher, with a grade of C or better; or consent of instructor. W; CL
4 Credits

ENG256 African-American Literature
Surveys the literature of the African-American people considering the complexity of cultural, social, regional, and historical influences and exchanges that have contributed to the formation of African-American literary traditions. Recognizes literary works as socially constructed and attends to the variety of voices and perspectives that make up African-American literature. Examines the literary synthesis of cultures as well as experiences, including but not limited to African, Caribbean and European origins; slavery; Diaspora; reconstruction; Harlem Renaissance; and the Civil Rights movement, as well as to the tensions such syntheses create. Explores the connection between literature and politics, and literature and social change. Genres studied include a representative sampling from several of the following: poetry, short story, novel, drama, autobiography, letters, journals, biography, speech, essay, and lyrics. A chronological, thematic, or stylistic approach may be taken. Prerequisite: Placement into WR121; or WR115 or higher, with a grade of C or better; or consent of instructor. Offered as needed; CL
4 Credits

ENG257 Native American Literature
Surveys a wide spectrum of Indian verbal arts from oral narratives to contemporary fiction, poetry, to cinema. Explores the ways Native writers from many distinct cultures engage thematic issues such as identity, stereotypes, tribal sovereignty or cultural continuity. Also looks at ways writers incorporate humor, ceremony, and traditional narratives into the structure of their contemporary works. Improves critical reading, thinking, and writing skills while introducing academic literary study. Prerequisite: Placement into WR121; or WR115 or higher, with a grade of C or better; or consent of instructor. Offered as needed; CL
4 Credits

ENG258 Latin American Literature
Features reading and analysis of works by Latin American writers, from a wide range of countries, races, and classes, giving attention to literary styles, historical background, and the unique voices and perspectives of these authors. A chronological, regional, or thematic approach may be taken. Prerequisite: Placement into WR121; or WR115 with a grade of C or better; or consent of instructor. Offered as needed; CL
4 Credits

ENG260 Introduction to Women Writers
Focuses on the achievements and perspectives of women writers through critical analysis of their literary works and strategies. Introduces critical theories for analyzing and discussing literature written by women. Uses a chronological, thematic or stylistic approach. Includes a representative sampling from several of the following: poetry, short story, novel, drama, autobiography, letters, journals, biography, speech, essay, and lyrics. Prerequisite:Placement into WR121; or WR115 with a grade of C or better; or consent of instructor. Offered as needed
4 Credits

ENG261 Intro to Science Fiction
Analyzes science fiction through the reading and discussion of representative works that explore the history and typology of this literary genre. May take a chronological, thematic, or stylistic approach. Prerequisite: Placement into WR121; or WR115 with a grade of C or better; or consent of instructor. Offered as needed
4 Credits

ENG269 Environmental Literature
Introduces students to environmental literature, which addresses the relationship between human beings and the natural world, as well as the place of human beings in the natural world. Includes a focus on not only human interaction with pristine wilderness, but also with cityscapes and toxic environments. Uses chronological, regional, or thematic approaches to current issues in the field. Introduces ecocriticism as an interpretive tool that includes attention to issues of environmental justice. Explores the link between environmental problems and economic and social justices. Uses critical reading, field trips, discussion, reflective writing, and critical writing in order to explore how our understanding of the natural environment has been socially constructed and how these constructions both benefit and burden particular groups. Explores the relationship between literature and social action. Prerequisite: Placement into WR121; or WR115 or higher, with a grade of C or better; or consent of instructor. Offered as needed; CL
4 Credits

ENG275 The Bible as Literature
Explores the Bible as a literary text by examining literary forms, cultural context, history, authorship, and canonicity. Examines the way themes, stories, and idioms of the Bible influence contemporary western literature and culture. Uses the techniques and language of literary criticism as a key to understanding the text. Prerequisite: Placement into WR121; or WR115 or higher, with a grade of C or better; or consent of instructor. W
4 Credits

XENG0001B ETG History of Women Writers
Presents the influences of history on women writers and their works. Studies at least 12 women writers from the 12th through the 19th centuries. Notes how these authors expressed themselves, and revealed the times in which they lived, through their literature.
0 Non-Credit

XENG0001C Great Books Discussion
English (non-cr)
0 Non-Credit