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EN088 ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE: WRITING (2). Designed primarily for international students needing assistance with college level writing skills, emphasizing grammar and usage issues commom among E.S.L.students. Taught Pass/No Pass.

EN089 ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE: READING (2). Designed primarily for international students needing assistance with reading skills, including comprehension and vocabulary development. Taught Pass/No Pass.

EN098 READING WORKSHOP (4). Focuses on the improvement of comprehension in reading. Emphasis is placed on the ability to organize and summarize information presented in reading selections. Reading techniques and methods appropriate to a variety of materials will be explored. Individual conferences deal with individual reading problems. Does not count toward the number of hours required for graduation. Taught Pass/No Pass. Prerequisite: ACT reading score of 13 or lower.

EN100 WRITING I (4). This course introduces students to the expectations of college-level reading and expository writing. Classroom instruction emphasizes the conventions of effective writing. Students are placed into EN100 based on ACT scores and high school performance. Does not count toward an English major or minor.

EN101 WRITING II (4). This course extends students’ understanding of the expectations of college-level expository writing. It emphasizes critical analysis, argument, and research. Students are placed into ENG 101 based on ACT scores and high school performance. Does not count toward an English major or minor.

EN103H GREAT DEBATES (4). This course will introduce students to key debates in the Humanities that have influenced and affected different cultures. The readings might include classical literature like the Iliad and the Odyssey or philosophical basics like Kant and Mill. It also might include more contemporary literary and cultural texts that reveal questions our society asks about itself. This class will challenge students while engaging them with basic questions about the history of human ideas. Students will discuss and write about these texts, learning critical thinking, composition, and research skills. Specific topics and readings will be determined by the instructor. Prerequisite: Admission to the Honors Program.

EN131 WRITING III: ADVANCED WRITING AND PRACTICE (4). Presents the terminology traditionally used to describe the structure of Standard Written English. Students receive intensive practice in the analysis of grammar and syntax. Emphasizes correctness for both authorship and critical editing. Recommended for those seeking a career in professional writing and for future teachers of English. [Skill: W] Prerequisite: EN101 or EN103H.  

EN134 INTRODUCTION TO ENGLISH LITERATURE (1). This course introduces students to the study of English literature. Students will learn critical thinking, reading, and writing skills, as well as cultural analysis. Prerequisite: Student must be an English major or minor.

EN150 TOPICS IN LITERATURE (2). This course is designed to introduce students to the study, analysis, and joy of literature. Students will read a variety of literary works connected by a specific aesthetic or cultural theme such as seduction poetry, revenge, the concept of the “alien,” etc. Intended primarily for first- and second-year students, this course will encourage them to draw connections between works of different genres, eras, and authors and communicate those ideas to others. May be repeated when topics vary. [Skill: O].

EN232 VARIETIES OF LITERATURE (4). An introduction to literature. Topics vary and may be organized by genre (introduction to poetry, to drama, to fiction) or by theme (African American literature, War and Peace). Emphasis is placed on developing skill in analytical writing about literature. Topics are announced in the semester schedule. May be repeated when topics vary. [Skills: T,W] Prerequisite: EN101 or EN103H.

EN233 LITERATURE OF RURAL LIFE AND THE ENVIRONMENT (4). This course will increase student awareness of environmental issues and literary analysis by examining literature depicting agriculture, rural life, nature, and/or environmentalism. Emphasis will be placed on developing skill in analytical writing about literature. [Skills: T,W] Prerequisite: EN101 or EN103H.

EN235 LITERATURE FOR CHILDREN AND YOUNG ADULTS (4). This study of literature for children and young adults surveys the field from traditional origins to modern times. Cultural diverse fiction, nonfiction, poems, and plays written for, by, or about children and young adults are read and/or viewed and critically analyzed. Students develop an understanding of problems posed by stereotyping and censorship. Emphasizes books written and illustrated by authors of diverse gender, ethnicity, race, and religion. The course elicits student responses to the literature to develop analytical and critical thinking skills. [Skill: W] Prerequisite: EN101 or EN103H. 

EN239 INTRODUCTION TO LITERARY ANALYSIS (4). This course will provide students with an introduction to literature, literary terms, and techniques for analysis, such as prosody, figures of speech, and close-reading. This course will also introduce students to the rudiments of literary theory and schools of thought. Emphasis is placed on developing skills in critical reading and analytical writing. In addition, students will explore issues of diversity that may include, but are not limited to, racial identification, cultural and linguistic heritage, class privilege, sexual identity, religious practice, geographical background, and gender. [Skills: T,W]Prerequisites: EN101 or EN103H and English major or minor.

EN242 AMERICAN LITERATURE SURVEY (4). A historical survey examining American literature in various periods of its development from precolonial writing to the twentieth century. Students analyze the representations of American culture, examine the historical and cultural contexts underlying American literature, and interpret literature through discussion and written assignments. [Skills: T,W] Prerequisite: EN101 or EN103H. 

EN244G-HU BRITISH LITERATURE I (4). A historical survey of British literature from the medieval period to 1798. The course covers: the nature of the oral tradition; the blending of languages and culture; manuscript culture and the transition to print culture; the development of drama; the traditions of epic and romance; medieval, Elizabethan, Cavalier, and metaphysical poetry; and the origins of the novel. Students will examine the historical and cultural contexts underlying the literature, and interpret texts through written assignments, discussion, and other activities. [Skills: T,W] Prerequisite: EN101 or EN103H. 

EN245G-HU BRITISH LITERATURE II (4). A historical survey of British literature from 1798 to the twenty-first century. The course covers the development of the novel, the characteristics of romanticism, the conflicting nature of the Victorian period, and the developments of modernism and post-modernism that mark the twentieth century. Students will examine the historical and cultural contexts underlying literature and interpret texts through written assignments, discussion, and other activities. [Skills: O,T] Prerequisite: EN101 or EN103H. 

EN250G-HU TOPICS IN GLOBAL LITERATURE (4). An introduction to literature from around the world. Topics vary and may be organized by genre or by theme. Emphasis is placed on developing skill in analytical writing about literature and on making connections among texts from different cultures. Classes will address the social, historical, and cultural contexts surrounding chosen works. Topics are announced in the semester schedule. May be repeated when topics vary. [Skill: W] Prerequisite: EN101 or EN103H.

EN330 MAJOR AUTHORS OR MOVEMENTS (4). An intensive study of a major literary figure, period, or movement. This course will emphasize in-depth knowledge of literature. It will also emphasize skills in critical reading, analytical writing, and information literacy. Examples of course titles: “Jane Austen,” “Modern British Fiction,” The Harlem Renaissance,” “Dickinson and Whitman,” “Balzac and Zola.” May be repeated when topics vary. [Skills: I,W] Prerequisite: EN131, EN232, EN233, EN235, EN239, EN242, EN244G-HU, EN245G-HU, or EN250G-HU

EN331 SHAKESPEARE (4). An in-depth study of the plays and sonnets of Shakespeare with emphasis on the great tragedies. Works by Shakespeare’s contemporaries may be included. Plays are read closely and analyzed in conjunction with the reading of criticism and theory. Live performances, readings, videos, and electronic resources will be used as appropriate. Students will be expected to write papers which demonstrate an informed close reading of the primary texts, as well as competence in library research and in the evaluation of theoretical and critical approaches. [Skills: T,W] Prerequisite: EN131, EN232, EN233, EN235, EN239, EN242, EN244G-HU, EN245G-HU, or EN250G-HU.

EN334 LITERARY STUDIES (4). A special topics course for upper-division students, focusing upon a particular theme, author, period, or genre. Attention is given to developing advanced skills in reading, analyzing, and writing. May be repeated when topics vary.

[Skills: O,W] Prerequisite: EN131, EN232, EN233, EN235, EN239, EN242, EN244G-HU, EN245G-HU, or EN250G-HU.

EN336 CREATIVE WRITING (4). An intensive experience in writing poetry, short stories, or drama. May be repeated when topics vary or by permission of the instructor. Prerequisite: EN101.

EN338 CONTEMPORARYAMERICAN LITERATURE (4). An examination of contemporary American literature from the twentieth century to the present. The course emphasizes the ways writers have challenged Americans toward a broader, more inclusive vision of literature, culture, and identity. Students will examine the cultural contexts underlying the literature and interpret texts through discussion and written assignments. [Skills: I,O] Prerequisite: EN131, EN232, EN233, EN235, EN239, EN242, EN244G-HU, EN245G-HU, or EN250G-HU.

EN350 ADVANCED TOPICS IN LITERATURE (2). Designed to focus on depth rather than breadth, this course allows students to pursue their study of literature at a higher level by immersing them in a cluster of related texts, an author’s body of work, or perhaps even a single great book. Intended primarily for juniors and seniors, this course emphasizes close textual analysis, the understanding of research in literary criticism, and the application of secondary source materials. [Skill: I] Prerequisite: EN131.

EN430G-HU STUDIES IN WORLD LITERATURE (4). This course will be alternately organized under two formats: First; as a survey of World Literature, highlighting major representative works from various national literatures and spanning the Early Modern period through post-modernism. Second; as a special topics course isolating at least two works from three or four different national literatures, thus allowing for greater in-depth familiarity and exploration of a chosen literature, author and/or period. May be repeated when topics vary. [Skills: I,W] Prerequisite: EN131, EN232, EN233, EN235, EN239, EN242, EN244G-HU, EN245G-HU, or EN250G-HU.

EN435 INTRODUCTION TO LINGUISTICS: THE HISTORY AND STRUCTURE OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE (4). An introduction to the nature and structure of language with an emphasis on English and the various historical and present-day approaches to the study of English grammar. The course includes such topics as first and second language acquisition and development, linguistic geography, and the origine and nature of dialects. [Skill: Q] Prerequisite: EN131 or EN244G-HU recommended.

EN495 SENIOR SEMINAR (4). A capstone for majors, this course will continue to develop students’ knowledge of literary theory and the schools of criticism and their research writing skills. Students will be expected to contribute their writing, analysis, and research throughout the semester. This course is primarily student-driven and course meetings are centered on active participation and the collaboration between students and the faculty. Following the practices of scholarly research, students investigate a topic thoroughly and produce a thoughtful and original research paper and presentation. Prerequisite: Senior standing.