Division of Communications, Humanities and
Human Services


English Courses

EN 130. Rhetoric and Composition - 3 hours.
An introduction to college writing and the basic forms of the essay. EN 130 teaches students to read and think critically, to write logical, well-developed academic essays, and to write in a variety of rhetorical situations. Students draft and revise essays that are collected in a portfolio. EN 130 students also compose a researched argumentative essay according to MLA guidelines. C or higher required. Fall. Spring.


EN 160. Literature and Composition - 3 hours.
A continued emphasis upon the principles of expository writing and research established in EN 130. Students will utilize the process method to draft and revise well-developed essays that are collected in a portfolio. Students will develop skills for synthesizing primary and secondary texts in research papers written according to MLA standards. In doing so, students will examine the basic elements of the genres of short story, poetry, and drama. Selected works are used as the basis for discussions, lectures, and student writing. C or higher required. Prerequisite: C or better in EN 130. Fall. Spring.


EN 200. World Literature I - 3 hours.
An investigation of the literature of diverse cultures from antiquity to the Renaissance. Fall even years.


EN 201. World Literature II - 3 hours.
An investigation of the literature of diverse cultures from the Renaissance to the present day. Spring even years.


EN 220. American Literature I - 3 hours.
Principal writers and movements in the literature of North America from the colonial period through the Civil War. Fall even years.


EN 225. American Literature II - 3 hours.
Principal writers and movements in the literature of the United States from the Reconstruction to the present day. Spring even years.


EN 230. British Literature I - 3 hours.
Principal writers and movements in British literature from the Anglo-Saxons to the Neoclassicists. Fall odd years.


EN 235. British Literature II - 3 hours.
Principal writers and movements in British literature from Romanticism to the present day. Spring odd years.


EN 305. Advocacy and Grant Writing - 3 hours.
This skills-based course trains students in the writing techniques necessary to create positive change in the world, both locally and globally. Students focus on effective and ethical writing about and on behalf of people and social issues, and on grant writing and fundraising. Students read, write, and revise in a variety of genres used in various professions. Emphasis is placed on empowering students to write clear, correct, and persuasive prose. Fall odd years. Prerequisite: EN 160.


EN 310. Film Criticism and American Culture - 3 hours.
Exploration of the cinematic components and the cultural background of landmark American films. Spring odd years.


EN 315. Young Adult Literature - 3 hours.
Reading intensive study of Young Adult Literature with major emphasis on current trends, significant authors, and major themes. This course will include workshops on current trends in motivating and preparing young and reluctant young readers to explore the world of literature created specifically for them. Fall even years.


EN 326. Advanced Techniques of Composition - 3 hours.
Intensive training in generating correct, clear, and forceful prose with an awareness of a specific audience. Must be taken during the sophomore or junior year. WI, SL Fall.


EN 327. Technical and Professional Writing - 3 hours.
Intensive instruction and practice in effective writing strategies for career searches, government agencies, business, and industry. Emphasis will be placed upon information gathering and the writing of clear, correct, and properly formatted documents including, but not limited to, persuasive letters and memoranda, summaries, oral and written reports, visuals and descriptions, instructions, PowerPoint, proposals and feasibility studies. Spring even years.


EN 345. Literary Criticism - 3 hours.
This course is a survey of the major methods of literary criticism of the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries, beginning with Formalism and most likely including (but not restricted to) psycho-analytical criticism, Marxist criticism, deconstruction, reader-response criticism, feminist and gender criticism, new historicism, and post-colonial criticism. It focuses on how these methodologies can be used to open up literary works in new and creative ways, but rather than encouraging students to pick one or another approach, it enables them to arrive at their own way of approaching literature. Spring even years.


EN 350. Modern Grammar - 3 hours.
Introduction to modern grammars with special emphasis on structural and transformational grammar. Spring even years.


EN 360. Linguistics - 3 hours.
Overview of the history of the English language from its beginnings to the present day, including grammatical changes, usage, semantics, lexicography, dialect geography, and word origins. Fall odd years.


EN 371. Nineteenth - Century British Literature - 3 hours.
This course offers a broad examination of British literature from the beginnings of Romanticism through Victoria’s reign to the emergence of Aestheticism. Fall odd years.


EN 372. Medieval and Renaissance Literature - 3 hours.
This course offers a broad examination of British medieval and Renaissance literature. It will cover the major genres and major authors, such as the Pearl Poet, Scottish Chaucerians, Sir Thomas Malory, Christopher Marlowe, Edmund Spenser, John Donne, George Herbert, and Ben Johnson. Spring even years.


EN 380. Ethnic American Literature - 3 hours.
Investigation of the ethnic diversity of American literature in its cultural context, with a focus on texts of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. In studying a variety of ethnic American voices, students become aware of social and political issues as well as commonalities of the American experience. Texts and authors will vary with the instructor but may include Hispanic, African-American, Asian- American, Jewish-American, and Native-American literature, among others. Spring odd years.


EN 381. Milton and the Age of Reason - 3 hours.
Investigation of major literary developments from the Protectorate to the end of the eighteenth century, including such writers as John Milton, John Dryden, Aphra Behn, Jonathan Swift, Alexander Pope, Frances Burney, William Blake, Mary Wollstonecraft, and Jane Austen. Fall even years.


EN 383. American Romantic Literature - 3 hours.
Investigation of prose and poetry of the Romantic Period in American Literature, 1830-1865, including such writers as Cooper, Fuller, Poe, Hawthorne, Melville, Emerson, Thoreau, Stowe, Douglass, Whitman, and Dickinson. Fall even years.


EN 385. American Realism and Naturalism - 3 hours.
Investigation of prose and poetry of American Realism and Naturalism, about 1865-1914, including such writers as Twain, Howells, James, Jewett, Freeman, Crane, Norris, Dreiser, and Wharton. Fall odd years.


EN 391. Twentieth and Twenty - First Century Literature - 3 hours.
Investigation of American or British literature of the twentieth and twenty-first century. Spring odd years.


EN 149/249/349/449. Special Topics in English - 1-3 hours.
Selected topics arranged by division faculty.

EN 400. Creative Writing - 3 hours.
Exposure to writing traditional and non-traditional forms of literature combined with analysis of established writings. Prerequisite: Any literature course numbered 200 or higher. Spring odd years.


EN 425. Chaucer - 3 hours.
Investigation of Chaucer's major works within their historical and religious contexts. Spring odd years.


EN 429. Shakespeare - 3 hours.
Intensive study of selected dramatic and poetic works by William Shakespeare. The focus?of the class might be on period (early, middle, or late), genre (tragedies, histories, comedies, romances) or theme. Particular emphasis will be laid upon the performance of Shakespeare’s plays, historically and today, on stage and screen. Fall odd years.


EN 431. Major American Authors - 3 hours.
Detailed reading and analysis of the works of one to four significant American authors in their cultural context. These authors, whose merit has been well established, may excel in fiction poetry, essays, drama, or any combination of those genres. Authors selected for the course will vary according to the instructor. They include, but are not limited to, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Edgar Allan Poe, Herman Melville, Emily Dickinson, Mark Twain, T. S. Eliot, Ernest Hemingway, William Faulkner, Eudora Welty, and Flannery O’Connor. May be repeated with different authors for up to six credit hours. Spring even years.


EN 376/476. Independent Study - 1-3 hours.
Reading or research at a greater depth than in a normal class. Prerequisite: permission of instructor, division dean/chair and Chief Academic Officer.


EN 485. Senior Thesis - 3 hours.
Students may write a substantial research paper on a literary topic, or a substantial creative project. The creative project may be a collection of poems, a collection of short stories, a dramatic script, a novella, or a substantial creative non-fiction project. The thesis will include a reflective introduction that explains the student’s critical methodology or the student’s choice of a model poet, author, or script writer. Prerequisites: EN 326, EN 345, Senior English major. For a creative thesis students must have taken an advanced course that fits their genre. Prerequisite for poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction, EN 400 or MC 370. Prerequisite for a dramatic script, TH 270, EN 310, or MC 375. $30 course fee. Fall.