English Lower-Division Level Courses

First half of core (C01) written communication stretch sequence for any student admitted to the university with ENGL ACT score of 18 or under or verbal SAT score under 450. Emphasizes reading, writing theory, and the writing of academic essays. Students stretch the work of ENGL 1310 across two semesters. ENGL 1300 + ENGL 1305 = ENGL 1310. Prer., Any student admitted to the university with ENGL ACT score of 18 or under, or verbal SAT score under 450.

  • 3 Credits

Second half of core (C01) written communication stretch sequence for students with English ACT score of 18 or under or verbal SAT score under 450. Emphasizes reading, analysis, rhetorical theory, and the writing of academic essays. Students use the same course texts as ENGL 1310, but stretch the work across two semesters. ENGL 1300 + ENGL 1305 = ENGL 1310. GT-C01. Prer., ENGL 1300 with a grade of C- or better.

  • 3 Credits

First course in a two-semester series, required of all students. Introduces students to academic reading and writing processes. Students develop critical reading, writing, and thinking skills through class discussion, the rhetorical analysis of academic texts, and the writing of analytical essays. Students write for a variety of purposes and audiences. Emphasis is given to reading and writing processes as multiple, and rhetorically diverse. Students may variously explore multicultural approaches to reading and writing, interdisciplinary approaches to reading and writing, community-specific definitions of literacy and language practices and/or the impact of technology upon academic reading and writing processes. Requirements include four analytical essays. ENGL 1310 is taught in a computer-mediated environment. GT-C01. Prer., Score of 19+ on the English ACT; or score of 450+ on the English SAT. See general information section of the Registration Handbook or the Academic Catalog for additional information.

  • 3 Credits

Emphasizes argument and research supported through extended inquiry. Students use classical stasis theory to invent arguments as appropriate to audience and situation. Students map complex issues, summarize and negotiate counterclaims, and strategically cast their arguments in stasis deemed effective for their situation. GT-C02. Prer., ENGL 1310 or equivalent.

  • 3 Credits

A self-study lab course in grammar, sentence structure, and basic writing principles. Student programs are individually designed to meet the student’s particular area of need. English 1450 students will complete grammatical and syntactical exercises, writing revisions, and/or assigned readings, while working collaboratively with a peer tutor on the student’s academic writing assignments. Requires a weekly, two-hour commitment. Allows for concentrated study and ongoing individualized support. Supplements First Year Rhetoric and Writing courses. Can be taken twice for credit.

  • 1 Credit

Fundamental literary analysis of poetry, drama and fiction. This course is a prerequisite to all other literature courses. Approved for LAS Humanities area requirement. Approved for Compass Curriculum requirement: Explore-Arts, Humanities, and Cultures. GT-AH2. Prer., ENGL 1310 or equivalent, or score of 29+ on English ACT or score of 690+ on English SAT.

  • 3 Credits

Students will learn the skills needed to write effective poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. Students will also analyze written texts, participate in workshops, build vocabulary, and explore the emerging field of creative writing as an academic discipline. Approved for Compass Curriculum requirement: Writing Intensive. Prer., ENGL 1310.

  • 3 Credits

Introduction to study of poetry, drama, and fiction designed specifically to prepare majors for advanced work in literature. This course is a prerequisite for English majors to every other literature course in the department of English except ENGL 1500. Prer., ENGL 1310 or equivalent, or score of 29+ on the English ACT or score of 690+ on English SAT.

  • 3 Credits

For students interested in studying and practicing the craft of poetry. Students read and write extensively to immerse themselves in the genre and develop literary technique in their own writing, practicing with such craft elements as image, voice, sound, rhythm, and structure. The course emphasizes student work and the workshop in an environment that encourages conscientious attention to craft and a healthy sense of experimentation. Prer., ENGL 1310 or instructor consent. Approved for Compass Curriculum requirement: Writing Intensive.

  • 3 Credits

Focusing on reading and discussing contemporary creative nonfiction (lyric essays, memoir, personal narrative, and literary journalism). Students write extensively to develop elements of their own work (voice, scene, language, character, narrative, and theme). The course emphasizes the workshop in an environment that encourages creativity, self-expression, and risk. Prer., ENGL 1310 or instructor consent. Approved for Compass Curriculum requirement: Writing Intensive.

  • 3 Credits

For students interested in studying and practicing the craft of literary short fiction. Students read and write extensively to immerse themselves in the genre and develop literary technique in their own writing, practicing with such craft elements as characterization, plot, setting, dialogue, point of view, language, and scene. The class emphasizes student work and the workshop in an environment that encourages creativity and conscientious attention to craft. Prer., ENGL 1310 or instructor consent. Approved for Compass Curriculum requirement: Writing Intensive.

  • 3 Credits

For all students and especially business and science majors. Focus is on developing writing, reading, and thinking skills through class discussion, analysis of business and administrative texts, and creating documents such as proposals, reports, letters and memos, and presentations. Prer., ENGL 1310 or ENGL 1410.

  • 3 Credits

Familiarizes students with the field of technical writing and teaches them to compose technical information effectively. Taught in a networked classroom with access to software tools for the design of written and visual texts. Prer., ENGL 1310 or ENGL 1410.

  • 3 Credits

Building on outcomes learned in prerequisite courses, this course explores issues surrounding visual rhetoric and examines the theory and practice of visual rhetoric in diverse contexts. Students discuss, analyze, and write about the role of images in society and using images persuasively. Prer., ENGL 1310 (or validated equivalent) and ENGL 1410; or ENGL 2080 (or validated equivalent) and ENGL 2090.

  • 3 Credits

This course may include early American, Antebellum, and/or 19th-century American literature. Topics and instructors may vary. May be repeated for credit with departmental permission. Fulfills the English department’s historical breadth requirement in American literature before 1900. Prer., ENGL 1310 and ENGL 2010 for majors; or ENGL 1310 and ENGL 1500 for non-majors.

  • 3 Credits

This course may include the study of Realism, Modernism, the Harlem Renaissance, Postmodernism, and/or Contemporary Literature. Topics and instructors may vary. May be repeated for credit with departmental permission. Fulfills the English department’s historical breadth requirement in American literature after 1900. Prer., ENGL 1310, ENGL 2000, and ENGL 2010 for majors; or ENGL 1310 and ENGL 1500 for non-majors.

  • 3 Credits

Chronological study of major British writers from the beginnings (Beowulf) through the works of Shakespeare. Prer., ENGL 1310 or validated equivalent, and either ENGL 1500 or ENGL 2010.

  • 3 Credits

This course examines British literature from 1603 to 1796 in the genres of poetry, drama, the essay, and early forms of the novel. Writers studied include Donne, Milton, Sheridan, Defoe, Fielding, and Radcliffe. Prer., ENGL 1310 or validated equivalent, ENGL 2010.

  • 3 Credits

Study of 19th century British writers with emphasis on the Romantic and Victorian periods. Prer., ENGL 1310 or validated equivalent, ENGL 2010.

  • 3 Credits

Chronological survey of major British writers from Joyce to Beckett, or from the start of the twentieth century to the contemporary era. Prer., ENGL 1310 or validated equivalent, ENGL 2000, ENGL 2010.

  • 3 Credits

Designed to introduce students to literature from the ancient and early modern world; particular attention to emerging notions of Western culture and an indebtedness to exchanges with the East. Approved for LAS Humanities area and Global Awareness requirements. Approved for Compass Curriculum requirements: Explore-Arts, Humanities, and Cultures; Inclusiveness (Global/Diversity); Writing Intensive. GT-AH2. Prer., ENGL 1310 or equivalent, and ENGL 1500 or ENGL 2010.

  • 3 Credits

Examines modern works with particular attention to literature outside North America and Great Britain and to how a quickly and often violently changing world affects regional cultures. Approved for LAS Humanities area and Global Awareness requirements. Approved for Compass Curriculum requirements: Inclusiveness (Global/Diversity); Explore-Arts, Humanities, and Cultures. GT-AH2. Prer., ENGL 1310 or equivalent, and ENGL 1500 or ENGL 2010.

  • 3 Credits

This is a course that examines the “Transformational” process by which a novel (or short story) is adapted to film. What is gained, lost, altered in that process is then used as a means of coming to understand that novel or short story. Most typically what will not really “Transform” itself to film is used as the basis of critical analysis. Prer., ENGL 1310 or validated equivalent, and either ENGL 1500 or ENGL 2010.

  • 3 Credits

Designed to give students experience with a variety of writing situations that professional writers frequently encounter, as well as an understanding of the present conversations and concerns within the field of professional and technical communication. Prer., ENGL 1310.

  • 3 Credits

Course introduces students to the history, major issues, and theoretical lens of the field of Rhetoric and Writing. Approved for Compass Curriculum requirements: Explore-Arts, Humanities, and Cultures; Writing Intensive. Prer., ENGL 1310.

  • 3 Credits

While the topic varies by semester and instructor, this course will always focus on national diversity and/or global awareness through the study of how literature and socio-political conditions are reciprocally influenced. Prer., ENGL 1310 or validated equivalent, and either ENGL 1500 or ENGL 2010.

  • 3 Credits

Topics will vary from year to year and may or may not be offered in any given semester. See individual course schedules for Fall or Spring. May be repeated for credit with permission of department chair. Prer., ENGL 1310 or validated equivalent, and either ENGL 1500 or ENGL 2010.

  • 1 Credit (Minimum) - 3 Credits (Maximum)

Topics vary by semester. With a focus on sustainability, course introduces students to ways of thinking, reading, and writing through the lens of English Studies. Prer., ENGL 1310. Approved for Compass Curriculum requirements: Explore-Arts, Humanities, and Culture; Sustainability; Writing Intensive.

  • 3 Credits

Topics vary by semester. With a focus on inclusiveness, course introduces students to ways of thinking, reading, and writing through the lens of English Studies. Prer., ENGL 1310. Approved for Compass Curriculum requirements: Explore-Arts, Humanities, and Cultures; Inclusiveness; Writing Intensive.

  • 3 Credits

Through close examination of five plays from throughout William Shakespeare’s career and from the various genres of his writing, students will be introduced to Shakespeare the Innovator, who reinvents the forms before him and takes drama into a new age. Prer., ENGL 1500.

  • 3 Credits