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0803 - ESL: Listening and Speaking - 3 credit hours
For speakers of English as a second language. Focuses on improvement of oral English skills in daily life and, especially, in academic contexts. Grading: Credit/No Credit. Students are not allowed to withdraw from this course as it is a developmental course. Course Rotation: Fall.

0804 - ESL: Reading and Writing - 4 credit hours
For speakers of English as a second language. Focuses on improving the skills of reading and writing. Includes work on increasing active and passive vocabulary, improving reading comprehension, and strengthening the skills of expression and coherence when writing in English. Grading: Credit/No Credit. Students are not allowed to withdraw from this course as it is a developmental course. Course Rotation: Fall.

0854 - ESL: College-Level Skills - 4 credit hours
For speakers of English as a second language. Focuses intensively on developing all four language skills (reading, writing, listening, and speaking) to college-level proficiency. Grading: Credit/No Credit. Students are not allowed to withdraw from this course as it is a developmental course. Course Rotation: Spring.

0903 - Introduction to College Writing - 3 credit hours
Provides assistance with all aspects of writing - with organization and development, as well as with grammar, usage, and mechanics. In addition to being introduced to college-level writing, students will learn writing as process; the relationship between writing, thinking, and reading; and how to prepare their work for portfolio assessment. By the end of the semester, students will be ready to write longer, more focused compositions, as well as be better prepared to write more effectively in all college courses. Grading: Credit/No Credit. Note: Some sections of ENGL 0903 will be identified by ESL. These sections are recommended for international students. Students are not allowed to withdraw from this course as it is a developmental course. Course Rotation: All semesters.

0904 - Introduction to College Writing with Lab - 4 credit hours
Same as ENGL 0903 but with scheduled lab component. Designed for developmental writers designated for intensive tutoring. Course Rotation: All semesters.

1013 - English Composition I - 3 credit hours
Designed to help students prepare for college-level writing assignments across the curriculum. A thorough understanding of  writing as process is stressed, and emphasis is placed on developing clear and effective prose that develops a thesis. Focus is divided between the standard features of the academic essay and principles of grammar and sentence structure. The course familiarizes students with the expectations of college-level writing, including the fundamentals of research, and teaches them to maximize their success in most writing situations. Topics, subject matter, and approaches will vary depending upon individual instructors. Prerequisite:  18 or above ACT English sub-score, 83 or above Accuplacer Sentence Skills sub-score, or successful completion of ENGL 0903 or 0904. Course Rotation: All semesters.

1023 - English Composition II - 3 credit hours
Builds on skills developed in Composition I and provides additional instruction in the writing of standard essays. Additionally, students learn how to summarize, synthesize, and document sources using MLA documentation style. Throughout the semester, students will write a minimum of 15 pages of polished prose. Most assignments will require the use of properly documented sources in order to prepare students for conducting research across the curriculum. Individual instructors may choose to have students write a traditional (8- to 10 page) research paper. Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C in ENGL 1013 or a minimum ACT English sub-score of 25. Course Rotation: All semesters.

2003 - Great Books - 3 credit hours
Introduces and explores the foundational and/or subsequent great books of the literary tradition of Western Civilization and how they address the great questions humankind has attempted to answer for millennia.  Readings and topics will vary depending upon the instructor.  Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C in ENGL 1013 and either READ 1023 or minimum ACT reading score of 18 or Accuplacer reading score of 91. Course Rotation: All semesters.

2013 - Elements of Fiction - 3 credit hours
Explores the elements and achievements of prose fiction by examining how plot, conflict, character, setting, point of view, symbolism, tone, structure, etc., convey meaning and converge into enduring works of art.  Special focus may be determined by instructor.  Prerequisite:  Minimum grade of C in ENGL 1013 and either READ 1023 or minimum ACT reading score of 18 or Accuplacer reading score of 91. Course Rotation: Fall.

2023 - Elements of Poetry - 3 credit hours
Explores the fundamental types (such as the epic, the sonnet, the narrative, and the lyric) and elements of poetry (imagery, metaphor, symbol, rhythm, meter, and tone) and how these function to convey emotion and meaning. Special focus may be determined by instructor. Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C in ENGL 1013 and either READ 1023 or minimum ACT reading score of 18 or Accuplacer reading score of 91. Course Rotation: Spring.

2033 - Elements of Drama - 3 credit hours
Explores the historical, performative, and literary development of drama from classical Athens in the 5th century BCE to the present day, with focus on the elements of plot, character, conflict, dialogue, and staging, and how these convey emotion and meaning to an audience. Special focus may be determined by instructor. Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C in ENGL 1013 and either READ 1023 or minimum ACT reading score of 18 or Accuplacer reading score of 91. Course Rotation: Fall.

2133 - American Literature to 1865 - 3 credit hours
Explores the origins, evolution, and flowering of a national literature by surveying selected works from colonial times to the American Romantic Period. Emphasis is on the works as reflections of historical, cultural, religious, and thematic development and continuity. Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C in ENGL 1013 and either READ 1023 or minimum ACT reading score of 18 or Accuplacer reading score of 91. Course Rotation: Fall.

2143 - American Literature since 1865 - 3 credit hours
Explores the emergence of realism and naturalism on the American literary scene after the Civil War and the development in the 20th Century of modern and contemporary literature. Emphasis is on the works as reflections of historical, cultural, and thematic development and continuity. Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C in ENGL 1013 and either READ 1023 or minimum ACT reading score of 18 or Accuplacer reading score of 91. Course Rotation: Spring.

2203 - World Literature - 3 credit hours
Examines selected works of literature from countries around the world in order to demonstrate the rich diversity of national and regional literatures and, through those readings, to arrive at an appreciation of the universal qualities of human experience. The basic terminology and methodology used in literary study will also be presented. Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C in ENGL 1013 and either READ 1023 or minimum ACT reading score of 18 or Accuplacer reading score of 91. Course Rotation: Spring.

2233 - British Literature to 1798 - 3 credit hours
Explores the literature and culture of the British Isles by surveying authors and their works from the Anglo-Saxon period and the Middle Ages, through the Renaissance and Restoration, and ending with the 18th century.  Emphasis is on the works as reflections of historical, cultural, social, religious, political, and thematic development over time.  Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C in ENGL 1013 and either READ 1023 or minimum ACT reading score of 18 or Accuplacer reading score of 91. Course Rotation: Fall.

2243 - British Literature since 1798 - 3 credit hours
Explores the literature and culture of Great Britain by surveying authors and their works from Romanticism, the Age of Victoria, the two world wars, to the present. Emphasis is on the works as reflections of historical, cultural, and thematic development over time. Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C in ENGL 1013 and either READ 1023 or minimum ACT reading score of 18 or Accuplacer reading score of 91. Course Rotation: Spring.

2703 - Introduction to Moedrn English Grammar - 3 credit hours
An examination of contemporary grammar as it pertains to Standard English. Students will become familiar with grammar terminology, will learn to recognize and resolve grammatical weakness in their own and others' writing, and will devise strategies to produce prose that is grammatically error-free. Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C in ENGL 1023. Course Rotation: Spring.

2903 - English Studies Seminar - 3 credit hours
Open to all students, this course offers further practice in interpreting literature, presenting ideas orally, and in writing, and editing manuscripts. Professional criticism, fields of English study, and career options will be introduced. Specific course emphases will be determined by students' needs and interests. May include one or two field trips (e.g., theatrical productions, regional research universities, academic conferences.). Prerequisites: ENGL 1023 and completion of the General Education literature requirement. Course Rotation: Spring.

3103 - Creative Writing - 3 credit hours
Provides students the opportunity to learn and practice the essentials of writing poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction in a workshop setting. Prerequisites: Completion of the General Education literature requirement or permission of the instructor. Course Rotation: Fall.

3113 - Early American Literature - 3 credit hours
Examines the origins and early development of a national literature by tracing the roots of American character to exploration, the ambivalent response to nature, the conflict between "the civil" and "the savage," the tension between the religious and the secular, and the resolve for political and personal independence.  Focuses on writers representing colonial, revolutionary, and early national periods, among them, Captain John Smith, William Bradford, Anne Bradstreet, Cotton Mather, Mary Rowlandson, Jonathan Edwards, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson.  Prerequisite:  Completion of the General Education literature requirement or permission of instructor. Course Rotation: Alternate fall.

3123 - American Romanticism - 3 credit hours
Examines the American literary renaissance centered in New England in the mid 19th century during the emergence of symbolism, the popularity of the gothic tale, and the flowering of Transcendental poetry and nonfiction.  Central themes and conflicts include the natural world as both a spiritual haven and a dark force, the growing divide between nature and civilization, the problems inherent in human subjugation, and the philosophical tensions between Reason and Imagination. Among the writers included are Washington Irving, James Fenimore Cooper, William Cullen Bryant, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Edgar Allan Poe, Margaret Fuller, Herman Melville, Walt Whitman, and Emily Dickinson. Prerequisite: Completion of the General Education literature requirement or permission of instructor.  Course Rotation: Alternate spring.

3133 - American Realism and Naturalism - 3 credit hours
Examines the emergence of realism following the Civil War, the flowering of local color, and the rise of naturalism in the early 20th century.  The central historical-cultural forces are the rise of urbanism and industrialism, the impact of Darwinism and Marxism, and the rise of the female identity. Among the authors included are Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, Henry James, Mark Twain, William Dean Howells, Stephen Crane, Kate Chopin, Sarah Orne Jewett, Edith Wharton, Theodore Dreiser, Ambrose Bierce, Frank Norris, and Jack London. Prerequisite: Completion of the General Education literature requirement or permission of instructor. Course Rotation: Alternate fall.

3143 - Modern American Literature - 3 credit hours
Examines the literature of the early to mid 20th century whose main currents spring from two world wars; the emergence of theories of psychology, sociology, and literary criticism; violence; and a deeply segregated South.  Among the authors included are Gertrude Stein, William Carlos Williams, Sherwood Anderson, Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, William Faulkner, Robert Frost, Willa Cather, John Steinbeck, J.D. Salinger, Eugene O'Neill, Richard Wright, Eudora Welty, and Flannery O'Connor. May also include contemporary writers. Prerequisite: Completion of the General Education literature requirement or permission of instructor. Course Rotation: Alternate spring.

3153 - Southern Literature - 3 credit hours
An examination of representative Southern writers such as William Faulkner, Robert Penn Warren, Eudora Welty, and Bobbie Ann Mason. Explores how Southerners write about themselves and their world. Prerequisite: Completion of the General Education literature requirement or permission of instructor. Course Rotation: Alternate spring.

3163 - Women Writers - 3 credit hours
Examines the works of women writers within the contexts of gender, history, society, politics, literature, and literary theory. Content and variety of authors will vary by instructor. (This course is an elective for Women's Studies.) This course may be repeated once for credit with different instructors. Prerequisite: Completion of the General Education literature requirement and permission of instructor. Course Rotation: Alternate Fall semesters. 

3213 - Old and Middle English Literature - 3 credit hours
Examines the literature and the historical, cultural, social, and religious forces that shaped British literature from its origins through the late fifteenth century.  Among the authors and texts that may be included are Caedmon, Bede, Beowulf, Wace, Layamon, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Chaucer, Langland, Julian of Norwich, Margery Kempe, The Second Shepherd's Play, Everyman, and Malory. Continental writers may be introduced as appropriate. Prerequisite: Completion of the General Education literature require or permission of instructor. Course Rotation: Every third fall semester.

3223 - English Renaissance Literature - 3 credit hours
Examines the literature and the historical, cultural, social, religious, and political forces that shaped British literature during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.  Among the authors included are Skelton, More, Spenser, Sidney, Shakespeare, Donne, Jonson, Herbert, Herrick, Marvell, and Milton. Continental writers such as Dante and Petrarch may be introduced. Prerequisite: Completion of the General Education literature requirement or permission of instructor. Course Rotation: Every third fall semester.

3233 - Restoration and 18th-century British Literature - 3 credit hours
Examines the literature and the historical-cultural forces such as political revolutions, scientific discovery, and an expanding empire that shaped British literature from the Restoration of Charles II in 1660 through the 18th century.  Among the authors included are John Dryden, Jonathan Swift, Alexander Pope, and Samuel Johnson. Prerequisite: Completion of the General Education literature requirement or permission of instructor. Course Rotation: Every third fall semester.

3243 - British Romanticism - 3 credit hours
Examines the literature and the historical-cultural forces such as the role of nature, political revolution, and the uncanny and mysterious, that shaped the literature of the late 18th and early 19th centuries in Great Britain. Among the authors included are Anna Letitia Barbauld, Charlotte Smith, William Blake, William and Dorothy Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Joanna Baillie, Lord Byron, Percy and Mary Shelley, and John Keats. Prerequisite: Completion of the General Education literature requirement or permission of instructor. Course Rotation: Every third spring semester.

3253 - Victorian Literature - 3 credit hours
Examines the literature of the Age of Queen Victoria (1837-1901), including focus on significant cultural upheavals such as the Industrial Revolution, Darwinism, and the rise of women's rights. Among the authors included are Charles Dickens, the Brontë sisters, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Robert Browning, Alfred, Lord Tennyson, Matthew Arnold, John Stuart Mill, George Eliot, Florence Nightingale, Christina and Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Algernon Swinburne, Bram Stoker, Thomas Hardy, and Oscar Wilde. Prerequisite: Completion of the General Education literature requirement or permission of instructor. Course Rotation: Every third spring semester.

3263 - 20th-century British Literature - 3 credit hours
Examines the literature of the post-Victorian era in Great Britain through the First and Second World Wars. Among the authors included are Joseph Conrad, H.G. Wells, the War Poets, E.M. Forster, Virginia Woolf, William Butler Yeats, James Joyce, D.H. Lawrence, T.S. Eliot, Stevie Smith, George Orwell, and Samuel Beckett. Prerequisite: Completion of the General Education literature requirement or permission of instructor. Course Rotation: Every third spring semester.

3303 - Literary Theory and Criticism - 3 credit hours
Surveys theory and criticism from Plato to the postmodern. By semester's end, students will have the opportunity to develop their own critical positions. Required for literature and secondary education emphases.  Prerequisite: ENGL 2903. Course rotation: Fall.

3404 - The Teaching and Tutoring of Writing - 4 credit hours
Provides intensive study of the teaching and tutoring of writing. Three credit hours of in-class instruction; one credit hour of Writing Center tutoring, constituted by two hours of tutoring per week. In class, students will study composition, teaching, and tutoring history and theories, and they will examine the relations between instructional theory and practice. Completing the course successfully qualifies students to be Writing Center tutors. This course may serve as an English major elective or as a Humanities Liberal Studies in-depth elective. ENGL 2703 is strongly recommended. Prerequisite: Minimum grade of B in ENGL 1023 or permission of instructor. Course Rotation: Fall.

3453 - Popular Culture - 3 credit hours
Examines popular media such as television, film, and paperback fiction and nonfiction. Encourages students to analyze and critically interrogate contemporary American culture. Prerequisite: Completion of the General Education literature requirement or permission of the instructor. Course Rotation: Alternate fall.

3463 - Folklore and Oral History - 3 credit hours
By exploring the traditions, origins, and sources of American folklore and oral history, especially with respect to their regional and local manifestations, and by examining what people say, do, and make, students will also become familiar with the field's key terms, concepts, resources, and ethnographic methodologies. Prerequisite: ENGL 2103 or ENGL 2203 or instructor's permission and completion of the General Education literature requirement. Course Rotation: Alternate fall.

3503 - Advanced Composition - 3 credit hours
Enhances students' abilities to think critically and write effectively through exposure to current and ongoing scholarly conversations about the theory and practice of writing. Students will have multiple opportunities to join the conversation (both orally and in writing), to communicate in various forms and styles (formal as well as informal), and to refine various skills (e.g., editing). By the end of the course, students will be not only more effective writers and critical thinkers, but also more flexible and thoughtful users of the English language. Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C in ENGL 1023. Course Rotation: Fall.

3513 - Business Writing - 3 credit hours
Provides instruction and experience in writing for business, industry, and government by emphasizing effective communication in professional letters, memos, e-mails, and reports for specific audiences.  Particular attention will be given to editing writing for grammar, vocabulary, and format errors.  Prerequisite: ENGL 1023 and CIS 1003 or permission of the instructor. Course Rotation: Fall.

3523 - Technical Writing - 3 credit hours
Provides instruction and experience in writing for science and technology by emphasizing the selection and organization of data for technical descriptions, instructions, proposals, and reports for specific audiences.  Particular attention will be given to designing visual aids and editing for grammar, vocabulary, and format errors.  Prerequisite: ENGL 1023 and CIS 1003 or permission of the instructor. Course Rotation: Spring.

3603 - Shakespeare - 3 credit hours
Offers in-depth study of selected plays, including comedies, tragedies, romances, and histories. Contextual matters such as the Elizabethan stage, Renaissance thought, performance questions, modern adaptations, and critical commentary and controversy will be explored. Prerequisite: ENGL 2203 and completion of the General Education literature requirement or permission of instructor. Course Rotation: Spring.

4003 - Linguistics - 3 credit hours
Introduces the principles and methods of general language study. Students explore phonology, morphology, and syntax. Traditional, transformation, and structural approaches are used. Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C in ENGL 1023. Course Rotation: Varies.

4103 - Major Authors Seminar - 3 credit hours
Allows students to explore in depth the writings of one, sometimes two, major authors, such as Milton, Austen, Wharton, Lawrence, Melville, or Faulkner. The course topic may be chosen in response to student requests. This course may be repeated once for credit. Prerequisites: Completion of the General Education literature requirement and ENGL 3303 or permission of instructor. Course Rotation: Fall.

4153 - Studies in a Major Theme/Period/Region - 3 credit hours
Provides intensive study of a particular literary theme or period or the literature of  a particular region. Specific focus, topics, and time periods will vary depending upon the instructor. This course may be repeated once for credit. Prerequisites: Two of the following: ENGL 2133, ENGL 2143, ENGL 2233, ENGL 2243 or permission of instructor. Course Rotation: Alternate spring.

4203 - Advanced Creative Writing - 3 credit hours
Builds on and enhances students' skills in the writing of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction in a workshop setting. Special attention is given to the essentials and mechanics of submitting creative work for publication. Prerequisite: ENGL 3103 or permission of instructor. Course Rotation: Alternate spring.

4303 - History of the English Language - 3 credit hours
Explores the historical development of English, the divergence of American English from British English, and the emergence of English as a global language. Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C in ENGL 1023. Course Rotation: Alternate spring.

4703 - Advanced Study of Modern English Grammar - 3 credit hours
A critical examination of the role of grammar and the privileging of Standard English. Students will explore the role that Standard English grammar plays at home, in school, in the community, and in the workplace. Students will also be introduced to various issues and concerns related to grammar usage and instruction as well as learn alternatives to Standard English grammar.  Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C in ENGL 1023. Course Rotation: Alternate spring.

4803 - Topics in World Literature - 3 credit hours
Advanced study that examines the diverse literature of the world's cultures ranging from the ancient to the postmodern. Specific focus, topics, and time periods will vary depending upon the instructor. This course may be repeated once for credit. Prerequisites: Two of the following: ENGL 2133, ENGL 2143, ENGL 2233, ENGL 2243 or permission of instructor. Course Rotation: Alternate spring.

4833 - Special Topics in Writing - 3 credit hours
Provides more intense and focused exposure to the field of writing, as determined by the instructor. Possible focuses could include rhetoric, technical writing, creative writing in a specific genre, editing, or journalism. The course may be repeated once for credit with different instructors. Prerequisite: ENGL 1023 and permission of the instructor. Course Rotation: Alternate fall.

4903 - English Majors Seminar - 3 credit hours
A capstone course. Includes review of materials previously studied, discussion of new readings, and oral presentation of each participant's senior research project. Research will focus on discipline-related topic of the student's choice, in consultation with the course instructor, culminating in a senior thesis. In conjunction with the course instructor, the student must choose a second reader who must approve the thesis. In addition, English majors must pass the English majors written and oral exit examinations in order to pass the course. Prerequisite: Senior status and ENGL 3303 or permission of instructor. Course Rotation: Fall.

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