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Course Descriptions

English Courses

ENG 240 Into to Literary Studies (HC) (4.00 SH). This course is designed to immerse entering English majors and minors in the materials, methods, and current issues of the discipline. Engaging in close analysis of literary texts, students complete a variety of written and oral assignments. Required of all English majors and minors. Meets Humanity and Culture Intellectual Perspective requirement (HC).

ENG 250 Writing About Literature(HC) (4.00 SH). This course improves students’ ability to write clear, engaging, and analytical prose about a variety of literary texts. Focusing on argument and the successful integration of secondary sources into analytical essays about literature, students will have the opportunity to complete several writing assignments. Required of all English majors and minors. Meets Humanity and Cultural Intellectual Perspective requirement (HC).

ENG 350 Critical Approaches & Major Authors (4.00 SH). In this course, students will gain an understanding of literary criticism by studying different approaches to evaluating literature. These approaches include structuralism, feminism, Marxism, post-structuralism, psychological criticism, and cultural criticism. These approaches will be applied to the work of one or more major authors.


Supporting Courses

WRI 210 Intro to Creative and Pro Writing (4.00 SH). In this course, students will give their attention to the craft of writing by advancing their understanding of creative nonfiction and professional feature writing. Students will learn to critique their peers’ work in order to advance the class’s understanding of the editing process and the genres in which we are working. Having gained knowledge and confidence through these processes, students will begin to write convincingly about the art of writing. Over the course of the term, each student will write 2 or 3 creative nonfiction essays and 2 or 3 professional feature stories. These essays and stories will be modeled by the examples in the textbooks that we read and discuss. Regularly, students will submit drafts of their work to the class for discussion in a workshop format. For each draft submitted to the workshop, 3 students will be assigned the task of writing a thoughtful critique.


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