2016–17 Catalog courses

The courses listed here are those published in Calvin College’s current academic catalog. Not all courses are offered in the current year.

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Enhanced Written Rhetoric I

The first part of a year-long enhanced course sequence in written rhetoric. See the complete sequence description under English 102. Enrollment in English 100/102 is by special arrangement with Student Academic Services and the English Department.

  • Course code: ENGL-100
  • Semester: Fall
  • Department: English
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Written Rhetoric Laboratory

  • Course code: ENGL-100L
  • Semester: Fall
  • Department: English
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Written Rhetoric

A course in which students write several academic essays in which they practice rhetorical strategies, research-based argumentation, and methods of composing effective prose. In the process of writing these essays, students consider language as a means of discovering truth about God, the world, and themselves, and they explore its potential to communicate truth and, thereby, to transform culture.

  • Course code: ENGL-101
  • Semester: Fall, Spring
  • Department: English
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Enhanced Written Rhetoric II

The second part of a year-long, enhanced course sequence in Written Rhetoric. Students enrolled in English 100/102 write expository essays, focusing particularly on how to conduct academic research, producing research-based argumentation. In the process of writing these essays and mastering conventions of language, students consider language as a means of discovering truth about God, the world, and themselves; and they explore its potential to communicate truth and, thereby, to transform culture. Prerequisite: English 100.

  • Course code: ENGL-102
  • Semester: Spring
  • Department: English
  • Pre-requisites: # TAKE 1 COURSE ENGL-100
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Written Rhetoric II Lab

  • Course code: ENGL-102L
  • Semester: Fall
  • Department: English
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Literature in a Global Context

A survey of literature that crosses borders, accumulating meaning as it travels beyond its nation or culture of origin. Texts will include both Western and non-Western works and will cluster around a defined focus such as a specific genre, theme, or period of time.

  • Course code: ENGL-200
  • Semester: Fall, Spring
  • Department: English
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Russian Literature

A survey of the Russian literary tradition in English translation, including writers such as Pushkin, Tolstoy, and Dostoevsky.

  • Course code: ENGL-202
  • Semester: Spring
  • Department: English
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World Literature I

This is a course of selected readings and lectures in the literature of the world from the ancient world through the Renaissance, with emphasis on the Western tradition. Additional attention will be given to the literatures of non-Western cultures, such as those of Asia, Latin America, and Africa.

  • Course code: ENGL-210
  • Department: English
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Survey of British Lit I

A survey of British literature from its origins through the English Civil War in the seventeenth century.

  • Course code: ENGL-212
  • Semester: Fall, Spring
  • Department: English
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Survey of British Lit II

A survey of British literature from the Restoration of the monarchy in the seventeenth century through Romanticism in the nineteenth century.

  • Course code: ENGL-213
  • Semester: Fall, Spring
  • Department: English
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Survey of British Lit III

A survey of British literature from the rise of Victorianism in the nineteenth century through contemporary literature in the twenty-first century.

  • Course code: ENGL-214
  • Semester: Fall, Spring
  • Department: English
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Survey of British Literature I

This course surveys major works of British literature from its beginnings to the late eighteenth century.

  • Course code: ENGL-215
  • Department: English
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Survey of American Lit I

A survey of American literature from the colonial period through the Civil War, with attention to representative cultural perspectives and intellectual movements.

  • Course code: ENGL-220
  • Semester: Fall, Spring
  • Department: English
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Survey of American Literature II

A survey of American literature from the end of the Civil War to the present, with attention to representative cultural perspectives and intellectual movements.

  • Course code: ENGL-221
  • Semester: Fall, Spring
  • Department: English
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African-American Literature

A survey of major writers and works of African American literature. Readings will include fiction, poetry, and drama, with special attention paid to historical and cultural contexts.

  • Course code: ENGL-225
  • Semester: both
  • Department: English
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Ethnicity in American Literature

A survey that addresses ethnic perspectives in the literatures of the United States, as well as the contributions of such literatures to an American identity, history, and literary tradition. The course may focus on any or all of the major American ethnic perspectives in literature, such as Native American, Latino American, Asian American, Jewish American, and African American.

  • Course code: ENGL-226
  • Semester: fall
  • Department: English
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Understanding Literature

A survey of selected literary works with an emphasis on the fundamental elements of literature and methods of reading. Discussion topics may include the genres of literature and their conventions, the means by which texts create meaning and wield influence, the ways readers can interpret and respond to texts, and the roles of imaginative literature in shaping and reflecting culture. An abiding concern will be how Christians might take a distinctive approach to this area of human culture.

  • Course code: ENGL-230
  • Semester: Fall, Spring
  • Department: English
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Gender and Literature

A survey that examines literature through the lens of gender, with particular emphasis on writing by women. Normally, the course will also have a national focus (British or American literature).

  • Course code: ENGL-234
  • Semester: Fall
  • Department: English
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Film As a Narrative Art

An survey of the art of film, focusing on narration and narrative structure, characterization, conflict, setting, and point of view, while also acquainting students with literary adaptation and with the contribution of film image and sound to narrative development. Also listed as Communication Arts and Sciences 296.

  • Course code: ENGL-238
  • Semester: Fall
  • Department: English
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The Craft of Writing

A course that invites students to write in a variety of genres, exploring composition from two perspectives?how texts are constructed and what they accomplish. From these two perspectives, students will consider the two classical categories of written genres: poetics (the study of belletristic writing) and rhetoric (the study of persuasive writing). This is a foundational course for students who are interested in advanced study of writing. Prerequisite: English 101 or 102 or approval of the instructor.

  • Course code: ENGL-260
  • Semester: Fall, Spring
  • Department: English
  • Pre-requisites: engl-101
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Academic and Professional Writing

A course in rhetoric and composition designed for students who wish to prepare for writing in their professions or in graduate school. Students enhance their abilities to create and edit effective writing in the genres that they will encounter as professionals.

  • Course code: ENGL-261
  • Semester: spring, alternate years
  • Department: English
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Business Writing

A course introducing students to the kinds of writing, computer presentations, and electronic media options used in business-related fields. Students collect examples of and practice composing the types of professional communication that they are likely to craft on the job. The class is conducted as a workshop; students consult with each other and with the instructor. Each student submits several projects. The class also includes a group report (with written, multi-media, and oral portions), in-class writing and computer exercises, and the use of word-processing and presentation software. Prerequisite: completion of English 101 with a grade of C+ or above.

  • Course code: ENGL-262
  • Semester: Fall, Spring
  • Department: English
  • Pre-requisites: engl-101
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Basic Journalism

An introduction to reporting for news media, using Associated Press guidelines to write for newspapers and online publications. This course focuses on methods of news gathering, interviewing, and research with particular emphasis on reporting about current affairs. Students analyze trends and discuss ethical issues in contemporary journalism, but their primary focus is on the writing and editing of news.

  • Course code: ENGL-264
  • Semester: Fall
  • Department: English
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Writing for the Media

An introduction to the content, styles, and

  • Course code: ENGL-265
  • Semester: Fall
  • Department: English
  • Pre-requisites: engl-101
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Feature Journalism

A course in the art of writing feature stories for magazine and online publications. Students research, write, and edit several substantial articles for different audiences, paying particular attention to matters of strategy and style as called for by those audiences. Topics range from profiles of people to articles about science, history, religion, art, or contemporary events. Although the primary focus of the course is writing, students do explore the possibilities of multimedia journalism.

  • Course code: ENGL-266
  • Semester: Spring
  • Department: English
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Introduction to Studies in English

An introduction for all English majors in the fundamental questions of the discipline as well as the tools necessary for students to succeed in advanced work in the major. This course serves as an overview of English?s history, methodologies, and hermeneutical traditions. It also focuses on vocation in both theoretical and practical ways. This course will function as the bridge between introductory courses and advanced ones. Although this class will serve as a prerequisite to all 300-level literature courses, students may take 300-level courses, including literature courses, concurrently with English 295.

  • Course code: ENGL-295
  • Semester: Fall, Spring
  • Department: English
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Special Topics in Literature

The Bible as Literature. This course studies the narrative and poetic literature of the Hebrew scriptures and the narrative and rhetorical literature of the Christian scriptures. The course specifically emphasizes literary analysis of these texts, paying attention to how these texts function within the framework of their specific genres. The course satisfies an elective for the Literature major and the core requirement in literature.

  • Course code: ENGL-299
  • Semester: Fall
  • Department: English
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Advanced World Literature

A focused study of recent world literature that crosses borders. This course may forefront writing from a discrete nation, such as Chinese literatures, or examine texts belonging to a global, cosmopolitan movement, such as post colonialism.

  • Course code: ENGL-300
  • Semester: spring
  • Department: English
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British Lit of the Middle Ages

A focused study of the literatures of the Anglo-Saxon and Middle English periods.

  • Course code: ENGL-310
  • Semester: fall, alternate years
  • Department: English
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British Lit: Renaissance & Reformation

A focused study of the writing and cultural contexts of Great Britain from the time of the English Reformation through the English Civil War.

  • Course code: ENGL-312
  • Semester: fall, alternate years
  • Department: English
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British Lit: 18th Century

A focused study of the writing and cultural contexts in Great Britain from the Restoration of Charles II in 1660 to the emergence of Romanticism

  • Course code: ENGL-313
  • Semester: spring, alternate years
  • Department: English
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British Lit:Early 19th Century

A focused study of the Romantic literature and cultural contexts of Great Britain, especially as it appeared in poetry and prose during the first four decades of the nineteenth century.

  • Course code: ENGL-314
  • Semester: fall, alternate years
  • Department: English
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Brit Lit: Mid & Later 19th Cen

A focused study of the Victorian authors of Great Britain and the cultural contexts in which they wrote.

  • Course code: ENGL-315
  • Semester: spring, alternate years
  • Department: English
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British Modernism

A focused study of the writing and cultural context of Great Britain during the Modernist period, 1901-1939.

  • Course code: ENGL-316
  • Semester: Fall
  • Department: English
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Contemporary British & Commonwealth Lit

A focused study of the writing and cultural contexts of Great Britain and its commonwealth from World War II to the present.

  • Course code: ENGL-317
  • Semester: spring, alternate years
  • Department: English
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Lit of the US I: Settlement-Civil War

A focused study of the fiction, poetry, drama, and/or non-fiction prose produced in the United States prior to the Civil War, with a focus on those writers and texts most emblematic of?or influential in?shaping America?s diverse literatures.

  • Course code: ENGL-320
  • Semester: Fall
  • Department: English
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Literature of US Ii: Civil War-Gr Depr

A focused study of the fiction, poetry, drama, and/or non-fiction prose produced in the United States between the Civil War and Great Depression, with a focus on those writers and texts most emblematic of?or influential in?shaping America?s diverse literatures.

  • Course code: ENGL-321
  • Semester: spring
  • Department: English
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Literature of the US Iii: Wwii-Present

A focused study of the fiction, poetry, drama, and/or non-fiction prose produced in the United States from World War II to the present, with a focus on those writers and texts most emblematic of?or influential in?shaping America?s diverse literatures.

  • Course code: ENGL-322
  • Semester: Spring
  • Department: English
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Hermeneutics & Study of Literature

An exploration of literary interpretation that considers various critical theories, both traditional and contemporary, through which texts can be read and understood, with illustrations of various hermeneutic approaches as well as practical criticism.

  • Course code: ENGL-330
  • Semester: Fall, Spring
  • Department: English
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The Novel

An intensive study of the novel from its origins through its contemporary manifestations, including the work of major novelists, the development of important sub-genres, and the history of ideas and culture that have influenced the novel. Normally, the course alternates yearly between British and American novels.

  • Course code: ENGL-332
  • Semester: Fall
  • Department: English
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Poetry

An intensive study of selected poets in English. Readings involve focused attention on individual poems, the history and formal concerns of the genre, and essays on poetics. The emphasis of the course varies according to individual instructor and may include such offerings as the Sonnet, L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E Poetry, the Metaphysical Tradition, Lyric Poetry, Georgics, American Surrealism, the New Formalists, the Elegy, Open Form, or Imagism.

  • Course code: ENGL-333
  • Semester: Fall, Spring
  • Department: English
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Drama

An intensive study of dramatic literature. The emphasis of the course varies according to individual instructor.

  • Course code: ENGL-334
  • Semester: Fall
  • Department: English
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Genre Study

An intensive study of a particular medium or genre, such as the graphic novel or the short story, chosen by the instructor.

  • Course code: ENGL-335
  • Semester: spring, alternate years
  • Department: English
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Major Authors

An in-depth exploration of the works of a major literary figure. Normally, this course will alternate between a study of Chaucer and a study of Milton.

  • Course code: ENGL-337
  • Semester: Spring
  • Department: English
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Shakespeare

An in-depth exploration of the major works of William Shakespeare.

  • Course code: ENGL-338
  • Semester: both
  • Department: English
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Children's Literature

A focused study of children?s literature, including intensive reading of the best of this literature and the application of literary standards to what is read. The ENGL 295 prerequisite is waived for students in the Elementary Education Program unless the plan to enroll in additional 300-level literature courses.

  • Course code: ENGL-340
  • Semester: Fall, Spring
  • Department: English
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Adolescent Literature

A focused study and critical evaluation of the nature and content of adolescent literature, including intensive reading, application of literary standards, and discussion of issues in the field of young adult literature such as censorship, selection criteria, reader-response theories, ethnicity, and gender-based criticism. The prerequisite is waived for students in the Elementary Education Program.

  • Course code: ENGL-341
  • Semester: Fall
  • Department: English
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Teaching of Writing

A course in the theory and practice of teaching composition in middle and high school writing and language arts programs. Extensive reading complements frequent writing about and practice in all elements involved in teaching writing. Majors and minors in English secondary education programs must take this course before enrolling in Education 346: ?Directed Teaching.?

  • Course code: ENGL-350
  • Semester: Fall
  • Department: English
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Lang,Gram,& Writ for Elem Clsm

An introduction to several significant and practical aspects of the nature of language, a review of the nature of traditional grammar, including some comparisons of traditional grammar with more recently developed grammars, and an exploration of the relationships between these grammars and composition instruction and practice.

  • Course code: ENGL-351
  • Semester: Fall
  • Department: English
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Teaching of Literature

A course in the theory and practice of teaching literature in middle and high school language arts programs. Extensive reading of literature along with the study and practice of teaching literature. Majors and minors in English secondary education programs must take this course prior to enrolling in Education 346: ?Directed Teaching.?

  • Course code: ENGL-352
  • Semester: Spring
  • Department: English
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Sem: Sec English Teaching

A course in perspectives on, principles of, and practices in the teaching of English on the secondary level. This course should be taken concurrently with Education 346: ?Directed Teaching.? Before taking English 359, students must pass the English Department Screening Exam and complete English 350, English 352, and Education 302/303. Before taking English 359, students normally also complete Education 307 and 398.

  • Course code: ENGL-359
  • Semester: Spring
  • Department: English
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Creative Non-Fiction

A course in the principles and practice of creative nonfiction. Students will examine a variety of models and engage in extensive practice of the genre. Special emphasis will be given to the relationship between faith and art for the writer. Prerequisite: English 101 or 102.

  • Course code: ENGL-360
  • Semester: Fall
  • Department: English
  • Pre-requisites: engl-101
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Creative Writing

A course in the principles and composition of fiction or poetry. Students will engage in extensive practice. Special emphasis will be given to the relationship between faith and art for the writer. Students may take both the fiction and the poetry version of the course for credit. Normally, this course will alternate between poetry (F) and fiction (S).

  • Course code: ENGL-362
  • Semester: Fall, Spring
  • Department: English
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Writing in Digital Environments

A course that engages students in writing rhetorically effective digital texts. Students will apply rhetorical, aesthetic, and technical principles as they write extensively in a variety of genres such as blogs, wikis, web pages, and digital stories. Special attention will be paid to questions of authorship and copyright when writing in digital environments. Prerequisite: English 101 or 102.

  • Course code: ENGL-365
  • Semester: Fall
  • Department: English
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Linguistics

A study of some of the more interesting and important characteristics of language, with particular attention given to the processes of language acquisition; to patterns and effects of linguistic change through time; to variations in language from region to region, social class to social class, and gender to gender; and to the assumptions informing the study of various grammars.

  • Course code: ENGL-370
  • Semester: Fall, Spring
  • Department: English
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History of the English Lang

An analysis of the changes that have occurred throughout the history of the English language, based on an intensive study of selected British and American texts.

  • Course code: ENGL-371
  • Semester: Spring
  • Department: English
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Sociolinguistics & Issues in Language Ed

A course involving two major activities: (1) an examination of selected topics that have arisen in recent sociolinguistic research, particularly those topics centering on questions about how standard and nonstandard languages and dialects appear to affect people?s educational success; and (2) an evaluation of how these topics should affect approaches to language education, particularly approaches to teaching English as a Second Language (ESL). Prerequisite: English 101 or 102.

  • Course code: ENGL-372
  • Semester: Fall
  • Department: English
  • Pre-requisites: engl-101
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Stylistics & Discourse Analysis

A course that reviews significant grammatical terms; analyzes how words can be combined into longer constructions in English; examines the kinds of meanings??such as agency, modality, and solidarity??that those constructions can convey; and discusses how patterns of clauses conveying these various kinds of meaning within texts can be related to textual contexts.

  • Course code: ENGL-373
  • Semester: Spring
  • Department: English
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English Grammar

A study of traditional grammar, focusing on its history, its system, its applications, its competitors, and its connection to prose style; special emphasis will be given to the system and terminology of this grammar.

  • Course code: ENGL-374
  • Semester: Interim
  • Department: English
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Grammar for Teachers of ESL

A course that reviews the fundamentals of English grammar and examines the possibilities and limitations of teaching grammar in the ESL classroom. Students must research or practice the teaching of some of this grammatical material. Prerequisite: English 101 or 102.

  • Course code: ENGL-375
  • Semester: fall
  • Department: English
  • Pre-requisites: engl-101
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Internship

A course requiring students to work ten hours per week in a job related to English studies. This practicum asks students to reflect on vocation broadly and to apply theoretical, technical, and ethical principles to their work. Students will work with Career Services to secure a suitable position. Prerequisites: junior or senior status, a 2.0 college and departmental GPA, and permission of advisor.

  • Course code: ENGL-380
  • Semester: Fall, Spring
  • Department: English
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Independent Study

Prerequisite: permission of the department chair.

  • Course code: ENGL-390
  • Semester: Fall, Spring
  • Department: English
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Senior Seminar

A capstone course for all English majors. This senior seminar is designed to nurture Christian reflection on issues related to writing, language, and literary studies, such as the significance of story and literary expression, the relationship of language and meaning, and the ethical implications of language and story. Students also consider vocational opportunities for those who love words. These contemporary literary and linguistic issues are framed by readings from within the tradition of Christian aesthetic reflection as well as from reformed cultural criticism and theology. Significant written work is required. Prerequisites: English 295, Biblical Foundations I or Theological Foundations I, Developing a Christian Mind, and Philosophical Foundations.

  • Course code: ENGL-395
  • Semester: Fall, Spring
  • Department: English
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Honors Thesis

A substantial work of research and criticism in the field of language or literature or a significant creative project (with an additional critical component), required for those graduating with honors in English.

  • Course code: ENGL-399
  • Semester: Fall
  • Department: English
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Independent Study

  • Course code: ENGL-590
  • Semester: Summer
  • Department: English
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Visual Literacy and Digital Story

  • Course code: ENGL-608
  • Department: English
CODE NAME CREDITS
ENGL-100 Enhanced Written Rhetoric I 3
ENGL-100L Written Rhetoric Laboratory 0
ENGL-101 Written Rhetoric 3
ENGL-102 Enhanced Written Rhetoric II 3
ENGL-102L Written Rhetoric II Lab 0
ENGL-200 Literature in a Global Context 3
ENGL-202 Russian Literature 3
ENGL-210 World Literature I 3
ENGL-212 Survey of British Lit I 3
ENGL-213 Survey of British Lit II 3
ENGL-214 Survey of British Lit III 3
ENGL-215 Survey of British Literature I 3
ENGL-220 Survey of American Lit I 3
ENGL-221 Survey of American Literature II 3
ENGL-225 African-American Literature 3
ENGL-226 Ethnicity in American Literature 3
ENGL-230 Understanding Literature 3
ENGL-234 Gender and Literature 3
ENGL-238 Film As a Narrative Art 3
ENGL-260 The Craft of Writing 3
ENGL-261 Academic and Professional Writing 3
ENGL-262 Business Writing 3
ENGL-264 Basic Journalism 3
ENGL-265 Writing for the Media 3
ENGL-266 Feature Journalism 3
ENGL-295 Introduction to Studies in English 3
ENGL-299 Special Topics in Literature 3
ENGL-300 Advanced World Literature 3
ENGL-310 British Lit of the Middle Ages 3
ENGL-312 British Lit: Renaissance & Reformation 3
ENGL-313 British Lit: 18th Century 3
ENGL-314 British Lit:Early 19th Century 3
ENGL-315 Brit Lit: Mid & Later 19th Cen 3
ENGL-316 British Modernism 3
ENGL-317 Contemporary British & Commonwealth Lit 3
ENGL-320 Lit of the US I: Settlement-Civil War 3
ENGL-321 Literature of US Ii: Civil War-Gr Depr 3
ENGL-322 Literature of the US Iii: Wwii-Present 3
ENGL-330 Hermeneutics & Study of Literature 3
ENGL-332 The Novel 3
ENGL-333 Poetry 3
ENGL-334 Drama 3
ENGL-335 Genre Study 3
ENGL-337 Major Authors 3
ENGL-338 Shakespeare 3
ENGL-340 Children's Literature 3
ENGL-341 Adolescent Literature 3
ENGL-350 Teaching of Writing 3
ENGL-351 Lang,Gram,& Writ for Elem Clsm 3
ENGL-352 Teaching of Literature 3
ENGL-359 Sem: Sec English Teaching 3
ENGL-360 Creative Non-Fiction 3
ENGL-362 Creative Writing 3
ENGL-365 Writing in Digital Environments 3
ENGL-370 Linguistics 3
ENGL-371 History of the English Lang 3
ENGL-372 Sociolinguistics & Issues in Language Ed 3
ENGL-373 Stylistics & Discourse Analysis 3
ENGL-374 English Grammar 3
ENGL-375 Grammar for Teachers of ESL 3
ENGL-380 Internship 3
ENGL-390 Independent Study 1
ENGL-395 Senior Seminar 3
ENGL-399 Honors Thesis 3
ENGL-590 Independent Study 2
ENGL-608 Visual Literacy and Digital Story 2