Course Offerings

ENGL–120 Introduction to Literature (3 credits)
This course provides an introduction to close reading in the three major genres-fiction, poetry, and drama. Students will learn technical vocabulary appropriate for literary analysis and write frequent papers based on reading and class discussion.
ENGL–122 Modern World Literature (3 credits)
Covers poetry, short fiction, novel, and drama of the 20th century. Favors literature originally written in English but includes translations as well.
ENGL–223 World Classics (3 credits)
Explores some of the world's best imaginative literature from the age of Homer through the 19th century. Specific works vary from section to section.
ENGL–231 Masterpieces of English Literature I (3 credits)
Studies major works of English literature from 750 to 1780. Includes such authors as Chaucer, Spenser, Marlowe, Jonson, Milton, Defoe, and Swift.
ENGL–232 English Literature II (3 credits)
Studies major works of English literature from 1780 to 1970.Includes such authors as Austen, Wordsworth, Byron,Keats, Eliot, Dickens, Wilde, Yeats and Lawrence.
ENGL–241 Major American Writers I (3 credits)
Focuses on major American works from 1620 to 1900 with emphasis on the central figures of the American Renaissance including Poe, Emerson, Thoreau, Hawthorne,Melville, Whitman and Dickinson.
ENGL–242 Major American Writers II (3 credits)
Covers major American works from 1900 to the present. Includes important modern writers such as Frost, Cather,O'Neill, Eliot, Pound, Faulkner, Brooks and O'Connor.
ENGL–300 Early English Writers (3 credits)
Studies The Canterbury Tales and other major works of late medieval literature including Gawain and the Green Knight, Morte D'Arthur, The Pearl, Piers Plowman, plus some drama and lyric poetry.
ENGL–310 The Renaissance & 17th Century (3 credits)
Covers English literature from Renaissance and post-Renaissance periods, including works by Spenser, Marlowe, Johnson and others.
ENGL–330 Special Topics in Literature (3 credits)
Focuses indepth on particular writers or a particular literary movement, subject or period. Topics vary and may include:Melville and Faulkner, Hemingway and Fitzgerald,Contemporary British Poetry or American Drama.
ENGL–340 Comtemporary World Literatures (3 credits)
Explores contemporary literatures (fiction, poetry, drama) in English from around the world.
ENGL–343 Norse Myth, Saga, and Legend (3 credits)
Studies the Eddas and sagas of Norway and Iceland plus related works of the 13th century from elsewhere in northern Europe.
ENGL–344 Masterpieces of Russian Literature (3 credits)
Explores the great works of 19th and 20th century Russian literature with focus on such writers as Pushkin, Gogol, Turgenev, Dostoyevsky, Tolstoy, and Chekhov.
ENGL–348 Women's Literature: Special Topics (3 credits)
Focuses on feminine authors and criticism. Emphasis varies depending on instructor. Course is repeatable up to 3 times for credit with title change. Prerequisite: One literature course or permission of instructor.
ENGL–350 Shakespeare (3 credits)
Studies 12 of Shakespeare's greatest works, including the histories, the comedies and the tragedies.
ENGL–351 The English Novel (3 credits)
Focuses on major English novelists including Defoe, Fielding, Austen, Dickens, Hardy, Conrad, Joyce and Lawrence.
ENGL–353 The American Novel (3 credits)
Studies major American novelists including Melville, Twain, Crane, Dreiser, Fitzgerald, Hemingway and Faulkner.
ENGL–361 African-American Literature (3 credits)
Focuses on significant texts in the African-American tradition, studying drama, poetry, short stories, novels, and essays. Students will become familiar with the major aesthetic achievements of African-American literature, as well as their historical contexts. This course will include writings by politically and socially significant African-American writers (e.g. Barack Obama, Marcus Garvey, Booker T. Washington, W.E.B. DuBois, and Martin Luther King) as well as those who represent major literary achievements (e.g. James Weldon Johnson, James Baldwin, Toni Morrison, Richard Wright, Ralph Ellison, Lorraine Hansberry, and Langston Hughes). Offered every 2-4 years.
ENGL–370 Age of Enlightenment (3 credits)
Studies such figures as Pope, Swift, Johnson, Boswell, Sheridan and Goldsmith.
ENGL–375 The Romantic Movement (3 credits)
Covers major English works from 1789 to 1837. Emphasizes those by Wordsworth, Coleridge, Byron, Shelley and Keats.
ENGL–380 The Victorian Period (3 credits)
Includes English literature from 1837 to 1900. Emphasizes works by Tennyson, Browning, Arnold, Carlyle, Ruskin and Newman.
ENGL–385 The Twentieth Century (3 credits)
Focuses on such writers as Conrad, Yeats, Eliot, Joyce, Lawrence and Thomas.
ENGL–399 Independent Study in Literature (1-3 credits)
Provides opportunity to do independent study in English language literature.
ENGL–445 Seminar in Literary Criticism (3 credits)
Introduces the student to major literary critics, from Plato to the present, and covers critical approaches to drama, fiction and poetry.
ENGL–480 Literature & Its Relations (3 credits)
Relates a body of literature to theoretical and/or artistic works of kindred disciplines. Specific topics vary from semester to semester. Capstone course for English majors.
ENGL–ELEC English Elective Transfer Credit (0.5-99 credits)

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