Course Offerings

Literature Major: 36 hours of requirements and 37 hours of electives

Required Courses:

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ENGL 120: Approaches to Literature
Shakespeare painting
ENGL 350: Shakespeare

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ENGL 231: Masterpieces of British Literature I
Virginia Woolf
ENGL 232: Masterpieces of British Literature II
Samuel Beckett
ELECTIVE - ENGL 233: Masterpieces of British Literature III

Emily Dickinson
ENGL 241: Major American Writers I
Ernest Hemingway
ENGL 242: Major American Writers II
Toni Morrison
ELECTIVE - ENGL 243: Major American Writers III

Choose Three From the Following:

Marie de France
ENGL 300: Early English Writers
Queen Elizabeth I
ENGL 310: The Renaissance & 17th Century
Wuthering Heights Book Cover
ENGL 351: The British Novel
Gulliver's Travels
ENGL 370: The Age of Enlightenment
Romantic Poets
ENGL 375: The Romantic Movement
Elizabeth Barrett Browning
ENGL 380: The Victorian Period
James Joyce
ENGL 385: The Twentieth Century

Choose Three More From the Following:

Mary
ENGL 223: World Classics
Facetiae
ENGL 330: Special Topics
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland illustration
ENGL 335: Children’s Literature
Globe
ENGL 340: Contemporary World Literatures
Anna Karenina book cover
ENGL 344: Masterpieces of Russian Literature
Louisa May Alcott
ENGL 348: Women’s Literature: Special Topics
Boxers book cover
ENGL 352: Young Adult Novel
Moby Dick illustration
ENGL 353: The American Novel
James Baldwin
ENGL 361: African American Literature
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ENGL 445: Seminar in Literary Criticism

Capstone Course:

Take this in conjunction with an approved 300/400 course:

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ENGL 495: Literature and Its Relations

Course Listings

ENGL-110 Exposition (3 credits)
Focuses on writing skills and the larger elements of the expository essay: development of a central thesis, organization of material, and responsible use of supporting detail. This course work will also concentrate on the analysis and construction of successful arguments, engaging students in assignments and activities that promote the acquisition of critical reading, writing, and thinking skills appropriate to college-level discourse.
ENGL-120 Introduction to Literature (3 credits)
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 Literatures (3 credits)
Covers poetry, short fiction, novel, and drama of the 20th and 21st centuries, primarily in translation.
ENGL-223 World Classics (3 credits)
Explores some of the world's finest imaginative literature from the age of Homer through the 19th century. Specific works vary from section to section.
ENGL-231 Masterpieces of British Literature I (3 credits)
Studies major works of British literature from 750 to 1780. Includes such authors as Chaucer, Spenser, Marlowe, Jonson, Milton, Defoe, and Swift.
ENGL-232 Masterpieces of British Literature II (3 credits)
Examines classics of British literature from 1780 to 1945. Considers such authors as Wordsworth, Byron, Shelley, Dickens, Wilde, Lawrence, and Woolf.
ENGL-233 Masterpieces of British Literature III (3 credits)
Studies major works of British literature from 1945 to the present. Includes such authors as Beckett, Pinter, Churchill, Hughes, Duffy, Murdoch, and Rhys.
ENGL-241 Major American Writers I (3 credits)
Focuses on significant American works before the U.S. Civil War; the emphasis is on the central figures of the American Renaissance, including Poe, Emerson, Douglass, Thoreau, Hawthorne, Melville, Whitman, and Dickinson.
ENGL-242 Major American Writers II (3 credits)
Covers major American works from the U.S. Civil War to World War II. The course emphasizes writers such as Frost, Eliot, Faulkner, Cather, Hughes, Hemingway, Fitzgerald, and Steinbeck.
ENGL-243 Major American Writers III (3 credits)
Covers important American works published since World War II. The course may include writers such as Toni Morrison, James Baldwin, Philip Roth, John Updike, Tim O'Brien, Allen Ginsberg, JD Salinger, Bob Dylan, and Sylvia Plath.
ENGL-300 Early English Writers (3 credits)
Studies Anglo-Saxon verse as well as major works of later medieval literature such as The Canterbury Tales, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Pearl, Piers Plowman, Morte D'Arthur, and lyric poetry. Complete one ENGL course or permission of instructor.
ENGL-310 The Renaissance & 17th Century (3 credits)
Covers English literature from Wyatt and Surrey through Milton. Prerequisite: Complete one ENGL course or permission of instructor.
ENGL-330 Special Topics in Literature (3 credits)
Focuses on particular writers or a particular literary movement, subject or period. Past topics have included Fitzgerald and Hemingway, Modern Irish Literature, and JRR Tolkien. Repeatable up to three times with different subject. Prerequisite: Complete one ENGL course or permission of instructor.
ENGL-335 Children's Literature (3 credits)
Focuses on classic or "golden age" children's literature as it develops in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Considers the lasting influence of such literature, and may also include study of contemporary picture books and "second golden age" texts. Includes such writers as Carroll, Barrie, Baum, Burnett, Stevenson, Sewell, Grahame, Wilde, and Milne. Prerequisite: Complete one ENGL course or permission of instructor.
ENGL-340 Contemporary World Literatures (3 credits)
Explores contemporary literature (fiction, poetry, drama) in English and English translation from around the world. Prerequisite: Complete one ENGL course or permission of instructor.
ENGL-343 Norse Myth, Saga, and Legend (3 credits)
Studies the Eddas and sagas of Norway and Iceland plus related works elsewhere in northern Europe. Prerequisite: Complete one ENGL course or permission of instructor.
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. Prerequisite: Complete one ENGL course or permission of instructor.
ENGL-348 Women's Literature: Special Topics (3 credits)
Focuses on women writers in a variety of genres and contexts. Repeatable up to 3 times with title change. Topics have included: 20th Century American Women Novelists, Modernism in Women's Literature, and The Works of Jane Austen. Prerequisite: One ENGL course or permission of instructor.
ENGL-350 Shakespeare (3 credits)
Studies 8 of Shakespeare's greatest plays. This course engages with histories, the comedies and the tragedies. Prerequisite: Complete one ENGL course or permission of instructor.
ENGL-351 The British Novel (3 credits)
Explores the development of the British novel with focus on such major authors as Defoe, Goldsmith, Austen, Bronte, Dickens, Hardy, Joyce, and Woolf. Prerequisite: Complete one ENGL course or permission of instructor.
ENGL-352 Young Adult Novel (3 credits)
Explores the contemporary young adult novel in context of the developing novel. Emphasizes diversity of genre and cultural/social context, and may include such authors as Alexie, LeGuin, Dickens, L'Engle, Meyer, Rowling, and Yang. Prerequisite: Complete one ENGL course or permission of instructor.
ENGL-353 The American Novel (3 credits)
Surveys several landmark achievements in the American Novel. This course may include works by Melville, James, Cather, Fitzgerald, Hemingway, Faulkner, and others. Prerequisite: Complete one ENGL course or permission of instructor.
ENGL-361 African-American Literature (3 credits)
Focuses on significant texts and major aesthetic achievements of the African-American tradition, as well as their historical contexts. Includes politically and socially significant drama, poetry, short stories, novels, and essays. Prerequisite: Complete one ENGL course or permission of instructor.
ENGL-370 Age of Enlightenment (3 credits)
Studies eighteenth-century British figures such as Pope, Swift, Johnson, Boswell, Sheridan and Goldsmith. Prerequisite: Complete one ENGL course or permission of instructor.
ENGL-375 The Romantic Movement (3 credits)
Covers major English writers from 1789 to 1837. Emphasizes Wordsworth, Coleridge, Byron, Shelley and Keats. Prerequisite: Complete one ENGL course or permission of instructor.
ENGL-380 The Victorian Period (3 credits)
Explores British literature from 1837 to 1901, with emphasis on the Victorian writer as poet, sage, and novelist.Includes such authors as Barrett, Browning, Tennyson, Newman, Gaskell, and Dickens. Prerequisite: Complete one ENGL course or permission of instructor.
ENGL-385 The Twentieth Century (3 credits)
Focuses on various authors, genres, and literary movements in the twentieth century, depending on the emphasis chosen by the professor. Past topics have included American immigrant literature and European modernism. May be taken two times by permission of instructor. Prerequisite: Complete one ENGL course or permission of instructor.
ENGL-399 Independent Study in Literature (1-3 credits)
Provides the opportunity to do an independent study in English-language literature. This course might be one-on-one with a designated professor or in a small group. Prerequisite: Complete one ENGL course or permission of instructor.
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. Prerequisite: Complete one ENGL course or permission of instructor.
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. Prerequisite: Complete one ENGL course or permission of instructor.
ENGL-495 Capstone Experience in Literature (1 credit)
A one credit hour course that must be taken in conjunction with an approved three credit hour English (literature) course, 300 or 400 level, in order to meet the general education capstone requirement.

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