- ENG184 - College Writing
(4 credits) An introduction to academic writing, emphasizing the writing process. Students learn strategies for pre-writing, drafting, and revising of expository essays. The course includes analysis of model essays and discussion of model essays and an introduction to research-based writing.
- ENG221 - Responding to Writing
(2 credits) This course will enable students to develop a theorized practice for responding to writing. Students will study methods of response, conferencing strategies, approaches to revision, English as a Second Language (ESL), interpersonal dynamics, and the ethics of text intervention. As a course requirement, students must satisfy a practicum commitment by working a minimum of one hour per week (for pay) in the Writing Center. Prerequisite: recommendation of a writing instructor.
- ENG225 - Literature of the Developing World
(4 credits, alternate years, consult department) To paraphrase Salman Rushdie, the Empire has written back. The last half of the 20th century has produced a number of literary texts written in English by authors from the recently independent nations of the Old British Empire. These texts have proved so rich in both literary value and cultural context that their authors, Wole Soyinka, Derek Walcott, Chinua Achebe, and Rushdie himself, have won the most prestigious literary prizes available. We will be reading and appreciating these books, both as ripping good yarns, and as significant cultural documents that teach us much of how members of other societies think, feel, and act. Prerequisite: ENG250LC.
- ENG235 - Introduction to Rhetorical Studies
(2 credits) This course functions primarily as an introduction to rhetoric and rhetorical analysis. It is designed to introduce students to the major and the minor in writing and rhetoric. Topics include the rhetoric of ancient Greece, definitions of rhetoric, past and present, rhetorical analysis of texts, and analysis of the rhetor's purpose, situation, genre and audience.
- ENG238 - Literature and Film
(4 credits, alternate years, consult department) (IGE option under Aesthetic Experience) The course introduces students to the art of adaptation of texts. Although we are frequently viewers of film, we are not always good readers and interpreters of visual texts. Students in this class will read original literary texts and then view the film adaptations of those texts. Through class discussion and writing about adaptations, students will learn how to read a film intelligently and understand the place of film as a literary form. Prerequisite: ENG250LC.
- ENG250LC - Literary Contexts
(Fulfills IGE Literary Contexts requirement) ENG250LC offers students an
introduction to literary study. The topics of
individual sections vary by instructor and semester. After completing this
writing-intensive course, students will be able to imagine other lives, times,
and places by reading a variety of texts; empathize with characters who have
diverse stories and perspectives; analyze different genres of literature using
the tools of literary study; craft a coherent essay with a clear thesis and
careful textual analysis; articulate ways that literature speaks to and informs
their own lives; express delight in God through the beauty of language and
literary text; and witness God's presence in the world through literature.
Topics include: Literature in the World: This course teaches students to
appreciate the aesthetic value of literature and consider its cultural
contexts. The course explores the beauty of language, the importance of
understanding the self and others, and invites readers to consider how
literature contributes to our contemporary culture. The course is arranged
thematically and content varies from year to year. Themes may include, but are
not limited to: immigration, war, poverty, the power of metaphor, and visual
art and literature. Literary Imaginations: For literature to be more than ink
stains on white paper, we must use our imaginations to give it life. In this
course we shall read works from throughout human history and around the world
(India, Greece, Italy, England, Russia, Nigeria, Ireland, Japan) to imagine and
understand the world that people have believed in, created, and inhabited.
Literary Journeys: This course will examine a wide range of literature from
the 17th Century to the present, while introducing students to the literary
genres of the short story, the novel and poetry. Students will examine how
literature can give them insights into their own lives as well as the world
around them. Literary pieces will be examined in various historical, social and
political contexts. Assignments will help students develop their critical
reading and writing practices as well as expand the imaginative element of
literature and witness God's presence in the world through literature. The
Lives of Others: This course explores 4000 years of stories, from ancient
Mesopotamia to the American South. Plays, poems, epics, and autobiographies
broaden our perspective on the world and deepen our understanding of being
human. Two central themes of the course are perceptions of difference and
expressions of faith. Reading, Spirituality and Cultural Politics: This course
explores how literature can entertain, educate, change, and empower readers.
The assignments are designed to refine college writing skills and to deepen
students' critical knowledge and imaginative experience of literature. The end
goal of this course is that in learning to understand and serve their literary
neighbors, students will be better equipped to understand and serve their
literal neighbors. (4 credits)
- ENG277 - Teaching Literature to Adolescents
(2 credits, alternate years, consult department) A study of and practice in the teaching of literature, especially literature appropriate for young adults, with the goal of preparing students to teach English in junior high and high school. Topics: selecting literature, eliciting response, oral interpretation, integrating the language arts, and assessment. Prerequisite: ENG250LC. ENG292 is also recommended.
- ENG280 - Shakespeare
(4 credits; alternate years) William Shakespeare never attended college, yet he saw the world sharply in his mind's eye. He wrote piercingly about kings and college students, warriors and witches, goblins and gravediggers; his 1,000 characters have never been off the stage in 400 years. In this course we read eight plays which fathom the range of human experience and take the English language to the height of expressive beauty. Prerequisite: ENG250LC.
- ENG283 - Grammar in the Classroom
(2 credits) Most middle schools and high schools expect their English teachers to teach writing and grammar. What are the goals of teaching grammar? What grammar should young writers know? This course takes a rhetorical approach to the study of grammar and to its use in the teaching of writing. Prerequisite: IGE101 and sophomore standing.
- ENG288 - Writing in the Professions
(2 credits) A study of professional writing. In a writing workshop setting, students will learn to adjust style, tone and content to accomplish a definite purpose with an identified audience. They will also learn strategies for creating texts that are clear, concise and accurate. The course is especially useful for those whose career goals require facility in written communication, such as those studying marketing, public relations, advertising, management or law. All students will choose a professional to be their mentor on a writing project related to the career they are interested in. Students will also build a small portfolio of professional writing that includes letters, a memo, a resume and a research report. Prerequisite: sophomore class standing.
- ENG290 - The Art of the Essay
(2 credits) A study of some of the best contemporary American non-fiction writing on such subjects as politics, the arts, religion, natural science and medicine. Students write on similar topics and develop their own style by emulating such models. Prerequisites: sophomore class standing or permission of instructor.
- ENG292 - Introduction to Narrative and Verse
Students will be introduced to the foundations of reading and writing narrative
and verse (fiction and poetry) and will, through an exploration of a wide range
of styles, come to understand both the historical aspects of each genre (i.e.
how the art's been practiced and done before) and how those genres are
currently practiced (i.e. what's poetry and fiction look like today?). Students
will learn to read work closely and actively, as writers, and will learn how to
be in communication (both written and oral) with text. (4 credits)
- ENG297 - The Rhetoric of Persuasion
(4 credits) A study of the methods of persuasion: logical and emotional appeals and trustworthiness, ways of structuring arguments, and persuasive style. Students will learn to create and critique arguments on a variety of subjects. Prerequisites: sophomore class standing or permission of instructor.
- ENG308 - Methods of Teaching Secondary English and Speech
A study and practice of methods for teaching English and speech in high school and junior high school. Topics include language and language learning, composition, oral language, planning, curriculum and assessment. Prerequisites: EDU102 and ENG220. (2 credits, alternate years, consult department)
- ENG345 - Linguistic Perspectives on English
(4 credits, consult department) Where did our language come from? How did English get the biggest vocabulary of any modern language? How are the words joust, yoke, and yoga related? Why is English spelling so irregular? Are there bad words? This course traces the 1500 year development of our language, from the Germanic tongue of Beowulf to the Frenchified language of Chaucer, to the many varieties of modern English spoken around the world.
- ENG346 - American Literature I
(4 credits, alternate years, consult department) A study of prose and poetry in the United States from America's beginnings through the end of the Civil War. The course will focus on the works of Colonial and Romantic writers and the literatures of Native and African Americans. Special attention will be given to defining the qualities and concerns that make this literature distinctively "American." Prerequisite: ENG250LC.
- ENG347 - American Literature II
(4 credits, alternate years, consult department) A study of prose and poetry in the United States from the Civil War until the present. The course will study works by realists (including regionalists) and modernists, as well as contemporary writers. Prerequisite: ENG250LC.
- ENG350 - Reading and Writing Short Fiction
Students will explore the nature and design of fiction by studying and
analyzing a range of short fictional genres, learning to read fiction the way
its writers read it, and participating in a fiction writing workshop. Attention
will be given to purposes of language, to relationships between reading and
writing, and to narrative as a mode of thinking and an expression of culture.
Prerequisite: ENG292 or permission of instructor. (4 credits, alternate years,
- ENG351 - Reading and Writing Creative Nonfiction
Students will explore the broad and flexible genre of creative nonfiction, from
the works of Montaigne, originator of the modern essay, to the lyric essay and
works that stretch and blur the line of nonfiction. Attention will be given to
the use of language, sentence structure, metaphor and scene, pushing narrative
beyond surface description to deeper meaning. Prerequisite: ENG290 or
permission of instructor. (4 credits; alternate years, consult department)
- ENG352 - Reading and Writing Poetry
Students will actively explore the nature and design of poetry by studying a
range of poetic genres and styles, learning to read poetry as writers do, and
writing poetry in a writing workshop. Attention will be given to the purposes
of language, to relationships between reading and writing, and to poetry as a
mode of thinking and an expression of culture. Prerequisite: ENG292 or
permission of instructor. (4 credits; alternate years, consult department)
- ENG376 - Medieval Literature
(4 credits, alternate years, consult department) The Middle Ages was a Christian millennium. Authors, philosophers, astronomers and economists pursued their calling within a Christian worldview and a Catholic power structure. When warlike Anglo-Saxons imagined the crucifixion, they saw a heroic prince stripping for battle and mounting the cross in triumph. Medieval dramatists recreated the entire pageant of biblical history on a long summer's day. In this course we read literary and historical works by both men and women, including Beowulf , Sir Gawain and the Green Knight , and The Canterbury Tales . Prerequisite: ENG250LC.
- ENG377 - English Renaissance Literature
(4 credits, alternate years, consult department) Like our own age, the Renaissance saw spiritual perspectives and secular perspectives in conflict and in synthesis. Writers, like seafarers, expanded our understanding of what it is to be human in this world. In this course we read plays, speeches, and poems by such authors as Shakespeare, Elizabeth I, Donne and Milton. Prerequisite: ENG250LC.
- ENG378 - English Nineteenth-Century Literature
(4 credits, alternate years, consult department) The industrial revolution resulted in an urbanized, more literate population. Writers of the time sought to reach a popular audience in a way unparalleled in English literary history. We shall read Austen, Wordsworth, Dickens, Eliot and their contemporaries, examining what they thought of and had to say to the common people of their day. Prerequisite: ENG250LC.
- ENG379 - English Twentieth-Century Literature
(4 credits, alternate years, consult department) England was largely depopulated of young men and nearly reduced to rubble by two world wars. The nation that arose, stripped of its empire, has continued to be a literary center. We shall read Shaw, Yeats, Eliot, Heaney and others, examining how they have analyzed and expressed the modern human condition. Prerequisite: ENG250LC.
- ENG380 - Special Topics in Writing
(2-4 credits) Specific subject matter of this course will vary from semester to semester, but will always focus on an issue in composition studies or a genre of writing. Courses will include both readings and student writing within the genre and will be designed to welcome both majors and non-majors. Prerequisite: ENG290 or ENG292 or permission of the instructor.
- ENG385 - Literature of Place
(4 credits, alternate years, consult department) Some writers are especially interested in the ways people transform places and the ways places influence people. The elements of a place--the mountain ranges, shopping malls, grasslands, forests, migratory patterns of animals, rush of automobiles, or the portals of cyber-places-- shape the imagination. This course examines significant literary works, especially non-fiction, that explore the relationship between persons and places. In particular, we will examine the tension between the writer's need to construct definitions of "home places" and how the places themselves respond to human "home making." Prerequisite: ENG250LC.
- ENG386 - The Other America
(4 credits, alternate years, consult department) America is home to a variety of peoples and literatures; this course focuses on the development of literatures produced by those outside the Anglo-European tradition whose experiences tell a different story about America. The goal of the course is to enrich students' views of the content of American Literature and to familiarize them with a culture or cultures with which they may not be conversant. The course may be taught as African American, Native American, Asian American, or Hispanic American literature. Alternatively, the instructor may choose to focus on literatures in contact and conflict with one another, for example, the turbulent confluence of Native American, Anglo, and Hispanic Literatures of Nueva España. Prerequisite: ENG250LC.
- ENG387 - Special Topics in Rhetoric
(2-4 credits, non-yearly, consult department) Specific subject matter of this course will vary from semester to semester, but will always focus on an issue in rhetorical studies or a genre of writing. Courses with writing as their emphasis will include both readings and student writing within the genre.
- ENG390 - Introduction to Publishing
Students will gain an understanding of nonprofit and commercial publishing,
including content acquisition, editing, production, marketing, and distribution
of print and digital publications. This will be done through a combination of
lecture and discussion connected to readings of selected texts as well as
participation in the publishing of a digital and print publication called
Cardboard magazine. Prerequisites: ENG290, ENG351, COM185, COM260 or COM261,
or permission of instructor. (4 credits)
- ENG395 - Advanced Publishing
Students will gain a working knowledge of digital and print magazine
publishing. This will be done primarily through assigned writing projects and
peer reviews, as well as assigned duties related to the production of
Cardboard magazine. Duties vary and may include contacting freelance writers
from other Christian college campuses, solicitation of manuscripts, reading
manuscripts for suitability of publication, website updating, blogging,
interviewing subjects, participation in marketing and public relations
projects, research, production of digital content, as well as administrative
details. Prerequisite: ENG390 or permission of instructor. (4 credits)
- ENG398 - Directed Study
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- ENG401 - History and Theory of Rhetoric
(4 credits) Designed to provide solid grounding in Greek and Roman rhetorical theory and practice including studies in pre-literate rhetoric and the theories of Aristotle and Plato, among others. Some attention is also given to the Christianizing of rhetorical theory during the Middle Ages. Finally, the course concludes with the examination of trends in contemporary rhetoric studies and topical applications. Prerequisite: junior class standing, ENG235 recommended.
- ENG410 - Seminar in Interpretation
(4 credits, alternate years, consult department) In this course we study basic problems in understanding literary texts. We explore solutions offered by various critical schools (structuralism, psychoanalysis, New Historicism, reception-aesthetics), examining both their inherent logic and their applicability to a particular text.
- ENG417 - Internship
(4 credits may apply toward the major)
- ENG420 - Advanced Writing Project
(4 credits; alternate years, consult department) The heart of the course is an advanced project in artistic, journalistic, or scholarly writing. Students also assemble a portfolio of their best writing and related work, plan writing or study beyond college, and read to gather perspectives on their vocation. Prerequisite: ENG292 and one of the following: ENG350, 351 or 352.
- ENG480 - Special Topics in Literature and Culture
(4 credits, non-yearly, consult department) In this seminar we analyze interpretive problems in literature and their relation to cultural theories and conditions. Particular attention is given to questions germane to Christian experience and thought.
- ENG499 - Honors Research
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