English courses

ENG184 - College Writing
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. (4 credits)
ENG221 - Responding to Writing
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. (2 credits)
ENG225 - Literature of the Developing World
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: ENG220.(4 credits, alternate years, consult department)
ENG235 - Introduction to Rhetorical Studies
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.(2 credits)
ENG238 - Literature and Film
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: ENG220.(4 credits, alternate years, consult department)
ENG250LC - Literary Contexts
(Fulfills IGE Literary Contexts requirement) ENG250LC offers students an introduction to literary study. The topics ofindividual sections vary by instructor and semester. After completing thiswriting-intensive course, students will be able to imagine other lives,times, and places by reading a variety of texts; empathize with characterswho have diverse stories and perspectives; analyze different genres ofliterature using the tools of literary study; craft a coherent essay with aclear thesis and careful textual analysis; articulate ways that literaturespeaks to and informs their own lives; express delight in God through thebeauty of language and literary text; and witness God's presence in theworld through literature. Topics include: American Literature and the Rhetoric of Freedom: Americans ofter regardfreedom as the defining characteristic of both their nation and themselves.This course examines how the rhetoric of freedom has been a force inAmerican literature. We will complicate our understanding of Americanfreedom by examining how it has been continually redefined throughout thenation's literary history. We will consider how minority and oppressedgroups have used the rhetoric of freedom to advance their own liberation andhow Christian religions concepts and language have contributed to thisrhetoric. Students will practice reading and writing critically and becomefamiliar with a variety of literary genres, including historical narrative,autobiography, poetry, drama, essays, short stories, and novels. Literature in the World: This course teaches students to appreciate theaesthetic value of literature and consider its cultural contexts. The courseexplores the beauty of language, the importance of understanding the selfand others, and invites readers to consider how literature contributes toour contemporary culture. The course is arranged thematically and contentvaries from year to year. Themes may include, but are not limited to:immigration, war, poverty, the power of metaphor, and visual art andliterature. Literary Imaginations: For literature to be more than ink stains on whitepaper, we must use our imaginations to give it life. In this course we shallread works from throughout human history and around the world (India,Greece, Italy, England, Russia, Nigeria, Ireland, Japan) to imagine andunderstand the world that people have believed in, created, and inhabited. Literary Journeys: This course will examine a wide range of literature fromthe 17th Century to the present, while introducing students to the literarygenres of the short story, the novel and poetry. Students will examine howliterature can give them insights into their own lives as well as the worldaround them. Literary pieces will be examined in various historical, socialand political contexts. Assignments will help students develop theircritical reading and writing practices as well as expand the imaginativeelement of literature and witness God's presence in the world throughliterature. The Lives of Others: This course explores 4000 years of stories, fromancient Mesopotamia to the American South. Plays, poems, epics, andautobiographies broaden our perspective on the world and deepen ourunderstanding of being human. Two central themes of the course areperceptions of difference and expressions of faith. Reading, Spirituality and Cultural Politics: This course explores howliterature can entertain, educate, change, and empower readers. Theassignments are designed to refine college writing skills and to deepenstudents' critical knowledge and imaginative experience of literature. Theend goal of this course is that in learning to understand and serve theirliterary neighbors, students will be better equipped to understand and servetheir literal neighbors. (4 credits)
ENG277 - Young Adult Literature
(2 credits, alternate years, consult department) This course examines the field of young adult literature in its various genres: realistic fiction, historical fiction, fantasy, nonfiction, and poetry. Students will develop criteria for book selection and learn ways to respond ethically to young adult literature. Prerequisite: ENG250LC. ENG292 is also recommended.
ENG280 - Shakespeare
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: ENG220 (4 credits)
ENG283 - Grammar in the Classroom
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: ENG184 and sophomore standing. (2 credits)
ENG288 - Writing in the Professions
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.Prerequisites: sophomore class standing and ENG184 or ACT English score of 30 or above (SAT 680 or higher).(2 credits)
ENG290WI - The Art of the Essay
(2 credits)(Writing intensive) 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 writingnarrative and verse (fiction and poetry) and will, through an exploration ofa wide range of styles, come to understand both the historical aspects ofeach genre (i.e. how the art's been practiced and done before) and how thosegenres are currently practiced (i.e. what's poetry and fiction look liketoday?). 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
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 and ENG184 or ACT English score of 30 or above (SAT 680 or higher), or permission of instructor. (4 credits)
ENG308 - Methods of Teaching Secondary English and Speech
(3 credits, alternate years, consult department) Students will study and practice methods for teaching English and speech in middle school and high school. Pre-service teachers will examine national standards for English/Language Arts and develop their pedagogy for teaching writing, literature, speaking, and listening. This course requires a 30-hour practicum. Note: Does not count toward an English major or minor. Prerequisites: EDU102 and ENG250LC. EDU 307 is strongly recommended. Cross-Referenced: Cross-referenced in theatre/speech.
ENG345 - Linguistic Perspectives on English
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.(4 credits, alternate years, consult department)
ENG346 - American Literature I
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: ENG220.(4 credits, alternate years, consult department)
ENG347 - American Literature II
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: ENG220.(4 credits, alternate years, consult department)
ENG350 - Reading and Writing Short Fiction
Students will explore the nature and design of fiction by studying andanalyzing a range of short fictional genres, learning to read fiction theway its writers read it, and participating in a fiction writing workshop.Attention will be given to purposes of language, to relationships betweenreading and writing, and to narrative as a mode of thinking and anexpression of culture. Prerequisite: ENG292 or permission of instructor. (4 credits, alternateyears, consult department)
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 lyricessay and works that stretch and blur the line of nonfiction. Attention willbe given to the use of language, sentence structure, metaphor and scene,pushing narrative beyond surface description to deeper meaning. Prerequisite: ENG290WI or permission of instructor. (4 credits; alternateyears, consult department)
ENG352 - Reading and Writing Poetry
Students will actively explore the nature and design of poetry by studying arange of poetic genres and styles, learning to read poetry as writers do,and writing poetry in a writing workshop. Attention will be given to thepurposes of language, to relationships between reading and writing, and topoetry as a mode of thinking and an expression of culture. Prerequisite: ENG292 or permission of instructor. (4 credits; alternateyears, consult department)
ENG375 - Early British Literature
(4 credits, alternate years, consult department) A journey through ten centuries of British literature, from the Middle Agesthrough the Renaissance, culminating in the great Christian epic, Milton'sParadise Lost.Prerequisite: ENG250LC.
ENG377 - English Renaissance Literature
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: ENG220.(4 credits, alternate years, consult department)
ENG378 - English Nineteenth-Century Literature
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: ENG220.(4 credits, alternate years, consult department)
ENG379 - English Twentieth-Century Literature
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: ENG220.(4 credits, alternate years, consult department)
ENG380 - Special Topics in Writing
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: ENG184 or ACT English score of 30 or above (SAT 680 or higher).(2-4 credits)
ENG385 - Literature of Place
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: ENG220(4 credits, alternate years, consult department)
ENG386 - The Other America
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: ENG220. (4 credits, alternate years, consult department)
ENG387 - Special Topics in Rhetoric
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.Prerequisite: ENG184 or ACT English score of 30 or above (SAT 680 or higher).(2-4 credits, non-yearly, consult department)
ENG398 - Directed Study
ENG401 - History and Theory of Rhetoric
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.(4 credits)
ENG410 - Seminar in Interpretation
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.(4 credits, alternate years, consult department)
ENG417 - Internship
(4 credits may apply toward the major)
ENG420 - Advanced Writing Project
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. (4 credits; alternate years, consult department)
ENG480 - Special Topics in Literature and Culture
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.(4 credits, non-yearly, consult department)
ENG499 - Honors Research