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Department of English and Modern Languages
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English Course Descriptions

Developmental Course

State regulations prohibit the use of credit in English 130C to fulfill degree requirements; however, the grade earned in this course is included in the computation of a student’s grade point average.

130C Fundamentals of English (3-2). An intense study of the fundamentals of reading and writing that emphasizes concepts basic to both verbal skills. Students receive abundant practice in composition as well as in comprehension and analysis of selected readings. Satisfactory completion of this course shall be a condition for enrolling in English 1301. (Laboratory activities will supplement classroom instruction. The amount of time required of students in the laboratory will depend on the level of deficiency.)

College-Level Courses

The freshman college-level English program is designed to enable the student to achieve proficiency in composition. Proficiency at the college level may be demonstrated by satisfactorily completing English 1301 and 1302 or by achieving credit through examination and passing the writing and reading sections of a State-approved TSI Assessment test.

Completion of the proficiency requirement in composition is prerequisite to sophomore-level courses, and completion of six semester hours of sophomore English is prerequisite to advanced courses.

A student enrolled in English 1301 who, in the judgment of the faculty and administration, does not have the basic skills necessary for the successful completion of that course may be required to drop English 1301 and enroll in English 130C with the same provisions stated for that class.

Courses In English (ENG)

1301/1301 English Composition (3-0). Emphasizing the writing process, the course offers abundant practice in producing effective prose essays as well as in analyzing and discussing selected readings. Prerequisites: English 130C or an acceptable score on the English section of the ACT or the verbal section of the SAT.

1302/1302 Writing Across the Curriculum (3-0). A course in critical reading and writing across the curriculum, including the research process and the research paper. Prerequisite: English 1301 or equivalent credit. The sophomore literature requirement for all degree plans may be met by taking any of the four sophomore literature courses offered (2323, 2324, 2325, 2329). The courses may be taken in any sequence or any combination. Satisfactory completion of English 1301 and 1302 or achieving credit through examination is prerequisite for any sophomore-level course.

2323 Readings in British Literature (3-0). A study of diverse works by British writers. Emphasis on reading, comprehending, appreciating, and thinking critically about the selected works within the context of British culture and literary history.

2324 Readings in American Literature (3-0). A study of diverse works by American writers. Emphasis on reading, comprehending, appreciating, and thinking critically about the selected works within the context of American culture and literary history.

2325 Readings in World Literature (3-0). A study of diverse works by writers from various countries. Emphasis on reading, comprehending, appreciating, and thinking critically about the selected works within the context of the culture and literary history of the works’ origins.

2329 Introduction to Literary Studies (3-0). Introduction to the study of literature featuring works by various writers. Emphasis on critical reading and writing with understanding of literary theory and critical methodology. Recommended for English majors and minors. Satisfactory completion of six semester hours of sophomore English is prerequisite to advanced courses. (3000- and 4000-level courses).

3301 Medieval English Literature (3-0). English literature of the Middle Ages from the Anglo-Saxon period to the fifteenth century.

3309 Victorian Literature (3-0). Major English works of the Victorian period exclusive of the novel.

3311 English Renaissance Literature (3-0). English literature of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, excluding Shakespeare. Typical studies include drama, lyric poetry, dramatic poetry, and prose.

3312 English Literature of the Restoration and Enlightenment (3-0). Major English authors from 1660 to 1785, with analysis of representative works.

3313 British Romantic Literature (3-0). A study of the Romantic movement in England, with analysis of representative works.

3331 American Literature to 1870 (3-0). A survey of authors, genres, themes, and movements in American literature before 1870.

3332 American Literature after 1870 (3-0). A survey of authors, genres, themes, and movements in American literature after 1870.

3333 British Literature to 1800 (3-0). A survey of authors, genres, themes, and movements in British Literature to 1800.

3334 British Literature After 1800 (3-0). A survey of authors, genres, themes, and movements in British literature after 1800.

3336 Folklore (3-0). A study of folk motifs of various cultures throughout the world.

3339 Ethnic American Literature (3-0). A study of the contributions of one or more ethnic groups, excluding works covered in English 4336: Mexican American Literature.

3341 Contemporary Literature (3-0). A study of selected works of literature written within the past half century. Will include a variety of authors, genres, and national literary traditions.

3350 Young Adult Literature (3-0). A survey of literature for young adults with attention to literary history, aesthetic qualities, and critical approaches. Recommended only for students seeking secondary certification.

3351 Technical Writing (3-0). Study and practice in document development for majors in agriculture, engineering, mathematics, nursing, science, and other technical fields. The course includes intensive use of computer skills, especially word processing and graphics. Prerequisites: Sophomore literature; 60 semester credit hours.

3352 Business Communications (3-0). Study of and practice in the skills and knowledge needed to communicate effectively in today’s business environment. Prerequisite: Sophomore literature.

3353 Web Publishing (3-0). Comprehensive overview of analyzing and designing functional websites for the workplace. Focuses on theoretical aspects and practical applications of web design, as well as principles and practices of multimedia design and implementation. Prerequisite: English 3351 or 3352.

3354 Intercultural and International Technical and Business Writing (3-0). Comprehensive overview of the role of culture in technical and business writing practices with a focus on designing professional documents for intercultural and international audiences. Prerequisite: English 3351 or 3352.

3355 Fiction and Fiction Writing (3-0). A study of the theory and accepted practices of fiction and fiction writing. Writing assignments may include both critical essays and original fiction.

3356 Poetry and Poetry Writing (3-0). A study of the theory and accepted practices of poetry and poetry writing. Writing assignments may include both critical essays and original poetry.

4309 Shakespeare (3-0). A study of Shakespeare’s dramatic and non-dramatic works.

4310 Studies in the British Novel (3-0). The study of a variety of topics and authors in the British novel.

4311 Topics in British Literature (3-0). A study of one or more topics in British literature.

4320 The Discipline of English (3-0). The course focuses on the theoretical considerations of literacy in the 21st century, specifically literature, composition, and language. The class also engages students in exploring and developing instructional practices appropriate for the secondary English classroom. Prerequisites: 90 semester credit hours, including 21 hours of English; 2.50 GPA cumulative and in residence, with no grade lower than C in all completed required English courses.

4329 Studies in Short Fiction (3-0). A study of major works, authors, periods, and/or theories of short fiction. Specific topics may vary.

4332 Studies in the American Novel (3-0). The study of a variety of topics and authors in the American novel.

4335 Comparative Literature (3-0). Non-English literature in translation. Emphasis may vary from semester to semester upon theme, genre, or national literature.

4336 Mexican American Literature (3-0). The literature of Mexican American authors in various genres.

4337 Women’s Literature (3-0). A study of literary texts, in various genres, by women.

4344 Topics in American Literature (3-0). A study of one or more topics in American literature.

4353 Literary Criticism (3-0). A study of critical theories and/or methods of literary interpretation.

4355 Film Criticism (3-0). A study of the cinema as an art form and an index to popular culture.

4358 Advanced Composition (3-0). Advanced technique and practice in writing processes as well as in rhetorical, literary, and stylistic analysis.

4360 Professional Editing (3-0). Study and practice in editing methods for business, technical, scientific, and other professional documents, both electronic and paper. Practical experience includes editing documents produced by the business community and university. Prerequisite: English 3351 or 3352.

4361 English Grammar (3-0). A study of grammar, including grammatical forms and functions, sentence structure, and diagramming.

4363 History of the English Language (3-0). A study of the structures of Old, Middle, Modern, and Present Day English, including readings from the various periods.

4365 Usability Testing in Technical and Business Writing (3-0). Overview of usability testing (testing of products, product documentation, and websites) procedures in technical communication, including the construction of a usability testing lab, practice at conducting usability tests through a service-learning project, and methods of reporting usability findings to clients. Prerequisite: English 3351 or 3352.

4373 Professional Writing (3-0). Strong emphasis on building writing skills and developing student identity as a professional. Culminates in the assembly of a professional portfolio that the student can use in the search for internships and post-graduation employment. Prerequisite: 90 semester credit hours, including a 2.0 cumulative GPA in 12 advanced hours in English (3351 or 3352, 3353, 4358, 4360 strongly recommended) or department approval.

4376 Fiction Writing Workshop (3-0). Intensive practice in writing and evaluating fiction. May be repeated once for credit. Prerequisite: English 3355.

4377 Poetry Writing Workshop (3-0). Intensive practice in writing and evaluating poetry. May be repeated once for credit. Prerequisite: English 3356.

4381 Special Topics (3-0). Selected topics in English. (May be repeated once for credit when topic varies.)

4391 Research. A specialized course that may be directed reading or research for superior students majoring in English.