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2023 Fall Term

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4 Units

INTENSIVE COLLEGE WRITING AND READING

ENGLISH 100

An intensive introduction to college writing and reading for students with appropriate placement scores. Emphasis on textual analysis of a variety of genres (both fiction and nonfiction), critical argumentation, the writing process, conventions of academic prose, and improvement of grammatical control and proofreading skills.


3 Units

INTRODUCTION TO COLLEGE WRITING AND READING

ENGLISH 101

Critical reading and writing with emphasis on textual analysis of a variety of genres (both fiction and nonfiction), critical argumentation, the writing process, and conventions of academic prose.


3 Units

INTRODUCTION TO COLLEGE WRITING, READING, AND RESEARCH

ENGLISH 102

Continuation of ENGLISH 100/ENGLISH 101 with additional emphasis on modes of inquiry, the research process, and the completion of a formally documented, argument-based research paper.


3 Units

FRESHMAN ENGLISH HONORS

ENGLISH 105

An accelerated course in the reading and writing of college-level prose that satisfies the Proficiency writing requirement for students in the University Honors program. Study of the major literary genres, and composition of substantial papers and a library research paper. NOTE -- students will be able to receive AP or other test credit for English 101 and ENGLISH 102, but they may not enroll in English 101 or ENGLISH 102 for credit after completing this course.


3 Units

POPULAR CULTURE AND LITERATURE

ENGLISH 110

This course introduces students to the textual study of popular culture in such forms as film, television, video games, or comics by pairing such texts with literary periods and/or movements that inform them. Students will question the boundaries between "high culture" and popular culture as reflected in the mass media.


3 Units

BRITISH LITERATURE SURVEY I

ENGLISH 206

A survey of British literature from the Old English period through the eighteenth century.


3 Units

AMERICAN LITERATURE SURVEY I

ENGLISH 226

A survey of American literature from the seventeenth century through the Civil War to acquaint the student with the foremost writers of our literary culture.


3 Units

THE BIBLE AS LITERATURE

ENGLISH 252

This course will survey the Bible and some other related Near Eastern literature, focusing on the development of genres, motifs, and other literary forms that have influenced the form and content of Western literature, including the parable, the proverb, the loss of Eden, exile and return, origin stories, and hero stories.


3 Units

THE CONTEMPORARY NOVEL

ENGLISH 263

A study of significant British and American novels and novelists of the last decade.


3 Units

GENDER AND FILM

ENGLISH 266

Students will learn to critically view, consider, and describe films, with special attention to representations of sexuality and gender. The course will include instruction in gender theory and methods for deploying gender analysis in the context of film studies.


3 Units

CRITICAL WRITING IN THE FIELD OF ENGLISH

ENGLISH 271

This course will help students become proficient in the skills of research, organization, writing, and revising that they will need in upper-division English courses. Students will learn both the general conventions of academic writing about literature (literary criticism) and the specific methods of some of the most important kinds of literary criticism.


3 Units

CREATIVE WRITING

ENGLISH 274

Study, discussion and writing of description, narration, verse and the short story.


3 Units

INTRODUCTION TO LANGUAGE STUDY

ENGLISH 281

An introduction to the basic tools and concepts for the study of language through study of the sounds, grammar, vocabulary, history, and cultural context of English.


3 Units

EUROPEAN LITERATURE

ENGLISH 329

This course explores the rich and varied field of European literature from its beginnings in Greek and Roman literature to present-day continental European literature, through studies of theme, genre, theory, or cultural analysis; topics will vary by instructor.


3 Units

LITERATURE OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE (1660-1820)

ENGLISH 343

This course will examine the various contexts; cultural, historical, and political; that comprise the long eighteenth century (1660-1820) as they are revealed by various modes of literary endeavor in Britain and its vast empire.


3 Units

STAGE PLAYS ON FILM

ENGLISH 354

In this course, students will study stage plays as well as the ways in which screenwriters and filmmakers adapt those plays for the big screen. Repeatable with change in topic.


3 Units

AMERICAN LITERATURE IN THE POSTMODERN AGE (1945-PRESENT)

ENGLISH 363

This course is designed to acquaint students with the rich tradition of American fiction and poetry of the last fifty years. Focusing on such figures as Ellison, Plath, Morrison, Pynchon, Baraka, and Delillo, this course invites students to debate the role that literature plays in a postwar American society. In doing so, we will focus on how writers address such postwar developments as: dawn of the nuclear age, Vietnam, the rise of mass culture, and rapid technologizing of American society.


3 Units

AMERICAN MINORITY WOMEN WRITERS

ENGLISH 368

A survey of poetry, fiction, drama, and essays written by African-American, Hispanic-American, Native American, and Asian-American women.


3 Units

ADVANCED COMPOSITION

ENGLISH 370

A course in advanced exposition and argumentation.


3 Units

POETRY WRITING

ENGLISH 373

An intensive course in the writing of poetry requiring a minimum of 250 lines of good verse (after revision). The course will consider examples from some of the best contemporary verse, as well as criticism by students and the instructor of student work.


3 Units

SCREENWRITING

ENGLISH 376

Practical experience in writing scripts for cinema and/or television, with special emphasis on the creative, theoretical, and critical processes.


3 Units

CREATIVE NONFICTION

ENGLISH 380

This workshop introduces students to the history, theory, tradition and practice of creative nonfiction in its many forms, including the edited journal, personal essay and memoir, nature essay, literary journalism, and academic/cultural criticism. Through a mix of seminar-style discussions, graduated writing assignments, and intensive workshop response and revision, students work to develop a substantive portfolio (40-50 pages) of their own work by the end of the semester.


3 Units

SPECIAL TOPICS WRITING WORKSHOP

ENGLISH 387

Creative writing workshop, variable topics.


3 Units

SHAKESPEARE

ENGLISH 404

A study of the works of Shakespeare which will include representative genres and which will not duplicate works studied in English 405.


3 Units

CURRENT THEORIES OF COMPOSITION FOR TEACHERS

ENGLISH 471

A course in theories and methods of teaching composition, including practice in the evaluating of student writing. Recommended for Juniors and Seniors only.


3 Units

SEMINAR IN LITERATURE BEFORE 1800

ENGLISH 480

As the capstone course for English Literature and English Education majors, this senior seminar will offer the student an intensive study of a topic in literature before 1800, including a semester-long research project and an oral presentation. Topics will vary.


1-6 Units

APPLIED STUDY: INTERNSHIP IN WRITING

ENGLISH 493

Offered on a satisfactory/no credit basis only. Internships, as available, in business or government for suitably prepared students wishing to make careers as writers. Repeatable for a maximum of six credits in degree.


1-3 Units

INDEPENDENT STUDY

ENGLISH 498

Study of a selected topic or topics under the direction of a faculty member. Repeatable.


3 Units

FUNDAMENTALS OF ENGLISH

ENGLISH 90

A course for students whose reading and writing skills need improvement through study of basic grammar and rhetoric before they attempt other English courses. This course does not count toward the 120 credits required for graduation, nor does it fulfill General Studies requirements, nor may it be counted toward the English major or minor. It may not be taken by students who are simultaneously taking or have satisfactorily completed another English course on this campus.

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