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Undergraduate Courses

Undergraduate Courses

General Information

You will be interested in an English major if you want a career in teaching, journalism, law, or business. A major in English will help you become an accomplished writer and critical thinker with skills valued and needed in many professions.

Specific Information

As an English major you will have a core of required courses, and you may also select from a variety of courses in literature, writing and film.

The Bachelor of Arts with a major in English (36 required credit hours) is designed for students who want a sound background in literature and writing as preparation for graduate study or for a specific career. This major can be tailored to fit your individual career goals.

ENG 303 Contemporary Studies: The Movies

A study of major American films. Course includes such films as Citizen Kane, Casablanca, The Maltese Falcon, and current films.

  • Hours: 3
  • Prerequisite: ENG 108

ENG 308 Business and Professional Writing

Underlying principles and techniques for effective communications in business and professional settings. Emphasis on audience analysis, purpose, and organization of various types of letters, reports, and memoranda

  • Hours: 3
  • Fee: Yes
  • Offered: Winter
  • Prerequisite: ENG 108 and several courses in the student’s major field.

ENG 310 American Literature to 1900

Survey of American writers of the early period, including Bradstreet, Dickinson, Douglass, Emerson, Hawthorne, Melville, Thoreau, and Whitman.

  • Hours: 3
  • Fee: Yes
  • Offered: Winter
  • Prerequisite: One literature course and ENG 108

ENG 311 American Literature: 1900 to the Present

Survey of American writers of the later period, including Ellison, Faulkner, Fitzgerald, Frost, Hurston, Morrison, Stevens, and Wharton.

  • Hours: 3
  • Fee: Yes
  • Offered: Winter
  • Prerequisite: One literature course and ENG 108

ENG 312 Advanced Written and Oral Communications

Focus on writing and speaking situations in the student’s major field. Special attention is given to increasing sophistication in style, organization, development, and research strategies. Credits from this general education requirement are not counted toward the English major.

  • Hours: 3
  • Fee: Yes
  • Offered: Fall, Winter, Summer
  • Prerequisite: ENG 108 and at least two courses in students’ major

ENG 313 Journalism

Fundamentals of news gathering, writing, editing, and layout.

  • Hours: 3
  • Fee: Yes
  • Offered: Fall
  • Prerequisite: ENG 108

ENG 314 Literary Theory and Criticism

Study of the major trends in contemporary literary theory. Course also provides for practical experience with current methods and assumptions guiding the analysis and interpretation of literary texts.

  • Hours: 3
  • Fee: Yes
  • Offered: Winter
  • Prerequisite: ENG 108, ENG 260, and at least two literature courses

ENG 316 Grant Writing

Instruction in principles and practices of grant proposal writing.

  • Hours: 3
  • Offered: Winter

ENG 317 The English Language: History, Structure, and Grammar

Required for secondary teacher certification.

Study of the development of the English language and an introduction to structural principles and current linguistic theories. Topics include phonetics, language origin and history, word structure, syntax, dialects, language in social interaction, grammar and usage for teachers.

  • Hours: 3
  • Offered: Fall
  • Prerequisite: ENG 108

ENG 318 Professional Communications Design

Workshop-based, computer-enhanced examination of the theoretical principles and practical techniques for producing a variety of communications projects typically required by contemporary organizations.

  • Hours: 3
  • Offered: Winter
  • Prerequisite: ENG 108 and several courses in the student’s major field

ENG 319 Writing Creative Nonfiction

Instruction in the techniques of writing varieties of nonfiction beyond the traditional academic essay.

  • Hours: 3
  • Offered: Fall
  • Prerequisite: ENG 108

ENG 320 Selected Writers

In-depth study of one author.

  • Hours: 3
  • Offered: Winter
  • Prerequisite: One literature course and ENG 108

ENG 321 Modern Poetry

Study of major modern poets, including Yeats, Frost, Stevens, Moore, Eliot, Hughes, Bishop, Hayden, Lowell, Levine, Merwin, Plath, and Dove.

  • Hours: 3
  • Prerequisite: One literature course and ENG 108

ENG 322 Studies in African-American Literature

In-depth study of authors, periods, genres, or topics as chosen by the instructor. Students will do presentations and papers on specific individual writers, periods, genres, and/or themes, techniques, or works.

  • Hours: 3
  • Offered: Winter
  • Prerequisite: One literature course and ENG 108

ENG 324 Selected Topics

In-depth study of major authors, periods, or topics as chosen by the instructor.

  • Hours: 3
  • Prerequisite: At least three literature courses or permission of instructor and ENG 108
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