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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 331 Contemporary Drama

Studies in drama from the 1950s to the present.

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

ENG 333 Detroit in Literature

Examination of representations of Detroit in fiction, poetry, and other artistic media produced between 1940 and the present.

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

ENG 347 Methods of Teaching English

Introduction to the theories, goals, and techniques of teaching English at the secondary level. Unit planning, learning assessment, skill building in composition and literature, simulations in lesson presentation. Appropriate field-based experiences.

  • Hours: 3
  • Offered: Fall, Winter
  • Prerequisite: Admission to teacher certification; permission of department and instructor

ENG 348 Methods of Teaching Writing and Speaking, K-12

An introduction to Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) theories and practices of teaching written and oral literacies at the elementary and secondary levels.

  • Hours: 3
  • Offered: Elementary focus in Fall, Secondary focus in Winter
  • Prerequisite: ENG 108

ENG 350 World Literature

Survey of works of world literature in translation. This may include works of Asian, African, Caribbean, European, and South American writers.

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

ENG 351 Shakespeare

Study and discussion of selected plays from major periods of Shakespeare’s development.

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

ENG 352 The Novel

Study of the development of and major themes in the genre of the novel, including such novels as Madame Bovary, David Copperfield, Crime and Punishment, and Portrait of a Lady.

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

ENG 353 Contemporary Literature of Africa

Study and discussion of contemporary African literature. This may include works of Chinua Achebe, Ngugi wa Thiongo, Ama Ata Aidoo, J.M. Coetzee, Nadine Gordimer, and Nuruddin Farah.

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

ENG 361 Shakespeare on Film

Study of text and contemporary film interpretations of such works as Hamlet (Branagh, Zeffirelli, Almereyda), Romeo and Juliet (Zeffirelli and Luhrmann), Branagh’s versions of Henry V, Much Ado About Nothing, Love’s Labours’ Lost, Trevor Nunn’s Twelfth Night, etc.

  • Hours: 3

ENG 362 Advanced Creative Writing: Poetry

Advanced instruction in the writing of poetry. Writing workshop with student conferences. Students take part in public presentation/publication of their work.

  • Hours: 3
  • Offered: Winter
  • Prerequisite: ENG 108, ENG 264

ENG 363 Advanced Creative Writing: Fiction

Advanced instruction in the techniques of short story and longer fiction writing. Writing workshop with student conferences. Students take part in public presentation/publication of their work.

  • Hours: 3
  • Offered: Fall
  • Prerequisite: ENG 108, ENG 264

ENG 370 Literature by Women

Study of literature by women and the tradition that produces that literature. The course will examine literature from a feminist perspective.

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

ENG 388 Cooperative Field Experience

Supervised work experience in an activity related to English or language arts.

  • Hours: 1-4
  • Offered: Fall, Winter, Summer
  • Prerequisite: Department approval

ENG 491 Independent Study

Independent in-depth study of particular authors, periods, genres, or issues.

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

ENG 496 Senior Seminar

In-depth critical reading, research, and analysis of a specific theme or the works of a single author. An extensive written research project and an oral presentation are required.

  • Hours: 3
  • Fee: Yes
  • Offered: Fall, Winter
  • Prerequisite: English or Language Arts majors only‚ three literature courses at the 300 level‚ENG 260, ENG 312‚ ENG 314‚ 20-22 hours in the major
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