Course Sequence

ENGL-0103 / Non-Credited, Developmental Course

The function of the developmental course is to prepare the student to meet the minimal requirements set by a national placement test as well as the English Composition I course. The course emphasizes basic sentence, paragraph, and essay development, as well as emphases on fundamental rules in grammar and mechanics. Essays may be handwritten and typed, require no research, and are short in length (two to four pages).

Freshman Courses

ENGL-1013

The function of the Composition I (ENGL-1013) course is to prepare students to read and write in various modes and styles, such as description, comparison / contrast, and argumentation - the last of which may incorporate / require minimal research of academic scholarship. Essays may be handwritten and typed and require minimal research. Essays range from three to five pages in length.

ENGL-1023

(Prerequisite to all Literature Courses)
(Prerequisite: ENGL-1013 or a score of 27 or higher on the ACT English section)
The function of the Composition II (ENGL-1023) course is to introduce students to the various genres and styles of literary writing, such as poems, short stories, plays, and films. Course vigor includes essay development, as well as instruction on literary terminology and fundamental research techniques. At least one of the essays incorporates / requires research of academic scholarship. Essays range from four to six pages in length.

Sophomore Courses

The function of the literary survey course is to introduce students to a broad range various genres and styles of literary writing, such as essays, poems, short stories, plays, and films. Literary survey courses include two sections of American (ENGL-2203 and 2113), British (ENGL-2103 and ENGL-2113), and World (ENGL-2303 and ENGL-2313) literatures. Course vigor includes essay development, critical reading and writing (including the consideration of a work of literature in its biographical, social, and historical contexts), and fundamental research techniques. Essays incorporate / require research of academic scholarship and range from six to eight pages in length.

Junior Courses

The function of the 3000-level English course is to engage students in a more concentrated area of study within the field of English. Course vigor includes essays incorporate / require research of academic scholarship and range from ten to twelve pages in length.

 

ENGL-3713 / History of the English Language 3 credit hours

(Spring Only) (Prerequisite: ENGL-1023) A survey of the history of the English language, beginning with its Indo-European backgrounds, tracing the development of Old, Middle, and Modern English through major changes in vocabulary, sound, word formation, and syntax.

ENGL-3033 / Advanced Composition 3 credit hours

(Fall Alternate Odd Years) (Prerequisite: ENGL-1023) The development and application of the skills of effective writing pertinent to expository and persuasive essays that exhibit logic, coherence, structural soundness, and the exactness in grammar and mechanics characteristic of competent thinking and writing.

ENGL-3003 / Creative Writing 3 credit hours

(Fall Alternate Even Years) (Prerequisite: ENGL-1023) The discovery, discussion, and practice of the elusive but essential qualities that characterize imaginative and unique styles in poetry, essays, and short stories. Manuscripts are presented in class to be considered for constructive critical evaluation and comment by the instructor and students.

ENGL-3013 / Business and Technical Writing 3 credit hours

(Spring Alternate Off Years) (Prerequisite: ENGL-1023) Advanced study in the techniques and concepts of expository writing as used in business and industry, in scientific reports, technical analyses, brochures, periodicals, and intramural publications.

ENGL-3603 / Children's Literature 3 credit hours

(Fall Alternate Odd Years) (Prerequisite: ENGL-1023) An introduction to children's literature. Enduring classics, distinguished contemporary works, and notable Christian writings for children are among some of the aspects that are studied. Characteristics of good literature, illustrations, and illustrators are also examined. (Cross listed with ED-311)

ENGL-3023 / Advanced English Grammar 3 credit hours

(Spring Alternate Even Years) (Prerequisite: ENGL-1023) A study of descriptive grammar in relation to structure and to the current usage of cultivated and educated minds.

ENGL-3533 / Studies in Literature and Film 3 credit hours

(Spring Only) (Prerequisite: ENGL-1023) The course will examine films as valid literary art forms and will consider the narrative and cinematic implications of films as adaptations of print literature (novels, short stories, etc.).

ENGL-3703 / Studies in Literary Criticism 3 credit hours

(Fall Only) (Prerequisite: ENGL-1023) A survey of the foundations of literature by reading and studying critical essays about the nature, purpose, quality, and kind of literature, beginning with ancient examples and continuing to the present. Texts written by writers and critics from Homer to Sartre are studied.

ENGL-3613 / Literature for Adolescents 3 credit hours

(Spring Alternate Odd Years) (Prerequisite: ENGL-1023) An examination of the selections relevant to middle and high school level readings and discussions of ways to analyze and teach these selections.

ENGL-3503 / Studies in Poetry 3 credit hours

(Spring Alternate Odd Years) (Prerequisite: ENGL-1023) A study of the patterns and developments within poetry drawn from ancient through modern sources. Emphasis is on modern British and American poetry.

ENGL-3513 / Studies in Drama 3 credit hours

(Spring Alternate Even Years) (Prerequisite: ENGL-1023) The reading of plays representative of the great periods of drama, including Classical, Renaissance, and Modern. Emphasis is placed on modern works to discover the significant trends of thought and dramaturgy.

ENGL-3523 / Studies in Fiction 3 credit hours

(Fall Alternate Odd Years) (Prerequisite: ENGL-1023) The reading of selected short stories and novels. Emphasis is placed on the modern era, with discussions on the development of fiction and its various styles and techniques.

Senior Courses

The function of the 4000-level English course is to engage students in a specialized area of study within the field of English. Essays incorporate / require research of academic scholarship and range from fifteen to twenty pages in length.

 

ENGL-4303 / Studies in Ethnic Literatures

(Fall Only) (Prerequisite: ENGL-1023) Advanced studies in literature representing the ethnic diversity of American or world literature from generic, historical, thematic, or theoretical perspectives not included in the regular curriculum. Topics may change from term to term.

ENGL-4203 / Studies in American Literature

(Spring Only) (Prerequisite: ENGL-1023) Advanced studies in American literature from generic, historical, thematic, or theoretical perspectives not included in the regular curriculum. Topics may change from term to term.

EN-4103 / Studies in British Literature

(Fall Only) (Prerequisite: ENGL-1023) Advanced studies in British literature from generic, historical, thematic, or theoretical perspectives not included in the regular curriculum. Topics may change from term to term.

ENGL-4403 / Studies in Major Authors

(Spring Only) (Prerequisite: ENGL-1023) Advanced studies of major and influential authors from various cultures and backgrounds not included in the regular curriculum. Subjects may change from term to term.

ENGL-4513 / Secondary School Methods - English 3 credit hours

(Fall Alternate Odd Years) Covers planning, teaching methods and techniques, and evaluation for prospective teachers of English in junior and senior high school. Includes twenty hours of field experience.

ENGL-4803 / Senior Seminar 3 credit hours

(As Needed) An in-depth study of a topic proposed by the students and approved by the department chair. The student will write a paper of 25-30 pages length to demonstrate competency in persuasive writing, research, and critical interpretation. The development, support, and presentation of the topic may serve as a capstone to his or her studies in English.

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