ATTENDANCE AND PARTICIPATION

Go to class! As a discipline, English is defined by both materials and methods. While students can certainly access the materials—texts of many kinds, defined in many ways—on their own, the methods require participation in a community of scholars, which is the role of the classroom lecture and discussion. Students learn from each other as well as from faculty, and miss a significant portion of the educational experience when they miss class meetings or fail to participate in discussions. The English Department therefore affirms the importance of regular class attendance and supports penalties for non-attendance as indicated on the syllabi of individual faculty members.

Courses at the 200-level

ENGL 201: Introduction to Literary Study I

The principles that define form and meaning in a literary text are examined. Emphasis is on close reading and on acquiring a critical vocabulary and methodology.
4 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • Gen. Ed. English and FYW 100 (or completion of the College Writing Requirement)
ENGL 202: Introduction to Literary Study II

The assumptions we make when we read and write about a literary text are examined. Fundamental issues of literary interpretation and various contemporary contexts for studying literature are considered.
4 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • ENGL 201
ENGL 205: Backgrounds in British Literature to 1800

Representative works of British literature from the Middle Ages through the eighteenth century are studied.
4 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • Gen. Ed. English and FYW 100 (or completion of College Writing Requirement
ENGL 206: Backgrounds in British Literature 1800 to Present

Representative works of British literature of the 19th and 20th centuries are studied.
4 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • Gen. Ed. English and FYW 100 (or completion of College Writing Requirement).
ENGL 207: Backgrounds in American Literature

Major authors and literary movements of American literature from the beginning to the present are studied.
4 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • Gen. Ed. English and FYW 100 (or completion of College Writing Requirement).
ENGL 210: Children's Literature

Students read material from early folklore to current literature in order to develop discrimination in the selection of books for children at the elementary school level. Focus is on methods of interpreting and evaluating children's literature.
4 credit hours

ENGL 212: Adolescent Literature

Themes appropriate to adolescence are explored in various genres. Resource material is included on adolescent literature.
4 credit hours

ENGL 220: Introduction to Creative Writing

Basic techniques of writing fiction and poetry are introduced. Emphasis is on fundamental methods and forms basic to contemporary fiction and poetry.
4 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • FYW 100
  • or completion of College Writing Requirement
ENGL 230: Writing for Professional Settings

Students explore the social and rhetorical dimensions of professional communication. Emphasis is on the rhetorical situation. Genres may include business letters, memos, proposals, and/or reports. (Formerly Business Writing.)
4 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • FYW 100
  • or completion of College Writing Requirement
ENGL 231: Writing for Digital and Multimedia Environments

Students examine the consumption and production of digital and multimedia communication. Emphasis is on the rhetorical situation. Genres may include rhetorical analyses, proposals, progress reports, and blogs. (Formerly Expository Writing.)
4 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • or completion of college Writing Requirement
  • FYW 100
ENGL 232: Writing for the Public Sphere

Students explore the critical and communicative tools of democratic participation. Emphasis is on the rhetorical situation. Genres may include letters, editorials, rhetorical analyses, white papers, and/or position papers.
4 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • FYW 100
  • or completion of College Writing Requirement
ENGL 240: News Writing

Study includes principles of gathering and writing news, developing article ideas, writing news stories and feature articles, and submitting articles for publication.
4 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • WRTG 100
  • or completion of College Writing Requirement
ENGL 261: Northern Exposures: Arctic Imagination, Postcolonial Context

Students examine cultural contact narratives, both "factual" and "fictional," between European "explorers" of the Arctic and native peoples in the comparative context of European colonialism and emergent native literatures.
4 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • Gen. Ed. Core 1, 2, and 3.
ENGL 262: Women, Crime, and Representation

Representations are examined in fiction, nonfiction, film, and television of women as criminals, as crime victims, and as detectives. Emphasis is on 20th- and 21st-century texts from several countries.
4 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • FYS, FYW, Gen. Ed. Literature, and at least 45 credits.
ENGL 263: Zen - East and West

Students explore Zen and its way of mindful "unknowing" from Eastern and Western expressions. Students read and write about literature, film, and representative works of Zen Buddhism from across time and across cultures.
4 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • FYS, FYW, and 45
ENGL 264: Writing and Culture: Papyrus to Cyberspace

Various approaches are used to trace the origins, evolution, diversity, and significance of human notational and writing systems. Students cannot receive credit for both English 264 and Anthropology 264.
4 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • Gen. Ed. Core 1, 2, and 3.
ENGL 265: Women's Stories Across Cultures

Contemporary narratives by women from various world cultures are compared. Focus is on women’s struggles for identity and their diverse modes of telling stories, including fiction, film, memoir, and comics.
4 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • FYS, FYW, and at least 45 credits

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