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Writing and Rhetoric
Writing courses offer students the opportunity to improve their skills in creative, expository, and technical writing. Students learn to express themselves more effectively and discover the power language has to organize and develop thought. Students practice writing traditional essays, poetry, fiction, screenplays, or the writing and editing of technical reports. Thus, student writers gain important cognitive skills while enhancing their personal, academic, and professional development. Courses in rhetoric allow students to study writing as a medium of communication and to explore the complex relationships between writer, audience, and the world they inhabit and seek to know.

1. English 101 English Composition I
2. English 102 English Composition II
3. English 103 Writing Workshop I
4. English 104 Writing Workshop II
5. English 118 Honors English Composition
6. English 121 English Grammar Review for Non-Native Speakers of English
7. English 131 English Composition for Non-Native Speakers of English I
8. English 132 English Composition for Non-Native Speakers of English II
9. English 255 Public Writing
10. English 257 Honors: Public Writing
11. English 262 Introduction to Poetry Writing
12. English 264 Introduction to Fiction Writing
13. English 267 Honors: Introduction to Poetry
14. English 268 Honors: Introduction to Fiction
15. English 295 Business and Technical Writing
16. English 355 Rhetoric and Writing
17. English 357 Honors: Rhetoric and Writing
18. English 360 Technical and Professional Writing
19. English 363 Writing Poetry
20. English 364 Writing Fiction
21. English 365 Writing Drama and the Screenplay
22. English 366 Writing Noncreative Nonfiction
23. English 367 Honors: Writing Poetry
24. English 368 Honors: Writing Fiction
25. English 455 Persuasive Writing
26. English 460 Technical Editing
27. English 462 Writing for Publication
28. English 463 Advanced Poetry Writing
29. English 464 Advanced Fiction Writing
30. English 466 Writing, Layout, and Production of Technical Documents
31. English 470 Special Topics in Rhetoric
32. English 484 Special Topics in Writing
33. English 495 Introduction to Rhetoric and Composition
34. English 496 The Rhetoric of Legal Discourse

Courses in literature are designed to broaden students’ exposure to literary texts and to deepen their knowledge and appreciation of imaginative writing works. Students develop skills in reading complex works from a variety of perspectives, and they deepen their understanding of the relation between literature and the historical and cultural forces that constitute it. By exposing students to a range of historical periods, authors, and genres, courses in literature expose students to a rich field of canonical and non-canonical texts. These courses also sharpen students’ abilities to analyze and write about literary works and cultural issues.

• English 201 British Literature I: Beowulf through Johnson
• English 202 British Literature II: Wordsworth to the Present
• English 206 Introduction to Shakespeare
• English 207 Honors British Literature I
• English 208 Honors British Literature II
• English 221 World Literature I: Ancient through Early Modern
• English 222 World Literature II: The Eighteenth-Century to the Present
• English 226 Introduction to Caribbean Literature
• English 231 American Literature I: Colonial Era to the Civil War
• English 232 American Literature II: Civil War to the Present
• English 233 Major Black Writers
• English 237 Honors American Literature I
• English 238 Honors American Literature II
• English 251 Introduction to Poetry
• English 252 Introduction to Drama
• English 253 Introduction to Fiction
• English 254 Themes in Literature
• English 301 British Culture to 1660
• English 302 British Culture: 1660 to Present
• English 331 Race and Ethnicity in American Literature
• English 332 Women in American Literature
• English 333 Black American Literature and Aesthetics
• English 335 African Literature
• English 336 Caribbean Literature
• English 351 The Short Story
• English 376 Colloquium in Literature
• English 377 Honors: Colloquium in Literature
• English 381 Introduction to Folklore
• English 389 Literature of the English Bible
• English 398 Junior-Senior Seminar
• English 401 Medieval Literature
• English 402 Chaucer
• English 403 Introduction to Middle English
• English 404 Shakespeare I: Early Plays
• English 405 Shakespeare II: Later Plays
• English 406 Renaissance Drama
• English 409 Spenser and His Contemporaries
• English 410 Milton, Donne, and Their Contemporaries
• English 411 Literature of the Restoration and Early Eighteenth Century: Dryden to Pope
• English 412 Literature of the Later Eighteenth Century: Johnson to Burns
• English 413 Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Genres and Modes
• English 414 Romantic Poetry and Prose I
• English 415 Romantic Poetry and Prose II
• English 416 Victorian Poetry and Prose I
• English 419 Victorian Poetry and Prose II
• English 420 The Nineteenth-Century British Novel
• English 421 Modern British Novel
• English 422 Women Writers in Britain
• English 423 Colonial and Post-Colonial Literature
• English 431 Early American Literature
• English 432 American Romanticism and Transcendentalism
• English 433 American Realism and Naturalism
• English 434 Modern American Literature
• English 435 American Novel before 1900
• English 436 Modern American Novel
• English 441 Southern Literature
• English 442 American Humor
• English 443 Topics in Black Literature
• English 451 Modern British and American Poetry
• English 452 Modern Drama
• English 453 Contemporary Drama
• English 454 Twentieth-Century International Novel
• English 456 Contemporary/Postmodern Literature
• English 459 Contemporary Poetry
• English 480 Fairy Tale, Legend, and Myth: Folk Narrative
• English 481 Studies in Folklore
• English 482 Major Authors
• English 483 Special Topics in Literature

Literary Theory and Criticism
By addressing the question of how literary works are invested with meaning, the English department’s courses in theory and criticism allow students to explore the act of reading from a variety of theoretical positions. These courses introduce students to the history of aesthetics and literary theory and to more recent theoretical schools: psychoanalytic theory, feminism and gender studies, reader response, new historicism, theory and race, deconstruction, and cultural studies. Students are encouraged to understand their own reading practices and the critical assumptions that underlie them.

• English 376 Colloquium in Literature
• English 479 Literary Criticism
• English 486 Special Topics in Criticism
• English 381 American Tales, Songs, and Material Culture
• English 480 Fairy Tale, Legend, and Myth: Folk Narrative
• English 481 Special Topics in Folklore

English Language
The courses in the English language offer students the opportunity to study the structure and function of language as a cognitive and communicative medium while focusing as much as possible on the history and structure of English. The 300-level courses serve as general introductions, one from a historical, the other from a contemporary perspective. After taking an introductory course, a student may explore the topics covered there in more detail by taking phonology, syntax, semantics, American English, sociolinguistics, teaching English as a second language, language and law, or such special topics as Appalachian English.

• English 321 Introduction to Old English
• English 371 Foundations of the English Language
• English 372 The Structure of Modern English
• English 403 Introduction to Middle English
• English 471 Sociolinguistics
• English 472 American English
• English 474 Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language
• English 476 Second Language Acquisition
• English 477 Pedagogical Grammar for ESL Teachers
• English 485 Special Topics in Language
• English 490 Language and Law

The English department’s undergraduate courses in Film Studies emphasize film as a narrative art form and aim to help students understand and write about film with clarity and insight. Each course has its own particular focus. Introduction to Film Studies, the most general course, provides a basic introduction to film history and aesthetics. Film and American Culture focuses on the aesthetic, historical, and cultural significance of movies in American society. Topics in Film Studies, a special topics course, changes topics each time it is taught; it may concentrate on a particular film genre, a specific period or national cinema movement, one or more film directors, or some other topic. It may be taken for credit twice. All the courses include exams and writing assignments, with critical analysis of individual films common in the introductory course and substantial written projects more likely in the advanced courses.

• English 281 Introduction to Film Studies
• English 334 Film and American Culture
• English 489 Special Topics in Film

Honors, Off-campus Study, Independent Study, Senior Seminar

• English 207 Honors: British Literature I
• English 208 Honors: British Literature II
• English 237 Honors: American Literature I
• English 238 Honors: American Literature II
• English 257 Honors: Public Writing
• English 267 Honors: Introduction to Poetry
• English 268 Honors: Introduction to Fiction
• English 357 Honors: Rhetoric and Writing
• English 367 Honors: Writing Poetry
• English 368 Honors: Writing Fiction
• English 398 Junior-Senior Honors Seminar
• English 491 Foreign Study (Drama in Stratford and London)
• English 492 Off-Campus Study (Drama in New York)
• English 493 Independent Study
• English 497 Honors: Senior Seminar
• English 498 Seniors Honors Project
• English 499 Senior Seminar

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