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ENG 1003: English as a Foreign Language I
To meet the particular needs of students whose native language is not English, this course offers instruction and practice in conversational skills, basic structure and vocabulary, and reading/writing. The work is adapted to the requirements of those enrolled. Open only to non-native speakers. Student will place “in” and “out” of this course with permission of the instructor.
4 class hours
3 credits

ENG 1010: Introduction to Literary Studies
This course prepares students to conduct research on literary subjects, analyze works of literature, employ MLA documentation, locate and evaluate research sources, and apply essential critical theories. This course will include reading classic literary texts and pertinent criticism, as well as research writing. This course is required as the introductory course for English and Writing majors.
3 class hours
3 credits

ENG 2011: British Literature to 1800
This course provides a survey of British Literature, from early texts translated from Old and Middle English to the beginning of the Romantic period. Students will gain a familiarity with the major developments and historical contexts of early British Literature, as well as with key figures such as Chaucer, Shakespeare, Donne, and Milton.
3 credits

ENG 2012: British Literature from 1800 to the Present
Building on students’ familiarity with the traditions of British Literature covered in ENG 2021, this course surveys important trends in British Literature from the Romantic period through the present age. Students will learn about some of the major issues and historical contexts shaping the literature written by figures such as Wordsworth, Dickens, Austen, Woolf, and Larkin.
3 credits

ENG 2015: Introduction to Creative Writing
This course, which is a prerequisite to upper-division writing workshops, will introduce students to the basic structures and strategies used by creative writers working in genres such as fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and drama. In addition to becoming familiar with techniques for idea generation, development, and revision, students will share their own writing in workshop settings, learning to critique the work of their peers in respectful and constructive ways.
3 credits

ENG 2020: History of the English Language
This course will provide an overview of how the English language has evolved from its Germanic roots, through the infusion of Norman French and beyond, leading eventually to the emergence of contemporary dialects. Students will learn about the historical and intellectual contexts of this evolution, and come to see that rules of grammar and syntax are properly understood as descriptive, rather than prescriptive.
3 credits

ENG 2021:American Literature to 1860
This course will survey major trends and developments in American literature from exploration narratives through the flowering of literary experimentation in the years preceding the Civil War. In addition to studying such characteristically American forms as captivity narratives and personal accounts of slavery, students will become familiar with the work of major figures such as Bradstreet, Irving, Hawthorne, Stowe, and Dickinson.
3 credits

ENG 2022: American Literature from 1860 to the Present
Building on the knowledge acquired in ENG 2021, students in this course will survey major trends in American literature from the outbreak of the Civil War to the present, developing an understanding of Romantic, Realist, Modernist, and Postmodernist movements. Students will also gain a familiarity with the major American authors of this period, such as Twain, H.D., Hughes, Faulkner, and Morrison.
3 credits

ENG 3007: World Literature
This course is intended to expand the breadth of current English offerings by offering students the chance to study literature from cultures that exist beyond the major British and American traditions. Some sections of this course may choose a cross-cultural approach, looking at images of nature, for example, in Asian, African, and Eastern European cultures. Other sections may focus specifically on one cultural tradition, such as Japanese poetry or the modern Arabic novel, or on postcolonial studies of the literature of former British colonies. May be taken more than once when a different subtitle is offered. Prerequisite: ENG 1010 Introduction to Literary Studies or permission of instructor.
3 credits

ENG 3011: Environmental Writing Workshop
This workshop asks students to focus their original creative writing on the ways in which humans relate to their environments. The course may be taken multiple times as different sub-titles are specified. A rotating focus for the Environmental Writing Workshop includes subtopics such as Poetry, Creative Nonfiction, Filed Journaling, Fiction, and Natural History Writing. May be taken more than once when a different subtitle is offered. Prerequisite: ENG 2015 Introduction to Creative Writing, or permission of the instructor.
3 credits

ENG/DRA 3017: Writing Workshop
This intensive writing course focuses on a specific genre or category of writing, such as poetry, playwriting, short fiction, screenwriting, etc. May be taken more than once when a different subtitle is offered. Prerequisite: ENG 2015 Introduction to Creative Writing or permission of the instructor.
3 class hours
3 credits

ENG 3019: Teaching Writing & Grammar
The course combines study of research on teaching writing, examination of dominant schools and authorities on writing instruction, and study of grammar with constant application and reflection on that practice. Theory and practice will be joined in a dialectic. The course is offered spring semester to coincide with Voices of Community. In addition to two hours of class each week, students will be assigned to a section of Voices where they will provide writing assistance for the students in that section. Prerequisites: Sophomore standing and demonstrated competence as a writer. Written competence demonstrated by submission of a writing sample at the first class meeting, to be evaluated by the instructor.
3 credits

ENG 4000: Senior Thesis
Working closely with a faculty mentor through the semester, the student prepares an extended critical research paper on a topic in English studies. The student must arrange for a mentor before registration. A minimum of seven individualized conferences with the mentor is required. If the thesis is taken as a summer course, the student will be billed separately for tuition. Prerequisite: Junior standing or department permission.
4 credits

ENG 4001: Internship
Supervised by a faculty mentor, the student completes a period of practical experience in a paid or unpaid workplace position which draws on English skills. Prior approval of advisor must be obtained before registering and start of internship. Student’s evaluative report, daily journal, and workplace supervisor’s letter are required. If taken as a summer course, the internship requires a separate tuition fee. Prerequisite: Junior standing or permission of department.
4 credits

ENG 4009: Senior Writing Project
All Writing majors must complete the Senior Writing Project, producing a substantial, unified body of original work, such as a novella, a play, a collection of stories, a collection of poems, a work of creative nonfiction, or a collection of essays. Working with a faculty mentor, students will take their work through a series of steps, including review, drafting, and revising. This project will culminate in a public reading arranged by the student.
4 credits

ENG 4010: Writing Practicum
While not a required course in the Writing major, the practicum offers the student an opportunity to receive credit for workplace experience using writing skills. The position may be volunteer work, or paid or unpaid employment. Students keep a journal and a portfolio of work and arrange for a supervisor’s letter. The practicum is monitored and evaluated by a faculty mentor. Prerequisite: Junior standing or department permission.
3 credits

ENG 4015: Literature of Diversity
This course studies literature translated from other languages, Anglophone literature from outside the United Kingdom and the United States, and literatures from minority or special populations in North America. Offerings have included World Epics, Comparative Mythology, Women and Literature, African-American Literature, and Native American Women Writers. May be taken more than once when a different subtitle is offered. Prerequisite: ENG 1010 Introduction to Literary Studies or permission of instructor.
3 credits

ENG 4016: Seminar in Literary Genres
This course will provide students with an opportunity for more intensive study of a single literary genre than is possible in a survey course. Topics may include, but are not limited to, Beginnings of the Novel, Contemporary Drama, Romantic Poetry, Literary Nonfiction, the Contemporary Long Poem, Gothic Fiction, the Sonnet, and Postmodern Narrative. May be taken more than once when a different subtitle is offered. Prerequisite: ENG 1010 Introduction to Literary Studies and one survey course.
3 credits

ENG 4017: Seminar in Literary Figures & Movements
This course will provide students with an opportunity for more intensive study of a single literary figure or movement than is possible in a survey course. Topics may include, but are not limited to, William Shakespeare, the Beats, Emily Dickinson, William Faulkner, the Bronte sisters, the Fireside Poets, Robert Frost, the Transcendentalists, and Modernism. May be taken more than once when a different subtitle is offered. Prerequisite: ENG 1010 Introduction to Literary Studies and one survey course.
3 credits

ENG 4018: Seminar in Interdisciplinary Approaches to Literature
This course will provide students with an opportunity for a sustained and truly interdisciplinary study of literature. Topics may include, but are not limited to, Studies in the Sense of Place, Ecology and Literature, Buddhism and Literature, Film and Literature, Psychology and Literary Naturalism, and Bioregional Literature. May be taken more than once when a different subtitle is offered. Prerequisite: ENG 1010 Introduction to Literary Studies and one survey course.
3 credits

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