Course Descriptions — English

ENG1000 Introduction to Academic Writing 4 semester hours
This course introduces students to the conventions and skills of college writing and reading. Through reading a variety of texts, students will develop their own skills in writing in response to written arguments. Students will compose several short papers and revise them extensively, in order to practice and internalize the process of thinking, writing, rethinking, and revision that is central to the practice of effective writing. Students will also develop an awareness of themselves as writers, become conscious of their strengths and weaknesses, and develop strategies to improve.
Meets first-year General Education requirement. ENG1000 and IDS1610 should be taken in opposite semesters in either order.

ENG1030 Grammar 2 semester hours
This course is designed to ensure that students, especially those planning on careers in the classroom, leave the university with a reasonably good understanding of the grammatical structure of the English sentence—and of why this structure is worth understanding. Students who successfully complete the course will be able to identify parts of speech, various types of grammatical phrases and clauses, and will be able to construct sentences that conform to various structural descriptions.

ENG1060 Introduction to Literature 4 semester hours
This course helps students become more competent and productive readers of literature through the examination of works from a variety of periods and genres. Through the reading of novels, short stories, plays and poems from a variety of authors writing during a variety of eras, the course addresses such questions as: How does reading literature differ from reading other kinds of writing? How does the experience of literature vary according to the type of work one is reading? What is the use or value of reading literature? The course will also aim to provide students with a basic critical vocabulary for the analysis and discussion of literature.
Meets General Education “Aesthetic and Philosophical Expression” Group B requirement (for students entering Aurora University prior to Summer 2014).

ENG2010 Introduction to Research Writing 4 semester hours
In this course, students read and discuss both fictional and non-fictional prose and prepare related writing assignments, including a substantial research-based argument paper requiring library research and documentation and synthesis of materials gathered from diverse sources into a coherently organized paper.
Prerequisite: ENG1000.

ENG2060 Introduction to Creative Writing 4 semester hours
This course will be primarily concerned with the production and study of creative poetry and fiction. Students will study techniques and the imaginative uses of language in short stories and poems, in order to write their own original poetry and short fiction. Participants will read examples by diverse, contemporary writers as models for their own work. Students will read and critique the creative works produced by members of the class in a friendly, yet rigorous workshop environment.
Prerequisite: ENG1000.

ENG2100 Linguistics 4 semester hours
This course serves as an introduction to the scientific study of language. We will approach language descriptively rather than prescriptively; which is to say, we will test hypotheses through observation of the phenomenon of language rather than mandate what language “should” be. We will explore problems in the main areas of linguistics: phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics and pragmatics. In doing so, we will address a range of topics such as the neurological basis of language; the process and stages of language acquisition; methods of second language learning; linguistic change and variation; and sociolinguistic issues such as the social status of African-American Vernacular English and regional dialects.
Prerequisite: ENG1000.

ENG2200 The Novel 4 semester hours
This course studies the development of the novel from the 18th through the 20th centuries. The focus will be on the English novel, but some attention will be given to American and European instances of the form. The course will also explore a range of critical approaches to the form and to its relationship with the various contexts that shape the way we read novels.
Prerequisite: ENG1000.

ENG/THE2220 Drama 4 semester hours
Cross-listed with THE2220. For description see THE2220.
Prerequisite: ENG1000 or THE1200. (Both recommended)
Meets General Education “Aesthetic and Philosophical Expression” Group B requirement (for students entering Aurora University prior to Summer 2014).

ENG2240 Poetry 4 semester hours
Students will study poetry written in English during the last 400 years. Reading in the poetry is supplemented and focused by readings in criticism and poetics. The approach is topical rather than chronological and should develop a student’s sense of what kind of thing a poem is and how poems can best be read.
Prerequisite: ENG1000.
Meets General Education “Aesthetic and Philosophical Expression” Group B requirement (for students entering Aurora University prior to Summer 2014).

ENG2260 Critical Approaches to Literature 4 semester hours
This course provides preparation in the methods and materials of literary study. While the course devotes some attention to introducing or reviewing basic analytic vocabulary, it emphasizes the application of different critical and theoretical approaches to the interpretation of primary literary texts. Along with the selected literary works, assigned readings will include a variety of scholarly secondary texts.
Prerequisite: ENG1000.

ENG2400 Grammar and Composition for Teachers 4 semester hours
This course is focused primarily upon how English sentences are structured grammatically and upon how an understanding of grammatical functioning of language can inform the teaching of the discipline of English. The course will also introduce fundamental concepts of composition theory to future teachers. Through an investigation of the relationship between an individual’s grammatical knowledge and writing abilities, the course will prepare teachers to enter careers focused upon developing students’ knowledge about the structures of the English language in order to enhance their skills as readers and writers.
Prerequisite: ENG1000.

ENG3020 Advanced Academic Writing 4 semester hours
This course analyzes and prepares students to produce prose of the sort expected in upper-level undergraduate courses or graduate programs, primarily in the humanities and social sciences. The course emphasizes the development of a flexible and efficient style and of sophisticated expository and argumentative discourse strategies.
Prerequisites: ENG1000; IDS1610.

ENG3060 Intermediate Fiction Writing 4 semester hours
This workshop focuses on the writing of short fiction using modern and contemporary short stories as models and inspiration, which will expose students to a wide range of literary fiction.
Prerequisite: ENG2060.

ENG3100 Stylistics 4 semester hours
This course will employ the methods of linguistics to analyze literary texts and explore the linguistic choices that authors make in composing a work, and what effects those decisions have on the text and its reception. Topics that may be covered include: point of view, narration, dialogue and speech markers, implicature, speech acts, meter and prosody, figurative language, and qualitative and quantitative methods of stylistic analysis. To tie our linguistic analyses both to literary criticism and the production of literary texts, students will apply linguistic analysis to literary works of their own creation, as well as canonical works of literature.
Prerequisites: ENG1000; IDS1610.

ENG/EDU3180 Multicultural Literature for Children 2 semester hours
Cross-listed with EDU3180. For description, see EDU3180.

ENG/EDU3190 Multicultural Literature for Young Adults 2 semester hours
Cross-listed with EDU3190. For description, see EDU3190.

ENG3200 Comparative Literature 4 semester hours
This course studies classic works of literature, primarily from the western tradition, ranging from the Greeks through the modernist period. Versions of the course will be organized around particular themes or issues (e.g., the Antigone or Faust story, the development and exhaustion of the epic tradition, the rise of realism in European literature, etc.). The course will also explore a range of critical and scholarly perspectives on the literature it studies.
Prerequisite: ENG1000 and IDS1610.

ENG3240 Intermediate Poetry Writing 4 semester hours
This workshop gives students the opportunity to sharpen their skills as poets and exposes them to a wide range of contemporary poetry.
Prerequisite: ENG2060.

ENG3320 American Literature: Puritanism–1865E 4 semester hours
American Literature presents a study of Americans in their developing and changing environment from the Puritanism, to the Colonial and the Romantic periods, to the end of the Civil War. We will cover a broad range of texts: political essays, songs, captivity narratives, memoirs, myths and tales, poetry, and the emerging American novel. Writers studied may include Bradford, Bradstreet, Mather, Franklin, Jefferson, Wheatley, Douglass, Truth, Melville, Hawthorne, Emerson, Thoreau, Fuller and Whitman.
Prerequisites: ENG1000; IDS1610.
Meets General Education “Aesthetic and Philosophical Expression” Group B requirement (for students entering Aurora University prior to Summer 2014).

ENG3440 British Literature: The Romantics to the Modernists 4 semester hours
This course continues the survey of British literature by tracing the literary developments from Romanticism through the Victorian and Modernist periods. Readings will reflect the popularity of prose fiction during these eras. In addition to Wordsworth and the Romantic poets, readings may include works by Austen, Tennyson, Arnold, Browning, Dickens, Eliot, Hardy, Conrad, Lawrence, Woolf, Forster and Shaw. The course will also explore critical approaches to literature, particularly those that emphasize the reading of literary texts within historical and cultural contexts.
Prerequisites: ENG1000; IDS1610.
Meets General Education “Aesthetic and Philosophical Expression” Group B requirement (for students entering Aurora University prior to Summer 2014).

ENG3460 British Literature: The Modernists to the Present 4 semester hours
This course concludes the survey of British literature by examining British and Anglophone writers from the modernist era until the present, a period marked by two world wars, the decline of the British empire, and the emergence of a multicultural Britain. Readings may include works by Eliot, Woolf, Auden, Larkin, Hughes, Rhys, Lessing, Achebe, Rushdie, Boland and Heaney. The course will also explore critical approaches to literature, particularly those that emphasize the reading of literary texts within historical and cultural contexts.
Prerequisites: ENG1000; IDS1610.

ENG3500 Contemporary World Literature 4 semester hours
This course studies literature since WWII, with special emphasis on the post-colonial and post modern strands in the imaginative writing of the last half-century. The course will also explore a range of critical approaches to this work and to its relationship with the various contexts that shape the way we read it.
Prerequisites: ENG1000; IDS1610.

ENG3510 Gender and Literature 4 semester hours
This course examines the intersections among sex, gender, and culture, as represented in literature. A range of critical framework—lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender studies, feminisms, and masculinity studies—will be used to engage with questions of how literature represents, constructs, reinforces, and interrogates understandings of sex, sexual orientation, and gender. Students will read literary works of underrepresented authors from a variety of world cultures and within specific national and historical contexts.
Prerequisites: ENG1000; IDS1610.

ENG3520 Racial and Ethnic Themes in Literature 4 semester hours
This course addresses the development of racial or ethnic themes in different literary genres created in America and the diaspora by African American, Asian/Pacific American, Native American, Latino/American origin, or writers of other ethnic origin, from the 19th century to the present. We will focus on interpretations of texts, the world that these texts create as well as our everyday world. We will also examine the sociopolitical, historical and ethnic foundations underlying the contexts that shape these texts. Critical approaches to the interpretation of these works will include cultural criticism.
Prerequisites: ENG1000; IDS1610.

ENG3550 Language, Literacy and Cognition 4 semester hours
This course studies the ways in which the mind acquires, produces and understands language; the origins, development, uses, and—especially the cognitive consequences—of literacy; the impact of various technologies on literacy and its uses; and the interaction between literacy and schooling.
Prerequisites: ENG1000; IDS1610.

ENG3820 Secondary Methods in English 4 semester hours
This course presents techniques that are effective in teaching in the content areas. The course includes lesson planning, classroom arrangement, curriculum design, alternative teaching strategies and evaluation. In addition to the classroom hours, there is a simultaneous practicum. This is usually the last course the student takes prior to student teaching.
Prerequisites: Acceptance into the School of Education, including passing the Basic Skills Test/TAP; maintaining a content GPA of 3.00; passing an FBI national fingerprint screening that encompasses passing a criminal background/ sex offender check; passing a TB test; EDU2200; EDU2260; and EDU3720. Placement applications for the practicum are due to the School of Education placement coordinator the January before the academic year of the practicum or for transfer students upon acceptance into the School of Education.

ENG4060 Advanced Creative Writing 4 semester hours
This course is chiefly devoted to both the production and study of creative writing (poetry and short fiction) and the venues that publish these sorts of works. Students in this course will study contemporary collections of poetry and fiction with an eye to producing work that may be used as a portfolio for graduate school. Students will also study a variety of aspects of the “business of writing,” considering the following questions throughout the term: What do writers do to make a living? How does one get published? What kinds of magazines publish creative writing, and what do people get paid? To answer those questions, the class will look at small presses and little magazines to better understand the business end of writing. In addition, students will learn about editing through involvement in service-learning practica on campus, such as editing the student literary magazine, planning a reading series, or contributing to other writing-specific projects. Guest speakers and field trips may be included.
Prerequisites: ENG3060 or ENG3240; a declared major or minor in the creative writing track; senior standing recommended.

ENG4990 Seminar in English 4 semester hours
This course will survey major theoretical positions on the structure and functions of written texts, literary and otherwise, and on the processes by which they are written and read. It will also examine significant contemporary interactions between English studies and other fields of scholarly inquiry.
Prerequisites: A declared major or minor in English; a minimum of four courses in English, including ENG2260 or equivalent, and at least two of them at the 3000-level; sen ior standing recommended.