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Note: English 110 and 111 or equivalent are prerequisites for all English courses at and above the 200-level. Non-majors are encouraged to enroll in any sophomore-level course numbered 201 through 207 to fulfill the English literature requirement and should obtain permission from professors teaching courses at or above the 300 level prior to enrolling in such courses. In certain cases, prerequisites may be waived for 400-level courses with permission of instructor.

090. DEVELOPMENTAL ENGLISH (Credit, 3 hours). Focus on writing skills considered essential for success in college-level courses. Review of standard English: grammar, sentence structure, punctuation, capitalization, and spelling. Includes practical application of these conventions through sentences and, ultimately, the paragraph. Requires mandatory laboratory participation. (For students with a standard score of 17 and below on the English area of the ACT and 440 and below on the English area of the SAT.)

110/111. FRESHMAN COMPOSITION (Credit, 3 hours each). Emphasis on writing as a learning, thinking process. Discussion of and practice in strategies used in prewriting, writing, and revising expressive, informative, analytical and argumentative essays. Special sections designated for honors students.

200. INTRODUCTION TO LITERATURE (Credit, 3 hours).Study of literary types and themes with emphasis on the relationships between form and idea. Prerequisites: ENGL 110, 111. For English majors and minors.

201. WORLD LITERATURE (Credit, 3 hours). Thematic or chronological study of selected masterworks of world literature from classical antiquity to the present. Prerequisites: ENGL 110, 111.

203. INTRODUCTION TO AFRICAN- AMERICAN LITERATURE (Credit, 3 hours). Survey of African-American literature of the 20th century, with introduction to the works that reflect major historical and cultural trends of African-American people. Prerequisites: ENGL 110, 111. For non-majors.

204. INTRODUCTION TO FICTION (Credit, 3 hours). Study of the short story and the novel with emphasis on the relationships between form and idea in major western world writers. Emphasis on writing in response to readings and discussions of the genre. Prerequisites: ENGL 110, 111.

205. INTRODUCTION TO DRAMA (Credit, 3 hours). Study of drama with emphasis on writing in response to readings and discussions of the genre. Prerequisites: ENGL 110, 111.

206. INTRODUCTION TO POETRY (Credit, 3 hours). Study of poetry with emphasis on writing in response to readings and discussions of the genre. Prerequisites: ENGL 110, 111.

207. INTRODUCTION TO SCIENCE FICTION (Credit, 3 hours). Study of science fiction short stories and novels. Emphasis on relationships between science and culture and possibilities of social change. Writings in response to readings and discussions. Prerequisites: ENGL 110, 111.

208. PRACTICAL WRITING AND VOCABULARY BUILDING (Credit, 3 hours). Enhancement of writing skills with practice and improvement of vocabularies through an intensive study of English words, origins, meanings, pronunciation, and usage in speech and writing. Prerequisites: ENGL 110, 111.

261. COMPUTER APPLICATIONS FOR ENGLISH MAJORS (Credit, 3 hours). Introductory course in computer theory, operations, and use of application software. Emphasis on creation and production of documents relating to composition and language skills for use in the classroom and community. Extensive hands-on training using Windows operating systems. Prerequisites: ENGL 110, 111. For English majors and minors.

301. GRAMMAR REVIEW (Credit, 3 hours). Refresher course emphasizing a systematic approach to the basics of standard English. Includes conventions of written English, inflectional forms, and basic sentence structure. Prerequisites: ENGL 110, 111. For non-majors and minors.

305. APPLIED ENGLISH GRAMMAR (Credit, 3 hours). Study of modern English grammatical systems as applied to major forms of discourse. Prerequisites: ENGL 110, 111. For English majors and minors.

308/309. ENGLISH LITERATURE I & II (Credit, 3 hours each). Survey of representative works and major developments in English literature from Beowulf to the 20th century. Prerequisites: ENGL 110, 111, and one literature course.

310/311. AMERICAN LITERATURE I & II (Credit, 3 hours each). Survey of American literature from its origins to contemporary times, with emphasis on the major writers and literary developments. Prerequisites: ENGL 110, 111, and one literature course.

313. AFRICAN-AMERICAN LITERATURE (Credit, 3 hours).Intensive study of writings by African-Americans set against historical and cultural backgrounds. Prerequisites: ENGL 110, 111, and one literature course.

330. RESTORATION AND EIGHTEENTH CENTURY LITERATURE (Credit, 3 hours). Study of the Neo-classical spirit in English literature from 1660 to 1798. Prerequisites: ENGL 110, 111, and one literature course.

350. ENGLISH ROMANTICISM (Credit, 3 hours). Study of the spirit and temper of the Romantic period in English literature as seen in representative works of outstanding poets and prose writers. Prerequisites: ENGL 110, 111, and one literature course.

351. VICTORIAN POETRY AND PROSE (Credit, 3 hours).Focus on the spirit and temper of the Victorian period as seen in representative works of outstanding poets and prose writers. Prerequisites: ENGL 110, 111, and one literature course.

360. CREATIVE WRITING (Credit, 3 hours). Workshop for apprentice writers to explore basic concepts and techniques of writing fiction, poetry, and drama. Prerequisites: ENGL 110, 111, and one literature course.

362. TECHNICAL WRITING (Credit, 3 hours). Practice in writing narration, description, exposition, and argumentation as they apply to the preparation of reports, memoranda, and other technical documents. Prerequisites: ENGL 110, 111, and junior or senior status..

400. FOLKLORE (Credit, 3 hours). Con- textual study of various forms of folklore in oral tradition, the method of folklore investigation, and the relationship of folklore to literature. Prerequisites: ENGL 110, 111, and one literature course.

401. ADVANCED WRITING (Credit, 3 hours). Study of the principles of effective prose writing. Intensive practice in the writing, evaluating, and revising of compositions. Prerequisites: ENGL 110, and 111, and one literature course.

404. LITERATURE IN FILM (Credit, 3 hours). Concentration on selected works of literature adapted to film. Emphasizes the psychological, social, and political implications of such works. Prerequisites: ENGL 110, 111, and one literature course.

406. WOMEN AND LITERATURE (Credit, 3 hours). Study of literature by and about women. Attention to thematic, aesthetic, and stylistic treatment in a selected body of such literature. Prerequisites: ENGL 110, 111, and one literature course.

407. AFRICAN-AMERICAN LITERATURE OF THE SOUTH (Credit, 3 hours). Study of African-American writers, both major and minor, of the South. Prerequisites: ENGL 110, 111, and 203 (non-major) or 313 (major).

413. MODERN AFRICAN-AMERICAN PROSE FICTION (Credit, 3 hours). Analysis of major trends in the development of African-American fiction and poetry from Richard Wright to the present. Prerequisites: ENGL 110, 111, and 203 (non-major) or 313 (major).

415. MULTICULTURAL AMERICAN LITERATURE (Credit, 3 hours). Focus on significant African-Americans, Native Americans, Mexican Americans, and Asian Americans set against historical and cultural backgrounds. Prerequisites: ENGL 110, 111, and one literature course.

420. THE NOVEL (Credit, 3 hours). Study of a major trend in the development of the novel of England, Europe, or America. Prerequisites: ENGL 110, 111, and one literature course.

433. HISTORY OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE (Credit, 3 hours). Survey of the historical development of the English language from its beginnings to the present: native and foreign elements; changes in inflection, pronunciation, vocabulary, meaning. Prerequisites: ENGL 110, 111, and 305.

451. LITERARY CRITICISM (Credit, 3 hours). Introduction to the theories and applications of literary criticism. Prerequisites: ENGL 110, 111, 308, 309, 310, and 311.

470. CHAUCER (Credit, 3 hours). Intensive study of Chaucer in Middle English. Prerequisites: ENGL 110, 111, 308, and 309.

471. SHAKESPEARE (Credit, 3 hours). Study of selected Shakespearean plays in light of Renaissance culture and its modern significance. Prerequisites: ENGL 110, 111, 308, and 309.

480. MILTON (Credit, 3 hours). Focus on the poetry and prose of Milton within the context of literary history and the background of Milton's age. Prerequisites: ENGL 110, 111, 308, and 309.

485. THE BLACK WRITER (Credit, 3 hours). Intensive study of works by and about one major writer of the African Diaspora within the context of cultural significance and literary trends. Prerequisites: ENGL 110, 111, and 203 (non-major) or 313 (major).

491. CONTEMPORARY ENGLISH LITERATURE (Credit, 3 hours). Study of representative British writers of the latter half of the twentieth century. Prerequisites: ENGL 110, 111, 308, and 309.

492. CONTEMPORARY AMERICAN LITERATURE (Credit, 3 hours). Study of representative writers in 20th century American literature beginning with the post-World War II era. Prerequisites: ENGL 110, 111, 310, and 311.

498. ENGLISH SEMINAR (Credit, 3 hours). A study of selected works from classical, British, and American literatures with an emphasis on reinforcing literary concepts; interrelating and synthesizing ideas; improving test-taking skills; enhancing oral, written, research, and computer skills; and identifying and discussing contemporary issues in literature seminar functions as a capstone course for all English liberal arts majors. Prerequisite: Senior status as an English liberal arts major.