Course Descriptions

ENGL130. Fundamentals of College Writing

This course prepares students for the challenges of academic reading and writing. It provides practice in organizing ideas, writing paragraphs and editing for accuracy of grammar, punctuation, and spelling. Students also gain experience in the analysis of both expository and literary materials, as well as gain practice in the writing process leading to the five-paragraph essay. Credit, 3 hours. Offered as needed.



ENGL131. English Composition I

This course provides students with the opportunity to study the basic principles of English composition. These fundamentals help students develop their reading skills, expand their vocabularies, understand and evaluate the various organizational and rhetorical strategies used in expository writing, and practice these strategies in their own writings. Credit, 3 hours. Offered every semester.



ENGL132. English Composition II

English 132 students are encouraged to master further the reading and writing skills taught in English 131. This course emphasizes objective and critical thinking in response to various literary genres. Class activities and student writing will foster and demonstrate analytical, research, and documentation skills. Prerequisite: ENGL 131. Credit, 3 hours. Offered every semester.



ENGL230. Literary Criticism

An introduction to various critical approaches to the study of literature. Students in this course will practice the application of different critical principles to literary texts. Ideally English majors should take this course during their sophomore year to help prepare for the reading and writing tasks in other courses. Prerequisite: ENGL 131, 132. Credit, 3 hours. Offered every fall semester.



ENGL239. Introduction to Creative Writing

Students in this course will be introduced to the fundamentals of writing literary fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction through the analysis of technique in published work and through the development and revision of original creative writing. This course is open to all students, and is required for English majors and minors with Creative Writing Emphasis. Prerequisite: ENGL 131 and 132. Offered every fall semester.



ENGL240. Writing for the Christian Market

This course teaches students how to focus their creative writing for Christian publications. This class will cover all stages of the writing process from drafting to publication, and students will write a personal experience story, magazine article, devotional, and tract. Opportunities to converse with a published Christian writer will provide students a unique opportunity to learn more about the market. Prerequisite: ENGL 131 and ENGL 132. Credit, 3 hours.



ENGL330. Literary Studies:

This course fosters an appreciation of literature and its place in culture, as well as nurtures critical thinking skills through reading and writing. It may focus on a particular theme, genre, author or literary group drawn from the traditional literary canon or from popular culture. This course may count as an elective in the English major. It may be repeated once if different topic. Prerequisite: ENGL 131, ENGL 132. Credit, 3 hours. Offered every semester.



ENGL331. English Literature through 1660

This course provides an overall view of English literature from earliest times through the early seventeenth century. The course introduces students to major writers and literary texts, as well as to the cultural background that defines the Old English, late Medieval, and Renaissance eras. Prerequisite: ENGL 131, 132. Credit, 3 hours. Offered every fall semester.



ENGL332. English Literature 1660-1830

This course provides an overall view of English literature from the later seventeenth century through the early nineteenth century. The course introduces students to major writers and literary texts, as well as to the cultural background that defines the Restoration, Augustan, and Romantic eras. Prerequisite: ENGL 131, 132. Credit, 3 hours. Offered every spring semester.



ENGL333. English Literature since 1830

This course provides an overall view of English literature from 1830 to the present. The course introduces students to major writers and literary texts, as well as to the cultural background that defines the Victorian, Modern, or Post-Modern milieu. Prerequisite: ENGL 131, 132. Credit, 3 hours. Offered every fall semester.



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