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100 Level Courses

  • Writing-Based Inquiry Seminars 188    3 units (crs.) 
    Writing-Based Inquiry Seminars (WBIS) (EN)
    In this course, students will develop their writing, critical reading, and critical thinking skills by exploring a single topic in depth. Students are expected to participate actively in their own learning through class discussions and group activities. The theme will vary, depending on the instructor. Students should check with their advisor or the WBIS website to determine the theme for each section. Successful completion of this course will fulfill the Writing-Based Inquiry Seminar requirement. Students who have earned credit for English 101 may not take English 188. Students cannot earn credit for both English 101 and WBIS 188
  • English 100    3 units (crs.) 
    Foundations of College English
    A course designed to develop competencies in the fundamentals of English grammar, usage, sentence structure, and paragraph writing. Through individualized instruction and tutoring, students placed in English 100 are prepared, upon satisfactory completion, to enter English 101. Units (crs.) earned in English 100 do not apply toward the 42 unit (cr.) general education requirement or toward the minimum 120 units (crs.) required for graduation. Pass/Fail course.
  • English 101    3 units (crs.) 
    College English I (EN)
    A Writing-Based Inquiry Seminar designed primarily to develop the understanding and skills needed to read and write intelligently at the college level. Some attention is given to responsible handling of research materials. Successful completion of English 101 fulfills the first level of the General Education composition requirement. Successful completion will fulfill the Writing-Based Inquiry Seminar requirement. Students who have earned credit for WBIS 188 may not take English 101. Students cannot earn credit for both English 101 and WBIS.
  • English 110    3 units (crs.) 
    Honors: Composition (EN)
  • A Writing-Based Inquiry Seminar for eligible students, designed to enhance writing ability, focus on critical and interpretive reading and introduce basic university research procedures. Prerequisite: Score of 29 or higher on the English ACT exam, placement through the Wisconsin English Placement Test (WEPT) if seats are available or enrolled in good standing with the UW Oshkosh Honors program with prior or concurrent enrollment in INTRDSCP 175. Substitutes for English 101.
  • English 111    3 units (crs.) 
    Honors: Critical Reading and Writing (EN)
    A Writing-Based Inquiry Seminar in critical reading and writing designed to challenge the advanced academic abilities of University Honors. Students will read Great Books of the Western World including Plato, Sophocles, The Bible and Shakespeare; students will be asked to critically evaluate what they have read and to produce written reports. Prerequisite: University Honors program. Substitutes for English 101.
  • English 121    3 units (crs.) 
    English for the Non-Native Speaker
    A course for students for whom English is a second language designed to develop advanced communication skills in reading and writing, with emphasis on grammar. Units (crs.) will be granted toward graduation only if the student takes the course as part of his or her first thirty units (crs.) and earns a grade of B or better.

200 Level Courses

100 Level--200 Level--300 Level--400 Level

  • English 202    3 units (crs.) 
    College English II (EN)
    A composition course designed to develop advanced writing abilities in more complex essay forms, in critical analysis of writing, and in the study and application of university level research skills.
  • English 203    3 units (crs.) 
    Honors: Advanced Expository Writing (EN)
    A second composition course, for University Honors students not required by their majors to take English 307, 309, 310 or 321. Designed to develop advanced writing and analytical reading abilities in the more complex essay forms encountered in upper-level courses in the students' majors and in other University Honors courses. Emphasis on group discussions in a seminar format, interdisciplinary study, and independent research. Prerequisite: Any Writing-Based Inquiry Seminar (WBIS 188), or English 101, or English 110.
  • English 204    3 units (crs.) 
    Introduction to Creative Writing
    An introduction to a number of creative written and/or graphic genres including poems, concrete poems, prose-poems, short stories, cartoons, plays, and graphic novels, plus approaches to reading and writing about related texts. Does not fulfill General Education Humanities requirement. Prerequisite: Any Writing-Based Inquiry Seminar (WBIS 188), or English 101, or English 110.
  • English 210    3 units (crs.) 
    Classical and Medieval Literature (HU)
    A study of the literature from antiquity to the Renaissance, which may include classical works of Greece, Rome, Britain, and continental Europe. Prerequisite: Any Writing-Based Inquiry Seminar (WBIS 188), or English 101, or English 110. Writing assignments will be required.
  • English 211    3 units (crs.) 
    British Literature I (HU)
    A study of English literature from its beginnings to 1800. Prerequisite: Any Writing-Based Inquiry Seminar (WBIS 188), or English 101, or English 110. Writing assignments will be required.
  • English 212    3 units (crs.) 
    British Literature II (HU)
    A study of English literature from 1800 to present. Prerequisite: Any Writing-Based Inquiry Seminar (WBIS 188), or English 101, or English 110. Writing assignments will be required.
  • English 213    3 units (crs.) 
    American Literature I (HU)
    A study of American literature from its beginnings to the Civil War. Prerequisite: Any Writing-Based Inquiry Seminar (WBIS 188), or English 101, or English 110. Writing assignments will be required.
  • English 214    3 units (crs.) 
    American Literature II (HU)
    A study of American literature from the Civil War to 1950. Prerequisite: Any Writing-Based Inquiry Seminar (WBIS 188) or English 101 or English 110. Writing assignments will be required.
  • English 218    3 units (crs.) 
    Introduction to Multiethnic Literatures (HU) (ES)
    A comparative introduction to multiethnic literatures. Course content will highlight the similarities and differences between and among themes, cultures, histories, or periods of development in a variety of ethnic literary traditions. The ethnic literatures introduced may include or stem from Asian, Pacific Islander, Latina/o, African, European, Jewish, and/or indigenous literary traditions. Prerequisite: Any Writing-Based Inquiry Seminar (WBIS 188) or English 101 or English 110. Writing assignments will be required.
  • English 219    3 units (crs.) 
    African American Literature (HU) (ES)
    A survey of the various forms of literature through which African Americans have contributed to the diversity of American life and literature. Prerequisite: Any Writing-Based Inquiry Seminar (WBIS 188) or English 101 or English 110. Writing assignments will be required.
  • English 220    3 units (crs.) 
    Native American Literature (ES) (HU)
    A study of the literature written by Native Americans in its cultural and social context. Prerequisite: Any Writing-Based Inquiry Seminar (WBIS 188) or English 101 or English 110. Writing assignments will be required.
  • English 221    3 units (crs.) 
    Asian American Literature (HU) (ES)
    An introductory survey of contemporary Asian American literature, emphasizing the historical and cultural contexts out of which it emerges. May include poetry, short stories, memoirs, drama and novels by a variety of Asian American writers. Focuses on themes and questions raised regarding gender, class, national origins and identity. Prerequisite: Any Writing-Based Inquiry Seminar (WBIS 188) or English 101 or English 110. Writing assignments will be required.
  • English 222    3 units (crs.) 
    Introduction to Latina/o Literature (ES) (HU)
    An introduction to Latina/o literature. Course content will introduce students to the different themes, histories, cultures, or periods of development in the body of Latina/o literature. Prerequisite: Any Writing-Based Inquiry Seminar (WBIS 188) or English 101 or English 110. Writing assignments will be required.
  • English 223    3 units (crs.) 
    Young Adult Literature
    A study of literature written for young people. Required for Secondary Education English majors and minors. Does not fulfill General Education Humanities requirements. Prerequisite: Any Writing-Based Inquiry Seminar (WBIS 188) or English 101 or English 110.
  • English 224    3 units (crs.) 
    Women in Literature (HU)
    Representations of women and female experiences in literature. A variety of genres and historical periods may be covered from American, British, and/or colonial literatures. Prerequisite: Any Writing-Based Inquiry Seminar (WBIS 188) or English 101 or English 110. Cross-listed: English 224/Women's Studies 224. Students may receive credit for only one of the two cross-listed courses. Writing assignments will be required.
  • English 225    3 units (crs.) 
    Modern British Literature (HU)
    A study of works by 20th-Century British writers. Primarily for non-majors. Prerequisite: Any Writing-Based Inquiry Seminar (WBIS 188) or English 101 or English 110. Writing assignments will be required.
  • English 226    3 units (crs.) 
    Modern American Literature: Optional Content (HU)
    This course may be offered with different content. With a different subtitle, it may be taken twice with the signature of the department chair. A study of works by modern American writers. Primarily for non-majors. Prerequisite: Any Writing-Based Inquiry Seminar (WBIS 188) or English 101 or English 110. Writing assignments will be required.
  • English 227    3 units (crs.) 
    Modern World Literature (HU) (NW)
    A study of works by modern world authors, in English or English translation. This course may be offered with different content. With a different subtitle, it may be taken twice with the signature of the department chair. Recommended for non-majors. Prerequisite: Any Writing-Based Inquiry Seminar (WBIS 188) or English 101 or English 110. Writing assignments will be required.
  • English 228    3 units (crs.) 
    Honors: Modern American Literature (HU)
    A study of works by 20th-Century American writers. Recommended for non-majors in the University Honors Program. Substantially the same content as English 226, but with a greater emphasis on student participation and individualized study. Prerequisites: Any Writing-Based Inquiry Seminar (WBIS 188) or equivalent and enrolled in good standing with the UW Oshkosh Honors program with prior or concurrent enrollment in INTRDSCP 175. Students cannot earn credit in both an honors course and a non-honors course of the same title. Writing assignments will be required.
  • English 229    3 units (crs.) 
    Honors: African American Literature (HU) (ES)
    A study of the range of literature African Americans have produced from the antebellum era forward, with an emphasis on historical and cultural context. Similar in content to English 219, with a greater emphasis on class participation and individualized projects. Prerequisites: Any Writing-Based Inquiry Seminar (WBIS 188) or equivalent an enrolled in good standing with the UW Oshkosh Honors program with prior or concurrent enrollment in INTRDSCP 175. Writing assignments will be required.
  • English 231    3 units (crs.) 
    Literature and Film (HU)
    A study of some significant literary works in conjunction with their film adaptations to compare artistic representations. Prerequisite: Any Writing-Based Inquiry Seminar (WBIS 188) or English 101 or English 110. Writing assignments will be required.
  • English 238    3 units (crs.) 
    Introduction to the Literature of India (NW) (HU)
    A study of significant literary works of India in their cultural contexts. All texts are in English or English translation. Meets University non-Western requirement. Prerequisite: Any Writing-Based Inquiry Seminar (WBIS 188) or English 101 or English 110. Writing assignments will be required.
  • English 239    3 units (crs.) 
    Introduction to Chinese Literature (NW) (HU)
    A study of works by selected Chinese essayists, poets, novelists, and short story writers from the Classical Age to the present. All texts are in English translation. Meets University non-Western requirement. Prerequisite: Any Writing-Based Inquiry Seminar (WBIS 188) or English 101 or English 110. Writing assignments will be required.
  • English 240    3 units (crs.) 
    Introduction to Japanese Literature (NW) (HU)
    A survey of selected Japanese works from the classical period to the present. All texts are in English translation. Meets University non-Western requirement. Prerequisite: Any Writing-Based Inquiry Seminar (WBIS 188), or English 101, or English 110.
  • English 243    3 units (crs.) 
    Introduction to Nature Writing (HU)
    An introduction to nature writing. Various authors and historical periods may be covered. Focus on the personal essay, but poetry and fiction may also be considered. Writing assignments will be required. Cross-listed: English 243/Environmental Studies 243. Students may receive credit for only one of the two cross listed courses. Prerequisite: Any Writing-Based Inquiry Seminar (WBIS 188), or English 101, or English 110.
  • English 244    3 units (crs.) 
    Japanese Nature Writing (HU) (NW)
    An examination of selected Japanese literary works, with a focus on the significance of nature in Japanese literature. All texts are in English translation. Cross-listed: English 244/Environmental Studies 244. Students may receive credit for only one of the two cross listed courses. Prerequisite: Any Writing-Based Inquiry Seminar (WBIS 188), or English 101, or English 110. Writing assignments will be required.
  • English 247    3 units (crs.) 
    Introduction to Shakespeare (HU)
    Introduction to Shakespeare is a course for non-English majors. It will cover several of the best-known plays as such Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, Hamlet, Much Ado About Nothing, Taming of the Shrew, and Henry IV. Prerequisite: Any Writing-Based Inquiry Seminar (WBIS 188), or English 101, or English 110. Writing assignments will be required.
  • English 281    3 units (crs.) 
    Introduction to English Studies
    An introduction of the many facets of English Study, including literary theory, multicultural literature, and approaches to reading and writing about a variety of texts, such as fiction, poetry, essays, film, and others. This is a required course for all English majors. Does not fulfill the General Education Humanities requirements. Prerequisite: Any Writing-Based Inquiry Seminar (WBIS 188), or English 101 or English 110 and one of the following: English 210, 211, 212, 213, 214, 219, 220, 224, 225, 226, 227, 228, 231 or 247.

 300 Level Courses

  • English 301    3 units (crs.) 
    Modern Grammars
    Intensive study of English grammar, sentence structure and mechanics. Designed for students preparing to teach English and for others who desire to master fundamentals of the language. Prerequisite: English 281 or consent of instructor. 301/501
  • English 302    3 units (crs.) 
    Advanced Composition: Writing About the Humanities (EN)
    An advanced composition course designed to enhance proficiency in critical reading and thinking and in expository writing on issues relevant to the Humanities and Fine Arts. Recommended for majors in any of the Humanities and Fine Arts. Prerequisite: 45 units (crs.) including any Writing-Based Inquiry Seminar (WBIS 188), English 101, English 110, English 202, or consent of department chair. Limit to 3 crs. of Advanced Comp per semester. English 302 may not be taken concurrently with English 307, 309, 310, 316, 317, 318, 321, or 389.
  • English 303    3 units (crs.) 
    Creative Writing: Fiction I
    A course designed to provide opportunity for analysis of original student writing through a seminar or workshop approach. Assigned readings of professional fiction as well as selected student samples are offered for in-class discussion and critique. Prerequisite: English 281 or consent of department chair. 303/503
  • English 304    3 units (crs.) 
    Advanced Fiction Writing
    A course designed to provide further opportunity for analysis and critique of students' creative fiction. Class structure, requirements, and assignments are similar to English 303, but greater emphasis is placed on the scope and development of work. Prerequisite: English 303 or consent of department chair. 304/504
  • English 305    3 units (crs.) 
    Creative Writing: Poetry I
    A course designed to provide a workshop approach to student writing and analysis. Student poetry is given constructive in-class critique. Requirements include a minimum of one original poem each week and outside reading in contemporary poetry, with attention to form and content. Prerequisite: English 281 or consent of instructor. 305/505
  • English 306    3 units (crs.) 
    Advanced Poetry Writing
    A course designed to provide further opportunity, through a workshop approach, for close analysis and critique of student writing. Class structure, requirements, and assignments are similar to English 305, but each student is expected to demonstrate increased proficiencies in the discovery and development of a personal style. Prerequisite: English 281 or consent of instructor. 306/506
  • English 307    3 units (crs.) 
    Advanced Composition for Secondary Education - Maj/Min (EN)
    An advanced composition course for Secondary Education English majors and minors, designed to develop further skills in analyzing and researching contemporary uses of written English. Attention is also given to the writing process as it is employed in the secondary classroom. Prerequisite: 45 units (crs.) (including any Writing-Based Inquiry Seminar (WBIS 188), or English 101, English 110, English 202, or consent of department chair. Limit to 3 crs. of Advanced Comp per semester. English 307 may not be taken concurrently with English 302, 309, 310, 316, 317, 318, 321 or 389.
  • English 308    3 units (crs.) 
    Autobiography: Theory and Practice
    The course is designed to explore the definition and expression of personal identity through the genre of autobiography. There will be three areas of focus: the composition of an autobiography by the students, primary readings of autobiographies, and writing and language theory about the construction of narrative and the representation of the self through writing. Prerequisite: English 281 or consent of instructor. 308/508
  • English 309    3 units (crs.) 
    Advanced Composition for Business (EN)
    An advanced composition course for Business majors, designed to enhance proficiency in critical reading and thinking and in expository writing on issues relevant to business. Attention is also given to business communications such as correspondence, reports, and resumes. Required of Business majors. Prerequisite: 45 units (crs.) including any Writing-Based Inquiry Seminar (WBIS 188), English 101, English 110, English 202, or consent of department chair. Limit to 3 credits Advanced Comp per semester. English 309 may not be taken concurrently with English 302, 307, 310, 316, 317, 318, 321 or 389.
  • English 310    3 units (crs.) 
    Honors: Advanced Composition for Business (EN)
    An advanced composition course, equivalent to English 309, for Business majors enrolled in the University Honors program. This course is designed to enhance proficiency in critical reading and thinking and in expository writing on issues relevant to business. Emphasis is on small-group projects and individualized study. Honors students who complete English 101 or English 110 and English 310 have completed the General Education composition requirement. Prerequisite: 45 units (crs.) including any Writing-Based Inquiry Seminar (WBIS 188), English 101, English 110, English 202 or consent of department chair. Limit to 3 crs. of Advanced Comp per semester. English 310 may not be taken concurrently with English 302, 307, 309, 316, 317, 318, 321 or 389.
  • English 314    3 units (crs.) 
    19th-Century American Novel
    A study of the American novel between 1800 and 1900, which will include examination of important figures, texts, and themes. Prerequisites: English 281 or consent of instructor.
  • English 316    3 units (crs.) 
    Advanced Composition: Writing About the Social Sciences (EN)
    An advanced composition course, designed to enhance proficiency in reading and thinking and in expository writing on issues relevant to the social sciences. Recommended for majors in any of the social sciences. Prerequisite: 45 units (crs.) including any Writing-Based Inquiry Seminar (WBIS 188), English 101, English 110, English 202, or consent of department chair. Limit to 3 crs. of Advanced Comp per semester. English 316 may not be taken concurrently with English 302, 307, 309, 310, 317, 318, 321 or 389.
  • English 317    3 units (crs.) 
    Technical Writing (EN)
    An elective composition course, designed to develop proficiency in writing technical and scientific reports and articles related to students' areas of specialization. Recommended by some major departments. Prerequisite: 45 units (crs.) including any Writing-Based Inquiry Seminar (WBIS 188), English 101, English 110, English 202, or consent of department chair. Limit to 3 crs. of Advanced Comp per semester. English 317 may not be taken concurrently with English 302, 307, 309, 310, 316, 318, 321 or 389.
  • English 318    3 units (crs.) 
    Advanced Composition: Writing About the Sciences (EN)
    An advanced composition course for Science majors, designed to enhance proficiency in critical reading and thinking and in expository writing on issues relevant to the sciences with additional emphasis on research. Recommended for majors in the sciences and mathematics. Prerequisite: 45 units (crs.) including any Writing-Based Inquiry Seminar (WBIS 188), English 101, English 110, English 202, or consent of department chair. Limit to 3 crs. of Advanced Comp per semester. English 318 may not be taken concurrently with English 302, 307, 309, 310, 316, 317, 321 or 389.
  • English 319    3 units (crs.) 
    African American Literature II - Optional Content (ES)
    This course may be offered with different content. With a different subtitle, it may be taken twice with the signature of the department chair. Studies may include African American literature of the 18th, 19th, and 20th Centuries, oral tradition poetry, and surrounding cultural materials. Prerequisite: English 281 or consent of instructor. 319/519
  • English 320    3 units (crs.) 
    Psycholinguistics
    An introduction to the study of mental processes involved in listening to, speaking and learning language. Particular attention is given to language acquisition and development and the implications of psycholinguistics for the children learning to speak, read, and write. Prerequisite: English 301 or English 383. 320/520
  • English 321    3 units (crs.) 
    Advanced Composition for Elementary Education Majors (EN)
    An advanced composition course for Elementary Education majors, also usually taken by Special Education majors. Designed to develop advanced abilities in expository writing, in research writing, and in the study of the American English language. Prerequisite: 45 units (crs.) including any Writing-Based Inquiry Seminar (WBIS 188), English 101, English 110, English 202, or consent of department chair. Limit to 3 crs. of Advanced Comp per semester. English 321 may not be taken concurrently with English 302, 307, 309, 310, 316, 317, 318 or 389.
  • English 322    3 units (crs.) 
    Theories of Rhetoric and Writing
    An introduction to the field of rhetoric and composition. Providing an overview of the field, this course will draw on the history, trends, theories, practices, and pedagogical approaches of the discipline of rhetoric and composition. Prerequisite: English 281 or consent of instructor. 322/522
  • English 324    3 units (crs.) 
    Gender in Literature: Optional Content
    This course may be offered with different content. With a different subtitle, it may be taken twice with the signature of the department chair. A study of literature from various periods illustrating gender roles in their cultural and social contexts. Cross-listed: English 324/Women's Studies 324. Students may receive credit for only one of the two cross-listed courses. Prerequisite: English 281 or consent of instructor.
  • English 326    3 units (crs.) 
    Studies in Classical Mythology
    A survey of Greek and Roman mythology and its influence on Western literature and art. Prerequisite: English 281 or consent of instructor.
  • English 327    3 units (crs.) 
    Detective Fiction
    A study of detective fiction in the short story and the novel. Prerequisite: English 281 or consent of instructor.
  • English 329    3 units (crs.) 
    Creative Writing: Playwriting I
    A workshop in playwriting, focusing on the distinctive qualities of theatrical representation and the basic skills of dialogue, plot, and collaboration with supporting theater artists. Prerequisite: English 281 or consent of instructor. 329/529
  • English 330    3 units (crs.) 
    Creative Writing: Playwriting II
    An advanced workshop in playwriting focusing intensively on student writing with invited feedback from directors, designers, dramaturgs, and other writers. Students will complete a one-act play or other proposed project. Prerequisite: English 329 or consent of instructor. 330/530
  • English 331    3 units (crs.) 
    Contemporary Literature: Optional Content (ES)
    This course may be offered with different content. With a different subtitle, it may be taken twice with the signature of the department chair. Studies in poetry and fiction from the past 25 years. Prerequisite: English 281 or consent of instructor. 331/531
  • English 332    3 units (crs.) 
    Early Women Writers - Optional Content
    This course may be offered with different content. With a different subtitle, it may be taken twice with the signature of the department chair. A study of women writers before 1900. The content will vary from term to term, and may include such subjects as Ancient, Medieval, Renaissance, Early American, Eighteenth-and Nineteenth-Century Women Writers. Cross-listed: English 332/Women's Studies 332. Students may receive credit for only one of the two cross-listed courses. Prerequisite: English 281 or consent of instructor.
  • English 333    3 units (crs.) 
    British Poetry: Optional Content
    This course may be offered with different content. With a different subtitle, it may be taken twice with the signature of the department chair. A seminar focusing on the themes, technical innovations, and theories of influential British poets. Prerequisite: English 281 or consent of instructor.
  • English 334    3 units (crs.) 
    Wisconsin in Literature
    Studies in Wisconsin literature, legends, and lore. Prerequisite: English 281 or consent of instructor.
  • English 335    3 units (crs.) 
    Personal Narratives - Optional Content
    This course may be offered with different content. With a different subtitle, it may be taken twice with the signature of the department chair. Studies may include biographies, autobiographies, memoirs, diaries, letters, journals, oral history interviews and/or as-told-to-narratives. Prerequisite: English 281 or consent of instructor. 335/535
  • English 336    3 units (crs.) 
    The Bible as Literature
    The principal literary genres of the Old and New Testaments, emphasizing thematic content and historical background. The text studied is the King James Version. Prerequisite: English 281 or consent of instructor. 336/536
  • English 340    3 units (crs.) 
    Arthurian Legend and Romance
    A study of the Arthurian legend from the earliest sources, the development of Arthurian Romance cycles, and the influence of the legend in other British literature. Prerequisite: English 281 or consent of instructor.
  • English 341    3 units (crs.) 
    History of the English Language
    The history of modern English focusing on vocabulary, dialects, kindred languages, grammar, and pronunciation. Includes an introduction to Old and Middle English. Prerequisite: English 281 or Junior standing. 341/541
  • English 342    3 units (crs.) 
    Literature of the Romantic Era - Optional Content
    This course may be offered with different content. With a different subtitle, it may be taken twice with the signature of the department chair. A study of major figures, genres, and themes from the Romantic Era, 1798-1836, with special attention given to critical reading and analytical skills. Prerequisite: English 281 or consent of instructor. 342/542
  • English 343    3 units (crs.) 
    Nature Writing: Optional Content
    This course may be offered with different content. With a different subtitle, it may be taken twice with the signature of the department chair. A course in reading and writing about the natural world. Writers discussed may include Henry David Thoreau, Aldo Leopold, Annie Dillard, and others. Student writing will represent a significant portion of the coursework. Writing assignments may include essays on natural history, journal entries, environmental advocacy pieces, eco-fiction, and others consistent with the focus of the course. Cross-listed English 343/Environmental Studies 343. Students may receive credit for only one of the two cross-listed courses. Prerequisite: English 281 or consent of instructor.
  • English 344    3 units (crs.) 
    Milton
    Milton's major and minor poems and selected prose writings in relation to the background of the literature and his times. Prerequisite: English 281 or consent of instructor. 344/544
  • English 345    3 units (crs.) 
    Twentieth-Century Women Writers - Optional Content
    This course may be offered with different content. With a different subtitle, it may be taken twice with the signature of the department chair. Studies in literature written by women in the 20th-century, with emphasis on works by contemporary authors. Cross-listed: English 345/Women's Studies 345. Students may receive credit for only one of the two cross-listed courses. Prerequisite: English 281 or consent of instructor.
  • English 346    3 units (crs.) 
    Chaucer and His Age
    A study of the major works in medieval English literature with emphasis on Chaucer. Prerequisite: English 281 or consent of instructor. 346/546
  • English 347    3 units (crs.) 
    Shakespeare I
    Selected major plays in relation to dramatic conventions of the Renaissance and to modern productions. Prerequisite: English 281 or consent of instructor. 347/547
  • English 349    3 units (crs.) 
    Honors: Twentieth-Century Women Authors
    Studies in literature by American and British women writers of the 20th century, with emphasis on works by contemporary authors. Prerequisite: English 281 or consent of instructor. Students cannot earn credit in both an honors course and a non-honors course of the same title.
  • English 350    3-4 units (crs.) 
    Literary Study Tour - Optional Content
    This course may be offered with different content. With a different subtitle it may be taken twice with the signature of the department chair. A course in British, American, or post-colonial literature which includes a conducted tour of sites in England, the U.S., or other regions pertinent to the focus the tour takes in any given year. Offered jointly by the English Department and the Division of Continuing Education. Itineraries, special course fees, and specific course requirements will be available whenever the course is offered. 350/550
  • English 351    3 units (crs.) 
    Medieval Literature - Optional Content
    This course may be offered with different content. With a different subtitle, it may be taken twice with the signature of the department chair. A study of medieval literature including such subjects as Anglo-Saxon literature, Nordic literature, Icelandic Sagas, non-Chaucerian Middle English, Medieval drama, and Monastic literature. 351/551
  • English 353    3 units (crs.) 
    Early Modern British Literature 1485-1660: Optional Content
    This course may be offered with different content. With a different subtitle, it may be taken twice with the signature of the department chair. A study of the significant plays, poetry, and prose, which may include works of More, Spenser, Marlowe, Jonson, Bacon, Donne, and the Cavaliers and the Metaphysicals. Excludes Shakespeare. Prerequisite: English 281 or consent of instructor.
  • English 354    3-6 units (crs.) 
    Studies in Travel, Literature, and Culture: Optional Content
    This course may be offered with different content. With a different subtitle, it may be taken twice with the signature of the department chair. A study of travel narratives that investigates issues of representation, construction of self and others, and assumptions about culture, customs, and behavior. Fiction and nonfiction may be considered as well as films, photographs, advertisements, and maps. Prerequisites: English 281 or consent of instructor. 354/554
  • English 356    3 units (crs.) 
    Special Topics in Early British Drama: Optional Content
    This course may be offered with different content. With a different subtitle, and the signature of the department chair, it may be taken twice. This study of English drama will focus on one of a variety of topics relevant to medieval, early-modern, and/or Restoration periods, such as the Early-modern Theater as Political Space, The Drama of Revenge, Early-Modern Drama as Colonialist Discourse, or Problematizing Gender in Medieval, Early-modern, and Restoration drama. Prerequisite: English 281 or consent of instructor. 356/556
  • English 357    3 units (crs.) 
    Literature and Other Arts - Optional Content
    This course may be offered with different content. With a different subtitle it may be taken twice with the signature of the department chair. Different versions of the course will address a literary theme, period or genre in relation to a specific form of visual, aural or performing art. Prerequisite: English 281 or consent of instructor. 357/557
  • English 358    3 units (crs.) 
    Postcolonial Literature - Optional Content
    This course may be offered with different content. With a different subtitle it may be taken twice with the signature of the department chair. This course presents a selection of prose, poetry, and drama that constructs the literary tradition of newly independent countries in the 20th century such as Africa, India, and Jamaica. Among topics to be covered are nationalism, identity, gender, and oral traditions. Prerequisite: English 281 or consent of instructor. 358/558
  • English 361    3 units (crs.) 
    Asian American Literature - Optional Content (ES)
    This course may be offered with different content. With a different subtitle, it may be taken twice with the signature of the department chair. This course will concentrate on different themes or different Asian American cultures or different periods of development in the body of literature. Prerequisite: English 281 or consent of instructor. 361/561
  • English 362    3 units (crs.) 
    British Literature of the Long Eighteenth Century: Optional Content
    This course may be offered with different content. With a different subtitle, it may be taken twice with the signature of the department chair. Genres covered may include poetry, essays, satire, and/or drama of the long eighteenth century (1660-1837); topics covered may include imperialism, nationalism, gender, class, and/or racial issues, country life versus city life, Enlightenment, revolution, and literary professionalism. The course may or may not cover the entire period of the long eighteenth century. Prerequisite: English 281 or consent of instructor. 362/562
  • English 363    3 units (crs.) 
    Eighteenth-Century English Novel
    A study of the novel before 1800: Defoe, Richardson, Fielding, Sterne and Smollett; the development of the historical romance, Gothic romance, and the novel of manners. Prerequisite: English 281 or consent of instructor. 363/563
  • English 364    3 units (crs.) 
    19th-Century British Novel: Optional Content
    This course may be offered with different content. With a different subtitle, it may be taken twice with the signature of the department chair. A study of the British novel from 1800 to 1900 which might include Austen, Scott, Bronte, Thackeray, Dickens, Eliot, Meredith, and Hardy. Prerequisite: English 281 or consent of instructor.
  • English 365    3 units (crs.) 
    Modern British Fiction - Optional Content
    This course may be offered with different content. With a different subtitle, it may be taken twice with the signature of the department chair. A study of 20th-century British fiction. Prerequisite: English 281 or consent of instructor. 365/565
  • English 366    3 units (crs.) 
    Science Fiction
    An examination of major 20th-century works in science fiction. Prerequisite: English 281 or consent of instructor.
  • English 367    3 units (crs.) 
    African Literature (NW)
    A course on the culture and literature of African national communities. The focus will be on authors from various national communities whose writings have significantly shaped African literature. This course will include works by both men and women. Prerequisite: English 281 or consent of instructor. Cross-listed: English 367/African American Studies 367. 367/567
  • English 369    3 units (crs.) 
    Literature of the Victorian Period: Optional Content
    This course may be offered with different content. With a different subtitle, it may be taken twice with the signature of the department chair. A study of the major figures, texts, and themes of the Victorian era. Prerequisite: English 281 or consent of instructor. 369/569
  • English 370    3 units (crs.) 
    Native American Literature II - Optional Content (ES)
    This course may be offered with different content. With a different subtitle, it may be taken twice with the signature of the department chair. Studies may include Native American literature of the 19th and 20th centuries, oral tradition, poetry, and surrounding cultural materials. Prerequisite: English 281 or consent of instructor. 370/570
  • English 371    3 units (crs.) 
    African American Women Writers - Optional Content (ES)
    This course may be offered with different content. With a different subtitle, it may be taken twice with the signature of the department chair. An examination of work by African American women writers such as Toni Morrison, Gloria Naylor, Alice Walker, Paule Marshall and others. Cross-listed: English 371/Women's Studies 371. Students may receive credit for only one of the two cross-listed courses. Prerequisite: English 281 or consent of instructor. 371/571
  • English 372    3 units (crs.) 
    American Short Story: Optional Content
    This course may be offered with different content. With a different subtitle, it may be taken twice with the signature of the department chair. A study of major writers and their techniques from Poe to the present. Prerequisite: English 281 or consent of instructor. 372/572
  • English 373    3 units (crs.) 
    Colonial and Federalist Literature
    American writing from the beginning through the early years of the Republic. Prerequisite: English 281 or consent of instructor. 373/573
  • English 374    3 units (crs.) 
    American Romanticism
    A study of writers such as Emerson, Fuller, Thoreau, Irving, Cooper, Melville, Hawthorne, Stowe, and/or others. Prerequisite: English 281 or consent of instructor. 374/574
  • English 375    3 units (crs.) 
    American Realism and Naturalism
    Studies of American prose from the Civil War to World War I: Twain, Howells, Adams, James, Crane, and others. Prerequisite: English 281 or consent of instructor. 375/575
  • English 376    3 units (crs.) 
    Twentieth-Century Literature: Optional Content
    This course may be offered with different content. With a different subtitle, it may be taken twice with the signature of the department chair. Studies of fiction, poetry, drama, and criticism from 1920 to the present. Prerequisite: English 281 or consent of instructor. 376/576
  • English 377    3 units (crs.) 
    Major Figures of American Literature: Optional Content
    This course may be offered with different content. With a different subtitle, it may be taken twice with the signature of the department chair. A study of one, two or three writers from any period in American Literature, Louise Erdrich, Edgar Allan Poe, Richard Wright, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Herman Melville, Emily Dickinson, Toni Morrison and Adrienne Rich. Prerequisite: English 281 or consent of instructor. 377/577
  • English 378    3 units (crs.) 
    Modern American Novel: Optional Content
    This course may be offered with different content. With a different subtitle, it may be taken twice with the signature of the department chair. A study of the development of the American novel after 1920. Prerequisite: English 281 or consent of instructor. 378/578
  • English 379    3 units (crs.) 
    American Poetry: Optional Content
    This course may be offered with different content. With a different subtitle, it may be taken twice with the signature of the department chair. This course focuses on American poetry. It may be taught by highlighting a certain era in poetry such as modernism or by sampling a range of poets across the centuries. The featured writers in the course might include such figures as Phyllis Wheatley, Emily Dickinson, Walt Whitman, Langston Hughes, H. D., Adrienne Rich, or Joy Harjo among others. Prerequisite: English 281 or consent of instructor. 379/579
  • English 380    3 units (crs.) 
    Modern Drama: Optional Content
    This course may be offered with different content. With a different subtitle, it may be taken twice with the signature of the department chair. The content of this course, a study of modern and contemporary drama, will vary from semester to semester, and may include drama from around the world or from a particular culture. The course features an introduction to various forms of drama. Prerequisite: English 281 or consent of instructor. 380/580
  • English 381    3 units (crs.) 
    Foundations of Literary Criticism
    An analysis of critical theories and their influence from the Greeks and Romans to the present; application of these theories to selected literary texts. Prerequisite: English 281. 381/581
  • English 382    3 units (crs.) 
    Contemporary Cultural Mythology - Optional Content
    An introduction to types of cultural studies that emphasizes the range of interpretations of everyday texts and events. The course features criticism such as structuralism, semiotics, and feminism and application of theories to selected literary texts. Prerequisite: English 281 or consent of instructor. 382/582
  • English 383    3 units (crs.) 
    Introduction to English Linguistics
    An introduction to sounds, word forms, and sentence structures of English. Special emphasis on theories of grammar affecting today's classroom. Prerequisite: English 281 or Junior standing. 383/583
  • English 384    3 units (crs.) 
    Sociolinguistics
    An introduction to theories and methodologies that describe variation in language. Special attention will be given to the social factors that affect language use, language policy, and attitudes toward language in education and everyday interaction. Prerequisite: English 281 or Junior standing. 384/584
  • English 385    3 units (crs.) 
    Computers and Writing
    In this course, students will explore the potential effects of computers on the writing process and on writing pedagogy. We will survey the research on the effects of computers on the social and cognitive aspects of writing, and we will study some theoretical works that attempt to predict the ways in which writing will continue to change in an increasingly computer-rich society. Students will analyze and critique hypertextual essays and stories, and will compose hypertexts of their own. Prerequisite: English 281 or consent of instructor.
  • English 386    3 units (crs.) 
    The Rhetoric of Literature
    A rhetorical approach analyzes literature as a persuasive device. In this course, students will read a variety of literary works and discuss the personal and social viewpoints and biases that these works reveal; explore theoretical and psychological studies of the nature of narrative as a discursive act; and discuss the rhetorical power of literature as compared with other forms of discourse that are more commonly thought of as "rhetorical." Prerequisite: English 281 or consent of instructor. 386/586
  • English 387    3 units (crs.) 
    Special Topics in Rhetoric and Composition - Optional Content
    This course may be offered with different content. With a different subtitle it may be taken twice with signature of the department chair. Students will study, in substantial depth, one topic in the field of rhetoric and composition. The topic will be chosen by the instructor. Prerequisite: English 281 or consent of instructor.
  • English 389    3 units (crs.) 
    Advanced Composition for Nursing (EN)
    An advanced composition course for Nursing majors, designed to enhance proficiency in critical reading and thinking and in expository writing on issues relevant to the nursing profession, with additional emphasis on research. Prerequisite: 45 units (crs.) including any Writing-Based Inquiry Seminar (WBIS 188), English 101, English 110, English 202, or consent of department chair. Limit to 3 credits of Advanced Comp per semester. English 389 may not be taken concurrently with English 302, 307, 309, 310, 316, 317, 318 or 321.
  • English 390    3 units (crs.) 
    Film and Literary Studies - Optional Content
    This course may be offered with different content. With a different subtitle, and the signature of the department chair, it may be taken twice. The course will examine the relationship between film, literature and the culture in which and for which they are produced. Films that adapt novels, short stories, and/or plays will be examined, and films themselves will be examined as texts. A brief review of artistic terms (with regard to writers and film makers) will be provided. These will be the tools used to discuss how the artists affect us in terms of theme, plot, characterization, mood and imagery. Prerequisite: English 281 or consent of instructor. 390/590
  • English 391    3 units (crs.) 
    Gay and Lesbian Literature - Optional Content
    This course may be offered with different content. With a different subtitle it may be taken twice with the signature of the department chair. An examination of lesbian and gay literature, with emphasis on work by contemporary authors. Readings will be arranged thematically, with particular attention to identity politics and to the AIDS epidemic. Cross-listed: English 391/Women's Studies 391. Students may receive credit for only one of the two cross-listed courses. Prerequisite: English 281.
  • English 392    3 units (crs.) 
    Special Topics in Literature - Optional Content
    This course may be offered with different content. With a different subtitle, it may be taken twice with the signature of the department chair. The course focuses on topics that cross generic, temporal, and/or regional boundaries. Possible topics to be covered include gothicism; sex, sensibility and romanticism; subjectivity, identity, and agency; and the literature of aging. Prerequisite: English 281 or consent of instructor. 392/592
  • English 393    3 units (crs.) 
    Latina/o Literature: Optional Content (HU) (ES)
    This course may be offered with different content. With a different subtitle, it may be taken twice with the signature of the department chair. Course content will concentrate on the different themes, histories, cultures, or periods of development in the body of Latina/o literature. Prerequisite: English 281 or the consent of instructor. 393/593
  • English 394    3 units (crs.) 
    Multiethnic Literatures: Optional Content
    This course may be offered with different content. With a different subtitle, it may be taken twice with the signature of the department chair. Course content will highlight the similarities and differences between and among different themes, cultures, histories, or periods of development in a variety of ethnic literacy traditions. The ethnic literatures introduced may include or stem from Asian, Pacific Islander, Latina/o, African, European, Jewish, and/or indigenous literary traditions. Prerequisites: English 281 or consent of instructor. 394/594
  • English 395    3 units (crs.) 
    Caribbean Literature: Optional Content
    This course may be offered with different content. A study of Caribbean literature in English or English translation. Topics might include women's writing, travel narratives, or colonial/post-colonial discourse. With a different subtitle and the signature of the department chair, it may be taken twice. Prerequisites: English 281 or consent of instructor. 395/595
  • English 396    3 units (crs.) 
    Literature and History: Optional Content
    An exploration of the relationship between history and literature. This course may investigate a period or year or series of historical moments in order to emphasize the dynamic relationships among historical events, attitudes, and literary representations, challenging artificial distinctions between literature and history and emphasizing how the categories of "history" and "literature" are cultural constructs. This course may be offered with different content. With a different subtitle, it may be taken twice with the signature of the department chair. Prerequisites: English 281 or consent of instructor. 396/596

400 Level Courses

  • English 402    3 units (crs.) 
    Internship
    Students will work outside at an internship site approved by the instructor. In addition, students will meet weekly to address issues related to professional development and the workplace environment. At these weekly meetings, students will discuss assigned readings on a range of topics such as diversity in the workplace and writing in a professional setting. Students will present a summary report of their internship experience at the end of the term. Prerequisite: English 281, English major with junior standing, minimum 3.25 grade point average in major and consent of instructor.
  • English 405    3 units (crs.) 
    Creative Writing: Optional Content
    This course may be offered with different content. With a different subtitle, it may be taken twice with the signature of the department chair. Advanced study in creative writing, which may include workshops in experimental fiction or avant-garde forms, novel writing, publishing, and/or chapbook production. Prerequisite: A 300-level creative writing course or consent of instructor. 405/605
  • English 446    1-3 units (crs.) 
    Independent Study
    See Independent Study under Course and Academic Advisement Policies information for general course description, general prerequisites, and proper contract form requirements.
  • English 448    3 units (crs.) 
    Shakespeare II - Optional Content
    This course may be offered with different content. With a different subtitle, it may be taken twice with the signature of the department chair. An intensive seminar in the advanced study of Shakespeare's works; focus may be on one of a variety of topics and/or approaches to Shakespearean drama. Prerequisite: English 347. 448/648
  • English 452    3 units (crs.) 
    Applied Linguistics
    A survey of how research in linguistics can be used to solve human problems. While the focus will be on second language acquisition, language teaching, and testing, other possible topics include language planning and forensic linguistics. Prerequisite: English 301 or 383. 452/652
  • English 456    1-3 units (crs.) 
    Related Readings
    See Related Readings under Course and Academic Advisement Policies information for general course description, general prerequisites, and proper contract form requirements.
  • English 474    1-6 units (crs.) 
    Honors: Thesis
    Honors thesis projects include any advanced independent endeavor in the student's major field of study e.g., a written thesis, scientific experiment or research project, or creative arts exhibit or production. Proposals (attached to Independent Study contract) must show clear promise of honors-level work and be approved by a faculty sponsor. Course title for transcript will be Honors Thesis. Completed projects will be announced and presented to interested students and faculty. Prerequisite: University Honors program and junior standing. Maximum of 6 units (crs.).
  • English 481    3 units (crs.) 
    Seminar in English Studies - Optional Content
    An intensive capstone seminar emphasizing synthesis and evaluation of work completed in English major. Seminar paper and portfolio self-assessment required. Prerequisite: English 381 and senior standing.
  • English 482    3 units (crs.) 
    Recent Literary Criticism: Optional Content
    This course may be offered with different content. With a different subtitle and the signature of the department chair, it may be taken twice. Students will analyze one or more major schools of interpretation. Theoretical works by major critical figures will be read and theories will be applied to selected texts. Prerequisite: English 281 and 381. 482/682
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