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Liberal Arts Major Requirements

Recommended for students who are pursuing a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degree and have a potential interest in graduate study or pre-professional study such as law, social work, and government service.

  1. Required Units (crs.): 36 minimum
  2. Required Courses: In addition to the three Core Courses:
    • AREA A. 12 credits: Four Required Literature Courses at the 300 level or above. 3 credits must be chosen from each of the four groups.
      • Group I: The English Literary Tradition, including English 333, 340, 342, 351, 353, 356, 362, 363, 364, 365 or 369.
      • Group II: The American Literary Tradition, including English 372, 373, 374, 375, 377, 378, 379 or 380.
      • Group III: Major Figures, including English 344, 346, 347 or 448.
      • Group IV: Women's, American Ethnic, and/or Post-Colonial Literature, including English 319, 332, 345, 349, 358, 361, 367, 370, 371, 393, 394 or 395. (Appropriate sections of English 331 and 376 count toward this requirement with the signature of the chair.)
    • AREA B. 3 credits in Rhetoric, including, English 322, 385, 386 or 387.
    • AREA C. 3 credits in creative writing, including English 204, 303, 304, 305, 306, 308, 329, 330 or 405.
    • AREA D. 3 credits in specialized literary or cultural studies chosen from either of the following groups.
      Group1: Cultural Studies; including 354, 357, 382, 390.
      Group 2: Specialized Literacy Studies; including 324, 326, 327, 334, 335, 336, 343, 350, 366, 391, 392, 482.
    • 6 credits of Electives in English at or above the 300 level in any area; may not include 302, 307, 309, 310, 316, 317, 318, 321.

Comment:

Majors may create emphases in any of the above areas within the major by choosing their courses carefully with the help of a departmental advisor. Liberal Arts English majors will want to consider supplementing their major with appropriate studies in African American Studies, Art, Communication, Environmental Studies, History, Interdisciplinary Studies, Journalism, Music, Philosophy, Radio/TV/Film, Theatre and Women’s Studies.

Area A: Required Literature Courses

 
Requirement: 12 credits in four Required Literature Courses at the 300 level or above. 3 credits must be chosen from each of the four groups.

Group I: The English Literary Tradition

  • 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 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 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 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 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 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 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

Group II: The American Literary Tradition

  • 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 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

Group III: Major Figures

  • 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 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 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

Group IV: Women's American Ethnic and/or Post-Colonial Literature

  • 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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
  • *Appropriate sections of English 331 and 376 count toward this requirement with the signature of the chair

Area B: Rhetoric

 
Rhetoric Requirement: 3 credits
  • 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 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.

Area C: Creative Writing

 
Creative Writing Requirement: 3 credits
  • 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 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 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 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 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

Area D: Cultural Studies or Specialized Literary Studies

 
Requirement: 3 Credits from either of the following groups
 

Group I: Cultural Studies

  • 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 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 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 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

Group II: Specialized Literary Studies

  • 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 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 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 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 366    3 units (crs.) 
    Science Fiction
    An examination of major 20th-century works in science fiction. Prerequisite: English 281 or consent of instructor.
  • 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 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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