UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN OSHKOSH

Course Offerings - ENGLISH


38-100 Foundations of College English 3 cr.

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 38-100 are prepared, upon satisfactory completion, to enter 38-101. Credits earned in 38-100 do not apply toward the 42-credit general education requirement or toward the minimum 120 credits required for graduation. Pass/Fail Course.
38-101 College English I (EN) 3 cr.
A basic composition course 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 38-101 fulfills the first level of the General Education composition requirement.
38-110 Honors: Composition (EN) 3 cr.
A course for eligible students, designed to enhance writing ability, focus on critical and interpretive reading, and introduce basic university research procedures. Prerequisites: Score of 29 or higher on the English ACT exam or placement through the Wisconsin English Placement Test (WEPT) if seats are availabale, or participant in the University Scholars Program. Substitutes for 38-101.
38-111 Honors: Critical Reading and Writing (EN) 3 cr.
An honors course in critical reading and writing designed to challenge the advanced academic abilities of University Scholars. 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 Scholar. Substitutes for 38-101.
38-121 English for the Non-Native Speaker 3 cr.
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. (Credits will be granted toward graduation only if the student takes the course as part of his or her first thirty credits and earns a B or better.)
38-202 College English II (EN) 3 cr.
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.
38-203 Honors: Advanced Expository Writing (EN) 3 cr.
A second composition course, for University Scholars not required by their majors to take 38-307, 38-321, 38-309, or 38-310 . 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 Scholars courses. Emphasis on group discussions in a seminar format, interdisciplinary study, and independent research. Prerequisite: 38-101, 38-110, and participant in University Scholars program.
Course has been phased out in favor of a series of 200-level literature courses and 300-level composition courses described below.

All the following 200 level literature courses contain a writing component and satisfy the general education requirement in literature unless otherwise noted.

38-204 Introduction to Creative Writing 3 cr.

An introduction to a number of creative written and/or graphic genres including poems, concrete poems, prose-poems, short stories, short short stories, cartoons, plays, and graphic novels, plus approaches to reading and writing about related texts. Does not fulfill General Education Humanities Requirement. Prerequisite: 38-101 or 38-110.
38-210 Classical and Medieval Literature (HU) 3 cr.
A study of the literature from antiquity to the Renaissance, which may include classical works of Greece, Rome, Britain, and continental Europe. Prerequisite: 38-101 or 38-110. Writing assignments will be required.
38-211 British Literature I (HU) 3 cr.
A study of English literature from its beginnings to 1800. Prerequisite: 38-101 or 38-110. Writing assignments will be required.
38-212 British Literature II (HU) 3 cr.
A study of English literature from 1800 to present. Prerequisite: 38-101 or 38-110. Writing assignments will be required.
38-213 American Literature I (HU) 3 cr.
A study of American Literature from its beginnings to the Civil War. Prerequisite: 38-101 or 38-110. Writing assignments will be required.
38-214 American Literature II (HU) 3 cr.
A study of American literature from the Civil War to 1950. Prerequisite: 38-101 or 38-110. Writing assignments will be required.
38-219 African American Literature (HU-ES) 3 cr.
A survey of the various forms of literature through which African-Americans have contributed to the diversity of American life and literature. Prerequisite: 38-101 or 38-110. Writing assignments will be required.
38-220 Native American Literature (NW-ES) 3 cr.
A study of the literature written by Native Americans in its cultural and social context. Meets University Non-Western requirement. Prerequisite: 38-101 or 38-110. Writing assignments will be required.
38-223 Literature for Young Adults 3 cr.
A study of literature written for young people. Required for Secondary Education English majors and minors. Does not fulfill General Education Humanities requirements. Prerequisite: 38-101 or 38-110.
38-224 Women in Literature (HU) 3 cr.

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. Prerequisites: 38-101 or 38-110. Cross-listed with Women's Studies 98-224.

38-225 Modern British Literature (HU) 3 cr.

A study of works by 20th Century British writers. Primarily for non-majors. Prerequisite: 38-101 or 38-110. Writing assignments will be required.
38-226 Modern American Literature (HU) 3 cr.
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: 38-101 or 38-110. Writing assignments will be required.
38-227 Modern World Literature (HU) 3 cr.
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: 38-101 or 38-110. Writing assignments will be required.

38-228 Honors: Modern American Literature (HU) 3 cr.

A study of works by 20th Century American writers. Recommended for non-majors in the University Scholars Program. Substantially the same content as 38-226, but with a greater emphasis on student participation and individualized study. Prerequisite: 38-101 or 38-110. Writing assignments will be required.
38-231 Literature and Film (HU) 3 cr.
A study of some significant literary works in conjunction with their film adaptations to compare artistic representations. Prerequisite: 38-101 or 38-110. Writing assignments will be required.
38-238 Introduction to the Literature of India (NW) 3 cr.
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: 38-101 or 38-110. Writing assignments will be required.
38-239 Introduction to Chinese Literature (NW) 3 cr.
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: 38-101 or 38-110. Writing assignments will be required.
38-240 Introduction to Japanese Literature (NW) 3 cr.
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: 38-101 or 38-110. Writing assignments will be required.
38-247 Introduction to Shakespeare (HU) 3 cr.

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: 38-101 or 38-110. Writing assignments will be required.
38-281 Introduction to English Studies (HU) 3 cr.

An introduction to the many facets of English study, including literary theory, multicultural literature, and approaches to reading and writing about a variety of texts-fiction, poetry, essays, film, and so forth. Recommended for students contemplating an English major or minor. Satisfies general education requirement in literature. Prerequisite: 38-101, 38-110.

38-301/501 Modern Grammars 3 cr.

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: 38-281 or consent of instructor.
38-302 Advanced Composition: Writing About the Humanities (EN) 3 cr.
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: 60 credits (including 38-101 or equivalent) or consent of department chair.
38-303/503 Creative Writing: Fiction I 3 cr.
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: 38-281 or consent of department chair.
38-304/504 Advanced Fiction Writing 3 cr.
A course designed to provide further opportunity for analysis and critique of students' creative fiction. Class structure, requirements, and assignments are similar to 38-303, but greater emphasis is placed on the scope and development of work. Prerequisite: 38-303 or consent of department chair.
38-305/505 Creative Writing: Poetry I 3 cr.
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: 38-281 or consent of instructor.
38-306/506 Advanced Poetry Writing 3 cr.
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 38-305, but each student is expected to demonstrate increased proficiencies in the discovery and development of a personal style. Prerequisite: 38-281 or consent of instructor.
38-307 Advanced Composition for Secondary Education (EN) 3 cr.
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: 60 credits (including 38-101 or equivalent) or consent of department chair.
38-308/508 Autobiography: Theory and Practice 3 cr.

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. Prerequisites: 38-281 or consent of instructor.

38-309 Advanced Composition for Business (EN) 3 cr.

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: 60 credits (including 38-101 or equivalent) or consent of department chair.
38-310 Honors: Advanced Composition for Business (EN) 3 cr.
An advanced composition course, equivalent to 38-309, for Business majors enrolled in the University Scholars 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. Scholars who complete 38-101 or 38-110 and 38-310 have completed the General Education composition requirement. Prerequisite: 60 credits (including 38-101 or equivalent) or consent of department chair.
38-316 Advanced Composition: Writing About the Social Sciences (EN) 3 cr.

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: 60 credits (including 38-101 or equivalent) or consent of department chair.
38-317/517 Technical Writing (EN) 3 cr.
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. Prerequisites: 60 credits (including 38-101 or equivalent) or consent of department chair.

38-318 Advanced Composition: Writing About the Sciences (EN) 3 cr.

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: 60 credits (including 38-101 or equivalent) or consent of department chair.

38-319/519 African American Literature II: Optional Content (ES) 3 cr.

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: 38-281 or consent of instructor.
38-320/520 Psycholinguistics 3 cr.
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. Prerequisites: 38-301 or 38-383.
38-321 Advanced Composition for Elementary Education Majors (EN) 3 cr.
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: 60 credits (including 38-101 or equivalent) or consent of department chair.

38-322/522 Theories of Writing 3 cr.

A study of cognitive, social, rhetorical, and historical influences on the writing process. This course will cover the major theoretical perspectives in the field of composition and their application to the teaching, learning, and practice of writing. Prerequisite: 38-281 or consent of instructor.
38-324 Gender in Literature: Optional Content 3 cr.
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. Prerequisite: 38-281 or consent of instructor.
38-326 Studies in Classical Mythology 3 cr.
A survey of Greek and Roman mythology and its influence on Western literature and art. Prerequisite: 38-281 or consent of instructor.
38-327 Detective Fiction 3 cr.
A study of detective fiction in the short story and the novel. Prerequisite: 38-281 or consent of instructor.
38-329/529 Creative Writing: Playwriting I 3 cr.

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: 38-281 or consent of instructor.

38-330/530 Creative Writing: Playwriting II 3 cr.

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: 38-329 or consent of instructor.

38-331/531 Contemporary Literature: Optional Content (HU) 3 cr.

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: 38-281 or consent of instructor.
38-332/532 Early Women Writers: Optional Content 3 cr.

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 semester to semester, and may include such subjects as Ancient Women Writers, Medieval Women Writers, Renaissance Women Writers, Early American Women Writers, and Nineteenth-Century Women Writers. Cross-listed with Women's Studies 98-332. Prerequisites: 38-281 or consent of instructor.

38-333/533 Twentieth Century Poetry 3 cr.

A seminar focusing on the themes, technical innovations, and theories of influential early and mid-20th century poets. Prerequisite: 38-281 or consent of instructor.
38-334 Wisconsin in Literature 3 cr.
Studies in Wisconsin literature, legends, and lore. Prerequisite: 38-281 or consent of instructor.
38-335/535 Personal Narratives: Optional Content 3 cr.

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: 38-281 or consent of instructor.

38-336/536 The Bible as Literature 3 cr.

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: 38-281 or consent of instructor.
38-337/537 Early Twentieth-Century Drama 3 cr.
A study of Naturalist and Expressionist drama of the early 20th Century emphasizing English and Continental drama and the Irish Renaissance. Prerequisite: 38-281 or consent of instructor.
38-339/539 Contemporary British and Continental Drama 3 cr.
Contemporary British and Continental Drama, including Theatre of the Absurd, Theatre of Cruelty, Epic Theatre, Lyric Theatre, Panic Theatre. Prerequisite: 38-281 or consent of instructor.
38-340 Arthurian Legend and Romance 3 cr.

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: 38-281 or consent of instructor.

38-341/541 History of the English Language 3 cr.

The history of modern English focusing on vocabulary, dialects, kindred languages, grammar, and pronunciation. Includes an introduction to Old and Middle English. Prerequisite: 38-301.
38-342/542 Literature of the Romantic Era: Optional Content 3 cr.
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: 38-281 or consent of instructor.
38-343/543 Nature Writing 3 cr.

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 with 37-343. Students may receive credit for only one of the two cross-listed courses.
38-344/544 Milton 3 cr.
Milton's major and minor poems and selected prose writings in relation to the background of the literature and his times. Prerequisite: 38-281 or consent of instructor.
38-345 Twentieth-Century Women Writers: Optional Content 3 cr.
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 with Women's Studies 98-345. Prerequisite: 38-281 or consent of instructor.
38-346/546 Chaucer and His Age 3 cr.
A study of the major works in medieval English literature with emphasis on Chaucer. Prerequisite: 38-281 or consent of instructor.
38-347/547 Shakespeare I 3 cr.
Selected major plays in relation to dramatic conventions of the Renaissance and to modern productions. Prerequisite: 38-281 or consent of instructor.
38-349 Honors: Twentieth-Century Women Authors 3 cr.
Studies in literature by American and British women writers of the 20th century, with emphasis on works by contemporary authors. Prerequisite: 38-281 or consent of instructor.
38-350/550 Literary Study Tour: Optional Content 3-4 cr.
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.
38-351/551 Medieval Literature: Optional Content 3 cr.

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. Prerequisite: 38-281 or consent of instructor.
38-353/553 The English Renaissance, 1485-1660 3 cr.
A study of the significant plays, poetry, and prose with emphasis on More, Spenser, Marlowe, Jonson, Bacon, Donne, and upon the Cavaliers and the Metaphysicals. Excludes Shakespeare. Prerequisite: 38-281 or consent of instructor.
38-354/554 Rhetoric, Culture, and Travel 3 cr.

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 will be considered, as well as films, photographs, advertisements, and maps. Prerequisites: 38-281 or consent of instructor.
38-355/555 Early British Drama 3 cr.

A study of representative plays from the medieval, early modern, and/or Restoration periods. Prerequisite: 38-281 or consent of instructor.

38-356/556 Special Topics in Early British Drama: Optional Content 3 cr.

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: 38-281 or consent of instructor.

38-357/557 Literature and Other Arts: Optional Content 3 cr.

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: 38-281 or consent of instructor.
38-358/558 Postcolonial African Literature: Optional Content 3 cr.

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 African prose, poetry, and drama that constructs the literary tradition of newly independent African countries in the 20th century. Among topics to be covered are nationalism, identity, gender, and oral traditions. Prerequisite: 38-281 or consent of instructor.
38-362/562 British Literature of the Long Eighteenth Century: Optional Content 3 cr.
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: 38-281 or consent of instructor.
38-363/563 Eighteenth Century English Novel 3 cr.
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: 38-281 or consent of instructor.
38-364/564 Nineteenth-Century English Novel 3 cr.
A study of the English novel from 1800 to 1900: Austen, Scott, Bronte, Thackeray, Dickens, Eliot, Meredith, and Hardy. Prerequisite: 38-281 or consent of instructor.
38-365/565 Modern British Fiction: Optional Content 3 cr.
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: 38-281 or consent of instructor.
38-366 Science Fiction 3 cr.
An examination of major 20th-century works in science fiction. Prerequisite: 38-281 or consent of instructor.
38-367/567 African Literature 3 cr.

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: 38-281 or consent of instructor.

38-369/569 Victorian Poetry and Prose 3 cr.

A study of the major poets and prose writers of the Victorian era. Prerequisite: 38-281 or consent of instructor.
38-370/570 Native American Literature II: Optional Content (ES) 3 cr.

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: 38-281 or consent of instructor.
38-371/571 African-American Women Writers: Optional Content (ES) 3 cr.

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 with Women's Studies 98-371. Prerequisite: 38-281 or consent of instructor.

38-372/572 American Short Story: Optional Content 3 cr.

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: 38-281 or consent of instructor.
38-373/573 Colonial and Federalist Literature 3 cr.
American writing from the beginning through the early years of the Republic. Prerequisite: 38-281 or consent of instructor.
38-374/574 American Romanticism 3 cr.
A study of writers such as Emerson, Fuller, Thoreau, Irving, Cooper, Melville, Hawthorne, Stowe, and/or others. Prerequisite: 38-281 or consent of instructor.
38-375 American Realism and Naturalism 3 cr.
Studies of the American prose from the Civil War to World War I: Twain, Howells, Adams, James, Crane, and others. Prerequisite: 38-281 or consent of instructor.
38-376/576 Twentieth-Century Literature: Optional Content 3 cr.
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: 38-281 or consent of instructor.

38-377/577 Major Figures of American Fiction, 1800-1865: Optional Content 3 cr.

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 this period, such as Irving, Cooper, Poe, Hawthorne, Melville, and Stowe. Prerequisite: 38-281 or consent of instructor.
38-378/578 Modern American Novel: Optional Content 3 cr.
This course may be offered with different content. With a different subtitle, it may taken twice with the signature of the department chair. A study of the development of the American novel after 1920. Prerequisite: 38-281 or consent of instructor.
38-379/579 American Poetry: From Whitman to the Present 3 cr.
A study of the development of American poetry from Whitman to Contemporary Poets. Prerequisite: 38-281 or consent of instructor.
38-380/580 American Drama 3 cr.
American drama from Eugene O'Neill to the present. Prerequisite: 38-281 or consent of instructor.
38-381/581 Foundations of Literary Criticism 3 cr.
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: 38-281.
38-382/582 Contemporary Cultural Mythology: Optional Content 3 cr.

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: 38-281 or consent of instructor.

38-383/583 Introduction to English Linguistics 3 cr.

An introduction to sounds, word forms, and sentence structures of English. Special emphasis on theories of grammar affecting today's classroom. Prerequisite: 38-281 or consent of instructor.

38-384/584 Sociolinguistics 3 cr.

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 towards language in education and everyday interaction. Prerequisites: 38-301 or 38-383.
38-385 Computers and Writing 3 cr.

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: 38-281 or consent of instructor.

38-386/586 The Rhetoric of Literature 3 cr.

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: 38-281 or consent of instructor.

38-387/587 Special Topics in Rhetoric and Composition: Optional Content 3 cr.

This course may be offered with different content. With a different subtitle, it may be taken twice with the 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: 38-281 or consent of instructor.

38-391/591 Gay and Lesbian Literature: Optional Content 3 cr.

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 with Women's Studies 98-391. Prerequisite: 38-281 or consent of instructor.
38-392/592 Special Topics in Literature: Optional Content 3 cr.

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: 38-281 or consent of instructor.
38-405/605 Creative Writing: Optional Content 3 cr.

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 permission of instructor.
38-446 Independent Study 1-3 cr.
See Independent Study under Course and Academic Advisement Policies information for general course description, general prerequisites, and proper contract form requirements.
38-448/648 Shakespeare II: Optional Content 1-3 cr.

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: 38-347.
38-452/652 Applied Linguistics 3 cr.

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: 38-301 or 38-383.

38-456 Related Readings 1-3 cr.

See Related Readings under Course and Academic Advisement Policies information for general course description, general prerequisites, and proper contract form requirements.
38-474 Honors: Thesis 1-6 cr.
Prerequisites: University scholar status and junior standing. 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. Maximum of 6 credits.
38-481 Senior Seminar in English Studies 3 cr.

An intensive capstone seminar emphasizing synthesis and evaluation of work completed in English major. Seminar paper and portfolio self-assessment required. Prerequisite: 38-381 and senior standing.

38-482 Recent Literary Criticism: Optional Content 3 cr.

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: 38-281, 38-381.
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