200-Level English

In engaging with great literary and rhetorical works as well as extraordinary works in other media, students in 200-level English courses develop skills of critical reading and writing, dialoguing with professors and peers, and adopting an analytical and culturally literate stance towards the communities to which they belong, whether locally, nationally, or globally.

Upon completing a 200-level course in literature in the Department of English at UW Oshkosh, students should be able to:

  • Define key terms related to literary techniques, movements, and/or historical periods as relevant to the specific focus of the course.
  • Understand texts as carefully constructed artifacts whose final shape reflects a series of choices consciously made to produce meaning.
  • Analyze texts for their formal characteristics, their subject matter, their emergence out of specific historical contexts and the connection amongst these elements.
  • Compose an effective, mechanically sound critical argument that defines a thesis and supports that thesis with evidence.
  • Retrieve, evaluate and summarize scholarly sources within the field and/or purview of literary studies.
  • Recognize the place of literary study as an indispensable component of a Liberal Education that uniquely cultivates critical thinking, communication skills and creative capacities.
  • Understand the ways in which reading literature helps us develop empathy, develops our social imaginations and expands the boundaries (geographical, chronological, ontological) of our world.

200-level English Courses

The following list constitutes all of the 200-level English courses that may possibly be offered. Please note that not all of these courses will be offered in a given semester.

  • 201 Introduction to Health Humanitites
  • 205 Literature from a Global Perspective
  • 206 Rhetoric, or the Art of Moving Souls
  • 207 Introduction to Professional Writing
  • 210 Classical and Medieval Literature
  • 211 British Literature I
  • 212 British Literature II
  • 213 American Literature I
  • 214 American Literature II
  • 219 African American Literature
  • 220 Native American Literature
  • 221 Asian American Literature
  • 224 Women in Literature
  • 225 Modern British Literature
  • 226 Modern American Literature
  • 227 Modern World Literature
  • 228 Honors: Modern American Literature
  • 229 Honors: African American Literature
  • 231 Literature and Film
  • 236 Foundational Texts of Western Literature
  • 243 Introduction to Nature Writing
  • 244 Japanese Nature Writing
  • 247 Introduction to Shakespeare
  • 283 Speaking Globally: The Political, Economic and Cultural Power of Language