English

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Roberta S. Maguire, Chairperson

Department Office: Radford Hall 220
Department Telephone: (920) 424-2232

Code 38 or ENGLISH

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Faculty

Faculty

Baker
Landry
Cole
Launius
Crawford
Looker
Dingledine
Maguire
Feldman
Ngaboh-Smart
Haynes
Pesta
Helmers
Rindo
Hostetler
Roth
Klemp
Shaffer

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Degrees

Degrees

  • Undergraduate: A major in English can lead to the degree(s): Bachelor of Arts; Bachelor of Science; Bachelor of Science in Education.

  • Graduate: Master of Arts

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Summary of Fields of Study

Summary of Fields of Study

  1. Goal(s)

  • Students who complete an English major at the university will develop their abilities in the following areas: Writing, Reading, Argumentation and Research, and Cultural Literacy. The Outcomes for Writing include the ability to produce original and significant writing that is clear and concrete, that incorporates quotation and paraphrase effectively and appropriately, and that demonstrates a facility with rhetorical techniques and aesthetic devices. For Reading, the Outcomes include the ability to comprehend complex and diverse texts and their multiple possible interpretations, to analyze the structure and style of those texts, and to evaluate information from a range of sources. In terms of Argumentation and Research, students graduating with an English major will be able to develop defensible and significant arguments that reflect an awareness of competing claims and are supported with adequate research that is well integrated, allowing the voice of the writer and source to be maintained. Finally, the Outcomes for Cultural Literacy include understanding how culture and history shape the beliefs and customs in which texts operate, evaluating texts from the perspectives in which they are situated, and assessing and applying information gleaned from a range of disciplines in the study and/or creation of diverse communities’ cultural productions. Progress toward these outcomes is assessed through a portfolio of each student’s work and an exit interview.

  • The Major(s)

    • The Department offers a choice of two majors. These are: 1) Liberal Arts, 2) Secondary Education.

  • The Minor(s)

    • The Department offers two minor(s): 1) Liberal Arts, 2) Secondary Education.  Under the Liberal Arts Minor, there are four options: 1) Creative Writing, 2) Rhetoric, 3) Literature, 4) Linguistics.

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    Admission/Graduation Requirements

    Admission/Graduation Requirements

    • To be eligible for graduation, students must meet all requirements for the degree being sought in addition to earning a minimum grade of "C" (2.00) in each course counted toward the English major or minor.

    • Those students seeking Wisconsin teacher certification must earn a minimum grade point average of 3.00 in all courses required for their majors and minors in order to meet requirements of the College of Education and Human Services.

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    Required Core Courses

    Required Core Courses

    English

    • English 281 Introduction to English Studies 3 cr.

    • English 381 Foundations of Literary Criticism 3 cr.

    • English 481 Seminar in English Studies 3 cr.

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    The Major(s), with Emphases and/or Options

    The Major(s), with Emphases and/or Options

    Liberal Arts English Major

    Recommended for students who are pursuing a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degree, are interested in professional communication in a range of industries and fields from manufacturing to nonprofit administration, or have a potential interest in graduate study in English or professional programs such as law, social work and public administration.

    • Required Units (crs.): 36 minimum
    • Required Courses: In addition to the three Core Courses:
      • AREA A. 12 credits: Four Required Literature Courses at the 300 level or above. Three credits must be chosen from each of the four groups.
        • Group I: The English Literary Tradition, including English 331, 332, 333, 340, 342, 351, 353, 356, 362, 363, 364, 365 or 369.
        • Group II: The American Literary Tradition, including English 314, 345, 349, 372, 373, 374, 375, 376, 377, 378, 379 or 380.
        • Group III: Major Figures, including English 344, 346, 347 or 448.
        • Group IV: American Ethnic Writers and/or Post-Colonial Writers, including English 319, 358, 361, 367, 370, 371, 393, 394 or 395.
      • AREA B. Three credits in Rhetoric or Linguistics, including English 301, 322, 341, 383, 384, 385, 386, 387 or 452.
      • AREA C. Three credits in creative writing, including English 204, 303, 304, 305, 306, 308, 329, 330 or 405.
      • AREA D. Three credits in specialized literary or cultural studies chosen from either of the following groups.
    • Group 1: Cultural Studies, including 354, 357, 382, 390, 396.
    • Group 2: Specialized Literacy Studies, including 324, 326, 327, 334, 335, 336, 343, 350, 366, 391, 392, 482.
      • Six credits of Electives in English at or above the 300 level in any area; may not include 300, 310, 312.
    Comment:

    Students may create emphases in any of the above areas within the major by choosing their courses carefully with the help of a departmental adviser. Liberal Arts English majors are encouraged to supplement their major with appropriate coursework in other areas, including not only Humanities disciplines, but also Social Sciences, Physical Sciences, and Fine and Performing Arts. 

    Secondary Education English Major

    Recommended for students who are preparing to teach secondary school or who are planning further graduate study in Education.

    • Required Units (crs.): 36 minimum

    • Required Courses: In addition to the three Core Courses:

      • AREA A. 15 credits: Five Required Literature Courses at the 300 level or above. At least three credits must be from each of the four areas below.
        • Group I: The English Literary Tradition, including English 331, 332, 333, 340, 342, 351, 353, 356, 362, 363, 364, 365 or 369. English 344 and English 346 may count toward this requirement with the signature of the chair.
        • Group II: The American Literary Tradition, including English 314, 345, 349, 372, 373, 374, 375, 376, 377, 378, 379 or 380.
        • Group III: Shakespeare, including English 347 or 448.
        • Group IV: Two courses: American Ethnic Writers and/or Post-Colonial Writers, including English 319, 358, 361, 367, 370, 371, 393, 394 or 395. 
      • AREA B. Three credits in Linguistics: English 301, 341, 383 or 384.
      • AREA C. Three credits in creative writing, including English 204, 303, 304, 305, 306, 308, 329, 330 or 405.
      • AREA D. Three credits in specialized literary or cultural studies chosen from either of the following groups.
        • Group 1: Cultural Studies, including 354, 357, 382, 390, 396.
        • Group 2: Specialized Literary Studies, including 324, 326, 327, 334, 335, 336, 343, 350, 366, 391, 392, 482.
      • AREA E. Three credits in adolescent literature, including English 223 or Educational Leadership 303.

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    The Minor(s)

    The Minor(s)

    1.  Liberal Arts English Minor

    Recommended for students who wish to supplement a major within a related field of the Humanities.

    • Required Units (crs.): 21 minimum

    • Required Courses: Students minoring in English may choose one of four options: creative writing, rhetoric, literature or linguistics. Each option requires a minimum of 21 units (crs.).

      Students becoming secondary education teachers who wish to teach English as an additional subject in grades 6-12 must choose the Secondary Education English Minor, which is 27 units (crs.).

      • Creative Writing

        • Three units (crs.): English 281, Introduction to English Studies

        • Twelve units (crs.): Four of the following: English 204, 303, 304, 305, 306, 308, 329, 330, 385 and 405.

        • Six units (crs.): Two of the following: English 314, 319, 322, 324, 326, 327, 331, 333, 334, 336, 337, 339, 340, 342, 343, 344, 345, 346, 347, 349, 350, 351, 353, 354, 355, 356, 357, 358, 361, 362, 363, 364, 365, 366, 367, 369, 370, 371, 372, 373, 374, 375, 376, 377, 378, 379, 380, 390, 391, 392 and 448.

      • Rhetoric

        • Three units (crs.): English 281

        • Twelve-fifteen units (crs.): Four or Five of the following: English 301, 322, 354, 381, 382, 383, 386 and/or 387.

        • Three to six units (crs.): One or Two of the following: English 303, 308, 317 and/or 385.

      • Literature
        (not available to students pursuing the Liberal Arts English Major or the Secondary Education English Major) 

        • Three units (crs.): English 281

        • Twelve units (crs.): Four literature courses, one in each of four areas of the Liberal Arts Major:

          • The English Literary Tradition, including English 333, 340, 342, 351, 353, 356, 362, 363, 364, 365 or 369.

          • The American Literary Tradition, including English 314, 372, 373, 374, 375, 377, 378, 379 or 380.

          • Major Figures, including English 344, 346, 347 or 448.

          • American Ethnic and/or Post-Colonial Literature, including English 319, 332, 345, 349, 358, 361, 367, 370, 371, 393, 394, or 395. (Note: Appropriate sections of English 331 and 376 count toward this requirement with the signature of the chair.)

        • Three units (crs.): One course in Area D, cultural studies, including English 324, 326, 327, 334, 335, 336, 339, 340, 350, 354, 357, 366, 382, 391, 392, 396 or 482.

        • Three units (crs.): One additional literature course in English at or above the 300 level.

      • Linguistics

        • Three units (crs.): English 383.

        • Two of the following courses (6 crs.): English 301, 320, 341, 384, 452.

        • One 300-level course in French, Spanish, or German or a fourth-semester course in Russian or Japanese. (Excluding German 312 and 314, Spanish 300 and 307, French 303 and 312, and Japanese 315).

        • Three courses (9 crs.) from the following list:

              • Anthropology 102, 274, 366
              • Communication 268, 316, 318
              • Computer Science 381
              • English 281, 301, 320, 322, 341, 384, 385, 386, 387, 452, 
              • French 303, 312
              • German 312, 314
              • Philosophy 202, 316, 422
              • Political Science 253, 304, 330, 373
              • Psychology 271, 380, 391
              • Spanish 307, 312, 372
              • Sociology 321, 325, 331, 359
      Note: Individual courses may be conted only once for the minor. 

      2.  Secondary Education English Minor

      Recommended for students who wish to teach English as an additional subject in grades 6-12.

      • Required Units (crs.): 27 minimum.

        • Three units (crs.): English 281

        • Area A: 12 units (crs.): Four required literature courses.

      • One course in English Literary Tradition, including English 333, 340, 342, 344, 346, 351, 353, 356, 362, 363, 364, 365 or 369.

      • One course in American Literary Tradition, including English 314, 372, 373, 374, 375, 377, 378, 379 or 380.

      • One course in Shakespeare, including English 347 or 448.

      • One course in literature by American ethnic and/or post-colonial writers, including English 319, 332, 345, 349, 358, 361, 367, 370, 371, 393, 394, or 395.

        • AREA B: Three units (crs.): One linguistics course, English 301, 341, 383 or 384

        • AREA C: Three units (crs.): One course in creative writing, including English 204, 303, 304, 305, 306, 308, 329, 330 or 405.

        • AREA D: Three units (crs.): One course in specialized literacy or cultural studies chosen from either of the following groups:

          Group1: Cultural Studies; including 354, 357, 382, 390 or 396.

          Group 2: Specialized Literacy Studies, including 324, 326, 327, 334, 335, 336, 343, 350, 366, 391, 392 or 482.

      • One of the following: English 223 or Educational Leadership 303.

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      Course Offering(s)

      Course Offering(s)

      WBIS Courses

      Writing-Based Inquiry Seminars   188                                           3 (crs.)

      Writing-Based Inquiry Seminars (WBIS) (EN)

      In this course, students will develop their writing, critical reading, critical thinking, and information literacy 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 adviser or the WBIS website to determine the theme for each section. Successful completion of WBIS 188 fulfills the English composition or Quest Writing general education requirement. Students who have earned credit for English 101 may not take WBIS 188. Students cannot earn credit for both English 101 and WBIS 188. Prerequisites: English 100 or English Placement into English 101 or 110.


      English Courses

      English   100                                           3 (crs.)

      Foundations of College English

      A course designed to enhance, through individualized instruction and tutoring, competencies and habits of mind for academic writing. Students who place into English 100 and complete it with a grade higher than C- may move on to WBIS 188. Credits earned in English 100 do not apply toward the 42 unit general education/University Studies requirement or toward the minimum 120 credits required for graduation. Prerequisites: Open only to students who have taken the English Placement Test and placed into English 100; others may enroll only with department consent. Not open to students who have received credit for WBIS 188, English 101 or English 110. A grade of C or better is required to remove the English deficiency.

       

      English   101                                           3 (crs.)

      College English I (EN)

      A Writing-Based Inquiry Seminar for students in CAPP and select other distance learning programs. Students will develop their writing, critical reading, critical thinking, and information literacy skills by exploring a single topic in depth. Students are expected to participate actively in their own learning through class discussions and group activities. Successful completion of English 101 fulfills the English composition or Quest Writing general education requirement. Students cannot earn credit for both English 101 and WBIS 188.

       

      English   110                                           3 (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 HNRS 175. Substitutes for English 101 or WBIS 188.

       

      English   111                                           3 (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 (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.

       

      English   151                                           3 (crs.)

      British Literature to the 18th Century (XC)(HU)

      A Study of British Literature to 1700

       

      English   153                                           3 (crs.)

      American Literature Through Civil War (XC)(HU)

      A study of American literature from its beginnings through the Civil War.

       

      English   154                                           3 (crs.)

      American Literature after the Civil War (XC)(HU)

      A study of American literature from the Civil War to the contemporary moment.

       

      English   161                                           3 (crs.)

      Asian American Experiences (XC)(ES)(HU)

      An introductory survey of Asian American literature, emphasizing the historical and cultureal contexts out of which it emerges. Readings may include poetry, fiction, memoirs, drama, and historical texts by a variety of Asian American writers.

       

      English   165                                           3 (crs.)

      20th Century British Literature (XC)(HU)

      A study of British Literature written during the 20th Century.

       

      English   168                                           3 (crs.)

      Examining Multi-Ethnic American Literature (HU)(XC)(ES)

      An introduction to the similarities and differences among themes, cultures, histories, and/or periods of development in a combination of U.S. racial and ethnic literacy traditions. This examination will include authors from racially marginalized groups, such as Asian Americans, Latinos, African Americans, and/or Native Americans.

       

      English   203                                           3 (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 (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   206                                           3 (crs.)

      Rhetoric, or the Art of Moving Souls: Optional Content (HU)(XC)(NW)

      Living in the Information Age and an era of information overload, what effectively captures our attention and imagination? Course participants will engage in the study of how messages "move souls" (as Aristotle defined rhetoric) through not only what is said but also how it is said. Messages in literature, images, tweets, and more lay the foundations of society and community. Prerequisites: WBIS 188, English 110, or Comm 111.

       

      English   210                                           3 (crs.)

      Classical and Medieval Literature (HU)(XC)

      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 (crs.)

      British Literature I (HU)(XC)

      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 (crs.)

      British Literature II (HU)(XC)

      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 (crs.)

      American Literature I (HU)(XC)

      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 (crs.)

      American Literature II (HU)(XC)

      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 (crs.)

      Introduction to Multi-ethnic Literatures (HU)(ES)(XC)

      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 (crs.)

      African American Literature (HU) (ES)(XC)

      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 (crs.)

      Native American Literature (ES)(HU)(XC)

      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 (crs.)

      Asian American Literature (HU)(ES)(XC)

      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 (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 (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 (crs.)

      Women in Literature (HU)(XC)

      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 and Gender Studies 224. Students may receive credit for only one of the two cross-listed courses.  Writing assignments will be required.

       

      English   225                                           3 (crs.)

      Modern British Literature (HU)(XC)

      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 (crs.)

      Modern American Literature: (HU)(XC)

      A study of works by post-19th century 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 (crs.)

      Modern World Literature (HU)(NW)(XC)

      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 (crs.)

      Honors: Modern American Literature (HU)(XC)

      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 HNRS 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 (crs.)

      Honors: African American Literature (HU)(ES)(XC)

      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 HNRS 175. Writing assignments will be required.

       

      English   231                                           3 (crs.)

      Literature and Film (HU)(XC)

      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   236                                           3 (crs.)

      Foundational Texts of Western Literature (HU)(XC)

      A study of the foundational myths and archetypes of Western literature, with a primary emphasis of Biblical and Greco-Roman mythology, but which may also include texts from Mesopotamian, Egyptian, and Norse mythology. The aim is to provide students an introduction to the recurring stories, myths, and characters that populate Western literature, drama, and art from ancient times until the present day. WBIS or Freshman Writing Course.

       

      English   238                                           3 (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 (crs.)

      Introduction to Chinese Literature (NW) (HU)(XC)

      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 (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 (crs.)

      Introduction to Nature Writing (HU)(XC)

      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 (crs.)

      Japanese Nature Writing (HU)(NW)(XC)

      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 (crs.)

      Introduction to Shakespeare (HU)(XC)

      Introduction to Shakespeare is a course for non-English majors. It will cover several of the best-known plays such as 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 (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. Prerequisites:  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, 229, 231 or 247.

       

      English   294                                           3 (crs.)

      Literary Landscapes (HU)(XC)

      Literary Landscapes is a Quest III course designed to introduce you to the connections between literature, the environment, cultural inheritance, and civic action while completing a community experience related to the Signature Question: How do people understand and create a more sustainable world? As a QIII course, EN 294 requires 14 to 20 hours of experiential learning in addition to academic requirements. Prerequisite: Any Writing-Based Inquiry Seminar (WBIS 188)

       

      English   300                                           3 (crs.)

      Connect: Advanced Writing (EN)(XK)

      As the capstone of the University Studies Program (USP) at UW Oshkosh, English 300 involves structured reflection about your experience of liberal education and integration of the USP's three signature questions in the context of contemporary public issues. Writing will be your primary mode of inquiry in this course. You will undertake multiple, interconnected writing tasks to critically examine your education in the USP, connect issues you have studied to all of the USP signature questions, and apply your understanding of the relationships between these questions to a public issue you choose to investigate in more depth. In short, this course provides a place for you to think deliberately about what you have learned in the USP, apply and integrate this learning, and improve your rhetorical awareness, analytical reading, writing and research skills in the process. Prerequisites: English 300 serves as the Capstone of the USP. Quest I, II, III, Quest Speaking (Comm 111) and Quest Writing ( WBIS 188 or English 101 or 110) or Quest III and WBIS (WBIS 188), English 101 or 110. This course is  not open to University Honors Program students.

       

      English   301                                           3 (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   303                                           3 (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 (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 (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 (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 (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   310                                           3 (crs.)

      Honors: Advanced Composition (EN)(XK)

      An advanced composition course for students enrolled in the University Honors Program. This course is designed to enhance proficiency in critical reading and thinking and in expository writing. Prerequisites: 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. University Honors Program participant with prior or concurrent enrollment in Honors 175. English 310 may not be taken concurrently with English 302, 307, 309, 316, 317, 318, 321 or 389.

       

      English   312                                           3 (crs.)

      Advanced Writing (EN)(XK)

      Structured reflection about a student's experience of liberal education to investigate contemporary public issues. Writing is the primary mode of inquiry in this course. Students will undertake multiple, interconnected writing tasks to critically examine their college-level education, to connect issues studied to the university's essential learning outcomes and to investigate a public issue in great depth. The course allows for integrative learning while focusing on rhetorical awareness, analytical reading, and writing and research skills. Students who have earned credit in English 300 may not take English 312. Students cannot earn credit for both English 300 and English 312. Prerequisites: WBIS 188, or English 101, or English 110 and a minimum of 45 credits. This course is open to University Honors Program students.

       

      English   314                                           3 (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   317                                           3 (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   319                                           3 (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 (crs.)

      Special Topics in Linguistics: 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 linguistics course will offer focused work in various areas of linguistics; topics may include (but are not limited to) discourse analysis, linguistic pragmatics, politeness, linguistic profiling, forensic linguistics, issues of language planning (bilingual teaching, etc.), historical linguistics, psycholinguists, and cognitive linguistics. Prerequisites: English 281 or consent of instructor. 320/520

       

      English   322                                           3 (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 (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 and Gender 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 (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 (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 (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 (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 (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 (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 and Gender 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 (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 (crs.)

      Wisconsin in Literature

      Studies in Wisconsin literature, legends, and lore. Prerequisite: English 281 or consent of instructor.

       

      English   335                                           3 (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 (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 (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 (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 (crs.)

      Literature of the Romantic Era Green Romanticism:  Optional Content

      Examines the important role Romantic literature has played in the history of Western environmentalism and role that environmental science and environmentalism have played in the Romantic movements. Examines the relationships between people and how the landscape is imagined in poetry and prose, and how both literature and the land itself are structured by institutions of class, economics, gender, science, and law. This course may be offered with different content. Cross-listed: Environmental Studies 342/English 342 With a different subtitle, it may be taken twice with the signature of the department chair. Prerequisite: English 281 or consent of instructor. 342/542

       

      English   343                                           3 (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 (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 (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 and Gender 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 (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 (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 (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 (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. Itineraries, special course fees, and specific course requirements will be available whenever the course is offered. 350/550

       

      English   351                                           3 (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 (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 (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 (crs.)

      Special Topics in British and/or Irish Literature: Optional Content

      This course will focus on a specific theme, period, or genre of British and/or Irish literature. This course may be offered with different content. Special topic content may range widely from such genres as speculative fiction or early British drama to such themes as 19th century environmentalism or Children's Literature. With different subtitle, and the signature of  the department chair, this course may be taken twice. Prerequisite: English 281 or consent of instructor. 356/556

       

      English   357                                           3 (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 (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 (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 (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 (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 (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 (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 (crs.)

      Science Fiction

      An examination of major 20th-century works in science fiction. Prerequisite: English 281 or consent of instructor.

       

      English   367                                           3 (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. 367/567

       

      English   369                                           3 (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 (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 (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 and Gender 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 (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 (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 (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 (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 (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 (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, such as 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 (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 (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 (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 (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 (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 (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 (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 (crs.)

      Professional and Digital Writing (Optional Content)

      This course will focus on a topic within the area of professional and/or digital writing, chosen by the instructor. It will provide students with the opportunity to engage in both theoretical learning and practical application related to the chosen topic. With a different subtitle the course may be taken twice with signature of department chair. Prerequisite: English 281 or consent of instructor.


      English   386                                           3 (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 (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   390                                           3 (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 (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 and Gender Studies 391. Students may receive credit for only one of the two cross-listed courses. Prerequisite: English 281 or consent of instructor.

       

      English   392                                           3 (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 (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 (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 (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 (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

       

      English   402                                           3 (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 (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 (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 (crs.)

      Topics in Shakespeare II - Optional Content

      An advanced seminar in Shakespeare that addresses the plays and poems thematically or centered on a specific topic or approach. This optional content course may be taken twice with different subtitles and with the signature of the department chair. Prerequisite: English 281.  448/648

       

      English   452                                           3 (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 (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 (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. Prerequisites: University Honors program and junior standing. Maximum of 6 units (crs.).

       

      English   481                                           3 (crs.)

      Seminar in English Studies - Optional Content

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

       

      English   482                                           3 (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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