Courses in English Literature, Communications and Theater

ENG 099. Internship Portfolio. This formal collection of the student's completed communications-oriented work is used to demonstrate basic competencies necessary for enrollment in ENG 400 (Internship). Offered every semester. Graded satisfactory/unsatisfactory.  0 credits.

ENG 111. English Communications I. This course will help the student develop his or her own voice while meeting the demands of academic and public expression. It will emphasize the development of clear, organized, and rhetorically effective written prose. Offered fall semester.  Fulfills general education requirement: English Communications. 3 credits.

ENG 112. English Communications II. This course continues to help the student develop his or her own voice while meeting the demands of academic and public expression. In addition to emphasizing the development of clear, organized, and rhetorically effective written prose, this course also focuses on speaking, reading, and research skills. Offered spring semester.  Fulfills general education requirement: English Communications. Prerequisite: ENG 111 or FYS 100, or permission of chairperson. 3 credits.

ENG 120. Introduction to Literature. Introduction to literary genres and the basic methodology, terminology and concepts of the study of literature. Offered every semester.  Fulfills general education requirement: Liberal Studies Area 5 (Literature and Fine Art). 3 credits.

ENG 126. Elements of Writing. This course focuses on writing at the level of the sentence. Students will learn the fundamental parts of English sentences, will learn how those parts are put together to create grammatical sentences, and will learn how punctuation can signal the relationships between those parts. In addition to learning to identify and correct errors in grammar and punctuation, students will learn how elements of style can lead to writing that is clear, precise, and powerful. This course has no prerequisites, and no prior study of grammar is expected.  Fulfills general education requirement: Writing Process. 2 credits.

ENG 140. Introduction to Media in the Digital Age. Introduction to theory and practice in the rapidly-evolving realm of digital media and its social, cultural, political, economic, and other implications. Offered every semester.  3 credits.

ENG 150. Introduction to Creative Writing. Introduction to a variety of models and craft concepts useful in writing poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and other genres. This course provides the basis for the student's acquisition of a repertoire of techniques. Usually offered fall semester.  Prerequisite: ENG 112, or permission of the instructor. 3 credits.

ENG 180. Introduction to Theater. Introduction to the study of theater arts that traces the evolution of the techniques of acting, stagecraft, and playwriting from ancient times to the present. Usually offered alternate fall semesters.  Fulfills general education requirement: Liberal Studies Area 5 (Literature and Fine Art). 3 credits.

ENG 201. Basic Acting. Introduction to the development of skills in speech and movement through the use of theater games and improvisations. Usually offered fall semester.  3 credits.

ENG 202. Advanced Acting. Exploration of the relationship between the actor and the text through script analysis and the performance of scenes and monologues. Usually offered spring semester.  3 credits.

ENG 204. Theater Production and Performance. Instruction in all aspects of producing and performing a full-length play. Usually offered alternate fall semesters.  3 credits.

ENG 213. Journalism: News Reporting. Introduction to the basic skills of journalistic writing such as interviewing, gathering and reporting news and writing feature stories according to standard formats and styles. The course also covers ethical and legal considerations related to news reporting. Offered every fall semester.  Fulfills general education requirement: Writing Process. Prerequisite: ENG 112, or permission of the instructor. 3 credits.

ENG 217. Multimedia Narratives. Hands-on introduction to a genre of storytelling that weaves together audio, video, voiceover, music, photographs, and other elements. The course will focus on writing and creative expression, and help a student move from academic discourse toward discovery of a more natural voice. Offered fall semester.  Prerequisite: ENG 112, or permission of the instructor. 3 credits.

ENG 219. Creative Writing Workshop. Introduction to poetry or fiction, which will alternate each year. Intensive focus on the student's own writing as well as study of literary works designed to enhance familiarity with and understanding of craft concepts. Offered spring semester.  May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: ENG 150 or permission of the instructor. 3 credits.

ENG 221. Survey of American Literature I. Survey of selected major American authors from the colonial period to about 1900. Usually offered every semester.  Fulfills general education requirement: Liberal Studies Area 5 (Literature and Fine Art). 3 credits.

ENG 222. Survey of American Literature II. A survey of selected major American authors from 1900 to the present. Usually offered every semester.  Fulfills general education requirement: Liberal Studies Area 5 (Literature and Fine Art). 3 credits.

ENG 225. Survey of English Literature I. A survey of selected major English authors from the Middle ages to about 1800. Usually offered every semester.  Fulfills general education requirement: Liberal Studies Area 5 (Literature and Fine Art). 3 credits.

ENG 226. Survey of English Literature II. Survey of selected major English authors from about 1800 to the present. Usually offered every semester.  Fulfills general education requirement: Liberal Studies Area 5 (Literature and Fine Art). 3 credits.

ENG 227. Survey of World Literature I. Survey of selected major writers from earliest literate history to about A.D. 1000. This includes literature from western Europe and non-western cultures. Usually offered fall semester.  Fulfills general education requirement: Liberal Studies Area 5 (Literature and Fine Art). 3 credits.

ENG 228. Survey of World Literature II. Survey of selected major writers from about A.D. 1000 until about 1800. This course includes literature from western Europe and non-western cultures. Usually offered spring semester.  Fulfills general education requirement: Liberal Studies Area 5 (Literature and Fine Art). 3 credits.

ENG 301. Acting Lab. A workshop that meets once a week to explore specific issues in acting; course content changes every semester. Usually offered every semester.  May be repeated for credit. 1 credit.

ENG 314. Public Relations in the Digital Age. Investigation of the purposes and methods of contemporary public relations as practiced by corporations, non-profit organizations, trades and professions as well as celebrities, sports stars, and political figures. The course requires planning of promotional campaigns using state-of-the-art digital technology. Usually offered alterante fall semesters.  Prerequisite: ENG 213, or permission of the instructor. 3 credits.

ENG 315. Editing. Introduction to the theory and practice of editing, with an emphasis on reading closely, revising, creating headlines, and other aspects of refining and preparing copy for publication or online distribution. Usually offered alternate spring semesters.  Fulfills general education requirement: Writing Process. Prerequisite: ENG 213, or permission of the instructor. 3 credits.

ENG 316. Journalism in the Digital Age. Exploration of the ways that digital technology is transforming journalistic standards and practices. The course requires students to create news and feature stories for multimedia platforms. Offered spring semester.  Prerequisite: ENG 213 or DCOM 285, or permission of the instructor 3 credits.

ENG 317. Multimedia Feature Writing. Introduction to the fundamentals of feature writing, with an emphasis on specific kinds of research, interviewing, storytelling, and editing text for diverse media. The course is run as a writing workshop. Offered spring semester.  Prerequisite: ENG 213 or 217, or permission of instructor. 3 credits.

ENG 318. Persuasive Communications. Investigation of the theory and practice of advanced composition and rhetoric in multiple communications contexts. This course introduces the student to classical and contemporary rhetoric, and contributes to the enhancement of persuasive writing skills. Usually offered alternate fall semesters.  Prerequisite: ENG 112 and ENG 140, or permission of instructor. 3 credits.

ENG 319. Craft of a Genre. This "process" course emphasizes the conceptual frameworks of various literary genres and provides an introduction to rhetorical strategies, formal elements, and literary theories that illuminate the practice of writing. Usually offered alternate fall semesters.  Prerequisite: ENG 150, or permission of instructor. 3 credits.

ENG 321. History and Grammar of the English Language. Examination of the evolution of English phonology, morphology, syntax and vocabulary, including current conventions and usage. Usually offered spring semester.  3 credits.

ENG 334. Adolescent Literature. Seminar on the adolescent literature canon with which many teachers work, especially in middle school and some levels in high school. Usually offered alternate fall semesters.  Fulfills general education requirement: Writing Process. Prerequisite: ENG 120 or 200-level literature survey. 3 credits.

ENG 341. Shakespeare I. Concentrated study of early Shakespearean drama, especially the comedies and the histories. Writing process. Usually offered alternate spring semesters.  Fulfills general education requirement: Writing Process. Prerequisite: ENG 120 or 200-level Literature Survey. 3 credits.

ENG 342. Shakespeare II. Concentrated study of late Shakespearean drama, especially the tragedies and the romances. Usually offered alternate spring semesters.  Fulfills general education requirement: Writing Process. Prerequisite: ENG 120 or 200-level literature survey. 3 credits.

ENG 351. Poetry. Seminar on poetry drawing from English, American, and Commonwealth traditions from the Middle Ages to present. This seminar will introduce the student to a wide range of poems, critical vocabulary, and literary interpretations. Usually offered alternate fall semesters.  Fulfills general education requirement: Writing Process. Prerequisite: ENG 120 or 200-level literature survey. 3 credits.

ENG 352. The Novel. Historical view of the novel, drawing both on novels written originally in English and on those translated from other languages. Usually offered alternate fall semesters.  Fulfills general education requirement: Writing Process. Prerequisite: ENG 120 or 200-level literature survey. 3 credits.

ENG 370. Literary Theory and Its Applications. Investigation of fundamental questions such as the definition of literature, the value of literature, and the validity of the literary canon. This course provides an introduction to a variety of critical approaches to literary interpretation, on both a theoretical and practical level. Usually offered alternate spring semesters.  Prerequisite: ENG 120 or 200-level Literature Survey. 3 credits.

ENG 375. Film. Introduction to analysis and critique of a broad range of foreign and American films and an overview of film's history as a form of political, social, and cultural expression. This course contributes to the student's acquisition of a critical vocabulary and development of critical thinking skills. Usually offered alternate spring semesters.  Fulfills general education requirement: Liberal Studies Area 5 (Literature and Fine Art). Prerequisite: ENG 120 or 200-level Literature Survey. 3 credits.

ENG 380. Politics and Media in the Digital Age. Investigation of the impact of the media on the political process and vice versa. Exploration of the history of the interaction between politics and media, and the impact of evolving digital technologies on the face of political communication in the United States. Usually offered alternate fall semesters.  Prerequisites: ENG 140 or 213, or permission of the instructor. 3 credits.

ENG 390. Special Topics. Study of diverse topics that vary from year to year. Past topics have included Film Criticism, Environmental Literature, Sports Literature, and Small Town Life.  This course may be repeated for credit as topic changes. Prerequisites vary. 3 credits.

ENG 391. Special Topics in Literature. Topic announced at the time of registration.  This course may be repeated for credit as topic changes. Prerequisite: ENG 112, or at least one English Literature Survey (ENG 221-229); or by permission of the instructor. 3 credits.

ENG 392. Special Topics in Communications. Topic announced at the time of registration.  This course may be repeated for credit as topic changes. Prerequisites vary. 3 credits.

ENG 393. Special Topics in Creative Writing. Topic announced at the time of registration.  This course may be repeated for credit as topic changes. Prerequisites vary. 3 credits.

ENG 400. Internship. Practical and professional work experience, on-or-off campus, related to the student's career interests, involving both on-site and faculty supervision, and generally limited to juniors and seniors. Usually offered every semester.  Graded¬†pass/fail. May be repeated for credit (up to 12 credits of internship may be counted toward the degree). Prerequisites: ENG 099 and permission of the chairperson; application form from Registrar's Office must be completed at the time of registration. Generally limited to juniors and seniors. 1-3 credits.

ENG 420. African-American Literature. Examination of African-American literature as a lens through which students may more clearly view the ways that African Americans have contributed to, been influenced by, appropriated and transformed notions of American identity, specifically conceptions of freedom, equality, gender, sexuality, religion, class, and literature. Usually offered alternate fall semesters.  Fulfills general education requirement: American Social Diversity. Prerequisite: ENG 120 or 200-level literature survey. 3 credits.

ENG 421. Literature by Women. Investigation of the ways in which women from a broad diversity of cultural backgrounds respond to and reshape a tradition that has typically been gendered as masculine. This course explores the effects of culture, ethnicity, class, sexuality, and religion on women's writing. Usually offered alternate fall semesters.  Fulfills general education requirement: American Social Diversity. Prerequisite: ENG 120 or 200-level literature survey. 3 credits.

ENG 450. Creative Writing Portfolio. Formal collection of the student's completed creative work must be submitted to the department in partial fulfillment of the creative writing concentration. To be offered every semester beginning in fall 2012. Graded satisfactory/unsatisfactory.  0 credits.

ENG 451. Postcolonial/Anglophone Literature. Seminar on literature in English in the period since 1800, concentrating on literature that grows out of the worldwide encounter between British and American literary traditions and other cultures. This course examines the remarkable syntheses that have emerged in the literature of other countries. Usually offered fall semester.  Fulfills general education requirement: Writing Process. 3 credits.

ENG 499. Literature Capstone. Guides the literature concentrator through the creation of a long research paper suitable for use as a writing sample for graduate school application or other professional purposes. Usually offered every semester. Graded satisfactory/unsatisfactory.  Prerequisite: Junior standing (preferably spring semester), and a declared literature concentration. 0 credits.