ENGLISH COURSE DESCRIPTIONS


ENGLISH 090     FUNDAMENTALS OF ENGLISH         3 u
A course for students whose reading and writing skills need improvement through study of basic grammar and rhetoric before they attempt other English courses. This course does not count toward the 120 units required for graduation, nor does it fulfill General Studies requirements, nor may it be counted toward the English major or minor. It may not be taken by students who are simultaneously taking or have satisfactorily completed another English course on this campus.

ENGLISH 091     BASIC WRITING SKILLS         2 u
Offered on a satisfactory/no credit basis only. A workshop offering individualized instruction to students in need of improvement in basic writing skills. This does not count toward the 120 hours required for graduation. Repeatable.

ENGLISH 101     FRESHMAN ENGLISH     (Proficiency)         3 u
An introduction to the reading and writing of college-level prose. Study of short stories, novels and essays. Composition of short papers and essay examinations. Students may not take for credit any course for which they have received a waiver, nor may they take for credit any course in the same department that is a prerequisite for a course that has been waived (e.g., if a student has been waived from English 102, he may not take English 101 for credit).
Prereq: Satisfactory completion of English 090 or equivalent demonstration of ability by the English ACT score.

ENGLISH 102     FRESHMAN ENGLISH     (Proficiency)         3 u
A continuation of ENGLISH 101. Study of plays, poems and essays. Composition of substantial papers and a library research paper.
Prereq: Satisfactory completion of ENGLISH 101 or ENGLISH 161 or equivalent demonstration of ability by the English ACT score.

ENGLISH 105  FRESHMAN ENGLISH HONORS (Proficiency) 3 u
An accelerated coure in the reading and writing of college-level prose that satisfies the Proficiency writing requirement for students in the University Honors Program. Study of the major literary genres, and composition of substantial papers and a library research paper.
Prereq: Eligibility for the University Honors program and an ACT English subscore of at least 24, or consent of University Honors Program Director; NOTE -- Students will be able to receive AP or other test credits for English 101 and 102, but they may not enroll in English 101 or 102 for credit after completing this course.

ENGLISH 161     ENGLISH FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS      (Proficiency)         3 u
Principles of written composition adapted to individual foreign students. Includes intensive drill in grammar and mechanics. Also involves individual practice in spoken English. Required of all students whose first language is not English. This course is comparable to and satisfies the English 101 University Proficiency Requirement.

ENGLISH 162     ENGLISH FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS     (Proficiency)         3 u
Continuation of ENGLISH 161. Vocabulary and idiom development through selective readings, and introduction to research methods. This course is comparable to and satisfies the English 102 University Proficiency Requirement.

ENGLISH 200 CHICANO LITERATURE: HISTORICAL CONTEXT AND CONTEMPORARY TEXT*    GH/Diversity         3 u
Identifies and interprets Chicano literature in a social and historical context with emphasis on contemporary texts. All Spanish language texts are provided in translation. (Also offered as CHICANO 200 by Chicano Studies.)
Unreq: CHICANO 200.

ENGLISH 201     CONTEMPORARY CHICANO LITERATURE*     GH/Diversity         3 u
Analyzes contemporary Chicano drama, fiction and poetry within their cultural and historical context, examined from a traditional formalist approach and as a human expression. (Also offered as 854-201 by Chicano Studies.)
Unreq: CHICANO 201.

ENGLISH 206     BRITISH LITERATURE SURVEY I*     GH         3 u
A survey of British literature from the Old English period through the eighteenth century.

ENGLISH 216     BRITISH LITERATURE SURVEY II*     GH         3 u
A survey of British literature from the Romantic period to the present.

ENGLISH 226     AMERICAN LITERATURE SURVEY I*         GH         3 u
A survey of American literature from the seventeenth century through the Civil War to acquaint the student with the foremost writers of our literary culture.

ENGLISH 236     AMERICAN LITERATURE II*     GH         3 u
A survey of American Literature from the Civil War to the present to acquaint the student with the foremost writers of our literary culture.

ENGLISH 251     CLASSICAL MYTH AND LEGEND AS SOURCES FOR LITERATURE*     GH         3 u
An examination of classical myths and legends and how they are used in various periods and genres of English literature.

ENGLISH 252     THE BIBLE AS LITERATURE*     GH         3 u
This course will survey the Bible and some other related Near Eastern literature, focusing on the development of genres, motifs, and other literary forms that have influenced the form and content of Western literature, including the parable, the proverb, the loss of Eden, exile and return, origin stories, and hero stories.
Unreq: RELIGST 252.

ENGLISH 263     THE CONTEMPORARY NOVEL*     GH         3 u
A study of significant British and American novels and novelists of the last decade.

ENGLISH 264 WOMEN IN LITERATURE: A FEMINIST RE-EVALUATION* **     GH         3 u
A study of women's experience as portrayed by women writers in various genres of Western literature. Includes such themes as growing up, love, marriage, motherhood, friendship, and spiritual development.

ENGLISH 265 MULTICULTURAL LITERATURE OF THE UNITED STATES *    GH/Diversity         3 u
Multicultural Literature of the U.S. offers a wide range of literary texts (dramas, essays, novels, poetry and short stories) by people of color to offer students the opportunity to study and appreciate the experiences and challenges of diverse groups of people in American society: African-American, Asian American, Native American, and Latino/a. This body of literary works will be studied through the historical/political prism of each group so that students will be acquainted with the background of the literature.

ENGLISH 271 CRITICAL WRITING IN THE FIELD OF ENGLISH*         3 u
This course will help students become proficient in the skills of research, organization, writing, and revising that they will need in upper-division English courses. Students will learn both the general conventions of academic writing about literature (literary criticism) and the specific methods of some of the most important kinds of literary criticism.

ENGLISH 274     CREATIVE WRITING*     GH         3 u
Study, discussion and writing of description, narration, verse and the short story.

ENGLISH 281     INTRODUCTION TO LANGUAGE  STUDY*    GH         3 u
An introduction to the basic tools and concepts for the study of language through study of the sounds, grammar, vocabulary, history, and cultural context of English.

ENGLISH 300     SPECIAL TOPICS*         3 u
Analysis and discussion of a cultural, social, moral, philosophical or other significant topic, as expressed in a variety of literary forms, in relation to the individual and society; the particular topic to be published before registration.
Repeatable only with change of topic.

ENGLISH 310/510     LITERATURE FOR ADOLESCENTS*         3 u
This course will explore the history and development of adolescent literature, with special emphasis on the period since 1960. Recent novels which have proven popular and influential with young people and teachers will be analyzed using literary and educational criteria. Participants will consider works within the context of intellectual freedom and potential censorship.

ENGLISH 315/515     THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE  ENGLISH NOVEL TO THE TWENTIETH CENTURY        3 u
A survey of the development of the English novel from the eighteenth century to the twentieth, with emphasis on the development of themes and techniques. Studies of selected works by Defoe, Richardson, Fielding, Sterne, Austen, Scott, Dickens, Thackeray, Eliot, Hardy, Conrad, and/or others.
Prereq: ENGLISH 216 or ENGLISH 226 or consent of instructor.

ENGLISH 321     ANCIENT WESTERN LITERATURE*     GH         3 u
A rapid survey of world literatures other than English and American covering major literary periods from ancient times through the Renaissance.

ENGLISH 322     MODERN WESTERN LITERATURE*     GH         3 u
A rapid survey of literatures other than English and American covering the major literary periods from Neoclassicism (seventeenth century) to present.

ENGLISH 323     ASIAN LITERATURES*     GH         3 u
 The course will cover a selection of classical and modern works from various genres and periods in the three national literatures. Each of these works will be discussed both in its literary tradition and in its cultural and historical contexts. The intent will also be to broaden students' global perspective by showing connections between their lives and the literatures of other cultures. The course will stress a comparative approach among the three literatures and between each one and Western literatures and cultures.

ENGLISH 324     POSTCOLONIAL LITERATURES*         3 u
This course introduces students to new literatures in English and to new ways of reading canonical British/American literature. The focus is on developing an understanding of colonial discourse through a study of its literary manifestations, its impact on colonized cultures, and the resistance strategies of colonized peoples to subvert colonial power.
Prereq: sophomore standing

ENGLISH 341     THE AMERICAN RENAISSANCE         3 u
An exploration of major works by writers of mid-nineteenth-century America, such as Emerson, Thoreau, Whitman, Melville, and Dickinson, with consideration of their historical context.
Prereq: ENGLISH 216 or ENGLISH 226 or consent of instructor.

ENGLISH 342/542     AMERICAN REALISM AND NATURALISM        3 u
An exploration of developments in American literature in the period following the Civil War to 1910. In addition to naturalism and realism, the course will include more recent additions to the canon: women's fiction and African-American writing of the period.
Prereq: ENGLISH 101, ENGLISH 102, ENGLISH 226 or permission of instructor

ENGLISH 345/545     AFRICAN-AMERICAN LITERATURE, 1800 TO THE PRESENT* **    Diversity         3 u
A survey of essays, prose fiction, drama, and poetry written by African-Americans from the Colonial period to the present.
Unreq: AFRIAMR 345/545.

ENGLISH 346/546 - THEATRE 346/546     SURVEY OF MODERN DRAMA*         3 u
Analysis of trends and developments in the modern theatre from Ibsen's realistic plays to off-off-Broadway drama with emphasis on literary history and staging problems. May be taught with Theatre faculty. Unreq: THEATRE 346/546

ENGLISH 347/547     BRITISH MODERNISM         3 u
A survey of the major developments in British Literature from 1900 to World War II, with an emphasis on the rise of modernism.
Prereq: ENGLISH 216 or ENGLISH 236

ENGLISH 348/548     AMERICAN MODERNISM         3 u
A survey of the major developments in American Literature from 1900 to World War II, with an emphasis on the rise of Modernism.
Prereq: ENGLISH 226 or ENGLISH 236

ENGLISH 353/553     MODERN POETRY         3 u
An intensive study of major twentieth century American and British poets.
Prereq: ENGLISH 216 or ENGLISH 226 or consent of instructor.

ENGLISH 360     POSTWAR BRITISH LITERATURE (1945-PRESENT)        3 u
This course is designed to deepen students' engagement with the rich tradition of British fiction, drama, and poetry of the last fifty years. Focusing on such writers as Orwell, Beckett, Drabble, Churchill, and Gordimer, it invites students to debate the role literature plays within a rapidly changing British society. We will also consider the significance of such postwar developments as: the demise of imperialism, the rise of postmodernism, and diversification of British society.
Prereq: ENGLISH 101, ENGLISH 102, or consent of instructor

ENGLISH 363     AMERICAN LITERATURE IN THE POSTMODERN AGE (1945-PRESENT)        3 u
This course is designed to acquaint students with the rich tradition of American fiction and poetry of the last fifty years. Focusing on such figures as Ellison, Plath, Morrison, Pynchon, Baraka, and Delillo, this course invites students to debate the role that literature plays in a postwar American society. In doing so, we will focus on how writers address such postwar developments as: dawn of the nuclear age, Vietnam, the rise of mass culture, and rapid technologizing of American society.
Prereq: ENGLISH 101, ENGLISH 102, or consent of the instructor

ENGLISH 368/568     AMERICAN MINORITY WOMEN WRITERS*     Diversity         3 u
A survey of poetry, fiction, drama, and essays written by African-American, Hispanic-American, Native American and Asian-American women.
Prereq: cons instr. Unreq: RACEETH 368/568.

ENGLISH 369     MULTICULTURAL DRAMA OF THE UNITED STATES    Diversity         3 u
The course examines the theatrical forms and the dramatic literature of African-Americans, Asian-Americans, Latinos/as, and Native Americans, and places them in the context of American theatre and U.S. social/political history.
Prereq: ENGLISH 102 and a 200-level English course or THEATRE 346 or THEATRE 471 or THEATRE 472 or THEATRE 478. Unreq: THEATRE 369.

ENGLISH 370     ADVANCED COMPOSITION*         3 u
A course in advanced exposition and argumentation. Conventional grade basis only if course is required in the College of Business for major.

ENGLISH 372/572     TECHNICAL AND SCIENTIFIC WRITING*        3 u
Practice in expository, descriptive, and report writing, with special application to technical and scientific subject matter.

ENGLISH 373/573     POETRY WRITING*         3 u
An intensive course in the writing of poetry requiring a minimum of 250 lines of good verse (after revision). The course will consider examples from some of the best contemporary verse, as well as criticism by students and the instructor of student work.
Prereq: Cons instr.

ENGLISH 375/575     FICTION WRITING*         3 u
Theory, techniques, and practice of the writing of fiction. Requires a minimum of 50 pages of student writing, after careful revisions.
Prereq: consent of the instructor only.

ENGLISH 376/576     SCREENWRITING*         3 u
Practical experience in writing scripts for cinema and/or television, with special emphasis on the creative, theoretical, and critical processes.

ENGLISH 377     INTRODUCTION TO PLAYWRITING         3 u
Students will be introduced to the elements of a play, learn to analyze and evaluate dramatic structure, and write short plays. They will also experience the collaborative nature of the play development process by having their work read by actors and critiqued by an audience of classmates.
Prereq: ENGLISH 101, ENGLISH 102, ENGLISH 274 or THEATRE 110 and junior standing

ENGLISH 378/578     PROSE STYLISTICS         3 u
Introduction to analysis of prose style through intensive study of a broad range of contemporary styles ranging from popular to business, technical and academic styles. Application of the principles of style in student writing.
Prereq: Completion of upperclass writing requirement in your major.

ENGLISH 379     RHETORIC FOR WRITERS         3 u
Rhetoric for Writers provides a historical and philosophical introduction to rhetoric and demonstrates how rhetorical concepts can be applied to contemporary and practical writing situations. The focus is on helping students enhance their academic and real-world writing skills by heightening their awareness of how language shapes reality. This course emphasizes editing and writing.
Prereq: ENGLISH 101, ENGLISH 102 (or ENGLISH 161, ENGLISH 162) and ENGLISH 271

ENGLISH 382/582     HISTORY OF THE LANGUAGE*         3 u
A detailed study of change and the conditions for change in the sounds, vocabulary, and grammar of English from its first records through the present.
Prereq: ENGLISH 281 or cons. instr.

ENGLISH 383/583     MODERN GRAMMATICAL THEORY*         3 u
A study of traditional, structural and transformational-generative grammars.
Prereq: ENGLISH 281 or cons. instr.

ENGLISH 385/585     TOPICS IN LINGUISTICS (VARIABLE TOPIC)*        3 u
Advanced study of a branch of linguistics or of the application of a branch of linguistics to a cognate field, e.g., pedagogy or literary criticism, the particular topic to be published before registration.
Repeatable only with change of topic.
Prereq: ENGLISH 281, or cons instr; either ENGLISH 381, ENGLISH 382, or ENGLISH 383 is strongly recommended as preparation for this course.

ENGLISH 401/601     MEDIEVAL BRITISH LITERATURE         3 u
This course will introduce students to the literary and socio-cultural milieu of anglo-saxon and medieval Britain. Through analysis of major figures of the period, including the Beowulf poet and Chaucer, the students will better appreciate the period in which the English language and British literature was formed.
Prereq: ENGLISH 206 or ENGLISH 251 or ENGLISH 252 or consent of instructor and junior standing.

ENGLISH 402/602     SIXTEENTH CENTURY BRITISH  LITERATURE        3 u
Sixteenth Century British Literature introduces the students to literature of all genres written in Britain during the period. The course will acquaint students with the historic, philosophical, political and aesthetic principles in this period to enlighten and interest students and to develop their critical thinking skills.
Prereq: ENGLISH 206 and junior standing or consent of instructor.

ENGLISH 404/604     SHAKESPEARE         3 u
A study of the works of Shakespeare which will include representative genres and which will not duplicate works studied in ENGLISH 405.
Prereq: ENGLISH 206 and junior standing or consent of instructor.

ENGLISH 405/605     SHAKESPEARE         3 u
A study of the works of Shakespeare which will include representative genres and which will not duplicate works studied in ENGLISH 404.
Prereq: ENGLISH 206 and junior standing or consent of instructor.

ENGLISH 412/612     SEVENTEENTH CENTURY BRITISH  LITERATURE       3 u
This course will introduce students to the literacy and socio-cultural milieu of seventeenth-century Britain. Through analysis of authors such as John Milton and Aemelia Lanyer, the student will come to better appreciate a vital period in the formation of our modern selves.
Prereq: ENGLISH 206 or ENGLISH 251 or ENGLISH 252 or consent of instructor.

ENGLISH 414/614     18TH CENTURY BRITISH   LITERATURE       3 u
Eighteenth Century British Literature introduces students to literature of all genres written in Britain during the Restoration and eighteenth century. The course should acquaint students with, among others, the historic, philosophic, political and aesthetic principles in this literature to enlighten and interest students, and to develop their critical thinking skills.
Prereq: ENGLISH 101, ENGLISH 102 (or ENGLISH 161, ENGLISH 162) and ENGLISH 206 or ENGLISH 251 or ENGLISH 252 and junior standing or consent of instructor.

ENGLISH 416/616     THE AGE OF ROMANTICISM         3 u
A study of the prose and poetry of the major writers of the Romantic period in English literature.
Prereq: Junior standing and ENGLISH 216 or ENGLISH 226 or consent of instructor.

ENGLISH 420/620     VICTORIAN AND EDWARDIAN  LITERATURE        3 u
A survey of Anglo-Irish literature in the Victorian and Edwardian periods (c. 1830-1914), emphasizing the movement of ideas in the period from romanticism to modernism.
Prereq: Junior standing and ENGLISH 216 or ENGLISH 226 or consent of instructor.

ENGLISH 460/660     MAJOR AUTHORS     3 u
Intensive study of the works of a major writer or related writers and their contributions to literature and culture, the particular topic to be published before registration. Repeatable only with a change of topic.
Prereq: ENGLISH 216 or ENGLISH 226 or consent of instructor

ENGLISH 463/663     19TH CENTURY WOMEN WRITERS     3 u
A survey of the works of American and English women writers of the 19th century.
Prereq: ENGLISH 216 or ENGLISH 226 or WOMENST 100 or consent of instructor.

ENGLISH 464/664     TWENTIETH CENTURY WOMEN WRITERS         3 u
A study of significant American and British women writers of the twentieth century.
Prereq: ENGLISH 216 or ENGLISH 226 or WOMENST 100 or consent of instructor.

ENGLISH 471/671     CURRENT THEORIES OF COMPOSITION FOR TEACHERS         3 u
A course in theories and methods of teaching composition, including practice in the evaluating of student writing. Recommended for jrs. and srs. only.
Prereq: Junior standing and completion of upperclass writing requirement in your major.

ENGLISH 477/677     THE CURRENT WRITING SCENE*         3 u
An intensive study of the range of current writing, with practice in written composition which may qualify students for professional employment.
Prereq: ENGLISH 378.

ENGLISH 478/678     APPLIED PROSE WRITING FOR DESKTOP PUBLISHING*         3 u
A practical course in preparing writing for printing and publication. Students will learn how to edit and proofread prose to make it readable and stylistically appropriate for its readership and purpose. Using desktop publishing technology, students will produce camera-ready publications combining text and illustrations.
Prereq: ENGLISH 378.

ENGLISH 479     CREATIVE NONFICTION         3 u
This workshop introduces students to the history, theory, tradition and practice of creative nonfiction in its many forms, including the edited journal, personal essay and memoir, nature essay, literary journalism, and academic/cultural criticism. Through a mix of seminar-style discussions, graduated writing assignments, and intensive workshop response and revision, students work to develop a substantive portfolio (40-50 pages) of their own work by the end of the term.
Prereq: ENGLISH 101, ENGLISH 102, ENGLISH 274 or consent of the instructor

ENGLISH 481/681     LANGUAGE AND LITERACY         3 u
In Language and Literacy, students examine the interconnectedness of language and social context, including the relationship between literacy and speech, for teaching English as a second language. Of specific interest to ESL practitioners, this course may be of interest to those teaching English at the secondary level, also.
Prereq: ENGLISH 101, ENGLISH 102 (or ENGLISH 161, ENGLISH 162), ENGLISH 281 or consent of instructor.

ENGLISH 488/688     ADVANCED WRITERS' STUDIO*         3 u
A closely guided program of instruction in writing, determined in consultation with the instructor, ranging from creative writing to scholarly analysis.
Repeatable two times for a maximum of 6 units in major.
Prereq: Jr or sr st; ENGLISH 378, and three other English courses numbered 300 or above.

ENGLISH 490/690     WRITING WORKSHOP*     Repeatable         1-3 u
Variable topics published prior to registration.

ENGLISH 493     APPLIED STUDY: INTERNSHIP IN WRITING*         1-6 u
Offered on a satisfactory/no credit basis only. Internships, as available, in business or government for suitably prepared students wishing to make careers as writers.
Repeatable for a maximum of six units in degree.
Prereq: Consent of department chairperson.

ENGLISH 496/696     SPECIAL STUDIES*         2-4 u
Repeatable only with change of topic.

ENGLISH 497     EXCHANGE STUDIES         1-12 u
Repeatable.

ENGLISH 498     INDEPENDENT STUDIES*         1-3 u
Repeatable. Prereq: Cons instr and dept. approval of the student's Independent Study Proposal form prior to registering for the course.
 

* ENGLISH 101 and ENGLISH 102 (or ENGLISH 161 and ENGLISH 162) are prerequisites for this course.
 

** Meets the Human Relations requirement.
 
 

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