Department of English


101-102. Composition 3 hours each
A two-semester, freshman-level sequence in which enrollment is based on strong placement scores upon admission to the College so that writing and analytical skills are enhanced through extensive work in expository, argumentative, and documented essays. Activities allow exploration of a variety of perspectives in different disciplines and cultures, with an emphasis on works by African American authors. A grade of C or above is required in each course for successful completion of this sequence, which satisfies the Core requirement in Composition. English 101 is prerequisite for 102, and English 102 is prerequisite for English 250.

103. Composition 3 hours
A one-semester, freshman-level course designed for students with highest placement scores upon admission to the College; it offers enhancement of writing and critical-thinking skills through intensive writing and analysis of exposition, argumentation, and research. Activities are chosen for analysis and written expression of ideas and issues in a variety of disciplines, perspectives, and cultures, with emphasis on models by African American authors. Enrollment in this course is granted through entering placement only. A grade of C or above is required for successful completion. The course satisfies the core requirement in Composition.

103. Honors Composition (See “Honors Program”) 3 hours

200. Writing Skills Laboratory
A freshman-level supplementary course for students whose placement scores upon admission indicate a need for review of usage and strengthening of writing skills. Students in indicated sections of Composition 101 are required to spend an additional hour each week in intensive computer- and tutor-assisted instruction and must successfully complete each component before advancement to English 102.

241. Literary Form 3 hours
A one-semester, sophomore-level course, required as an initial course for students who major or minor in English, which teaches them techniques of critical analysis of literature through intensive study of literary genres and study of trends in and approaches to literature.

250. World Literature 3 hours
A sophomore-level, one-semester course which introduces students to works from oral traditions and writings, including Biblical literature, poetry, drama, fiction, and essays. Works are selected to expose students to cultural contexts of Africa, Asia, Europe, and North and South America, and students are required to develop a literary vocabulary as well as experience with different approaches to literature to assist in their analytical and critical oral and written responses. This course is a Core requirement for all students and is offered each semester. Prerequisites: ENG 101-102 or 103.

250. Honors World Literature (See “Honors Program”) 3 hours

265. Advanced Composition 3 hours
A sophomore-level requirement for students who major or minor in English. The course offers enhancement of skills in expository, critical, and specialized writing.

271-272. Survey of English Literature I and II 3 hours each
Study of British literature, from Anglo-Saxon to modern — including postcolonial — with emphasis on tradition, genres, and conventions along with attention to the intellectual and social climate of works through close study of selected texts. A sophomore-level requirement for majors; English 271 is offered in fall semesters, 272 in spring semesters.

273. History of the English Language 3 hours
Study of the development of English language from its beginning to modern American English with emphasis on changes in sound systems, grammar, and vocabulary. Required of majors at the sophomore level, the course is offered each semester.

310. Internship 2-3 hours
Supervised activity for students in close relationship between the department and an on-site monitor in a non-profit organization, corporation, or program outside the department which offers students hands-on enhancement of analytical, critical, and communication skills. Approval of the chair of the department is required in advance.

341. Introduction to Literary Theory 3 hours
Introduction to formal literary criticism and theory through analysis of historical and current trends, approaches, and schools; activities include readings of fiction and drama and demonstration essays. Required of majors at the junior level; ENG 241 is prerequisite. (Offered in fall semesters)

350. Principles of Speech Communication 3 hours
Overview of the discipline of speech communication with special emphasis on individual development of effective oral skills in a variety of speaking situations.

351. Professional Communication 3 hours
Practicum to prepare students in all disciplines to communicate orally for professional survival and success in all settings. Required of English majors.

352. Communicating in Small Groups and Teams 3 hours
Designed to provide students the understanding and skills needed to communicate in any group, whether a social, religious, or high-level corporate, or diplomatic one.

353. Public Speaking 3 hours
Familiarizes student with rhetorical skills necessary for effective modern communication and techniques of speech writing and oral presentation. Skills and techniques demonstrated through delivery of speeches for special occasions.

354. Intercultural Communication 3 hours
Study of the basic sociocultural elements which affect communication, the obstacles which interfere with intercultural communication, and the skills needed to overcome these obstacles.

355. Argumentation and Debate 3 hours
Study of argumentation theory, including logic, case construction, refutation, speaker credibility, and ethics. Students apply principles of argumentation in debates on public policies and legal issues. Complements the pre-law program.

357. Semantics: Propaganda and Persuasion 3 hours
Techniques of semantics, the study of meaning. Rhetorical power. The uses and misuses of language and logic. Intonational devices. Analysis of nonfiction, tapes, advertising, editorials, law briefs, political speeches, cartoons, body language. Prerequisite: C or above in 101-102. Best suited for juniors, seniors, and pre-law students.

363-364. Survey of American Literature I and II 3 hours each
Study of major works and literary movements from the colonial period to the late twentieth-century. Required of majors at the junior level; ENG 363 is offered in fall semesters and 364 in the spring.

375. Chaucer 3 hours
Study of Chaucer’s major poetry through generally critical approach and some attention given to the grammar and pronunciation of Middle English. Offered in fall semesters. Required of majors at the junior year as alternate to ENG 376.

376. Milton 3 hours
Study of Paradise Lost, Paradise Regained, and Samson Agonistes, a selection of the minor poems, and Areopagitica. Offered in spring semesters. Required of majors at junior year as alternate to ENG 375.

377. Shakespeare 3 hours
Study of themes, imagery, and conventions in several plays and sonnets. Some focus on historical and literary background as well as trends in Shakespearean criticism and theatrical productions. Required of majors in the junior year.

380. Survey of African American Literature I 3 hours
Study of African American literature from its beginning through 1915 with emphasis on cultural, historical, political, and social influences. Required of majors at the junior level and offered each semester.

387. Special Topics in Literary Studies 3 hours
An exploration in detail of a topic that reflects present issues and trends in literary or rhetorical studies. Topics may focus on genres, current literary theory, literary movements, single authors, contemporary themes, or special areas of literary study such as comparative studies, Native American literature, and postcolonial literature. A junior-level elective which may be taken again, with new focus, at the senior level.

391. Creative Writing: Poetry 3 hours
Writing workshop that introduces the student to the elements and techniques of composition in verse. Develops his skills through exercises, assignments and class response.

392. Creative Writing: Fiction and Drama 3 hours
Writing workshop that introduces the student to the elements and techniques of short fiction and drama. Develops his skills through close review of literary fiction and drama and through composition of his original works of fiction and drama in a workshop setting.

410. (A Sequel to English 310; cannot be taken concurrently.) 3 hours

457. The Caribbean Novel 3 hours
Critical reading and discussion of selected Caribbean novels. Exploration of the relationship between the Caribbean novel and the Caribbean society to enhance understanding and appreciation of similarities and differences between Caribbean and African American cultures. A senior-level course which is offered in alternate semesters.

480. Survey of African American Literature II 3 hours
Critical examination of African American literary works from 1915 to the present with emphasis on periods, genres, sociopolitical influences, and critical responses. A senior-level course which is offered alternate semesters.

483. Harlem Renaissance 3 hours
Critical examination — through contextual reading, students’s analytical writing and discussion—of the meaning and legacy of this vibrant cultural and literary period in African-American arts and letters. A senior-level course which is offered in alternate semesters.

485. Contemporary African American Novel 3 hours
Critical exploration of African American novels written since 1960 with emphasis on aesthetic, cultural, moral, psychological and social ideas and issues embedded in or provoked by the works. A senior-level course which is offered in alternate semesters.

487. Special Topics 3 hours
A senior-level version of English 387.

489. Major Authors of African American Literature 3 hours
In-depth study of African American literary works written since 1940 with emphasis on style and structure and on analysis within the contexts of African American literary history, culture, literary criticism, and theory; focus on selected writers. A senior-level course which is offered in alternate semesters.

497. Senior Seminar 3 hours
Capstone course required of senior majors with work tailored to meet the needs of each student in preparation for varied post-undergraduate work; designed to enhance skills, for in-depth analysis of areas beyond the scope of the other requirements in the major as a topic-focused exploration, or to allow pursuit of a compelling personal project approved by the instructor. Open only to students classified as seniors. This should be among the last courses taken in the major.

499. Independent Study 2-3 hours
Special, carefully supervised reading and research for selected senior majors. Assigned by department chair only.